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Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling
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Super Formula has 'no real desire' to bring back refuelling

Super Formula has indicated it has no real desire to bring back refuelling even after the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

Toyota youngster Sena Sakaguchi has been making waves in both SUPER GT and Super Formula this year. His performances might be giving his former employer Honda food for thought, says Jamie Klein.

Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines Sugo
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Alesi keeps seat for Sugo, Calderon still on sidelines

Super Formula's newest race winner Giuliano Alesi will contest a third successive race next weekend at Sugo as Japan's travel restrictions continue to prevent several series regulars from taking part.

Why the Super Formula title battle looks as good as over

The recent news that Ryo Hirakawa won't be on the grid for next weekend's fourth round of the Super Formula season at Sugo has Jamie Klein wondering if the title battle is already as good as over.

Honda admits 'leak' fears behind Matsushita refusal

Honda has revealed that fears of a “leak” to Nissan were behind Nobuharu Matsushita being initially not allowed to represent the manufacturer in Super Formula this season.

Super Formula drivers call for Autopolis changes

Leading Super Formula drivers have called for changes to be made to the Autopolis circuit following this month's rain-shortened race.

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.

Yamamoto upbeat at Autopolis despite worst 2021 finish

Reigning Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto says he finally felt "progress" with his Nakajima Racing last weekend at Autopolis, despite scoring his worst finish of the so far.

TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts Autopolis
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TOM'S boss says Alesi Super Formula win allayed doubts

TOM’S boss Nobuhide Tachi says that Giuliano Alesi’s shock Super Formula win at Autopolis has allayed doubts he had pre-season that the Frenchman was ready to race in the series.

How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan Autopolis Prime
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How Giuliano Alesi has reinvented himself in Japan

A relatively modest set of results in Formula 1's support categories meant Giuliano Alesi was at a crossroads at the end of 2020. Landed in Japan's second-tier Super Formula Lights category, an unexpected opportunity to try his hand in the main series yielded a shock maiden win that suggests he shouldn't be written off just yet.

Matsushita hails B-Max progress after Autopolis podium

Nobuharu Matsushita says the B-Max Racing Super Formula squad has "raised its standards" since its comeback to the series after scoring a shock podium from 13th on the grid at Autopolis.

Hirakawa "lucky" to suffer DNF in half-points race

Ryo Hirakawa admits the timing of his first non-finish of the 2021 Super Formula season at Autopolis is "lucky" given only half points were awarded in the rain-shortened race.

Five factors that enabled Alesi's first Super Formula win

In just his second Super Formula start, TOM'S substitute Giuliano Alesi converted pole position into victory at a soaking Autopolis. Here, we pick out five key factors that set the Frenchman up for an unlikely triumph.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi wins truncated race Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi wins truncated race

Giuliano Alesi claimed his maiden Super Formula victory in a rain-shortened race at Autopolis on Sunday, as points leader Tomoki Nojiri charged from outside the top 10 to fifth.

Heavy fog threatens Autopolis Super Formula race

Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season has been thrown into doubt as a result of a thick blanket of fog descending on Autopolis.

Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times" Autopolis
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Alesi: First Super Formula pole "reward for tough times"

Giuliano Alesi says he is “over the moon” after clinching his maiden pole position in Super Formula, and feels it is a “reward for the tough times” he faced during his previous stint in Europe.

Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi takes shock pole in wet Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Alesi takes shock pole in wet

Giuliano Alesi sensationally scored his maiden pole in only his second weekend as a Super Formula driver during a wet, crash-strewn qualifying session for this weekend's Autopolis round.

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.