Super Aguri announced on November 15th that Anthony Davidson will race alongside Takuma Sato in 2007. Davidson has been Honda's test and third driver for the past three years and has been expected to be confirmed at Super Aguri for some time. He...
Super Aguri announced on November 15th that Anthony Davidson will race alongside Takuma Sato in 2007. Davidson has been Honda's test and third driver for the past three years and has been expected to be confirmed at Super Aguri for some time. He replaces Sakon Yamamoto, who followed on from Yuji Ide and Franck Montagny this season.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm really excited about my first full season as a race driver in Formula One," said Davidson. "I'd like to thank everyone at the Super Aguri F1 Team and Honda for giving me this chance."
"I'm looking forward to working with everyone at SAF1 -- I've been impressed with the improvements the team has made through the 2006 season, and I can already see from my first visits to the factory that the team is very hard-working and highly motivated. I can't wait to get started!"
Davidson debuted in F1 as test driver at BAR (now Honda) in 2001 and in 2002 he competed in two races for Minardi, standing in for Alex Yoong. He continued as tester for BAR in 2003, and also competed in endurance races, then became the team's official third driver in 2004. He raced in Malaysia in 2005 when Takuma Sato was unwell but retired with an engine failure.
"I am delighted to have Takuma and Anthony as our drivers for next year," said Super Aguri team principal Aguri Suzuki. "Takuma performed outstandingly in our first year and I hope that he will be able to build on this with us next year."
"As you know, Anthony has been with Honda as a test driver for a while now and he brings to us a wealth of experience in Formula One. I believe that he will make a positive impact on the team and that he will fit into the family atmosphere that we have at Super Aguri F1 Team perfectly. I am looking forward to seeing both our drivers rising to the challenge in the 2007 season."
Honda sporting director Gil de Ferran said: "On behalf of everyone at the Honda Racing F1 Team, I would like to offer our congratulations to Anthony on his new role at the Super Aguri F1 Team. We are absolutely delighted that Anthony has achieved his long-standing ambition of a Formula One race drive, a role that he certainly deserves."
Honda also announced today that ex-Red Bull man Christian Klien will replace Davidson as official test and reserve driver. The Austrian parted company with the Red Bull after it announced Mark Webber for 2007 and turned down offers to race in Champ Car in favour of persuing an F1 seat.