On Sunday afternoon in Melbourne, Aguri Suzuki was unaware of how his eponymous team were faring in the race. Just how long he sat in the shade of a tree outside the temporary huts supplied to each team by the organisers is unknown, but the Japanese former Formula One driver sat there on his own for an appreciable length of time.
But, then, Suzuki had a lot on his mind, for it was likely the penultimate time the red and white cars would run under his direction and surname. But, at least Suzuki was around: his able lieutenant Daniel Audetto, the man without whom there would be no Super Aguri, was nowhere to be seen, and rumours had it that the former Ferrari team boss was finished with F1 after sinking half his life into the sport.
Hiroshi Yasukawa, Aguri Suzuki, and Martin Leach © Super Aguri F1
But, also sitting under the same tree, although far from alone, was Martin Leach, former Ford Europe COO and Maserati boss, whose Magma Group automotive consultancy admitted to reaching (heads of) agreement to acquire Super Aguri, probably by 31 March.