by Russell Atkins

Aguri Suzuki has expressed his delight at exceeding Super Aguri's 2007 objectives just six races into the 2007 campaign with sixth place in Montreal, though he admits he doesn't expect a repeat result in Indianapolis this coming weekend.

Takuma Sato sent the team - in only its second season of Formula 1 competition - into delirium after he overtook Kimi Raikkonen, Ralf Schumacher and even reigning double world champion Fernando Alonso during the closing laps of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix on his way to sixth spot at the chequered flag. It marked substantially the finest performance and result of the Leafield-based outfit's brief history in the top flight, and the team owner was evidently both thrilled and surprised in equal measure.

"I'm very proud," he beamed while speaking to Crash.net at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve afterwards. "It was a very unusual race, with four safety cars and many crashes, but both our cars finished and that was a very important thing. As a small team we don't have much budget, so if the drivers had crashed we would have had a big problem for the US Grand Prix!

"Taku said his car was easy to control and he felt very comfortable with it. The performance was very good. Anthony (Davidson) had some trouble in the race. He is a very quick and talented driver, but every time he seems to suffer bad luck. He is very good at providing feedback on the car though, and I hope in the future he will also be able to enjoy the kind of result Taku got here."

Indeed, Davidson too had been running well up in the points - even as high as fifth position - but ultimately ended up down in eleventh after he hit a beaver while travelling flat-out down the back straight and arrived unannounced in the pit-lane to find his unsuspecting crew oblivious to the drama and still in the garage.

While stressing more work needed to be done to bring the team's reliability and strategy up to scratch, former Formula 1 driver Suzuki knows time is on Super Aguri's side, and he also has the satisfaction of seeing his eponymously-named squad comfortably ahead of the works Honda concern in the constructors' title chase.

"I don't think anybody in Formula 1 imagined our team would have four points already this year," he acknowledged, "but we are making progress and moving forwards. We may be the smallest team in Formula 1, but there's a real family feel here and that's a motivating factor for everyone.

"At the beginning of the year our target was to score a point and finish tenth in the constructors' championship and that aim has not changed. We finished in the points in Spain too when many cars retired, but you have to survive and finish the race. That's always the most important thing. Indianapolis will be a different story, and first and foremost we have to make sure we finish the race again. That is always our primary target, because Formula 1 is not easy."

 

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