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Super Formula is regularly credited as being the fastest single-seater series outside Formula 1. That's why drivers such Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly have entered it in recent years. Now another aspiring F1 star is heading to Japan.
The traditional path for a reserve driver hoping to graduate to a Formula 1 race seat is fraught with dullness and uncertainty. It usually amounts to little more than a year on the sidelines, during which the occasional test outing barely mitigates the endless days of hanging around the paddock on grand prix weekends.
But that wasn't the case for Stoffel Vandoorne and Pierre Gasly, who after winning in GP2/F2 both opted to use Japan's Super Formula series as a stepping stone.
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