Aguri future now ‘more positive’ – boss

Fri, 21 September 2007, 12:02

Super Aguri’s future in formula one appears “more positive” now than it did in the recent past, according to the team’s boss and owner.

The small Japanese outfit, viewed by some in the paddock as a Honda ‘satellite’ operation, struck trouble recently when major oil company backer SS United failed to make due payments.

The crisis, made worse because the team could not therefore afford to make its own payments to Honda, forced boss Aguri Suzuki to begin a desperate search for investors.

At Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, despite Super Aguri enduring a miserable weekend, it emerged that a possible part-buyer had surfaced in the form of an unnamed Japanese businessman.

The part-sale of the Leafield-based team could be officialised in Japan next week, the reports added.

Suzuki, a former grand prix driver, says the team’s predicament was also lightened by some impressive on-track performances earlier in 2007, where the outfit rose even above its ‘parent’ team Honda in the constructors’ standings.

He explained to the British magazine F1 Racing that parties subsequently “got in contact and showed interest in us”.

“It’s looking a lot more positive than it was before,” the Japanese added. “For the money side, it’s important to carry on scoring points.”

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