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SEPTEMBER 22, 2005

And Takuma Sato?

With BAR-Honda having announced that Jenson Button will be joining Rubens Barrichello in the team in 2006 and 2007 (at least), there is no room in the team for Honda protege Takuma Sato, who has failed to do a particularly inspiring job this year. Sato's Formula 1 career would appear to be over as the only drive that is really available (and would be offered to him) is the second Jordan, and it is hard to see Takuma moving to a Toyota-engined team with Honda backing!

Thus we would expect to see Sato heading for the United States where Honda is still active in the Indy Racing League. How long that involvement lasts remains to be seen but the top teams in the series, Andretti Green Racing and Rahal Letterman are both Honda users.