Aaro Vainio

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Aaro Vainio
Aaro Vainio.JPG
Vainio in 2012.
Nationality  Finnish
Born (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 21)
Espoo (Finland)
2014 GP3 Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Koiranen GP
Car no. 27
Former teams Lotus GP
Tech 1 Racing
Starts 42
Wins 3
Poles 3
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 4th in 2012
Previous series
2010
2010
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK

Aaro Vainio (born October 2, 1993 in Espoo) is a Finnish racing driver, currently contesting in the GP3 series.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Vainio has enjoyed a successful karting career. He won the Finnish championship in 2007,[1] and in 2008 he won the European KF3 Championship and the Junior Monaco Kart Cup.[1] In 2009 he was runner-up in the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship and won the European KF1 Champion.

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2010 Vainio stepped up to single-seater racing, driving for Tech 1 Racing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.[2] He had been expected to be part of the SG Formula team, but the team shut down. His manager was Nicolas Todt,[2] son of FIA president Jean Todt and manager of Formula One driver Felipe Massa who had set a goal to get Vainio to Formula One in 2014.[3] Vainio was also a candidate for the Ferrari Young Driver Academy, but was unsuccessful.[3]

GP3 Series[edit]

For the 2011 racing season, Vainio moved into the GP3 series with Tech 1 Racing.[4] He achieved a podium finish in his third race but only scored points twice during the remainder of the season, ultimately finishing 15th in the standings.

He remained in GP3 for 2012, moving to the Lotus GP team,[5] where he took his maiden series win in the first ever GP3 race in Monaco.[6] He finished the season fourth in the standings, behind António Félix da Costa, team-mate Daniel Abt and champion Mitch Evans.

He is currently driving for the new team Koiranen GP.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F.L. Podiums Points Position
2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 16 0 2 2 5 101 4th
Formula Renault UK 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 12 18th
2011 GP3 Series Tech 1 Racing 16 0 0 0 1 12 15th
2012 GP3 Series Lotus GP 16 1 2 0 4 123 4th
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Team RFR 6 0 0 0 1 27 18th

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 D.C. Points
2011 Tech 1 Racing TUR
FEA

15
TUR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

20
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

18
GER
FEA

7
GER
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

7
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

22†
ITA
SPR

8
15th 12
2012 Lotus GP ESP
FEA

3
ESP
SPR

4
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

7
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

7
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

14
ITA
FEA

11
ITA
SPR

14
4th 123
2013 Koiranen GP ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

1
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

14
GER
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

20
BEL
SPR

22†
ITA
FEA

16
ITA
SPR

13
ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

9th 75


Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Team RFR ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

18
LEC
1

16
LEC
2

6
CAT
1

8
CAT
2

3
18th 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aaro Vainio". aarovainio.com (creapixel). Retrieved 2009-12-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "World kart vice-champion Aaro Vainio joins SG Formula for next season's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup". sgformula.fr (SG Formula). 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b Kulta, Heikki (2010-04-02). "Todtin tavoitteena on tuoda Aaro Vainio F1-tasolle vuodeksi 2014". ts.fi (in Finnish) (Turun Sanomat). Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  4. ^ Vainio moves to GP3 with Tech 1, Autosport.com.
  5. ^ Lotus GP confirm Aaro Vainio for 2012 season, GP3 Series.
  6. ^ Vainio flies to maiden victory in Monaco, GP3 Series.

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