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New Super Aguri for Hockenheim 29 Jun 2006

Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA05.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, 24 June 2006

Super Aguri’s SA06 machine will make its long-awaited race debut at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim next month, the team have announced. The new car was originally scheduled to launch at the French round, but a number of issues have led to the one-race delay.

To date in their debut Formula One season, Super Aguri have been using the outdated SA05, based on the 2003 Arrows A23 chassis. Not surprisingly, the team have been a fair way off the pace of their rivals and the arrival of the new car should provide a welcome boost.

The SA06 has already passed all FIA crash tests and Super Aguri’s chief technical officer, Mark Preston, has chosen not to attend the Canadian and US Grands Prix in order to ensure that the new car is completed on time.

According to the team, the initial Magny-Cours launch schedule was extremely tight and allowed no margin for delay in any area of production. That schedule was first affected by a late decision on the specification of gearbox the SA06 should utilize and then by a technical problem at the team’s wind tunnel facility last month which halted all model testing for five days.

Super Aguri have since increased their working hours even further in an attempt to make up for lost ground and have now decided upon the more realistic launch date of July 28 in Germany.