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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."