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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Super Aguri F1 team a non-starter for 2006 Reply with quote

Japan's planned Super Aguri Formula One team will not take part in next season's championship, the governing FIA said on Thursday.

An official list of entrants had just 10 teams, the same number as this year.

"We have notified the team that their application has been refused," said a spokesman for the International Automobile Federation.

Super Aguri, run by former Formula One racer Aguri Suzuki, had hoped to enter the championship with Honda engines and technical support.

They had been talking to former Minardi owner Paul Stoddart about buying four-year-old Arrows cars due to problems in overcoming the regulations preventing teams from using cars designed and built by existing entrants.

While no reason was given for the FIA's rejection, new applicants to the championship must pay a $48 million bond before they can be accepted and sources suggested that had not been forthcoming.

Their omission from the official entry list dashed the immediate hopes of Takuma Sato, dropped by Honda-owned BAR at the end of this season, of being on the starting grid next year as well as Briton Anthony Davidson. It also left Japan without a grand prix driver.
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