German GP - Honda - Qualifying
Honda enjoyed a good qualifying session in Hockenheim today as Jenson Button
and Rubens Barrichello
found themselves competing at the top of timesheets once again. Button will line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's 67-lap race
after posting the fourth fastest qualifying time. His team-mate was less than a tenth behind and will start right behind him in sixth position.
This afternoon's qualifying result comes hot on the heels of a strong showing in free practice this morning when Button and Barrichello were the second and third fastest drivers on the track. The team now hopes to carry this performance improvement through to tomorrow's race and is aiming for a points finish for both cars.Jenson Button
"Obviously this is a very positive qualifying result for us and I'm really pleased that I'll be starting from the second row tomorrow. We've looked competitive all through the weekend but I'd prefer to wait and see how the race pans out. Generally though I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I think it should be a great race."Rubens Barrichello
"I really feel like I had a great lap today and I think our result shows that it's back to reality in a way.
We had a difficult time in France but we are closer now to where we should be again. We had a much better test in Jerez and we seemed to have made some good progress with the car in a number of areas. I think we can translate today's qualifying into a positive performance tomorrow and we should be able to have a strong race with some good points for both of us."
Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director
"We had a good day today and are very satisfied with our qualifying performance . Both Jenson and Rubens did a great job. The hotter track temperatures today suited our car and tyres, and the team's hard work is starting to pay off. So far we have been able to improve a little with each session and the new engine specification is working well. Let's see what tomorrow brings."