Super Aguri F1 team boss Aguri Suzuki says that taking the decision to withdraw from the Formula One world championship was a tough one, but one that had to be made given the circumstances facing his tiny operation.

Confirmation of the loss of Formula One's eleventh team came early on Tuesday [6 May], as Suzuki bowed to the inevitable and accepted that, having been barred from the paddock at Istanbul Park at the alleged behest of Honda top brass, his dream was over. Various rescue attempts, dating back to the end of 2007, had been rumoured, but even a last-ditch bid by the German Weigl Group proved to be of no avail.

"In order to realise my dream to become an owner of a Formula One team, I applied for a grid position in the FIA Formula One world championship in November 2005," Suzuki recounted, announcing SAF1's departure.

"Since then, I have participated in the championship for two years and four months as the Super Aguri F1 team but, regretfully, I must inform you that the team will be ceasing its racing activities as of today.

"The team has competed against the many car manufacturer-backed teams and has succeeded in obtaining the first points after only the 22nd race, finishing in ninth place overall in the 2007 constructors' championship.

"However, the breach of contract by the promised partner SS United Oil & Gas Company resulted in the loss of financial backing and immediately put the team into financial difficulties. Also, the change in direction of the environment surrounding the team, in terms of the use of customer chassis, has affected our ability to find partners.

"Meanwhile, with the help of Honda, we have somehow managed to keep the team going, but we find it difficult to establish a way to continue the activities in the future within the environment surrounding F1 and, as a result, I have concluded to withdraw from the championship.

"I would like to express my deepest thanks to Honda, Bridgestone, the sponsors, all the people who have given us advise during various situations over the past couple of years all the team staff who have kept their motivations high and always done their best, Anthony Davidson, who has always pushed to the limit despite the very difficult conditions, Takuma Sato, who has been with us from the very start and has always fought hard and led the team, and, lastly, our fans from all over the world, who have loyally supported the Super Aguri F1 team."


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