World news – Alesi lands the dual Toyota program in Japan and leaves the Ferrari Academy

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Giuliano Alesi, the son of ex-Formula 1 racing driver Jean, will contest the Super Formula Lights series with the Toyota-affiliated TOM’S team this year.

The 21-year-old will be in Japan complete a double program as he will drive alongside Sean Walkinshaw with the Toyota Team Thailand in the GT300 ranks of the SUPER GT.

Alesi is half Japanese – his mother is the singer and actress Kumiko Goto – and allows him to travel across Japan Negotiating COVID-19 travel restrictions that have forced some international drivers to abandon their plans to race in the Super Formula or SUPER GT last year.

« Giuliano is going [to Japan] on Monday, » Alesi said Sr. to Autosport. « There’s no problem [with traveling] because he has a Japanese passport. It’s very easy.

 » He has the first test at Fuji Speedway in February with the GT car, which will be his first reception in Be Japan.

« I am so proud that TOM’S accepted Giuliano and welcomed him into their family. I hope my son can bring the results and start a good story with them. »

Alesi after a difficult two-year stint in F2, moves to Japanese racing, which achieved the best result with sixth place and 15th place in the 2019 championship.

On Monday, Ferrari in Fiorano gave him his first test in a formula racing 1 car handed over. With that he said goodbye to the young driver program of the Italian manufacturer.

TOM’S announced its Super Formula line-up for 2021 last week. SF Lights champion Ritomo Miyata replaces Formula E tied Nick Cassidy alongside Kazuki Nakajima.

A strong performance at SF Lights – formerly known as All-Japan Formula 3 – would likely put Alesi in a good position to join Toyota’s list of Super Formula drivers as early as 2022.

Toyota has not yet named its full Super Formula Lights lineup for 2021. In the post-season test at Fuji Speedway last month, Miyata’s 2020 team-mate Kazuko Kotaka ran alongside Hibiki Taira, last year’s Japanese Formula 4 champion.

Kotaka, who was third behind Miyata and Sena Sakaguchi in SF Lights last year was not mentioned in Toyota’s list of GT300 drivers for 2021 last Friday.

Team Thailand was also not mentioned in this announcement. Toyota only listed number 35, which the team had used as « TBN » in recent seasons.

Alesi’s new team-mate Walkinshaw is scheduled for his third season with the pair most likely driving a Lexus RC F GT3.

Former Ferrari Formula 1 star Alesi Sr described his feelings when he saw his son Giuliano get his first impression of an F1 car on the Fiorano test track.

Alesi Sr tested a Ferrari 641 for the first time in November 1990 before he completed an action-packed, five-year F1 career at Scuderia.

Son Giuliano, who has driven in FIA Formula 2 for the last two seasons, has his first F1 run in completed an SF71H of specification 2018 – with the same number 28 that his father used in his inaugural season at Ferrari in 1991.

« It was a surprise to me, I can’t believe he examined the details like this » said Alesi of the Ent His son’s divorce to drive the number 28 on the car.

« I think I tested for the first time in November 1990, the 15th that my fan club told me. So it’s amazing to think that he drove the car with my number 30 years later.

« It was great to see him in a Ferrari – lots of emotions for me! – but also a sense of responsibility, none Making mistakes as he was the first to go out and everything was very cold and others were supposed to drive the car.

« It wasn’t easy for him, but everything went fantastic and I felt good for him. »

Alesi made it clear that while Giuliano has officially left the Ferrari Driver Academy, which he joined in 2016 and won four races in GP3, this is not necessarily the end of his story with the Italian brand.

« It’s the end for him with the academy, yes, but not with Ferrari – it’s still our family, » he said.

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