Spanish GP: Super Aguri preview

Following a difficult weekend at the Nürburgring, the Super Aguri F1 Team arrives in Catalonia for the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and is located in Montmeló, 13 miles to the...

Following a difficult weekend at the Nürburgring, the Super Aguri F1 Team arrives in Catalonia for the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and is located in Montmeló, 13 miles to the north-east of Barcelona. With a lap distance of 4.627km/2.875 miles the track is considered to be well designed within the sport and as such has become the most important F1 testing facility.

Takuma Sato:

"Barcelona is a very high-downforce circuit featuring challenging high-speed corners that are a lot of fun to drive. On a lap of the track you need to keep a good rhythm through the first few turns then on up the hill to the unique, long corners."

"You need good car balance on braking and turning into turn four, then it is down and up to a fast blind apex followed immediately by the straight to the hairpin. The final two turns make up the famous high-speed last corner which is physically demanding on both the driver and the car."

"The Spanish Grand Prix will be another tough race for us, but the latest aero update has improved the balance of the car, so hopefully we will be able to find a good car set-up for this weekend."

Franck Montagny:

"I am happy to be going to Barcelona, it is a great circuit. I believe that it will be a very different experience to last weekend as the track is much harder than the Nürburgring."

"It is good to be back with the Super Aguri F1 Team as the first time you are with a team you try to do well and get to know everyone, but the second time, for sure, it is a bit easier to do something good. I am impatient to go there and to do well, so I am looking forward to this weekend."

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal:

"The current situation with Yuji and the Super Aguri F1 Team is regretful, but we will continue to support him. We will keep trying our best during the remaining races and continue to grow as a team."

"In order to do so, Taku and Franck's feedback is extremely important. Franck provided us with great feedback regarding the SA05 during the European Grand Prix and I am happy to have him with us for the Spanish and Monaco races."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Franck Montagny , Aguri Suzuki
Teams Super Aguri F1