Super Aguri F1
Super Aguri F1 was a Formula One racing team that competed from 2006 to 2008. The team was founded by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki. They were based in Tokyo, Japan. They operated from the former Arrows factory in Leafield, UK. The cars were called Super Aguri-Honda because they used Honda engines. The team was, to some degree, an unofficial Honda second-team. In Japan, public pressure convinced Honda to help its former driver Takuma Sato to continue in Formula One. This lead to the start of Super Aguri F1, and the engine supply from Honda. The team competed two full years, and part of the third year. After four races in the 2008 season, the team withdrew due to financial problems.
|Full name||Super Aguri F1|
|Base||Leafield, Oxfordshire, UK|
|Noted staff||Mark Preston|
|Noted drivers|| Takuma Sato|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Debut||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
|Constructors' Championships||0 (Best result; 9th, 2007)|
|Drivers' Championships||0 (Best result; 17th, Sato, 2007)|
|Final race||2008 Spanish Grand Prix|
The team started in September 2005. on 1 November 2005, the team told the FIA its wanted to enter the 2006 Formula One World Championship. The FIA did not approved Super Aguri's entry. It was reported that the team failed to give the required $48 million entry bond on time. Super Aguri applied for entry again in 2006. Because they missed the initial registration, the team needed the existing ten teams to agree to its entry. The other teams gave the required unanimous agreement. Super Aguri was confirmed by the FIA on 26 January 2006.
In 2006, the chassis, Super Aguri SA05, was based on the 2002 Arrows A23. The Arrows chassis was bought from ex-Minardi principal Paul Stoddart.Stoddart had bought them when the Arrows team went bankrupt. Super Aguri updated their old chassis to become the Super Aguri SA06. They were used from the German Grand Prix to the end of the year.
Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide were the initial race drivers for the team in the 2006 season. Franck Montagny as the third driver. On 4 May, after four races, the team announced that Montagny would be replacing Ide as race driver. Ide's Super Licence had been revoked after a clash with Christijan Albers.
When the new SA07 car was first tested by the FIA, it failed the crash test. It was less than 48 hours before the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix that the SA07 chassis was ready. At the Spanish Grand Prix the team scored its first point. Takuma Sato finished in 8th place. At the Canadian Grand Prix, the team scored its highest finish. Sato finishing in sixth place and earned three points.
For 2008, Super Aguri kept their drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson following the acquisition of an unspecified portion of the team by the Magma Group became a part owner of the team. The team did not attend the final pre-season tests. Not all the parts had arrived. Magma canceled their proposed purchase, leaving Super Aguri's future in doubt. Super Aguri's equipment was denied entry to Istanbul Park for the Turkish Grand Prix. Honda Racing's CEO Nick Fry reportedly told the race organizers that Super Aguri would not be taking part. On 6 May 2008, team founder and principal Aguri Suzuki announced that they were withdrawing from the 2008 World Championship due to financial problems. He said the breach of contract by SS United Group Oil & Gas Company resulting in the loss of financial backing. The team was in financial difficulties.
A team of corporate recovery partners were appointed to seek a buyer for Super Aguri. The team's assets were bought by a German businessman named Franz Hilmer. Hilmer unsuccessfully to enter the 2010 season under the Brabham name.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
|2006||Super Aguri SA05
Super Aguri SA06
|Honda RA806E 2.4 L V8||B||BHR||MAL||AUS||SMR||EUR||ESP||MON||GBR||CAN||USA||FRA||GER||HUN||TUR||ITA||CHN||JPN||BRA||0||11th|
|2007||Super Aguri SA07||Honda RA807E 2.4 L V8||B||AUS||MAL||BHR||ESP||MON||CAN||USA||FRA||GBR||EUR||HUN||TUR||ITA||BEL||JPN||CHN||BRA||4||9th|
|2008||Super Aguri SA08||Honda RA808E 2.4 L V8||B||AUS||MAL||BHR||ESP||TUR||MON||CAN||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||EUR||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||CHN||BRA||0*||11th*|
* Team withdrew from championship after race 4. They did not field any drivers or cars in any further races that season.
- "Super Aguri F1 is go!". GrandPrix.com. 2005-11-01.
- "FIA entry list for 2006". 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- "Super Aguri F1 is missing". Grandprix.com. Inside F1, Inc. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- "Super Aguri to re-apply for 2006". BBC Sport Online. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2005-12-05.
- "FIA Press Release - SUPER AGURI". 2006-01-26. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- Formula-1.updatesport.com article
- "SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM ANNOUNCES DRIVERS FOR 2007 FORMULA ONE SEASON". NewsOnF1.net. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2006-11-15.
- SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM CONFIRMS NEW PARTNER AND DRIVERS FOR 2008 SEASON on 2008-03-13 from Internet Archive
- "Super Aguri denied access to Istanbul"". autosport.com. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- "Struggling Super Aguri out of F1". BBC Sport. May 6, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
- SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT on 2008-05-06 from Internet Archive
- "Super Aguri go into administration". Autosport. 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
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