HitechGP has today confirmed that Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino will join the team for its 2017 championship campaign. Makino will become team-mate of Nikita Mazepin, Jake Hughes and Ralf Aron, who have already been signed by the team for 2017.
For Makino, a Honda protégé, the coming season will be his first in Europe. In 2015 the 19-year-old competed in Japanese Formula 4, moving up to Japanese Formula 3 in 2016 claiming four podiums and one pole positions. Additionally, the young driver from Osaka, gained extra experience in the Super GT Championship where he contested three races in the GT500 class last year.
Makino is delighted to be promoted to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, he commented, “I am very excited to race with Hitech GP for the 2017 season, actually my first season competing in Europe. I can’t wait for the first round at Silverstone, it is the team’s home circuit just a minute from our workshop and I’m really looking forward to racing at such a great track. All of the circuits will be new to me, but I know I have a great team to work with and very good team-mates. Of course, I must say a big thank you to all of my sponsors and supporters, especially The Honda Formula Dream Project, they have given me a great opportunity to be with Hitech GP and made this deal possible. Hopefully it will be a strong first season for me in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.”
HitechGP’s team principal Oliver Oakes is happy to have secured the services of the young talent, he said, “We are really excited Tadasuke has joined us, he tested for a few F3 teams over the winter and caught our eye – especially considering it was his first time on the European scene. He has showed his talent jumping between F3 and Super GT in Japan, so we are thrilled he has decided to join us in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He is a quick learner and we’re expecting Tadasuke to raise a few eyebrows next season, from what we have seen so far. It’s fantastic to expand to four cars for our second year in FIA F3, we’re very pleased indeed with our driver line-up for 2017.”