Whilst the demise of Super Aguri is both sad and a seemingly interminable story, the highlight of reading the articles for me, is the odd mention of Franck.
He drove for SA briefly in 2006, replacing Yuji Ide and being replaced by Sakon Yamamoto. Montagny was third driver initially, and got the chance as the FIA believed Ide wasn’t necessarily experienced enough to be a full driver.
Franck raced for seven races, with the results:
Ret – Ret – 16 – 18 – Ret – Ret – 16
I like to think this is a reflection on the poor performance of Super Aguri at the time, rather than anything to do with the driver. Out of the three second drivers, to Takuma Sato’s number one status in the team, there were 11 retirements out of 18 races in 2006.
Oh well. Next time we hope he hits the headlines for happier news!