Hungarian GP: Super Aguri race notes

Super Aguri F1 Team had another difficult day as the weather made for treacherous racing conditions. Unfortunately Sakon Yamamoto was unable to finish his second race for the team, however Takuma Sato drove a solid race to bring his SA06 ...

Super Aguri F1 Team had another difficult day as the weather made for treacherous racing conditions. Unfortunately Sakon Yamamoto was unable to finish his second race for the team, however Takuma Sato drove a solid race to bring his SA06 home.

Takuma endured many problems throughout the race and struggled with the car towards the end. However, through sheer determination and exceptional team work, he was able to cross the finish line in 14th position.

Takuma Sato:

"I am happy that we finished a very hard race, not only because of the weather conditions today, but also because of the gearbox problem I had. During the first stage we were looking good and I was actually pulling away from the Midlands, which was very encouraging. But after the pitstop I had a clutch problem and almost lost all drive - at one stage I thought that I would not be able to finish the race."

"Fortunately I was able to solve the problem by changing the setting from the cockpit, but I later had a gearbox problem and lost a gear which meant that it became incredibly tough to drive the car towards the end. I am pleased that we were able to bring the car home and finish the race as it is very important for the team to have this data before the summer break."

Sakon Yamamoto:

"The weekend started quite well and I was looking forward to starting the race from the grid. I made a reasonable start off the line and tried to overtake a few cars in front of me at turn one, but the engine stalled and my race was over."

"It is a very disappointing end to the weekend again for me, but I think that we made good progress with the SA06 here in Hungary. On the positive side, I think that Honda's win is fantastic and I would like to send my congratulations to them as part of our family."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"It was a difficult race in difficult weather conditions. Sakon made a good start and tried an overtaking manoeuvre at the first corner, but he was too late in braking and unfortunately stalled the car. Taku drove a very good race, especially during the opening laps on the wet tyres."

"He later suffered a clutch problem and the car became very difficult to drive, however this was then followed by a problem in his gearbox but he managed to keep pushing to finish the race. The team did an extremely good job today, the pitstops were quick and the problems we had remedied, so over all I am happy about that."

Takuma Sato
Chassis: SA06-03
Position: 14th
No. of Laps: 65
Fastest Lap Time: 1:30.957

Sakon Yamamoto
Chassis: SA06-04
Position: DNF
No. of Laps: 0
Fastest Lap Time: No timed lap

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Aguri Suzuki , Sakon Yamamoto
Teams Super Aguri F1