F1 comeback narrowly missed for Sato
19 February 2010 – Takuma Sato has revealed that he came close to rejoining Formula 1 on no less than three occasions on the run-up to the 2010 season, eventually electing to join KV Racing in America's IndyCar Series instead; the Japanese driver will compete in his first race on the same weekend as this year's F1 season-opener.
"I was always dreaming of continuing in F1 but I wanted a competitive car," Takuma, statistically the most successful Japanese driver in F1 history, explained to Reuters. "Being competitive was something I missed in the last few seasons. There were seats available with Campos or US F1 but I didn't feel it was appropriate - the name is F1 but I can't see those cars being competitive.
"I was very close with Toro Rosso, Lotus and Renault but it's always something beyond your control. That's F1."
"I've only driven for one hour but I had this big smile after and I felt like a kid; the car is different from F1 - it's heavier and there's lots of things that don't have electronic controls. It's classic racing. Everyone uses the same chassis, the same engine and the same tyres, which means everyone has a chance to win races which, from a driver's point of view, is great."