After Stoffel Vandoorne, now Pierre Gasly. Red Bull's French protege has this year become the second successive GP2 champion to be sent to Japan for a season to race in the country's hugely competitive Super Formula series while he awaits an opening in Formula 1.
Just as Vandoorne did in 2016 at the behest of McLaren, which wasn't quite sure that it wanted to pension off Jenson Button yet, Gasly is experiencing a taste of a very different racing culture while he queues up behind the Red Bull/Toro Rosso quartet of Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat.
In a way, Super Formula has come full circle since its halcyon era - as Japanese Formula 3000 - in the 1990s when Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Eddie Irvine and Ralf Schumacher, among others, used it as the final staging post before F1. It spent a period in the doldrums a few years back, hence it's only now beginning to regain international awareness.