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Formula 1July 31, 2005
Formula One World Championship
Round 13: Hungarian GP

Double Points Finish For B·A·R Honda

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B·A·R Honda drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato both finished today’s sweltering Hungarian Grand Prix in points-scoring positions. Jenson came home in fifth place and Takuma in eighth, which lifts the team to within striking distance of sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship.HUNGARY Jenson Button and the B·A·R.



Jenson Button


Jenson Button


Both drivers made excellent starts, despite being on the dirty side of the grid. They successfully avoided several first corner collisions to end the opening lap in sixth (Jenson) and seventh (Takuma) places, which is where they stayed until the first pitstops.

B·A·R Honda elected for two-stop strategies for both of its drivers and Takuma was the first of them to pit, on lap 21. He rejoined the race in 12th place and became immediately involved in an exciting scrap with Rubens Barrichello.

Jenson benefited from those ahead of him being on three-stop strategies and, by the time he made his first stop on lap 22, he had climbed up to fourth place. He was then stationary for 8.3s and rejoined in eighth place.

When Jenson then pitted a second time on lap 47, he was up to fifth place and rejoined in sixth. Takuma went three laps longer than him on this middle stint, pitting from eighth place on lap 50.

B·A·R Honda admitted that its tyre choice did not suit today’s track conditions, so the pace of the 007s was quite impressive. Jenson was able to set his fastest lap of the race on the final lap and, at the chequered flag he was just 4.6s behind fourth-placed Jarno Trulli. Takuma finished a lap down in eighth.

At the front, Kimi Raikkonen won his fourth race of the season for McLaren, ahead of Michael Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher.



Takuma Sato


Takuma Sato


JENSON BUTTON Position: 5th / Best Lap Time: 1:22.406
"We had a reasonably good race and secured a two-car points finish, which is great for the team. The car was running quite well and considering the fact that our tyre choice did not work for us this race, I am pleased to have finished fifth today. We are moving up the Championship and getting closer to where we want to be, so we are looking forward to a break for everyone to recharge their batteries and then getting back to business in the first Turkish Grand Prix. Everyone at B·A·R Honda has worked flat-out for weeks to achieve the improvement we have seen over the past few races and I wish the team a well-deserved holiday."

TAKUMA SATO Position: 8th / Best Lap Time: 1:22.399
"It was a tough race today, not least because of the temperature in the cockpit, so I am pleased with our result. I have finally achieved my first Championship point of the season after a lot of bad luck and I am happy to do so as the team begins a three-week break. I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work during the first part of the season. The first lap of today’s race was quite dramatic and it was very important to me to avoid getting caught up in that. I was able to avoid any problems as well as improve my track position, overtaking Barrichello on the outside of turn two. I am looking forward to the summer break now, and to the team coming back even stronger in Turkey."

GIL DE FERRAN, SPORTING DIRECTOR
"It is good to have both cars finishing in the points yet again and demonstrating a strong, reliable package. This is particularly true for Taku, who scored his first point of the season. However we believe that we made the wrong choice on tyres and, as a result, we were far slower than we predicted during the race and were unable to fight for the podium position we were hoping for."

SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, HONDA RACING DEVELOPMENT
"Both engines worked very well throughout the race today and the drivers got the best performance from the car. Our tyre choice did not suit today’s track conditions and we were unable to fight for a podium, however we achieved a two-car points finish for the first time this season. After this race the team will be able to enjoy a well-deserved summer break after a long season so far. When we return, I am sure everyone will be refreshed and ready to fight again for more even more points."

Formula One World Championship
Round 13: Hungarian GP


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1 K RAIKKONEN (McLaren)
2 M SCHUMACHER (Ferrari)
3 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
4 J TRULLI (Toyota)
5 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
6 N HEIDFELD (Williams)
7 M WEBBER (Williams)
8 T SATO (B·A·R Honda)
9 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
10 R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)
11 F ALONSO (Renault)
12 N KARTHIKEYAN (Jordan)
13 T MONTEIRO (Jordan)
14 F MASSA (Sauber)
 

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