Super Aguri have announced that they will be participating in this weekends Spanish Grand Prix. For the past week or so the team has been in trouble after the Magma Group pulled out of a deal that would have seen major investment, a name change and cleared Honda debt for the little outfit. While no deal has yet been confirmed, and with Honda apparently refusing to offer any further help, Aguri were still preparing their cars this morning and both Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson competed in the morning’s Free Practice session.
It was rumoured last night that Aguri had managed to cobble together a new deal with Magma, who were left high and dry after their investors – Dubai International Capital – pulled out at the last minute. But with both drivers soldiering on, at least the race will have 22 cars on the grid. Interestingly, Sato was able to lap the Montmelo circuit just 0.2s shy of Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel this morning, a slight improvement over previous form. Is it possible that Aguri are confident of a deal, and are now less concerned about the Japanese driver trashing the car?