2020 Super Formula Rd. 4 at Autopolis Preview
2020 Super Formula Rd. 4 at Autopolis is scheduled for Nov. 14 & 15. Currently, fine weather conditions are expected for race weekend.
Last season, it was Yuhi Sekiguchi who won the 54 lap race. Naoki Yamamoto was P2 and Kazuya Oshima P3. Like last season, there have been different winners in every race through 3 rounds. However, Ryo Hirakawa has captured pole in 2 events, and P2 in the other. Coupled with his win in Rd. 1, a P4 in Rd. 2, and a P2 finish in Rd. 3, his name has remained consistently at the top of the leaderboard.
Nick Cassidy, who has never been dominant in qualifying, has proven to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to race strategy. Nick’s victory last race helped to put him in 2nd place in the current points ranking, behind Hirakawa.
Sacha Fenestraz, the 2019 Japanese F3 Champion, has qualified amazingly well thus far this season. Only Hirakawa has been better. So it will be interesting to see how the two will qualify at Autopolis.
Sho Tsuboi, who won his first race in Rd. 2 at Okayama, has been up and down this season. His teammate Hiroaki Ishiura, who is 4th in points at the moment behind Kenta Yamashita, has driven fairly consistently as we approach the midway point in the season. Naoki Yamamoto, who is 6th in points, is always a driver to watch for in any race. Rookie Sergio Sette Camara, who won pole out of nowhere in his first qualifying in Super Formula in Rd. 3, will be replaced this race weekend by 2018 Super Formula Rookie of the Year Nobuharu Matsushita. Like Sette Camara, Matsushita is a speedster, so it will be fun to watch the results he posts. His team mate for this weekend is regular driver Charles Milesi, who will be making his season debut.
Autopolis is an extremely technical course. While not very long or wide, there is a difference of 21.2 m in height from the lowest point in the track to the highest. At a width of only 10 to 11 meters, going off course is not unusual for new drivers to Autopolis. As the race will be held in November this season, tire grip will prove to be much different than it was when the event was held in late May of 2019.
The qualifying for Rd. 4 at Autopolis will be streamed “live” on Red Bull TV, with streaming of the 41 lap event on motorsport.tv, THE RACE on YouTube, and Red Bull TV. REV TV in Canada will carry television coverage.