Super Aguri keen to keep Davidson for 2008

Tue, 4 September 2007, 01:26

F1 team Super Aguri says it would like to field an unchanged race driver lineup in 2008.

Takuma Sato, a strong performer this year and central to the Japanese Honda-powered team’s establishment two years ago, was always a near certainty to retain his cockpit.

But the fate of Sato’s former works Honda colleague and current teammate Anthony Davidson was less well known, with it believed that – unlike some of the British rookie’s rivals near the back of the F1 grid – he does not provide any significant sponsorship to the team run by former driver Aguri Suzuki.

“We want to keep the same drivers,” managing director Daniele Audetto told the website of British magazine Autosport (www.autosport.com).

“That is our aim. We are very happy with the job they are doing.”

Even though 28-year-old Davidson has not scored any points so far this year compared with Sato’s four, Audetto explained that Davidson is now “better in the races” than he was at the beginning of the season.

Davidson said: “It is nice to know the team are happy with you. I am happy with what they are doing and if I am happy then everyone else should be as well.”

With Super Aguri linked with a partial sale to Alejandro Agag, meanwhile, Audetto suggested that any speculation of Davidson being replaced by a Spaniard for 2008 is premature.

While admitting that Spanish investors might want a countryman at the wheel of the car, Audetto said: “Honestly I don’t see today a Spanish driver ready for F1 next year.

“Maybe with a good F1 testing he could be there for 2009, but not yet.”

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