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Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato Takuma Sato
Team Super Aguri
Nationality Japanese
Podiums 1
Points 44
Grand Prix entered 91
World Championships 0
Highest race finish 3 (x1)
Highest grid position 2 (x1)
Date of Birth 28/01/1977
Place of Birth Tokyo
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA08A celebrates his race finish. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 27 April 2008. © Sutton Images

2008

Left without a drive after four rounds when financial difficulties force Super Aguri to withdraw from the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship.

(L to R): Aguri Suzuki (JPN) Team Principal Super Aguri F1 Team celebrates sixth position with Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2007

2007

Second season with Super Aguri proves far more competitive. Secures team's first top-ten grid slot at the opening round in Australia and scores their first points with an eighth place in Spain and a sixth in Canada.

Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 21 October 2006

2006

Enjoys a fresh start with new Honda-powered team, Super Aguri. Struggles with outdated car in early races, but puts new model to good use with an impressive tenth place at final round in Brazil.

Takuma Sato (JPN) BAR Honda 007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, French Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Magny-Cours, France, 2 July 2005

2005

Misses round two in Malaysia due to a viral infection. Scores just one point all season and is dropped by BAR at the end of the year.

Takuma Sato (JPN) BAR Honda 006 gets it sideways.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Nurburgring, Germany, Race, 30 May 2004

2004

Largely overshadowed by BAR team mate Jenson Button, but some strong drives nonetheless. Second on grid in Europe - best ever placing for a Japanese driver. Scores first podium at Indianapolis and finishes eighth in drivers' championship.

Takuma Sato (JPN) BAR Honda 005 celebrates his 6th position
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka , Japan, 12 October 2003

2003

Test and third driver for BAR. Makes race debut for team in Japan after Jacques Villeneuve's early departure and finishes an impressive sixth.

Takuma Sato (JPN) Jordan EJ12 suffered another big race crash exiting the tunnel.
Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, 26 May 2002

2002

Debut Formula One season with Jordan. Scores his first points with fifth place at the final round, his home race in Japan.

Takuma Sato (JPN) took the win at Zandvoort. Marlboro Masters - Zandvoort, Holland - 5 August 2001. World © Sutton

2001

Wins British Formula Three championship with 12 race wins. Victories in F3 Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort, the F3 International Challenge race supporting the British Grand Prix, and the Macau Grand Prix. Formula one test driver for BAR.

Race winner Takuma Sato (JPN) Carlin Motorsport Dallara F300 Mugen Honda makes it a hat-trick of victories in 2000 at the Silverstone Circuit. British Formula Three Championship, Silverstone, England, 8 October 2000. World © Paul/Sutton

2000

Third in the British Formula Three championship.

Takuma Sato (JPN) Diamond Racing Dallara Mugen F398 was winner of the National Class and sixteenth overall. British Formula Three Championship, Silverstone, England, 10 July 1999. World © Sutton

1999

Sixth in EDFA Formula Opel Euroseries championship after competing in selected rounds only. Wins Formula Asia 2000 race supporting the F3 Macau Grand Prix.

Takuma Sato

1998

Single-seater debut in the Formula Vauxhall championship.

Takuma Sato

1997

Karting champion in the Honda Suzuka Racing School Scholarship.

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02 Felipe Massa 97
03 Kimi Räikkönen 75
04 Robert Kubica 75
05 Fernando Alonso 61
06 Nick Heidfeld 60
07 Heikki Kovalainen 53
08 Sebastian Vettel 35
09 Jarno Trulli 31
10 Timo Glock 25
11 Mark Webber 21
12 Nelsinho Piquet 19
13 Nico Rosberg 17
14 Rubens Barrichello 11
15 Kazuki Nakajima 9
16 David Coulthard 8
17 Sebastien Bourdais 4
18 Jenson Button 3
19 Giancarlo Fisichella 0
20 Adrian Sutil 0
21 Takuma Sato 0
22 Anthony Davidson 0