India’s Narain Karthikeyan will stay in the Japanese Super Formula series for a fifth consecutive season in 2018, it has been announced.
After his second stint in Formula 1 came to an end, Karthikeyan moved over to Super Formula, widely regarded as the fastest racing series after F1.
He has scored two podiums in the championship so far, the most recent of which coming at Okayama in 2016.
Although Karthikeyan’s 2017 season didn’t go according to plan, despite considerably improved showing in the second half of the year, the 40-year-old has elected to remain in the Japanese single-seater series for another year.
He will continue to race for Nakajima Racing, run by former F1 driver Satoru Nakajima, giving him team stability for the first time in his SF career.
The announcement brings an end to rumours about a potential move to Super GT series, another top-tin Japanese series which attracts manufacturer presence from Nissan, Toyota (through Lexus) and Honda.
Karthikeyan tested Super GT’s top-spec GT500 car at Sepang last month, but had always stated his intention of staying in SF.