LIGHTS TO FLAG Aguri Suzuki Reflects on Suzuka Podium Seat-Sharing with Brundle and Leading His F1 Team

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Aguri Suzuki rubber-stamped his place in Formula 1 history as the first Japanese racer to stand on the podium – doing so at his home race at Suzuka – while he also briefly operated his own team in the mid-2000s. In our latest Lights to Flag we catch up with the amiable Suzuki as he reflects on some of the key moments behind the wheel, and the pressure of running a Formula 1 outfit...


Starting out – and a home debut in F1

Tokyo-born Suzuki caught the motorsport bug as a teenager and climbed the single-seater ladder in his native Japan.


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“My father had a kart, and there was a track called Tokorozawa Circuit near my house, so I started driving karts in that environment and had fun, which is how I became interested in motorsports,” Suzuki says.


“While I was having fun, I started wanting to race, and I was able to win the championship at the All-Japan Championship. Then I drove Formula 3, but I didn't get very good results. Then Nissan gave me a chance and I decided to participate in a touring car race.

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