Honda-backed Makino joins Hitech for Euro F3 campaign

Honda has confirmed that Tadasuke Makino will race in the European Formula 3 championship this year, the Japanese teenager joining the Hitech GP squad.

Honda-backed Makino joins Hitech for Euro F3 campaign
Tadasuke Makino, Toda Racing Dallara Toda
#15 Drago Modulo Honda Racing: Tadasuke Makino
Nikita Mazepin, HitechGP Dallara F312 – Mercedes-Benz
#15 Drago Modulo Honda Racing: Tadasuke Makino
Nikita Mazepin, HitechGP Dallara F312 – Mercedes-Benz
Maximilian Günther, Prema Powerteam Dallara F312 - Mercedes-Benz

Makino, 19, has enjoyed a rapid rise up the single-seater ladder in his home country, finishing as runner-up up in Japanese F4 in 2015 and taking fifth in last year's All-Japan F3 standings.

He was tipped for a switch to European F3 late last year, and was a strong contender for a Prema seat after testing with the dominant Italian outfit.

However, after Makino also tested for Carlin, Honda ultimately reached an agreement to place its protege at Hitech for the 2017 season.

Makino therefore joins Ralf Aron, Nikita Mazepin and GP3 convert Jake Hughes at the British team, which originally stated it had completed its line-up when it announced Hughes' arrival at the team last month.

Prema, meanwhile, is expected to confirm 2016 European F3 runner-up Maximilian Gunther as its fourth driver alongside Callum Ilott, Guan Yu Zhou and Mick Schumacher for 2017.

2017 European F3 line-up so far:

TeamDriver
 Prema

 Callum Ilott

 Guan Yu Zhou

 Mick Schumacher

 Maximilian Gunther

 HitechGP

 Ralf Aron

 Nikita Mazepin

 Jake Hughes

 Tadasuke Makino

 Carlin

 Lando Norris

 Jehan Daruvala

 Ferdinand Habsburg

 Van Amersfoort Racing  David Beckmann
 Motopark 

 Joel Eriksson

 Keyvan Andres Soori

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