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The Honda driver aiming to shed "quiet and shy" image

Honda driver Hiroki Otsu says he wants to overturn perceptions that he is "quiet and shy" next season after losing his drive in Super Formula for 2023.

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?

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.

Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win Suzuka
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Makino 'pushed too hard' in pursuit of first Super Formula win

Tadasuke Makino admits he pushed too hard, too soon in pursuit of a first Super Formula victory in wet conditions at Suzuka, as he ended up dropping to third place.

Honda drivers concerned by apparent Toyota top speed gains

Some of Honda's Super Formula drivers have expressed concerns about Toyota's domination of the leaderboard during last week's final pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Honda set for another Super Formula driver reshuffle

Honda is set for another reshuffle of its Super Formula drivers in 2022, with the Dandelion, Mugen and Nakajima teams all likely to get refreshed line-ups.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yamamoto didn't have "potential" for Sugo hat-trick

Naoki Yamamoto has conceded he simply didn't have the "potential" to score a third straight Super Formula win at Sugo last weekend, despite his most competitive showing of the season so far.

Yamamoto: I've already used up my dropped scores

Naoki Yamamoto says he can't afford any further poor results in Super Formula to have any chance of remaining in contention for a third title.

"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.

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 breaks Suzuka lap record on second test day

Nirei Fukuzumi unofficially broke the lap record for a Super Formula car at Suzuka to top the final day of post-season rookie testing on Thursday.

Yamamoto admits F1 run detracted from SF/SGT efforts

Naoki Yamamoto has conceded that his Formula 1 practice run with Toro Rosso caused him to switch his focus away from defending his SUPER GT and Super Formula titles.

Yamamoto: 'I can't win the title with my current driving'

Naoki Yamamoto doesn’t see foresee himself winning the 2019 Super Formula title “with my current driving,'' despite retaking the championship lead ahead of next month’s Suzuka title decider.

Cassidy: "No one expects me" to beat Yamamoto to title

TOM’S driver Nick Cassidy says “no one is expecting me” to defeat Naoki Yamamoto and claim the 2019 Super Formula title, despite the Kiwi seizing the championship lead at Motegi.

Yamamoto: Losing points leads highlights my "weakness"

Naoki Yamamoto says losing a previously-healthy Super Formula championship lead in last weekend's Motegi race has highlighted a “weakness” that he must cure to defend his title.

Sugo Super Formula: Fukuzumi leads Yamamoto in practice

Former Formula 2 driver Nirei Fukuzumi topped the first Super Formula practice at Sugo, leading home Dandelion Racing teammate Naoki Yamamoto.

Yamamoto: Podium in “wild” race justifies switching teams

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says his second-place finish in last weekend’s “wild” opening race at Suzuka shows that risking leaving his Mugen team was the right decision.

Yamamoto tops first Fuji Super Formula test day

Defending Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto set the pace as the second pre-season test of 2019 got underway at Fuji Speedway on Tuesday.

Fukuzumi tops final day of Suzuka Super Formula test

Ex-Formula 2 driver Nirei Fukuzumi set the pace as Super Formula’s two-day Suzuka test came to a conclusion on Tuesday.

Super Formula champion Yamamoto explains team switch

Defending Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says his decision to change teams over the winter stemmed from a desire to master race tracks other than Suzuka.

Fukuzumi tops first day of Super Formula test

Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi topped the timesheets on the opening day of Super Formula’s rookie test at Suzuka.

Matsushita pushing Honda for 2019 F2 return

Japanese racer Nobuharu Matsushita says he is pushing his employer Honda to grant him a return to Formula 2 in 2019, as he still harbours ambitions of racing in F1.

Super Formula team tests innovative visor display

A unique heads-up display was seen on a helmet visor for the first time during a development test conducted by Honda-affiliated Super Formula team Dandelion Racing.

Sugo Super Formula: Nojiri beats Kobayashi to pole

Tomoki Nojiri claimed pole position for the Sugo Super Formula round with a new lap record in Saturday’s qualifying session.