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Honda’s Naoki Yamamoto to make F1 debut at Suzuka

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto will make his Formula 1 debut during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Yamamoto, 31, will pilot the Honda-powered Toro Rosso STR14 in the opening practice session at Suzuka, assuming the place of Pierre Gasly. The Japanese racer has spent his entire top-level career with Honda, and has participated in dual Super GT and Super Formula campaigns in his native country since 2010. Yamamoto partnered Jenson Button to win last year’s Super GT title, having also claimed a second Super Formula championship to add to his 2013 success in the single-seater series. Honda has been keen to evaluate Yamamoto in Formula 1 machinery; he was present...
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