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GP Week : Issue 1
TONIO SAYS: I think that it will be a really tough season for Super Aguri with all the problems they have faced in their preparations. I know what it is like to not do any testing in the build-up to a season because last year we only got our car the week before the first race and it’s not easy. If they are able to race there is no doubt they will have a very hard time. Even with Takuma and Anthony driving, I don’t think they will have the chance to score points as they did in 2007. Super Aguri F1 Team Takuma Sato (JAP) / Anthony Davidson (GBR) TRADITIONALLY, a 30th anniversary is celebrated with the giving of either diamonds or pearls. For the WilliamsF1 Team however, silver will be the object of its desires in the season that will mark its 30th year of participation in Formula One. For a team of such fine pedigree, the trophy cabinet has fallen far too bare of late. The team launched without the glitz and glamour of their rivals. Coming in a season of relatively low-key launches, such a statement should indicate just how minimal its launch truly was … a roll out on a cold Valencian morning, a few photos, and straight on with the job of testing. You’d expect nothing less from the team. One of the last true independents, Williams has been there and done it. They don’t need fanfare and bravado; they just need a quick car. We’ll soon find out if they truly have one. But there’s an element in all this that people are seemingly forgetting – the drivers. Nico Rosberg is no longer a rookie. A hardened campaigner after two trying seasons at Williams, the young German has already forged a remarkable reputation for racecraft and engineering acumen. It’s an oft told tale that he is the highest scorer in the history of the Williams F1 Engineering test, taken by all rookies when they first climb into one of Diamonds and Pearls ... o p in io n Will Buxton GPWeek Editor 28