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Toyota’s Ritomo Miyata Reveals Fene

This month’s Motegi Super GT finale marked the end of a four-year stint racing in Japan for Fenestraz, who has signed a two-year deal to race Nissan in Formula E starting next season.

Initially, the Franco-Argentine driver had hoped to combine his Formula E commitments with a partial campaign in Super GT or Super Formula, but instead it appears he will be concentrating entirely on his duties at Nissan.

During his time in Japan, Fenestraz forged a close bond with Miyata, his main rival in the 2019 All-Japan Formula 3 season in which he won the title, and the two were able to share a car in Super GT this year driving for the TOM’S team. .

They won a race together at Fuji (pictured above) and ultimately finished sixth in points, making them the second-best Toyota team.

Miyata says Fenestraz’s move to Formula E has only strengthened his resolve to make his own move abroad in the future.

“I’m sad [Fenestraz] he’s leaving Japan,” Miyata told Autosport. “But I’m happy he got a seat in Formula E and I hope he can become world champion.

“I want to go there, also because I want to race in Europe together with Sacha. We promised each other that we would fight together in Europe. So I hope he succeeds in Formula E, and I will try to go there.”

When asked that Toyota’s lack of involvement in Formula E would make such a move difficult, Miyata replied: “I don’t know what will happen in the future…Toyota is now in WEC, but I am talking to Toyota about the future.”

For his part, Fenestraz said he hopes Miyata can break through on the European scene, but he also did not rule out the possibility of re-teaming with Miyata if he is able to return to Super Formula or Super GT in the future.

“He is a very talented driver, very fast,” Fenestraz said of Miyata. “He is very professional and I really hope he can find a boost in Europe.

“Hopefully we can fight on the track or even be teammates again in the future, because it was a pleasure racing with him.”

“We never know what the future holds, when I get back, if he’s still here, we could be teammates again. Let’s see.”

Miyata takes a step towards the F1 super license

Last year, Miyata set himself the goal of earning enough points to earn an F1 superlicence, and the 10 points he earned with his fourth-place finish in Super Formula brought him one step closer to the 40-point requirement.

However, with the points earned for his 2020 Super Formula Lights title expiring next year, he will need to earn 30 points in his next two Super Formula campaigns to finally reach his goal in 2024.

Miyata, who will continue to drive for TOM’S in Super Formula next year, said his main focus will be to improve his race performance after a season in which he was one of the best in qualifying.

“I wanted to finish in the top three, but considering I was 10th last year, it’s still a big step forward,” reflected Miyata. “There is a big difference between finishing fourth and sixth in terms of super license points.

“I learned a lot this year, so I want to build on that for next year. I couldn’t win a race this year, but I often qualified on the first two rows, so my one-lap speed is good.” I want to think about how to set up the car to be strong for the race.

“I will give everything to have the opportunity to compete abroad as soon as possible.”

Additional information by Kenichiro ebii

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