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Fukuzumi: First points for Drago Corse a confidence booster

Nirei Fukuzumi says his top 10 finish in last weekend’s Sugo Super Formula round will act as a major confidence booster for Drago Corse, even if the team’s race pace left much to be desired.

Yamamoto sees glimmer of hope after Sugo Super Formula round

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto feels he's made "a lot of progress" in the Japanese single-seater series after setting the fastest time in the first qualifying group at Sugo.

Video: Super Formula simulates V8 engine sound in Sugo test Sugo
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Video: Super Formula simulates V8 engine sound in Sugo test

Super Formula completed its first test simulating the sound of a V8 engine with one of its two next-gen development cars on Monday at Sugo.

Miyata feels Sugo strategy should have yielded second

Ritomo Miyata believes he should have finished second in last weekend’s Sugo Super Formula race but was scuppered by a slow pitstop and the race reaching the time limit.

Nojiri feels ‘jinxed’ as losing streak from pole continues

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri admits he feels ‘jinxed’ after losing out on the win for a third race in succession at Sugo from pole position.

Fenestraz's first win in Super Formula "a long time coming" Sugo
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Fenestraz's first win in Super Formula "a long time coming"

Sacha Fenestraz has described his first win in Super Formula in Sunday's Sugo race as "a long time coming" after two troubled seasons in Japan's top single-seater category.

Sugo Super Formula: Fenestraz strategy pays off for first win

Kondo Racing driver Sacha Fenestraz claimed his first Super Formula race win in unusual circumstances at Sugo in a race that turned on strategy.

Le Mans winner Hirakawa explains dismal Sugo qualifying Sugo
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Le Mans winner Hirakawa explains dismal Sugo qualifying

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Ryo Hirakawa has explained his disappointing run to 16th in qualifying for this weekend's Sugo Super Formula round, his lowest grid slot in the series in almost two years.

Sugo Super Formula: Nojiri makes it four poles in a row

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri made it four poles in a row as he beat Sacha Fenestraz to the top spot in qualifying for this weekend's fifth round of the season at Sugo.

Sugo modifies pit exit again after driver complaints

Sugo has modified its pit exit layout again ahead of this weekend's Super Formula race, following complaints from drivers last year.

How motorsport sponsor TCS entered the Japanese market

TCS entered the Japanese market in 1986 and in 2014 established a Japanese subsidiary, Tata Consultancy Services Japan Limited (Japan TCS), with Mitsubishi Corporation as its partner, and began full-fledged business in Japan.

What’s motivating Super Formula’s carbon neutral push

Super Formula has invested a lot of resource in the transition towards carbon neutrality for 2023 with its extensive next-gen test programme. But the Japanese series isn’t just considering its own short-term interests with its efforts.

How TCS brings the winds of innovation to the world of motorsport

Tata Consultancy Services have supported Nakajima Racing's activities in Japan’s top racing category Super Formula since 2017.

Super Formula set to cut downforce by over 10% in 2023

Super Formula is set for a downforce reduction of a little over 10 percent next year in its bid to create closer racing.

How Autopolis made Super Formula's dominator look vulnerable Autopolis
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How Autopolis made Super Formula's dominator look vulnerable

The biggest talking point from last weekend's Autopolis Super Formula race was a strangely subdued performance from points leader Tomoki Nojiri. For the first time in over a year, the Honda driver no longer looks unbeatable, says Jamie Klein.

Tsuboi accepts blame for Kobayashi's high-speed crash Autopolis
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Tsuboi accepts blame for Kobayashi's high-speed crash

Sho Tsuboi has accepted the blame for causing Kamui Kobayashi’s high-speed crash in Sunday’s Super Formula race at Autopolis.

Fenestraz ignored Kondo pit call on way to best-ever finish Autopolis
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Fenestraz ignored Kondo pit call on way to best-ever finish

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed he ignored his Kondo Racing team’s pit instructions en route to his best-ever Super Formula finish at Autopolis.

Autopolis Super Formula: Hirakawa scores brilliant win from eighth Autopolis
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Autopolis Super Formula: Hirakawa scores brilliant win from eighth

Impul Toyota driver Ryo Hirakawa charged from eighth on the grid to score his second victory of the 2022 Super Formula season at Autopolis, slashing his points deficit to Tomoki Nojiri.

Autopolis Super Formula: Nojiri scores third pole in a row

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri scored his third successive pole position for this weekend's fourth round of the season at Autopolis, further stretching his points lead.

Super Formula to try simulating V8 engine sound in next test

Super Formula will try and emulate the sound of a V8 engine in its next scheduled test for its development cars at Sugo next month.

Alesi's style 'impossible to compare' to TOM'S teammate Miyata

Giuliano Alesi can't be directly compared to his TOM'S teammate Ritomo Miyata in Super Formula because of the pair's wildly differing driving styles, according to the Frenchman's race engineer.

Winning in F2 was harder than in Super Formula - Matsushita

Nobuharu Matsushita feels it was harder to win races in Formula 2 than in Super Formula after securing his first victory in the latter category.

Greater engine equality good for Super Formula, say drivers

The greater equality in engine performance between Honda and Toyota is a positive thing for Super Formula, according to some of the Japanese series' top drivers.

How Honda has revolutionised its young driver programme

Honda has a history of making questionable decisions with regards to its young drivers in Japan, but an off-season overhaul of the 'Honda Formula Dream Project' should result in better outcomes for everyone, explains Jamie Klein.

Kobayashi credits "trial and error" for KCMG turnaround

Kamui Kobayashi says "trial and error" is behind KCMG's sudden improvement in Super Formula after a difficult pre-season and opening race of the season.

Super Formula trials 'hybrid' body panels in latest next-gen test

Super Formula tested out 'hybrid' body panels made from a mix of natural hemp fibre and carbon fibre as its next-generation development cars continued running this week at Suzuka.

Hirakawa rues mystery qualifying issue as points gap widens

Super Formula title hopeful Ryo Hirakawa was left to rue a mysterious lack of qualifying pace as he recovered from 12th to seventh in last weekend's Suzuka race.

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.

Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka Suzuka
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Yamashita can't explain "weird" loss of pace at Suzuka

Kenta Yamashita can't explain his "weird" loss of pace in the wet during Sunday's Super Formula race as he slumped from second to a disastrous 16th-place finish.

Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me" Suzuka
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Matsushita: Maiden Super Formula win "not enough for me"

Nobuharu Matsushita says his stunning victory in Sunday’s wet Super Formula race at Suzuka is “not enough” as he still has a mountain to climb to catch championship leader Tomoki Nojiri.

Suzuka Super Formula: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win Suzuka
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Suzuka Super Formula: Matsushita beats Nojiri for maiden win

B-Max Honda driver Nobuharu Matsushita produced a masterful drive in treacherous conditions at Suzuka to pass long-time leader Tomoki Nojiri and claim his maiden Super Formula victory.

Sasahara: Kunimoto block cost me "easy" front row start

Mugen's Ukyo Sasahara feels being blocked by Yuji Kunimoto cost him a clear shot to start from the front row for Sunday's third round of the Super Formula season at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri stretches points lead with pole

Reigning champion Tomoki Nojiri extended his Super Formula championship lead by grabbing pole for this weekend's Suzuka round.

Nakajima struggles could be even worse at Suzuka, fears Oyu

Nakajima Racing’s Super Formula struggles could be even worse this weekend at Suzuka than they were in a disappointing opener at Fuji, says Toshiki Oyu.

Nojiri, Hirakawa expect other title contenders to emerge

Super Formula championship leaders Tomoki Nojiri and Ryo Hirakawa both expect other drivers to join them in the title battle after they monopolised the top two places at Fuji.

Super Formula won't introduce new chassis in 2024

Super Formula will not introduce a new chassis as scheduled in 2024, instead focusing on its next-generation development programme with the existing SF19.

Yamamoto struggling for motivation as Nakajima woes persist Fuji
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Yamamoto struggling for motivation as Nakajima woes persist

Three-time Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto admits that his motivation is becoming difficult to sustain as his woes with Nakajima Racing show few signs of ending a year after joining the team.

How Super Formula served up a pair of Fuji thrillers Fuji
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How Super Formula served up a pair of Fuji thrillers

Super Formula served up two sensational races at Fuji Speedway for its opening round in 2022, as Honda and Toyota's respective top dogs slugged it out for victory on both Saturday and Sunday.

Brake trouble costs Fenestraz double Fuji podium chance Fuji
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Brake trouble costs Fenestraz double Fuji podium chance

Sacha Fenestraz has revealed that a brake failure cost him the chance to score a double podium in last weekend’s opening Super Formula weekend at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri denies Hirakawa double win Fuji
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Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri denies Hirakawa double win

Reigning Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri opened his victory account for the 2022 season with a lights-to-flag win in Sunday's second race at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji Super Formula: Nojiri grabs pole for second race

Defending Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri secured pole position for Sunday's second round of the season at Fuji Speedway.

How Fuji opener unravelled for shock front row starters Fuji
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How Fuji opener unravelled for shock front row starters

Qualifying for the opening round of the new Super Formula season produced a shock front row, but both Ukyo Sasahara and Ren Sato would see their races quickly unravel.

Fuji Super Formula: Hirakawa outduels Nojiri for victory Fuji
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Fuji Super Formula: Hirakawa outduels Nojiri for victory

Ryo Hirakawa ended a Super Formula victory drought dating back to the 2020 season opener after beating Tomoki Nojiri to win a thrilling curtain-raiser at Fuji Speedway.

Fuji Super Formula: Sasahara takes surprise first pole

Ukyo Sasahara scored a surprise first Super Formula pole in qualifying for Saturday's opening round of the season at Fuji Speedway, beating Red Bull junior Ren Sato to the top spot.

Watch both Super Formula and SUPER GT live on Motorsport.tv

Both of Japan's two premier racing categories, Super Formula and SUPER GT, will be shown live this season on Motorsport.tv with English commentary.

Super Formula next-gen development cars hit the track at Fuji

Super Formula kicked off its next-generation development test programme this week at Fuji Speedway, trialling environmentally-friendly tyres and carbon-neutral fuel.

Eight storylines to follow in Super Formula this season

Super Formula’s 2022 season kicks off this weekend with a hotly-anticipated double-header at Fuji Speedway. Jamie Klein is your guide to the talking points heading into the new campaign.

Fuji Super Formula – schedule, how to watch, entry list

Super Formula, Japan’s premier single-seater series, returns for its 2022 season this weekend with a pair of races to kick off the campaign at Fuji Speedway. Here’s how you can follow all the action.

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How Toyota's brightest Super Formula hope got his groove back

Having won the SUPER GT title for the TOM'S Toyota squad last year, Sho Tsuboi endured a miserable Super Formula campaign alongside, managing just six points all year. But after going back to basics with the Inging team over the off-season, Tsuboi looks revitalised in his pursuit of Japan's top single-seater crown

What to expect from Red Bull’s latest Super Formula hopeful

For the first time since 2019, a fully paid-up member of the Red Bull Junior Team will be on the Super Formula grid this season. But just what can we expect from Ren Sato in 2022?

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.

Is Rookie Racing mega-factory an ominous sign for its rivals?

When Super Formula and SUPER GT made their annual visits to Fuji Speedway for pre-season testing this March, there was a major new landmark near the circuit entrance.

Makino feels ready for Super Formula title assault

Tadasuke Makino says he feels ready to lead Dandelion Racing to more title success in Super Formula this year after an encouraging end to pre-season testing at Fuji Speedway.

Kobayashi playing catch-up after missed Super Formula races

KCMG Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi admits he is still feeling the after-effects of missing so many races in Super Formula in the last two seasons.

One-lap pace has become "weakness" for Oyu

Nakajima Racing Super Formula driver Toshiki Oyu admits that one-lap pace has become a "weakness" following a disappointing showing in this week's Fuji pre-season test.

Fenestraz test pace a "big motivation" for Kondo Racing

Sacha Fenestraz has described his chart-topping time in this week's Fuji Super Formula pre-season test as a "big motivation" for the beleaguered Kondo Racing team ahead of the new campaign.

Fenestraz fastest on final day of Super Formula testing

Sacha Fenestraz set the pace for Kondo Racing on the second and final day of Super Formula's second pre-season test at Fuji Speedway.

Snow cuts short opening day of Fuji Super Formula test

The opening day of Super Formula's second and final pre-season test at Fuji Speedway was cut short by snow, with no representative laptimes set.

Fukuzumi feels "different type of pressure" at Drago Corse

Nirei Fukuzumi says he is facing a "different type of pressure" following his move to the minnow Drago Corse team in Super Formula this year.

WEC drive gives Hirakawa "no excuses" in Super Formula

Ryo Hirakawa says there are “no excuses” for him in Super Formula this year despite also joining Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship line-up for 2022.