Sato Not Surprised by BAR Decision

Takuma Sato has said he was very disappointed but not surprised about BAR's decision to leave him out of their driver line-up for 2006

Sato Not Surprised by BAR Decision

Japanese Sato was left without a drive for next year following BAR's confirmation that Jenson Button will partner Rubens Barrichello.

"I am not surprised by today's confirmation about next year but am obviously very disappointed with the news," said Sato in a statement. "I have many thoughts about the situation and have my own opinions but now is not the right time for me to comment.

"I would like to thank all my fans and supporters for their continued faith and look forward to rewarding them with some good news soon."

Team boss Nick Fry said Sato, who has scored one point this season to Button's 30, had made an "enormous contribution to BAR's development" and BAR were in discussion with him and his management about future possibilities.

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