Campos Racing has announced that last year's Auto GP World Series runner-up, 24-year-old Kimiya Sato, will be joining Arthur Pic in the team's cars for the upcoming 2014 GP2 Series championship.
"I'm very happy to be joining Campos Racing and to be entering the GP2 Championship with them this season" said Sato at the weekend. "They have a successful history in GP2 and the team is very professional and experienced and I know that they will give me the support I need to make a good impression this year."
Sato started his career in Formula BMW, participating in different international series of the German manufacturer, before returning to his native country in 2009 which saw him come runner-up in the Japanese Formula 3 championship. That was followed by a year in the Japanese F3 championship and then two seasons in the Formula 3 Euro Series which culminated in finishing third place in the championship in 2013 prior to last year's switch to Auto GP.
"GP2 was always the logical next step for me after finishing 2nd in the Auto GP Championship last year and I am very pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement with a top team like Campos," said Sato.
"I'm really looking forward to working with Adrian and his team," the driver added. "Already we have a very good feeling and I think it really helps to have a team boss who has been a successful driver himself and can better understand things from the drivers' point of view."
For his part, Adrian Campos said that he was "delighted" to have signed Sato for the upcoming campaign that starts in Bahrain next month from March 19 to 21.
"I do believe he will make a leap forward in the quality, despite he has an excellent record in previous categories," said the team principal. "Without any shadow of a doubt we will do a great job with him.
"We shall give the maximum support to Kimiya, to get the targets which we all set out," added Campos.
Before the first race of the year at the start of April, Sato will have a chance to get used to his new office when GP2 stages a three day pre-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in March, followed by a second test session in Bahrain.
"Right now I am training hard and really looking forward to visit [Campos Racing's] headquarters in Alzira, on Tuesday, and start our work plan before leaving to Abu Dhabi," confirmed Sato.
The team - which has taken over from Barwa Addax - previously announced last month that French driver Arthur Pic will be the team's other contender for 2014.