Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button ended the day 7th and 20th respectively after today's first qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The predicted rain showers arrived in time for this morning's free...
Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button ended the day 7th and 20th respectively after today's first qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The predicted rain showers arrived in time for this morning's free practice and continued throughout the afternoon, which made qualifying a daunting prospect for all the drivers. Jacques mastered the tricky conditions whilst a few of the drivers fell foul of the rain-soaked Interlagos circuit. Jenson was unfortunately no exception, damaging the car during a spectacular 'off' and failing to post a timed lap as a result.
Jacques Villeneuve Position: 7th Best lap time: 1:25.672
"I'm very happy with the lap. This morning we didn't run when the track was at its best because we had a problem and spent a lot of time in the garage. The same thing happened in Melbourne but it seems to work out for me in qualy so maybe I should just skip Friday mornings! The conditions were good so there was no problem there. A few of the drivers felt it was too dangerous to run this afternoon but we're here to put on a show and I think it was the right thing to do. After today though I'm sure everyone will see the logic in having more than one wet tyre option."
Jenson Button Position: 20th No timed lap
"It was a very eventful session for me! Quite scary really! I had a lot more oversteer than this morning and the car was quite snappy coming onto the main straight at the start of the lap. Then I had a big moment coming out of turn five when I put a wheel on the white line. I tried to catch it but with such a damp track it was impossible and I took out some trackside markers in the process. That obviously damaged the rear wing and with that hanging off I had no option but to abandon the lap. Despite the conditions today you still have to continue to push. The problem is that you don't really know where the limit is. The track was drier than this morning but there was still a lot of standing water. We definitely need more than one set of wet tyres for these conditions."
David Richards, Team Principal
"The most significant issue today was not about the cars or the drivers but rather the track conditions and the tyres. It does bring into question whether it is sensible to only have one wet tyre available to us, as determined by the new regulations. I'm sure this is something that will have to be looked at. Nonetheless, Jacques did a great job today and made it all look relatively easy, while Jenson escaped from what was a very spectacular moment."
Geoffrey Willis Technical Director
"Today was our first wet qualifying session and while conditions were quite variable, both our drivers went out during the wetter part of the session. Unfortunately Jenson put a wheel on the white line, lost the car in the wet and took out a couple of the braking markers. In doing so he damaged the rear wing and had to come in without completing a timed lap. We will be able to repair the car quite easily for tomorrow though. Jacques should be pleased with his lap, which put him fifth at the time. Unfortunately it failed to rain again and we were pushed down as the track dried! We don't have any issues with the car and both drivers are reasonably happy with the balance in the wet, so we'll have to see what tomorrow brings - the weather in particular!"
Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"Jacques put in a good lap this afternoon and did well to set a competitive time, despite the difficult track conditions. Jenson had a tough time which is a shame because he's done a good job today as he showed this morning by setting the third fastest time. Tomorrow should be very interesting for us because we've got one driver going out at the start of the session and one towards the end, and with the unpredictable weather that's maybe not such a bad position to be in. Only time will tell."