Jerez day three - Button stays on top 20 Jan 2006
Honda finished one-two at Jerez on Thursday as three teams continued testing at the Spanish circuit. Jenson Button led the way from 2006 team mate Rubens Barrichello.
Button totalled 93 laps for the day as he carried out further set-up and tyre work with the teams hybrid V8 machine. Barrichello, taking over from Wednesday runner Anthony Davidson, performed a similar programme, ending the day half a second down on Button.
Toyota completed their Jerez programme for the week with Ralf Schumacher third fastest and Jarno Trulli sixth. Both were again working on the TF106s set-up and suspension, and on the team's new Bridgestone tyres.
"This was our second straight test at Jerez, so our focus here this week was to finalise our evaluation of the Bridgestone tyres at this type of track, confirmed Pascal Vasselon, Toyotas general manager for car design and development. We have also looked at some very interesting chassis options. There have been a few disruptions with technical problems but testing is all about evaluating the limit of certain parts.
We have always run our own work and development in parallel with the tyre development. We may have a new tyre partner but while that makes things slightly more challenging it is still usual business for us. Now we will head to Barcelona and Valencia where we will face very different but complementary conditions for our preparations for the 2006 season."
In Williams second of three days at Jerez, Alex Wurz and Nico Rosberg went fourth and fifth respectively in the teams interim V8 car.
Today, Nico and Alex put further mileage on the 2006 gearbox and engine to improve reliability in time for the start of the race season, explained technical director Sam Michael. At the same time, they worked through various aerodynamic and electronic set-up changes and completed long runs for Bridgestone on different tyre constructions and compounds.
Testing concludes at Jerez on Friday.
Unofficial Thursday times from Jerez:
1. Jenson Button, Honda (Michelin), 1:18.799
2. Rubens Barrichello, Honda (Michelin), 1:19.285
3. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:19.373
4. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:20.198
5. Nico Rosberg, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:20.318
6. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:20.333