Although not quite able to live up to his scintillating qualifying form, Anthony Davidson was nevertheless pleased to make the finish of his first Turkish Grand Prix at the end of arguably the most competitive weekend of his fledgling Formula 1 career.

The Briton had lined up eleventh on the grid - equalling his own previous best from the curtain-raiser in Melbourne back in March - and went on to finish in 14th place in the race. He argued but for becoming caught up in the opening lap m?l?e triggered by Jarno Trulli's spin, it could have been even better still.

"It was a good start," he stated, "but then I got sandwiched going into turn one between (David) Coulthard and (Giancarlo) Fisichella. Fisichella and Trulli touched, Trulli spun and I had to go on the outside of him off the track. When I rejoined I touched another car and damaged my front end, which definitely affected the balance of my car.

"It was a tough race from there on really, but we had a good strategy. We got ahead of the Toro Rosso, which was who I was fighting with all race, so it is a shame to have had a bit of contact at the start. After that, it was a good clean race and it felt good to finish another grand prix."

Team-mate Takuma Sato, meanwhile, never really got to grips with his SA07 weekend-long, struggling in qualifying and similarly getting held up in the opening lap confusion. The Japanese would ultimately take the chequered flag a lowly 18th.

"It was a tough race," Sato admitted. "I didn't have a very good start off the line, but I held my position. I was optimistic I would be able to gain some positions in the back of the queue into turn one, but just in front of me one of the Toyota cars spun and completely blocked my line. I had to brake really hard and to avoid him I had to go round the outside and lost many places.

"From then on I had a very tough race with nothing else really happening. It is a shame to finish like this, but we just struggled with grip all weekend and continue to lack the pace."

"It was quite a tough race," concurred Super Aguri team principal Aguri Suzuki, "with the majority of the field crossing the finish line. Our two cars made ok starts but the first corner incident with Trulli meant Anthony had to run wide and he then touched another car, whilst Taku had to almost stop to avoid a collision in the traffic. Because of this, Anthony suffered a problem with his SA07 which affected his lap times for the whole of the race. On the positive side, we achieved another two-car finish and the team and drivers did a good job."

 

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