Nobuharu Matsushita

Nobuharu Matsushita (松下信治, Matsushita Nobuharu, born 13 October 1993) is a Japanese racing driver, best known for winning the 2014 All-Japan Formula Three Championship.

Nobuharu Matsushita
Nobuharu Matsushita 2015.jpg
NationalityJapan Japanese
Born (1993-10-13) 13 October 1993 (age 26)
Saitama, Japan
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamCarlin
Car number2
Former teamsART Grand Prix
Starts44
Wins5
Podiums9
Poles2
Fastest laps5
Best finish6th in 2017, 2019
Previous series
2015-2016
2015-16
201314
2012
2011
GP2 Series
MRF Challenge
All-Japan Formula Three
Formula Challenge Japan
Formula Pilota China
Championship titles
2014
2012
All-Japan Formula Three
Formula Challenge Japan

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Born in Saitama, Matsushita began his racing career in karting in 2005, competing the All-Japan Junior Kart Championship. In 2008, he clinched the championship title in the Open Masters Kart ARTA Challenge. He ended his karting participations in 2010, finishing third in the KF1 category of the All Japan Kart Championship.[1]

Formula Pilota China and Formula Challenge JapanEdit

In 2011, Matsushita graduated to single–seaters into the Formula Pilota China with the Super License team.[2] He missed the Ordos round, but after his returning he showed better performance than in the first part of the season. He won the final race of the season at Sepang and finished the season fourth.[3]

For 2012, he switched to the Formula Challenge Japan mono-series. He scored ten podiums in twelve races, including five wins and took the championship title.[4]

All-Japan Formula ThreeEdit

In 2013, Matsushita stepped up to the All-Japan Formula Three Championship with the HFDP Racing.[5] He collected five podiums and another seven point-scoring finishes, to end the season on the fifth position in the series standings, it was the best result for the Honda driver.[6]

For the next season he decided to stay in the series with the same team.[7] He was victorious at Motegi, Fuji and Sugo, grabbing the championship title from Kenta Yamashita with a twelve-point gap.[8]

GP2 SeriesEdit

Matsushita made his début in the GP2 Series in 2015 with ART Grand Prix.[9] In the first race at Bahrain, he qualified second on the grid opposite teammate Stoffel Vandoorne and finished in the points in both races, setting the fastest lap in the sprint race. At the Red Bull Ring, Matsushita took his first GP2 podium by finishing third in the sprint race. He took his first victory in the sport in the sprint race at the Hungaroring as part of an ART 1-2. He finished 9th in the overall standings.

In February 2016, it was announced Matsushita would reunite with ART for a second season, alongside fellow 2015 rookie Sergey Sirotkin.

Matsushita was suspended for the 4th round of the season in Austria due to erratic driving at the previous event in Baku.[10]

Formula OneEdit

On 20 February 2016, Matsushita was signed as a development driver for McLaren.[11]

Super FormulaEdit

In 2018, Matsushita returned to Japan to compete in Super Formula for Honda team Dandelion.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2011 Formula Pilota China Super License 10 1 1 2 4 89 4th
2012 Formula Challenge Japan 12 5 1 5 10 91 1st
2013 Japanese Formula 3 Championship HFDP Racing 15 0 0 0 5 43 5th
2014 Japanese Formula 3 Championship 15 6 5 5 9 102 1st
2015 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 1 0 1 3 68.5 9th
2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 MRF Racing 4 2 1 3 2 80 6th
2016 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 20 1 0 4 2 92 11th
Formula One McLaren Honda Development driver
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship ART Grand Prix 22 2 1 2 4 131 6th
2018 Super Formula Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 6 0 0 0 0 7 11th
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship Carlin 22 2 1 3 5 144 6th
Euroformula Open Championship 2 0 1 1 1 20 18th

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

10
BHR
SPR

6
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

18
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

19
RBR
FEA

4
RBR
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

15
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

15
SOC
FEA

10
SOC
SPR

7
BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

C
9th 68.5
2016 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

8
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
BAK
FEA

6
BAK
SPR

Ret
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA

6
SIL
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

9
HOC
SPR

12
SPA
FEA

11
SPA
SPR

11
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

6
SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

7
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

4
11th 92

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2017 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

14
CAT
FEA

4
CAT
SPR

1
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

7
BAK
FEA

12
BAK
SPR

6
RBR
FEA

6
RBR
SPR

14
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

16
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

7
JER
FEA

18
JER
SPR

11
YMC
FEA

6
YMC
SPR

4
6th 131
2019 Carlin BHR
FEA

9
BHR
SPR

12
BAK
FEA

13
BAK
SPR

12
CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

9
LEC
FEA

9
LEC
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

9
SIL
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

C
SPA
SPR

C
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

5
SOC
FEA

6
SOC
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

7
6th 144

Complete Super Formula ResultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Points
2018 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
12
AUT
C
SUG
10
FUJ
9
MOT
4
OKA
9
SUZ
7
11th 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile" (in Japanese). nobunobuf1.wix.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Teams & drivers 2011". Formula Pilota China. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Formula Pilota China 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Formula Challenge Japan 2012". Driver Database. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Honda 2013 Motorsports Overview". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Japanese Formula 3 Championship – Championship Class 2013". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Honda Global Motor Sports Activities Automobile[PDF]" (PDF). Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  8. ^ Allen, Peter (13 October 2014). "PaddockScout Roundup: GP2/GP3 Sochi, F3/F4 Imola". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Honda 2015 Motorsports Program Overview". Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Matsushita suspended for next event". GP2 Series. GP2 Series Limited. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Matsushita named as McLaren F1 test driver". 20 February 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2016.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Takamoto Katsuta
Formula Challenge Japan
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Kenta Yamashita
Preceded by
Yuichi Nakayama
All-Japan Formula Three Championship
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Nick Cassidy