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Why are Honda's Super Formula stars skipping Suzuka test?

Nine Honda-powered cars will be taking part in this week’s post-season Super Formula test at Suzuka, but Tomoki Nojiri, Tadasuke Makino and Toshiki Oyu are all absent. So what’s going on?

Super Formula reveals Suzuka rookie test entry list

Super Formula has released an entry list for this week's two-day post-season rookie test at Suzuka with some surprise additions and absences.

Sasahara could replace Alesi at TOM'S for 2023

Ukyo Sasahara has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the twin vacancies at Toyota squad TOM’S in Super Formula and SUPER GT next season.

The Top 10 SUPER GT/Super Formula drivers of 2022

After another memorable season in Japan's two top motorsport categories, it's time to look back on the top performers across both SUPER GT and Super Formula in 2022.

Matsushita felt limitations of one-car B-Max team

Nobuharu Matsushita feels that he and his B-Max Racing outfit reached the limits of what is possible with a one-car team in Super Formula after what he described as a "nightmare" 2022 season.

Super Formula calendar set at nine races for 2023

The 2023 Super Formula season will comprise nine races according to an updated schedule released by Japanese governing body JAF.

Toyota's Miyata reveals Europe 'promise' with Fenestraz

Toyota driver Ritomo Miyata says he and SUPER GT teammate Sacha Fenestraz have promised each other they will race together in Europe in the future, following the latter's departure from the Japanese scene.

Honda's 2023 line-up taking shape, Oyu set for new team

Honda’s Super Formula driver roster for the 2023 season appears to be taking shape, but some key questions remain unresolved ahead of next week’s post-season rookie test at Suzuka.

Did Sato do enough in Super Formula to avoid Red Bull axe?

After just one season in Super Formula, Ren Sato has been axed by the Red Bull Junior Team, and his place on Honda’s 2023 roster is also uncertain. Jamie Klein looks back at the rookie’s campaign and asks if he deserves a second chance.

Toyota promotes Kotaka to Super Formula seat for 2023

Toyota has elected to promote junior driver Kazuto Kotaka to a spot on its Super Formula roster for 2023, replacing the departing Sacha Fenestraz.

Pourchaire's Super Formula test plans called off

Plans for Formula 2 runner-up Theo Pourchaire to contest the Super Formula post-season rookie test for the Kondo Racing team appear to have fallen through.

Tsuboi still ‘one step away’ from recovering past form

Toyota’s Sho Tsuboi feels he and his Inging Super Formula team are still “one step away” from rediscovering their past form after another disappointing season.

Kobayashi’s season never recovered from ‘disastrous’ tests

Kamui Kobayashi believes his Super Formula season never recovered from a pre-season testing period he says was a “disaster” for his KCMG team.

Red Bull junior Lawson set for Super Formula move

Red Bull protege Liam Lawson is set to race in Super Formula next year with title-winning Honda outfit Team Mugen.

Pourchaire in line for Super Formula test with Kondo Racing

FIA Formula 2 frontrunner Theo Pourchaire is in the frame for a Super Formula test outing next month as a potential replacement for Sacha Fenestraz at Kondo Racing.

Top SF/SGT engineer joins Toyota WEC Hypercar effort

Leading SUPER GT and Super Formula engineer Ryan Dingle will join Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship effort next season.

FR Americas champion Hyman seals HPD Super Formula scholarship

Raoul Hyman is set to race in Super Formula next year after clinching the HPD scholarship for winning the Formula Regional Americas title.

Honda Super Formula line-up in flux amid Team Goh doubts

Honda is facing a possible reduction in the number of Super Formula cars it runs in 2023, with Team Goh looking set to exit the championship entirely.

The Japanese ace ignored by F1 that future hopefuls must overcome

OPINION: Tomoki Nojiri has cemented himself as one of Japan's fastest stars, but his achievements will likely never get recognised outside of his homeland as chances of any Pierre Gasly-esque trips through Super Formula to Formula 1 have evaporated. But he could well mark himself as a benchmark that could help others progress onto the world stage.

Sasahara hopes for Honda "reward" for 2022 performances

Ukyo Sasahara says he hopes Honda will recognise his performances in Super Formula this year as he waits to learn whether he has a seat in the series for 2023.

Yamamoto not satisfied despite Nakajima Racing progress

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he still can't be satisified with his results at Nakajima Racing this year despite enjoying an improved season compared to 2021.

Hirakawa: Nojiri's "crazy" qualifying average sums up season

Ryo Hirakawa says that Tomoki Nojiri's "crazy" consistency in qualifying was what ultimately defined this year's Super Formula championship battle.

Fenestraz won't race in Super Formula during first FE season

Sacha Fenestraz will not contest any Super Formula races next year before the end of his first Formula E season, ruling him out of most of the 2023 campaign.

Nojiri elated after "miraculous" Super Formula season

Two-time Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri has described his title-winning 2022 campaign with Team Mugen as "miraculous" as he concluded a dominant season with a victory on Sunday at Suzuka.

Team Goh announces split with Red Bull Junior Team

Team Goh has announced it has split from the Red Bull Junior Team following the conclusion of the 2022 Super Formula season.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri ends season with dominant win Suzuka II
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Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri ends season with dominant win

Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored a second win of the season in dominant style in Sunday's final race of 2022 at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri storms to sixth pole of 2022

Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored his sixth pole position of the 2022 season in the final qualifying session of the year at Suzuka.

Fenestraz: "Weird" lack of pace after-effect of Fuji crash

Sacha Fenestraz believes his "weird" lack of pace in the penultimate race of the Super Formula season at Suzuka could be an after-effect of the heavy crash he suffered in July's Fuji round.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Sasahara wins race Suzuka II
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Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Sasahara wins race

Tomoki Nojiri clinched the 2022 Super Formula title with a race to spare after finishing second to Mugen teammate Ukyo Sasahara in the penultimate race of the season at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri puts one hand on title with pole

Tomoki Nojiri took a major step towards his second Super Formula title by scoring pole position for Saturday's penultimate round of the season at Suzuka.

Nojiri concerned for finale after "really bad" practice

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri says he can't feel confident of his chances of winning back-to-back titles this weekend at Suzuka after a "really bad" opening day of practice.

Doubts surface over 2023 Super Formula car introduction

Doubts have surfaced over whether Super Formula will be able to implement its planned 2023 car upgrade as hoped next year after the series declined to confirm its plans for next season on Friday.

Suzuka Super Formula: Oyu tops practice, Nojiri down in 16th

Nakajima Racing's Toshiki Oyu topped the sole free practice session for this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula season finale, as champion-elect Tomoki Nojiri ended up in a lowly 16th.

Super Formula reveals 2023 bodywork in Suzuka test

The bodywork that is likely to adorn the 2023 version of the Super Formula car has been publicly revealed in testing at Suzuka.

How Vandoorne helped shape Super Formula's new king

Honda’s Tomoki Nojiri stands on the cusp of becoming a two-time Super Formula champion in this weekend’s Suzuka finale. But back in 2016, the humbling experience of sharing a garage with future Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne set him on his current path.

Can Honda's struggling sophomore save his season at Suzuka?

Honda driver Hiroki Otsu was handed a big chance to burnish his Super Formula credentials this year at Dandelion Racing, but time is running out for him to prove he deserves to keep his place.

Toyota veteran Oshima unsure about Super Formula future

Toyota driver Kazuya Oshima admits he is uncertain about his future in Super Formula amid a fruitless season with Rookie Racing.

Fenestraz: SUPER GT stay unlikely, Super Formula still possible

Sacha Fenestraz admits racing in SUPER GT next year alongside Formula E is unlikely, leaving Super Formula as his only realistic option to continue his Japanese racing career in 2023.

Alesi convinced son Giuliano will have stronger 2023

Jean Alesi is convinced that his son Giuliano will be stronger in 2023 amid a bruising season in SUPER GT and Super Formula for the second-generation racer.

Honda's left-field pick for a shot at F1 feeder series glory

Honda junior drivers racing in Formula 2 has become a regular sight in recent years, but eight years ago the Japanese marque made a rather left-field choice for its first driver to send to race in the F1 support series.

Merhi enters Super Formula Lights finale with an eye on 2023

Ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will contest next week’s final round of the Super Formula Lights season at Okayama as he targets a drive in Super Formula for 2023.

Sasahara sure he should have been part of title fight

Team Mugen driver Ukyo Sasahara is convinced he would have been part of this year's Super Formula title battle without some of the bad luck he has encountered this season.

Toyota faces 2023 driver headache amid Fenestraz uncertainty

The fact that new Nissan Formula E signing Sacha Fenestraz is pushing to stay in Japan next season is great news for fans of Super Formula and SUPER GT, even if calendar clashes mean he won't be contending for either title next year.

When a future IMSA star was humbled by Super Formula

Renger van der Zande is now firmly established as one of the top drivers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but just over a decade ago a one-off outing at the wheel of a Super Formula car left a big impression on the Dutchman.

Fenestraz has "big chance" to stay in Japan alongside FE

Sacha Fenestraz is hoping to continue racing in either Super Formula or SUPER GT next season alongside his new Formula E commitments for Nissan.

Super Formula promises 50% reduction in dirty air for 2023

Super Formula has promised a reduction of up to 50 percent in dirty air for its 2023 car, as it closes on finalising the specifications for the upgraded SF19.

Nojiri knows title approach “may not be interesting to watch”

Tomoki Nojiri has conceded that his approach to winning the Super Formula title “may not be that interesting to watch” as he closed in on a second crown at Motegi last weekend.

How Impul duo produced a Super Formula battle for the ages

Sunday’s Motegi Super Formula race produced one of the best finishes the series has seen for years, as the battle between Impul teammates Yuhi Sekiguchi and Ryo Hirakawa went down to the wire.

Fenestraz shouldn't have listened to "terrible" strategy call

Sacha Fenestraz has expressed his frustration with what he labelled a “terrible” strategy that limited him to sixth place in Sunday’s Motegi Super Formula race.

Motegi Super Formula: Sekiguchi beats Hirakawa in thrilling duel Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Sekiguchi beats Hirakawa in thrilling duel

Yuhi Sekiguchi claimed his first Super Formula race victory since 2019 after beating his Impul teammate Ryo Hirakawa in a thrilling battle for supremacy.

Motegi Super Formula: Oyu gives Nakajima back-to-back poles

Toshiki Oyu scored his maiden Super Formula pole position for Sunday's second leg of the Motegi double-header, continuing Nakajima Racing's resurgence.

Yamamoto: Winning so easily "strange" after struggles

Naoki Yamamoto has admitted that the straightforward nature of his Motegi Super Formula win felt "strange" as he finally put an end to a run of torrid form since joining Nakajima Racing last year.

Hirakawa reveals leaking visor caused Motegi spins

Ryo Hirakawa has revealed that water getting inside his visor caused him to spin off during Saturday's Super Formula race at Motegi.

Motegi Super Formula: Yamamoto holds off Fenestraz for victory Motegi
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Motegi Super Formula: Yamamoto holds off Fenestraz for victory

Naoki Yamamoto scored his first Super Formula victory since 2020 after holding off Sacha Fenestraz in a wet seventh round of the season at Motegi.

Motegi Super Formula: Yamamoto scores first pole for Nakajima

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto signalled a long-awaited return to form with his first pole position as a Nakajima Racing driver for Saturday's seventh round of the season at Motegi.

Motegi Super Formula: Oyu leads practice, Nojiri ninth

Nakajima Racing's Toshiki Oyu set the pace in the sole free practice session for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula double-header.

Is winning in Super Formula really easier than in F2?

Super Formula has had an unusual number of first-time winners recently, and one of those caused a stir by suggesting that scoring a victory in Formula 2 was a harder achievement. But is that really the case? Jamie Klein analyses.

Super Formula outlines 2023 calendar

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

The circuit that "punishes" newcomers to Japan's racing scene

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.

Alesi “not losing hope” amid tough season in Japan

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.