Yamamoto joins Renault

The Renault F1 team have announced that their test driver for the 2008 season will be Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto.

Yamamoto is no stranger to Formula 1 having raced in 14 Grand Prix with Super Aguri and Spyker F1. His new role at Renault will see him continuing to help the team with development and testing, and he will also be playing a pivotal role in the F1 roadshow programme.

Flavio Briatore said, “We are delighted to welcome Sakon to the team for 2008. We plan a particularly aggressive development programme for the coming year, and his F1 experience will be useful to us in this context. Furthermore, the ING Renault F1 Team is one of the most active in promoting Formula One around the world thanks to our unique Roadshow programme, and Sakon will boost our visibility in important markets. He will be an important asset for the team.”

“I am very excited to join the ING Renault F1 Team for the 2008 season,” Yamamoto said. “It is a great honour for me to be associated with a team that has won world championships. I will learn a fantastic amount, and I look forward to contributing in every way the team asks of me.”