Super Aguri SA07
|Suspension (front)||Wishbones, pushrod operated torsion bars and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar.|
|Suspension (rear)||Wishbones, pushrod operated torsion bars and dampers. Mechanical anti-roll bar.|
|Engine||Honda RA807-E V8 naturally aspirated|
|Transmission||Super Aguri 7-speed electro-hydraulic|
|Notable entrants||Super Aguri F1 Team|
|Notable drivers||22. Takuma Sato
23. Anthony Davidson
|Debut||2007 Australian Grand Prix|
Customer car controversy
The 2007 Super Aguri is based on a re-worked RA106 chassis used by Honda F1 in the 2006 Formula One season. It has been the basis of a complaint filed by Spyker F1 against Super Aguri F1. It is believed that the protest is related to articles 2.1, 2.2 and 6.3 of the F1 sporting regulations. Article 6.3 of the F1 sporting regulations states: "The constructor of an engine or rolling chassis is the person (including any corporate or unincorporated body) which owns the intellectual property rights to such engine or chassis." Since Super Aguri owns the intellectual property rights, they claim that the car is within the rules. Indeed the Honda F1 RA106 was sold to PJUU Inc, and Super Aguri F1 acquired the rights through them and thereafter modified the package to meet the technical regulations for the 2007 season. 
There is also another issue of the team's possible violation of the Concorde Agreement. Both Spyker and Williams claim that Super Aguri (and both Red Bull teams) have broken Schedule 3 of the Agreement which states: "A constructor is a person (including any incorporated or unincorporated body) who owns the intellectual property rights to the rolling chassis it currently races, and does not incorporate in such chassis any part designed or manufactured by any other constructor of F1 racing cars except for standard items of safety equipment, providing that nothing in the Schedule 3 shall prevent the use of an engine or gearbox manufactured by a person other than the constructor of the chassis." Spyker and Williams believe that if the SA07 does indeed use components designed by Honda, they would be in violation of the Concorde Agreement. The issue is yet to be clarified and the FIA will not be permitted to take action against a team curtailing the Concorde Agreement until the issue has been resolved in a court of law. Super Aguri maintains their innocence in this issue, though the matter is still of great contention.
The car performed extremely well compared to its predecessor the SA06. In qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, both drivers comfortably made it through the first knockout stage - a first for the team - and Takuma Sato managed to get through to the final ten. In race pace, the car has performed less favourably, but has still catapulted Super Aguri off the back row of the grid. In Spain they scored their first ever point after Takuma Sato finished in eighth but only after Nick Heidfeld fell to the wayside due to a pit stop error and a high attrition rate. Two races later, in Canada, Sato scored another three points in an incident-filled Grand Prix, overtaking World Champion Fernando Alonso in the process, while Davidson ran strongly, on a one-stopper, in 3rd place, before he hit a groundhog, which forced him to stop and drop out of the points. The car had frequently been more competitive than parent team Honda's RA107, although the factory Honda team finished ahead in the Constructor's Championship with 6 points, compared to Super Aguri's 4.
Takuma Sato driving the SA07 at the 2007 British Grand Prix.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
|2007||Super Aguri||Honda V8||B||AUS||MAL||BHR||ESP||MON||CAN||USA||FRA||GBR||EUR||HUN||TUR||ITA||BEL||JPN||CHN||BRA||4||9th|
- "Spyker lodge protest against Super Aguri". Autosport.com. 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
- "Spyker file complaint against Super Aguri Honda". F1-Live.com. 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
- "2007 FORMULA ONE SPORTING REGULATIONS" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
- Autosport article, retrieved July 5, 2007
- "The 1997 Formula 1 Concorde Agreement". January 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
- Adam Cooper & Jonathan Noble (2006-12-06). "Teams to meet over customer car row". Autosport. Retrieved 2007-10-23.