Super Aguri F1

 
Headquarters Leafield Technical Center, Langley, Witney, Oxfordshire, England
Website Official Site (Japanese & English)
Team Principles Aguri Suzuki JPN
Designers Peter McCool GBR (2007-2008)
Mark Preston GBR (2006)

Super Aguri History & Team Record

When Rubens Barrichello was signed by the BAR team to race in 2006 it left Honda works driver Takuma Sato without a ride, so the Japanese company agreed to supply works engines to longtime supporter Aguri Suzuki to form an all-new team. Using 2002 Arrows A23 chassis bought from Paul Stoddard (one of which was a display at Melbourne airport!) but fitted with the latest Honda 2.4L V8 engine and transmission, Suzuki launched his all-Japanese team just a a few months before the start of the 2006 season. The Arrows chassis were dubbed "SA05" following the extensive modifications required to bring them up to standard, but they once on track they quickly showed their age.

With almost no testing before the first GP, the team none the less performed professionally though not competitively. After the first couple of races however, it became clear that #2 driver Yuji Ide was out of his depth in F1 and following a collision with Christijan Albers at Imola, the FIA suspended Ide's Superlicense and he was replaced by Frenchman Franck Montagny, on loan from Renault from the European GP. Young Japanese F3 / Formula Nippon driver Sakon Yamamoto was brought in as test driver starting at the British GP and he ran well enough that he was promoted to the second race seat for the last 7 races of the season. This coincided with the introduction of the teams SA06 chassis which though a vast improvement of the modified A23, they were still never far from the back of the grid in qualifying, but ran much closer to the pack and were rewarded with a seasons best 10th place finish by Sato at the final race in Brazil.

2007 brought even more collaboration with Honda including the signing of their long-time test driver Anthony Davidson to partner Takuma Sato. They stunned the opposition by qualifying 10th and 11th for the opening GP in Australia - although they could not do the same in the race - then Sato scored the teams first championship point with an 8th place finish in Spain. Though on a shoestring budget the team shined while the works Honda team struggled and the entire F1 community celebrated with the team when Sato scored a 6th place finish in Canada. Sponsorship problems ruined the teams' promising season when major backer "SS United" defaulted on payments and the team were forced to cut off development and lay-off staff. As a result the cars slipped to the back of the grid and very threatened for points again.

The decision not to allow customer cars from 2009 meant that the team needed major additional funding in order to become a fully fledged constructor. A buy-out deal was negotiated with the Magma Group, backed by Dubai financiers but this fell apart before the start of the European portion of the season and the team withdrew from F1 after the Spanish GP.

Year Chassis Engine Tyre # / Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
2006 SA06
SA05
Honda RA806E V8 BS 22 Sato
23 Ide / Montagny / Yamamoto
TD Yamamoto / Montagny

18

0

0

0

0

-

2007 SA07 Honda RA807E V8 BS 22 Sato
23 Davidson
TD

17

0

0

0

4

9th

2008 SA08A Honda RA808E V8 BS 18 Sato
19 Davidson
TD

4

0

0

0

0

-

       

TOTALS:

39 0 0 0 4  

 

Takuma Sato debuts the SA05 at the 2006 Bahrain GP Yuji Ide at the Malaysian GP 2006 Franck Montagny during practice at the 2006 Japanese GP 2006 Italian GP: Sakon Yamamoto in the SA06

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