Sakon Yamamoto makes his debut for Formula One's worst team next weekend confident that a new car can propel Super Aguri out of their world championship depths.
Yamamoto, who has been the team's reserve driver while also taking part in the Formula Nippon championship, will become Takuma Sato's third different team mate of the 2006 season.
But the 24-year-old has the benefit of a new car, the SA06, which has been tested this week in readiness for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on July 30.
"Our second shakedown on Thursday was another very good day for the team because we did not encounter any major problems and completed our testing schedule," said Yamamoto.
"I felt that the car was improving constantly throughout the day so I am really looking forward to going to Germany next week."
"Hockenheim will be my first race with the team and I am, of course, very excited and appreciate everyone's hard work."
"I am very proud to be racing with the team and will try my best to improve, step-by-step, for everyone."
Super Aguri say the new SA06 is 20 kilos lighter than its predecessor and boasts new aerodynamics and an aluminium gearbox.
"I'm very happy that we were able to go ahead with the long-awaited shakedown of the SA06," said team boss Aguri Suzuki whose team has yet to score a point in its debut year.
"Although it was later than originally planned, I felt that it went very well for a first shakedown."
"As we have yet to run the car in a race it is difficult to say this, but I believe that this is the true start to our 2006 campaign," he said.
"It's going to be Sakon's debut race and I believe that his experience as third driver up to now should help him perform well in the race."
"Next weekend in Hockenheim is going to be like a new beginning for us and I am looking forward to it very much," he exulted.