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Otsu completes Mugen Super Formula line-up

Honda protege Hiroki Otsu has been named as Mugen's second driver for the 2021 Super Formula season.

Sugo escapes damage as earthquake hits northern Japan

The Sugo track in northern Japan has reported it has escaped damage from the earthquake that struck the country on Saturday night.

Super Formula reveals 2021 pre-season test dates

Super Formula has revealed its pre-season test dates for the 2021 season, on top of confirming the calendar that was published last December.

Matsushita's Super Formula seat hanging in the balance

At one stage it seemed certain Nobuharu Matsushita would continue to drive for B-Max Racing in Super Formula this year, but confirmation has not been forthcoming as Honda drags its feet.

Otsu set to fill Mugen Super Formula vacancy

Hiroki Otsu has emerged as the favourite to land the vacant Super Formula seat with leading Honda squad Team Mugen.

Toyota names Super Formula drivers for 2021 season

Toyota has revealed its line-up of Super Formula drivers for the 2021 season, as Ritomo Miyata steps up to fill the vacancy created by departing 2019 champion Nick Cassidy.

HPD offers Super Formula scholarship to FR Americas champion

Honda Performance Development has announced the creation of a scholarship fund worth $600,000 for the winner of this year's Formula Regional Americas championship to race in Super Formula.

Makino discharged from hospital after one month

Tadasuke Makino has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home, the reigning SUPER GT champion said in a short video online.

Honda reveals Super Formula driver reshuffle for 2021

Honda has confirmed details of its Super Formula reshuffle for the 2021 season, with reigning champion Naoki Yamamoto moving teams for the second time in three years.

B-Max and Motopark Super Formula tie-up set to end

B-Max Racing and Motopark’s association will not continue into the 2021 Super Formula season, has learned.

Cassidy open to future return to Japanese racing

Formula E-bound Nick Cassidy says he is open to the possibility of returning to Japanese racing once travel restrictions subside.

Yamamoto and Makino set for Super Formula seat swap

Honda drivers Naoki Yamamoto and Tadasuke Makino appear on course to swap Super Formula seats for the 2021 season.

Calderon felt "valued" for first time in Super Formula

Tatiana Calderon says she felt "valued" for the first time in her single-seater career racing for the Drago Corse team in Super Formula last year.

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.

Gallery: Iconic Japanese racing liveries, then and now

With the famous Raybrig colour scheme set to disappear from the SUPER GT grid this year, we've put together a selection of images of the most famous liveries that have been around for a decade or longer in Japan's top two categories of motorsport.

Kobayashi struggled with Super Formula "rhythm" in 2020

Kamui Kobayashi admits he found it hard to find a "rhythm" in Super Formula this season after missing races due to his Toyota LMP1 duties.

The Top 10 Super GT/Super Formula drivers of 2020

One driver may have walked away with the top prize in both SUPER GT and Super Formula season, but there was no shortage of other standouts in one of the most intense and dramatic years on the Japanese domestic scene in recent memory.

Ishiura confirms retirement from Super Formula

Two-time Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura has confirmed that the 2020 season was his last in the single-seater category.

"Unlucky" Fenestraz relieved to conclude rookie season

Sacha Fenestraz says he is glad that an "unlucky" incident-filled first season in Super Formula has come to a close.

Super Formula averts WEC clash with revised schedule

Super Formula has revealed a revised seven-round schedule for the 2021 season, alleviating a clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Fukuzumi ends Super Formula post-season test on top

Dandelion Racing's Nirei Fukuzumi concluded Super Formula's post-season test at Fuji Speedway with the quickest time.

Yamamoto tops first day of Fuji test after switching teams

Naoki Yamamoto topped the opening day of post-season Super Formula testing at Fuji Speedway following his surprise switch to Nakajima Racing.

Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title Fuji
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Hirakawa has "no regrets" about falling short of title

Ryo Hirakawa insists he has "no regrets" about coming up two points shy of his first Super Formula title after losing out to Naoki Yamamoto in last weekend's title-deciding race at Fuji Speedway.

Yamamoto switches to Nakajima Racing for Fuji test

Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto will drive for Nakajima Racing in this week's post-season test at Fuji Speedway.

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.

Cassidy: Yamamoto should've won title "much more easily" Fuji
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Cassidy: Yamamoto should've won title "much more easily"

Naoki Yamamoto should have won this year's Super Formula title "much more easily" considering Honda's engine advantage, says Nick Cassidy.

Fuji Super Formula: Yamamoto earns third title, Tsuboi wins Fuji
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Fuji Super Formula: Yamamoto earns third title, Tsuboi wins

Naoki Yamamoto won his third Super Formula title with a fifth-place finish in the Fuji Speedway decider, as Sho Tsuboi rounded off the season with victory.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri grabs vital pole, Cassidy last

Tomoki Nojiri scored pole position for the Super Formula title decider at Fuji Speedway, as Nick Cassidy ended up last on the grid after being penalised for exceeding track limits.

Two-time champion Ishiura set for last Super Formula race

Two-time Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura is set to step away from the series after this weekend’s Fuji season finale, understands.

Honda speed leaves Hirakawa "gloomy" about title chances

Honda's straight line speed advantage during Super Formula practice at Fuji Speedway has left Ryo Hirakawa "feeling gloomy" for his prospects of winning the title.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri leads Mugen 1-2 in practice

Tomoki Nojiri set the pace in practice for this weekend's Super Formula title decider at Fuji Speedway, leading a one-two for the Mugen Honda squad ahead of teammate Ukyo Sasahara.

Cassidy using "very old" engine for Super Formula decider

TOM'S driver Nick Cassidy has revealed he is having to use a "very old" engine for his final Super Formula race this weekend at Fuji Speedway.

Hirakawa resigned to chance of second Fuji title defeat

Ryo Hirakawa says that the bitter experience of losing the SUPER GT title at Fuji Speedway means he's taking nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's final Super Formula round at the same track.

Makino withdraws from Fuji Super Formula finale

Tadasuke Makino will miss this weekend’s Super Formula season finale at Fuji Speedway, and will be replaced at Nakajima Racing by Hiroki Otsu.

Calderon "getting closer" to first Super Formula points

Tatiana Calderon says she believes she is "getting closer" to her first points finish in Super Formula after matching her best finish of the season so far at Suzuka last weekend.

Suzuka "felt like first round" for embattled Sasahara

Mugen driver Ukyo Sasahara says that last weekend's Suzuka double header "felt like the first round" of the Super Formula season after qualifying in the top three for the second race.

Hirakawa concerned by "scary" Suzuka punctures

Joint Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa has expressed his concerns at the number of punctures seen in last weekend's Suzuka double header following the introduction of tyre warmers.

Matsushita sorry to team after Suzuka pit blunder

Nobuharu Matsushita admits he made a mistake not pitting under the safety car in last weekend's second Suzuka Super Formula race, contrary to the instructions given to him by the B-Max Racing team.

Fenestraz blames Kobayashi for latest Super Formula DNF Suzuka II
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Fenestraz blames Kobayashi for latest Super Formula DNF

Sacha Fenestraz says Kamui Kobayashi was at fault in the incident that caused his fourth Super Formula non-finish in five starts at Suzuka.

How Honda's “mentally exhausted” young star came good Suzuka II
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How Honda's “mentally exhausted” young star came good

Honda protege Toshiki Oyu became the sixth different Super Formula race winner of the season on Sunday, but up to that point the rookie’s season had been anything but plain sailing.

Cassidy: Losing victory to engine blow-up "heartbreaking" Suzuka II
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Cassidy: Losing victory to engine blow-up "heartbreaking"

Nick Cassidy has described losing a likely victory in Sunday's Suzuka Super Formula race to an engine failure as "heartbreaking".

Suzuka Super Formula: Oyu wins as title race tightens Suzuka II
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Suzuka Super Formula: Oyu wins as title race tightens

Honda protege Toshiki Oyu scored his first Super Formula victory in the penultimate round of the season at Suzuka, as the title race took another dramatic turn.

Suzuka Super Formula: Cassidy gets first pole since 2018

Nick Cassidy scored his first Super Formula pole in more than two years for the second leg of this weekend's Suzuka double header, setting another new course record.

Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash Suzuka
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Sasahara: Video doesn't tell story of huge Suzuka crash

Ukyo Sasahara has offered his version of the huge Turn 1 crash in Saturday's Suzuka Super Formula race, saying the reality on the race track was "completely different" to that suggested by the TV pictures.

Suzuka Super Formula: Yamamoto wins crash-filled race

Naoki Yamamoto took a first win of the Super Formula season in an incident-strewn first leg of this weekend's Suzuka double header, as pre-race points leader Ryo Hirakawa was caught up in a major crash.

Suzuka Super Formula: Yamamoto smashes record for pole

Naoki Yamamoto scored his first pole position of the Super Formula season for the opening leg of this weekend's Suzuka double header, as points leader Ryo Hirakawa was again consigned to the back of the grid.

Hirakawa using Super Formula to forget Super GT heartbreak

Ryo Hirakawa says he is using this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula double-header as an opportunity to "forget" his painful defeat in last weekend's SUPER GT title-decider.

Suzuka Super Formula: Hirakawa leads Nojiri in practice

Super Formula points leader Ryo Hirakawa set the pace in practice for this weekend's Suzuka double-header with a new lap record around the Japanese Grand Prix venue.

Super Formula doubles OTS allocation at Suzuka

Super Formula has announced that the usual allocation for its Overtake System (OTS) will be doubled for the second race in this weekend's Suzuka double-header.

Matsushita set to see out Super Formula season with B-Max

Ex-Formula 2 racer Nobuharu Matsushita is poised to see out the Super Formula season with the B-Max Racing team following his return to the Japanese series last time out at Autopolis.

Super Formula tyre warmer ruling draws sceptical reaction

Super Formula points leader Ryo Hirakawa admits he is sceptical about the championship's move to allow the use of tyre warmers for the final three rounds of the season.

Habsburg "very interested" in racing in Japan in 2021

Ferdinand Habsburg says he is exploring the possibility of racing in Japan next year, as he evaluates his options following the demise of the DTM’s Class One regulations.

Why Super Formula’s ‘F1 finishing school’ days appear over 

With two of Super Formula’s biggest international names walking away from the series mid-season, Jamie Klein wonders if the championship’s days as a Formula 1 finishing school are effectively at an end.

Matsushita has only '50/50' chance of racing at Suzuka

Nobuharu Matsushita says his chances of being back for the next Super Formula round at Suzuka are '50/50' after joining B-Max Racing for last weekend’s Autopolis race.

Calderon 'finally' understanding Super Formula tyres

Tatiana Calderon says she feels she is finally getting to grips with Super Formula’s tyres after making her second start in the Japanese series last weekend at Autopolis.

Fenestraz would be happy to finish last after third DNF

Sacha Fenestraz says he doesn’t care if he finishes last in his next Super Formula race, after suffering an early retirement for the third time in row at Autopolis last weekend.

Hirakawa frustrated to lose chance to win from 19th

Super Formula championship leader Ryo Hirakawa believes a slow pitstop cost him the chance of winning from 19th on the grid at Autopolis.

Yamamoto left to rue ‘what-ifs’ after Autopolis defeat

Naoki Yamamoto was left to regret several ‘what-if’ scenarios after his defeat to fellow Honda Super Formula driver Tomoki Nojiri at Autopolis.

Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri beats Yamamoto to win Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri beats Yamamoto to win

Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri scored his and Team Mugen's first Super Formula victory of the season at Autopolis after overcoming Naoki Yamamoto in a tense conclusion to the race.