Juri Vips in last-minute bid to reach Japan

Vips is one of seven drivers that are likely to be forced to miss out when the delayed 2020 campaign kicks off at Motegi on August 29-30 due to travel restrictions imposed by Japan in the wake of the global coronavirus crisis.

However, the Estonian will nevertheless make the trip to the East Asian country in the hopes of being granted an exemption to the rules that currently prevent foreign travellers from over 140 different countries from being allowed to enter.

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“Juri will fly to Japan on Wednesday and arrive on Thursday morning,” Asmer told Motorsport.com. “I don’t know if he gets into the country or not, but we did everything we can.

“We have letters from the Estonian government to ask for an exemption. I want to say a big thanks to the Estonian government, everybody has been so helpful and I am thankful. They have done everything they can and it’s just up to Japan now.

“We haven’t given up, we are still trying to get him to Motegi. But I don’t think it will work.”

Vips made his Super Formula debut last year in the Suzuka season finale and was set for a full season with the Team Mugen squad that took Pierre Gasly to second in the standings.

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