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Formula One World Championship 2006

Round 09: Canadian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
June 25, 2006

Ninth Place For Jenson

Honda Racing F1 Team

After battling hard for the final world championship point, Jenson Button finished the Canadian Grand Prix in ninth place, ending a disappointing afternoon for the Honda Racing F1 Team.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello

The race had promised a lot more for the team, with Jenson and team-mate Rubens Barrichello starting from eighth and ninth places on the grid. At the start, Jenson made a good get-away to be eighth at the end of lap one, while Rubens lost three places at the start and was 12th.

Jenson gained two places on lap two when Nico Rosberg and Juan Pablo Montoya crashed ahead of him, bringing out the Safety Car. The race re-started a lap later and Jenson immediately pulled out a gap to the pursuing Jacques Villeneuve.

Rubens continued to circulate in 12th place, but he felt his engine tighten on lap 12 and he was forced to retire.

During the first round of pitstops, Jenson moved up to fifth place before stopping on lap 27. He was stationary for 8.6s and rejoined the race in ninth position.

During the middle stint of the race, he continued in ninth place. He made his second pitstop on lap 53, and inherited eighth place when Villeneuve, who was one place ahead, crashed into the retaining wall.

The Safety Car came out while the debris from Villeneuve’s car was removed and, when the race re-started with nine laps remaining, Jenson was put under intense pressure by David Coulthard. They had a tough battle but, unable to maintain a competitive pace due to his handling problems, he eventually succumbed to Coulthard.

At the front, Fernando Alonso scored his sixth win of the year and, in so doing, took Michelin’s 100th grand prix victory.

"It’s been a very frustrating day for me. I had no grip with either the front or rear tyres, as well as understeer and a lack of traction. The difficulty with this circuit is that there is just so much rubber going down which leaves marbles on every corner. If you make a slight mistake or lock-up, you go off-line and then you lose a few seconds trying to get the tyres back up to temperature. The car was difficult to drive all day and it's disappointing to finish outside of the points, which was our aim. We have to get through Indianapolis now and do the best we can with the car we have, then we’ll be testing a new package ready for France next month."
"A disappointing way to end my race. The engine felt quite tight from the beginning of the race then after my 11th lap, you could see I was losing a lot of places as everyone was able to overtake me on the straights as I just started to lose power. The team are making a real effort to find more reliability and horsepower with the engine so we'll just have to analyze this problem, see what the cause was and hopefully resolve it before the next race in Indianapolis."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"It is fair to say that this was a very disappointing day for us. Rubens’ engine tightened which led to his retirement and we are still investigating the cause of the problem. Jenson did well at the beginning but struggled with his car throughout the race, eventu- ally dropping back to 9th."


It was a disappointing end to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. SAF1 Team driver Franck Montagny suffered an engine failure on lap two whilst team-mate Takuma Sato drove a fantastic race ahead of the Midland F1 car of Monteiro and would have come home in 14th position had he not clipped the wall at turn nine on the final race lap.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Franck Montagny
Franck Montagny
"I am very disappointed not to have finished the race today, particularly as the start went really well for me and under braking into turn one I overtook both the Midland cars. Unfortunately, after the first safety car came out, David (Coulthard) squeezed past me, damaging my front wing at the second chicane and I had to come into the pits. I then pushed really hard for the entire race, very keen to finish in front of Monteiro, and after the last safety car went in I had to keep pushing the car to keep position. But by this time the circuit was so difficult to drive - the track was covered in marbles and dust - and as I had to continue to push so hard to stay in front of the Midland I went slightly offline and had no grip at all, so unfortunately could not finish the race."
"We did not have a great start to the weekend, but everybody has worked very hard and I was confident for the first time for the race today. It is a shame that a problem appeared today and I could not finish the race, but that is motor racing. We must not forget that we are a very young team and we have a lot of things to learn, both on the driving and technical sides, so every race is good experience for us."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was a very tough race and showed that any small mistake can mean the end of your race at this circuit. I feel very sorry for Franck as he has worked hard all weekend. Taku had a great race and was pushing constantly to keep ahead of Monteiro, so it is a shame that he did not cross the finish line. Our car performance is very low and it is very difficult to drive so although it is not a great result for the team, I am happy that the drivers and the mechanics did a great job together over the weekend."
Formula One World Championship
Round 09: Canadian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
3 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)
4 Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault)
5 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
6 Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
7 Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)
8 David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)
9 Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)
10 Scott Speed (Torro Rosso)
11 Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing)
12 Mark Webber (Williams)
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Torro Rosso)
14 Tiago Monteiro (MF1 Racing)
15 Takuma Sato (Super Aguri F1)
DNF Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber)
DNF Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)
DNF Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)
DNF Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)
DNF Franck Montagny (Super Aguri F1)
DNF Nico Rosberg (Williams)
DNF Christijan Albers (MF1 Racing)

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