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Sato hit by Shanghai grid penalty 28 Sep 2006

Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 28 September 2006

Takuma Sato’s Chinese Grand Prix has not got off to the greatest of starts after news that the Super Aguri team will be changing the engine on his car. It means the Japanese star is set to drop ten places on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Sato had been due to continue using the Honda V8 he ran at the last round in Italy, but the discovery of an undisclosed problem has prompted the team to replace the engine ahead of Friday’s first practice in Shanghai.

Super Aguri are still hoping to score a point in their debut season. Their best finish to date has been Sato’s 12th place in the Australian Grand Prix back in April.