Japanese team ‘very impressed’ with the performance of the two MIM drivers
The first approach of Monaco Increase Management’s young guns Lirim Zendeli and David Vidales to Japan’s prestigious Super Formula Light ended up a success as their talent shone out in a private test session at Okayama International Circuit with Team B-Max Racing. With a total of four drivers attending the session, 23-years old Zendeli topped the lap chart with a best-ever time of 1min20sec0 on the 3.7 Km track which was one tenth faster that this year’s pole position time in the series, while Vidales was a mere two tenths away from his new MIM team-mate.
A senior member of the team was quoted as saying that B-Max had been ‘very impressed’ with both driver’s performance in what was basically a single day of running, since the first one on Monday, Nov 21st had been almost completely lost due to multiple issues.
The Super Formula Light features Dallara 320 chassis with engines built by three different makers. The overall power output is slightly less than European F3 cars and this, coupled with the absence of a DRS device, makes for lesser speeds on the straights, but the level of downforce and the quality of tires allow much higher cornering speeds. “I liked the car and working with the team and I also liked Japan on my first trip there”, said 20-years old Vidales. “Lirim and I are getting along well together”.
The MIM drivers will stay in Japan preparing themselves for an official testing session at Suzuka, December 6-7, which will allow them and Monaco Increase Management to further evaluate their career perspectives for the 2023 season.