Honda looks forward to Grand Prix return in Bahrain
Date: March 08, 2006 08:17
The Honda Racing F1 Team makes its racing debut as a Honda works team this weekend as the Kingdom of Bahrain hosts the curtain-raiser to the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The F1 fraternity is set to chart a rather different course around the globe this year as Melbourne, the traditional home of the season-opener, plays host to the Commonwealth Games. So the focus switches to the Middle East and the challenging Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, where the machinations of winter testing will finally play out to reveal the class of the 2006 field. The team's driver line-up of Rubens Barrichello (No. 11) and Jenson Button (No. 12) will be racing together for the first time, supported by third driver Anthony Davidson, who will be looking to emulate his star performances from the 2004 season as he returns to the Friday testing role.
An intensive winter testing programme with the RA106 and the Concept car has seen the Honda Racing F1 Team complete 27,000kms of testing at the Barcelona, Jerez and Valencia circuits in Spain and, in preparation for the first race, at the Bahrain International Circuit in February, where the team spent four days honing its tyres and set-up to the demands of the arid desert conditions. Since its launch on 25 January, the RA106 has covered over 14,700kms and demonstrated encouraging performance and good reliability.
“As the numbers show, we have had a very productive testing programme since the end of the 2005 season,” says Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director. “This included a successful four day test in Bahrain itself, where we encountered conditions which we hope will be similar this weekend. We have experienced a high level of reliability with the Concept car and the new RA106, which in turn helped us develop our package further. The RA106 has certainly shown a lot of promise in terms of speed in the hands of our three drivers and it is fair to say that all of us at the Honda Racing F1 Team are really excited and looking forward to the race in Bahrain, where we will find out how we truly measure up against our competition.”
"We are all very excited at the prospect of finally seeing exactly where we stand against the other Formula One teams,” confirms Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development. “It's nearly forty years since we had a full Honda works team in Formula One, and we have good reason to expect a strong start to the season after a promising winter testing programme."
US Television Coverage:
Catch the Bahrain Grand Prix on the Speed Channel in the US:
Grand Prix of Bahrain Practice Fri, Mar 10 6:00AM (LIVE)
Grand Prix of Bahrain Qualifying Sat, Mar 11 6:00AM (LIVE)
Grand Prix of Bahrain Sun, Mar 12 6:00AM (LIVE)
Grand Prix of Bahrain Sun, Mar 12 12:30PM
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