Super Aguri replace Ide with Montagny
|Thursday, May 4th 2006, 10:07 GMT|
Frenchman Franck Montagny will race in the second Super Aguri car at this weekend's European Grand Prix, the team announced on Thursday.
Montagny will replace Japanese rookie Yuji Ide who, following advice received from the FIA this week, will only participate in testing days.
"We accept the advice offered by the FIA to allow Yuji to accrue the mileage he requires to improve in Formula One during our testing days only," said team principal Aguri Suzuki.
"The team has made every effort to ensure that Yuji settled into his new F1 surroundings and I think that he has coped incredibly well under the circumstances.
"I wish that I could have given Yuji more time in the car before the start of the season, but with the team being put together so rapidly we were unable to allow him the proper testing that he should have experienced.
"I will continue to look after Yuji's interests and support his continuing efforts within the team, including his path back to a Formula One race seat. As a result, Franck Montagny will drive for us in the second race seat at the European Grand Prix."
Ide has endured a tough start to his Formula One career, failing to match the pace of his teammate Takuma Sato.
Montagny had been originally signed by Super Aguri to be their third driver at the Nurburgring.