SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM enjoyed their best day yet as Takuma Sato out-qualified their nearest rivals by 0.651 seconds in his new SA06 to start the 2006 German Grand Prix in 17th position tomorrow. Sakon Yamamoto, the youngest Japanese driver to debut in F1, showed impressive handling of the new car during the first half of final free practice this morning. Unfortunately, whilst familiarising himself with the limits of the SA06, Sakon left the track at the last corner of a flying lap and, after hitting the wall, was forced to qualify in the T-car this afternoon.
FP3 Position 20 Fastest Lap
Qualifying Grid Position
17 Fastest Lap Time 1:17.185
"This was an absolutely fantastic
team effort and it feels great.
I know how hard it has been to
bring the new car here on such
a tight schedule and overnight
the boys worked so hard. We had
a few minor problems, which is
usual with a new car, but I think
the SA06 is performing very well.
We have split the Midland car times
straight away in our first proper
qualifying, which is a stunning
job from everybody in the team.
I think that, considering this
is just our first step in the SA06,
potentially this car could be very
FP3 Position 19 Fastest Lap Time 1:18.643
Qualifying Grid Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:20.444
"This morning we were practicing
for the qualifying session and
we had a good car set-up, so during
my first run I was able to set
really good lap times. We then
tried a new set of tyres and set-up
and I wanted to know where the
limit of the car was, so I used
100% of the car’s performance,
but unfortunately I left the track.
I am so sorry that the team now
has to work on my SA06 for tomorrow,
but I am very much looking forward
to my first race."
Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal
"Taku did a very good job in Qualifying
today. However we must remember
that this is not our complete SA06
package and that we still have
to work very hard for every forthcoming
race. Sakon set
consistently good times this morning,
but he pushed too hard towards
the end. Hopefully both he and
Takuma will have a good race tomorrow
and we will have both SA06 cars
cross the finish line here in