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Formula One World Championship 2006

Round 06: Spanish GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
May 13, 2006

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team's Rubens Barrichello cemented a good start to his Spanish Grand Prix challenge today, posting the 5th fastest time of this afternoon's qualifying session. He will line up on the 3rd row of the grid for the start of tomorrow's 66 lap race at the Circuit de Catalunya. On the opposite side of the garage, a promising start to the qualifying session turned to disappointment for Jenson Button as he picked up a lot of unexpected understeer on his final run and was unable to improve on the 8th fastest time.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Free Practice 3 Position: 6th
Session 1 9th
Session 2 8th
Session 3 - Final Position: 5th Lap Time: 1:15.885

"Obviously I'm very happy with my qualifying position. I think I extracted the maximum out of the car today. It is quite difficult to beat the other two teams at the moment so we just have to concentrate on what we have now and make the best of every opportunity during the race. I'm quite happy with what we have achieved today and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Free Practice 3 Position: 11th
Session 1 4th
Session 2 5th
Session 3 - Final Position: 8th Lap Time: 1:16.008

"I'm extremely disappointed to qualify in 8th position. The car balance was fine until I asked for a little more front wing. Normally you would expect to get a better front end on the car but I had massive understeer, far more than we would have expected. We'll have to look at the data to see what the problem is and hopefully address it in time for tomorrow."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"We have mixed emotions regarding today's qualifying session. It all went smoothly for Rubens, who had a great run to put the car in 5th position on the grid. Jenson on the other hand was going similarly well, but unexpectedly he picked up a lot of understeer on his last run on new tyres and this is something we need to investigate. As always there are a lot of unknowns in terms of strategy so we will see what tomorrow brings."
SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Management Board Member - Honda Racing F1 Team, Engineering Director - Honda Racing Development
"We were aiming for slightly better starting grid positions overall, but this gives us the chance to fight for points tomorrow. We know we have to keep working hard to improve and give our drivers an even stronger package. No issues to report with either engine."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Takuma Sato set a respectable lap time during this morning’s free practice session that placed him firmly between the Midland F1 cars on the official time sheets. The opening section of the Qualifying session was interrupted by a Red Flag situation following David Coulthard’s Red Bull leaving the track, however both SAF1 Team drivers were able to clock reasonable lap times despite a small mistake by Franck Montagny which compromised his flying lap.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Franck Montagny
Franck Montagny
FP3 Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:18.857
QUALIFYING Grid Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:18.920

"We had a very smoothe morning and made good progress during the practice session. Qualifying was also encouraging. The conditions were relatively difficult as I had low grip and encountered traffic before the Red Flag stopped the session. However during the second run I had a clear track and was able to set a similar lap time to the one I set in practice, so I am happy. The gap between our times and the Midlands’ is getting smaller, so things are starting to get exciting for the team."
FP3 Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:20.031
QUALIFYING Grid Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:20.763

"My day was better day than yesterday for sure. We were able to improve the car’s handling into the quick corners, so now we have a stable car and I am happy about that. We found quite a good set up on used tyres and the car was quite easy to drive with no problems with degradation, but with new tyres we are struggling a bit around the slow corners. The track has changed so much and we still need more data for the car, so it makes things a little difficult. We are getting closer and improving a little all the time and I know that in time the pace will come."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"Taku did a good job with the hard tyre option and I am pleased that he made the 1:18’s. Although Franck went off the track at the end of his quick lap he also did a good job. The times are not so fast but they are showing the best possible performance of the car at this point. We have not been able to finish a race since we started the Europe leg of the season, so I hope that we will be able to have a two-car finish tomorrow."
Formula One World Championship
Round 06: Spanish GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F ALONSO (Renault)
2 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
3 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
4 F MASSA (Ferrari)
5 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
7 J TRULLI (Toyota)
8 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
9 K RAIKKONEN (McLaren-Mercedes)
10 N HEIDFELD (Sauber-BMW)
11 M WEBBER (Williams-Cosworth)
12 JP MONTOYA (McLaren-Mercedes)
13 N ROSBERG (Williams-Cosworth)
15 C KLIEN (RBR-Ferrari)
16 V LIUZZI (STR-Cosworth)
17 S SPEED (STR-Cosworth)
18 T MONTEIRO (MF1-Toyota)
19 C ALBERS (MF1-Toyota)
22 D COULTHARD (RBR-Ferrari)

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