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Formula One World Championship 2006
Round 10: United States GP
- July 2, 2006
Sixth Place For Rubens at Indy
Honda Racing F1 Team
Rubens Barrichello was the Honda Racing F1 Team’s only finisher in the United States Grand Prix. He came home in an encouraging sixth place, while team-mate Jenson Button was forced to retire on lap four.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
Rubens made a clean get-away from fourth place on the grid, but he was overtaken into Turn 1 by Fernando Alonso. Behind them, chaos reined.
Jenson made a good start from seventh place, but he was hit by Juan Pablo Montoya in the middle of Turn 1. Amazingly, Jenson’s RA106 survived the impact and he was able to return to the pits, where he changed tyres. He rejoined the race, but low water pressure brought about his retirement just one lap later.
On the racetrack, the Safety Car had been deployed while debris from the first-corner accident was cleared up. On lap six, the race re-started with Rubens in fifth place.
Rubens made the first of his two pitstops on lap 24, when he was stationary for just 7.5s. He rejoined the race in seventh place and set blindingly fast laps during the middle stint of the race before pitting again on lap 49.
Again Rubens rejoined in seventh, but he inherited sixth place when Ralf Schumacher retired on lap 64. After 73 laps of hard racing, he crossed the line just eight seconds behind Fernando Alonso.
Rubens and Jenson are now tied in seventh place in the World Championship standings on 16 points; the Honda Racing F1 Team lies fourth in the Constructors Championship with 32.
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "It was a long and tough race this afternoon but I’m pleased to finish in a good points position. The car was really quite nice to drive and we had chosen an aggressive strategy in qualifying. The conditions out there were also really hard with the 37 degree heat. It was a real shame that only 9 cars finished because I wanted the US fans to have a great race this year. There was a lot of action for them but the first lap incident was unfortunate. We have had a much more positive weekend here and I think if we work hard we can continue improving. We now have a busy test coming up in Jerez next week to evaluate some developments for France, where I hope we will begin a much better second half of the seaso."
- JENSON BUTTON
- "It’s really disappointing because we were fuelled to go long and I think the strategy would have worked well for us. We had a great opportunity today. I was approaching turn two and we were already three abreast when Montoya decided to get past all three of us at the same time. He had a lot of room to go up the inside so I don’t really know why he hit my back wheel, but that pushed me into Heidfeld who hit my right rear which launched his car into the air. I saw him roll and it was all just a big mess really. We came in and the guys worked on the car but it became clear that it would not have been able to finish the race. The impact was so hard I’m surprised I was able to drive away from it, never mind get back to the pits, so it just goes to show what a strong car we have. Very frustrating but I guess we have to put it behind us and look ahead to the test next week, which should bring us some positive steps for Magny-Cours."
- GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
- "We have mixed feelings about today. Rubens drove a hard race pushing all the way to collect our first points since Monaco. Jenson unfortunately got caught out in the first lap incident and as a result of the damage incurred, we had to retire the car. Overall this was a much more competitive race for us than of late, although we continue to set our sights higher. We are testing in Jerez next week to evaluate improvements for the next round where hopefully we can continue our progression."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
The US Grand Prix weekend ended in disappointment for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. Franck Montagny’s race ended before it had begun when he made unavoidable contact at the start of the race during an incident at the first corner that wiped out a total of seven cars. Takuma Sato made a good start off the line and was running in 11th position when the safety car was deployed. At the restart Taku made an over taking charge beside Monteiro (Midland) who then closed the door across him, forcing Taku off the track at turn one.
- Takuma Sato
- Franck Montagny
- TAKUMA SAT
- "This is a disappointing end to a positive weekend. At the start of the race everyone packed into turn one and I managed to avoid the accident. I was prepared for the re-start and after the safety car went in I caught up to DC and Monteiro and at the end of the straight I was half a car length up beside Monteiro as I raced with him into turn one. He obviously saw me and he just kept pushing across me. By this time we had already started braking, so I couldn't go anywhere and he just kept coming and I ran out of space. I had to go over the kerb to avoid him, which is very high on this circuit, and this unfortunately launched the car up and off the track."
- FRANCK MONTAGNY
- "It was quite a bad weekend. In Canada and here in Indy we only did two laps in both races. There was nothing I could do today. I am very careful normally at the start of the race because I know we can't really fight with the others, so I don't take the risk and I prefer to finish the race. I went on the inside, braked normally and easily. I think Coulthard pushed against Klein and he spun in front of me and you can't stop a car when it's going 200 clicks and the car in front is only 5 metres away."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "It was a very bad day for us. Franck could not manoeuvre to avoid the accident at the start as it happened right in front of him. Taku was running in a good position when he tried to overtake Monteiro who then closed the door in front of him. I don’t know who was at fault there, but what matters is that both of our cars were out at the beginning of the race and that is extremely disappointing."
Formula One World Championship
Round 10: United States GP
||Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)|
||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)|
||Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault)|
||Jarno Trulli (Toyota)|
||Fernando Alonso (Renault)|
||Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)|
||David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing)|
||Vitantonio Liuzzi (Torro Rosso)|
||Nico Rosberg (Williams)|
||Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)|
||Christijan Albers (MF1 Racing)|
||Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber)|
||Tiago Monteiro (MF1 Racing)|
||Takuma Sato (Super Aguri F1)|
||Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)|
||Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)|
||Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)|
||Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren)|
||Mark Webber (Williams)|
||Scott Speed (Torro Rosso)|
||Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing)|
||Franck Montagny (Super Aguri F1)|