Takuma Sato rejoins old F1 team Aguri for Beijing Formula E race

IndyCar race winner Takuma Sato will reunite with his former Formula 1 squad Aguri for the Formula E opener in Beijing this weekend

Takuma Sato rejoins old F1 team Aguri for Beijing Formula E race

The Super Aguri team that Sato raced for in F1 from 2006 to its mid-'08 closure has been revived for FE under the Amlin Aguri banner.

After testing for the squad at Donington Park last month, Sato has agreed to stand in for regular Aguri driver Antonio Felix da Costa, who has a clashing DTM race at the Lausitzring with BMW.

"I'm excited to join the team, especially reconnecting with good old friends from Super Aguri F1 team days and going racing together again," said Sato.

"Racing electric cars is something fascinating and it will take motorsport into a new direction and I'm thrilled to be playing a part in these early stages."

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Team chairman Aguri Suzuki added: "Takuma is a proven driver and his presence will provide unity and experience for the team.

"He has great knowledge of how to race on street circuits, which will also be an important attribute for us."

Aguri also announced that GP2 champion Fabio Leimer - whose main 2014 programme is with the Rebellion LMP1 team in the World Endurance Championship - will be its reserve driver for Beijing.

Katherine Legge will remain in Aguri's other entry.

The second seat at Andretti Autosport - the last remaining official vacancy on the FE grid - is expected to be filled by Lotus F1 reserve Charles Pic.

This week's AUTOSPORT magazine includes a comprehensive guide to Formula E, with more to come on AUTOSPORT.com on Friday.

You can also follow the inaugural race in Beijing as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 9am UK time on Saturday morning.

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