Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were pleased with the start to their United States Grand Prix following practice for the seventh round of the season at Indianapolis.

Still searching for their first point of the year, the Honda duo made good progress through the day culminating in Barrichello and Button emerging ninth and tenth fastest in the afternoon practice session.

A day spent honing the set-up of a RA107 car that has failed to live up to expectations, Barrichello is hopeful that their encouraging start to the weekend will see them prove more competitive than they have been of late.

"We have completed a lot of hard work today but we were able to achieve a lot, particularly in the afternoon session. I struggled with the balance of the car during this morning's practice, but this afternoon we made some improvements during the course of the session which leaves us with a lot of good data to be working with this evening. Generally a good foundation from which to move forward this weekend."

Like Barrichello, Button admits he was struggling with the balance of his car, but reiterated the Brazilian's opinions that there is more to come from the package of the course of the weekend.

"It has been a fairly routine Friday for us really. We achieved a good number of laps between Rubens and myself so we have plenty of information to work with tonight. I had some issues in the morning and early afternoon with understeer at certain corners but we were able to work through this and pick up some good front and rear grip by the end of the session. A good start."



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