Canadian GP: Honda Friday practice notes

B.A.R HONDA'S SATO SETS THE PACE IN MONTREAL Sato, Button and Davidson finish first, eighth and 12th in Friday Free Practice Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Takuma Sato shot to the top of the time sheets in free practice at the Circuit Gilles ...

B.A.R HONDA'S SATO SETS THE PACE IN MONTREAL
Sato, Button and Davidson finish first, eighth and 12th in Friday Free Practice

Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Takuma Sato shot to the top of the time sheets in free practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today in preparation for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, setting the fastest time of the afternoon. Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson finished the afternoon in eighth and 12th position respectively.

With 15 minutes of the second free practice session remaining Takuma Sato put in a blistering lap around the 4.361km circuit, clocking a 1m14.086s and launching his B.A.R Honda 006 to P1. British team-mate Jenson Button struggled with low grip during both sessions and ended the afternoon eighth with a best lap of 1m15.152s.

As usual, the third Honda-powered driver Anthony Davidson featured in the top three this morning, but his afternoon session ended early when he locked up and slid off the track, hitting the barriers. Davidson's best time of the afternoon was 1m15.513s, putting him 12th at the end of the session.

Renault's Fernando Alonso, Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen set the second, third and fourth fastest times this afternoon while Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari), the Toyota pairing of Ricardo Zonta and Crisitiano Da Matta and B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button ended the day in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place.

Takuma Sato Position: 1st

"We have had a good day today and I'm very pleased about the result we had today. The circuit had much less grip in the morning but the afternoon improved a lot, so we were able to do a competitive run this afternoon. Generally we had good pace and the improvement that the new engine brings is very promising for the rest of the weekend. This circuit is quite tough on the brakes but we're not experiencing any issues so far and we don't feel we have anything to worry about."

Jenson Button Position: 8th

"We haven't really been able to find a good balance today, which is disappointing because the car is looking very encouraging. As soon as I turned into the corners I had quite a lot of understeer, so I had no confidence in the car because it just felt loose at the back. We have a lot of work to do tonight with the tyre options and to decide how to get the best result in qualifying."

"But we're not just here to qualify well; we're looking for a good race result. So it's a little bit disappointing that we're slightly off-track, but it's nothing that can't be overcome overnight and we should have a more positive day tomorrow. The Ferraris are looking very consistent again so I think we have a fight on our hands, but that's what we're here for."

Anthony Davidson Position: 12th

"My track debut in Canada hasn't been quite as positive as in the races to date. I acclimatised to the track quite well and had a good morning, despite the fact that the track conditions weren't great as it was very dirty out there at first. I was second to the Ferraris again which I'm quite pleased about, but then this afternoon, I lost the second half of the session when my rears locked up at turn six and I hit the Armco - quite hard actually! It is disappointing that I haven't been able to complete my programme today and make a bigger contribution to what I'm sure will be another exciting weekend for the team."

Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:

"Overall we have had a good day, even if it was not our best Friday. The car is working well here and I am optimistic for the rest of the weekend."

-honda-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Kimi Raikkonen , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Fernando Alonso , Gilles Villeneuve , Shuhei Nakamoto
Teams Ferrari , McLaren