JANUARY 10, 2000
Takagi gives up Formula 1
The 25-year-old from Shizuoka has been racing since he was 12 and in recent years has been a protege of SatoruÊNakajima. He finished runner-up to Ralf Schumacher in Formula Nippon in 1996 before becoming the Tyrrell test driver in 1997. Nakajima's close relationship with the deposed Honda boss Nobuhiko Kawamoto meant that Takagi was not backed by Honda for a drive with BAR and the move back to Japan suggests that Takagi is hoping that success at home will bring him to the attention of Toyota bosses so that he can land a drive with the planned Toyota F1 team.