James Rossiter made his first appearance for the Super Aguri F1 team on the opening day of testing at Paul Ricard on Tuesday [15 May], having been recommended to the Leafield squad by engine partner Honda.

The Briton joined SAF1 for the first of four days at Paul Ricard, setting the lone SA07 up for regular drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson, who will join the test later in the week. Rossiter completed 128 laps, with a best time of 1min 08.026secs putting him ninth quickest out of the eleven drivers present as teams began their preparation for next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Despite a strong headwind on parts of the French circuit's tightest layout, the rookie worked on the balance of the SA07 in the morning session, before switching his focus to longer runs in the afternoon as the team attempted to gather data on the softer Bridgestone tyres that will be made available for the race.

"It has been a great first day with the team," Rossiter commented, "It felt good to be driving again, having last driven in February, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"After quickly getting to know the team and the car, we worked on finding good car balance and running with the Monaco wings in the morning. In the afternoon, we did longer runs, evaluating the tyre options for the next race. We had good reliability and we worked well together so, overall, it was a very good first day for me."

Buoyed by his point-scoring efforts in the Spanish Grand Prix, Sato will continue the test for the team tomorrow.

 

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