Honda RA106

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Honda RA106
Honda RA106.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Honda
Team/s Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team
Designer Geoff Willis
Drivers 11. Rubens Barrichello
12. Jenson Button
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers; mechanical anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear) wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers; mechanical anti-roll bar
Engine Honda RA806E 90-degree V8 engine
Gearbox Honda seven-speed
Fuel Elf Aquitaine
Tyres Michelin
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 18
List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions 0
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions 0
Race victories 1
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 0

The Honda RA106 was the car with which the Honda team competed in the 2006 Formula One season Formula One season. It was driven by Rubens Barrichello, who joined from Scuderia Ferrari, and Jenson Button, who had spent three seasons with the team as British American Racing. The year marked the first time Honda had competed as a full team since 1968 Formula One season; since then it had only competed as an engine supplier until taking over BAR completely in late 2005 Formula One season.

Although the year was a significant improvement on 2005, Honda were not to be challenging for the championship after impressive winter form. The car was quick on qualifying, but less so in the races. A performance trough mid-season also led to the team parting company with the car's designer, Geoff Willis.

However, things improved from the 2006 German Grand Prix, culminating in Button's first F1 win in 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. Button was generally the stronger driver throughout the season, and it was felt that he deserved to get Honda's first win in their F1 return.

Honda finished the season strongly with a run of podium finishes. They also successfully introduced their 2007 Formula One season-spec engine before the season was over.

The team eventually finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship, with 86 points.

The RA106 formed the basis of the Super Aguri SA07.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2006 Formula One season Honda Honda V8 engine Michelin 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix 2006 Australian Grand Prix 2006 San Marino Grand Prix 2006 European Grand Prix 2006 Spanish Grand Prix 2006 Monaco Grand Prix 2006 British Grand Prix 2006 Canadian Grand Prix 2006 United States Grand Prix 2006 French Grand Prix 2006 German Grand Prix 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix 2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2006 Italian Grand Prix 2006 Chinese Grand Prix 2006 Japanese Grand Prix 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix 86 4th
Rubens Barrichello 15 10 7 10 5 7 4 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 8 6 6 12 7
Jenson Button 4 3 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret 4 1 4 5 4 4 3


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