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Makino explains dismal Motegi Super Formula showing

Tadasuke Makino believes that his struggles in last weekend’s opening Super Formula round in Motegi were related to the high temperatures, which he hopes will be less of a problem in future races.

Opinion: Why Super Formula needs to bring back pitstops

Super Formula scrapping mandatory pitstops predictably led to a boring race last weekend at Motegi. And removing any strategic element has robbed the Japanese series of a large part of its appeal, argues Jamie Klein.

Super Formula "tougher than expected" for Vips substitute

Red Bull junior Juri Vips' Super Formula replacement Ukyo Sasahara admits his debut in the series was "tougher than I expected".

Cassidy calls Motegi race the "most boring of my life"

Reigning Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy has declared Sunday's Motegi season opener "the most boring race of my life".

Calderon satisfied to hold off Yamamoto in last-lap battle

Tatiana Calderon says she was satisfied to come out on top of a late-race battle with two-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto in her first race in the Japanese series.

Super Formula drivers admit start dictated Motegi result

The top three finishers in Sunday's Super Formula season opener at Motegi have all conceded that their finishing positions were essentially dictated at the very start of the race.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa takes lights-to-flag win Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa takes lights-to-flag win

Ryo Hirakawa took a comfortable lights-to-flag victory in the opening Super Formula race of the season at Motegi, as Kenta Yamashita beat Sacha Fenestraz to second place.

Natori withdraws from Super Formula opener

Teppei Natori has withdrawn from Super Formula's season-opening race at Motegi after suffering from dehydration on Saturday.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa beats Fenestraz to pole

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa secured pole position for the opening round of the new Super Formula season at Motegi by three tenths of a second ahead of rookie Sacha Fenestraz.

Rookie’s Super Formula debut in doubt after dehydration

Teppei Natori’s Super Formula debut has been thrown into doubt after he suffered from dehydration during Saturday’s track action at Motegi.

Calderon feeling "more and more confident" in Super Formula

Tatiana Calderon says she is feeling "more and more confident" in Super Formula ahead of her first race in the series this weekend in Motegi.

Motegi Super Formula: Hirakawa sets pace in practice

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa set the pace across Saturday's practice sessions for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula season opener.

Super Formula reveals Motegi qualifying groups

Super Formula has revealed the qualifying draw for this weekend's Motegi season opener after changing its regulations for the 2020 season.

Motegi Super Formula: Sekiguchi tops pre-event test

Impul Toyota driver Yuhi Sekiguchi set the pace in Super Formula's pre-event test session at Motegi, ahead of this weekend's first round of 2020.

B-Max scales back to one car for Super Formula opener

B-Max Racing with Motopark has entered just one car in this weekend's Motegi Super Formula opener for ex-FIA Formula 3 racer Teppei Natori.

Toyota WEC drivers get late clearance to race at Motegi

Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship stars have been granted a late exemption to Japan's quarantine rules, enabling them to take part in next weekend's Motegi Super Formula opener.

Drivers fear Super Formula opener will be "like F3 race"

Super Formula drivers believe that the Motegi season opener this weekend will be "like a Formula 3 race" because of the lack of strategy options.

Vips won't race in Motegi Super Formula opener

Red Bull junior driver Juri Vips will not be on the grid for the Super Formula season opener next weekend at Motegi.

Calderon to race at Motegi; Vips, Sette Camara still in doubt

Tatiana Calderon will compete in this month’s Motegi Super Formula opener after making it to Japan ahead of the quarantine deadline.

Vips to travel to Japan despite risk of entry refusal

Red Bull junior Juri Vips will make a last-ditch attempt to travel to Japan this week in time for the Super Formula season, despite the risk that he will be turned away at the border.

Super Formula to hold extra test session at Motegi

Super Formula has announced it will hold a two-hour test session ahead of the opening round of the 2020 season at Motegi this month.

Who could stand in for Super Formula's 'Motegi seven'?

Super Formula is set to be without more than a third of its regular grid when the season gets underway later this month. Jamie Klein assesses which drivers are likely to get the nod to stand in for the 'Motegi seven'.

Seven Super Formula drivers could miss Motegi opener

Up to seven drivers could be forced to miss the Super Formula opener at Motegi next month, as it looks increasingly unlikely Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship stars will be able to take part.