Sato determined to remain in Formula One
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, May 8th 2008, 08:33 GMT|
Takuma Sato is determined to remain in Formula One, after making it clear on Thursday that he had no intention to retire following the collapse of the Super Aguri team.
The Japanese has been left without a race seat after Super Aguri failed to find the investors they needed to carry on in Formula One.
And although quiet about the opportunities he may have, Sato has said he is focused on trying to find a fresh opportunity in grand prix racing.
"At this time I am not sure what will happen next as I have been concentrating all my efforts on racing for SAF1," he said in a statement.
"I will be looking at my options with my manager and will make an announcement once it is appropriate. However, I have no intention to retire from F1.
"I feel I am driving at the top of my game and want to give so much more to my fans and supporters in Japan and worldwide who have been so incredibly supportive to me during my whole career."
Sato has expressed his disappointment at the demise of Super Aguri, which led to angry scenes from a number of Japanese fans who protested outside Honda headquarters yesterday.
"What can I say except that I am so sad and disappointed that the Super Aguri F1 team has had to withdraw from F1," explained Sato.
"I realised that the situation for the team was very difficult but I really hoped that all the parties involved would find a solution. Unfortunately for whatever reasons this has not happened...
"With all the problems going on I have just tried to stay optimistic and focus on supporting the team in any way I can."
He added: "Super Aguri have always been a small team but with a big heart and mega spirits. Every single person at Leafield did the most amazing job when the team started two and a half years ago by getting us to the grid in just four months, finishing in the top ten in our very first year and scoring four points last season.
"They are a group of real professionals who can do almost the impossible.
"I have massive respect for everything that Aguri san has done for us; he has worked so hard to keep things going. I will also never forget all the team members who have put so much effort into this team and would like to thank them for what was achieved in the short life of the SAF1 team.
"It is incredible to think that just one year ago we scored our first ever point and the emotion and excitement of that moment has turned to such disappointment just one year on."