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