Nohubaru Matsushita has been confirmed as the new test pilot and development of the team McLaren-Honda, in a further demonstration of the existing partnership between the signing of Woking and the japanese manufacturer. The pilot of 22 years, will face a new project in your sports career that will combined with his presence in the GP2 Series with the team ART Grand Prix. The main work of the pilot, nippon will be to support Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the simulator in Woking, where combining efforts with the also the reserve driver of the team, Stoffel Vandoorne.
The trajectory of Matsushita has had a progression meteoric. After making his debut in single-seaters in 2011, he won the title in the Formula Challenge Japan in 2012. Also winning the Formula 3 in Japan in 2014, Nohubaru made the leap to Europe to contest the GP2 in 2015 with the team ART Grand Prix, training in which will also be competing during this season. In his first year in the demanding category, scored two podiums and a win, and harvested in the race for the sprint round in the Red Bull Ring. 2016, their only goal is to fight for the title of the GP2 Series.
“I Am very excited to be part of the team McLaren-Honda as test driver and development,” explains Matsushita. “To be able to enter the Formula 1 is to fulfill a dream of my adolescence, and a big step in my career. I’m going to do everything possible to help the team on the track, through the collection of data to feed into the development and tuning of the car through the work simulator”. In addition, Matsushita is clear what is its other purpose: “As a pilot of GP2, my only goal in 2016 is to win the championship. I think I have the perfect conditions around me to succeed”.
For his part, Eric Boullier stated: “In its first season
in Europe, Nobu showed great promise, with some performances too
impressive. I am sure that with his experience and consistency, you can
make better use of its potential in 2016″. On his new role, the pattern of
McLaren-Honda believes that: “His position as a test pilot and
development of the McLaren will be extremely important to. The stress and
you will validate what we learn in the circuits and will play a key role in the
improvement of our performance throughout 2016″.