Super Aguri hoping for last-minute save

Super AguriSuper Aguri are continuing talks to try and secure their financial future. It appears that one of the main contenders behind a rescue package remains the Magma Group, despite pulling out of the investment deal last week.

The Super Aguri team have already started to setup in their pit garage in Barcelona and are hoping to compete in this weekend s racing. However it is believed that Honda Super Aguri s current engine and technical supplier have said that the Leafield-based team must have signed a rescue package before the SA08s of Sato and Davidson will be allowed on track.

Should Super Aguri miss this race, they will be forfeiting certain rights including television money thanks to terms set by Formula One Management. Super Aguri are not the first team to face financial difficulties with the possibility of missing a race in 2002, Arrows had money problems mid-season. They sometimes deliberately failed to qualify their cars so that they could state they were officially part of an event and therefore did not have to forfeit some of their rights.

It is understood that the Magma Group are hoping to put together a new package with Dubai International Capital (DIC) to save the Japanese squad. Super Aguri owner Aguri Suzuki and managing director Daniel Audetto are flying out to Barcelona for meetings in the hope of signing a rescue deal in the next few hours.

It is believed that there are investors other than DIC who have expressed an interest in Super Aguri, although finalising a deal at such short notice will be tough.