European GP - Honda - Preview
Honda heads to the historic Nürburgring in Germany this week for round five of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship. After a challenging race in Imola, the team has been working hard at the Operations Centre in Brackley and on the test
track at Silverstone to further develop the RA106 race car and improve its competitiveness.
A successful three-day test with race drivers Rubens Barrichello
and Jenson Button
, plus third driver Anthony Davidson, has left the team feeling positive as it heads towards the back to back European and Spanish Grand Prix. Jenson Button
"We had a positive test at Silverstone this week in which we made good progress and took another step closer to the competition. Apart from a podium at the Nürburgring two years ago, I haven't had that much success at this track. It's a very low grip circuit with a lot of corners off-camber so when you arrive into the corner, it's vital to get the correct line. I think we are starting to see our race pace improve relative to our strong qualifying pace and we should feel positive as we head to Germany."Rubens Barrichello
"I always enjoy going to the Nürburgring, particularly as it is one of the tracks where I achieved a win, in 2002.
It is a challenging circuit for the drivers and has some interesting characteristics like great high-speed corners and interesting undulations. It's normally very cold when we go there so we are expecting all the efforts that we have made on our tyre-warming issues over the last few tests to pay off. We also worked really hard at Silverstone this week on the set-up of the car, and seeing the results, we are hoping for a strong performance at the Nürburgring."
Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director
"We had a productive test at Silverstone which we hope will improve our performance for Nürburgring. As a result of this test and despite the disappointing end result in Imola, the team is going into the weekend feeling positive. Of course, the true measure of our competitiveness will only emerge on Sunday."
Shuhei Nakamoto, HRD Engineering Director
"We made our F1 debut at the old Nürburgring in 1964 and we are determined to demonstrate the true strength of the RA106 chassis and engine package next weekend."
E.A. Source Honda