TOKYO, Japan, February 9, 2018 -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd today announced that Tadasuke Makino, who competed in the FIA*1 Formula3 European Championship*2 in the 2017 season, will step up to the FIA Formula 2 Championship (F2)*3, recognized as one of the gateways to the FIA Formula One World Championship (F1), and compete for a full 2018 season for the Russian Time race team.
Honda will continue supporting Makino as part of the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), a program designed to help the step up process of young drivers to play active roles in the world of motorsports.
- *1FIA: Fédération Internationale de l’Automobil
- *2The F3 Series races being held in Europe. This category has been producing some F1 drivers.
- *3The F2 is positioned as a gateway to F1. F2 Series races are held mostly in Europe as support races for F1.
- Comment by Tadasuke Makino:
“Ever since I started kart racing at age 5, my goal has always been to compete at the top of the world. I am very pleased to be able to take another step closer to my dream. I am looking forward to taking on new challenges with Russian Time, the 2017 championship team. I will do my very best to race in a way that lives up to the expectations of my fans and everyone who has supported me to this day.”
- Profile of Tadasuke Makino
Date of Birth: June 28, 1997 (20 years old)
Place of Birth: Osaka, Japan
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 64 kg
‐Champion of the JAF Regional Super-FJ Okayama Series
‐Champion of the JAF Super-FJ Japan National Championship
‐2nd in the FIA-F4 Japanese Championship/series ranking
‐Earned scholarship from the Suzuka Circuit Racing School-Formula
‐5th in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship/series ranking
‐Made debut at Super GT Round 6, International SUZUKA 1000km GT300 class
‐2nd in the Super GT Round 7, Buriram Super GT Race GT 500 class
‐15th in the FIA Formula3 European Championship/series ranking