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Aguri Suzuki (born September 8, 1960) is a retired Japanese Formula One driver who competed in the sport between 1988 and 1995, driving for Larrousse, Zakspeed, Footwork, Jordan and Ligier.

He was the first Japanese driver to finish on a Grand Prix podium, doing so at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Since then, Takuma Sato finished on the podium at the 2004 United States Grand Prix and Kamui Kobayashi at the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

Formula One CareerEdit

He made his Formula One début at the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix, his home race, for Larrousse, replacing the ill Yannick Dalmas. He qualified 20th and finish 16th and next-to-last in the race.

In the 1989 season, the German Zakspeed team hired him for the next season of Formula One, using Yamaha engines. But he failed to pre-qualify for every single race, due to an under-powered Yamaha engine. He left the team at the end of the season.

In 1990 he returned to Larrousse, and scored his first and only podium in his home race at Japan. He would finish 12th in the Drivers' Championship with 6 points.

He was retained for 1991. He finished 6th and in the points at the season opener at the United States, but the Lola LC91 was unreliable, which caused him to only finish once out of a possible 11 times, and failing to qualify four times. He would leave the team at the end of the season.

1992 saw him move to the Footwork team, which would use Mugen-Honda engines for the season. But ultimately, he could not finish in the points, and failed to qualify twice. He was retained for the 1993 season, but he would not score any points again, and retiring more than finishing, eventually leaving the team.

In 1994, after Jordan's Eddie Irvine was given a three-race ban for a crash involving multiple drivers at Brazil, Suzuki filled in the vacant Jordan seat for the next race at Aida. He retired from the race with a steering wheel problem, and Jordan picked up Italian Andrea de Cesaris for the next race at San Marino.

In 1995, he got a Ligier seat, which would use Mugen-Honda engines. But he only raced for 5 races, and he would eventually score his final points finish at Germany. In his home race at Japan, he had a big accident during practice, which he spun out and had a heavy impact with the barriers coming into the 2nd corner. He would later retire from Formula One racing.

In 2006, he ran the Super Aguri team with the backing of Honda. He ran the team until the first half of the 2008 season.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1988 Larrousse Calmels Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 0 NC
1989 West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed-Yamaha 0 NC
1990 Espo Larrousse F1 Larrousse-Lamborghini 6 12th
1991 Larrousse F1 Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1 22nd
1992 Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork-Mugen-Honda 0 NC
1993 Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork-Mugen-Honda 0 NC
1994 Sasol Jordan Jordan-Hart 0 NC
1995 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1 17th

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 88
Starts 63
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 8

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1988 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
16th
1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 6 12th
Ret Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret 7th 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret 14th 6th 3rd Ret
1991 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 1 22th
6th DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ
[1]
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
8th DNQ Ret 7th 10th 11th DNQ Ret 12th Ret Ret 9th Ret 10th 8th 8th
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of Europe Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret 9th 10th Ret 13th 12th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7th
1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret
1995 Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 1 17th
8th Ret 11th 6th Ret DNS


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded

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