Sayonara from Asiatech

This Japanese Grand Prix has been significant for Asiatech because it marks the third anniversary of the project's start and the successful completion of its second season in Formula One racing. Here in Suzuka in 1999, Asiatech's principal...

This Japanese Grand Prix has been significant for Asiatech because it marks the third anniversary of the project's start and the successful completion of its second season in Formula One racing.

Here in Suzuka in 1999, Asiatech's principal backer, Mr Hideo Morita, met Mr Corrado Provera., head of Peugeot Sport, and the course was set for Asiatech's engine programme.

After bids to acquire a controlling interest in Jordan and Benetton were rejected, Asiatech concentrated on developing its racing engine while supporting two teams through the free supply of a factory engine.

At the same time, Asiatech was preparing its F1 racing chassis in Didcot, Oxfordshire, the wind tunnel model of which was displayed at Monza this season.

The Asiatech programme was technically ahead of schedule and ready to race its proprietary, co-designed engine/chassis/power train package in 2003 (only its third season in Formula One); however, problems with its previously firmly guaranteed funding have prevented it from moving on to this second phase of the programme.

It has been a tremendous source of satisfaction, as well as challenge, to compete in Formula One. Our relationship with the Minardi team has been excellent, and we wish them all the best for next season.

Sayonara

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Corrado Provera
Teams Benetton , Minardi , Jordan