David Vidales has been confirmed as joining B-MAX Racing’s line-up for the 2023 Super Formula Lights season.
The 20-year-old moves across from FIA Formula 3, where he finished 16th in the 2022 standings with one sprint race win and six other points finishes.
Monaco Increase Management, the company that looks after Vidales’ career, has been working for several months on ‘Project Japan’ with the purpose of finding racing seats in the country for its clients.
An SF Lights test organised by B-MAX last November was attended by Vidales and MIM stablemate Lirim Zendeli, and work began on bringing the former into the series for 2023. A deal has now been finalised, and Vidales joins Honda junior Iori Kimura in B-MAX’s line-up.
“I feel this deal represents a great opportunity for me and a big step forward in my racing career,” said Vidales.
“Also, I’m particularly happy to be joining B0MAX as I’ve had a good feeling with them since we started working together in testing and I appreciate the Japanese culture in motorsports.
“This is an important stage for me and I’m sure it will help me grow as a driver towards my ultimate goal: racing in Formula 1. I really wish to thank Salvatore Gandolfo and MIM for making this all possible, all my sponsors and of course B-MAX for giving me this huge opportunity.”
Vidales is going into his fourth year of single-seater racing, having spent the first two in Formula Regional.
He was sixth in the 2020 Formula Renault Euocup as a rookie, remarkably winning his first two races, then he entered two FRegional Asian Championship rounds in 2021 before embarking on a European championship campaign and coming 10th in the standings with one win.