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Formula 1July 24, 2005
Formula One World Championship
Round 12: German GP

Jenson Finishes Third in Germany

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A fantastic drive by Jenson Button in today’s German Grand Prix saw him finish in third place, scoring his and B·A·R Honda’s first podium of the year. His team-mate, Takuma Sato, finished 12th.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button

Jenson started the race from second place, on the dirty side of the grid. As the race got underway, he was overtaken into Turn 1 by Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, both of whom had lined up on the clean side of the track, and Jenson slotted into fourth place for the remainder of the first stint, conserving his tyres and fuel load.

Takuma had a torrid first lap. After starting eighth, on the same side of the track as Jenson, he collided with Jarno Trulli mid-way through lap one, forcing him to pit for a new nose cone. He dropped to 16th place and, from there, his race was compromised. He went on to put in a consistent performance to finish 12th.

At the front, Jenson began to close on Michael Schumacher during the second stint of the race and by lap 30 he was on the Ferrari’s gearbox. Over the next 15 laps he tried to force the seven-time world champion into a mistake and on lap 45 it happened: Jenson pulled a masterful overtaking manoeuvre into the hairpin.

Once all of the leading runners had made their second and final pitstops – and early leader Kimi Raikkonen had retired – Jenson was in third place, which was where he finished the race. At the checkered flag he was 1.5 seconds behind Juan Pablo Montoya and 24.4 seconds behind race winner Fernando Alonso.

The six points that Jenson earned B·A·R Honda this afternoon have moved it from ninth to seventh place in the Constructors Championship, and the team now turns its attention to next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato

Jenson Button : Position: 3rd / Best Lap Time: 1:15.843
"It’s fantastic to be back on the podium today after a great race for me and the team. I don’t need to tell anyone what a tough season this has been for us and it’s a great feeling to come away from here with a trophy for the guys who’ve worked so hard to get us up there today. I didn’t get a great start and obviously Michael was able to pass me. In the first stint I worried that I might not be able to catch him but then he seemed to lose a bit of pace and I just kept pushing and pushing until I had my chance. I had to keep pushing hard because I knew he was stopping later than me, but in the end I was able to keep him behind for the rest of the race. Catching Juan Pablo was always going to be a different matter though. For us it was just a great race and I enjoyed every minute because I could push the car all the way. It’s a huge boost to everyone at the Team, Honda and Michelin and my thanks to all of them."

Takuma Sato : Position: 12th / Best Lap Time: 1:16.725
"The race was a very big disappointment for me today, particularly as we had qualified with so much fuel on-board so I felt we were in a strong position. I had a small incident in turn one but the car was OK. I was following Fisichella through turn three which is usually flat, when for some reason he lifted and there was no way to avoid hitting him. We had to change the nose and I knew then that I was going to have a very difficult race but kept going. It was a big shame because the team had done a very good job, the car was performing well and getting better and better. Now I have to keep motivated and look forward to Hungary next weekend."

Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director
"We are very happy with Jenson's podium. He drove a very strong race pushing hard throughout and perfectly executing an overtaking manoeuvre over Michael that turned out to be decisive for us to finish third. The Honda engine and Michelin tyres performed faultlessly throughout the race.

Unfortunately Taku got caught in a traffic jam coming out of turn three and had to stop for a new nose, which delayed him a lot and made it difficult for him to score points. This result sets us up nicely for the qualifying order in Hungary, where we are again hoping to be fighting at the sharp end of the grid."

Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"Congratulations to Jenson for a fantastic drive – including a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre on Michael Schumacher – right in front of a group of over 1000 Honda dealer guests! He drove a great race from start to finish and fully deserved his podium finish. It was a shame that Takuma had another early race incident, but he again recovered well and must keep looking forward. I’m sure his luck will turn."

Formula One World Championship
Round 12: German GP

1 F ALONSO (Renault)
2 JP MONTOYA (McLaren)
3 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
4 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
5 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
8 F MASSA (Sauber)
9 C KLIEN (RedBull)
10 R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)
11 N HEIDFELD (Williams)
12 T SATO (B·A·R Honda)
13 C ALBERS (Minardi)
14 J TRULLI (Toyota)
15 J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)
17 T MONTEIRO (Jordan)
18 R DOORNBOS (Minardi)

Jenson Button

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