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KATAYAMA AND SALO FLY AT SILVERSTONE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Tyrrell-Yamaha team was delighted with its performance at Silverstone this week as Ukyo Katayama and Mika Salo set their best...

KATAYAMA AND SALO FLY AT SILVERSTONE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Tyrrell-Yamaha team was delighted with its performance at Silverstone this week as Ukyo Katayama and Mika Salo set their best lap times of the year at the Northamptonshire track during a two-day test program in preparation for the Portuguese Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the 1996 Formula One World Champi- onship. Mike drove 38 laps on Wednesday and set a best time of 1:28.07 while Ukyo did 36 laps on Thursday with a best time of 1:28.07. The team test and reserve driver, Emmanuel Collard, drove 53 laps over the two days and in race trim set a best lap of 1:29.65. Harvey Postlethwaite - Managing Director - Engineering said: "We had two productive days of testing. Emmanuel undertook aero- dynamic tests on the first day and suspension developments on the second day. He gave us good feedback and we are pleased with the progress made in terms of information for next year's car. "Mika tested different suspension geometries which we also tried with Ukyo to validate the results. We definitely made a step forward with the car. We also ran a programme on starts which has been extremely successful. We will stay at Estoril the week following the Grand Prix to continue our test and develop- ment programme." Ukyo Katayama said: We had a good test and checked different suspension geometries which were better for my driving style." On the Portuguese Grand Prix, Ukyo said: "Estoril? I can't remember anything! Did I have a small accident there last year?" Katayama continues: "It is a difficult track and very hard physically, especially on the neck with a succession of very fast corners from the Senna curve to curve three, and we will do this 70 times during the race. After finishing the last three Grands Prix I am in good spirits and look forward to putting in a good performance." Mika Salo said: "We had a good day of testing on Wednesday and made positive progress with the chassis and the engine. Estoril should suit us because we were quick there when we tested last winter. I like the circuit, it is a challenging layout and it is hard physically; you need to be at your best to be competi- tive in the race." Mike Gascoyne, Deputy Technical Director: "Estoril is one of the most interesting tracks we race at during the year. It has a mixture of long, medium and fast corners which means that cars will be running in medium to high downforce configuration. "But there is also the long straight where top speed is crucial for overtaking. The tarmac is bumpy and is very hard on the cars and the drivers; the 024 should go well there as we tested a lot over last winter and went very well." The Portuguese Grand Prix will be held at the 4.360- kilometres Estoril circuit near Lisbon. The 70-lap, 305.200- kilometre race will start at 1400 hours local time on Sunday September 22nd and is expected to last around one-hour and forty  Šminutes.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Salo , Ukyo Katayama , Mike Gascoyne