Aaro Vainio

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Aaro Vainio
Aaro Vainio.JPG
Vainio in 2012.
Nationality  Finnish
Born (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 23)
Espoo (Finland)
GP3 Series career
Debut season 2011
Current team Koiranen GP
Car no. 27
Former teams Lotus GP
Tech 1 Racing
Starts 46
Wins 3
Podiums 8
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
2013 GP3 Series Koiranen GP 14 2 1 1 3 75 9th

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 IST
FEA

15
IST
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

3
CAT
SPR

20
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

11
SIL
SPR

18
NÜR
FEA

7
NÜR
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

22†
MNZ
SPR

8
15th 12
2012 Lotus GP CAT
FEA

3
CAT
SPR

4
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

7
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

5
HOC
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

6
SPA
SPR

14
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

14
4th 123
2013 Koiranen GP CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

1
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

11
SIL
SPR

8
NÜR
FEA

14
NÜR
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

20
SPA
SPR

22†
MNZ
FEA

16
MNZ
SPR

13
YMC
FEA

YMC
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. [permanent dead link]
  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. [permanent dead link]
  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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