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Yamamoto thankful for Button's Dream Race advice

Naoki Yamamoto has thanked his Honda SUPER GT teammate Jenson Button for his advice ahead of last weekend's Fuji Dream Race.

Button raced with "basically the same car as last year"

Jenson Button has revealed that he had to defend his SUPER GT title with “basically the same car as last year” after Honda's 2019 aerodynamic package proved too “unpredictable” to race.

Super GT's 2020-spec cars make public debut

SUPER GT's 2020-spec GT500 cars made their public debut in a demonstration run ahead of the final round of the season at Motegi.

Dandelion boss shoulders blame for Yamamoto defeat

The outgoing boss of the Dandelion Racing Super Formula team has taken responsibility for Naoki Yamamoto coming up short of defending his Super Formula crown at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Cassidy wins title in tense finale

Nick Cassidy overcame the odds to win the 2019 Super Formula title in a tense Suzuka title-decider, overhauling pre-race points leader Naoki Yamamoto with a second-place finish.

Suzuka Super Formula: Palou on pole for decider

Alex Palou boosted his Super Formula title prospects by annexing pole position for Sunday's deciding race at Suzuka, coming close to establishing a new lap record.

Yamamoto admits F1 run detracted from SF/SGT efforts

Naoki Yamamoto has conceded that his Formula 1 practice run with Toro Rosso caused him to switch his focus away from defending his SUPER GT and Super Formula titles.

Yamamoto not "under consideration" for Red Bull F1 seat

Honda-backed Japanese star Naoki Yamamoto does not fit the profile for a race seat at one of Red Bull's Formula 1 teams, says Christian Horner.

Who will prevail in Super Formula's five-way decider?

The 2019 Super Formula season will reach its conclusion at the fabled Suzuka circuit this weekend, and no less than five drivers are in contention for title glory. Rachit Thukral is your guide for what promises to be a nail-biting championship decider.

Does the master of Suzuka have an F1 future? Prime

Does the master of Suzuka have an F1 future?

The latest driver to try a Formula 1 car for the first time was, paradoxically, perhaps the most experienced at Suzuka last weekend. But even after a stellar practice debut, can Japan's most prominent racer realistically expect anything more?

Toro Rosso drivers praise Yamamoto after practice debut

Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly believe Formula 1 rookie Naoki Yamamoto did “really well” and a “very good job” on his debut in Japanese Grand Prix practice.

Toro Rosso confirms Yamamoto's Suzuka practice outing

Naoki Yamamoto will make his Formula 1 weekend debut driving for Toro Rosso in the Japanese Grand Prix’s first Friday practice session, as predicted by Motorsport.com.

Yamamoto: 'I can't win the title with my current driving'

Naoki Yamamoto doesn’t see foresee himself winning the 2019 Super Formula title “with my current driving,'' despite retaking the championship lead ahead of next month’s Suzuka title decider.

Cassidy: "No one expects me" to beat Yamamoto to title

TOM’S driver Nick Cassidy says “no one is expecting me” to defeat Naoki Yamamoto and claim the 2019 Super Formula title, despite the Kiwi seizing the championship lead at Motegi.

The race that ended Button and Yamamoto's title defence

Jenson Button and Naoki Yamamoto were on course for a first SUPER GT victory of 2019 at Sugo, but things took a turn for the worse when Yamamoto took over the wheel. Rachit Thukral explains how their remaining hopes of defending their title unravelled in a topsy-turvy race.

True cause of Yamamoto Autopolis crash revealed

The real cause for defending SUPER GT champion Naoki Yamamoto’s first-lap crash in last weekend’s Autopolis race, which was not captured on camera, has been revealed.

Yamamoto: Losing points leads highlights my "weakness"

Naoki Yamamoto says losing a previously-healthy Super Formula championship lead in last weekend's Motegi race has highlighted a “weakness” that he must cure to defend his title.

Button: Super GT title defence now looking “difficult”’

Jenson Button says the chances of he and Naoki Yamamoto defending their SUPER GT title are receding, despite returning to the podium in last weekend's Fuji 500-mile round.

Yamamoto set for FP1 outing with Red Bull/Toro Rosso

Super Formula ace Naoki Yamamoto appears likely to make his Formula 1 debut this season by driving in a Friday practice session ahead of a grand prix.

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Button explains race-ending Super GT crash

Jenson Button says the “terrible” crash that ended his SUPER GT race in Thailand was caused by the angle in which the two cars approached the corner, and was a racing incident.

Sugo Super Formula: Yamamoto wins, Auer on podium

Naoki Yamamoto extended his championship lead in Super Formula with a lights-to-flag win at Sugo, as Red Bull junior Lucas Auer secured his first podium with a third-place finish.

Sugo Super Formula: Yamamoto on pole in red-flagged qualifying

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto claimed his first pole position of 2019 after a red flag brought Sugo qualifying to a premature end.

Super Formula drivers hail "fantastic" new overtake system

Super Formula drivers have hailed the series’ revamped overtaking aid, including a new lighting system that shows when the system is being deployed.

Button expected no Fuji points after disaster qualifying

Reigning Super GT champion Jenson Button says he wasn’t expecting to even finish inside the points at Fuji after qualifying down in 12th position for the season’s second-longest race.