Ide will not race again with Aguri in 2006
|By Pablo Elizalde||Wednesday, May 10th 2006, 11:46 GMT|
Super Aguri driver Yuji Ide's superlicense has been revoked by Formula One's ruling body and he will not return to racing this season.
The Japanese driver, making his Grand Prix debut this season, was replaced by the team with Frenchman Franck Montagny for last weekend's European Grand Prix after he struggled in the first four races of the season.
The team had replaced Ide following advice from the sport's governing body.
At his last race at Imola, he was reprimanded by the stewards for causing a spectacular accident that sent Midland's Dutch driver Christijan Albers barrel-rolling into the gravel on the opening lap.
The team expected Ide to return to racing action this season, but that has been ruled out following the FIA's decision to revoke his license.
The Super Aguri team confirmed on Wednesday that's Ide's license had been retracted and that he would be replaced by Montagny again in the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend and in Monaco later this month.
"Super Aguri F1 confirms that the FIA Permit Office has retracted Yuji Ide's Super License. He will therefore not be participating in any further official FIA Formula One World Championship events this year," said the team in a statement.
"It is with sadness and regret that the team accepts this decision, however Aguri Suzuki and A.Company (Japan) shall continue to seek driving opportunities for Yuji and hopefully a path back into Formula One.
"As a result, Franck Montagny will drive once again for the SAF1 Team at the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix whilst discussions with a number of parties continue regarding the permanent positions of second race seat and third driver."