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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.

Adelaide S5000: Herne wins, Cameron crashes out

Nathan Herne won the opening S5000 Tasman Series race in Adelaide after a challenge from Aaron Cameron ended with a crash.

Aitken joins AXR for Rolex 24, Dixon confirmed at Ganassi

The last remaining seats in Cadillac’s roster for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona have been filled by Williams F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken and six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

W Series champion Chadwick gets Indy NXT seat with Andretti

W Series champion and Williams young driver Jamie Chadwick has joined Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy NXT season, the team has announced.

Calderon: ‘All options open’ for 2023 after IndyCar sojourn

Tatiana Calderon feels she has “unfinished business” in IndyCar following the abrupt end to her 2022 campaign, but is open-minded about her 2023 options.

Doohan gets second F2 season with Virtuosi, Cordeel replaces Sato

Jack Doohan and Amaury Cordeel will drive for Virtuosi Racing for the 2023 FIA Formula 2 season, the team has confirmed.

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.

S5000 tweaks push-to-pass for Adelaide

S5000 has tweaked the deployment of its new push-to-pass system for this weekend's second Tasman Series round in Adelaide.

Hybrid parts supply-chain issue for 2024 IndyCars is improved

IndyCar president Jay Frye says that testing of the new 2.4-liter engines with hybrid component will proceed in plenty of time for the 2024 season after earlier parts supply-chain problems.

PHM Racing to take over Charouz F2 and F3 entries

PHM Racing will take over Charouz Racing System's entries and assets in FIA Formula 2 and 3 from 2023.

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.

Martins tops Abu Dhabi post-season F2 test for ART

Victor Martins topped the FIA Formula 2 post-season test in Abu Dhabi, driving for ART, the team with whom he won the 2022 Formula 3 title.

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.

S5000 horsepower cut for Adelaide

The S5000 cars will run at reduced power for their debut on the Adelaide street circuit next week.

Hy-Vee to sponsor Lundgaard’s RLL-Honda in IndyCar in 2023

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has swapped Christian Lundgaard and Jack Harvey’s car numbers for the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season, so that the reigning Rookie of the Year will become Hy-Vee’s primary representative going forward.

20 IndyCar races per year would be “sweet spot” says Frye

After the IndyCar demonstration in Argentina “wildly exceeded expectations”, series president Jay Frye says he would like to add more venues to the schedule.

Roger Penske to receive Autosport Gold Medal in London, England

‘The Captain’ of American motorsport, Roger Penske, will be the recipient of an Autosport Gold Medal at this year’s Autosport Awards in London next month.

Ricciardo set on F1 role in 2023, 'mentally not there' with IndyCar

Daniel Ricciardo maintains he has no interest in racing in IndyCar despite comments from Patricio O'Ward that he would relish the US series after leaving the McLaren Formula 1 team.

Novalak switches to Trident for second full F2 season

Clement Novalak has signed with Trident for his second full season in Formula 2, departing teams' title champion MP Motorsport ahead of 2023.

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.

Arthur Leclerc promoted to Formula 2 with DAMS in 2023

Arthur Leclerc will make the move up to FIA Formula 2 with DAMS in 2023, it has been announced.

Vesti switches to Prema for second season of F2

Mercedes junior driver Frederik Vesti will switch to Prema for his second season of Formula 2 in 2023, following a race-winning rookie campaign with ART Grand Prix.

F2 Abu Dhabi: Iwasa wins finale as Sargeant secures superlicence

Ayumu Iwasa held off a fierce challenge from Felipe Drugovich to secure his second FIA Formula 2 win of the season in Abu Dhabi, as Logan Sargeant secured his Formula 1 superlicence. 

F2 Abu Dhabi: Lawson wins red-flagged sprint race

Liam Lawson scored his fourth FIA Formula 2 win of 2022 in Abu Dhabi, snatching victory from Richard Verschoor in a red-flagged sprint race.

O’Ward: Ricciardo would love a move to IndyCar

Patricio O’Ward believes that Daniel Ricciardo would "love" a move to IndyCar racing should the Australian not continue his career in Formula 1 after 2023.

Women in Motorsports NA welcomes F1 academy for women

Lyn St. James and Beth Paretta of Women in Motorsports North America are enthused by Formula 1’s announcement of an all-female racing championship from 2023.

F2 Abu Dhabi: Iwasa leads DAMS 1-2 in truncated qualifying

Ayumu Iwasa led a DAMS 1-2 in the final FIA Formula 2 qualifying session of 2022 as a red flag ended running early. 

Kiel on Ganassi: “Total focus is on winning… and it shows”

Former Arrow McLaren SP president Taylor Kiel has been confirmed as Chip Ganassi Racing’s new team manager and explained, “You think, ‘Man, they’re doing something right and I want to know what that is!’”

Stefan Wilson joins Dreyer & Reinbold for 2023 Indy 500

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports have joined forces to enter Stefan Wilson in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The next steps for Pourchaire after an F2 title miss

Theo Pourchaire entered the 2022 Formula 2 season a firm favourite for the title after remaining with ART Grand Prix for a second season. But an unexpected charge from Felipe Drugovich and MP Motorsport meant the Frenchman was forced to settle for second. What went wrong for the Sauber protege, and where does he go from here?

Correa makes F2 return in Abu Dhabi with Van Amersfoort

Juan Manuel Correa will make his long-awaited Formula 2 comeback in the 2022 finale at Abu Dhabi, replacing David Beckmann at Van Amersfoort Racing.

Macrow to end full-time driving career

Australian open-wheel specialist Tim Macrow will call time on his full-time driving career following next month's Tasman Series finale in Adelaide.

IndyCar reveals big-name artists for concerts at Iowa in 2023

Hy-Vee IndyCar Race Weekend double-header will again feature concerts by global superstars.

Williams F1 junior O'Sullivan to join Prema for 2023 F3 season

Williams Formula 1 junior driver Zak O’Sullivan will join Prema for his second FIA Formula 3 season, moving over from Carlin.

New Zealand Grand Prix returns in 2023

The New Zealand Grand Prix will return to the Kiwi racing calendar in 2023 after being cancelled this year.

S5000 claims fastest ever Bathurst lap

James Golding lapped the Mount Panorama circuit faster than anybody officially on record during the Bathurst International weekend.

Pourchaire "pretty sure" he wouldn’t be on 2023 F1 grid even with F2 title

Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire says he is “pretty sure” he wouldn’t have a Formula 1 race seat for 2023 even if he had won the Formula 2 title.

Pierson becomes ECR development driver, targets IndyCar in 2025

Teenager Josh Pierson is to become the first driver of Ed Carpenter Racing’s new development program and aims to reach U.S. open-wheel racing’s top level in 2025.

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.

Ferrari-backed Bearman graduates to F2 with Prema

Ferrari academy driver Ollie Bearman will move up to FIA Formula 2 in 2023 with Prema, the team has announced.

Enzo Fittipaldi joins Red Bull programme for Carlin F2 move

Enzo Fittipaldi has become a full Red Bull junior driver and will compete for Carlin in his second full Formula 2 season in 2023.

Sato set to run oval-only IndyCar program and IMSA in 2023

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will likely race a third Dale Coyne Racing-Honda for the five oval IndyCar races next season and venture into IMSA.

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.

Supercars, S5000 among cars banned for p-platers

Motorsport Australia has announced new rules for provisional circuit racing licences that prohibits high-powered cars such as Supercars.

F3 runner-up Maloney to make F2 debut in Abu Dhabi finale

Zane Maloney will compete in the last round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi with Trident, replacing Calan Williams.

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.

The remarkable career turnaround of Enzo Fittipaldi

Sixth in the F2 standings heading into this month's final round, but within touching distance of third, Enzo Fittipaldi has quietly put together a strong first full season in the Formula 1 support series, recovering well from the scary Jeddah start crash that cut his 2021 campaign short. It marks a turn in fortunes for the Brazilian who thought he'd bid hopes of a career in Europe goodbye two years ago.

Can Rossi become an IndyCar title fighter again at AMSP?

Alexander Rossi scored eight wins in seven years at Andretti Autosport – a lower ratio than any of us expected. Now he could be on the brink of a rebirth at Arrow McLaren SP. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

Red Bull junior Hauger joins MP Motorsport for 2023 Formula 2 season

Dennis Hauger will join MP Motorsport for his second season in FIA Formula 2 after switching from the Prema team with which he won the 2021 FIA Formula 3 title.

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.

Fisichella to race S5000 in Adelaide

Giancarlo Fisichella will join the S5000 Tasman Series grid for the second round on the streets of Adelaide early next month.

Indy Lights rebranded for 2023 as “INDY NXT by Firestone”

IndyCar has announced that its prime feeder category is being relaunched as INDY NXT by Firestone and has unveiled its 2023 schedule.

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.

F2 and F3 reveal calendars for 2023 season

The FIA has announced the Formula 2 and 3 calendars for 2023, with both seasons kicking off in Bahrain in March.