Tadasuke Makio is being touted for a European Formula Three drive at Prema Powerteam next year, according to Autosport.
Makino finished last year's Japanese F4 Championship as runner-up. He also won both the West and East JAF F4 championships.
Prema boss Rene Rosin was positive of Makino's first F3 outing.
"First impressions were really positive," he said. "It was difficult conditions but he didn't make any mistakes - we will see more on Tuesday."
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