BAR to confirm Sato on Tuesday

Takuma Sato, Japanese GP 2002

Takuma Sato, Japanese GP 2002 

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British American racing is expected to announce the signing of Takuma Sato for 2004 in Tokyo on Tuesday. The young Japanese driver will be returning to racing after a year spent testing for BAR. He did a season of F1 in 2002 with Jordan Grand Prix. It remains to be seen whether Villeneuve will now not bother with the final race of the year - Sato's home race - or whether BAR will field Takuma in front of his home crowd this weekend. Sato finished fifth in Japan last year.

The news underlines that Honda is increasingly keen to play a bigger role in the activities of BAR but it is likely that the team has extracted an increase in sponsorship from the Japanese car company.

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