Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's European Grand Prix weekend got off to a positive start today as race drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato, together with Anthony Davidson, dominated the top half of the timesheets. Once again Anthony stormed to the...
Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's European Grand Prix weekend got off to a positive start today as race drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato, together with Anthony Davidson, dominated the top half of the timesheets.
Once again Anthony stormed to the top of the timesheets in the morning session, setting a new lap record on what is yet another circuit debut for the team's third driver. Track conditions were very dusty initially and all three drivers struggled with a lack of rear grip, as was the case with much of the field. Set-up changes prior to the second session saw Jenson post the second fastest lap of the afternoon and helped the team to continue its progress towards what promises to be another strong weekend for B*A*R.
"We've had a good first day today and have obtained a lot of information from all three cars. The lack of grip has been a problem throughout the day though. We struggled this morning and were expecting the grip level to improve this afternoon, but it didn't. Probably because the temperature is quite cool and it's a little windy. Anthony has done some good work on the longer runs but this is something we still need to improve on."
"It's only Friday and it's difficult to see how much of today's results is down to teams improving or their fuel loads. Generally, we have some work to do but I think we're going to be strong here. After Monaco, it will also be good to race at a track where it's possible to overtake."
"We struggled a little to achieve the right balance today so we need to work on that for tomorrow. But we do not foresee any problems and will be spending a lot of time looking at tyre data from today's runs with all three cars. I hope that the track will improve tomorrow because we were struggling for grip throughout the day today. Overall I'm feeling quite positive about the weekend ahead."
"I'm really pleased with my performance today. This is another circuit which I have no experience of, so I'm really pleased that I was able to set a new lap record at the end of what is essentially a familiarisation session. It's an enjoyable track to drive as it has a bit of everything - slow, medium and quick corners."
"After six races I've really got into the swing of working closely as a team with Jenson, Taku and the engineers, and I'm happy to be making a valuable contribution. We've made a good start to the race programme so it looks like we have another exciting weekend in store at B*A*R."
David Richards, Team Principal:
"It is only a few days ago that we were sitting in the sunshine at Monaco harbour and now it's back to work up in the cool air of the Eifel mountains. We saw another very strong day's running by Anthony and good ground work by our two race drivers. Observing all the incidents on the track, it would appear that, like ourselves, most teams are experiencing balance problems with their cars. I'm sure these will be resolved during the course of tomorrow morning and there's no reason to think we cannot be as competitive here as we have been on the last few races."
Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director:
"The primary task for today was to obtain data in order to make our tyre selections for the rest of the weekend. All three drivers successfully completed their programmes and we now have good information for analysis this evening. Despite dusty and low-grip conditions, which have caused problems for most of the field, we have been able to make steady improvement with set-up changes and as a result we have been consistently very competitive on both old and new tyres."
"Once again, Anthony has done an excellent job on a circuit that is new to him, giving us very valuable data for the tyre comparison. We're pretty happy at this stage of the weekend and we have good reason to be optimistic for tomorrow and Sunday."
Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"We have had a busy day. Anthony once again did a solid job and has provided us with a lot of data to look at tonight. Jenson and Takuma are both looking in good shape for the remainder of the weekend."
Chassis: BAR Honda 006-05
Free practice 1: 10th, 1:31.770
Free practice 2: 2nd, 1:29.618
Chassis: BAR Honda 006-03
Free practice 1: 14th, 1:32.500
Free practice 2: 10th, 1:30.283
Chassis: BAR Honda 006-04
Free practice 1: 1st, 1:29.447
Free practice 2: 7th, 1:30.028