Takuma Sato Q&A

Takuma Sato follows in the footsteps of Mika Hakkinen, Olivier Panis and Fernando Alonso as a driver who has stepped back from racing in Formula 1 to take up a testing role. Given that the Japanese has a three-year deal with BAR, the chances look good that he will step into a race drive alongside Jenson Button in 2004 and that this move will be justified. Making the decision to give up on staying at Jordan for 2003 must have been tough, but Sato is feeling optimistic for the future

Takuma Sato Q&A



"It will be good. It's a real shame of course that I will not race for Jordan next year, but I fully understand the situation now and I leave the team on good terms. They boosted me a lot and we achieved a lot. It was a fantastic experience with Jordan, but we had to find the next opportunity with BAR. Obviously going back to being a test driver is not ideal, but I will be developing a car that I could be racing in 2004, which will be good preparation. And who knows, there might even be a chance to race in 2003 as I am the reserve race driver."



"Exactly. Since the German Grand Prix in late July I had hardly any testing apart from 50-kilometre shakedowns. All I had was one day at Monza and two days at Silverstone between then and the final round at Suzuka. I've spoken to [BAR tester] Anthony Davidson about it - I know him well because we were Formula 3 team-mates in 2001 - and he did maybe twice as much mileage driving a Formula 1 car as me! And mileage is so important in Formula 1."



"It's definitely a good thing. It will make me much stronger I think. Formula 1 cars are full of technology and it takes time to find improvements. It's a good opportunity to drive the car a lot."



"Yes, very happy. There have been some changes at the team since I was there as a test driver but I still know a lot of the people there and enjoyed working with them before. I am already excited about the possibility of a race seat in 2004. That will be fantastic!"

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