Matsushita will take the Sauber C36 in the tests in Hungary


The teams of the highest category of motor racing being confirmed little by little the riders who will enjoy the day of a test, which they agreed to after the Grand Prix of Hungary.

just This morning, Renault has confirmed that Robert Kubica will be present in this test, which will be a step forward huge on the rehabilitation of the Polish and his possible return to competition at the highest level.

After its partnership with McLaren in his return to Formula 1, Honda had the possibility of making his debut for the young and talented japanese despuntasen in lower categories, and will take this juncture to go up to Nobuharu Matsushita Sauber this season, probably thanks to the arrangement with the swiss team to supply engines from next year, an alliance that could break though at the moment still negotiating the conditions.

“I am pleased that Nobuharu to have this great opportunity. She deserves to have her first experience in a Formula 1 car”, said Frederic Vasseur, the new Team Principal of Sauber in replacement of Monisha Kaltenborn. “I’ve been following his progress closely since his debut in Formula 2 with ART Grand Prix, and I have seen him improve his performance year after year”.


Matsushita became a test pilot and the development of McLaren in February 2016.

Vasseur was marked as main objective to clarify the situation with the biker japanese as soon as possible, a fundamental element for the development of the car of 2018. Matsushita could be an indication that the contract with Honda is not ruled out at all, but the halfway point of the season came with the GP of Great Britain, and the teams need to have an idea of what will be its structure the next year.

The young talent who give their first steps in F1 thanks to Honda and Sauber will comply with 24 years old in October, has already won several races together with ART Grand Prix in the F2 and is currently in seventh position in the championship after six appointments in the calendar. “With this test in an F1 car is a step closer to your dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver some day”, concluded Vasseur.

Team 1 August 2 Agosto
Mercedes George RUSSELL George RUSSELL
Ferrari Charles LECLERC
Network Bull
Force India* Nikita MAZEPIN/Lucas AUER Nikita MAZEPIN/Luke AUER
Toro Rosso
Renault Nicholas LATIFI Robert KUBICA
Sauber Gustav MALJA Nobuharu MATSUSHITA

*The pilots chosen by Force India will share both days, climbing onto the middle of the day each one.