Jerez day three - Button edges Kubica 22 Sep 2006
Hondas Jenson Button led the way in a two-team test at Jerez on Thursday. In what proved a highly competitive session, Button emerged less than two-hundredths of a second faster than the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica.
Taking over from Wednesday runner Anthony Davidson, Buttton began with a short aero evaluation as he worked on finding a good balance to the car in the rather windy conditions. He spent the remainder of the day focusing on tyres, evaluating options for the forthcoming Brazilian Grand Prix and ultimately completed 112 laps.
Working alongside Button was fellow Brit James Rossiter, who completed some early set-up runs before working on an aero evaluation. Rossiter then spent the afternoon looking at the tyre options for the next races, along with electronic systems and suspension work. Like Button, he too completed 112 laps.
At BMW Sauber, Kubica worked on set-up and a major tyre programme for Michelin, also in preparation for the Brazilian race at Interlagos. Heidfeld ran a similar schedule, with the addition of 2007 electronics development, as the team concluded their three-day session.
Honda will continue at Jerez on Friday, with Davidson and Button in action. BMW Sauber will return to the circuit for a further three days on October 11-13.
Unofficial Thursday times from Jerez
1. Jenson Button, Honda (Michelin), 1:16.970
2. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:16.987
3. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:17.584
4. James Rossiter, Honda (Michelin), 1:17.825