Turkish GP: Super Aguri race notes

It was super hot in Istanbul today. A first corner incident on lap one of the 2007 Turkish Grand Prix affected both Super Aguri F1 Team Drivers. A spin by Trulli's Toyota ahead of Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato meant that the team mates had to...

It was super hot in Istanbul today. A first corner incident on lap one of the 2007 Turkish Grand Prix affected both Super Aguri F1 Team Drivers. A spin by Trulli's Toyota ahead of Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato meant that the team mates had to take immediate evasive action, costing them both several positions. Ensuing damage to Anthony's car affected his lap times for the duration of the race, whilst Takuma continued to struggle to find the pace he required in his SA07.

Takuma Sato:

"It was a tough race. I did not have a very good start off the line, but I held my position. I was optimistic that I would be able to gain some positions in the back of the queue into Turn One, but just in front of me one of the Toyota cars spun and completely blocked my line. I had to brake really hard and to avoid him I had to go round the outside and I lost many places. From then on I had a very tough race and nothing else really happening. It is a shame to finish the race weekend like this, but we just struggled with grip all weekend and continue to lack the pace."

Anthony Davidson:

"It was a good start, but then I got sandwiched going into Turn One between Coulthard and Fisichella. Fisichella and Trulli touched, Trulli spun and I had to go on the outside of him off the track and when I rejoined I touched another car and damaged my front end, which definitely affected the balance of my car. It was a tough race from there on really. We had a good strategy. We got ahead of the Toro Rosso, which was who I was fighting with all race, so it is a shame to have had a bit of contact at the start. After that, it was a good clean race and it felt good to finish another Grand Prix."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"It was quite a tough race, with the majority of the field crossing the finish line. Our two cars made okay starts and the first corner incident with Trulli meant that Anthony had to run wide and he then touched another car, whilst Taku had to almost stop to avoid collision in the traffic. Because of this, Anthony suffered a problem with his SA07 which affected his lap times for the whole of the race. On the positive side, we achieved another two-car finish and the team and drivers did a good job today."

Takuma Sato
Chassis: SA07-02
Position: 18th
No. of Laps: 57
Fastest Lap Time: 1:29.916 (lap 56)

Anthony Davidson
Chassis: SA07-03
Position: 14th
No. of Laps: 57
Fastest Lap Time: 1:29.658 (lap 38)

-credit: super aguri

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Anthony Davidson , Aguri Suzuki
Teams Toro Rosso , Super Aguri F1