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Sato replaces Villeneuve at BAR

October 07, 2003 12:47 IST
Last Updated: October 07, 2003 18:42 IST

Japanese driver Takuma Sato has been unveiled as BAR's replacement for former world champion Jacques Villeneuve for the 2004 Formula One season.

Takuma Sato"There comes a time in all relationships where you have to move on," BAR managing director Dave Richards told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Some people think it was a pre-determined decision taken a long time ago but I can contradict that completely. It came after long debate and the decision was taken internally."

The 26-year-old Sato raced for Jordan last season but returned to BAR as a test driver for 2003.

Villeneuve will drive in his last race for BAR at the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Sunday.

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