Naoki Yamamoto (racing Driver)
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Naoki Yamamoto Racing Driver
Naoki Yamamoto
2019 Japanese Grand Prix Naoki Yamamoto (49028199298).jpg
Yamamoto driving during practice for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix
NationalityJapan Japanese
Born (1988-07-11) July 11, 1988 (age 33)
Utsunomiya, Japan
Super GT GT500 career
Debut season2010
Current teamTeam Kunimitsu
Former teamsDome Racing
Starts92
Championships2 (2018, 2020)
Wins6
Podiums26
Poles3
Fastest laps6
Super Formula career
Debut season2010
Current teamNakajima Racing
Former teamsTeam Mugen, Dandelion Racing
Starts88
Championships3 (2013, 2018, 2020)
Wins8
Podiums18
Poles12
Fastest laps3
Previous series
2008-2009All-Japan Formula Three
Championship titles
2013, 2018, 2020
2018, 2020
Super Formula
Super GT

Naoki Yamamoto (?, Yamamoto Naoki, born July 11, 1988) is a Japanese racing driver. He is currently driving in the Super GT and Super Formula championships. He won the Super Formula championship in 2013, 2018, and 2020, along with the Super GT championship in 2018 and 2020. In 2018, he became the first driver to win both the Super Formula and Super GT titles in the same year for 14 years; he accomplished this feat for a second time in 2020. His successes in both series has allowed him to reach the 40-point threshold required for an F1 superlicence.[1]

Career

Early career

Yamamoto started karting in 1994.[2] In 2006, he graduated from the Suzuka Circuit Racing School in the advanced formula class, becoming a member of the Honda Formula Dream Project.[2] In 2007 he raced in Formula Challenge Japan and finished second in the championship. He moved to the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in 2008, finishing fifth in the championship class with one win. In 2009 he took eight wins in the national class and won the championship.

Super GT

Yamamoto debuted in the Super GT Series in 2010, driving a Honda HSV-010 GT for Team Kunimitsu. He scored a podium on his debut at Suzuka, and took another third place at the Suzuka endurance round. During the following two seasons he scored three more podiums and was fifth in the drivers' standings in 2012, the best result for a Honda driver that season.

In 2013 Yamamoto switched to the Dome Racing team, and took his first Super GT victory at the Suzuka 1000km endurance race. In 2014 he won at Fuji to take the first win for the new Honda NSX Concept-GT car, and finished fourth in the championship for the second time in a row.

Yamamoto returned to Team Kunimitsu in 2015. He won at Sugo that season to finish third in the championship, and scored three podiums across the next two seasons. In 2018 he finished second at Okayama and Suzuka, won at Sugo and finished third at Motegi to win the championship. It was the first title for Team Kunimitsu, and having won Super Formula earlier that year made Yamamoto the first driver to win both titles in the same year for 14 years.[3]

After finishing eighth in 2019 with two podiums, Yamamoto scored seven top-six finishes in eight races in 2020 - including three podiums and a win at Fuji - to win the championship for the second time.

Super Formula

Yamamoto entered the Super Formula Championship (then known as Formula Nippon) in 2010 to drive a Honda-powered car for Nakajima Racing. He scored seven top-seven finishes in the eight races of 2010, finishing seventh in the standings in his first year. He moved to Team Mugen in 2011 and took pole position at Suzuka in his first race with the team, but did not finish after being involved in a first lap incident.[4] The 2013 season saw him score five podiums and a victory, which clinched him the championship.

After the introduction of new regulations in 2014, Yamamoto took five pole positions, four podiums and two wins across 2014-2017, and was the leading Honda driver in the standings in 2014 and 2015. He won his second championship in 2018 after winning three times. He switched teams to Dandelion Racing for 2019 and took three podiums and a win in the first three races of the season to finish runner-up in the championship. He won the championship for the third time in 2020, becoming the first driver ever to win both of Japan's top racing categories in the same year multiple times.[5]

Formula One

He drove for Toro Rosso-Honda in the first practice session of the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, completing the most laps in the session and setting a fastest lap time just 0.1s off his more experienced teammate's fastest time.[6][7] The participation made him the first Japanese Formula One driver to drive a Formula One car since Kamui Kobayashi.[8]

Racing record

Complete Super GT results

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2010 Team Kunimitsu Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 SUZ
3
OKA
8
FUJ
10
SEP
5
SUG
8
SUZ
3
FUJ
C
MOT
6
8th 40
2011 Team Kunimitsu Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 OKA
2
FUJ
12
SEP
7
SUG
7
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
5
AUT
14
MOT
4
9th 37
2012 Team Kunimitsu Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 OKA
2
FUJ
2
SEP
6
SUG
8
SUZ
11
FUJ
12
AUT
8
MOT
9
5th 43
2013 Dome Racing Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
10
SEP
4
SUG
Ret
SUZ
1
FUJ
5
AUT
5
MOT
7
4th 56
2014 Dome Racing Honda NSX Concept-GT GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
10
AUT
7
SUG
8
FUJ
1
SUZ
3
BUR
5
MOT
3
4th 64
2015 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX Concept-GT GT500 OKA
2
FUJ
Ret
CHA
Ret
FUJ
5
SUZ
5
SUG
1
AUT
11
MOT
3
3rd 60
2016 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX Concept-GT GT500 OKA
10
FUJ
Ret
SUG
10
FUJ
3
SUZ
7
CHA
10
MOT
10
MOT
12
14th 20
2017 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
Ret
FUJ
6
AUT
3
SUG
9
FUJ
8
SUZ
3
CHA
7
MOT
5
7th 45
2018 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
2
FUJ
9
SUZ
2
CHA
11
FUJ
5
SUG
1
AUT
5
MOT
3
1st 78
2019 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
15
FUJ
3
SUZ
13
CHA
12
FUJ
2
AUT
Ret
SUG
8
MOT
6
8th 37
2020 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 FUJ
6
FUJ
5
SUZ
2
MOT
5
FUJ
5
SUZ
Ret
MOT
3
FUJ
1
1st 69
2021 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
4
MOT
1
SUZ
4
SUG
2
AUT
MOT
FUJ
1st* 55*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Nippon/Super Formula results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2010 Nakajima Racing SUZ
7
MOT
5
FUJ
7
MOT
4
SUG
Ret
AUT
5
SUZ
6
SUZ
5
7th 20.5
2011 Team Mugen SUZ
Ret
AUT
5
FUJ
9
MOT
14
SUZ
C
SUG
11
MOT
12
MOT
Ret
11th 5
2012 Team Mugen SUZ
7
MOT
7
AUT
9
FUJ
12
MOT
Ret
SUG
14
SUZ
15
SUZ
Ret
11th 4
2013 Team Mugen SUZ
4
AUT
3
FUJ
3
MOT
8
SUG
3
SUZ
1
SUZ
3
1st 37
2014 Team Mugen SUZ
11
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
5
FUJ
5
MOT
15
AUT
7
SUG
7
SUZ
7
SUZ
6
9th 14.5
2015 Team Mugen SUZ
15
OKA
4
FUJ
12
MOT
8
AUT
7
SUG
2
SUZ
14
SUZ
1
5th 26
2016 Team Mugen SUZ
1
OKA
5
FUJ
Ret
MOT
8
OKA
10
OKA
6
SUG
14
SUZ
19
SUZ
Ret
8th 15.5
2017 Team Mugen SUZ
2
OKA
5
OKA
8
FUJ
Ret
MOT
13
AUT
16
SUG
18
SUZ
C
SUZ
C
9th 10.5
2018 Team Mugen SUZ
1
AUT
C
SUG
1
FUJ
8
MOT
7
OKA
10
SUZ
1
1st 38
2019 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
2
AUT
2
SUG
1
FUJ
11
MOT
9
OKA
7
SUZ
5
2nd 33
2020 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing MOT
13
OKA
6
SUG
3
AUT
2
SUZ
1
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
5
1st 62
2021 TCS Nakajima Racing FUJ
6
SUZ
8
AUT
9?
SUG
12
MOT
12
MOT
SUZ
13th* 9*

? Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula One participations

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2019 Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda RA619H 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN
TD
MEX USA BRA ABU - -

References

  1. ^ Yoshita, Tomohiro; Thukral, Rachit (2 December 2018). "Jenson Button: Super GT team-mate Yamamoto should be in F1". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2020 Driver Profile (English)" (PDF). dandelion-racing.com.
  3. ^ O'Connell, R. J. (2019-01-13). "2018 Super GT World Awards: GT500 Driver of the Year". Super GT World. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Formula NIPPON official website". superformula.net. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "SEASON REVIEW: 2020 Super Formula - Yamamoto Denies Hirakawa To Take Third Title". The Checkered Flag. 2021-01-02. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "2019 Japanese Grand Prix: Toro Rosso to field Naoki Yamamoto in FP1". www.formula1.com. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Japanese GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in FP1". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Super GT Champion Yamamoto Given F1 Practice Run At Japanese Grand Prix". www.dailysportscar.com. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 2020.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kazuki Nakajima
(Formula Nippon)
Super Formula
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Kazuki Nakajima
Preceded by
Hiroaki Ishiura
Super Formula
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
Nick Cassidy
Preceded by
Ryo Hirakawa
Nick Cassidy
Super GT
GT500 Champion

2018
With: Jenson Button
Succeeded by
Kazuya Oshima
Kenta Yamashita
Preceded by
Kazuya Oshima
Kenta Yamashita
Super GT
GT500 Champion

2020
With: Tadasuke Makino
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Nick Cassidy
Super Formula
Champion

2020
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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