Takuma Sato to race Formula E

Amlin Aguri has today confirmed its driver line-up for the inaugural race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. Takuma Sato will join Katherine Legge for the opening ePrix in Beijing on September 13, with Fabio Leimer acting as the team’s reserve driver. Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa, already confirmed for the team, is unable to compete in Beijing due to his DTM commitments.

Sato said: “I’m very much looking forward to making history with Amlin Aguri as we compete in the first ever Formula E race. I’m excited to join the team especially reconnecting with good old friends from Super Aguri F1 team days and going racing together again. I’ll be pushing hard to make sure we’re doing our absolute best in Beijing. Racing electric cars is something fascinating and it will take motorsport into a new direction and I’m thrilled to be playing a part in these early stages.”

Aguri Suzuki, Executive Chairman of Amlin Aguri, said: “On behalf of everyone at Amlin Aguri it is my pleasure to welcome Takuma and Fabio into our Formula E team. This new electric series is showcasing the bright future of motorsport and we’re all looking forward to embarking on this journey together. Takuma is a proven driver and his presence will provide unity and experience for the team. He has great knowledge of how to race on street circuits which will also be an important attribute for us.”