Jerez day two - Button and Honda lead 19 Jan 2006
Honda began their second test of 2006 on Tuesday with Jenson Button setting the pace at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Team mate Anthony Davidson was third fastest, the pair sandwiching the Toyota of Jarno Trulli.
Both Honda drivers ran similar programmes in the teams interim V8 car, carrying out set-up runs plus aerodynamic and tyre evaluations. Davidson was the busier of the two, completing 134 laps to Buttons 97.
Both Trulli and Toyota team mate Ralf Schumacher drivers had disrupted days in the TF106. Schumacher worked on suspension settings, but a gearshift problem limited his afternoon running. Trulli missed some of the morning session after a clutch sensor problem, but carried out a tyre test in the afternoon.
"That was a relatively difficult day of testing for us, reported Gerd Pfeiffer, Toyotas test team manager. The testing day is quite short here anyway because the track takes a while to warm up in the morning, so any lost running time is difficult to make up. Still, we were able to put in a fair amount of laps and gain more experience of the TF106."
The McLaren pairing of Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett were fourth and fifth fastest respectively, both men concentrating on Michelin tyre development in the interim V10 MP4-20. Paffett had an off in the early cold conditions, but his car was undamaged.
Completing the Wednesday line-up were the Williams of Alexander Wurz and Nico Rosberg. They finished sixth and eighth respectively, both driving the Cosworth V8-powered version of the teams 2005 car.
Testing continues at Jerez on Thursday.
Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Jenson Button, Honda (Michelin), 1:18.388
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:18.657
3. Anthony Davidson, Honda (Michelin), 1:18.669
4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.232
5. Gary Paffett, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.296
6. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:20.307
7. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:20.587
8. Nico Rosberg, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:20.847