Super Aguri leave Formula 1

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

After months of doubt over their future, Super Aguri team boss Aguri Suzuki has finally bowed to the inevitable and withdrawn his team from Formula 1.

It comes two days after it was revealed Super Aguri’s transporters had been barred from entering the Istanbul paddock ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix. It emerged that Honda, who were istrumental in funding and setting up the team, did not want to incur any further costs from supporting them, and were not convinced by the Weigl Group’s efforts to save the team.

It’s bitterly disappointing to see F1 lose another team. I’d like to give my sympathy with the team’s dedicated staff (who are based at Leafield in Oxfordshire), who worked so hard to get Super Aguri on the grid in the first place, and kept them going despite being one of F1’s least well funded teams.

The sport is poorer without them, and their drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson.

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  1. It’s a shame. Honda did not do its best to help Aguri survive.

  2. Sorry about linking up on the other post Keith, you must have been writing this article in the process.

    Can we have a minutes silence today for them?

  3. Not at all Sush, tips are always welcome, thanks for pointing it out.

  4. Should be interesting to see what reaction Honda will get at Fuji. Will their form have improved enough for them to get massive support? Or will it have stayed poor, allowing people to remember this Super Aguri saga?

  5. As for Taku and Ant, what now? Rubens would have wanted Super Aguri to stay alive – as it is, he now has 2 more contenders for his seat!

  6. ahh well. sadly they had it coming… after all they had the gaul to show up the honda ‘A’ team on a fraction of the budget last year.

  7. Whilst I believe that Honda may have been able to do more to save Aguri, I feel quite a lot of sympathy for them.

    I believe the main factor that resulted in Super Aguri going bust was the FIA u-turn on customer cars. Had they been allowed this year as originally planned, Honda would have effectively had a four car team and Super Aguri’s future would have been secure. I don’t think we can blame Honda for the ambiguity surrounding the Concorde Agreement.

    Also, Super Aguri ran out of money because
    a) Their main sponsor (SS United) defaulted on payments
    b) They couldn’t find a replacement
    c) Magma pulled out of a deal they worked hard to put together.

    Honda aren’t to blame for any of those things, so although they might have been able to do more to save Aguri, I think it is unfair to suggest they are villains in the saga.

  8. Keith, check out the bottom paragraph on this link.

    hardcore comment.

    its all speculation when it comes to website’s stating “a source” … but still, hardcore.

  9. MartyP is right, Honda are not the villians here. But now that Super Aguri has folded, and all of Honda’s resources are with Honda, they better improve their form. And about contenders for Rubens Barrichello’s seat…Takuma Sato may get that seat back again, but only if Rubens retired as the end of this year. I don’t think Anthony Davidson has a chance to stay in Formula One as a race driver, shame as he really deserves it. He will probably return as a test driver.

  10. I also feel the bad feeling toward Honda is a little misplaced. They are trying to run a business after all. I echo the sentiment that the ban on customer cars effectively put Super Aguri to bed. It’s a real shame, in my opinion, that Toro Rosso are under pressure because they’re not a factory outfit. What does F1 management hope to gain from bringing this limitation in?

  11. MartyP, MSmith, what I don’t understand is Honda are effectively writing off 100mil of investement by rejecting the Wiegl deal.

    Also, Aguri Suziki has been quoted as saying “Nick Fry isn’t the CEO so I don’t know why he’s making all these comments”.

  12. Surely Honda could have tried harder, though, and let the Wiegl Group try to rescue Super Aguri. At worst, Honda would have been in the situation it was in yesterday down the line, and in the meantime it could have recouped some of its costs for setting up Super Aguri. This approach of stopping Super Aguri after it had gone to so much effort to get a partner was just wasteful of Honda.

  13. Yow! Hot stuff, sush! But why would he do it? And if that’s true, is Fry the sole assassin, so to speak? It’s JFK in Dallas all over again.

  14. Oops, make that ‘lone assassin’. Edit button, where art thou? Hehehe.

  15. on a humurous note, Force India has worked that HARD over winter so they could stay at the back of the grid.

  16. Robert McKay
    6th May 2008, 15:59

    Who is going to be everyone’s loveable minnows now? Heck, we barely have any minnows, let alone loveable ones….

  17. haha Rob. more importantly, whose gonna keep David Coulthard company at the back of the field?

  18. I think minardi should come back into f1.davidson could be a driver because he raced for minardi before in 2002 but im not sure who could partner him…any ideas?

  19. Maybe Honda rejected the Wiegl investment because they just got too sick of supporting Super Aguri constantly. The Wiegl deal would have kept SA in Formula One, but I doubt that SA would have been able to sustain itself for long. Maybe Honda thought this too, and just cut it off short…

  20. Is it wrong or unusual for a team to take a year off to sort out development or finances? Mind, from reading Aguri’s little farewell message on the official website ( I don’t think it’s going to happen like that, but, was it at least a likelihood, had they wanted it?

    I suppose the rest of this saga is going to be about the closing and sale of the UK facilities and properties to try to recoup costs.

    In fact, next step is bankruptcy court if they haven’t been there already.

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