Takuma Sato came home to complete the Super Aguri Formula 1 team's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit today. Team mate Yuji Ide made a gallant effort during his F1 racing debut following an early drive-through...
Takuma Sato came home to complete the Super Aguri Formula 1 team's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit today.
Team mate Yuji Ide made a gallant effort during his F1 racing debut following an early drive-through penalty, fuel rig complications and finally a stop out on track due to a mechanical problem with only 10 laps of the grand prix remaining.
"It is a fantastic result for us. I think that the boys in the garage deserve to be happy because they worked so hard to get us here to Bahrain. Although today we had radio communication and fuel rig problems, which is why there was some confusion during our pitstops, I think that everyone in the team has done a really good job."
"It is a positive step for us and I am very happy with today's result. It was only a shame for Yuji that we could not bring the two cars' home, but it is the great start that the team needed."
"I wanted to finish the race very much but the engine just stopped. I had the same problem as I had on Friday. Earlier in the race I couldn't put the gear into neutral so I over-ran at the pit stop."
"I don't know what I could do to make the car better but I know the mechanics have been working hard so I feel bad for my lack of experience. I will review the problem with engineers and I will do my best to finish the next race in Malaysia."
Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:
"Well this race was like a test for us. All that happened and what we were testing was something we should have done during the winter season. We will learn through each race and today was a good lesson for us."
"I spoke to both drivers before the race and told them that the most important thing for us to do today is to finish and from that experience, learn as much as possible. Taku did a good job."
"Yuji told me that he really wanted to finish the race, but he will have to improve step-by-step - so every single race will be a great lesson for him. He just needs more experience and the team will improve the car for both drivers."
Car 22: SA05-02
Fastest Lap Time: 1:37.104
Car 23: SA05-03
Fastest Lap Time: 1:38.302