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Formula One World Championship 2006

Round 18: Brazil GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
October 21, 2006

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team will start the 2006 season finale from the third and seventh rows of the grid after Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button qualified fifth and 14th for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

Both drivers made it through the first knock-out round, despite an electronic problem for Jenson at the end of Q1, which seriously affected the traction control.

From there, with a well-balanced car beneath him, local hero Rubens sailed through to the final ten-car shoot-out. Having set the tone for a positive day with a strong showing in free practice this morning, he maintained the momentum to deliver a polished performance and a lap that was good for P5. He will line up on the clean side of the track in the thick of the action for the start of the 71-lap race, in front of his legions of Brazilian fans.

On the opposite side of the garage, the team tried to fix the electronic problem with Jenson’s car but it persisted when he returned to the track for Q2. He was unable to achieve a good lap, which brought his session to an early and disappointing conclusion.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Free Practice 3 Position: 6th
Session 1 9th
Session 2 8th
Session 3 - Grid Position: 5th Lap Time: 1:11.619

"I’m very happy - it’s been a good day. The team has done a great job to get the car back to where it belongs after the issues that we had during practice yesterday. I was able to extract everything out of the car today and my last lap was really good, so I have to be happy with that. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow as we have a good strategy, plus we have two Brazilians in the top five which is very good for our home race."
Free Practice 3 Position: 3rd
Session 1 13rd
Session 2 - Grid Position: 14th Lap Time: 1:11.742

"We had a good car today so it’s very disappointing to have the electronic problem and be starting the final race of the year from 14th on the grid. The issue affected the traction control massively and the car was undriveable at the end of Q1. The team tried to address the problem but there was only time for a quick fix and it didn’t solve it. I obviously wanted to end the season on a high and we had a good opportunity to do that but now we’ll have a bit of a battle on our hands to fight our way through the field."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"We are happy on the one hand and disappointed on the other. Rubens had a smooth qualifying session and pulled out all the stops in front of his home crowd, extracting all the speed we had in the car today. Jenson had an electronic issue that was costing him a lot of time and as a result he was unable to make it through to the final shoot-out. Assuming that we are able to fix the problem, the full extent of which has yet to be determined, we should have a strong race tomorrow given that both drivers are very happy with the car handling and have been competitive throughout the weekend so far. It should be an exciting race!"


The final free practice session of the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix saw SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM’s Takuma Sato setting a fastest lap time of 1:13.814 ahead of the Spyker MF1 Team, the Red Bull of David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli’s Toyota. Only 2.7 seconds separated the top and bottom of the time sheets at the end of Q1 during the afternoon’s Qualifying session, with Takuma and Sakon Yamamoto posting respectable times of 1:13.269 and 1:13.357 respectively.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Sakon Yamamoto
Sakon Yamamoto
FP3 Position 17 Fastest Lap Time 1:13.814
Qualifying Grid Position 20 Fastest Lap Time 1:13.269

"It was good to have a close and competitive qualifying at the end of the season. Today, in free practice, we made good progress that we carried over from yesterday and we were happy with the performance of the car. In qualifying we improved our lap time again, but it was unfortunate that we could not beat our nearest rivals. However, I believe that we have a good race car and that we are in a good position for tomorrow."
FP3 Position 22 Fastest Lap Time 1:14.875
Qualifying Grid Position 21 Fastest Lap Time 1:13.357
"This morning we improved the balance of the car from our limited running yesterday and made good progress on the set-up for qualifying and the race tomorrow. I am happy with my qualifying result today because I feel that I have been able to show my potential without any problems for the first time since Monza, so I am very happy and I would like to thank everybody in the team."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"Both SAF1 Team drivers did a great job today and their times were very close. I believe that our car is showing more of its true potential, but we still have a little way to go to match our nearest competitors. However, if you compare our times set today with those at the beginning of the season we have done a very good job. I would like to thank our mechanics, everyone at the factory, Honda and Bridgestone for their support this year and I hope that we can finish the season with a good result tomorrow."
Formula One World Championship
Round 18: Brazil GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 K RAIKKONEN (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 J TRULLI (Toyota)
4 F ALONSO (Renault)
5 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
6 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
9 R KUBICA (Sauber-BMW)
10 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
11 M WEBBER (Williams-Cosworth)
12 P DE LA ROSA (McLaren-Mercedes)
13 N ROSBERG (Williams-Cosworth)
14 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
15 R DOORNBOS (RBR-Ferrari)
16 V LIUZZI (STR-Cosworth)
17 S SPEED (STR-Cosworth)
18 C ALBERS (MF1-Toyota)
19 D COULTHARD (RBR-Ferrari)
22 T MONTEIRO (MF1-Toyota)

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