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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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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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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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“The second driver has to perform. We don’t want to be called a mobile chicane or create danger or a problem to other drivers,” Daniele Audetto, Team Manager Super Aguri, said. “We are taking into consideration a potential replacement but it is not our priority. We should give him a little bit more time, not too much but certainly a little bit more,” he added.

Audetto admitted meeting Hiroki Yoshimoto at Imola, the Japanese driver subsequently finishing third in the GP2 support race.

“We have to be fair with Ide, we never gave him a lot of chance to test – he doesn’t know the circuits or Formula One,” Audetto continued.

“Our priority now is to go racing, to be reliable and to learn how to develop the team as much as we can.”

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Team officials admit Ide will have to show some improvement in his performance through the first three events or a change may be in the works for the first year squad.

Rumors suggest Formula Nippon champion Satoshi Motoyama could be in line to replace Ide. At least Motoyama has some F1 experience in his background, having driven for the former Jordan team at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix.

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