F1’s Sato almost wins Indy 500

Former F1 driver Takuma Sato almost won Sunday’s running of the fabled Indy 500. Instead, the Japanese 35-year-old, the former Jordan, Honda and Super Aguri driver until 2008, crashed into the wall after an audacious last-lap attempt to pass Dario Franchitti, who went on to win under yellow flags.

The Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz said the move was “brave; it was stupid. It was courageous; it was irresponsible. If it had worked … it would have become the stuff of legend”.

Former Toyota test driver Ryan Briscoe, the polesitter, finished fifth, while ex Minardi and Jaguar racer Justin Wilson was seventh. Rubens Barrichello finished his first Indy 500 11th, while former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais was 20th. Jean Alesi, with his heavily underpowered Lotus engine, was disqualified for running slower than the allowed 105 per cent.


Sato to test for Toro Rosso

Takuma Sato will reportedly be testing for Toro Rosso later this year as the team evaluates who should drive for the team next season. There is currently one confirmed spot at the team for the 2009 season with Sebastien Vettel confirmed as moving to sister team Red Bull Racing for the 2009 season, with a small chance that the team may also be looking for a replacement Sebastien Bourdais.

It is already widely known that GP2 racer and Red Bull test driver Sebastien Buemi will be testing for the team, and now German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has reported that Takuma Sato will also be given a chance to prove his mettle at a future test for the team. Toro Rosso owners Gerhard Berger and Dietrich Mateschitz are not thought to be making a decision on their 2009 line-up until at least October.