Marino Sato: 'I want to be among the Top 10'

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It’s his first Formula 3 season: Marino Sato from Yokohama is one of the young talents who have been signed by Team Motopark in 2017. In our short interview he speaks about his goals and hobbies.

Who inspired you to start racing?

Marino: It was my dad, I was five years old.

 

You race your first season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship - what are your expectations?

Marino: I know it's a really hard championship, so let's say I always want to be among the Top 10.

 

Which race are you looking forward to?

Marino: Monza - because I raced there twice during the Italian Formula 4 championship. It's the only track where I have raced in the past.

 

Driving a race car is physically very demanding. What is your training regime?

Marino: I exercise with my trainer five to six days per week.

 

Are you wanting to be a full time race driver?

Marino: Of course I want to be a Formula One driver. I'm not really interested in GT cars yet.

 

How important do you think series such as the Formula 4 and FIA F3 are for younger drivers?

Marino: I think most of the Formula One drivers raced in Formula 3, so I think it's a really important championship if you want to be a professional.

 

Do you have other talents or interests?

Marino: I don't know if I might have a hidden talent for something else, but these days I like to listen to music. I basically listen to Japanese music, almost all genres.

 

How often does your family come to races?

Marino: They have never been to one of my Formula races.

 

Is there a racing culture in Japan?

Marino: It's there, but not like in Europe. All the race events are more like festivals. To be honest I don't really know about “Japanese racing' since my base for racing has always been Europe.

 

You go to school in your hometown Yokohama. What's your favourite subject?

Marino: (laughs) I really think it's Japanese history, to be honest. It's really interesting!

Background:

Marino Sato is 17 years old. He was born in Yokohama and started his career in go-karting back in 2016. Having won championships in the Asian go-karting scene he made the transition to European karting in 2013. He took the next step in 2015 and entered the Italian Formula 4 championship. He finished his first season in tenth overall and his second season in 18th overall.
The 17-year-old won the first Formula race of his career last September in Imola. After a series of tests during winter 2016 with the FIA Formula 3 car the decision was taken to move on to the FIA Formula 3 for Marino.