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Brazil GP: Race notes - Super Aguri

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22/10/2006

Super Aguri finished its inaugural year with its best race to date. At the 2006 Formula One season finale in Sao Paulo today Takuma Sato brought home his SA06 in 10th position following an exciting Brazilian Grand Prix. Team mate Sakon Yamamoto completed the two-car finish by taking the chequered flag in 16th position. Sakon set the seventh fastest lap time of the race and Takuma the ninth in a gripping grand prix that brought to an end a challenging season for the fledgling team.

Takuma Sato: This is an absolutely fantastic result. Following our performance in Suzuka we couldn't have asked for anything more. This was another great team effort and the mechanics did a fantastic job in the pit stops. I felt comfortable in the car and so I really enjoyed it. At the start of the race I was taking the corners side-by-side with the other cars and we overtook the Red Bull and Spyker cars. After the safety car went in we were really able to push and take it to the two Toro Rosso’s, so for the whole time I was racing and I really, really enjoyed it. A big thanks to all the team, it has been a long and hard season, and I'm very happy to finish in 10th position for the last race of the year.

Sakon Yamamoto: First of all I'd like to thank everybody who has always supported me. I was able to push from the start of the race to the finish. At the end I was pushing as fast as in qualifying and battled with Spyker all the race. I want to thank the whole SAF1 Team for their hard work - the car was fantastic. Finally I was able to enjoy a race from start to finish and it feels great.

Aguri Suzuki, Team Principal: I am very happy today as both SAF1 Team cars finished the race and Taku finished in the top 10. This is an amazing and incredible achievement for the team. Both drivers’ lap times were also very quick and consistent and the mechanics did a great job during the pit stops. It was a perfect race result to end the season and now we will focus on next year and on coming back in an even stronger position! Congratulations to everybody.

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