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Renault signs Yamamoto as test driver 04 Feb 2008

Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Spyker.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Thursday, 4 October 2007

Renault announced on Monday that they had signed Sakon Yamamoto as a test development driver for the 2008 season. Yamamoto will conduct development work for the team and play an important role in the French squad’s Formula One roadshow programme.

“I am very excited to join the ING Renault F1 Team for the 2008 season,” said the Japanese driver. “It is a great honour for me to be associated with a team that has won world championships. I will learn a fantastic amount, and I look forward to contributing in every way the team asks of me.”

The 25 year-old has made 14 Grand Prix starts so far in his career, with Super Aguri and Spyker. His best finish was P12 in last year’s rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway.

“We are delighted to welcome Sakon to the team for 2008,” added managing director Flavio Briatore. “We plan a particularly aggressive development programme for the coming year, and his F1 experience will be useful to us in this context.”

“Furthermore, the ING Renault F1 Team is one of the most active in promoting Formula One around the world thanks to our unique Roadshow programme, and Sakon will boost our visibility in important markets. He will be an important asset for the team.”