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October 14, 2009 11:58 AM

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Steve Robinson - Unregistered

October 14, 2009 12:34 PM

Comments from theyank, are completely out of order. I've followed Taku's career since he raced on Formula Vauxhall in Britain. His departure from the F1 grid since the collapse of Super Aguri was a Grand Prix racings loss. The sooner he returns the better. I for one will be hoping that he gets a drive in F1 for next year.

andrew mac

October 14, 2009 12:56 PM
Last Edited 2395 days ago

Sato showed a lot of promise and I think was highly rated and considered Japan's best F1 driver by many but he was prone to taking the car grass cutting. He definately deserves another shot at F1.

He is up there with Ukyo Katayama and Aguri Suzuki.

AlanH - Unregistered

October 14, 2009 12:57 PM

It would be great to see Taku in a top line drive - something he's never been afforded. He's got the talent and the steel, and is, IMHO, the best F1 driver Japan has produced. He would have done far better than Nakajima in the Williams this year, for starters. I really hope he wins a drive. He deserves an F1 renaissance...


October 14, 2009 2:06 PM

Ah so. You surprise I speak your language. One would think Sato would fit in well with an all Japanese entry using his experience to help development but with Honda out and Toyota on the brink, wishful thinking I am afraid. Too much young talent awaiting a chance and as Vettel and the young Kimi have shown, experience is not necessarily necessary.


October 14, 2009 2:13 PM

andrew, putting sato "up there" with katayama and suzuki, is not saying much, as thy did not set the world alight. but sato was far more prone to t-boning other cars, maybe over enthusiam, maybe just bad driving. let him try indy cars or even aigp, and then re-evaluate him.


October 14, 2009 3:11 PM

Steve Robinson - no comments are out of order given that they even remotely related to the thread...especially here in the house of commons. You should have detected a tongue planted firmly in cheek. After one of Sato's banzai passes, David Coulthard reportedly told him "I would not have attempted that pass." Sato's response was "I know." Hence Banzai!


October 14, 2009 3:42 PM
Last Edited 2393 days ago

He's probably the best F1 driver to come out of Japan, but that's not saying much really, is it? He had his chance in F1 and didn't take it, which is why he's out of work and scrabbling round for a drive with one of the new teams. If he was any good, he would still be racing. Just being fast isn't enough, like most of the Japanese drivers that have tried Grands Prix, he's inconsistent and prone to crash. It's a shame but there it is. I wish him well, he seems a nice guy. I hope IRL gives him a chance.

JL - Unregistered

October 14, 2009 9:10 PM

I don't agree Taku crashed more than other, but why ppl hang onto that is beyond me. His final 2.5 seasons at Super Aguri showed how fast he is when given a team that supported him. That was absent at BAR. He did not crash "all the time" at SA and squeezed performances from that car no one thought existed. He did what no one expected, beat Bourdais in the shoot out 7 months out of F1 as well, yet people ignore that and grasp onto things that happened in his rookie and sophomore seasons. I'm confident the new teams are well aware of what he did at Super Aguri.

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