Anthony Davidson

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Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson Driver of Toyota Racing's Toyota TS 040 Hybrid.jpg
Davidson at the Silverstone Round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
BornAnthony Denis Davidson
(1979-04-18) 18 April 1979 (age 39)
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season 2012
Current team DragonSpeed
Car no.31
Former teams Toyota Hybrid Racing
Starts44
Championships1 (LMP1)
Wins10
Poles3
Fastest laps2
Best finish1st in 2014
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 2003, 2009
Teams Toyota Racing (2012–)
Peugeot Sport (2010–2011)
Aston Martin Racing (2009)
Veloqx Prodrive Racing (2003)
Best finish2nd (2013)
Class wins0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2002, 2005, 20072008
Teams Minardi, BAR, Super Aguri
Entries24
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last entry 2008 Spanish Grand Prix

Anthony Denis Davidson (born 18 April 1979) is a British racing driver from England currently contracted by Toyota Hybrid Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship as a reserve driver. He has raced in Formula One for Minardi and Super Aguri, and has been a test or reserve driver for the British American Racing, Honda, and Brawn GP teams. He is also an analyst for the Sky Sports F1 television channel, and a simulator and demonstration driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas. [1]

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Davidson was the 2014 WEC World Champion, alongside his teammate, Sébastien Buemi.

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Driving career

Born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Davidson began kart racing in 1987, competing in various British, European and North American championships. He won three British championships (93, 94, 95), one Italian championship and was runner-up in the Formula A European championship in 1996. In 1999, he moved to single seater cars, racing Formula Fords and winning the 1600 cc Kent engine class of the British Formula Ford festival that year. [2] The following season, he was runner-up in the British Formula Ford championship but did win the blue riband Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and scooped the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award. [2]

Hemel Hempstead Town in Hertfordshire, England

Hemel Hempstead is a historic town, later developed as a new town, in Hertfordshire, England. Located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of London, it is part of the Greater London Urban Area. The population according to the 2001 Census was 81,143, and at the 2011 census was 94,932. Developed after the Second World War as a new town, it has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and was granted its town charter by King Henry VIII in 1539. It is part of the district of Dacorum and the Hemel Hempstead constituency.

Hertfordshire County of England

Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.

Kart racing motorsport

Kart racing or karting is a variant of motorsport road racing with small, open-wheel, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, with former Formula One champions such as Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher having begun their careers in karting.

In 2001, Davidson competed in the British Formula Three championship with the Carlin team, finishing second overall to teammate Takuma Sato. His performance improved throughout the season and he outscored Sato from June until the season's end. He also won the Formula Three Pau Grand Prix, the Spa Masters [2] and the FIA European Cup.

Formula Three race car class

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Takuma Sato is a Japanese professional racing driver. Sato has raced full-time in the IndyCar Series since 2010 for the KV, Rahal, Foyt, Andretti, and starting in 2018, once again, the Rahal teams. Sato won the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, becoming the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race. He is also the first Asian driver to win the Indianapolis 500, having won the 2017 event. He competed in Formula One from 2002 to 2008 for the Jordan, BAR and Super Aguri teams, scoring a single podium at the 2004 United States Grand Prix.

Formula One

BAR and Minardi

In late 2000, Davidson became the test driver for the British American Racing (BAR) Formula One team for the 2001 season. [3] The following season Davidson started two races for the small Minardi team, temporarily replacing regular driver Alex Yoong, who the team had decided to suspend after he had failed to qualify for three races. Minardi had originally planned to put Justin Wilson in the car, but he proved too tall. [4] Davidson's qualifying times were within 0.6s of teammate Mark Webber at his two starts in Hungary and Belgium, but he spun out of both events. [2]

British American Racing

British American Racing was a Formula One constructor that competed in the sport from 1999 to 2005. BAR began by acquiring Tyrrell, and used Supertec engines for their first year. Subsequently, they formed a partnership with Honda which lasted for the next six years.

The 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 55th season of FIA Formula One racing. It featured the FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 4 March 2001 and ended on 14 October after seventeen races. Michael Schumacher won the Drivers' title with a record margin of 58 points, after achieving nine victories and five second places and Ferrari won the Constructors' award. The season marked the reintroduction of traction control, with the FIA permitting its use starting at the Spanish Grand Prix. Traction control had been banned since 1994. Schumacher also broke the all-time Formula One Grand Prix wins record during the season, his victory at the Belgian Grand Prix marking his 52nd career win.

Minardi was an Italian automobile racing team and constructor founded in Faenza in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi. It competed in the Formula One World Championship from 1985 until 2005 with little success, nevertheless acquiring a loyal following of fans. In 2001, to save the team from folding, Minardi sold it to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart, who ran the team for five years before selling it on to Red Bull GmbH in 2005 who renamed it Scuderia Toro Rosso.

He was not given a chance to race in 2003 and remained as test driver at BAR. Race drivers were Jacques Villeneuve and Davidson's countryman Jenson Button who joined the team from Renault. When Takuma Sato was promoted to the race team following the departure of Villeneuve, it presented Davidson with the opportunity to become third driver. [2] This was especially useful in 2004 as BAR were able to run a third car in Friday morning testing, which became Davidson's duty. He frequently impressed with his pace, other teams frequently taking note of his consistent lap times for tyre degradation data. e.g. at Indianapolis he set the second fastest lap time in Friday practice after 19 laps.

2003 Formula One World Championship Motorsport competition

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In November 2004, BAR announced that it had failed to come to an acceptable contractual agreement with the Williams team to allow Davidson to drive for Williams in 2005 because Williams would not agree to his unconditional "repatriation" to BAR in 2006.[ citation needed ] Given BAR's long-term contract on Davidson, his chance of securing a race seat for 2005 was therefore called into serious doubt. He was given the opportunity to fill in for an unwell Sato at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix, but his engine expired just two laps into the event.

Honda

Davidson as Honda's third driver at the 2006 United States Grand Prix. Anthony Davidson USA 2005.jpg
Davidson as Honda's third driver at the 2006 United States Grand Prix.

In 2006 Davidson resumed his role as test driver for BAR, now owned by Honda and renamed Honda Racing F1. As BAR had failed to be one of the top four constructors the previous season Honda were able to run a third car on Friday, giving Davidson a bigger role than in 2005. Having previously done some radio commentary work for BBC Radio Five Live, in 2006 he made his debut as a television commentator, standing in for the absent Martin Brundle for ITV Sport at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button and the Honda team. In 2008 Davidson returned to Honda as test driver for the testing at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya whilst Honda test driver Alexander Wurz was racing at Le Mans. [5]

Super Aguri

Davidson driving for Super Aguri at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix. Anthony Davidson 2007 Brazil free practice.jpg
Davidson driving for Super Aguri at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

On 15 November 2006, Super Aguri confirmed that Davidson would partner Takuma Sato for the 2007 Formula One season. [6] Thus, he became a regular Formula One driver for the first time.

At the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix Davidson was running third when his car struck a groundhog on the straight before the pits, ultimately putting him back to 11th place and ending his bid for his first career points. At the Hungarian Grand Prix Davidson's rear suspension was broken during a collision with Giancarlo Fisichella, which forced him to retire. Davidson finished the season in 23rd place having scored no points.

Davidson driving for Super Aguri at the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix. Davidson Sepang 2008.jpg
Davidson driving for Super Aguri at the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Amid financial problems which threatened their continued participation in Formula One, Super Aguri retained Davidson alongside teammate Sato for 2008. However, on 6 May 2008 Super Aguri withdrew from the Championship leaving Davidson without a race seat.

Return to Honda

Davidson was announced as a Honda test driver for the remainder of 2008. On 5 December 2008 Honda pulled out of Formula One due to financial problems. Ross Brawn bought out the team and formed Brawn GP and Davidson signed on as a test driver. On 16 November 2009, engine suppliers Mercedes-Benz bought out Brawn GP and renamed the team Mercedes GP. Davidson continued in his role as reserve and development driver.

Mercedes (2011–present)

Davidson was linked with incoming teams Virgin and Lotus for the 2010 F1 season. [7] However, Davidson did not secure a 2010 race seat in F1, and instead turned his focus to racing sports cars. In F1 he continued his long-standing relationship with the Brackley-based Mercedes F1 Team, combining duties as reserve and simulator driver in 2010 and 2011, and continuing his simulator role into 2012 and 2013.

Sportscars

Davidson at Road Atlanta for the 2011 Petit Le Mans race. PLM 2011 7 Peugeot 1.jpg
Davidson at Road Atlanta for the 2011 Petit Le Mans race.

Davidson raced for the Aston Martin Racing team in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside Darren Turner and Jos Verstappen. His team drove Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 in the LMP1 class, which finished 13th overall in the race. He returned in the 2010 edition, driving for defending champions Team Peugeot Total alongside Alexander Wurz and Marc Gené. [8] The trio warmed up for Le Mans by leading a Peugeot 1–2 in the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. [9] However, in the Le Mans race his Peugeot car had an engine failure while leading. Following Le Mans, Davidson raced at the 2010 6 Hours of Silverstone with Nicolas Minassian and secured victory for Peugeot Sport. In October 2010, Davidson secured pole position at Petit Le Mans, and went on to finish second with teammates Alex Wurz and Marc Gené.

In 2011, racing the 908 for Peugeot Sport, Davidson along with Wurz and Gené, won the 6 Hours of Spa, and finished 4th at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Teaming up with Sébastien Bourdais, Davidson went on to win the 6 Hours of Imola, and the 6 Hours of Zhuhai, victories which helped Peugeot Sport secure the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) Championship for the second year running.

With Peugeot pulling out of factory sports car competition, Davidson signed with Toyota to drive its Toyota TS030 Hybrid in the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. [10] Five hours into the race, [11] as Davidson was lapping the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTC of Piergiuseppe Perazzini, the two cars collided at the end of the Mulsanne Straight. The collision turned Davidson's car sideways before becoming airborne, flipping through the air, before landing back on its wheels and made heavy contact with the barriers. [12] Davidson initially tried to get out of his car before calling for assistance; he was later transferred to hospital where he was later diagnosed with fractures to the eleventh and twelfth thoracic vertebrae of his back. [13]

In 2013, Davidson continued driving with Toyota for a full season and ended with third place in the drivers' championship. For the 2014 season he remained with the Toyota works team and drove Toyota's new car, the Toyota TS040 Hybrid. During the year he won four races and finished third in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, and became 2014 World Endurance Drivers' Champion alongside co-driver Sébastien Buemi. The following two years were less successful, yielding only two third-place finishes and championship finishes in fifth in 2015 and eighth in 2016.

Davidson driving an Oreca 07 for DragonSpeed, at Silverstone Circuit in 2018 Dragonspeed Oreca 07 Davidson steely gaze Silverstone 2018.jpg
Davidson driving an Oreca 07 for DragonSpeed, at Silverstone Circuit in 2018

The 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season showed an improvement in form, and Davidson and his co-drivers took five victories and one further podium finish for the Toyota team during the campaign. However, the performance of the Porsche team, a sixth-place finish at Le Mans, and missing the 2017 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas due to "personal reasons", [14] contributed to Davidson finishing the season only third in the drivers' championship standings.

Despite his 2017 performance, Davidson was the crew member of the number 8 Toyota entry who was moved aside to allow Fernando Alonso to contest the 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota switched Davidson backward into a test and reserve role, and he didn't compete in the first two races of the 'superseason', including the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. He made his first race appearance in 2018 at Silverstone, driving in the LMP2 class for American team DragonSpeed, where he finished fourth in class.

Non-driving activities

Commentating

He has since been heard as a co-commentator on selected Grands Prix for BBC Radio 5 Live. This became permanent on 13 February 2009, when it was announced he would commentate alongside David Croft for the 2009 season. [15] Davidson has continued in the role through 2010 into 2011, as the BBC decided on an unchanged lineup for its radio Formula One coverage. [16] On 7 December 2011, Sky Sports announced that Davidson would join its British team as an analyst for race weekends, and would be commentating on practice sessions from the 2012 season. [17]

He commentated alongside Croft for the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix to cover for Paul di Resta who was needed by Williams to cover for the ill Felipe Massa. Di Resta was himself covering for regular commentator Martin Brundle who was absent through illness with the same condition that afflicted Massa.

Helmet

In the studio for 2013 USA Grand Prix qualifying Davidson admitted that his design was inspired by Eddie Cheever's helmet. When he was in the early days of his career he saw the picture of Cheever's helmet and together with his father who is a graphic designer did the design he has been using for most of his career.

Codemasters Formula One games

Davidson has been working as an advisor for Codemasters since 2009 with F1 2009 , and F1 2010 which was released in September 2010. His helmet design is available to select for the user's driver in the game. He later worked with Codemasters-Birmingham on F1 2011 and F1 2012 . Davidson and David Croft appeared in F1 2015, F1 2016, F1 2017, and F1 2018 as commentators. [18]

Personal life

On 11 August 2006, Davidson married his girlfriend Carrie in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The couple live in Brackley. His brother Andrew Davidson appeared in the first series of Big Brother in the UK. When Andrew was up for eviction in week two, housemate Darren nominated him giving the reason for the nomination, being that his brother had a race the following week and would want to leave the house to see him. Andrew was evicted that week.

He was friends growing up with the late Dan Wheldon, who competed in Indy Car.

Racing record

Career summary

SeasonSeriesTeam NameRacesPolesWinsPointsPosition
1999 British Formula Ford Winter Series Haywood Racing Preparations 555471st
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Manor Motorsport 100429th
British Formula Ford Championship Haywood Racing 14231223rd
Formula Ford Festival World Cup111N/A1st
2001 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
British Formula 3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 26762722nd
European Formula Three Cup Series 412N/A1st
Masters of Formula 3 100N/A3rd
2002 Formula One Go KL Minardi Asiatech 200N/ANC
Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
2003 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
American Le Mans Series Veloqx/Prodrive Racing (GTS)2004411th
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/ANC
2004 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
2005 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 1000NC
2006 Formula One Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2007 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Team 1700023rd
2008 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Team 400022nd
Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2009 Formula One Brawn GP F1 Team Test driver
Le Mans 24 Hours Aston Martin Racing 100N/A13th
FIA GT Championship Nissan Motorsport (GT1)111N/AN/A
2010 American Le Mans Series Peugeot Sport 111N/AN/A
Le Mans Series 1001115th
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/ANC
2011 American Le Mans Series Peugeot Sport 211N/AN/A
Le Mans Series 22131N/A
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/A4th
Formula One Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Test driver
2012 Le Mans 24 Hours Toyota Racing 100N/ADNF
2013 Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Test driver
FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 801106.253rd
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/A2nd
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 8241661st
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/A3rd
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 800795th
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/A8th
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 800608th
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/ANC
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 8051683rd
Le Mans 24 Hours 100N/A8th
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 DragonSpeed 410587th*

In addition to competing in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Peugeot Sport only contested selected events in the 2010 Le Mans and American Le Mans Series.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine12345678910111213141516171819WDC Points
2002 KL Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA USA JPN NC0
2004 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
TD
SMR
TD
ESP
TD
MON
TD
EUR
TD
CAN
TD
USA
TD
FRA
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
BEL
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
TD
BRA
TD
2005 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 Honda RA005E 3.0 V10 AUS MAL
Ret
BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN NC0
2006 Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA106 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 BHR
TD
MAL
TD
AUS
TD
SMR
TD
EUR
TD
ESP
TD
MON
TD
GBR
TD
CAN
TD
USA
TD
FRA
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
TD
BRA
TD
2007 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 AUS
16
MAL
16
BHR
16
ESP
11
MON
18
CAN
11
USA
11
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
EUR
12
HUN
Ret
TUR
14
ITA
14
BEL
16
JPN
Ret
CHN
Ret
BRA
14
23rd0
2008 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
15
BHR
16
ESP
Ret
TUR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA 22nd0

Did not finish the race, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2003 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Veloqx Prodrive Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kelvin Burt
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Turner
Ferrari 550-GTS MaranelloGTS176DNFDNF
2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Aston Martin Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Darren Turner
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jos Verstappen
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP134213th11th
2010 Flag of France.svg Team Peugeot Total Flag of Austria.svg Alexander Wurz
Flag of Spain.svg Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1360DNFDNF
2011 Flag of France.svg Peugeot Sport Total Flag of Austria.svg Alexander Wurz
Flag of Spain.svg Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 LMP13514th4th
2012 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of France.svg Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP182DNFDNF
2013 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of France.svg Stéphane Sarrazin
Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP13472nd2nd
2014 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of France.svg Nicolas Lapierre
Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H3743rd3rd
2015 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP13868th8th
2016 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Gazoo Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1384NCNC
2017 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota Gazoo Racing Flag of Switzerland.svg Sébastien Buemi
Flag of Japan.svg Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP13588th2nd

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

YearEntrantClassChassisEngine123456789RankPoints
2012 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SEB SPA LMS
Ret
SIL SÃO BHR FUJ SHA NC0
2013 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid Toyota 3.4 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
3
SPA
4
LMS
2
SÃO
Ret
COA
2
FUJ
15
SHA
Ret
BHR
1
3rd106.25
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
3
COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
10
SÃO
2
1st166
2015 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
3
SPA
8
LMS
8
NÜR
5
COA
4
FUJ
5
SHA
6
BHR
4
5th79
2016 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L V6 (Hybrid) SIL
16
SPA
27
LMS
NC
NÜR
5
MEX
WD
COA
5
FUJ
4
SHA
3
BHR
4
8th60
2017 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L V6 (Hybrid) SIL
1
SPA
1
LMS
6
NÜR
4
MEX
3
COA FUJ
1
SHA
1
BHR
1
3rd168
2018–19 DragonSpeed LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA LMS SIL
4
FUJ
6
SHA
2
SEB
3
SPA
LMS
7th*58*

* Season still in progress.

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Super Aguri F1 was a Formula One team that competed from 2006 to 2008. The team, founded by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, was based in Tokyo, Japan but operated from the former Arrows factory at the Leafield Technical Centre, Oxfordshire. The cars were referred to as Super Aguri Hondas, with the team functioning to some degree as an unofficial Honda 'B'-team. In Japan, public pressure persuaded Honda to help its former driver Takuma Sato to continue to compete in Formula One. This was influential in the creation of Super Aguri's F1 project and the engine supply from Super Aguri's parent company Honda. After participating in the championship for 2 years and 4 months, the team withdrew from F1 after 4 races in the 2008 season due to financial difficulties. Throughout the team's time in the sport, it scored 4 points. All of these were scored by Sato during the 2007 season.

2008 Formula One World Championship sports season

The 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 62nd season of Formula One motor racing, recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) – the governing body of motorsport – as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. It featured the 2008 Formula One World Championship. The season was contested over eighteen rounds, which started in Australia on 16 March and ended in Brazil on 2 November. The 2008 season saw the debut of the Singapore Grand Prix, which was held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, in Marina Bay, Singapore and was the first Formula One race held at night. The European Grand Prix moved to a new venue at the Valencia Street Circuit, in Valencia, Spain

James Rossiter is a professional racing driver from England. He is currently driving for TOM'S in Super GT and in Super Formula. Previously he was an F1 test driver for the Honda, Super Aguri and Force India Formula One teams. He has participated in karting, Formula Renault, British Formula 3 and Formula 3 Euro Series. His father, Jeremy, was also a racing driver.

2006 Chinese Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 2006

The 2006 Chinese Grand Prix was the sixteenth race of the 2006 Formula One season. It was held on 1 October 2006 at Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai. The race was won by Michael Schumacher, driving a Ferrari, and would turn out to be the 91st and last victory of his long and distinguished Formula One career. It was also his last podium finish until the 2012 European Grand Prix, during his comeback to the sport.

Simon Pagenaud French racecar driver

Simon Pagenaud is a French professional racing driver. He currently races in the IndyCar Series with Team Penske. After a successful career in sports car racing that saw him taking the top class championship title in the 2010 American Le Mans Series, he moved to Formula Racing in the Indycar Series where he became the 2016 IndyCar champion.

Kazuki Nakajima racing driver, 2007-2009 Formula One, 2012-2016 World Endurance Championship

Kazuki Nakajima is a professional racing driver who drove in Formula One for the Williams-Toyota team from 2007 to 2009. Racing for Toyota Gazoo Racing since 2016, he won the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is currently leading the 2018 WEC championship after 2 races.

Super Aguri SA05

The Super Aguri SA05 was the car with which the Super Aguri team competed in the first half of the 2006 Formula One season. It originally was developed from the Arrows A23 designed in 2002 by Mike Coughlan.

Kamui Kobayashi racing driver in Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship

Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing, and in the Super Formula Championship for KCMG. He also previously competed in Formula One, Formula E, the GP2 Series, and the GP2 Asia Series.

2007 Japanese Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 2007

The 2007 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 2007 at the Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Shizuoka. The 67-lap race was the fifteenth round of the 2007 Formula One season. It was held at the recently revised track in very heavy rain and misty conditions. For the previous 20 years, the Japanese Grand Prix had been held at Suzuka Circuit, but at this race it returned to Fuji for the first time since 1977. The race was won by McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who also took pole position and the fastest lap of the race. Heikki Kovalainen achieved his first podium, by finishing second for the Renault team, whilst Kimi Räikkönen finished in third for Ferrari. Adrian Sutil scored Spyker's first and only point by finishing 9th and being promoted to 8th after the race.

Autobacs Racing Team Aguri

AUTOBACS Racing Team AGURI (ARTA) is a joint racing project formed between former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki and Autobacs Seven Co. in 1997. The team's original name was "ARTA F1 Project," but due to trademark claims based on the usage of the word "F1", the name has since been shortened to "ARTA". ARTA was the 2007 SuperGT GT500 series champion in both the drivers' and team championship.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ricardo van der Ende
Formula Ford Festival
Winner

2000
Succeeded by
Alan van der Merwe
Preceded by
Jonathan Cochet
FIA European Formula Three Cup
/ Pau Grand Prix winner

2001
Succeeded by
Renaud Derlot
Preceded by
Tom Kristensen
Allan McNish
Loïc Duval
FIA World Endurance Champion
2014
With: Sébastien Buemi
Succeeded by
Timo Bernhard
Brendon Hartley
Mark Webber
Awards
Preceded by
Gary Paffett
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2000
Succeeded by
Steven Kane