Canadian GP: Super Aguri Friday practice notes

Changeable weather and track conditions in Montréal today contributed to a difficult start to the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix weekend for the Super Aguri F1 TEAM. The team also encountered a number of issues with the SA05 cars, however Takuma and ...

Changeable weather and track conditions in Montréal today contributed to a difficult start to the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix weekend for the Super Aguri F1 TEAM. The team also encountered a number of issues with the SA05 cars, however Takuma and Sakon were able to complete their respective scheduled programmes whilst Franck struggled to find a good set-up for his car.

Takuma Sato:

"It was a good first day although we were struggling to find good car balance and suffered quite a lot with oversteer. The cars' aero specification is very different from what we used when we were in Europe so this morning's session was spent testing the balance and starting our tyre programme."

"The cold temperature this morning was not favourable for our tyre runs and although the weather improved in the afternoon we continued to struggle a lot with the balance. We will work on that and hope to have a better day tomorrow."

Franck Montagny:

"This morning wasn't too bad and we did some good work on the car. This afternoon though we had many problems again on the car and unfortunately we lost quite a lot of running as we worked on the car in the garage. Looking forward to tomorrow, I am not very happy about the set-up of the car as it is just now, so we will work on this tomorrow morning in the last practice session and hope that we find something good for Qualifying."

Sakon Yamamoto:

"This is the first time that I have driven on this circuit and I enjoyed it very much. This morning the track was quite slippery and the car was hard to drive. Today I was concentrating on our tyre programme and fortunately the track improved throughout the afternoon session so I was able to complete a good number of longer runs for our tyre comparison and collect a lot of data which I hope will be useful for tomorrow and for the race."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"I think that all three SA05 cars went quite well today despite both Taku and Franck encountering a number of issues. Taku's times are good, very consistent, and all-in-all we completed everything we wanted to in today's programme, so I am reasonably happy with our on track progress and our start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend."

Takuma Sato
Chassis: SA05-05
Practice 1 Position: 14th
No: of Laps: 20
Best Lap: 1:21.891
Practice 2 Position: 26th
No: of Laps: 22
Best Lap: 1:19.624

Franck Montagny
Chassis: SA05-02
Practice 1 Position: 13th
No: of Laps: 17
Best Lap: 1:21.783
Practice 2 Position: 29th
No: of Laps: 22
Best Lap 1:21.434

Sakon Yamamoto
Chassis: SA05-01
Practice 1 Position: 15th
No: of Laps: 29
Best Lap: 1:23.159
Practice 2 Position: 27th
No: of Laps: 26
Best Lap: 1:20.197

-superaguri-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Franck Montagny , Aguri Suzuki , Sakon Yamamoto