Nobuharu Matsushita

Name: Matsushita Nobuharu (more commonly known as Nobuharu Matsushita)
Born: October 13th 1993
Nationality: Japanese
Team: MP Motorsport
Car Number: 14

Career
Matsushita started racing when he began karting in 2005 where he competed in the All-Japan Junior Kart Championship. Later on in 2008, he took the championship title in the Open Masters Kart ARTA Challeneg and ended his karting career in 2010 where he finished third in the KF1 category of the All Japan Kart Championship.

Nobuharu graduated to single-seaters in 2011 when he entered the Formula Pilota China with the Super License team. He missed out on the Ordos round yet when he returned, his performance improved drastically compared to his first season. He finished fourth in the standings taking home a win at the final race of the series. He moved to Formula Challenge Japan mono-series in 2012 where he scored ten podiums in twelve races which included five wins and gave him the championship title.

In 2013, he graduated to the All-Japan Championship with HFDP Racing where he collected five podiums and ended his season fifth in the series standings. For the following year, he opted to stay in the series with the same team where he was victorious at Motegi, Fuiji and Sugo and took the championship title from Kenta Yamashita with a twelve-point gap. In 2015 through until 2016, Matsushita competed in one round of the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship against FIA Formula Two driver Tatiana Calderón and FIA Formula Three driver Max Fewtrell where he took two pole positions, three fastest laps and two wins at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi scoring him 80 points and placing him 6th in the standings.

Between his 2017 year in FIA F2 and his 2019 year, Matsushita made the move to Super Formula where he raced with Docomo Team Dandelion Racing, winning himself seven points and 11th in the standings. He managed to beat fellow F2 driver Dan Ticktum in the championship.

As well as FIA F2 2019, Matsushita raced in the Euroformula Open Championship with Carlin for the 2019 season where he competed in two races, taking a podium, one fastest lap and a pole position.

FIA Formula 2 Season
Matsushita graduated to the GP2 series in 2015 where he join ART Grand Prix. In his first race, he qualified second on the grid to teammate Stoffel Vandoorne while finishing in the points in both races, claiming his first fastest lap. He took his fire GP2 podium in the Red Bull Ring when he finished third in the sprint race and took his first GP2 win in the sprint race at the Hungoring, with his teammate taking second. He finished the year 9th in the standings. He returned to ART for a second year in 2016 with Sergey Sirotkin where he placed 11th in the standings, racking up 92 points, two podiums and a single win. Matsushita faced some problems in Baku with erratic driving that left him suspended and unable to partake in the 4th round in Austria.

Heading into 2017, he spent his 3rd year with ART Grand Prix as they transitioned into FIA Formula 2. His 3rd and final season before heading to Super Formula was his best season, gaining 131 points and 6th in the standings. He claimed two wins and four podiums, taking his first pole position of his Formula 2 career.

Matsushita returned to FIA Formula 2 in 2019 after a year out where he drove with Carlin alongside Swiss driver Louis Deletraz. He took home 144 points, only managing 6th in the standings yet beating his teammate. He racked up 5 more podiums and two more wins, making the season his most successful in F2.

For the 2020 season, Nobuharu Matsushita is making the move to MP Motorsport where he’ll race alongside teammate, Brazilian rookie Felipe Drugovich in car number 14.