Honda Racing F1 Team
The Honda Racing F1 Team endured a disappointing British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Local hero Jenson Button retired early in the race and Rubens Barrichello finished outside the points, in 10th place.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
The early laps promised much, however. Jenson drove a superb opening lap to move up from 19th on the grid to 14th, and Rubens slipped just one place at Turn 1 to be seventh. But neither driver could capitalize on their positions because a first lap incident further back in the field brought out the Safety Car.
The race was re-started on lap three, once the debris from Mark Webber and Ralf Schumacher’s collision had been removed. Jenson and Rubens maintained their positions, but Rubens could do nothing to stop the lighter-fuelled Juan Pablo Montoya from passing him on lap four.
Further back, Jenson continued to make good progress. On lap five he passed Jarno Trulli for 13th place, and one lap later he dived inside Vitantonio Liuzzi for 12th. He was then closing on David Coulthard for 11th, when an engine oil leak caused his retirement after just 9 laps.
Rubens battled on in eighth place and made his first pitstop on lap 19. The mechanics turned him around in an impressive 8.3s, but such was the closeness of the middle order that by the time the pitstop sequence had been completed, he had dropped out of the points to 10th place.
Rubens spent the middle section of the race chasing down Jacques Villeneuve, but he failed to find a way through, and after making his second and final pitstop on lap 42, he came home in 10th place.
The team now heads to a test session in Monza before heading to the Canadian Grand Prix, which takes place on June 25.
- JENSON BUTTON
- "The race was going well for me and the car felt pretty good. We weren’t as quick as the leaders but the car was working well and had a good balance. I was absolutely loving it out there, working my way through the field, and given our fuel load I was doing pretty well. Then I saw the flames out of the back of the car and went off due to oil on the tyres, so it is looking like an engine oil leak unfortunately. A disappointing end to the weekend really, especially in front of my home crowd. It’s frustrating that I couldn’t give them the race they deserved today. When I walked back in it was quite emotional as there were lots of cheers and flags being waved. The fans’ support this weekend has been fantastic. As for the next race, the important thing is to get the best out of what we have which we weren’t able to do here this weekend."
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "I’m really disappointed to finish 10th after starting from a reasonably good rid slot. The car works well with new tyres and then the performance just goes away during the race and I just seem to be fighting the car the whole time. We have a lot of hard work to do if we are going to close the gap to the top teams because it’s very frustrating right now and the car is too far away from where we should be."
- GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director
- "Overall this was a difficult day for the whole team. Jenson had a very strong start to his race, making up several places until his eventual retirement early in the race with an oil leak. Rubens also had a hard afternoon, struggling with the car balance throughout the race. Clearly not the result we were hoping for and we have some homework to do."
- SHUHEI NAKAMOTO, Management Board Member – Honda Racing F1 Team, Engineering Director – Honda Racing Development
- "I am obviously really disappointed by the way we have raced this weekend. We are not yet sure about the problem that ended Jenson's race but the engine itself is fine. It looks like there has been an oil leak somewhere so we have to analyze things deeply and find out the specific issue. We must work harder."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
The British Grand Prix brought the long awaited return of a two-car finish for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. Both Takuma Sato and Franck Montagny drove a faultless race to finish in 17th and 18th positions respectively.
- Takuma Sato
- Franck Montagny
- TAKUMA SATO
- "It is great that we have achieved a two-car finish again. We had a difficult start to the weekend but in the end we finished the race, which is a good result for the team. Obviously we were quite off the pace today and it was a tough race for us, but the next two rounds of the championship have different track characteristics to Silverstone, so we will concentrate now on these circuits and look forward to the next fly-aways."
- FRANCK MONTAGNY
- "The beginning of the race was really difficult for me, I do not know why, if it was the tyres or not, but the car was really unstable and it was impossible for me to follow the pace of the others. After a few laps the track improved and the car got a little better also, but I still had a lot of oversteer and no traction at all. The good news is that we had both cars finish the race and we did not have any engine or chassis problems, so that is good. We have to improve everything for the next two rounds but this is a good result for the team."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "I am glad that both SA05 cars crossed the line at the chequered flag today. It is our first two-car finish since the Australian Grand Prix. The performance of our cars is low, so we have to concentrate on finishing the races until we introduce our new car during the next European rounds. I want to thank the whole SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM for working so hard this weekend. As our team is based in the UK it is great to have both cars finish at the British Grand Prix, so I am happy with this result."