Red Bull Allows Japanese Driver Debut in Verstappen’s Car

Max Verstappen is headed to Japan for the annual Honda Thanks Day where he will be celebrated by fans and Honda employees, and two-time Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri will be given the opportunity by Red Bull to drive the RB16b, the car Verstappen used to win his first Formula 1 world title.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen is attending the annual Honda Thanks Day in Japan at the Mobility Resort Motegi circuit.
‣ Thousands of Japanese, including Honda employees, will be cheering for Verstappen, who won his three world titles with a Honda engine in his Red Bull car.
‣ It is not yet confirmed if Verstappen will give a demonstration, but a Red Bull F1 car will be on the track.
‣ Two-time Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri will be given the opportunity by Red Bull to do some laps in the RB16b, the car in which Verstappen won his first Formula 1 world title in 2021.


Max Verstappen’s got his bags packed for Japan. He’s headed there for the annual Honda Thanks Day. The event’s gonna be at the Mobility Resort Motegi circuit.

Now, Verstappen’s a world champ, right? He’s got three titles under his belt, all thanks to a Honda engine in his Red Bull. You can bet he’s gonna be cheered on by a whole lot of Japanese folks. That includes Honda employees, too.

But here’s the thing. We don’t know yet if Verstappen’s gonna give a demonstration. But, a Red Bull F1 car’s gonna hit the track, that’s for sure.

And guess what? Tomoki Nojiri’s got a chance to do some laps in the RB16b. That’s the car Verstappen used to win his first Formula 1 world title in 2021. Nojiri’s a two-time Super Formula champ, so this is a big deal. Honda’s giving him this chance as a reward for his successful career.

Nojiri’s got a solid career in Super Formula and GT. But he never got to start an F1 adventure. So, this is a pretty big moment for him.

There’s this tweet from Honda Racing that says it all. It’s in Japanese, but it’s all about Nojiri getting to drive the F1 machine RB16B. It’s a dream collaboration, that’s for sure.

And there’s a picture too. It’s the Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B and TEAM MUGEN SF23 Special Collaboration. In 2024, these two are gonna be teammates at TEAM MUGEN. It’s all pretty exciting stuff.

So, yeah. That’s the news. Verstappen’s off to Japan, and Nojiri’s getting a shot at the big leagues. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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