Nobuharu Matsushita named McLaren test driver for 2016
Last Updated: 20/02/16 11:50am
McLaren have announced that Japan's Nobuharu Matsushita will be the team's test and development driver for 2016.
McLaren already have a reserve driver in the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne but the 22-year-old Matsushita will concentrate on working in the simulator to support race drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, while also competing in the GP2 feeder series.
No Japanese drivers currently compete in F1 and Matsushita said: "To step into the world of Formula 1 fulfills a boyhood dream, and is a huge step forward in my career."
The Honda-powered McLaren team are one of the biggest names in F1 but they had the worst season in their history in 2015 and have not won a race since 2012.