2015 GP2 Series champion and McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne has confirmed that he will race in the Japanese Super Formula series this year.
Vandoorne won the GP2 title at the second attempt in 2015, setting new records for points scored and races won with ART Grand Prix.
The Belgian had been tipped to move up to Formula 1 with McLaren should either Jenson Button or Fernando Alonso not race for the team in 2016, only for both to continue.
As champions of GP2 are prohibited from returning to the series, Vandoorne was known to be considering a move into Super Formula after testing a car at the end of last year.
In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, Vandoorne confirmed that he would be joining the Honda-backed Docomo Team Dandelion Racing for the 2016 season.
Vandoorne will go head to head with the likes of Kamui Kobayashi, Narain Karthikeyan, Andre Lotterer and Kazuki Nakajima in 2016, all of whom have tasted success in racing in the past.
The 2016 Super Formula season is set to begin on April 24 at Suzuka.