FIA Formula 2 Japanese drivers Tadasuke Makino and Nirei Fukuzumi are set to make a switch to Super Formula next year and will not race in F1’s support series.
The two Honda’s junior drivers currently race in F2 with BWT Arden and Russian Time respectfully, with Fukuzumi also racing in the Super Formula with Mugan.
Makino has been the most successful out of the two drivers, surprising everyone by winning the feature race in Italy. He lies thirteenth overall in the championship, four places above his fellow countryman Fukuzumi.
Fukuzumi in his first season in F2 after transiting from being a GP3 Series title contender has struggled to deliver results with Arden, scoring only seventeen points with two races to spare.
According to a report from Autosport.com, Honda will move the pair away from Formula 2 next year and will make a switch to Super Formula.
Makino will join Nakajima Racing whilst Fukuzumi is set to switch from Mugan to Dandelion Racing alongwith this year’s Super Formula champion, Naoki Yamamoto.
Former F2 driver Nobuharu Matsushita is looking to make a return to the series with Honda, after spending a year away from the championship to compete in Super Formula. Matsushita raced with Dandelion but couldn’t replicate ex-F2/GP2 drivers Pierre Gasly and Stoffel Vandoorne‘s performances, who won races in their sole season.