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In 2008 the Super Aguri team were sunk when a major sponsor defaulted on payments- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_Group_Oil_%26_Gas_Company
I remember John Surtees saying the same about his team.
(The story goes that going into the 1979 season a sponsor promised money but not upfront - money which Surtees then spent upfront though. The sponsor defaulted leaving the team with a built car for 1979 but no money to run it - he tried to sue but simply broke even - i.e. he still didn't get the money but didn't lose any either by him going to court in the first place)
He never named the sponsor in interviews etc (and neither does Wikipedia etc) - I know that 3 sponsors he had in the 1970's were Brooke-Bond, Beta Tools, and Durex - but who defaulted on payment and wrecked his team?
I'm not sure that is entirely correct.
Surtees began 1978 with Brambilla (19) & Keegan (18) driving TS19s.
Brambilla's car was sponsored by Beta Tools, while Keegan's was Durex,
and also British Air Ferries, who sponsored Keegan only. During the
season the team built 3 new TS20 chassis - 01 for Brambilla at MON,
02 for Keegan at BEL.
During the morning warm up at Zandvoort Keegan injured his wrist and
was unable to start. In the next race at Monza Carlo Franchi (aka
'Gimax') replaced Keegan in a new chassis 03 - used in practice at 3
previous GPs. Brambilla was seriously injured in the first lap accident.
For the final two races Beppe Gabbiani drove the #19 Brambilla car,
with Rene Arnoux in the #18 (03).
Team Surtees were going to continue in 1979 with the 3 TS20s, and in
fact, all 3 raced in 1979 in the Aurora AFX British F1 Championship.
As I understand it the money was required to hire a clear #1 driver, but
wasn't available in time for that, with (possibly) Arnoux leaving to
join Renault. The money, apparently, did eventually materialise, but too
late to rescue the team. Surtees announced their withdrawal 17 Nov 1978.
Since Brambilla was unable to race in 1980 and Keegan had been
lacklustre it seems likely that both Beta Tools & BAF may have wanted to
terminate their sponsorship.