F1 Teams of the Past – Super Aguri

Super Aguri F1 were a Formula One team from 2006 to 2008.  They were formed by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, with backing from Honda, and were regarded as Honda’s ‘B’ team.  They competed in 39 races from the beginning of 2006 until the Spanish Grand Prix of 2008, after which they folded due to financial difficulties.  Their finest hour was when Takuma Sato overtook championship contender Fernando Alonso for 6th place in the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix.

2006 saw Super Aguri initially partner Sato with fellow Japanese driver Yuji Ide, but it was soon apparent that Ide was completely out of his depth, and after causing Spyker driver Christijan Albers to roll at the San Marino Grand Prix, the FIA did a rare thing and took away Ide’s superlicence, something that every F1 driver needs to race in F1.  The team replaced Ide first with Frenchman Franck Montagny, and then with another Japanese driver in Sakon Yamamoto.

The following year Anthony Davidson arrived to partner Sato, and in a much improved car, the two were able to surprise on occasions.  In Canada Davidson was running an impressive third on the road, on course for a podium, when he hit a groundhog that left him requiring a new nose, and therefore left him pointless.  Sato did finish 6th in that race, but it could have been oh so much better for the team.

Unfortunately 2008 was the end of the road for Super Aguri, finances ran out and the team disbanded after the Spanish Grand Prix.  The Super Aguri name returns in 2014 in the first ever Formula E series.

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2006
Takuma Sato – Japanese.  18 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 10th in Brazil.
Yuji Ide – Japanese. 4 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Australia.
Franck Montagny – French. 7 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 16th in Monaco & France.
Sakon Yamamoto – Japanese.  7 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 16th in China & Brazil.

2007
Takuma Sato – Japanese.  17 Starts, 4 Points, Best Finish 6th in Canada.
Anthony Davidson – British.  17 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 11th in Spain, Canada & United States.

2008
Takuma Sato – Japanese. 4 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 13th in Spain.
Anthony Davidson – British. 4 Starts, 0 Points, Best Finish 15th in Malaysia.

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