Latest articles by KUNIHIKO AKAI


How Japan's first full-time F1 racer accelerated Tsunoda's rise

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda’s meteoric rise up the ranks is well-documented, but less well known is the contribution of Japan’s first full-time grand prix racer to that progress.

My job in F1: Pirelli chief race engineer Manuel Munoz

The latest Formula 1 paddock member to be grilled by Autosport is Pirelli chief race engineer Manuel Munoz, who explains the vagaries of one of F1's most demanding roles

Title-winning Super GT squad Team LeMans to split from Toyota

This year's title-winning Super GT outfit Team LeMans will not continue in the Toyota stable in 2020, Autosport has learned

Renault F1 test driver Markelov nearing 2019 Super Formula move

Renault Formula 1 test driver and Formula 2 frontrunner Artem Markelov is close to a deal to race in Super Formula next season, Autosport understands

Honda to switch F2 racers Fukuzumi, Makino to Super Formula in 2019

Honda juniors Nirei Fukuzumi and Tadasuke Makino will not return to Formula 2 next season and will instead race in Super Formula, Autosport understands

Fuji requests WEC date change to avoid Fernando Alonso F1 clash

The date of the Fuji round of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason could be changed in order to allow new Toyota signing Fernando Alonso to race there

Ex-Audi boss: Mercedes DTM exit clears obstacle in Super GT tie-up

Former Audi motorsport chief Dr Wolfgang Ullrich says Mercedes' impending DTM exit will allow for an even closer tie-up with Japan's Super GT series

Honda junior Fukuzumi in line for F2 graduation with Arden for 2018

Honda junior Nirei Fukuzumi is poised to join the Arden International squad for the 2018 Formula 2 season, Autosport has learned

Toyota says its third Le Mans 24 Hours entry was 'a waste'

Toyota general manager Hisatake Murata has suggested the team's third Le Mans 24 Hours entry may have been a "waste"

McLaren F1 team felt disbelief over latest Alonso engine faliure

McLaren executive director Zak Brown said his team felt 'disbelief' when Fernando Alonso suffered his engine failure on his first lap of Formula 1 practice at the Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 junior Pierre Gasly suffers troubled Super Formula debut

Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly suffered a problematic debut weekend in the Japanese Super Formula championship at Suzuka

Nicolas Lapierre set for Toyota LMP1 return in third Le Mans car

Nicolas Lapierre is set to return to Toyota's Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 line-up two-and-a-half years after being sacked by the team

Honda already working on major F1 engine changes for later in 2017

Honda is working on a significantly updated Formula 1 engine designed to raise power levels, having finally appeared to make reliability progress as the 2017 season began in Australia

Honda still has concerns about McLaren's Australian GP reliability

Honda Formula 1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa remains "worried" about reliability for McLaren's Australian Grand Prix, despite the work that has been done to address its recent problems