Fernando Alonso’s second pole position of the season means he is now the driver with the best average starting position. He demotes Jenson Button, whose eighth position on tomorrow’s grid is his worst of the season so far.
Alonso and Button are the only two drivers to have made it to the final part of every qualifying session this year. Juan Pablo Montoya failed to do so for the first time today.
At the other end of the field, neither Midland F1 nor Super Aguri have yet had a driver progress beyond the first part of qualifying. Scott Speed has only done so once, whereas Toro Rosso team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi has made it five times – a crucial distinction between two teammates towards the back of the grid.
Qualifying 2006 – how far the drivers progressed
|Driver||Session 3||Session 2||Session 1|
|Juan Pablo Montoya||5||1||0|