TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) - Formula One strugglers Super Aguri look likely to stave off collapse -- in the short term at least -- after confirming their cars were on the way to Spain for this weekend’s race.
The survival of the Japanese team remains in the balance after the breakdown of a planned rescue deal but Super Aguri’s co-owner believes they will be on the grid in Barcelona.
“I have heard that the cars being transported to Spain,” Fumio Akita told Reuters on Tuesday. “They’re on the way is the latest information I have.”
Potential buyers Magma Group pulled out of their proposed takeover last week, putting Super Aguri’s future in serious threat.
Their continued participation this season may depend on backers Honda, although they may be reluctant to help, having only recently said that they would scale down their support.
Super Aguri, whose main driver is popular Japanese Takuma Sato, have effectively operated as Honda’s B-team in their two years in Formula One.
They barely tested pre-season due to financial constraints and their late arrival at the Circuit de Catalunya this week will further fuel speculation of the team’s demise.
Super Aguri, who have the smallest budget in Formula One, finished ninth of the 11 teams in 2007 but Sato and Britain’s Anthony Davidson have yet to score a point this year.
Editing by Martin Petty
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