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Super Formula brings back mandatory pitstop for Okayama

Super Formula has decided to bring back the mandatory pitstop for this weekend's second round of the season at Okayama.

Calderon forced to miss Okayama Super Formula round

Tatiana Calderon will not participate in this weekend's second round of the Super Formula season at Okayama, her Drago Corse team has announced.

Super GT driver Takaboshi handed Super Formula debut

Nissan SUPER GT driver Mitsunori Takaboshi will make his Super Formula debut next weekend at Okayama driving for the B-Max Racing squad.

Vips stays at DAMS for Sochi, will miss Okayama SF race

Red Bull junior Juri Vips will remain with the DAMS Formula 2 team for the next round at Sochi, and therefore will skip the clashing Okayama Super Formula race.

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.

Cassidy clarifies 2020 season his last in Super Formula

Nick Cassidy has clarified that the 2020 Super Formula season will be his last in the category, as he prepares to switch to Formula E in 2021.

What's coming up on this weekend

Choose from over 35 livestreams on this weekend - totaling almost 100 hours of live racing at your fingertips.

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.

Ten storylines to follow in Super Formula this season

This weekend marks the long-awaited return to action for Japan's Super Formula series after a hiatus of five months. Jamie Klein is your guide to the storylines to follow in Motegi and beyond.

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.

Super Formula could use dropped scores in 2020

Super Formula could implement a system of dropped scores this year in order to help the seven drivers who are set to miss the Motegi opener due to travel restrictions.

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.

Super Formula unveils seven-round 2021 calendar

Super Formula has revealed a full seven-round calendar for the 2021 season, weeks before the 2020 season is due to get underway at Motegi following the coronavirus-induced delay.

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.

Cassidy replaces Bird at Virgin FE team for 2020/21

Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy will join Envision Virgin Racing for the 2020/21 Formula E season, replacing the Jaguar-bound Sam Bird.

Super Formula shortens races, scraps pitstops in 2020

Super Formula is shortening its race lengths for the 2020 season and abandoning compulsory pitstops due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Yamashita faces uncertainty over 2020 WEC plans

Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita faces a possible scheduling headache that could force him to miss races in the FIA World Endurance Championship or Super Formula later this year.

Vips adds Formula Regional Europe to 2020 programme

Red Bull protege Juri Vips will contest the 2020 Formula Regional European Championship with KIC Motorsport.

Super Formula season to stretch into late December

The 2020 Super Formula season will conclude just five days before Christmas according to a draft calendar obtained by

The quirky rules that denied a driver two titles

By rights, Andre Lotterer should be a three-time champion in Super Formula. But instead the German bowed out of the series with just one title to his name. So what happened to the other two?

The F1 reject that went on to destroy his opposition

Toranosuke Takagi's brief Formula 1 career isn't usually remembered fondly, but his clear potential in grand prix racing went frustratingly unfulfilled - as he demonstrated by absolutely demolishing his opposition in Formula Nippon the year after losing his seat.

The last female racer to reach Japan's top level

Having a female driver on the starting grid is actually nothing new for Japan's top single-seater championship. But the last one to have a go disappeared after just two races, having left a poor impression.

Super Formula drivers set for first Virtual race

Super Formula will hold its first official Virtual Race this week, featuring 16 of the series' real-life drivers.

Vips was "lucky" to avoid Red Bull axe last year

Red Bull junior Juri Vips has admitted he feels "lucky" to have been retained by the energy drinks giant for 2020 off the back of his run to fourth place in FIA Formula 3 last year.

Auer has made "huge step" since Super Formula stint

Lucas Auer has made a “huge step” after a year away in Super Formula and should find it “easy” to adjust to the demands of the DTM this season, according to ITR chairman Gerhard Berger.

Sugo becomes latest postponed Super Formula round

Super Formula has announced the postponement of its Sugo round in June amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Fenestraz: TOM'S wanted me in Super Formula too

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed that Toyota flagship outfit TOM'S wanted him for its Super Formula programme this season as well as for SUPER GT.

"Mega" Fukuzumi tipped for Super Formula title bid

Reigning Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy has backed Nirei Fukuzumi to star in this year's title fight off the back of his performance in last month's Fuji pre-season test.

Super Formula drivers split on 2020 rule changes

The sporting rule changes made for this year's Super Formula season have drawn a mixed response from drivers.

Star rookie Oyu worried about losing Fuji momentum

Star Super Formula rookie Toshiki Oyu admits he is concerned about losing the momentum gained from a strong showing in last month's Fuji pre-season test during a long period of inactivity.

Super Formula turns Suzuka decider into double header

The 2020 Super Formula season will conclude with a double header at the Suzuka Circuit after the championship opener at the same venue was postponed due to coronavirus.

Sette Camara: Super Formula on a par with IndyCar

Sergio Sette Camara believes that the level in Super Formula is on a par with the NTT IndyCar Series having taken part in pre-season testing for both championships.

Calderon thought she'd be "further off" at Fuji

Tatiana Calderon says she is comfortable with the gap between her and the pacesetters after Super Formula pre-season testing at Fuji as she thought she would be further behind.

Mugen driver manager tested positive for coronavirus

The manager of one of Mugen’s two Super Formula drivers has been tested positive for coronavirus, the Japanese team announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Super Formula postpones May's Autopolis race

Super Formula has announced that the Autopolis race that was due to be held in May has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Super Formula season could finish in December

The 2020 Super Formula season could conclude as late as December due to the disruption caused to the schedule by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Super GT and Super Formula tests called off

This weekend’s second SUPER GT pre-season test at Fuji Speedway has been called off amid the global coronavirus pandemic, while Super Formula has also abandoned its Suzuka test.

How Super Formula dodged motorsport's new reality

Super Formula holding a pre-season test at a time where the rest of motorsport finds itself in a coronavirus-induced holding pattern made for a unique, almost unsettling experience. But how was it able to do so?

Gallery: Super Formula presses on with Fuji test

With the rest of the motorsport world on hold amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Super Formula provided fans with some rare on-track action this week at Fuji Speedway as pre-season testing began.

Fukuzumi sweeps final day of Fuji Super Formula test

Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi once again topped the times in the fourth and final session of Super Formula's pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Fukuzumi quickest in third Fuji test session

Dandelion Racing driver Nirei Fukuzumi set the fastest time in the third session of Super Formula pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway, leading a one-two for Honda.

Kobayashi explains Fuji Super Formula test crash

Kamui Kobayashi says the crash that cost him half a day of running on the first day of Super Formula testing at Fuji was a result of pushing too hard and too early on cold tyres.