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TYRRELL AIMS TO FINISH A STEP FORWARD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Having finished in the top seven in three of the last four races, the Tyrrell-Yamaha team is determined to improve its race ...

TYRRELL AIMS TO FINISH A STEP FORWARD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Having finished in the top seven in three of the last four races, the Tyrrell-Yamaha team is determined to improve its race clarification by at least on position in Italy and add some points to its score card in the 1996 Constructors World Champion- ship. In preparation for next week's Italian Grand Prix, the team ran a two-car test this week (Wednesday and Thursday) at Silver- stone with Ukyo Katayama and test and reserve driver, Emmanuel Collard. Emmanuel drove over 45 laps during the two days and set a best time of 1:29.3 on Thursday morning. Collard said: "We had an excellent test. We did a lot of work on weight distribution and set-up preparations for Monza. We also improved the car's balance for my driving style; we practiced starts yesterday morning and simulated a qualifying session during which I set my best laps time." Harvey Postlethwaite, Managing Director - Engineering, added: "We had a positive two-day test. `Manu' drove well and did a good job as a test driver. When he ran on new tires on Thursday morning, he qualified the quickest time we have done at Silver- stone and it was not a quick day. Ukyo was trying new parts for next year's car and it looks promising. "We are delighted to go back to Monza and with its unique atmosphere it is one of the best events of the year." On Wednesday, Ukyo Katayama drove 39 laps and set a best time of 1:29.3. "We tried several front suspension geometries in preparation for next year's car and got some positive results," Ukyo said. "I love Italy and always enjoy racing at Monza. It is another fast circuit with challenging corners and this is just my cup of tea." Mika Salo said: " Monza brings back good memories because this is where last year I scored mu first World Championship points when I finished fifth. "It is a very fast circuit with some superb high-speed corners like La Parabolica. I very much like driving here; the atmosphere with the Italian fans is fantastic; the 024 is pretty good in low downforce configuration, so we could perform well." Mike Gascoyne, Deputy Technical Director: "It (Monza) is one of the highest speed circuits of the season. Like Hockemheim, cars will run with low downforce configuration, but Monza has the additional challenge of two or three very fast corners. Although you try to run low downforce for straight line speed, you need to get the car balance right and carry the right amount of wing for the corners. It is not just a case of running low wing but get- ting the overall balance right for a quick lap. "The second Lesmo corner is very challenging and is fol- lowed by the Ascari chicane which is a high-speed left-right-left flick where you need a good change of direction and acceleration to be fast on the back straight on then into La Parabolica. Speed at the exit of this corner is crucial if you want to be quick on the main straight past the pits." "The car's performance on three out of four straights de- pends on a good exit from medium to high speed corners. A quick lap does not only depend on low wing to be quick on the straights, you need to be quick out of those fast corners. "Tyrrell-Yamaha has traditionally performed well in Monza over the last couple of years, so we look forward to a good race." The Italian Grand Prix will be held on the 5.770-kilometre Monza circuit, near Milan. The 53-lap, 305.772-kilometre race will start at 1400 hours local time on Sunday, Sept 8th and is expected to last around one-hour and 20 minutes.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ukyo Katayama , Mike Gascoyne