Button takes pole for Australian GP
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Button takes pole for Australian GP

Jenson Button earned his third career F1 pole position after recording the fastest time in qualifying for Australian Grand Prix.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 10:18 IST

Jenson Button on Saturday earned his third career Formula One pole position after recording the fastest time in qualifying for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

It was the first pole since last year's Canadian GP for the Honda driver, who is yet to win a race in more than 100 Grand Prix.

It was also the first pole for a full Honda team since 1968, although the Japanese motor company has shared many as an engine supplier.

"We really struggled with grip. So to finally get this pole position is fantastic," Button said. "Honda's done a fantastic job over the last few weeks and it's good to repay them with a pole position.

"We know we haven't won a race yet and we intend to do so. But it is never easy," he said.

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella, who won two weeks ago at Malaysia, and world champion Fernando Alonso, winner of the opening race at Bahrain, were second and third respectively.

"Second on the grid. It's a good opportunity to do well in the race again," said Fisichella, who won last year's Australian GP from pole position.

Alonso, who has qualified seventh and fourth in the last two races, where he finished second and first, was content with third.

"It is my best qualifying of the year and hopefully I can try for the win," the Spaniard said.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 13:07 IST