super-formula News and Analysis
Super Formula has indicated it has no real desire to bring back refuelling even after the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic passes.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nobuharu Matsushita has branded his return Super Formula race a "disaster" after finishing in a disappointing 13th at Suzuka on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Tomoki Nojiri converted pole position into victory in a tense first race of the new Super Formula season at Fuji Speedway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ukyo Sasahara admits to having "mixed feelings" over the chance to deputise for the unwell Tadasuke Makino at the Dandelion Racing Super Formula team.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.