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Makino to make Super Formula return at Autopolis

Honda driver Tadasuke Makino will return to Super Formula at Autopolis next week after missing the opening two rounds of the season due to illness.

Calderon ruled out of Autopolis Super Formula round

Tatiana Calderon will not be able to take part in next weekend’s Autopolis Super Formula round after contesting last weekend’s Spa FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

How newlywed Fukuzumi has come of age in Super Formula

Moving from one side of the Dandelion Racing garage to the other in 2021, and some important off-track changes, have served to make Nirei Fukuzumi a true contender for Super Formula title honours this year.

Matsushita brands return Super Formula race a "disaster"

Nobuharu Matsushita has branded his return Super Formula race a "disaster" after finishing in a disappointing 13th at Suzuka on Sunday.

Runaway points leader Nojiri still feels "sense of danger"

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri insists that he still feels a "sense of danger" despite building a large lead at the head of the Super Formula points standings with two wins from the opening two races of the season.

Calderon left perplexed by backwards step at Suzuka

Tatiana Calderon was at a loss to explain a sudden loss of form during last weekend's second round of the Super Formula at Suzuka, as she qualified and finished at the rear of the field.

Alesi reflects on 'long and tough day' at Suzuka

Giuliano Alesi says he is satisfied to have come away with a points finish in his Super Formula debut for TOM'S after finishing ninth in last weekend's Suzuka race.

Yamamoto admits current poor form "embarrassing"

Defending Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto admits his current form in the series is "embarrassing" after a disappointing eighth-place finish at Suzuka last weekend.

Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend Suzuka
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Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend

Nirei Fukuzumi says he was devastated to have lost a clear shot at a first victory in Super Formula after a "perfect" weekend at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win Suzuka
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Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri became Super Formula’s first back-to-back race winner in three years at Suzuka after poleman Nirei Fukuzumi suffered a puncture while leading.

Hirakawa "doesn't understand" Honda's Suzuka Q3 leap

Ryo Hirakawa says his Q3 lap for this weekend's Suzuka Super Formula round was one of the best of his career, but can't understand how his Honda-powered rivals were able to find so much pace.

Matsushita 'gambling' on set-up on Super Formula return

Nobuharu Matsushita says he and his B-Max Racing team have had no choice but to "gamble" on set-up on their return to Super Formula action this weekend at Suzuka.

Alesi unfazed by double duty on Super Formula debut

Giuliano Alesi insists he is unfazed by the prospect of double duties this weekend at Suzuka as he makes his Super Formula debut alongside his regular Super Formula Lights commitments.

Suzuka Super Formula: Fukuzumi scores maiden pole

Dandelion Racing's Nirei Fukuzumi scored his first career Super Formula pole at Suzuka, edging out fellow Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri by just under two tenths of a second.

Fenestraz facing prolonged wait to return to Japan

Toyota driver Sacha Fenestraz potentially faces a prolonged wait before he is able to return to Japan and take up his seats in Super Formula and SUPER GT after missing the start of both campaigns this month.

Alesi named as Nakajima's replacement for Suzuka

Giuliano Alesi has been named as Kazuki Nakajima's replacement at TOM'S for next weekend's second round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Matsushita secures belated Super Formula return

Nobuharu Matsushita will make a surprise return to the Super Formula grid in this month’s second round of the season at Suzuka as part of a one-car B-Max Racing effort.

Okayama loses Super Formula date on revised calendar

Okayama has lost its place on the 2021 Super Formula calendar on a revised calendar issued on Monday, and will instead be replaced by a second round at Motegi.

How Sasahara proved he's more than a 'super-sub'

After losing his Mugen Super Formula seat over the winter, Ukyo Sasahara was handed a chance to deputise for Tadasuke Makino at Dandelion Racing - and he turned in a drive belying his 'super-sub' status.

Yamamoto takes blame for tired crew, slow pitstop

Naoki Yamamoto has accepted the blame for his slow pitstop in last weekend's Super Formula season opener at Fuji Speedway, saying he made his pit crew tired by staying at the track until late.

Tsuboi: Fuji struggles make 2020 win hard to explain

Sho Tsuboi admits his struggles in Super Formula's season opener at Fuji Speedway, combined with Honda's strength, make him question how he was able to win at the same track last season.

Hirakawa: Luck 'not on my side' in Fuji opener

Ryo Hirakawa admits that luck wasn't on his side in last weekend's Super Formula season opener as he finished fourth behind an all-Honda top three at Fuji Speedway.

Is Honda's late bloomer ready for Super Formula title glory?

Honda Super Formula stalwart Tomoki Nojiri defied pre-season predictions by winning last weekend's opening race of the season at Fuji Speedway. Now in his eighth season, is the 31-year-old finally ready to win the title?

Calderon disappointed to miss out on first points at Fuji Fuji
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Calderon disappointed to miss out on first points at Fuji

Tatiana Calderon says she was disappointed to miss out on her first Super Formula points finish at Fuji Speedway following her best-ever qualifying performance in the series.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri wins tense season opener Fuji
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Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri wins tense season opener

Tomoki Nojiri converted pole position into victory in a tense first race of the new Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway.

Honda runners out of reach at Fuji, admits Hirakawa

Ryo Hirakawa says there was no way he could have matched the Honda drivers in qualifying for Super Formula's season opener at Fuji Speedway, as Toyota continues to struggle with a top speed deficit.

Yamamoto sorry to new team for "pathetic" Q1 exit

Naoki Yamamoto says he accepts full responsibility for his Q1 exit in qualifying for this weekend's Super Formula season opener at Fuji Speedway, branding his performance "hopeless" and "pathetic".

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri on pole, Yamamoto out in Q1

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri scored the first pole position of the 2021 Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway, as defending champion Naoki Yamamoto was sensationally knocked out in Q1.

Alesi grateful for "special" TOM'S Super Formula chance

Giuliano Alesi says he's relishing the chance to race for TOM'S in Super Formula this season as a replacement for Kazuki Nakajima, but admits he "doesn't know what to expect" from his debut.

Five storylines to follow this year in Super Formula

The 2021 Super Formula season kicks off this weekend at Fuji Speedway, and there have no shortage of talking points after two pre-season tests. Jamie Klein selects five of the most significant to keep track of.

Kobayashi admits "selfishness" behind Fuji absence

Kamui Kobayashi admits that his "personal selfishness" has prevented him from racing in this weekend's Fuji Super Formula opener, as he prioritised participating in the Sebring 12 Hours over his Toyota commitments.

How does Yamamoto stack up against Japan's greats?

Naoki Yamamoto's haul of five titles across Super Formula and SUPER GT mark him out as statistically the most successful driver in Japan's top two series in recent years. But can he really be considered the equal of past legends?

Sasahara has "mixed feelings" about Dandelion chance

Ukyo Sasahara admits to having "mixed feelings" over the chance to deputise for the unwell Tadasuke Makino at the Dandelion Racing Super Formula team.

Kobayashi among absentees for Super Formula opener

Kamui Kobayashi will miss this weekend's opening round of the new Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway, with Kazuto Kotaka taking his place at the KCMG team.

Calderon wants answers after "strange" Fuji test issues

Tatiana Calderon says she hopes her Drago Corse Super Formula team can get to the bottom of the "strange" issues that affected her in this week's pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Pacesetter Oyu not intimidated by Yamamoto match-up

Fuji Super Formula test pace-setter Toshiki Oyu says he is relishing the chance to go up against three-time champion Naoki Yamamoto at Nakajima Racing this year.

Toyota WEC stars could miss most of Super Formula season

Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi appear set to miss the majority of the Super Formula season unless Japan’s current quarantine rules are eased.

Makino waiting to be in "perfect condition" for comeback

Honda driver Tadasuke Makino will not return to the cockpit until he is in “perfect condition” following his illness, according to his Super Formula team boss.

Super Formula doubles OTS allowance for all races

Super Formula has announced that drivers will have access to 200 seconds of Overtake System (OTS) boost this year in every race.

Fukuzumi fastest as Super Formula testing concludes

Honda driver Nirei Fukuzumi set the pace at Fuji Speedway for Dandelion Racing on Wednesday as Super Formula pre-season testing came to an end.

Yamamoto puzzled by lacklustre test form after team switch

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he's at a loss to explain his lacklustre pre-season testing form with his new team Nakajima Racing.

Oyu tops opening day of Fuji Super Formula test

Honda youngster Toshiki Oyu set the pace on the opening day of Super Formula's second pre-season test at Fuji Speedway, outpacing the rest of the field by more than three tenths of a second.

Tsunoda-beater Miyata frustrated at lack of overseas chance

Toyota protege Ritomo Miyata has voiced his frustration at not being handed a chance to prove himself overseas, despite having beaten AlphaTauri Formula 1 racer Yuki Tsunoda earlier in his career.

Mugen recruit Otsu feeling pressure of Red Bull colours

Team Mugen Super Formula driver Hiroki Otsu admits he feels extra pressure to perform in his rookie season as he carries the famous colours of energy drink giant Red Bull.

Opinion: Why Super Formula needs its own Super Licence

With B-Max Racing resorting to signing a teenage driver yet to complete a full season of single-seaters to race in Super Formula this season, Jamie Klein asks if it's time the Japanese series started tightening its entry requirements.

Ishiura gets Inging advisory role after SF retirement

Two-time Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura will continue to be part of the Inging Toyota squad this season as an advisor after stepping back from his race drive at the end of last season.

Baltas named on Super Formula entry list, set to miss Fuji

American teenager Yves Baltas has been named on the full-season entry list for the 2021 Super Formula season for B-Max Racing, but appears set to miss the opening round at Fuji.

Gallery: New Super Formula liveries on display at Suzuka

Check out the best images from this week's first Super Formula pre-season test at Suzuka, with plenty of new liveries for the 2021 season in evidence at the famous Japanese circuit.

Hirakawa concludes Suzuka test on top, Alesi fifth

Ryo Hirakawa concluded a rain-hit second day of Super Formula pre-season testing at Suzuka with the fastest time, as TOM'S substitute Giuliano Alesi broke into the top five.

Sasahara fastest at Suzuka as Alesi makes test debut

Dandelion Racing super-sub Ukyo Sasahara set the pace on the opening day of Super Formula pre-season testing at Suzuka, as Giuliano Alesi was handed his first test outing by TOM'S.

Calderon facing less pressure in second Super Formula season

Tatiana Calderon believes she is facing considerably less pressure ahead of her second Super Formula season, having proved she can hold her own in the series last year.

Yamamoto didn't want to "settle" with Dandelion

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto has explained his motivation behind his second change of team in two years, following his off-season switch to Nakajima Racing.

Striking new colours for Impul Super Formula team

Super Formula stalwart team Impul has revealed a striking new black-and-gold livery ahead of the 2021 season.

Sasahara replaces unwell Makino for Suzuka test

Ukyo Sasahara has been called up to replace the recovering Tadasuke Makino for this week's first Super Formula pre-season test at Suzuka.

Super Formula tweaks weekend format for 2021

Super Formula has changed the scheduled for its race weekends for the 2021 season, with the same-day qualifying and race format used last year being scrapped.

Alesi in frame for 2021 TOM'S Super Formula outings

Giuliano Alesi could make his Super Formula debut as soon as this season for TOM’S if Kazuki Nakajima misses races for his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments.

Mugen pays tribute to health workers with new livery

Team Mugen has revealed the livery Tomoki Nojiri's car will carry for the 2021 Super Formula season, paying tribute to Japan's healthcare professionals.

B-Max skips opening Super Formula pre-season test

Super Formula has released an 18-car entry list for next week's first official pre-season test at Suzuka, with B-Max Racing not taking part.

Alesi named in three-car TOM'S Super Formula Lights squad

Giuliano Alesi has been officially unveiled as one of three drivers in an expanded TOM'S line-up for the 2021 Super Formula Lights season.

American teenager Baltas set for Super Formula drive

B-Max Racing has secured its presence on the Super Formula grid this season with the signing of American teenager Yves Baltas, has learned.