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Formula One World Championship 2006

Round 06: Spanish GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
May 14, 2006

Points For Both Jenson and Rubens

Honda Racing F1 Team


Jenson Button & Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button & Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello

At the start, Jenson, who had qualified eighth, slotted in behind Rubens on the drag down to the first corner. They both outbraked the Toyotas of Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli into Turn 1 and they ended the opening lap in sixth and seventh places.

Rubens was never more than one second ahead of Jenson throughout the opening stint, and when he made his first pitstop on lap 24, Jenson took advantage of the clean air to pull out a gap. Jenson pitted on lap 25 and exited the pitlane comfortably ahead of his team-mate.

Jenson and Rubens completed the middle stint of the race in sixth and seventh places, with Jenson able to lap slightly quicker than his team-mate and gain on fourth-placed Kimi Raikkonen.

Rubens was again the first of the Honda Racing F1 Team's two drivers to pit at the second stops. He came in on lap 41 and Jenson pitted one lap later. Rubens rejoined the race in eighth place and Jenson in sixth, but Rubens jumped up to seventh when Nick Heidfeld made his second stop.

The Honda Racing F1 Team now turns its attention to the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place on 28 May. By way of preparation, the team will test at the twisty Vallelunga circuit in Italy next week.

"The car worked well and it was pretty much a faultless race, although I was behind Rubens in the first stint and Raikkonen was able to pull away. As soon as I had clear air the car worked very well and the balance was good – probably the best it has been since Malaysia. I was quite happy, reeling in Raikkonen every lap by a tenth or two tenths but it would have been a closer fight had I not been hampered by problems that stemmed from yesterday’s qualifying. I’m looking forward to Monaco and testing at Vallelunga next week in preparation for that race."
"It was a tough race but two cars in the points is not a bad result considering the strength of the competition. I lost a place off the start and then lost a bit of time because of some fuel pressure problems on my in-lap. After that, things ran pretty much according to plan, apart from a vibration in the last stint which again lost me some time. Now we have to focus on improving for Monaco because it’s a track where we can be strong."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"We scored some more points, this time with both cars, which is very positive. While we are not as fast as we would like to be, we had a good battle with Raikkonen right through to the end and made the most of what we had. The day went relatively smoothly without any major dramas and both drivers pushed extremely hard. As well as the next race in Monaco potentially suiting our cars better, we go to Vallelunga next week to evaluate some improvements. Our focus is on closing the gap."
SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Management Board Member - Honda Racing F1 Team, Engineering Director - Honda Racing Development
"Both drivers gave it everything they had today and the result is an accurate reflection of our level at the moment. Every member of the team knows we need to keep pushing hard to close the gap to the front runners."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Takuma Sato brought home his SA05 to finish today’s Spanish Grand Prix in 17th position. It was a disappointing end to Franck Montagny’s weekend as a drive shaft failure ended his race prematurely on lap 10.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato & Franck Montagny
Takuma Sato & Franck Montagny
"It was good to finish a race again – our first since we have come back to Europe. I had a difficult start; I was side-by-side with Monteiro when he forced me to run wide in the dirt and I lost a lot of momentum. Into turn one I regained position under braking and overtook a few cars, but by turn three, because the tyres were covered in dust and in a bad condition, I lost it into turn four. After that I was struggling with oversteer and I was just following the car in front when I lost it again. After we made an adjustment at the first pitstop the car felt much better and I was able to do a good run for the rest of the race."
"Obviously it is bad that we did not finish the race and stopped after 10 laps, but I made quite a good start and I could overtake Taku and the two Midlands so it is getting better. We had a little bit of fighting after one or two laps and after that I had a little bit of space and my lap time was okay. I am quite happy because after three days we have finally found a good set-up for the car. We still have to work on the new tyres and gearbox because it appears that we need to focus a little bit more on the details and if we do that I think that it will get better and better. We have something positive to take away from this weekend and for me it was a good feeling to be in front of my team-mate for a few laps!"
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was a busy race for us and Taku did a great job, so I am pleased that he passed the checkered flag. Franck did very well at the start and showed a good performance until he had to retire due to a drive shaft problem. I hope that we will be able to provide a better car for him as soon as possible. We wanted both cars to finish the race today so it is little disappointing, but we have learned a lot from this race and are confident that we are continuing to improve this car for the coming races. All in all, I am glad that our car finished the race today and we look forward to heading to Monaco."
Formula One World Championship
Round 06: Spanish GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
3 Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault)
4 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
5 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)
6 Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)
7 Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)
8 Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)
9 Mark Webber (Williams)
10 Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
11 Nico Rosberg (Williams)
12 Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber)
13 Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing)
14 David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Torro Rosso)
16 Tiago Monteiro (MF1 Racing)
17 Takuma Sato (Super Aguri F1)
DNF Christijan Albers (MF1 Racing)
DNF Scott Speed (Torro Rosso)
DNF Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)
DNF Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)
DNF Franck Montagny (Super Aguri F1)

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