Motopark keeps Sato for second F3 season
9 January 2018 – Motopark has retained Marino Sato for the upcoming European Formula 3 campaign.
Japanese racer Sato, 18, contested his rookie European F3 season with Motopark in 2017, scoring his only point at the penultimate round of the season in Austria, leaving him 19th in the standings.
Prior to F3, he spent two seasons in Italian F4, classifying 10th and 18th respectively.
"I'm glad to get another crack at F3 with Team Motopark," said Sato.
"I learnt a lot in 2017 and feel much more ready for the championship now. This is one of the key reasons why I opted for Team Motopark in the first place, and it has proved right ever since.
"The team is not only spot-on during race weekends but more than that, they offer a great teach-and-learn scheme in between races, be it in the factory, on the DIL or through video and data analysis, or by way of a very effective testing programme.
"I wanted to learn as much about Formula 3 as I could in my maiden year, and in Team Motopark, I found the best possible teachers."
Motopark team boss Timo Rumpfkeil added: "2017 was a difficult year for Marino – after all, the decision to join F3 came very late, and with the exception of Monza and Spielberg, he hadn't known any of the tracks.
"We all knew it would be a tough year, but Marino learnt his lessons fast and well; the points scored in Austria show how steep and yet successful his learning curve was.
"We backed that up with an extensive testing and preparation programme in the autumn and winter of 2017; Marino will hence start next season on a much higher level.
"We expect him in the top 10 regularly, with potential for more on various occasions."