Honda protégé sure of getting his F1 superlicence

Nobuharu Matsushita, Honda’s new whiz kid is sure he will come in the top three in Formula 2 this year, getting him the points required for an F1 Superlicense.

The 23-year-old is in his third racing season in F2 for ART Grand Prix and occupies the sixth spot in the driver standings. He also won the sprint races in Barcelona and Hungary.

F1 Superlicense requires a driver to get 40 points. In Matsushita’s case, he will have to come to the third spot since he was ninth and 11th in the last two seasons in the same category.

As of now, Artem Markelov is in the third spot, Nicholas Latifi and Luca Ghiotto in 4th and 5th, respectively. Markelov leads Matsushita by 32 points. There are only four rounds of racing remaining for Matsushita to overcome this gap and make it to the top three.

“This year my objective is to be in the top three of F2, to get the superlicence to do F1 next year,” said the Japanese driver. “I have to do well in F2, and we will see next year.

“I think it’s very possible. We had some difficult weekends before this weekend [in Hungary] but Spa is my favourite [track], the car will be very good also. I’m positive for the next races. I can do a good job I think.”

Would he stay in F2 for the fourth season if he misses his goal? He said, “No, I don’t think so. But I will be in the top three.”

Matsushita recently test drove  Sauber’s F1 car in the Hungaroring as a part of Honda’s earlier arrangement with Sauber.

Honda and Toro Rosso are in talks for engine supply for the next season. If an agreement is reached Matsushita might get a chance at racing in the Italian team.

When asked about Torro Rosso plan, Matsushita insisted, “This is out of my control. I just need to do a good job with F2.”

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