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Sato pulls out of Malaysian Grand Prix 19 Mar 2005

Anthony Davidson (GBR) BAR Honda 006 Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 10-16 January 2005. World © Bumstead/Sutton

British driver gets unexpected race opportunity

BAR’s third driver Anthony Davidson will race at Sepang this weekend after Takuma Sato withdrew due to illness.

Sato developed a fever on Friday evening, and after receiving attention from the Sepang Circuit Medical Centre appeared to show some signs of recovery. However, this morning the fever had started to recur.

In view of the fact that this is such a physically demanding race for the driver, the team and Sato accepted the Medical Team's view that the most sensible course of action is to retire from the rest of the weekend's running.

"In the circumstances, given the heat and the conditions we can expect in the race, the sensible course was to let Taku stand down and to bring Anthony in to race," a team spokesman said.

Davidson, 25, will replace Sato in car number four with effect from this morning's free practice sessions and will take part in tomorrow's race. Under the 2005 regulations he must run with the same engine Sato used yesterday.

It will be Davidson's third grand prix start. He raced twice for Minardi in 2002, in Hungary and Belgium.