Fresh from his Hungarian Grand Prix win, Jenson Button returned to the cockpit of his Honda with a strong start to his Turkish weekend, claiming two top three times in practice at Istanbul Park.

Third in both the morning and the afternoon sessions, Button was happy with his immediate pace, despite a problem in the second session that saw him lose time when they removed the floor of his car.

"I'm pleased with the way today has gone. So we'll sit down with Michelin this evening and discuss which is the better tyre option for the weekend. I had a small mechanical problem at the start of this afternoon's session, which cost me some time when we had to take the floor off, but everything is okay. The changes that we've made over the day have been positive so I'm happy with where we are at the moment."

Indeed, Honda had a day of mechanical quibbles, with Anthony Davidson stopping on track in the morning session, but managing to complete his programme in the afternoon nonetheless, on the way to the fifth and fourth fastest times respectively, in his distinctive Petrol Ofisi liveried car.

"It is my first time here at Istanbul Park so it was really nice to finally drive the circuit. It's quite tough physically as well as technically challenging. It was important to get a good balance for the first lap and also the long runs today, which we were focusing on. The failure in the first session was a shame because I was going really well up until then and setting some really quick laps. Overall the car felt
good all day and we have some good data to work on for tomorrow and Sunday."

Rubens Barrichello meanwhile was the slowest of the Honda trio, flirting with the top ten on the way to the eleventh and tenth fastest time in the morning and afternoon sessions. Indeed, the Brazilian admitted to having some set-up worries, but is now confident he is moving in the right direction.

"A pretty straightforward day for us today although this morning I had a few set-up issues. This afternoon the car felt a little better and I'm quite pleased with the balance of the car now. There is some work to do to improve but generally I think we are moving in the right direction."

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