Super Aguri had mixed fortunes on the opening day's practice for this weekend's French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, with Anthony Davidson getting into the top ten but team-mate Takuma Sato towards the rear of the pack.

Davidson impressed in the afternoon session by clocking the ninth-fastest time, a mere seven tenths shy of the ultimate pace, and now the Brit will be aiming to carry that encouraging form over into qualifying as he bids to secure his maiden top ten grid position in the top flight.

"I'm happy with our day's work," the 28-year-old enthsued. "We found a good balance for the new tyres close to the end of the day, and I'm obviously pleased to be so high up on the timesheets. We found some quite big differences between the tyre options and I think every team will find them a challenge for the rest of the weekend."

Sato was unconcerned by his lowly position in the order, more than a second away from his team-mate's best effort. Indeed, he stressed much work had been got through, backed up by the Japanese ace completing more laps than any other driver in the afternoon.

"Today was quite interesting because the two tyre options behaved differently," he explained, "so we need to analyse the large amount of data we were able to collect. We also ran some new aero developments and there were a few good points from them. The car ran reliably and with no problems, so I think it was a positive day."

"Both car crews worked diligently through their planned testing programmes," added team sporting director Graham Taylor. "There was a slight 'hiccup' at the start of free practice two when Anthony touched the back of a Toro Rosso leaving the pit-lane and damaged the front wing. Apart from that it was productive day, but we need to work on how we manage the rest of our weekend."



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