OCTOBER 13, 1997
Katayama quits F1
UKYO KATAYAMA has announced that he is to retire from Formula One racing at the end of this season. The 34-year-old ends a six-year career in F1 which has seen him driving for Larrousse, Tyrrell and Minardi. Katayama was the third Japanese driver to get a full time F1 seat, following in the footsteps of Satoru Nakajima and Aguri Suzuki. Katayama intends to spend a few months on holiday and will then attempt to fulfill a personal ambition and climb Mount Everest. It is expected that Katayama will return to racing in 1999 as an Indycar driver with Toyota.
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