2006 European Grand Prix - Race 5/18

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Ide will not race again with Aguri in 2006
Super Aguri driver Yuji Ide's superlicense has been revoked by Formula One's ruling body and he will not return to racing this season.

The Japanese driver, making his Grand Prix debut this season, was replaced by the team with Frenchman Franck Montagny for last weekend's European Grand Prix after he struggled in the first four races of the season.

The team had replaced Ide following advice from the sport's governing body.

At his last race at Imola, he was reprimanded by the stewards for causing a spectacular accident that sent Midland's Dutch driver Christijan Albers barrel-rolling into the gravel on the opening lap.

The team expected Ide to return to racing action this season, but that has been ruled out following the FIA's decision to revoke his license.

The Super Aguri team confirmed on Wednesday that's Ide's license had been retracted and that he would be replaced by Montagny again in the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.

"Super Aguri F1 confirms that the FIA Permit Office has retracted Yuji Ide's Super License. He will therefore not be participating in any further official FIA Formula One World Championship events this year," said the team in a statement.

"It is with sadness and regret that the team accepts this decision, however Aguri Suzuki and A.Company (Japan) shall continue to seek driving opportunities for Yuji and hopefully a path back into Formula One.

"As a result, Franck Montagny will drive once again for the SAF1 Team at the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix whilst discussions with a number of parties continue regarding the permanent positions of second race seat and third driver."

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The big problem for Ide is the route he's taken into F1. According to the FIA unless a driver done one of the following:

a) Finished in the top 4 of the International F3000 / GP2 championship in the last 2 years

b) Finished in the top 3 of the Japanese F3000 championship in the last 2 years

c) Finished in the top 6 of the IRL or CART championships in the last 2 years

d) Current champion in a major F3 series

e) Minimum of 5 starts in the previous year's F1 championship

he has to go by the exception (aka Kimi) route. That is the F1 Commission must unanimously decide that the driver has performed adequately the previous year and that he has completed the requisite 300km of testing over 2 days. In this case a 12 month licence with a 3 month probationary period is issued.

It sounds very much like Ide's 3 months are up and the FOC has decided that they're initial assessment was wrong and he's not up to driving F1 hence his licence has been revoked.


As for gaining experience he's going to have to try and get into GP2, F3000, IRL or CART. I would suggest that it's going to be virtually impossible for him to regain his F1 licence through the exception route.

I've also just realised that the FIA "suggested" he not race at the Nurburgring in what would be his fifth race of the year - thus preventing him from being automatically eligible for a 2007 licence...
 
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The Spain thread is coming - just working on it...

Got all sorts of crud going on here though - it appears that the manure has hit the fan at work... :(

Arse...

Simon/~Flibster


Oh and Ide - bloody good thing to!
 
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