Virtuosi Racing have today announced that Jack Doohan and Marino Sato will be competing for the team in the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
18-year-old Jack Doohan is the son of legendary five-time 500cc (now MotoGP) World Champion, Mick Doohan, and joins the Virtuosi Racing team on the back of a successful season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
Winning four races and taking a further three podiums from seven rounds, Doohan finished as the Formula 3 Vice-Champion, narrowly missing out on the title, while leading his team to F3 Teams’ Championship success.
2022 will be the Australian’s first full year in F2, having taken part in the final two rounds of 2021, where he achieved a top five finish and qualified P2.
22-year-old Marino Sato completes the Virtuosi Racing line-up. The Japanese racer made his Formula 2 debut towards the end of the 2019 season and has spent the current campaign with Trident.
Sato was the 2019 Euroformula Open Champion, taking the title with nine wins, 11 podiums and six pole positions in just nine rounds.
He arrives with Formula 1 experience, having run for Alpha Tauri in the 2020 Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.
Switching to Virtuosi for 2022, Sato will be hoping to use the valuable experience he's gained in his time with Trident to achieve his first Formula 2 win with Virtuosi Racing.
On the signings, the Virtuosi Racing team said: “We are very pleased to announce Jack Doohan and Marino Sato for the 2022 FIA Formula 2 season. Marino joins the team with a solid foundation of Formula 2 experience and Jack arrives as no stranger to success being the current FIA F3 Vice-Champion. We are excited to get started in post-season tests later this week and are looking forward to the season ahead together.”
JACK DOOHAN "I'm very pleased and excited to join forces with Virtuosi Racing for our 2022 FIA Formula 2 campaign. I’m looking forward to continuing the team's success and getting to work with the team in post-season testing this coming week!"
“It’s a real privilege to join a team that is fighting for the championship. I have to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, and to the team for trusting me. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season!”