San Marino GP: Michelin Saturday qualifying notes

BUTTON SECURES FRONT-ROW START FOR MICHELIN Jenson Button (Honda/Michelin) has qualified on the front row of the grid for the third consecutive Formula One race after posting a 1m 22.988s lap during qualifying for tomorrow's San Marino Grand...

BUTTON SECURES FRONT-ROW START FOR MICHELIN

Jenson Button (Honda/Michelin) has qualified on the front row of the grid for the third consecutive Formula One race after posting a 1m 22.988s lap during qualifying for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix. The Englishman, who is the only driver to have lined up in the top three for all four world championship races this season, will start second, alongside Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher.

Several Michelin drivers are well placed ahead of tomorrow's race. Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello will start third ahead of world championship leader Fernando Alonso (Renault/Michelin, fifth), Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren Mercedes, seventh) and Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren Mercedes, eighth).

Michelin's day
Nick Shorrock, Michelin Formula One director:

"Michelin tyres are generating strong first-lap pace and consistently" "This year, Michelin's main technical objective for Imola was to make tyres that performed more consistently over long runs than they did in 2005 and our engineers have clearly done a very good job. Obviously the race stints are shorter this season, but our tyres are generating strong first-lap pace while remaining very clean and consistent for 20 laps or more at a time."

"We knew we'd have to fight hard to repeat last season's San Marino Grand Prix victory and that will clearly be the case. It seems likely, though, that teams at the front of the grid have adopted a variety of strategies and we will have to see how things evolve tomorrow afternoon."

"Between them, our six partners have chosen to use three different Michelin specifications and we are confident that all will deliver sustained speed and consistency in racing conditions."

Team perspective on tyres
Nick Fry, CEO, Honda Racing F1 Team:

"Michelin tyres are good both on qualifying and race distance" "Second and third positions on the grid are clearly great for us. The performance of our Michelin tyres has been exceptional all weekend and we've been very confident - not only for qualifying but also for the race tomorrow."

"We appear to have a tyre that is not only very strong over one lap, but also good throughout a race stint. We don't have any concerns at all, so thank you very much to Michelin."

-michelin-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren , Honda Racing F1 Team