Honda Day 2 testing report

Date     Tuesday 18 November Track    Circuit de Catalunya, Spain Drivers   Jenson Button / Lucas Di Grassi  

No of Laps   110 laps / 110 laps  Best Lap Time  01:21.770 / 1:22.283 Kilometres Covered 1024km Track Length  4.655km 

Weather    Cool and overcast  Ambient Temperature Maximum 14°C Track Temperature  Maximum 15°C 


The Honda Racing F1 Team continued the test programme in Barcelona todaywith Jenson Button and Lucas Di Grassi at the wheel of the Honda RA108 cars.

Jenson joined the team at the Circuit de Catalunya this morning to take overfrom Alex Wurz for the final two days of the test. After adjusting theset-up of the car to his liking, Jenson concentrated on a tyre programmeusing the Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres to evaluate various set-up andbalance changes.

The team's evaluation of Lucas Di Grassi continued today with the youngBrazilian driver having his opportunity for a full day in the RA108. Afteran installation run, Lucas completed a back-to-back balance evaluation onused slick tyres from Jenson's programme before the team fitted new tyresfor his final run of the morning. In the afternoon session, Lucas was ableto use two further sets of new tyres as he worked though a chassis set-upprogramme.

This brings Lucas's test activity in Barcelona to a close and Bruno Sennawill take over the car tomorrow for his full-day programme.

LUCAS DI GRASSI"I completed 110 laps today so I have had a really productive day and I amvery pleased. I ran for the first time properly with new tyres and thedifference was massive compared to the used tyres from yesterday. With eachnew tyre run I was getting faster and faster. The slick tyre has much moregrip and compared with the grooved tyre is easier to drive and moreconsistent over a run. I was very pleased with the performance of the car,the way the day developed and ultimately my lap time. I ended the day 0.5sfrom Jenson's time and getting as close to him as possible was my target. Idon't think the day could have gone much better. I felt like I gaveeverything I could to the day. Finally I would just like to thank Honda forgiving me this experience and I hope they are happy with my performancetoday."

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