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Super Formula outlines 2023 calendar
Cassidy's favourite track: Sugo
Alesi "not losing hope" at TOM'S
How Fenestraz is conquering Japan
Sato not impressing Red Bull's Marko

Super Formula has outlined its 2023 calendar, although without specifying the number of races the campaign will comprise.

Although tough and technical Japanese circuits like Suzuka and Fuji are well-known to fans of Formula 1, there's many more venues that challenge the drivers who choose to switch over to Super Formula and SUPER GT. Envision Formula E driver Nick Cassidy has won both titles - and picks the "punishing" Sugo circuit as the one that sticks out.

Giuliano Alesi insists he is “not losing hope” amid a trying double SUPER GT and Super Formula campaign in Japan with flagship Toyota team TOM’S.

Sacha Fenestraz’s bid to make it big in Japan was put on ice by the country’s COVID protocols. But he’s now a race winner at the top level in Super Formula, and harbours ambitions of becoming the first overseas driver to win the title since 2019.

Ren Sato’s results in Super Formula are not meeting the expectations of Red Bull’s young driver taskmaster Helmut Marko, according to Team Goh boss Masashi Yamamoto.

Honda Super Formula drivers eye chance to succeed Sato in IndyCar

Several Honda drivers racing in Super Formula have expressed interest in the chance to race in IndyCar, should the brand want a Japanese driver to succeed Takuma Sato.

How Fuji clash exposed Super Formula stewarding shortcomings

A first-corner incident in Super Formula’s most recent race at Fuji Speedway has shown the difficulties the series faces as it tries to open itself up to fans while relying on antiquated methods to determine penalties.

Sasahara admits pressure was building before first SF win Fuji II
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Sasahara admits pressure was building before first SF win

Ukyo Sasahara admits his first Super Formula win has relieved the “pressure” he was feeling to repay Mugen for his last-minute inclusion in the team this year.

Honda debuts noise-enhancing exhaust in Fuji Super Formula test

Honda has joined rival Super Formula engine manufacturer Toyota in producing a noise-enhancing exhaust in a bid to replicate the sound of a V8 engine with an inline four.

Matsushita: "No excuse" for race-ending formation lap spin

Nobuharu Matsushita has accepted full responsibility for spinning out on the formation lap of last weekend’s Fuji Super Formula race.

Tsuboi regrets mistimed stop as Fuji win slips away

Sho Tsuboi admits he and his Inging Super Formula team "wasted" a chance to win last weekend's Fuji race by failing to make use of the safety car period that allowed Ukyo Sasahara to come through for victory.

Fenestraz "surprised" by Yamamoto move after huge crash Fuji II
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Fenestraz "surprised" by Yamamoto move after huge crash

Sacha Fenestraz says he's "really surprised" about the contact with Naoki Yamamoto that led to his huge crash in Sunday's Fuji Super Formula race, given Yamamoto's considerable experience.

Sekiguchi frustrated to lose rare win chance to loose wheel

Yuhi Sekiguchi has expressed his frustration at letting a rare chance of a Super Formula win slip through his fingers at Fuji Speedway due to a loose wheel.

Fuji Super Formula: Sasahara gifted win by Sekiguchi disaster

Ukyo Sasahara was gifted a first race victory in Super Formula at Fuji Speedway as long-time leader Yuhi Sekiguchi lost a near-certain win after shedding a wheel.

Miyata criticises "harsh" red flag rules after losing Fuji times

Ritomo Miyata feels losing all of his qualifying times for this weekend’s Fuji Super Formula round due to causing a red flag following a mechanical failure is overly harsh.

Fuji Super Formula: Sekiguchi ends Nojiri's pole streak

Yuhi Sekiguchi topped a rain-soaked qualifying for this weekend's Fuji Super Formula round, ending reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri's streak of pole positions.

How TCS boosts motorsport with IT into Super Formula’s next era

In the final installment of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) series introducing the companies behind motorsport, we look at the partnership between TCS, a Tata Group company and a core part of India's giant conglomerate, and Nakajima Racing – its current activities and where it is going from here.

Fenestraz feels title bid possible after first Super Formula win

Sacha Fenestraz reckons he has a shot at Super Formula title glory this year with Kondo Racing following his first victory in the series last month at Sugo.

Super Formula mid-season review ft. Joao Paulo de Oliveira

Now we’re halfway through the 2022 Super Formula season, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the campaign so far, with the help of 2010 series champion and commentator Joao Paulo de Oliveira.

Fukuzumi: First points for Drago Corse a confidence booster

Nirei Fukuzumi says his top 10 finish in last weekend’s Sugo Super Formula round will act as a major confidence booster for Drago Corse, even if the team’s race pace left much to be desired.

Yamamoto sees glimmer of hope after Sugo Super Formula round

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto feels he's made "a lot of progress" in the Japanese single-seater series after setting the fastest time in the first qualifying group at Sugo.

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.