PROMISING START TO THE WEEKEND FOR HONDA-POWERED DRIVERS AT INDIANAPOLIS Davidson, Button and Sato finish second, fifth and 14th in US GP Free Practice Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's third driver Anthony Davidson enjoyed a strong day at the...
PROMISING START TO THE WEEKEND FOR HONDA-POWERED DRIVERS AT INDIANAPOLIS
Davidson, Button and Sato finish second, fifth and 14th in US GP Free Practice
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's third driver Anthony Davidson enjoyed a strong day at the Brickyard, setting the second fastest time of the day in Friday free practice in preparation for the United States Grand Prix on Sunday. B.A.R Honda race driver Jenson Button finished the afternoon fifth while team-mate Takuma Sato's session was over just three laps in, when he collided with the Sauber of Felipe Massa while on a flying lap.
Blue skies and sunshine were the order of the day at the Brickyard as track and air temperatures reached 50 and 30 degrees respectively this afternoon and yesterday's heavy rain was nowhere to be seen. Davidson got to grips with the circuit quickly in the morning, trading fastest laps with the Ferraris and ending the morning third fastest. The Honda-powered driver continued his fine form to finish P2 this afternoon, clocking a 1m10.967s and covering a mammoth 65 laps throughout the day.
Button, who struggled with low grip during the morning session and finished seventh, recorded a best lap of 1m11.230s around the 2.605 miles/4.192km Indianapolis circuit, finishing the afternoon in fifth place.
It was not such a good day for B.A.R Honda's Takuma Sato, who finished 15th in this morning's session. Sato's afternoon came to a premature end when he collided with Felipe Massa's Sauber at turn one while on a flying lap. The Japanese driver's time of 1m12.601s meant he finished the afternoon 14th.
B.A.R Honda's Anthony Davidson was sandwiched between the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello and the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya who set the first and third fastest times in Indianapolis this afternoon. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), Jenson Button (B.A.R Honda) and the second Williams of Ralf Schumacher ended the day fourth, fifth and sixth while the Toyota duo of Olivier Panis and Crisitiano Da Matta finished in seventh and eighth place.
Anthony Davidson Position: 2nd
"Driving for the first time at Indianapolis has been every bit as exciting as I thought it would be. It's an interesting track and the long straights create good overtaking opportunities; I've never overtaken as many cars in a practice session as I have today. The track was very dusty at the start of both sessions which made set-up changes difficult to determine. The asphalt rubbered-in reasonably quickly through the session so we have been able to make steady improvements. Generally I'm very pleased with what I have achieved at yet another circuit debut. I think we are looking good for another strong race here but it's very hot and humid which should make it even more challenging for Jenson and Taku."
Jenson Button Position: 5th
"We've had a really productive day today. We made some useful improvements to the car and worked on our performance over longer runs. The track was very dusty when we started out and we set the car up to cope with the oversteer we were experiencing earlier in the day. The circuit had a lot more grip this afternoon so the balance wasn't ideal for one lap. We've gathered quite a bit of information which we'll be looking at tonight and which should help us tomorrow."
Takuma Sato Position: 14th
"It was a shame that I wasn't able to complete my programme today, having made some positive changes after the first session. It was good to see the other two cars running well and completing the required tyre evaluation. Even though I was not able to complete a full tyre assessment I am confident that we can make the right choice for tomorrow."
Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"We have had a strong day today and been close to the top of the time sheets in both sessions. Anthony did very well and completed 65 laps so we have a lot of good data to study tonight."