The Japanese F3 test has several international drivers in the entry list which includes Ferrari junior Callum Ilott, Red Bull junior Lucas Auer, Sacha Fenestraz and Harrison Newey.
The preparations for the 2019 season starts with the two-day test at Suzuka on December 20-21 with several international drivers joining the Japanese racers with the intention to possibly drive full-time in the championship.
Among them will be Ferrari junior Ilott who will drive for Volkswagen-powered OIRC team YTB, sharing it with British racer James Pull, while Yoshiaki Katayama will be in the second car which he will drive solely.
Red Bull junior Auer will continue with Volkswagen-powered B-Max Racing Team who will enter jointly with German outfit Motopark as seen during the Super Formula test. Auer will have Newey testing with him in a separate car.
The jointly entered team will also field Fenestraz, who has been dropped by Renault from their academy after an average F3 season, while B-Max Racing as an individual outfit will have Dragon in a fourth car which he will share with Ukyo Sasahara.
The two remaining racers from Europe in the test will be sportscar-convert Hugo de Sadeleer and Brit Ricky Collard, sharing the ThreeBond Tomei-powered ThreeBond Racing team car, with Ai Miura in a car to himself.
The rest of the teams like Toda Racing (Toda FR), Hanashima Racing (Toyota), Albirex Racing Team (Mercedes), Tairoku Racing (Volkswagen), Team Tom’s (Toyota), RS Fine (Mercedes) and Carguy Racing (Volkswagen) will field mostly Japanese racers.
Check here for the full entry list for the two-day test