B.A.R HONDA DRIVER QUALIFIES ON THIRD ROW Jenson Button to start sixth in Malaysian Grand Prix Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button qualified his B.A.R Honda in sixth position for tomorrow's grid of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Takuma Sato spun...
B.A.R HONDA DRIVER QUALIFIES ON THIRD ROW
Jenson Button to start sixth in Malaysian Grand Prix
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button qualified his B.A.R Honda in sixth position for tomorrow's grid of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Takuma Sato spun off into the gravel during his flying lap and failed to set a time, so the Japanese driver will start from the back of the grid.
Weather conditions remained hot and sweaty at Sepang (air 36, track 51 degrees) as Ferrari's Micheal Schumacher, the winner of the 2004 Australian Grand Prix, made his way out on to the track for part one of qualifying. B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button was out sixth in the running order and recorded the eighth fastest time in part one of 1m34.528s, suffering from slight oversteer. Team-mate Takuma Sato was the ninth driver to set his timed lap, clocking the 12th fastest time of 1m34.971s.
In the second part of qualifying, Takuma and Jenson took to the track ninth and 13th respectively, as a result of the times set in part one. All drivers have to run this part of qualifying with the fuel load and set-up they will start the race with.
Takuma was looking good, having set his quickest second sector time of the weekend, but lost control of his B.A.R Honda 006 at turn 11 and ended up in the gravel. The Japanese driver failed to record a time so will start from the back of the grid. Jenson put in a good lap, setting a time of 1m34.221s, placing him sixth on the grid on the third row at the end of the session.
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher took pole position for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix with a time of 1m33.074s. Jaguar's Mark Webber will line up alongside him with Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari) and Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams) third and fourth. McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button will line up in fifth and sixth place respectively.
Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"Overall Jenson did a good job and was able to qualify well. Taku was competitive through the first and second sectors and it's a shame that he didn't manage to complete his lap. We think we've got a good set-up and tyre selection for the race tomorrow and will be fighting to score points."
Jenson Button Position: 6th
"I'm a bit disappointed with sixth to be honest. I had two really good first sectors, especially the second sector - the high-speed part. Then I lost quite a bit of time in the final sector because I had too much oversteer, and two tenths overall on my best time this morning. We've struggled to find the right set-up here and we're not there yet, so it's going to be a case of wait-and-see for the race. I'm feeling reasonably positive though and we have a good chance of a points-finish tomorrow."
Takuma Sato Position: 20th
"I'm obviously very disappointed to finish qualifying like this. I hit a bump in the high-speed turn 11 and just couldn't catch it. I was pushing hard and could feel that it was a better lap. After such a difficult start to the weekend I felt we had made good progress this morning and it all started to come together in that qualifying lap. The car wasn't damaged thankfully but I will be starting the race from the back row of the grid which is very frustrating. I feel we have a strong race package and I will certainly be fighting hard to improve my situation tomorrow and get as close to a point as possible."