Canadian GP: Honda Saturday qualifying notes

The Honda Racing F1 Team's Jenson Button will start tomorrow's 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix from the 4th row of the grid after posting the 8th fastest time in this afternoon's qualifying session. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello will line-up right...

The Honda Racing F1 Team's Jenson Button will start tomorrow's 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix from the 4th row of the grid after posting the 8th fastest time in this afternoon's qualifying session. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello will line-up right behind him in 9th position.

It was a nail-biting session which saw five of the top six cars separated by just a tenth of a second at the end of the final knock-out sector. Both Rubens and Jenson were happy that they got the most from their RA106 race cars today and now set their sights on the team's target of a two-car points finish in tomorrow's race.

Jenson Button:

"I'm pretty happy with our qualifying position today. 8th is obviously not where we want to be but it's a solid performance and we have both cars in the top ten. We'll just have to see what happens tomorrow. It'll be an interesting race as I think the Michelin tyres will work well and we're positive about our race pace. We've only used one set of new tyres in Qualifying so we've saved an extra set for the race. I'm not going to talk our prospects up too much though. Our aim is to get both cars in the points and that would be a good result for us right now."

Rubens Barrichello:

"We were on the borderline for the first qualifying session as I almost got put out of it by Rosberg holding me up. Apart from that, our qualifying hour ran smoothly enough. In the last sector of my final lap, I went a little wide and ran on the marbles, which cost me a bit of time. But we could only have improved to eighth at the most with the car we have so I'm satisfied with my position. We got as much as we could out of the car today. I hope we can achieve our target of points tomorrow."

Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director:

"Qualifying went relatively well for us and it was certainly full of tension. In Q1 Rubens had traffic on his fast laps and only just made it through the second round. In Q2 both Jenson and Rubens made it into the top ten in the dying seconds of the session. Overall we are roughly where we expected to be before qualifying started and both car and engine are running well. We will put up a good fight tomorrow and try to move up the field."

Jenson Button
Chassis: RA106-05
8th, 1:16.608

Rubens Barrichello
Chassis: RA106-01
9th, 1:16.912

-honda-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , Gil de Ferran
Teams Honda Racing F1 Team