Super Aguri leave Formula 1

After months of doubt over their future, Super Aguri team boss Aguri Suzuki has finally bowed to the inevitable and withdrawn his team from Formula 1.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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35 comments on Super Aguri leave Formula 1

  1. Robert McKay said on 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….

  2. Sush said on 6th May 2008, 16:19

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

  3. al said on 6th May 2008, 16:20

    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?

  4. M Smith said on 6th May 2008, 18:00

    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…

  5. 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 (http://www.saf1.co.jp/en/topics/2008/nws_080506.html) 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.

  6. Simon Robertson said on 6th May 2008, 19:48

    A sad day for F1….In there short life SA boxed above their weight. To all the team i salute you…

  7. Robert McKay said on 6th May 2008, 20:16

    On a tangential note, probably makes Q1 even more difficult to get out of…if I understand correctly, instead of 6 cars dropping out Q1 and Q2 to leave 10 for Q3, just 5 cars will drop out of those two sessions.

    Given that you’ve lost the two slowest (who would be on the back of the grid) but one less car is eliminated, it probably means there is an extra space for a “surprise” drop-out each weekend. And given how close that midfield is, with Fisi always threatening to make Q2 and one of the STR’s usually making it, that’s going to be really tricky.

    Probably bad news for DC, given his recent inability to get out of Q1 even WITH Super Aguri there.

  8. Its a shame when we just recently thought some good news was appearing in F1 for a change – it isn’t just Honda or weigl’s last ditch effort not being enough it’s a cummlative result of lack of decision making by the fia and manufacturers to see this coming – the concorde agreement stops customers cars and protects some lesser teams from having to compete with even smaller teams(frank are you listening?)
    but worst of all – who will be next!!

  9. Dan M said on 6th May 2008, 21:16

    Pour some gasoline out for me homies.

  10. Todd said on 6th May 2008, 21:37

    Although not surprised this does come as disappointing news. Probably a pathetic and completely worthless observation, but I’m surprised few have mentioned Ross Brawn and what-if any-part he may have had in this. You have to admit the timing is pretty remarkable…Nick Fry is certainly not the Honda CEO, but I imagine he and Brawn have some pull in decisions around the team.

  11. A replacement Concorde agreement should have been finalised at least 12 months ago and should have come into force the moment the previous one expired. This maybe/maybe not culture we’re now in simply isn’t good news for anybody, and I include the fans in that. I’m generally not in favour of the customer cars idea, but I think the FIA should have been able to decide against it much sooner, or at least have better anticipated the legal backlash from Spyker and Williams.

    Granted, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    I don’t blame Honda for what has happened. They’ve done more than they were obligated to do in order to help. SS United and the FIAs inconsistency on the customer car rules are the main causes.

  12. Wesley said on 6th May 2008, 22:55

    I’m with ya Dan M.(guess you’re American)

  13. Sush, maybe the source was an employee at a photocopy shop ;)

    Seriously, this is extremely bad news for the team, staff, F1 and fans. The FIA just should not have allowed the customer car saga to drag on like this so that things escalated to this level. Pure incomptence.

  14. Manatcna said on 7th May 2008, 1:18

    I bet Bernie’s starting to get a bit concerned

  15. james s said on 7th May 2008, 3:58

    I am really sorry to see them go, especially after their performances last year. Does anybody know what will happen to Sato and Davidson?

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