Izawa's appointment is a bit puzzling to me. No, not because he's crap nor makes one puke, but because he's one of older drivers among SuperForumla, and because there are other Japanese, Honda drivers who are seemingly better than him. Like Yamamoto who's 2013 champion, and Tsukakoshi who beat Izawa while teammate of Izawa 11-12.
I'd think that he's expected to be a kind of yardstick and bridge, yardstick to measure the level of current Japanese drivers in Japanese series on international scale, and a bridge between european series and japanese series that has very few interaction with outside esp for Japanese drivers, as well as bridge until truly promising Japanese drivers of new generation come out.
I understand the point itself of sending one of Japanese drivers of top japanese series like him into GP2. Even if he fail badly there, it doesnt make much damage to his career coz he's reaching 30 and will still have fine job in Japan. If he do well there, that might possibly open up new possibility for him like chances in WEC, so there's motivation for him.
But even then, it looks to me that drivers like Yamamoto fit better for that role.
Or it could be due to English language ability.
Anyway they should know more than me.