Italian GP: Super Aguri Saturday qualifying notes

Super Aguri F1 Team successfully completed its qualifying and race preparations during this morning's Free Practice session. Unfortunately Sakon suffered a left rear tyre puncture during his first qualifying run this afternoon, but was able to...

Super Aguri F1 Team successfully completed its qualifying and race preparations during this morning's Free Practice session. Unfortunately Sakon suffered a left rear tyre puncture during his first qualifying run this afternoon, but was able to bring his SA06 safely back to the pits.

Takuma Sato:

"It has been a disappointing day. We completed our test here last week and did everything we could, but the car has just not been quick enough this weekend. The team has worked really hard and I believe that we have got the best performance out of the car, so from that point of view I am satisfied, but we need to improve."

"Having said that the free practice session this morning was encouraging, the long run pace was strong and so I think that we shall have a better day tomorrow and should have a strong package for the race."

Sakon Yamamoto:

"We completed a good preparation session for qualifying this morning, but unfortunately, on the second lap of my first run this afternoon, I got a puncture in my left rear tyre before Parabolica. It is disappointing as I could not go out for my second run, but still I am looking forward to tomorrow."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"Unfortunately Sakon had a puncture during qualifying, but on the positive side Taku and his engineers did a good job today. We are now only 2.5 seconds off the pace of the leaders and are becoming more competitive as we close the gap. Although our qualifying positions remain the same, our car is improving and we have made reasonable progress since our testing here last week."

Takuma Sato
Chassis: SA06-03
Grid Position: 21st
No. of Laps: 8
Best Lap Time: 1:24.289

Sakon Yamamoto
Chassis: SA06-04
Grid Position: 22nd
No. of Laps: 4
Best Lap Time: 1:26.001

-credit: super aguri

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