We all know that Honda is a Japanese engine manufacturer for Formula 1 teams. And their dream it’s to have a Japanese driver in Formula 1, either in Red Bull Racing or in Toro Rosso. The first driver that comes into out minds is Nobuharu Matsushita, because he’s the only driver from that country which is in Formula 2, one step before F1. Matsushita competed in Super Formula and he came back this year to compete in F2.
The actual performance of Nobuharu in Formula 2 is being pretty consistent. He’s P7 in the driver’s championship but his aim is to reach P4 at the end of the year so he can reach the 40 points he needs to get the super license. Worth noting that another Japanese driver which do have his super license is Naoki Yamamoto. So, the battle for becoming the next Japanese driver has started.
Matsushita had an interview with Motorsport.com and they asked him if there was still a chance of jumping into F1, so he answered “Yes, I think so… You know, if I reach the amount of points, I’ll have an opportunity without doubts. Honda is still supporting me, and I have to give results, that’s the key.”
He also confirmed his objective of finishing at least fourth in F2: “My goal is to finish fourth or third in the championship, because I need to get the points for my super license. Today, I’m a bit delayed, but there are still 4 races left and I will give everything I can to reach my goal.”
Will he be the next Japanese driver? We’ll find out in the next four races (Spa, Monza, Sochi and Abu Dhabi).