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Formula One World Championship 2006
Round 07: Monaco GP
- May27, 2006
Honda Racing F1 Team
The Honda Racing F1 Team’s Rubens Barrichello will line up on the 4th row of the grid for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix after posting the 7th fastest lap in this afternoon’s thrilling qualifying session. He was forced to back off on his final flying lap, due to yellow flags for Michael Schumacher, when he would have set an even more competitive time, but remains satisfied with his days work.
This was the first time that the challenging Monaco street circuit had played host to the new shoot-out format and its tight twists and turns intensified the frenetic pace and drama of the crucial qualifying hour. As a result, Jenson Button, who has made it through to the final session in each of the last six races, was the surprise casualty after struggling with understeer when he switched to new tyres. He was knocked out in session two and will start the 78-lap race from the 7th row of the grid in 14th position.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
- JENSON BUTTON
- Free Practice 3 Position: 9th
Session 1 11th
Session 2 - Final Position: 14th Lap Time: 1:14.982
"The balance of the car was reasonable on old tyres but I had an unexpected amount of understeer when we switched to new tyres. I was quicker on old tyres than new. Right now we don’t know why so we will have to look at the data but everyone knows that qualifying well here is crucial for the race and I’m obviously extremely frustrated to be starting so far back here for a race I felt confident we could do well in."
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- Free Practice 3 Position: 11th
Session 1 8th
Session 2 10th
Session 3 - Final Position: 7th Lap Time: 1:15.804
"It was crazy out there, just like everybody predicted. I was trying very hard to avoid getting in other people’s way and they were doing the same for me, which was nice to see. I want to thank the team for a fantastic job today and making the right decisions and quickly. 7th is not a bad place to start tomorrow and it should be an incredible race."
- GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
- "On the one hand we are quite happy about the way Rubens’ qualifying went. There were some anxious moments at the end of Q2 and once into the last ten Rubens got everything possible out of the car. Unfortunately Jenson was not able to break into Q3. Things were going reasonably well for him but he ended with an unexpected amount of understeer on new tyres. We suspect there are quite varied strategies going into tomorrow, even more so than with other races. Given the importance of qualifying here we would rather be further ahead on the grid, particularly in Jenson’s case. Nevertheless we look forward to a good fight tomorrow afternoon when hopefully we can collect some good points."
- SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Management Board Member - Honda Racing F1 Team, Engineering Director - Honda Racing Development
- "A difficult day for us with one car in the top ten and one outside. The Grand Prix in Monaco has a history of exciting and unpredictable races so I hope we will take full advantage of any chances that may come our way tomorrow."
- NICK FRY Chief Executive Officer, Honda Racing F1 Team
- "On behalf of the Honda Racing F1 Team and all our partners, I would like to express our deep sadness at the news of Edouard Michelin’s tragic death yesterday.
Since we formed our F1 technical partnership with Michelin in 2003, we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Michelin and Edouard, who was a man that loved sport and encouraged both technical excellence and equality of support for all Michelin equipped competitors in the company that he so ably led.
He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Edouard’s family and everyone at Michelin worldwide at this difficult time."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Franck Montagny will start tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix ahead of the Ferrari of Felipe Massa who failed to set a timed lap during the first period of today’s Qualifying session.
- Takuma Sato
- Franck Montagny
- TAKUMA SATO
- FP3 Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:17.148
QUALIFYING Grid Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:17.276
"Free practice went smoothly for us this morning. We tried both race set-up and performance runs and I was satisfied with the balance of the car. For Qualifying we were able to complete our planned runs, but unfortunately I got caught in traffic on my quickest lap, which is a little disappointing but normal for Monaco. However, from my point of view, we did the best we could during a busy Qualifying session. It is going to be a long and tough race tomorrow and I am looking forward to the challenge as anything could happen!"
- FRANCK MONTAGNY
- FP3 Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:17.934
QUALIFYING Grid Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:17.502
"I think that this was my best Qualifying session since I started with the SAF1 Team. I tried very hard but unfortunately I had traffic on the first lap of my two runs, so I had to do my quick lap during my second run, but this went ok. The car is quite hard to drive and it is going to be a tough race for us, but I am looking forward to it."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "I am happy with the progress that we have made so far this weekend. We have not made any errors during the practice or Qualifying sessions and I think that we reached the full potential of the car today. Both drivers did well to control the SA05’s and even though our starting positions are at the back of the grid as usual, our times are improving with every race. A small mistake of any kind on this tough circuit could have caused big problems, but both of our drivers, the mechanics and the engineers have done a great job here. Our next goal is to achieve a two-car finish again and Monaco would be the perfect place to do it."
Formula One World Championship
Round 07: Monaco GP
||M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
||F ALONSO (Renault)
||M WEBBER (Williams-Cosworth)
||K RAIKKONEN (McLaren-Mercedes)
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)
||JP MONTOYA (McLaren-Mercedes)
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||J TRULLI (Toyota)
||D COULTHARD (RBR-Ferrari)
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Cosworth)
||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
||C KLIEN (RBR-Ferrari)
||V LIUZZI (STR-Cosworth)
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||J VILLENEUVE (Sauber-BMW)
||N HEIDFELD (Sauber-BMW)
||C ALBERS (MF1-Toyota)
||T MONTEIRO (MF1-Toyota)
||S SPEED (STR-Cosworth)
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
||F MONTAGNY (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
|| F MASSA (Ferrari)