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Rows two and three at the Nürburgring

Rubens and Jenson ready to pounce at the ’Ring.

After an enthralling qualifying session at the Nürburgring, the Honda Racing F1 Team’s drivers will start tomorrow’s European Grand Prix from fourth and sixth places on the grid. For the first time this year, Rubens Barrichello will start ahead of his team-mate Jenson Button.

Both drivers experienced some handling problems in yesterday’s practice sessions, so the team’s engineers worked hard overnight to find more performance from the RA106. They made changes to both cars and their progress was reflected in the competitiveness of both drivers this afternoon.

In the first of the three qualifying sessions, the top 15 cars were separated by only one second. Jenson set the fastest time in sector one en route to the fourth fastest time, while Rubens was 0.2s slower in ninth place.

In the second session, it was Rubens’ turn to be fourth fastest, 0.3s ahead of Jenson. Rubens then repeated that placing in the final, definitive qualifying session with a time of 1:30.754s. Jenson was 0.2s slower in sixth.

Tomorrow’s race is over 59 laps.

“I’m very pleased with 4th place on the grid. It’s another demonstration of how good the car and the team is and that we are making real progress. We now just have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the race because I think we have a good strategy and we have shown good pace in free practice this morning. I’m looking forward to it.”

“I couldn’t get a good balance, which is pretty normal for me around here! The car just didn’t feel good so I wasn’t feeling comfortable. I locked up in turn one which didn’t help my last lap time, but it didn’t cost much; it probably wouldn’t even have been a place. I think we showed this morning that our race pace is there and we found a nice balance for the long runs, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the race brings.”

Germany 2006 - Race Results | Race Qualification

Driver Team Time

Fernando Alonso Renault 1:29.819 Q3
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.028 Q3
Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.407 Q3
Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing F1 1:30.754 Q3
Kimi Raikkonen McLaren 1:30.933 Q3
Jenson Button Honda Racing F1 1:30.940 Q3
Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.419 Q3
Jacques Villeneuve Sauber 1:31.542 Q3
Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren 1:31.880 Q3
Mark Webber Williams 1:33.405 Q3
Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:30.944 Q2
Nico Rosberg Williams 1:31.194 Q2
Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:31.197 Q2
David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1:31.227 Q2
Nick Heidfeld Sauber 1:31.422 Q2
Vitantonio Liuzzi Torro Rosso 1:31.728 Q2
Christian Klien Red Bull Racing 1:32.901 Q1
Christijan Albers MF1 Racing 1:32.936 Q1
Scott Speed Torro Rosso 1:32.992 Q1
Tiago Monteiro MF1 Racing 1:33.658 Q1
Takuma Sato Super Aguri F1 1:35.239 Q1
Franck Montagny Super Aguri F1 1:46.505 Q1
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