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Alesi: Super Formula Lights title near miss could impact future

Giuliano Alesi says his future on the Japanese racing scene remains unclear after his Super Formula Lights title near miss last weekend at Motegi.

Fenestraz stands by early slick call despite spin

Sacha Fenestraz maintains his decision to switch to slick tyres early in last weekend’s Motegi Super Formula race was the right thing to do, despite his spin.

How Otsu ended a Red Bull losing streak dating back to Gasly

Prior to last weekend's Motegi round, it had been four years since Mugen’s Red Bull-liveried #15 car won a Super Formula race. Here’s how unheralded rookie Hiroki Otsu managed to do what his more esteemed predecessors couldn’t.

Calderon's Super Formula comeback plagued by throttle issues

Tatiana Calderon has revealed her comeback Super Formula race last weekend at Motegi was plagued by throttle issues, which she suspects contributed to her race-ending crash.

Yamamoto takes blame for Hirakawa incident: "I lost focus" Motegi II
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Yamamoto takes blame for Hirakawa incident: "I lost focus"

Outgoing Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto has taken the blame for the crash that took he and Ryo Hirakawa out of Sunday's Motegi race, admitting he "lost focus" on his rival due to another incident up ahead.

Nojiri admits to "inferiority complex" after taking SF title Motegi II
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Nojiri admits to "inferiority complex" after taking SF title

Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri has admitted he has felt an "inferiority complex" for much of his career owing to a lack of title success prior to this season.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race Motegi II
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri wrapped up the 2021 Super Formula title with a fifth place finish at Motegi, as teammate Hiroki Otsu clinched his maiden race victory.

Natori beats Alesi to Super Formula Lights title

Teppei Natori clinched the Super Formula Lights title with a race to spare at Motegi on Sunday morning, putting the prize beyond reach of nearest rival Giuliano Alesi.

Nojiri wants to have race 'worthy of a champion' at Motegi Motegi II
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Nojiri wants to have race 'worthy of a champion' at Motegi

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri says he wants to put on a performance in Sunday's Motegi race befitting of a champion, as he seeks to wrap up the title with a race to spare.

Hirakawa was "too slow" with Motegi qualifying tyre call

Ryo Hirakawa believes he made the right call to switch to wet tyres following his Q2 elimination in qualifying for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula round, but concedes his Impul team was "too slow" to decide.

Motegi Super Formula: Tyre gamble propels Otsu to first pole

Mugen Honda driver Hiroki Otsu scored his first Super Formula pole position for this weekend's penultimate round of the season at Motegi after opting for slick tyres on a drying track.

Nakajima "half happy" about Alesi's success in his absence Motegi II
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Nakajima "half happy" about Alesi's success in his absence

Kazuki Nakajima says he was "half happy" to see his TOM'S Super Formula replacement Giuliano Alesi perform well in his absence as he returns to the cockpit this weekend at Motegi.

Opinion: Super Formula needs to change to ensure its survival

Against a backdrop of dwindling fan interest and disillusioned drivers, it's clear Super Formula has hit a low ebb in 2021. Bold action is needed to restore Japan's premier single-seater series to its former greatness, says Jamie Klein.

Fenestraz braced for tough comeback Super Formula races

Sacha Fenestraz says he is under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge he faces on his return to Super Formula action this weekend at Motegi after nine months away from the series.

Final two Super Formula races key to Calderon's future

Tatiana Calderon says the final two races of the Super Formula season will be critical in deciding if she stays on in Japan for a third season in 2022, as she gets set to return to the series at Motegi.

Toyota's Miyata still targeting F1 superlicence this season

Toyota Super Formula driver Ritomo Miyata says he still harbours ambitions of earning a Formula 1 superlicence this season, even though he concedes an eventual move to grand prix racing is unlikely.

Fenestraz set for Super Formula return after visa breakthrough Motegi II
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Fenestraz set for Super Formula return after visa breakthrough

Sacha Fenestraz is finally set to return to Super Formula action for next month’s penultimate round of the season at Motegi after being issued a Japanese visa.

Nakajima to make Super Formula return at Motegi Motegi II
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Nakajima to make Super Formula return at Motegi

Kazuki Nakajima will make his first Super Formula return in next month's penultimate round of the season at Motegi, with Giuliano Alesi set to focus solely on his Super Formula Lights commitments.

Kobayashi set for Super Formula return next month

Kamui Kobayashi will make his first Super Formula appearance of the year in next month's penultimate round of the season at Motegi, his KCMG team has clarified.

Impul boss Hoshino urges Hirakawa to seize Toyota WEC chance

Impul Super Formula boss and Japanese racing legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino has urged his driver Ryo Hirakawa to seize the "rare" chance he's been given to join Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship line-up.

Five races, no points: What's going on with Kenta Yamashita?

Kenta Yamashita has still yet to score any points so far this year in Super Formula, and his Kondo Racing team is baffled by its loss of form. With only two races of the season left, is there any chance of turning the tide?

Alesi looks back on toughest Super Formula race so far

Giuliano Alesi admits he "didn't feel confident to attack" in last weekend's Super Formula race at Motegi in his most difficult outing to date in the Japanese single-seater series.

Yamamoto feels on cusp of Super Formula breakthrough

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he feels close to a breakthrough with Nakajima Racing despite failing to score points for a second race in a row at Motegi.

Explained: How first-lap chaos unfolded at Motegi

Three drivers were knocked out on the opening lap of last weekend's Motegi Super Formula race, but the TV cameras didn't offer a full view of what happened. Here, we unpick what happened after speaking to those involved.

Rivals admit Nojiri was “impossible” to beat at Motegi Motegi
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Rivals admit Nojiri was “impossible” to beat at Motegi

Runaway Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri was impossible to beat in last weekend's Motegi race, admit the Mugen driver's closest rivals.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri inches closer to title with win Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri inches closer to title with win

Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri moved one step closer to lifting the 2021 Super Formula title with a commanding drive to victory from pole position at Motegi on Sunday.

Hirakawa perplexed by Motegi qualifying struggles Motegi
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Hirakawa perplexed by Motegi qualifying struggles

Ryo Hirakawa admits he's at a loss as to why he could only qualify sixth for this weekend's Super Formula round at Motegi, a track where he has excelled in recent seasons.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri takes pole with new lap record Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri takes pole with new lap record

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri scored a dominant pole position for this weekend's fifth round of the season at Motegi in a major boost to his hopes of winning this year's title.

Nissan's Takaboshi eyes full-time Super Formula move
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Nissan's Takaboshi eyes full-time Super Formula move

Mitsunori Takaboshi says a change in attitudes towards hiring Nissan-contracted drivers has given him hope of getting a full-time drive in Super Formula next season.

Fuji gets second race on 2022 Super Formula calendar
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Fuji gets second race on 2022 Super Formula calendar

A second race at Fuji Speedway has been added to a seven-round schedule for the 2022 Super Formula season.

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?

Oyu now biggest threat for Super Formula title - Hirakawa
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Oyu now biggest threat for Super Formula title - Hirakawa

Toshiki Oyu has emerged as the biggest threat in this year's Super Formula title battle following his performance in the most recent race at Sugo, according to Ryo Hirakawa.

Super Formula 2021: Mid-season driver ratings

With two months to wait for the next round of the Super Formula season, now is the ideal time to review the first half of the campaign and the performances of every driver in the field.

Sugo’s new pitlane exit branded “dangerous” by drivers

Sugo’s revised pitlane exit layout has attracted criticism from Super Formula drivers, who have labelled the new design “dangerous”.

Is this the weakest-ever Super Formula title defence?

After another poor weekend at Sugo, reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto is staring down the barrel of one of the worst title defences in the series’ recent history.

Alesi: First SF Lights wins make up for subdued Sugo race

Giuliano Alesi says getting his first Super Formula Lights wins under his belt at Sugo helped to make up for a subdued run in the main Super Formula event.

Matsushita vows to “calm down” after Sugo recovery charge

Nobuharu Matsushita has vowed to “calm down” in future Super Formula races after a costly qualifying off left him just shy of a podium finish at Sugo.

Fukuzumi was "praying" for no trouble on way to first win

Nirei Fukuzumi said he was "praying" that nothing would go wrong in the closing stages of last weekend's Sugo Super Formula race, as he finally secured an elusive first win in the single-seater category.

Points leader Nojiri made "mistake" with OTS tactics

Super Formula championship leader Tomoki Nojiri admits he made a tactical mistake in his late-race battle with Tadasuke Makino at Sugo, as he endured his worst weekend of the season so far.

Sugo Super Formula: Fukuzumi charges to maiden series win Sugo
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Sugo Super Formula: Fukuzumi charges to maiden series win

Dandelion Honda racer Nirei Fukuzumi romped to his maiden Super Formula win at Sugo after overhauling polesitter Yuhi Sekiguchi in the pits.

Sugo poleman Sekiguchi: "I've never been this happy!" Sugo
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Sugo poleman Sekiguchi: "I've never been this happy!"

Yuhi Sekiguchi says scoring his first Super Formula pole in almost three years at Sugo has provided him with the happiest moment of his career to date.

Sugo Super Formula: Sekiguchi scores first pole since 2018 Sugo
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Sugo Super Formula: Sekiguchi scores first pole since 2018

Impul Toyota driver Yuhi Sekiguchi scored his first Super Formula pole in almost three years in wet conditions at Sugo, while points leader Tomoki Nojiri could only manage 10th.

Sasahara attending Super Formula races as Honda reserve

Ukyo Sasahara is acting as Honda’s on-site reserve driver for the remainder of the current Super Formula season, starting this weekend at Sugo.

Nojiri bullish on Sugo chances “with or without” Hirakawa

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri says that Ryo Hirakawa’s absence from Sugo makes no difference to him, and that he plans to win “with or without” his closest championship rival present.

Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling
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Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling

Super Formula has indicated it has no real desire to bring back refuelling even after the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

Toyota youngster Sena Sakaguchi has been making waves in both SUPER GT and Super Formula this year. His performances might be giving his former employer Honda food for thought, says Jamie Klein.

Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines Sugo
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Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines

Super Formula's newest race winner Giuliano Alesi will contest a third successive race next weekend at Sugo as Japan's travel restrictions continue to prevent several series regulars from taking part.

Why the Super Formula title battle looks as good as over

The recent news that Ryo Hirakawa won't be on the grid for next weekend's fourth round of the Super Formula season at Sugo has Jamie Klein wondering if the title battle is already as good as over.

Honda admits 'leak' fears behind Matsushita refusal

Honda has revealed that fears of a “leak” to Nissan were behind Nobuharu Matsushita being initially not allowed to represent the manufacturer in Super Formula this season.

Super Formula drivers call for Autopolis changes

Leading Super Formula drivers have called for changes to be made to the Autopolis circuit following this month's rain-shortened race.

Makino could feel "big difference" with Dandelion car

Tadasuke Makino says he could feel a "big difference" in his first race weekend with his new Super Formula team Dandelion Racing, despite the atrocious conditions at Autopolis.

Yamamoto upbeat at Autopolis despite worst 2021 finish

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he finally felt "progress" with his Nakajima Racing last weekend at Autopolis, despite scoring his worst finish of the so far.

TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts Autopolis
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TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts

TOM’S boss Nobuhide Tachi says that Giuliano Alesi’s shock Super Formula win at Autopolis has allayed doubts he had pre-season that the Frenchman was ready to race in the series.

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.

Matsushita hails B-Max progress after Autopolis podium

Nobuharu Matsushita says the B-Max Racing Super Formula squad has "raised its standards" since its comeback to the series after scoring a shock podium from 13th on the grid at Autopolis.

Hirakawa "lucky" to suffer DNF in half-points race

Ryo Hirakawa admits the timing of his first non-finish of the 2021 Super Formula season at Autopolis is "lucky" given only half points were awarded in the rain-shortened race.

Five factors that enabled Alesi's first Super Formula win

In just his second Super Formula start, TOM'S substitute Giuliano Alesi converted pole position into victory at a soaking Autopolis. Here, we pick out five key factors that set the Frenchman up for an unlikely triumph.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi wins truncated race Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi wins truncated race

Giuliano Alesi claimed his maiden Super Formula victory in a rain-shortened race at Autopolis on Sunday, as points leader Tomoki Nojiri charged from outside the top 10 to fifth.

Heavy fog threatens Autopolis Super Formula race

Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season has been thrown into doubt as a result of a thick blanket of fog descending on Autopolis.

Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times" Autopolis
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Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times"

Giuliano Alesi says he is “over the moon” after clinching his maiden pole position in Super Formula, and feels it is a “reward for the tough times” he faced during his previous stint in Europe.