Super Formula’s 2020 season will stretch into late December, with organisers having re-arranged the final round of the campaign to take place five days before Christmas.
As with many series Japan’s single-seater championship has had its schedule wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The planned season-opener at Suzuka was pushed back and eventually converted into a double-header with the round later in the year, while other rounds were postponed.
The championship will now be condensed into the latter stages of 2020 after a revised calendar was officially ratified by organisers on Wednesday.
Motegi will now host the opening event on August 30, with further events at Okayama (September 27), Sugo (October 18) and Autopolis (November 15), before a double-header at Suzuka on December 5/6.
Fuji Speedway’s event has now been shifted to become the season finale on December 20.
It means that Super Formula still intends to visit all six circuits that were listed on its original 2020 schedule.
Red Bull and AlphaTauri reserve driver Sergio Sette Camara, and the company’s leading junior talent Juri Vips, are set to race in the series for Honda-affiliated Team Mugen and B-Max respectively.