Takuma Sato 2007 team portrait

Takuma Sato

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Born January 28th 1977 in Tokyo, Japan
Websites Official Site

After several successful tests with the BAR team during 2001, Sato was placed with Jordan for the 2002 season as part of the Honda engine deal. The season was filled with incidents and accidents, although it ended on a high note when he clinched his first Championship points in Japan. With Jordan switching to Ford power for 2003, Sato returned to BAR as test and reserve driver. As the season progressed it became clear that Jacques Villeneuve would not be retained for 2004 and that Sato would replace him. When the official announcement was made by the team, Villeneuve decided not to drive at the season ending Japanese GP, handing the drive to Sato who finished in a creditable 6th place. 2004 saw him take a podium finish (3rd at US GP) but also saw a large number of mechanical failures.

The 2005 season was a major disappointment with many accidents and incidents involving the team. When Honda took over the team at the end of the season Rubens Barrichello was brought in and Sato was offered the team's test driver role, but instead he chose to race for the tiny Super Aguri outfit (with backing from Honda). Understandably the team struggled in its first season but 2007 saw Sato challenging for points on several occasions early on, including a memorable drive at the Canadian GP. As the season progressed, however, sponsorship problems meant the car could not be developed and Sato slipped back down the running order. The financial situation worsened during the off-season and the team withdrew from F1 after just 4 races, leaving Sato without a drive.

Formula One Record

Year Team / # Starts Wins Poles F Lap Pts Pos
2001 BAR-Honda Test Driver 0 0 0 0 0 -
2002 Jordan-Honda #10 17 0 0 0 2 15th
2003 BAR-Honda #16
BAR-Honda Test Driver
1 0 0 0 3 18th
2004 BAR-Honda #10 18 0 0 0 34 8th
2005 BAR-Honda #4 15 0 0 0 1 23rd
2006 Super Aguri-Honda #22 18 0 0 0 0 -
2007 Super Aguri-Honda #22 17 0 0 0 4 17th
2008 Super Aguri-Honda #18 4 0 0 0 0 -
  TOTALS : 18 0 0 0 5  

2001 British F3 Champion
2001 Macau F3 GP winner

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