Struggling Japanese team Super Aguri are apparently on their way to Circuit de Catalunya to take part in this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The immediate future of the team has been put in serious doubt though as potential investors pulled out at the last minute. The Magma Group were looking to take over the small outfit after Honda, who have backed them for the last two years, said the wanted to scale down their operation this year. This has left Aguri with little funds and therefore very few spare parts. As soon as the deal with Magma went wrong, team owner Aguri Suzuki immediately went to Honda and asked for some more time and money, which appears, although not yet confirmed, to have happened.
For the first three races, both Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato had been ordered to take it easy in the cars, the team being very much aware that they don’t have the money to spend on a re-build should one of them throw it into the scenery. However, while the conservative approach has meant four finishes from the six entered, the Aguri drivers weren’t exactly pushing the cars ahead of them.
Thus, is it worth having Super Aguri on the grid just to make up the numbers? Last year, particularly at races with extraordinary circumstances, Takuma Sato was able to mix it up with the larger teams ahead of him quite well, even passing (at the time) reigning world champion Fernando Alonso in Canada. But to have a team this year just running around at the back of the field, is it really worth it? Is it really what the sport needs?