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Sakon YamamotoAs reported on HomeofSport

Magny Cours will ‘definitely’ be Franck Montagny’s last grand prix for now with Super Aguri…..Yamamoto, to re-complete an all-Japanese line-up, is sure to appear at Hockenheim, with Montagny saying: ‘I know this will be my last race. ‘From Hockenheim onwards I will certainly be the third driver.’

So we’ll have to see another banging-into-other-cars Japanese driver ? Once more the language-problem excuse for axing the driver ? Montagny at least kept his hands clean and stayed away from other cars [not that he could catch them]. But I can understand the pressure Aguri Suzuki might been feeling to have all-Japanese driver lineup, thanks to his Japanese sponsors.

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Super Aguri have signed Japanese Formula Nippon driver Sakon Yamamoto as their third driver to replace Yuji Ide.

“Sakon drove at the Japanese GP last year (in free practice) so there’s no licence problem,” the team said.”But we are trying to comfirm it with the FIA so we do not repeat Ide’s example.”

Yamamoto is eventually expected to jump over Montagny in the all-Japanese team’s pecking order.

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As reported on HomeofSport

The fledgling team's boss, Aguri Suzuki, admitted that the language barrier played a notable role in 31-year-old Ide's struggle earlier this year, and subsequent loss of his Super License credentials. 'He'd done just 200 kilometres in an F1 car before Bahrain,' said the Japanese.

Aguri Suzuki, who has temporarily replaced Ide with Franck Montagny, told Britain's F1 Racing magazine: 'Because he's so inexperienced ... even I found his answers hard to understand.'

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Franck MontagnyAs reported on

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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