2006 car won't be ready - Super Aguri
22 December 2005 – New F1 team 'Super Aguri' has admitted for the first time that a new grand prix car will not be ready to contest the Bahraini season opener. It is the clearest official indication yet that the Honda-backed Japanese team intend to kick off the year with Arrows' 2002 'A23' car, bought from Paul Stoddart.
'Aguri' had hoped to run the '05-spec BAR-Honda, but using the car of a current competitor is presently outlawed by a clause in the 'Concorde Agreement'. "Of course we do not expect to be on the pace straight away," said team managing director Daniele Audetto, who worked for Tom Walkinshaw's team when it went bust in '02.
He added: "We will use the first grands prix to train the team before our definitive car reaches the track."
The 'A23', modified to comply with more rigorous crash testing in 2006 and also new technical regulations, is expected to be kept in use until at least Imola, round four next year.
'Super Aguri' also confirmed on Wednesday that Leafield would run the team 'in conjunction' with a Tokyo (Japan) based company called 'A.Company Inc.'