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Honda RA106
Rubens Barrichello 2006 Brazil.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
Gearbox Honda seven-speed
Fuel Eneos
Tyres Michelin
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 18
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 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. It was driven by Rubens Barrichello, who joined from 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; since then it had only competed as an engine supplier until taking over BAR completely in late 2005.

Although the year was a significant improvement on 2005, Honda were unable to challenge for the world championship after impressive winter testing form. The car was quick in qualifying, but less so in the races. A performance slump mid-season also led to the team parting company with the car's designer, Geoff Willis, and he was replaced by the inexperienced Shuhei Nakamoto.

However, things improved from the German GP, culminating in Button's first F1 win in Hungary. 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 points finishes, culminating in a third place finish for Button at the final race in Brazil. They also successfully introduced their 2007-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 Honda Honda V8 M BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 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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