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Formula 1August 21, 2005
Formula One World Championship
Round 14: Turkey GP

Another Points Finish for Jenson

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B·A·R Honda driver Jenson Button finished fifth in this afternoon’s inaugural Turkish Grand Prix and his team-mate, Takuma Sato, came home just outside the points in ninth place.



Jenson Button & Takuma Sato


Jenson Button


Both drivers drove hard, tenacious races to make up for yesterday’s troubled qualifying session, which resulted in them lining up 13th (Jenson) and last (Takuma) on the grid. The action began at the end of the formation lap when Takuma pitted for enough fuel to switch to a one-stop strategy. He started the race from the pitlane and made steady progress through the field to be seventh by the time of his only pitstop on lap 29.

Jenson made a great start from 13th position – which was on the clean side of the grid – to be 10th by the end of lap one. An aggressive opening stint followed, which saw him overtake Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Christian Klien and Fernando Alonso, and with several other drivers pitting before him, he was up to third by the time of his first pitstop on lap 21.

The mid-stage of the race then saw the two B·A·R Hondas run in formation, albeit on different strategies. Takuma then made his only pitstop on lap 29, rejoining 10th, leaving Jenson to embark on an enthralling battle with Jarno Trulli. Jenson was able to run four laps longer than Trulli before his second stop on lap 47, and he rejoined the race 4.5 seconds ahead of the Italian.

At the chequered flag, Jenson had closed up on fourth-placed Giancarlo Fisichella, but couldn’t find a way past and he crossed the line 39 seconds behind race winner Kimi Raikkonen. Takuma, the last of the unlapped runners, was 80 seconds behind Raikkonen.

B·A·R Honda now moves to Monza for an intensive test session next week prior to the next race on the calendar, the Italian Grand Prix on 4 September.



Takuma Sato


Takuma Sato


Jenson Button : 5th (Best Lap Time: 1:25.790)
"I really enjoyed the race! I had a terrible start, but to work my way through the pack was fantastic. For me, it was probably one of the most exciting races this year. The result is a little disappointing in a way because we have had good pace all weekend, but we've just got to try not make the same mistake again. It has been a fantastic weekend for the team and it has shown that we are getting closer to the top two teams, so we are very excited about the next race in Monza."

Takuma Sato : 9th (Best Lap Time: 1:25.858)
"It was a mixed weekend for me. It was great on the one hand as I had a really exciting race, but it was a shame that I could not finish in the points today. Our qualifying positions cost us the result, but we tried a very different strategy today to try to make up some places. The team has done a great job this weekend and I want to thank everybody who has worked so hard. I hope that we will be able to carry this momentum over to the next race."

Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director
"This was the best race of the year so far for our team. Both Jenson and Takuma drove faultlessly, aggressively and very fast indeed. Our engineers’ inventive strategy paid good dividends, especially in the case of Taku. The pitstops were executed very well and, last but far from least, Honda once again built an engine that remained strong throughout the race. One can’t help wondering what could have happened had we started further up the grid!"

Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"That was a very exciting race – watching both drivers fight through the field was excellent! We are clearly closer to the front here than we have been in the past. If we continue our development and qualify well in the next races we can maintain our challenge for a race win this year."

Formula One World Championship
Round 14: Turkey GP


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1 K RAIKKONEN (McLaren)
2 F ALONSO (Renault)
3 JP MONTOYA (McLaren)
4 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
5 J BUTTON (B·A·R Honda)
6 J TRULLI (Toyota)
7 D COULTHARD (RedBull)
8 C KLIEN (RedBull)
9 T SATO (B·A·R Honda)
10 R BARRICHELLO (Ferrari)
11 J VILLENEUVE (Sauber)
12 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
13 R DOORNBOS (Minardi)
14 N KARTHIKEYAN (Jordan)
15 T MONTEIRO (Jordan)
 

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