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Formula One World Championship 2006
Round 10: United States GP
- July 1, 2006
Honda Racing F1 Team
The Honda Racing F1 Team’s Rubens Barrichello will start tomorrow’s US Grand Prix from the 2nd row of the grid at the Brickyard after posting the 4th fastest lap in this afternoon’s qualifying session. His team-mate Jenson Button will line up on the 4th row in 7th place.
Today’s result comes hot on the heels of a positive showing in all three free practice sessions this weekend, in which the race drivers were consistently running towards the top of the timesheets. In preparation for the qualifying hour, Rubens and Jenson ended this morning’s final session 5th and 7th respectively.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- Free Practice 3 Position: 5th
Session 1 6th
Session 2 4th
Session 3 - Final Position: 4th Lap Time: 1:12.109
"I’m really happy with my position today. The car is certainly competitive and I enjoyed the qualifying session. I would like to thank everybody in the team because we have all done a good job to get the best possible from the car today. For sure the race will be tough and we have to keep pushing hard because we have some tough competition behind us on the grid. My aim now is to push for a good points finish and I think we have the car to do that. I’m looking forward to tomorrow."
- JENSON BUTTON
- Free Practice 3 Position: 7th
Session 1 7th
Session 2 8th
Session 3 - Final Position: 7th Lap Time: 1:12.523
"I’m pleased with the way qualifying went today. The car was well-balanced and I think I have a good strategy. The challenge will be getting past the cars directly in front of me but generally I think we can have a strong race and points for both of us is certainly a possibility here. It should be a great race for the fans tomorrow."
- GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
- "This has been a good day for us. The engine has been working very well throughout the weekend and the overnight changes were effective. As a result both drivers were quite quick this morning. Qualifying was less nail-biting than it has been lately as Jenson and Rubens sailed through into Q3. We are happy with their starting positions as well as our race set-up and strategy and we look forward to tomorrow's race when we'll put up a good fight."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Takuma Sato was only three seconds off the pace of Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari during the third free practice session this morning. The running got off to a slow start with many teams opting for later start times, resulting in a busy track during the second half of the session.
In the afternoon Takuma drove a solid first Qualifying session to finish in 18th position ahead of Rosberg (Williams), Trulli (Toyota) and Luizzi (Scuderia Toro Rosso). Rosberg’s failure to attend an FIA weigh-in meant an unscheduled call to the scales for SAF1 Team driver Franck Montagny who, with very little running time left in the first Qualifying session, suffered an electronics complication that prevented him from setting a fastest timed lap for position.
- Takuma Sato
- Franck Montagny
- TAKUMA SATO
- FP3 Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:13.806
QUALIFYING Grid Position 18 Fastest Lap Time 1:13.496
"It was a fantastic Qualifying session. We made good progress throughout the practice sessions and the car has felt good all weekend. To be able to set our best Qualifying position and to be competitive in quite gusty and very hot conditions is great. I am extremely happy to be in this position for the race tomorrow and would like to thank everyone in the team for their hard work so far this weekend."
- FRANCK MONTAGNY
- FP3 Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:14.454
QUALIFYING Grid Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:16.036
"It has been a bad day, again. During Qualifying we had another problem and this cannot keep happening every race weekend. It makes it extremely difficult to concentrate on what you are supposed to be doing because you have to focus on solving the problems and not on making progress. I hope we have a better day tomorrow but right now I am very disappointed about this Qualifying position for me."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "The team did a very good job today. Our only problem, but a major one, was with the electronics on Franck's car. I do not know why this continues to happen, but we have to find a solution. Setting a Qualifying time is so important and I feel very sorry for Franck. The opposite can be said of Taku’s session today. He did a very good job, his qualifying time was perfect and his car was performing well. Taku’s mechanics and engineers did a great job today and I am very happy that we finished in 18th position for the first time. I am especially happy for Taku as he enjoys this circuit and has fond memories from the US Grand Prix in 2004 when he achieved his first podium. I hope that we have a good race tomorrow and a good result from both Taku and Franck."
Formula One World Championship
Round 10: United States GP
||M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
||F MASSA (Ferrari)
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||F ALONSO (Renault)
||J VILLENEUVE (Sauber-BMW)
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
||K RAIKKONEN (McLaren-Mercedes)
||N HEIDFELD (Sauber-BMW)
||JP MONTOYA (McLaren-Mercedes)
||M WEBBER (Williams-Cosworth)
||S SPEED (STR-Cosworth)
||C ALBERS (MF1-Toyota)
||T MONTEIRO (MF1-Toyota)
||C KLIEN (RBR-Ferrari)
||D COULTHARD (RBR-Ferrari)
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Cosworth)
||J TRULLI (Toyota)
||V LIUZZI (STR-Cosworth)
||F MONTAGNY (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)