Leimer, Izawa and Baguette all set for Japanese Super Formula campaign


Takuya Izawa, Fabio Leimer and Betrand Baguette have all been confirmed for the upcoming Japanese Super Formula season, adding their names to a grid that is already full of esteemed and successful drivers.

The championship has enjoyed a rising stock in recent years, and sees former Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi join its ranks for the 2015 season after a turbulent year at the back of the F1 grid.

He will be joined by a number of leading names, including series regulars Andre Lotterer, James Rossiter and Kazuki Nakajima, all of whom have some kind of F1 experience.

On Friday, Honda released its complete motorsport program overview, confirming its line-up for the teams it powers in Super Formula.

Earlier this week, Le Mans class winner Bertrand Baguette confirmed that he would be combining his Japanese Super GT commitments with a Super Formula campaign, racing for Nakajima Racing in his debut season.

He will be joined by former GP2 driver Takuya Izawa, who is also set to run in both Super Formula and Super GT in 2015. The 30-year-old took part in three Super Formula races towards the end of last season, but failed to score a point. He has been replaced in GP2 at ART Grand Prix by Nobuharu Matsushita.

Finally, 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer will also be making the move over to Japan in 2015, racing in Super Formula for Team Mugen. The Swiss driver spent 2014 with Rebellion Racing in the WEC, finishing a best of seventh at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo.

Moving over to Japan to race appears to be a popular decision for many drivers in 2015. One-time grand prix winner Heikki Kovalainen recently confirmed that he will be racing in the Super GT championship this year, as has McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey.

To see Honda’s complete program for 2015, click here.