Stoffel Vandoorne will compete in the Japanese Super Formula championship this year, Honda has confirmed.
The McLaren development driver will race for the Honda-powered Docomo Dandelion team in the series, which features some of the fastest single-seater cars outside Formula One.
Vandoorne dominated last year’s GP2 championship and is considered one of the most promising junior F1 talents. He has 105 superlicence points – more than any driver bar Andre Lotterer – and finished runner-up in his first season of GP2 to Jolyon Palmer, who makes his F1 debut this year with Renault.
The Japanese Super Formula championship features eight races held over seven weekends, beginning at Suzuka on April 24th and ending with a double-header event at the same track in October. Honda-powered cars compete against Toyota in the championship but have only won one race in each of the last two seasons.
The Japanese manufacturer also confirmed junior driver Nobuharu Matsushita will spend a second season at GP2 team ART and former Japanese F3 racer Nirei Fukuzumi will be placed in GP3.
Yesterday Mercedes confirmed GP3 champion Esteban Ocon will move to the DTM series.
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