Ken Tanaka

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Honda registers with FIA for 2026 F1 engine rules

Honda has fuelled speculation that it could make an official Formula 1 return after revealing it has registered with the FIA as an interested manufacturer for the 2026 engine rules.

Tokyo signs agreement to host 2024 Formula E race

Formula E looks set to achieve its long-held ambition of holding a race in Japan after reaching a preliminary deal for an E-Prix to be held in Tokyo in 2024.

SUPER GT unlikely to return to Thailand, Malaysia next year

SUPER GT is unlikely to race outside of Japan in 2023, with GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh saying that it still remains "difficult" to hold events in Thailand and Malaysia.

SARD boss concedes Sekiguchi triggered huge Fuji SUPER GT crash Fuji
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SARD boss concedes Sekiguchi triggered huge Fuji SUPER GT crash

SARD Toyota chief Juichi Wakisaka admits that Yuhi Sekiguchi's “dangerous” manoeuvre triggered the massive crash for Nissan driver Mitsunori Takaboshi in Wednesday’s 450km SUPER GT race at Fuji.

Rivals downplaying impact of 2022 F1 fuel, says Honda

Honda believes that other Formula 1 manufacturers are deliberately playing down the difficulty all of them are facing in recovering power lost due to a switch to more sustainable fuel.

Honda’s former F1 boss agrees Red Bull powertrains role

Red Bull's engine efforts have been boosted with the news that it will be able to call upon the services of Honda's former Formula 1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto.

Honda to check if Verstappen's cracked F1 engine can be repaired
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Honda to check if Verstappen's cracked F1 engine can be repaired

Honda will inspect further Max Verstappen's cracked Formula 1 power unit that needed replacing at the Hungarian Grand Prix to see if there is any chance it can be repaired.

Honda: Verstappen's F1 engine may not be a write-off

Honda thinks the damage to Max Verstappen's Formula 1 engine from his British Grand Prix crash may be less than initially feared, but further checks in Japan are needed.

Tsunoda set his "goal too high" for Imola F1 race

Yuki Tsunoda has admitted that impatience and putting too much pressure on himself triggered the mistakes that wrecked his Formula 1 weekend at Imola.

Super GT gives green light for FCY to be used at Fuji

SUPER GT organisers have given the green light for the Full Course Yellow system to be introduced for next week's Fuji 500km ground following discussions with teams and drivers.

Honda braced for "tougher" battle against Toyota in 2021

Honda says it is braced for a "tougher" battle against Toyota in the second year of competition for its front-engined NSX-GT in the 2021 SUPER GT season.

Honda: New F1 engine an aero boost for Red Bull

Honda says the aerodynamics of Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car have been boosted by the design tweaks it made to produce a new super-compact engine.

Yamamoto sorry to new team for "pathetic" Q1 exit

Naoki Yamamoto says he accepts full responsibility for his Q1 exit in qualifying for this weekend's Super Formula season opener at Fuji Speedway, branding his performance "hopeless" and "pathetic".

Honda plans analysis on race engine form vs Mercedes

Honda will evaluate whether it can be more aggressive with its Formula 1 engine usage in the races, after Red Bull lost out to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Tsunoda explains early DRS use at Bahrain F1 test

Yuki Tsunoda has explained the background behind the early deployment of DRS during Formula 1’s pre-season testing in Bahrain that helped boost his pace.

Yamamoto: I can't take credit for Dandelion success

Naoki Yamamoto says he feels it would be "cheeky" to claim credit for Dandelion Racing's revival as a front-running team in Super Formula following his title success last year.

Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle Fuji
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Yamamoto hails "fair" Hirakawa after title-deciding battle

Naoki Yamamoto has lavished praise on his defeated rival Ryo Hirakawa following their fight in the Fuji Speedway finale that determined the outcome of their title battle.

Tsuboi surprised to end season with most wins Fuji
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Tsuboi surprised to end season with most wins

Sho Tsuboi says he never expected to be the driver that scored the most race victories in Super Formula this season, after rounding off the 2020 campaign with a win at Fuji Speedway.

Honda: Tsunoda "showed how much he's grown" with F2 win

Honda Formula 1 boss Masashi Yamamoto has hailed Yuki Tsunoda's progression after the Japanese driver scored his first FIA Formula 2 race win last weekend at Silverstone.

Michigami opens up on Calderon Super Formula choice

Drago Corse boss Ryo Michigami has explained his motivation behind signing Tatiana Calderon for his team's Super Formula return in 2020.