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Formula One World Championship 2006
Round 14: Turkish GP
- August 26, 2006
Honda Racing F1 Team
Jenson Button will lead the Honda Racing F1 Team’s Turkish Grand Prix challenge tomorrow, lining up on the third row of the grid after ending today’s qualifying session in sixth place.
Team-mate Rubens Barrichello will start from 13rd after struggling to find a good balance with his RA106 race car this afternoon.
This afternoon’s qualifying result comes on the back of a positive start to the weekend for the team, with a strong performance in all three practice sessions and on long runs in particular, indicating that both cars should benefit from a stronger race pace.
- Jenson Button
- Rubens Barrichello
- JENSON BUTTON
- Free Practice 3 Position: 6th
Session 1 8th
Session 2 2nd
Session 3 - Grid Position: 6th Lap Time: 1:27.790
"I was obviously hoping for something more from qualifying today, although we have been struggling a little bit in the last sector here on the long straight and the three very slow corners at the end. That's where we have been losing out to Alonso. On the positive side we have been looking good on the long runs, as we demonstrated on Friday and this morning. So it's looking like we could be better off in the race, in which case P6 on the grid isn't so bad."
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- Free Practice 3 Position: 8th
Session 1 13rd
Session 2 - Grid Position: 13rd Lap Time: 1:28.257
"Unfortunately I didn’t have a good balance with the car for the whole qualifying session today. It was quite strange because the car felt much better this morning throughout practice, so we have to look at that and see what has happened. So that was my qualifying today but we know that the car has a good race pace, plus we can choose our fuel level from here, so I am hopeful that we can have a decent race tomorrow and I can fight my way through the field."
- GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
- "We certainly would have preferred to be a bit further up. In the case of Rubens we just couldn't get the balance to his liking on new tyres. Jenson did a great job in Q2, but we haven't been particularly fast in the last sector all weekend and unfortunately that cost Jenson a few places on the grid. However, both cars have been very competitive and consistent on long runs and used tyres, which bodes well for the race."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto will line up on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race in 21st and 20th position respectively. Varying track conditions due to the searing heat and lack of test running in the new SA06 made it difficult for both drivers to find the set-up they were looking for. A major chassis problem during Qualifying rendered Takuma unable to improve on his fastest lap time set during the Free Practice session, whilst Sakon was also unable to improve on his best lap time set in the morning due to the varying track conditions and brevity of preparation time.
- Sakon Yamamoto
- Takuma Sato
- SAKON YAMAMOTO
- FP3 Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:29.881
Qualifying Grid Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:30.607
"This morning we continued with our car set-up plans from yesterday and progressed with the new tyre options. The car balance changed between FP3 and Qualifying, mainly due to the track conditions, and so we had to adjust our set-up again during Qualifying. We were unable to find a set-up that would give us a good lap time in the short amount of running that we had, so our times were much slower than those in the morning. However, I am looking forward to tomorrow and to hopefully finishing my first race with the team in the SA06."
- TAKUMA SATO
- FP3 Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:30.151
Qualifying Grid Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:30.850
"It is a disappointing result. We had a new front suspension on my car today and this morning we made good progress during the session with only a small issue towards the end. In Qualifying, however, we had a major chassis related problem which caused me to struggle with the handling and I therefore could not set a good lap time. I have a good feeling from the SA06 from this morning’s session, so I hope that we can have a good race tomorrow."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "The complete version of the SA06 is showing potential but we have not had enough time to set-up the car and you can see this from our Qualifying times today. Takuma was progressing well in the car this morning, but unfortunately experienced a significant chassis problem during the Qualifying session. Sakon has done a consistently good job and made no mistakes so far this weekend. He has been improving with every session and I hope that he will be able to finish the race tomorrow."
Formula One World Championship
Round 14: Turkish GP
||F MASSA (Ferrari)
||M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
||F ALONSO (Renault)
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)
||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota) - engine change
||N HEIDFELD (Sauber-BMW)
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||K RAIKKONEN (McLaren-Mercedes)
||R KUBICA (Sauber-BMW)
||M WEBBER (Williams-Cosworth)
||C KLIEN (RBR-Ferrari)
||P DE LA ROSA (McLaren-Mercedes)
||J TRULLI (Toyota)
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Cosworth)
||C ALBERS (MF1-Toyota) - engine change
||D COULTHARD (RBR-Ferrari)
||S SPEED (STR-Cosworth)
||V LIUZZI (STR-Cosworth)
||T MONTEIRO (MF1-Toyota)
||S YAMAMOTO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)