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Formula 1September 25, 2005
Formula One World Championship
Round 17: Brazil GP

More Points for B·A·R Honda in Brazil

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Tough race for B·A·R Honda sees Jenson finish seventh and Takuma 10th.

On a day when Fernando Alonso became the youngest World Champion in Formula One history, the Brazilian Grand Prix ended in disappointment for B·A·R Honda. Jenson Button finished the 71-lap race in seventh place and his team-mate, Takuma Sato, came home in 10th.



Jenson Button


Jenson Button


Against expectations, the race remained dry throughout, but the bumpy, anti-clockwise Interlagos circuit still made this race one of the toughest races of the season for the drivers.

At the start, Jenson (who was fourth on the grid) lost a couple of places away from the line, first to Kimi Raikkonen and then to Michael Schumacher. Takuma, who started from the back, made up several places, but his progress was immediately curtailed by a first corner accident involving the Williams cars, which brought out the Safety Car.

After just one lap, the race went green again and Jenson - lapping in sixth place - had his mirrors full of Christian Klien. Takuma, in 11th, was stuck behind Felipe Massa. Jenson then gained two places when Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella pitted on laps 22 and 23, before then making his first stop on lap 26. He rejoined the race in seventh place, just behind Takuma.

The two B·A·R Hondas lapped nose-to-tail for the next 11 laps, until Takuma pitted on lap 37 for his only pitstop of the race. By this time, Jenson had his mirrors full of Rubens Barrichello and on lap 45 the Ferrari driver passed him into the first corner.

Jenson made his second and final pitstop on lap 56, rejoining the race in seventh place, which is where he stayed until the chequered flag. He successfully fended off the attentions of Ralf Schumacher in the closing laps to give B·A·R Honda two valuable points in the Constructors Championship.

B·A·R Honda now heads back to Europe for its final test of the season at Jerez, in preparation for the final two races of the year in Japan and China.



Takuma Sato


Takuma Sato


Jenson Button : 7th (Best Lap Time: 1:13.746)
"It was a difficult day for us. Our pace was slow and we suffered with rear graining right from the start. We were on the hard tyre as well, so we didn't expect to get the graining. In fact that's the reason why we took that tyre. I struggled particularly on the last section of the circuit, through the fast corner and onto the straight, where we had big oversteer. So not a great day but at least we picked up a couple more points and have a decent qualifying position for Suzuka. I would like to offer my congratulations to Fernando Alonso, the new world champion. He's done a great job this season."

Takuma Sato : 10th (Best Lap Time: 1:14.394)
"We started with damp conditions today and I had a lot of fuel on board which meant the car was very heavy. l also had a low downforce set-up so it was very difficult to get heat into the tyres for the first few laps. The car was tough to drive with low grip and sliding quite a bit. As the track dried and the car got lighter, my pace picked up and we were on target for our strategy. I then had a mechanical problem with the rear suspension so the car was bouncing a lot and losing stability. At least I am pleased to have brought the car home safely. I now look forward to my home race at Suzuka."

Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director
"After a promising day yesterday, this developed into a difficult day with both cars. Jenson had a bad start and was plagued with an imbalance which prevented him from finishing in a better position. The story was similar with Takuma as he also was unhappy with the car. Obviously we will analyze what caused this unexpected problem and hopefully we will have a better understanding of the issues prior to Suzuka. On the plus side, the Honda engines ran well and we look forward to returning to Suzuka for our second ‘home’ race. All that remains for me to say is congratulations to Fernando Alonso on behalf of everyone at B·A·R Honda."

Shuhei Nakamoto - Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development
"It was a difficult start to the race after the accident off the grid, but at least the weather stayed dry throughout. I had been expecting it to rain and make life a lot harder. Both engines ran very well but Jenson struggled with a rear tyre graining problem and was unable to challenge for a podium finish. Takuma suffered with a non-critical mechanical problem in the second half of the race and was unable to fight for a points finish. Our running positions for qualifying in Suzuka are not too bad, so we will put this weekend behind us and focus on a much better home grand prix for Honda."

Formula One World Championship
Round 17: Brazil GP


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

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