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Super Aguri top of the mileage charts 11 Apr 2006

Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 31 March 2006 Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 31 March 2006 Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 1 April 2006 Yuji Ide (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 31 March 2006 Yuji Ide (JPN) Super Aguri F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Race Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 2 April 2006

They may not have troubled the points yet, but Formula One newcomers Super Aguri have certainly been putting their track time at Grands Prix to good use. Three rounds into the 2006 season and the rookie team’s race drivers have racked up more official distance than any of their more established rivals.

Busiest man so far has been Takuma Sato, who in the course of practice, qualifying and race sessions has completed 1762.6 km, 33 more than second-placed man, Honda’s Jenson Button. That, combined with team mate Yuji Ide’s 1617.2 km, puts Super Aguri top of the table, ahead of Honda and Toro Rosso.

"I am very proud of what the team has been able to achieve so far,” said team principal, Aguri Suzuki. “For us to compete in Bahrain for the first race of the season was beyond many people's expectations and we were able to reach this goal. Now for us to have completed more laps than any other team over the first three race weekends is incredible.

“I'd like to thank Takuma for his solid driving and expertise, as well as the whole Super Aguri F1 Team for their great teamwork and determination in facing this challenge. We must also thank our partners at Honda for the reliability of our engines and our colleagues at Bridgestone. We'll now concentrate on the coming rounds of the championship and on reaching our next goal as soon as possible."

Super Aguri’ best finish to date has been Sato’s 12th place in Australia.