(born 21 January 1975 in Saitama, Saitama) is a Japanese racing driver who graduated from 2005 Formula Nippon to Formula One with the Super Aguri team in 2006, but lost his FIA Super Licence during the season due to erratic driving.
Ide returned to the Formula Nippon series after his four-race F1
stint and now races with the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri
Ide started his racing career in 1990 with kart racing
. In 1991, he won the Kantou National
Cup Kart Championship. In 1992 he was second in the Regional Kart
Championship East Kantou series A1 Class and also won the Japan
Kart Grand Prix SS stock class National GP. The following year he
joined the All- Japan Kart Championship Series Formula A
Class before progressing to the All-Japan Formula Three
In 1999 he came second in the All Japan GT
GT300 Class Series. He was also the Formula Dream
series champion in Japan. In
2002 Ide joined the French Formula Three
series and finished in seventh place. The
following year, 2003, he joined the All Japan Championship Formula Nippon
Series and also finished
seventh. In 2004, he claimed third spot before going on to win the
Super Endurance Race Class 3 Series. He finished his first stint in
Formula Nippon finishing second in the 2005 championship.
At age 31, Ide became one of Formula One's older rookies when he
landed a seat at Super Aguri
2006 season, in part due to Super Aguri's aspiration of fielding an
all-Japanese team. Ide had known Aguri
for a long time, according to a press release, however
Ide's meshing with the team had some issues with his lack of
In his debut race in Bahrain
, Ide was way behind his
teammate Takuma Sato
and failed to
finish. At the next race in Malaysia
, he retired after 33
The third race of the 2006 season went poorly for Ide: He was
blamed for blocking Rubens
during his qualifying lap, causing the Brazilian to
be stuck in the first round of qualifying and start 16th on the
grid. Ide finished in Australia, two laps down. His weekend in
Melbourne was notable for a number of spins, and team principal
Aguri Suzuki subsequently suggested Ide's seat was not safe if his
performances did not improve.
At Imola, Ide caused a first lap crash with Christijan Albers
that put the Dutchman
into a series of rolls which ended with Albers' car upside down.
Ide was reprimanded by the stewards and warned over future conduct.
Many accepted that this was not entirely his fault, as the rushed
Aguri project had not allowed him much time in the car
On May 4,
2006, Super Aguri announced that following advice from the FIA, Ide would be dropped from the upcoming European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, being replaced by former Renault test driver
demoted to Montagny's seat as test driver.
On May 10, 2006, the FIA
revoked Ide's FIA Super
Licence meaning he could no longer compete in F1 during the 2006
season. Super Aguri remained committed to getting Ide back into F1
until their withdrawal from Formula One.
Overall during Ide's four-race F1 career, he finished once - a 13th
place at the 2006 Australian
.Ide started last three of his four starts. His best
qualifying effort was 21st of 22 cars at his debut at Bahrain. At
Bahrain, the 22nd starter, Kimi
, did not complete a qualifying attempt.In the
November 2009 issue of F1 Racing Magazine, Yuji was named as one of
the five worst F1 drivers in history, his greatest blunder being
his impact with Christian Albers
the 2006 San Marino Grand
, in which he tipped the rival's Midland
Return to lower-level racing
In July 2006 it was announced that Ide would be racing for Team Dandelion Racing
in the final six
rounds of the Formula Nippon championship, with the aim of
increasing his racing experience.
In 2007, he has remained in Formula Nippon with the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri
which is owned by Aguri Suzuki. His best finish of the season is a third
place, scored in round five at Suzuka.
According to Ide's personal website, he is 69 kilograms (152
pounds), 177 centimeters (5.8 ft) tall, and the blood type
AB+ . Ide is good friends with
Complete Formula One results
- Super Aguri Company
- All race entries, by Yuji Ide.