Kimiya Sato lands GP2 seat with Campos

The rising Japanese star follows a line of successful Auto GP drivers to make it in GP2

Kimiya Sato, the runner-up in the 2013 Auto GP championship, will be driving in the 2014 GP2 Series.

Kimiya Sato, Sauber C32 Test Driver
Kimiya Sato, Sauber C32 Test Driver

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The 24-year-old Japanese, born in Kobe, has been one of the frontrunners of the series last year, highlighting his control skills aboard a Zytek-powered 550-horsepower racecar. The experience gained in the Coloni-promoted championship enabled him to perform a seamless transition to GP2, the supporting event for Formula 1 during European weekends. And before joining the feeder series, Sato had lined-up for Sauber at Silverstone in the last round of rookie tests.

Sato is following in the footsteps of other Auto GP greats including Romain Grosjean, currently the leading driver of Lotus Formula 1 Team and a former GP2 Champion, Kevin Ceccon and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Enzo Coloni

“I’m happy and proud to see another driver coming from Auto GP graduate to the GP2 Series. I wish Kimiya good luck for this new venture which will definitely be an exciting one for him. Throughout the years, we brought countless young talents to professional racing. And not only Auto GP champions, but also many other racers that showed their true potential. For example, Adrien Tambay is now lined-up in the DTM and Luca Filippi got his chance in America. We can’t wait to see our next generation succeed…”


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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Romain Grosjean , Adrien Tambay , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Kimiya Sato , Kevin Ceccon
Teams Sauber
Article type Breaking news
Tags autogp, campos, gp2, kimiya sato