Super Aguri F1 Team concluded its three-day test in Barcelona today. Running was interrupted on the second and third days due to a number of issues and as a result the team ran out of track time before Yuji Ide could step into the car this ...
Super Aguri F1 Team concluded its three-day test in Barcelona today. Running was interrupted on the second and third days due to a number of issues and as a result the team ran out of track time before Yuji Ide could step into the car this afternoon.
Undeterred, the team now feels more confident that it has a greater understanding of the SA05 following its first full testing programme and is looking forward to the European races ahead.
"Our time in Barcelona has been productive as we have been able to finally conduct a proper test programme with the SA05, but we have encountered some problems. We have been able to gain a better understanding of the car, which is very positive, but unfortunately our running was cut short on the last two days, mainly because of hydraulics problems."
"We also had to leave our important Bridgestone tyre test, which was planned for Thursday, until today. Another hydraulics failure cut short my running this morning and so we have not been able to complete our tyre evaluation for the next few races. I have mixed feelings leaving this test, but the good part is that we have a much greater understanding of the SA05."
Mark Preston, Chief Technical Officer:
"In what can only be described as a hectic three-day test the team has been able to run through a range of performance and reliability issues that will stand us in good stead for the upcoming races. It was a disappointing week for Yuji as reliability problems meant that he did not get a run in the car."
Driver: Takuma Sato
No. of Laps: 12
Best Lap Time: 1:19.328
Total No. of Test Laps: 117
Total Test Kilometres: 541