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How an F1 underachiever became a Japanese political player

In his 21-race Formula 1 career, split across three different teams in as many seasons, Sakon Yamamoto didn't have much of a chance to impress. But he believes some of the lessons he learned in a tricky driving career are helping him in his quest to improve lives in Japan

One of the most satisfied spectators at last weekend’s Formula E race in Tokyo was the man who first drove an electric racing car on the streets of Japan’s capital. Back in 2015, former F1 driver Sakon Yamamoto, who made his only Formula E race start in London that year, conducted a street demo in the Roppongi district.

It took almost a decade – and a location switch from the heart of the city to a more remote exhibition centre area – for the category to finally run a race in Tokyo. And Yamamoto played a role by encouraging the local authorities to allow it to happen.

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