Motorsport.com understands that move is likely to be a permanent one, and that Makino is poised to move in the opposite direction to Dandelion, where he’ll join Nirei Fukuzumi.
Yamamoto will therefore bid to win the Super Formula title with a third different team this year, which would be an unprecedented feat in the series’ modern era, with last year’s top rookie Toshiki Oyu staying on as his teammate.
Also running only one car during the test was Mugen, which had just Tomoki Nojiri in action as the Red Bull-liveried #15 car did not participate.
It’s understood that Mugen will remain a two-car effort in 2021 and that its tie-up with Red Bull will continue, but with a second driver alongside Nojiri yet to be determined.
Ukyo Sasahara, TEAM MUGEN
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Since 2017, the #15 car has essentially been under the control of the Red Bull Junior Team, and was set to be driven last year by Juri Vips until travel restrictions imposed by Japan in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic forced a change of plans.
Enaam Ahmed tested for B-Max at Fuji and is known to have been weighing up a return to the Japanese scene after his All-Japan F3 campaign in 2019. But any hopes of the British driver landing one of B-Max’s two cockpits could be complicated by travel restrictions.
Teppei Natori has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for a drive with the team after an abortive attempt at making his Super Formula debut last year at Motegi. The ex-FIA F3 driver placed fourth in Super Formula Lights last year.
Honda is set to announces its drivers for both Super Formula and SUPER GT next Friday.