It is a well-known fact that racing drivers start their careers at a very early age. In fact, they get into karting, earliest by the age of 3 or 4 and gradually progress from there. Formula One driver Max Verstappen is an example, having moved up the ranks quickly, before an F1 debut at the age of 17. Now, it has transpired that Japanese teenager Juju Noda is set to race in Danish Formula 4 in 2020.
The 13-year-old has garnered a lot of attention after testing single-seater machinery in her home country of Japan. What was interesting about that little tidbit was that she was still underage at the time of the test. Juju Noda has already raced Formula 3 cars in a Japanese category called Formula U17.
Danish F4 uses a Mygale chassis, the same one as used in the British championship, and a 2.0-litre Renault engine. Noda Racing, which ran Noda in FU17 and was set up by IndyCar-experienced Hideki, will relocate to Denmark with the teenager.
“Thank you to all of Noda Racing mechanics and staff, my friends and family and everyone at school,” said a delighted Juju Noda.
“I am graduating from U17 this season. It is difficult to put into words how much full of gratitude I am for these years.”
“From next year, new challenges will begin again. I have a mix of excitement and nervousness. The Danish F4 championship will feature three official tests and 24 races.”
DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENT | Juju Noda will join Danish F4 in 2020! The 13-year old Japanese driver will turn 14 in February so she will be old enough by then. Rumours are she might also join French F4, where the minimum age limit is also 14. #F4 pic.twitter.com/rppy6Goj9F
— F1 Feeder Series (@F1FeederSeries1) November 9, 2019
“It will be my biggest challenge yet but I am really looking forward to it. I am lucky to be able to do what I love, even racing at my age.”
“As it will be my first time in Denmark and knowing this is a championship with many fast and young drivers, I am prepared to try my best and fight hard.”
The Japanese youngster will continue to test at Okayama in Japan for the rest of the year. Following that, she will move to Denmark at the start of 2020 before her 14th birthday, along with the team.