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Super Aguri happy with first day in Malaysia

17 March 2006

Following its debut race in Bahrain, the Super Aguri F1 team, Takuma Sato and team-mate Yuji Ide were able to complete their planned practice programmes in the heat of the Malaysian sun today.

"It was another solid day for the team and we did not encounter any problems," said Sato. "We completed our planned programme, which included an intensive tyre test, and so we have been able to collect some very valuable data to help us decide our set up for tomorrow. It has been a very good start to the weekend and I am pleased with what we have been able to accomplish today."

Yuji Ide commented, "I am pleased to have completed more running today however during both practice sessions the car suffered from understeer. We tested two different Bridgestone tyres as part of our programme and our choice during this afternoon only increased the balance problem I had, so we need to find out the cause and solve it as soon as possible. I want to qualify as well as I can tomorrow and be able to finish the race on Sunday."

Team principal Aguri Suzuki added, "I am quite happy with today's practice sessions as both cars ran with relatively few problems. We completed our programme for both cars and for the first time we tried a new construction Bridgestone tyre which both drivers were quite satisfied with. Yuji still has a big understeer problem, but we shall run a new front wing on his car tomorrow and hope that this will be rectified. The team will now study our data from today and work on our set up for tomorrow - but on the whole it has been a successful day. "
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