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Jerez day four - Honda go it alone in Spain 25 Sep 2006

Anthony Davidson (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team Third Driver. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day One, 13 September 2006. World ©  Hartley/Sutton.

After spending two days in the company of BMW Sauber, Honda tested solo at Jerez on Friday. Jenson Button was back on track for a second day, alongside test driver Anthony Davidson, who rejoined the session for the final day.

A damp circuit caused by heavy overnight showers prevented the pair from following Honda’s schedule in the morning and instead of the expected tyre evaluation, Davidson ran through a race-start simulation, whilst Button completed a short aero run.

After lunch, the track had dried and both drivers knuckled down to finish the scheduled tyre selections. Later in the day, Button focused on further aerodynamic work, whilst Davidson focused on chassis set-up. Davidson was the quicker of the two, clocking a best time of 1m 17.123s from his 97 laps. Button, meanwhile, completed 101 laps, his fastest a 1m 17.280s.

Over the three-day test at the Spanish track, all three Honda runners - including James Rossiter on Wednesday and Thursday - completed an impressive 2,965 kilometres in total.

“The strong winds on the first two days and overnight rain yesterday meant that we have had to tailor the test programme to suit the conditions but we have succeeded in completing our planned schedule,” explained Mark Ellis, Honda’s chief engineer for vehicle performance. “This includes signing off the new engine step planned for the Japanese Grand Prix, achieving well over the two race weekend mileage on two engines and a comprehensive tyre programme for Brazil.”

Honda now head to Shanghai ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.