|Début||2014 Beijing ePrix|
|Key People||Aguri Suzuki, Mark Preston, Ferry Spijkerman, Peter McCool|
|Driver(s)||António Félix da Costa|
|Last Season||8th (32 pt(s))|
|First Win||2015 Buenos Aires ePrix|
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Team Aguri were a Japanese based racing team, who competed in the first two seasons of the FIA Formula E Championship. Run by Aguri Suzuki, a former Formula One team owner, Team Aguri have one win to their name, after António Félix da Costa took victory at the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, would exclusively use the original Spark-Renault SRT_01E throughout their existance.
Team Aguri were founded after the merger of former F1 team Super Aguri with the Amlin insurance Group in Britain. The team aim to bring their core values to the championship, including teamwork and sustainability. Aguri will also look to help develop the technology introduced through the championship to the non-racing world. Their inital driver partnership of Katherine Legge and António Félix da Costa looked to be a promising one for the future, while the signing of Takuma Sato for the first race gave them a link to their past in F1.
Formula E HistoryEdit
Amlin Aguri entered Formula E in June 2014, with Katherine Legge and António Félix da Costa as their named drivers. Da Costa, Legge and Swiss driver Fabio Leimer tested for Amlin Aguri at the 2014 Donington Test, although Japanese ace Takuma Sato raced for the team (alongside Legge) at the 2014 Beijing ePrix. Da Costa, who missed out on Beijing due to his DTM commitments, later rejoined the team for the Putrajaya ePrix after the end of the DTM season in October. Legge left the team at the end of 2014, meaning Salvador Duran joined the team after the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix.
Amlin Aguri's breakthrough came via da Costa, whom surprised everyone in Formula E by taking victory at the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix. The 2014 Punta del Este Test had seen the team improve its race pace, with da Costa becoming a consistent point scorer after Buenos Aires. Da Costa continued to threaten the points throughout the rest of the season, while Duran, back in a racing car for the first time since 2008, slowly climbed through the field, taking his first points at the 2015 Miami ePrix. Da Costa's season ended at the 2015 Moscow ePrix, with the Portuguese racer missing the London finale due to the DTM. Sakon Yamamoto replaced him, but retired from both London races.
Renamed as Team Aguri when Amlin withdrew their sponsorship, the team were the first team to announce their 2015/16 challenger and, with a small budget, the team opted to retain the use of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E with the McLaren powertrain from 2014/15. Unlike 2014/15, however, their likely driver line-up did not emerge from testing, with five drivers running their cars across the six days. Duran left the team before the end of the test, joining Trulli, while Tom Dillmann, Nicolas Lapiere, Stefano Coletti and Nathanaël Berthon were all given the chance to test.
For the second season of Formula E, the team confirmed that da Costa would return as a driver with Berthon replacing Duran. Of their two drivers, it would be the new boy Berthon who secured the team's first points of the season, pushing the SRT_01E against the newer cars to get into eighth at the season opening 2015 Beijing ePrix. da Costa would then respond by claiming two sixth place finishes in the next two rounds, while two non-scores for Berthon saw the Frenchman abandon the team.
A familiar face would replace the young Frenchman, with Duran rejoining the team once the Trulli team withdrew from the series. Yet, the Mexican's arrival would not coincide with a rise in form, as both da Costa and Duran failed to score at the next three rounds. Duran's second stint with the team then ended when a deal with Chinese firm SECA emerged for the team, with Chinese racer Ma Qing Hua brought on board to seal the sponsorship.
Ma's debut would not go to plan as he retired from the 2016 Paris ePrix, a race which saw da Costa take more points for the outdated car. Another new driver-line up for Aguri would come at the 2016 Berlin ePrix, German racer René Rast coming in for an absent da Costa who had DTM commitments. Yet, both Rast and Ma failed to score in the race, with da Costa returning in time for the season finale in London.
It would be in London where the end of Team Aguri would be announced, as SECA completed their take over of the team, which would become Techeetah for the 2016/17 season. Regardless, both Ma and da Costa would race in the season ending races in London, with the Portuguese driver securing points in the 2016 London ePrix I by matching his season best finish of sixth. Once the finale was over the staff and equipment officially came under the Techeetah banner, who hoped the former team's experience would help them bed into the series.
Formula E RecordEdit
Team Aguri's complete Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Teams: Team Aguri', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/teams/amlin-aguri.aspx, (Accessed 14/07/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'INSIGHT: Team Aguri’s season two plans', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/insight-team-aguri-s-season-two-plans.aspx, (Accessed 14/07/2015)
- ↑ 'Sam Bird seals victory in the Putrajaya ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/11/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/november/sam-bird-seals-victory-in-the-putrajaya-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Salvador Duran to drive for Amlin Aguri in Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/12/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/december/salvador-duran-to-drive-for-amlin-aguri-in-punta-del-este.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 'Da Costa wins spectacular Buenos Aires ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/01/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/january/antonio-felix-da-costa-wins-chaotic-buenos-aires-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015) http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Amlin Aguri picks Yamamoto for London', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/amlin-aguri-picks-yamamoto-for-london.aspx, (Accessed 15/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Team Aguri confirms Da Costa to race in season two', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/team-aguri-confirms-antonio-felix-da-costa-for-season-two.aspx, (Accessed 09/10/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 'Salvador Duran joins Team Aguri', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/01/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/january/salvador-duran-joins-team-aguri.aspx, (Accessed 28/01/2016)
- ↑ 'Ma Qing Hua replaces Salvador Duran at Team Aguri', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/ma-qing-hua-replaces-salvador-duran-at-team-aguri/, (Accessed 20/04/2016)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi triumphant in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-wins-visa-paris-eprix/, (Accessed 23/04/2016)
- ↑ 'Rast replaces da Costa at Team Aguri', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/05/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/may/rast-replaces-da-costa-at-team-aguri/, (Accessed 20/05/2016)
- ↑ 'SECA SECURE FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY: JEAN-ERIC VERGNE AND MA QING HUA CONFIRMED AS DRIVERS', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/seca-secure-fia-formula-e-championship-entry/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
- ↑ 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)