German GP: BAR Friday qualifying notes

Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's German Grand Prix weekend got off to a difficult start today when Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve finished 12th and 19th in today's first qualifying session. The track temperature soared to a high of 44°C and the...

Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's German Grand Prix weekend got off to a difficult start today when Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve finished 12th and 19th in today's first qualifying session.

The track temperature soared to a high of 44°C and the ambient temperature peaked at 30°C, as Button and Villeneuve left the garage 10th and 14th in line for their single-lap qualifying runs. Jacques and Jenson will now line up second and ninth respectively for tomorrow's final qualifying session.

Jenson Button:

"It was a reasonable lap for me. I got a little too much oversteer in the first part of the stadium section - the left- hander hairpin - so I lost a bit of time there. I couldn't really do much more today but hopefully we can improve tomorrow. Compared to the Ferrari we're only three tenths away from Michael, but there's a bigger gap between ourselves and the Williams' at the moment. Who knows though? A lot of people have been using a tyre that may be good for qualifying but possibly not so good for the race, so we'll have to wait and see how that pans out."

Jacques Villeneuve:

"I went through the first corner a little bit too fast, but not by that much. We made some set-up changes after this morning's session and the effect was bigger than expected. I just went sideways and lost it. The car felt good until that point and suddenly the rear started sliding a bit, but not a big snap. It wasn't something that took me by surprise, it happened very slowly. I think we have a good car balance and the car was good on old tyres this morning. It's better that we had this problem today rather than tomorrow but now we have a lot of work to do to get a good result in final qualifying."

David Richards, Team Principal:

"We have to be very pleased that we are less than four tenths off our benchmark team in low fuel running, on the same tyres, and this gives a very clear indication of the progress we have made in recent months. The positive aspect of Hockenheim is that overtaking is easier than at many other circuits, so our focus on a good race set-up should pay dividends on Sunday."

Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director:

"This morning's practice went to plan and we were able to find a good set-up on old tyres for both cars. The Silverstone aero package and the latest step engine are working very well, so given our good top speeds and the overtaking possibilities at this track, we should be able to race well. Jenson had an excellent qualifying run and, despite being 12th, we are very happy with our speed compared with Ferrari. Jacques was too confident with his car set-up and tried to carry too much speed into the first corner, resulting in a spin which meant he had to abort the lap. Tomorrow we will focus on achieving the optimum compromise between qualifying and race set-up."

Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:

"The times are pretty close today which made for a very interesting qualifying session. Both our drivers pushed hard but tomorrow is when it really counts - it will certainly be interesting with Jacques going out second and Jenson later in the session."

Jacques Villeneuve
Chassis: BAR Honda 005-3
Position: 19th
No timed lap

Jenson Button
Chassis: BAR Honda 005-4
Position: 12th
Lap time: 1:15.754

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards , Shuhei Nakamoto
Teams Ferrari , Williams