The Series in Japan is getting stronger. I heard rumours about Jolyon Palmer could join the series next season. Also teams shows interest in Marvin Kirchhöfer.
Actually Super Formula / Formula Nippon / All Nippon F3000 was stronger in 90s, when many drivers have graduated to F1, like PDLR, Ralf Schu, Irvine, Salo, among many others. In 00s it sort of went into doldrums. Despite so, it could keep grooming future stars in current Audi drivers, which is fantastic. They showed strong determination, contribution and commitment into Japan series. I highly respect them, and am so happy they are getting due recognition by flourishing in international scene in WEC. Also kudos to Japan side personnel for finding and raising such exceptional talents.
Anyway that's cool if drivers like Palmer coming. SF needs fresh talents of new generation, that can hopefully follow Lotterer/Duval/Treluyer. They have one in Caldarelli but more the merrier. Ex-F1 drivers like Liuzzi and Karthikeyan add variety and makes nice mix, but priority should be younger talents.
The series wants to expan in Asia.
Yes the organizer does want to expand into Asia, but there's two hurdles. First is that makers are too busy thinking about their own little things rather than cooperate in and explore grand scheme that is Asian market. Second is national sentiment in Asia esp that's bw Japan and China/Korea. Race in Korea almost happened last year but got screwed cos affected by those political disputes. It wont be so easy to hold races in China too. I think SF should be leading Asia in this field and be the Asian Series, involving other manufacturers and drivers from Korea/China as well of course, but winding road ahead. Hopefully Japanese makers and fans grow up and see bigger picture. Population in Japan is shrinking with less and less younger generation, so it's essential for SuperFormula/SuperGT as well as Japanese auto industry as a whole to expand into Asia, and it has to start NOW. Otherwise it will either disappear or end up becoming like AutoGP, and by that time, other series, most likely from China, will grow to be the Asian series.
However, Super Formula is not on the F1 teams' scope, so if you go there, you probably won't end up in F1.
Yeah that's the issue. Still, recent Japan F3 is producing F1 drivers sometimes in Sutil and Ericsson, but overall it needs more attention/exposure and interaction in and bw Europe. I believe such interaction would be mutually beneficial.
Good for talented Japanese/Asian drivers too, they get absolutely no chance in Europe without manufacture connection. For example Motoyama, multiple F-Nippon champion, very solid and fast driver, I highly rate him and think he deserved proper chance either in endurance or F1, but he's 43yo. it's such a shame he couldnt get such proper big chance at his peak. If he was 20 or 10 years younger, surely he should be driving a Nissan LMP1 in WEC next year.