Takuma Sato confessed he was at a loss to explain his drop-off in pace between final free practice and qualifying for this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, but has nevertheless vowed to fight back in the race.

Having been pleased with his car throughout Saturday morning, the Japanese then struggled to find sufficient grip in qualifying and was unfortunately knocked out of proceedings in Q3, just under two tenths of a second shy of making the cut-off point.

"I was happy with the balance during free practice and the car felt good," the 30-year-old underlined. "But in qualifying, although the balance itself was fine, we were lacking the pace and I didn't have good grip so it is difficult to really understand what happened. It is disappointing to qualify in this position, so we shall have to see what we can do tomorrow."

Sporting director Graham Taylor was also disappointed by the outcome, but keen to stress the extremely tight nature of the midfield pack in 2007 means every hundredth counts and adamant the squad is continuing to make significant progress all the time.

"The fact Taku had a spin in free practice three shows how hard Super Aguri is trying," he stated. "We had a strategic approach to qualifying and the weighbridge nearly cost us dearly, but it shows how far Super Aguri has come that we dealt with all the delays swiftly and were able to get the cars out on the circuit at the right time. It is a shame for Taku, but it just shows how competitive our place on the grid is."

 

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