Italian GP: Super Aguri race notes

It was a difficult Italian Grand Prix weekend for the Super Aguri F1 Team. Both Anthony and Takuma got away cleanly at the start of today's race, however a brake issue appears to have hindered Takuma's progress on the grid before the safety car...

It was a difficult Italian Grand Prix weekend for the Super Aguri F1 Team. Both Anthony and Takuma got away cleanly at the start of today's race, however a brake issue appears to have hindered Takuma's progress on the grid before the safety car was deployed following David Coulthard's incident in the Red Bull.

However, it was another two-car finish for the Super Aguri F1 Team, but as the mid-field improves and end of season developments are being made throughout the grid, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the small team to improve its pace in line with the big spenders.

Takuma Sato:

"On the way to, and also on the grid, I felt the brake pedal had gone really soft and I clearly had a problem, but at that time there was nothing we could do. I tried to warm up the car on the formation lap and then the front brakes caught fire when I got back to the grid and there was a lot of smoke, which I was really worried about it. I didn't have a good feeling about the brakes, but into Turn One I was able to make up some places."

"My front brake was really fading and I was struggling with the car as it locked the rear wheel a lot. I couldn't stop because the front didn't have any bite and as a result I lost a few places. The safety car then helped me to cool down the brakes and they came back to reasonable level. After that I was able to recover my race, overtake a few cars and push my way through. On the last stint the option tyre came into reasonable grip and I was able to do a good lap time, but overall it was a tough race."

Anthony Davidson:

"After a reasonably good start everyone was fairly well behaved into Turn One, but Vettel made contact with the rear of my car which damaged the diffuser. The car seemed to be quite good on a heavy fuel load and I was able to challenge Wurz in the Williams and also Fisichella."

"I then overtook him when he made a mistake round Parabolica and we had a good fight, which was probably the highlight of my race. Then as the fuel loads came down I think that we just struggled for speed a bit and it was hard to keep the faster cars behind me, but I managed to hold off Ralf in the Toyota right to the end, so I am happy enough with that."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"It was a tough race, but we performed at our potential. The drivers drove a solid race and I am happy to see another two-car finish. Our mechanics and engineers did a good job in the pitstops today, but in terms of race pace, we have to try to improve our car for the end of the season. It was always going to be a difficult weekend for us and I would like to thank everyone in the team and back home for their hard work."

Takuma Sato
Chassis: SA07-02
Position: 16th
No. of Laps: 52
Fastest Lap Time: 1:25.116 (lap 46)

Anthony Davidson
Chassis: SA07-03
Position: 14th
No. of Laps: 52
Fastest Lap Time 1:24.669 (lap 49)

-credit: super aguri

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , David Coulthard , Anthony Davidson , Aguri Suzuki
Teams Williams , Super Aguri F1