Montagny replaces Ide at Super Aguri

Posted: May 4, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, External, FIA, Franck Montagny, Nurburgring, RaceTracks, Super Aguri, Teams, Yuji Ide

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French racer Franck Montagny will make his grand prix race debut this weekend after replacing Japanese rookoeYuji Ide in the Super Aguri team at this weekend’s European Grand Prix.

Acting on the advice of the FIA, Super Aguri has demoted Ide to testing duties following his poor string of results so far this season.

“We accept the advice offered by the FIA to allow Yuji to accrue the mileage he requires to improve in F1 during our testing days only,” said the team’s principal Aguri Suzuki.

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  1. sukhi says:

    the FIA advises on what to do with a driver?!
    Or is that Ide is considered a safety risk?

  2. Neeraj says:

    FIA has the power to revoke the “super-license” of a driver [as they had already done with Ide]. So yes FIA do “advise” regarding a driver.

  3. Oliver White says:

    But I feel that ultimately, the decision rests with the team – Super Aguri in this case. However, as with everything F1, there is a political under-current happening here.

    Should the FIA have offered their advice? Yes, why not?

    Should the FIA have revoked Ide’s license? No, it only stops the man from improving at private tests.

    Once again, the FIA have gone a little too far and this time, they have destroyed a mans career before it was even given the chance.

  4. Neeraj says:

    I thought asking SA to not race Ide was good enough, they could have extended the period for 4-5 races more. By then he would have been part of the testing team and would have got the hang of things.

    Revoking the license altogether was indeed very harsh and unwarranted.

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