Founded by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, the Amlin Aguri team were not only known for their on-track performances in season 1 – the highlight of which was Antonio Felix da Costa taking victory in the Buenos Aires ePrix – but also for the distinctive electric blue colour scheme of their cars, due to a title sponsorship tie-up with insurers Amlin. That sponsorship deal has ended, with Amlin moving over to rivals Andretti for season two, so the Team Aguri squad are going it alone with a new name and new livery – but the same powertrain as last season.
Aguri Suzuki is no newcomer to team ownership – Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) has competed in Japan since the 1990s and is still going strong, and the Super Aguri F1 squad was popular in its two and a half years in Formula 1 due to their underdog status as Honda’s “B-team”. Now, Suzuki is focusing on a new challenge, being successful in the first ever global all-electric single seater championship.
They have retained Buenos Aires race winner da Costa for season 2, and after testing many drivers including F1 veteran Pedro de la Rosa, decided on Nathanael Berthon – best known for his time in the GP2 Series – as his team-mate. While the season 1 powertrain may have less performance than the newly manufactured units being used by their rivals, Team Aguri have pinned their hopes on the reliability of the original unit, as well as the knowledge they have of how it works, to help propel them forwards in season 2.