As expected, the Super Aguri team unveiled a mildly revised livery for its home grand prix at Fuji, with the departure of SS United logos covered by the arrival of two new backers and the confirmation that another had renewed its links for the Asian double-header.

Pioneer Electronics topped the bill as a new sponsor for rounds 15 and 16 in Japan and China, with the company's Carrozzeria product line appearing on the flanks of the SA07 and the racesuits of Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson at Fuji before the Pioneer logo features in Shanghai.

That deal, however, was trumped by one with Japan's Four Leaf Corporation, which is expected to carry through to next season. Four Leaf leads the field of 'health, welfare, education and the protection of the environment' and will use its sponsorship of SAF1 to promote its involvement in the 'Team Dreams Cubes' project, which helps people with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. Both company logos will feature on the car, overalls and in the SAF1 garage.

"The Super Aguri team is a young and small team in the world of Formula One, but they have unlimited amount of energy and passion," commented Four Leaf president
Tadamasa Shimamura, "We have always watched, with much respect, the team conquering the many challenges presented to it with its cars that are painted in our national colours. It is so inspirational and it reaches our heart and soul. Our company slogan 'power to care for the people - Human Energy' is our dream. We are hoping to accelerate toward our dream, hand-in-hand with SAF1."

Team principal Aguri Suzuki completed the triumvirate by announcing a continuation of the partnership with Virgin Atlantic for the Japanese and Chinese grands prix, building on the deal struck for last year's race at Suzuka. Virgin Atlantic (Japan) has long enjoyed a personal relationship with SAF1 driver Sato, and that four-year partnership, allied to the success of the one-off deal with SAF1 in 2006, has led the airline to increase its support for 2007.

The two-race agreement will see Virgin Atlantic branding on the cars and in the garage, while discussion continue for a full-calendar partnership in 2008.

"I am very happy that the team is able to receive support from Virgin Atlantic," Suzuki commented, "Having one of the world's most renowned airline companies as a partner gives us great confidence.

"We are also pleased to have reached an agreement with Four Leaf and to be able to help with the promotion of their association with the 'Team Dream Cubes' charitable project. You will also see this concept logo on our racing cars. We consider this partnership not as just a sponsorship, but the first step for both of us to develop our projects into the future.

"We are at our home race in Japan this week and then we travel directly to Shanghai, so we hope that we will be able to show our partners performances that are worthy of their support during the closing stages of the 2007 championship."

 

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