Spyker & Super Aguri in trouble

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Rubens Barrichello, Hungaroring, 2007 | Peter J Fox / Crash Media GroupThe futures of F1’s minnows are uncertain as Spyker cars suffer financial problems and a leading Super Aguri sponsor fails to pay the team.

Spyker took over the Midland team last year, which in turn took over Jordan in 2005.

The parent company expects to make a loss this year and is considering selling the Silverstone-based team to raise money.

Spyker has been at the back of the grid all year but managed to beat a running rival for the first time in the Hungarian Grand Prix and managed to briefly lead the European Grand Prix.

Super Aguri was formed in 2006 with substantial backing from Honda, thanks in no small part to public outcry in Japan over the future of Takuma Sato, whom Honda dropped at the end of 2005.

Super Aguri sponsor SS United has apparently failed to make a payment. Team manager Aguri Suzuki is courting Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag who owns a majority stakeholding in GP2 team Campos racing.

They may be the minnows of the F1 paddock – but without them starting grids would number a pitiful 18.

Photo: Peter J Fox / Crash Media Group

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