Alesi gets full-time seat as Toyota names Super Formula drivers

Giuliano Alesi has been promoted to a full-time seat with Toyota’s flagship TOM’S outfit for the 2022 Super Formula season.

The news was revealed on Monday as part of Toyota’s 2022 motorsport presentation in Tokyo, coming at the same time as confirmation of Alesi’s promotion to a TOM’S SUPER GT seat for the upcoming campaign.

Alesi replaces Kazuki Nakajima on a permanent basis in the #36 TOM’S machine, having already deputised for the two-time champion in five races this year when Nakajima was away on FIA World Endurance Championship duty.

Nakajima said he had hoped to full-time Super Formula action after losing his seat in Toyota’s WEC line-up to Ryo Hirakawa, but instead has taken the decision to retire from racing altogether.

Alesi, who was runner-up in Super Formula Lights this season and won in just his second Super Formula start in Autopolis in May, will partner Ritomo Miyata at TOM’S.

Another driver that had been strongly linked to a TOM’S drive was Sacha Fenestraz, who races for the team in SUPER GT, but instead the Frenchman will remain at Kondo Racing alongside Kenta Yamashita for another season.

 

Elsewhere, Hirakawa will combine his new WEC duties with another full season of Super Formula for the Impul team alongside Yuhi Sekiguchi.

As well as Impul, the Inging, KCMG and Rookie Racing outfits are also maintaining identical line-ups to this season.

That means Sena Sakaguchi will continue for a second season at Inging alongside Sho Tsuboi, KCMG keeps former champion Yuji Kunimoto and Toyota WEC ace Kamui Kobayashi, and Kazuya Oshima will continue to represent the one-car Rookie Racing team.

Rookie Racing will carry sponsorship from telecoms company Docomo, a long-time backer of the Dandelion Racing Honda team, for the new season.

2022 Toyota Super Formula line-up:

Team No. Driver
TOM'S 36

France Giuliano Alesi

37

Japan Ritomo Miyata

Kondo Racing 3 Japan Kenta Yamashita
4 France Sacha Fenestraz
KCMG 7

Japan Kamui Kobayashi

18

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Rookie Racing 14

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Impul 19

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

20

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

Inging 38

Japan Sho Tsuboi

39

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

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