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Jerez day three - Button and Davidson take over 22 Jun 2007

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, Friday, 15 June 2007

Honda and Super Aguri, who chose to avoid the multi-team test at Silverstone, were back in action in Jerez on Thursday for a third day at the Spanish circuit. Honda’s Jenson Button clocked the quickest lap in 1m 19.621s, over eighth-tenths up on Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson.

Button had been due to start testing on Wednesday but was forced to rest a slight back injury, believed to have been sustained during last weekend’s United States Grand Prix. The British driver made up for his absence and covered over 100 laps as he concluded the Japanese team’s planned programme.

“Today was a productive day. I completed 122 laps and every single one of them was useful,” he said. “We were testing our new aero and mechanical parts and I believe it was a positive test. However we need to wait until we get to Magny-Cours next week to see where we stand compared to the other teams.”

Davidson, meanwhile, clocked up 78 laps in the Super Aguri SA107 as he completed the team's programme of engine-mapping and set-up work. His best time was a lap of 1m 20.450s.

“We have had perfect weather for testing and it was good to be back at the Jerez circuit again as I have not driven here for a while,” explained Davidson. “I could feel the improvement made on the car since the winter, which is always positive. Today we worked mainly on traction control and some set-up work to give us better performance on long runs. I am happy with the work achieved today and am looking forward to the French Grand Prix next week.”

Both teams will now head back to their British bases to continue work, before returning to mainland Europe for next weekend’s French race.