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Tsuboi triggered Kobayashi crash
Fenestraz ignored pit call for P2
Hirakawa wins to cut Nojiri's lead
Nojiri grabs third straight SF pole
SF to try simulating V8 engine sound

Sho Tsuboi has accepted the blame for causing Kamui Kobayashi’s high-speed crash in Sunday’s Super Formula race at Autopolis.

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed he ignored his Kondo Racing team’s pit instructions en route to his best-ever Super Formula finish at Autopolis.

Autopolis Super Formula: Hirakawa scores brilliant win from eighth Autopolis
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Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa charged from eighth on the grid to score his second victory of the 2022 Super Formula season at Autopolis, slashing his points deficit to Tomoki Nojiri.

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored his third successive pole position for this weekend's fourth round of the season at Autopolis, further stretching his points lead.

Super Formula will try and emulate the sound of a V8 engine in its next scheduled test for its development cars at Sugo next month.

Alesi's style 'impossible to compare' to TOM'S teammate Miyata

Giuliano Alesi can't be directly compared to his TOM'S teammate Ritomo Miyata in Super Formula because of the pair's wildly differing driving styles, according to the Frenchman's race engineer.

Winning in F2 was harder than in Super Formula - Matsushita

Nobuharu Matsushita feels it was harder to win races in Formula 2 than in Super Formula after securing his first victory in the latter category.

Greater engine equality good for Super Formula, say drivers

The greater equality in engine performance between Honda and Toyota is a positive thing for Super Formula, according to some of the Japanese series' top drivers.

How Honda has revolutionised its young driver programme

Honda has a history of making questionable decisions with regards to its young drivers in Japan, but an off-season overhaul of the 'Honda Formula Dream Project' should result in better outcomes for everyone, explains Jamie Klein.

Kobayashi credits "trial and error" for KCMG turnaround

Kamui Kobayashi says "trial and error" is behind KCMG's sudden improvement in Super Formula after a difficult pre-season and opening race of the season.

Super Formula trials 'hybrid' body panels in latest next-gen test

Super Formula tested out 'hybrid' body panels made from a mix of natural hemp fibre and carbon fibre as its next-generation development cars continued running this week at Suzuka.

Hirakawa rues mystery qualifying issue as points gap widens

Super Formula title hopeful Ryo Hirakawa was left to rue a mysterious lack of qualifying pace as he recovered from 12th to seventh in last weekend's Suzuka race.

Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win Suzuka
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Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win

Tadasuke Makino admits he pushed too hard, too soon in pursuit of a first Super Formula victory in wet conditions at Suzuka, as he ended up dropping to third place.

Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka Suzuka
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Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka

Kenta Yamashita can't explain his "weird" loss of pace in the wet during Sunday's Super Formula race as he slumped from second to a disastrous 16th-place finish.

Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me" Suzuka
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Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me"

Nobuharu Matsushita says his stunning victory in Sunday’s wet Super Formula race at Suzuka is “not enough” as he still has a mountain to climb to catch championship leader Tomoki Nojiri.

Suzuka Super Formula: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win Suzuka
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Suzuka Super Formula: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win

B-Max Honda driver Nobuharu Matsushita produced a masterful drive in treacherous conditions at Suzuka to pass long-time leader Tomoki Nojiri and claim his maiden Super Formula victory.

Sasahara: Kunimoto block cost me "easy" front row start

Mugen's Ukyo Sasahara feels being blocked by Yuji Kunimoto cost him a clear shot to start from the front row for Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri stretches points lead with pole

Reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri extended his Super Formula championship lead by grabbing pole for this weekend's Suzuka round.

Nakajima struggles could be even worse at Suzuka, fears Oyu

Nakajima Racing’s Super Formula struggles could be even worse this weekend at Suzuka than they were in a disappointing opener at Fuji, says Toshiki Oyu.

Nojiri, Hirakawa expect other title contenders to emerge

Super Formula championship leaders Tomoki Nojiri and Ryo Hirakawa both expect other drivers to join them in the title battle after they monopolised the top two places at Fuji.

Super Formula won't introduce new chassis in 2024

Super Formula will not introduce a new chassis as scheduled in 2024, instead focusing on its next-generation development programme with the existing SF19.

How Toyota's brightest Super Formula hope got his groove back Prime

How Toyota's brightest Super Formula hope got his groove back

Having won the SUPER GT title for the TOM'S Toyota squad last year, Sho Tsuboi endured a miserable Super Formula campaign alongside, managing just six points all year. But after going back to basics with the Inging team over the off-season, Tsuboi looks revitalised in his pursuit of Japan's top single-seater crown

The 'skipped' Honda protege determined to make his mark Prime

The 'skipped' Honda protege determined to make his mark

By rights, Toshiki Oyu should have been the next Honda junior driver sent to Europe to prepare for a Formula 1 future after Yuki Tsunoda. It didn't work out that way - but Oyu still has his sights set on big things after emerging as one of Super Formula's brightest young stars.

The transformation behind Super Formula's new title favourite Prime

The transformation behind Super Formula's new title favourite

Long-time Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri is three races away from the biggest achievement of his career, as he leads the Super Formula standings after back-to-back wins earlier this year. But how did a driver in his eighth season in the category suddenly go from being an inconsistent also-ran to the favourite?

How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan Autopolis Prime
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How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan

A relatively modest set of results in Formula 1's support categories meant Giuliano Alesi was at a crossroads at the end of 2020. Landed in Japan's second-tier Super Formula Lights category, an unexpected opportunity to try his hand in the main series yielded a shock maiden win that suggests he shouldn't be written off just yet.