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Formula One World Championship 2005

Round 11: British GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
July 10, 2005

Jenson Button finishes fifth in the British Grand Prix

Jenson Button finished the British Grand Prix in fifth position this afternoon after driving a strong and consistent race at Silverstone. However, his B·A·R Honda team-mate, Takuma Sato, fared less well after accidentally pressing the wrong button on the steering wheel during the formation lap, forcing him to start the race from the pitlane two laps down.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button

At the start of the race, Jenson – whose second place grid position was on the dirty side of the circuit – was out-dragged into the first corner by Juan Pablo Montoya. He then slotted into third place, where he stayed for the remainder of the opening stint.

Sato, meanwhile, was stuck in gear at the back of the grid and, when the marshals failed to move his B·A·R Honda 007, the Safety Car was brought out for a lap. Takuma eventually joined the race two laps down, with enough fuel to permit a one-stop strategy and he went on to finish 16th.

At the front of the race Jenson was lapping at the pace of the leaders until he made his first pitstop on lap 20. He rejoined the race in sixth place, but Giancarlo Fisichella got ahead of him when he made his stop several laps later. Jenson’s attentions switched to keeping Rubens Barrichello at bay, which he was able to do. But when he pitted for the second and final time on lap 43, Kimi Raikkonen jumped ahead of him, pushing him down to fifth place, where he stayed until the chequered flag.

Jenson eventually finished the race 40 seconds behind race winner Juan Pablo Montoya and 35 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher, who finished sixth.

Following back-to-back races in France and Great Britain, B·A·R Honda now has a two-week break before the next race on the calendar, which is the German Grand Prix on 24 July.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
"I’m obviously not going to be happy with a result like this at my home race but it was evident that we can't expect any more from the car at the moment. We came here hoping that we would benefit from our improvements but they obviously didn’t go far enough and we are still some way behind. The top two teams are just in a different league from the rest of the field at the moment and watching the cars in front and behind me was just staggering with the amount of grip they had in the high-speed corners. We are strong compared to the rest of the teams. I finished over half a minute ahead of Michael in sixth. Still we got some more points for the team and put on a good race for the British fans here this afternoon. I'm just sorry that I couldn't get the podium that we all wanted."
"The simple fact is that as I was going through the start procedure on the way to the grid, I hit the wrong button on the steering wheel as I was warming up the tyres. I would like to apologize to everyone in the team, everyone who got the car ready and put so much preparation into the British Grand Prix this weekend. I couldn't deliver the result we wanted and could have had today. The team did a great job to get me back in the race and I tried my best but was so far behind that I couldn't do anything. It's been a tough year for us all and we can only continue to keep trying and aim for better things in the second half of the season."
GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
"Jenson drove very well today in front of his home crowd, getting the most out of the car and bringing us a few more points. Clearly we needed to find a little more pace today to finish higher up than we did. We will continue to develop the car during the Jerez test next week before the August break, in an attempt to close the gap to our competitors and we will continue to make every effort to do so until the end of the season. On Taku's car it seems that he made a mistake and hit the wrong button on his way to the grid which cut the engine. After that we switched his strategy to a one stop and he was able to lap consistently at a very good pace."
SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"Jenson produced a solid performance for his fifth place, which is an accurate reflection of how our package compares to the rest of the field at the moment. Taku put in some good lap times after we switched to a one-stop strategy following his problem at the start and must put today behind him and look forward to Hockenheim. We now have to keep up the pace of development to close the gap to the top two teams."


Formula One World Championship
Round 11: British GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 JP MONTOYA (McLaren)
2 F ALONSO (Renault)
4 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
5 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
6 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 F MASSA (Sauber)
11 M WEBBER (Williams)
12 N HEIDFELD (Williams)
13 D COULTHARD (RedBull)
14 J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)
15 C KLIEN (RedBull)
16 T SATO (B·A·R Honda)
17 T MONTEIRO (Jordan)
18 C ALBERS (Minardi)
19 P FRIESACHER (Minardi)

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