Takuma Sato is a Japanese former Formula One driver who competed for Jordan, Super Aguri and BAR during his 7 year career. From 2002 and 2008, Sato started 90 races, scoring one podium and 44 World Championship Points.

Since leaving Formula One, Sato is currently competing in the IndyCar Series. He also competed in Formula E, but only entered for a single race.

Sato was the winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 and 2020.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Sato started his career in Formula One for Jordan in 2002. He scored his first points finish at his home race, which was the final round of the season.

He moved on to BAR for the 2003 season. When BAR driver Jacques Villeneuve was sacked before the end of the season, Sato filled the vacant seat for his home race, which he eventually finished 6th.

In 2004, Sato achieved his first and only podium finish at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, the first time a Japanese driver finished on the podium since 1990 by Aguri Suzuki, until it was succeeded by Kamui Kobayashi in 2012.

In 2005, Sato was retained by BAR for another season, but he struggled with the BAR 007, and scoring only a single point at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He was not retained for the 2006 season, despite BAR being sold to Honda.

Sato moved to the Super Aguri team in 2006. His best finish for the team was a 10th-place finish at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. In 2007, he secured the first points finish for Super Aguri at the Spanish Grand Prix, and then finished 6th in the Canadian Grand Prix, passing McLaren's Fernando Alonso for 6th.

Sato only entered in 4 races in 2008, due to the financial issues for the Super Aguri team. After the team withdrew from the entire season, he took part in tests at Jerez with Toro Rosso. He was to be a candidate for the seat vacanted by Sebastian Vettel, but eventually Sébastien Bourdais won the seat, and Sato would not be the reserve driver for the Toro Rosso team for the following season.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2001 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda Test Driver
2002 DHL Jordan Honda Jordan-Honda 2 15th Report
2003 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda Test Driver
3 Report
2004 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 34 8th Report
2005 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 1 23th Report
2006 Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri-Honda 0 23th Report
2007 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri-Honda 4 17th Report
2008 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri-Honda 0 21th Report
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari Test Driver

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 91
Starts 90
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 44
Laps Raced 4485
Distance Raced 22162.065 km (13771 mi)
Races Led 1
Laps Led 2
Distance Led 10.296 km (6 mi)

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pts Pos
2002 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2 15th
Ret 9th 9th Ret Ret Ret Ret 10th 16th Ret Ret 8th 10th 11th 12th 11th 5th
2003 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 3 18th
6th
2004 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 34 8th
9th 15th 5th 16th 5th Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret 11th 8th 6th Ret 4th 6th 4th 6th
2005 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of China.svg 1 23rd
14th PO[1] Ret DSQ EXC EXC 12th Ret DNS 11th 16th 12th 8th 9th 16th Ret 10th DSQ Ret
2006 Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Australia.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 0 23rd
18th 14th 12th Ret Ret 17th Ret 17th 15th Ret Ret Ret 13th NC 16th DSQ 15th 10th
2007 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 4 17th
12th 13th Ret 8th 17th 6th Ret 16th 14th Ret 15th 18th 16th 15th 15th 14th 12th
2008 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 0 21st
Ret 16th 17th 13th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Withdrew from 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix due to a fever


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Engines FerrariMercedesBMWPetronasHondaRenaultCosworthAsiatechToyota
Drivers 1 M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Coulthard • 4 Räikkönen • 5 R. Schumacher • 6 Montoya • 7 Heidfeld • 8 Massa • 8 Frentzen • 9 Fisichella • 10 Sato • 11 Villeneuve • 12 Panis • 14 Trulli • 15 Button • 16 Irvine • 17 de la Rosa • 20 Frentzen • 21 Bernoldi • 22 Yoong • 22 Davidson • 23 Webber • 24 Salo • 25 McNish
2007 Teams and Drivers
Teams McLarenRenaultFerrariHondaBMW SauberToyotaRed BullWilliamsToro RossoSpykerSuper Aguri
Engines BMWFerrariHondaMercedesRenaultToyota
Drivers 1 Alonso • 2 Hamilton • 3 Fisichella • 4 Kovalainen • 5 Massa • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Button • 8 Barrichello • 9 Heidfeld • 10 Kubica/Vettel • 11 R. Schumacher • 12 Trulli • 14 Coulthard • 15 Webber • 16 Rosberg • 17 Wurz/Nakajima • 18 Liuzzi • 19 Speed/Vettel • 20 Sutil • 21 Albers/Winkelhock/Yamamoto • 22 Sato • 23 Davidson
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2008 Teams and Drivers
Teams FerrariBMW SauberRenaultWilliamsRed BullToyotaToro RossoHondaSuper AguriForce IndiaMcLaren
Engines MercedesRenaultFerrariBMWToyotaHonda
Race Drivers Räikkönen • 2 Massa • 3 Heidfeld • 4 Kubica • 5 Alonso • 6 Piquet, Jr • 7 Rosberg • 8 Nakajima • 9 Coulthard • 10 Webber • 11 Trulli • 12 Glock • 14 Bourdais • 15 Vettel • 16 Button • 17 Barrichello • 18 Sato • 19 Davidson • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 22 Hamilton • 23 Kovalainen
Other Drivers Badoer • Gené • Schumacher • Klien • Asmer • di Grassi • Grosjean • Yamamoto • Hülkenberg • Buemi • Kobayashi • Hartley • Wurz • Conway • Filippi • Liuzzi • Paffett • de la Rosa
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