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Super Aguri entry wins approval 26 Jan 2006

Super Aguri Formula 1 logo, 2005. © Sutton

This year’s grid is set to feature 11 teams after confirmation of Super Aguri’s entry to the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.

“Following receipt of the necessary financial guarantee and with the unanimous support of the competing teams, the FIA has accepted the late entry of the Super Aguri F1 Team,” said the sport’s governing body in a statement on Thursday.

The Japanese team, fronted by ex-Formula One driver Aguri Suzuki, will use Honda engines and have established their operational base at the former Arrows factory at Leafield in the UK.

The team are expected to debut their own car mid-season, but may begin their campaign with a modified version of a four-year old Arrows chassis. Former BAR star Takuma Sato is being widely tipped as their number one driver, but the team have yet to make any official announcements regarding their 2006 line-up.

The confirmation of Super Aguri’s entry will mean 11 teams on the grid for the first time since Arrows’ departure back in 2002.