Super Aguri's Anthony Davidson has been given a boost in the countdown to next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, as his race engineer, Antonio Cuquerella believes that the Brit is making real progress.

Davidson made his 'proper' Formula 1 race debut in Australia back in March after spending five years as a test driver and while to date his best finish is only an eleventh place, Cuquerella reckons that he is now back in the racing groove.

"Ant has been competitive since the first race, showing us very good speed and gaining experience in participating in races and qualifying that he did not have before," explained Antonio. "During the fly-away races Ant showed us his potential and race-by-race he has been transforming it into results.

"He is increasing in self confidence and from these first five races we have converted the test driver into a race driver.

"I think that he is changing his mind-set positively and is quick enough for everyone to consider him to be a racing driver now. After spending five years testing it is not easy to change your mind to 'race mode'

"The extra things that he needed to learn were essentially driving in traffic, handling faster cars coming from behind, pitstops and being concerned about race set-up instead of solely the development of the car. Ant had a steep learning curve and is now starting to perform at the same level as the other F1 drivers."

Asked about his relationship with the Englishman, Cuquerella added that they are getting use to each other more and more. Furthermore he reckons that he will be a real asset during the remainder of the year.

"Our relationship is building and getting stronger race by race. We understand each other better all the time; he knows what I am asking for and I know what he needs," he continued.

"Right now we are confident in our capabilities and we make a good team. Ant is working well with the rest of the engineers and his car crew and is going to be an asset for the rest of the season."

As for what car #23 can do this season, Antonio reckons a points finish is definitely a possibility: "The SAF1 Team overall has performed over expectations in the first five races of this year and clearly our first Championship point in Barcelona was the result of all our hard work. But looking forward Car 23 is obviously targeting finishing in the points and this is something that I believe Ant and the whole car crew can achieve soon," he summed-up.



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