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Super Aguri begin recruitment drive 10 Nov 2005

Aguri Suzuki (JPN) announces his new Super Aguri F1 team. Super Aguri F1 Announcement, Tokyo, Japan, 1 November 2005. World ©  Mogi/Sutton

Formula One's newest team goes head hunting

With just four months to go before the Bahrain Grand Prix, 2006 hopefuls Super Aguri are busy searching for the huge range of staff they will need if they are to make it on to the grid in time.

Although the new Honda-powered team, formed by ex-Formula One star Aguri Suzuki, are yet to have their 2006 entry accepted, they are already advertising for staff to work at their newly-established operational base, the Leafield Technical Centre in Oxfordshire, once home to Arrows.

The long list of positions to be filled ranges from experienced Formula One race and test engineers right through to office cleaners. Other vacancies include procurement staff, quality inspectors, race team secretary, accountants, stores personnel, PA, general secretary, electronics experts, factory-based assembly staff and van drivers.

The depth of Super Aguri's recruitment drive would seem to illustrate just how serious the team are about making it to Bahrain - and just how big a task that is, even with the support they are receiving from BAR and Honda, the exact nature of which remains unclear.

Suzuki has yet to officially name any key staff members, although former Arrows and McLaren engineer Mark Preston has confirmed he is currently heading up the new team’s technical department. Suzuki has also been in talks with former BAR driver Takuma Sato regarding a possible race seat.

Assuming Super Aguri’s 2006 application is accepted (an official entry list for next season is expected sometime in the next few weeks) then the team plan to make an official launch presentation early next year.