Honda-backed Japanese F4 champion Yuki Tsunoda joins F3

Honda-backed Japanese Formula 4 champion Yuki Tsunoda will race for Jenzer Motorsport in next year’s Formula 3 championship.

The new-for-2019 Formula 3 category has replaced the GP3 Series on Formula 1’s support package, with Jenzer one of 10 teams accepted by CEO Bruno Michel.

Tsunoda took seven wins this year to wrap up the crown in his native Japan and will now move to European racing in 2019.

“I am very pleased that I will be competing next year in the F3 championship, thanks to support from the Honda young driver programme,” he said.

“My target has always been to become a Formula 1 driver and joining this international championship is the first step on that road.

“I will be racing in a totally new environment, but that is something I am looking forward to very much.

“I will be trying my best with the aim of winning races and getting points towards an F1 Super License.

“Winning the F1 championship one day is the ultimate goal. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get this far, including my sponsors.”