Yuji Ide

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Yuji Ide
Yuji Ide 2010 Super GT Fuji 400km.jpg
In 2010, as a Super GT driver
Born (1975-01-21) 21 January 1975 (age 39)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japan Japanese
Active years 2006
Teams Super Aguri
Races 4
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race 2006 San Marino Grand Prix

Yuji Ide (井出 有治 Ide Yūji?) (born 21 January 1975 in Saitama, Saitama) is a Japanese racing driver who graduated from 2005 Formula Nippon to Formula One with the Super Aguri team in 2006, but lost his FIA Super Licence during the season due to erratic driving.[1]

Ide returned to the Formula Nippon series after his four-race F1 stint and now races with the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri team.[2][3]

Early career[edit]

Ide's 2005 Formula Nippon Lola.

Ide started his racing career in 1990 with kart racing. In 1991, he won the Kantou National Cup Kart Championship. In 1992 he was second in the Regional Kart Championship East Kantou series A1 Class and also won the Japan Kart Grand Prix SS stock class National GP.[4] The following year he joined the All- Japan Kart Championship Series Formula A Class before progressing to the All-Japan Formula Three Championship.[4]

In 1999 he came second in the All Japan GT Championship GT300 Class Series.[4] He was also the Formula Dream series champion in Japan.[4] In 2002 Ide joined the French Formula Three Championship series and finished in seventh place. The following year, 2003, he joined the All Japan Championship Formula Nippon Series and also finished seventh.[4] In 2004, he claimed third spot before going on to win the Super Endurance Race Class 3 Series. He finished his first stint in Formula Nippon finishing second in the 2005 championship.[4]

Formula One[edit]

Yuji Ide driving the Super Aguri SA05 at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

At age 31, Ide became one of Formula One's older rookies when he landed a seat at Super Aguri for the 2006 season, in part due to Super Aguri's aspiration of fielding an all-Japanese team.[5] Ide had known Aguri Suzuki for a long time, according to a press release,[6] however Ide's meshing with the team had some issues with his lack of proficient English.[7]

In his debut race in Bahrain, Ide was significantly behind his more experienced teammate Takuma Sato and failed to finish. At the next race in Malaysia, he retired after 33 laps.

The third race of the 2006 season went poorly for Ide: He was blamed for blocking Rubens Barrichello during his qualifying lap, causing the Brazilian to be stuck in the first round of qualifying and start 16th on the grid.[8] Ide finished in Australia, two laps down. His weekend in Melbourne was notable for a number of spins, and team principal Aguri Suzuki subsequently suggested Ide's seat was not safe if his performances did not improve.

At Imola, Ide caused a first lap crash with Christijan Albers that put the Dutchman into a series of rolls which ended with Albers' car upside down.[9] Ide was reprimanded by the stewards and warned over future conduct. Many accepted that this was not entirely his fault, as the rushed Aguri project had not allowed him much time in the car pre-season.[10]

On May 4, 2006, Super Aguri announced that following advice from the FIA, Ide would be dropped from the upcoming European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, being replaced by former Renault test driver Franck Montagny. Ide was demoted to Montagny's seat as test driver.[11]

On May 10, 2006, the FIA revoked Ide's FIA Super Licence meaning he could no longer compete in F1 during the 2006 season.[12] Super Aguri remained committed to getting Ide back into F1 until their withdrawal from Formula One.[1]

Summary[edit]

Overall during Ide's four-race F1 career, he finished once - a 13th place at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.[13] His best qualifying effort was 21st of 22 cars at his debut at Bahrain,[13] where the 22nd starter, Kimi Räikkönen, did not complete a qualifying attempt. In the November 2009 issue of F1 Racing Magazine, Yuji was named as one of the five worst F1 drivers in history.

Return to lower-level racing[edit]

In July 2006 it was announced that Ide would be racing for Team Dandelion Racing in the final six rounds of the Formula Nippon championship, with the aim of increasing his racing experience.[3]

In 2007, he has remained in Formula Nippon with the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri team,[2] which is owned by Aguri Suzuki.[14] His best finish of the season is a third place, scored in round five at Suzuka.[15]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1994 All-Japan Formula Three Active 6 0 0 0 NC
Asada Racing 0 0 0
1997 All-Japan Formula Three Asada Racing 2 0 0 0 NC
1998 All-Japan Formula Three Now Motorsports 7 0 0 0 NC
2000 All-Japan Formula Three Mugen Dome Project 10 1 2 35 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Skill Speed 1 0 0 N/A 24th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 N/A 13th
2001 All-Japan Formula Three Three Bond Racing 18 0 0 100 5th
Macau Grand Prix Signature Compétition 1 0 0 N/A 5th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 N/A 12th
2002 French Formula Three Autobacs Racing Team Aguri 14 0 1 84 7th
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 N/A 6th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 N/A 25th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 N/A 10th
2003 Formula Nippon Racing Team Cerumo 10 0 0 19 7th
All-Japan GT Championship Team Impul 8 0 2 64 7th
2004 Formula Nippon Team Impul 9 1 1 32 3rd
2005 Formula Nippon Team Impul 9 1 2 39 2nd
Super GT Team Impul (GT500) 8 1 0 35 21st
2006 Formula One Super Aguri 4 0 0 0 25th
Formula Nippon Team Dandelion Racing 6 0 0 0 NC
Super GT NISMO 1 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula Nippon Autobacs Racing Team Aguri 9 0 0 6 13th
Super GT Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (GT500) 1 0 0 15 18th
2008 Formula Nippon Autobacs Racing Team Aguri 11 0 0 2 19th
Super GT Team Kunimitsu (GT500) 9 0 0 41 11th
2009 Super GT Team Kunimitsu (GT500) 9 0 0 29 13th
2010 Formula Nippon Motul Team 8 0 0 1 14th
Super GT Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (GT500) 7 0 1 29 11th

Complete Formula Nippon results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
2003 Team Cerumo SUZ
4
FUJ
7
MIN
3
MOT
2
SUZ
7
SUG
10
FUJ
Ret
MIN
3
MOT
12
SUZ
5
7th 19
2004 Team Impul SUZ
12
SUG
2
MOT
2
SUZ
3
SUG
7
MIN
7
SEP
10
MOT
1
SUZ
2
3rd 32
2005 Team Impul MOT
2
SUZ
1
SUG
5
FUJ
7
SUZ
8
MIN
1
FUJ
3
MOT
4
SUZ
3
2nd 39
2006 Dandelion Racing FUJ SUZ MOT SUZ
12
AUT
12
FUJ
11
SUG
Ret
MOT
Ret
SUZ
10
21st 0
2007 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri FUJ
14
SUZ
10
MOT
16
OKA
Ret
SUZ
3
FUJ
16
SUG
Ret
MOT
Ret
SUZ
9
13th 6
2008 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri FUJ
9
SUZ
18
MOT
15
OKA
Ret
SUZ1
15
SUZ2
Ret
MOT1
12
MOT2
Ret
FUJ1
Ret
FUJ2
19
SUG
17
19th 2
2010 Motul Team SUZ
9
MOT
9
FUJ
10
MOT
9
SUG
9
AUT
DNS
SUZ1
8
SUZ2
8
14th 1

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
1999 ARTA-NISMO Nissan Silvia GT300 SUZ
9
FUJ
Ret
SUG
1
MIN
1
FUJ
Ret
TAI
1
MOT
4
2nd 72
2000 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
6
FUJ
SUG
FUJ
TAI
MIN
SUZ
22nd 6
2001 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Silvia GT300 TAI
6
FUJ
2
SUG
12
FUJ
2
MOT
9
SUZ
2
MIN
12
4th 53
2003 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
12
FUJ
2
SUG
Ret
FUJ
1
FUJ
16
MOT
6
AUT
11
SUZ
1
4th 64
2004 Impul Nissan Z GT500 TAI
8
SUG
10
SEP
Ret
TOK
11
MOT
Ret
AUT
5
SUZ
1
11th 35
2005 Impul Nissan Z GT500 OKA
Ret
FUJ
15
SEP
8
SUG
5
MOT
3
FUJ
13
AUT
4
SUZ
9
11th 35
2006 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
DSQ
MOT
AUT
FUJ
NC 0
2007 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda NSX GT500 SUZ
OKA
FUJ
SEP
SUG
SUZ
2
MOT
AUT
FUJ
18th 15
2008 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT500 SUZ
13
OKA
9
FUJ
4
SEP
5
SUG
5
SUZ
2
MOT
16
AUT
9
FUJ
Ret
11th 41
2009 Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT500 OKA
8
SUZ
12
FUJ
11
SEP
4
SUG
4
SUZ
9
FUJ
12
AUT
6
MOT
8
13th 29
2010 Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 SUZ
Ret
OKA
6
FUJ
11
SEP
11
SUG
12
SUZ
1
FUJ
C
MOT
7
11th 29
2013 Bonds Racing Nissan GT-R GT3 GT300 OKA
FUJ
5
SEP
SUG
SUZ
FUJ
FUJ
AUT
MOT
22nd 6

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2006 Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 BHR
Ret
MAL
Ret
AUS
13
SMR
Ret
EUR
ESP
MON
GBR
CAN
USA
FRA
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
CHN
JPN
BRA
25th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ide loses super license". motorsport.com. 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b Super Aguri Company[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Ide makes racing return". F1 ITV. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Super Aguri F1 team driver profiles". Super Aguri F1 team driver profiles. 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Sato to become Aguri's first driver". GPUpdate.net. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Ide hoping for good season". GPUpdate.net. 2006-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Q & A with Aguri Suzuki". GPUpdate.net. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  8. ^ "Australian GP - Saturday - Qualifying Session 1 Report". GrandPrix.com. 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  9. ^ "San Marino 2006: Schumacher's Imola role reversal". Autocourse. 2006-04-23. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Yuji Ide not out (yet)". GPUpdate.net. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Rookie Ide axed for European GP". news.bbc.co.uk. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  12. ^ "Ide's Superlicence revoked". pitpass.com. 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  13. ^ a b All race entries, by Yuji Ide.
  14. ^ "Key Personnel Info". Super Aguri F1 Team. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Yuji Ide Point Standing". Formula Nippon. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 

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