Hungarian Grand Prix – Nobuharu Matsushita will test the Sauber C36 next week at the Hungaroring, joining Gustav Malja for the two days of track time.
With the teams required to hand testing time to young, inexperienced drivers every year, the official two day in-season test is the last opportunity of the year for some teams to do so. Sauber have revealed their test line-up for next week, with Sweden’s Gustav Malja driving on Tuesday, and Nobuharu Matsushita on Wednesday.
This signals that the Honda-Sauber deal for 2017 may yet be going ahead, despite rumours to the contrary, as Matsushita is part of the McLaren-Honda development program. The appointment of former Renault boss Frederic Vasseur had given fuel to the suggestion that Honda may not be continuing with the deal that was announced in May, with some rumours suggesting that Honda may not continue in Formula 1 at all.
“When I was four years old, I was fascinated by Michael Schumacher, watching him racing in Formula 1.” enthused Matsushita after the announcement.
“Since then my dream was to become a Formula 1 driver. I am very excited about my first Formula 1 test and I am really looking forward to driving the Sauber C36-Ferrari at the Hungaroring – it is a great opportunity for me. I hope it will be a productive day for the team as well as for myself, so that I can learn as much as possible. I would like to thank the Sauber F1 Team for making this happen.”