Formula One World Championship 2007
In extremely tough conditions, the Honda Racing F1 Team drivers drove textbook races in the Malaysian Grand Prix to bring their cars home in 11th and 12th places. Rubens Barrichello, who started the race from the pitlane, finished just 0.7s ahead of Jenson Button.
At the start, Jenson lost traction away from his 15th position on the grid and dropped down to 19th place at the first corner. He was then hit by another car at Turn 4, yet he managed to fight his way back to 16th place by the end of the opening lap.
Rubens was released from the pitlane only once the entire field had passed, yet he managed to pass two cars by the end of the first lap, and he did the same again on lap two to be in 18th place.
On lap five Jenson lost a place to Alex Wurz, which left the Honda Racing F1 Team’s cars running in formation for the next few laps. The drivers swapped places on lap six, when Rubens overtook Jenson, and that’s how the situation remained until Rubens made his first pitstop on lap 12, from which he emerged in 18th place, just behind Jenson.
Jenson didn’t make his first pitstop until lap 21, by which time he’d climbed up to 11th place. He emerged from that stop in 16th place, behind Ralf Schumacher, and he moved back onto Rubens’ tail on lap 28 when Schumacher pitted.
Rubens peeled into the pitlane on lap 34 for his second stop, which moved Jenson up to 13th place. Four laps later he made his second stop, from which he emerged just 0.7s behind Rubens, which was exactly the gap between them when they passed the chequered flag after 56 laps.
The Honda Racing F1 Team now has less than a week to move its equipment to the Middle East for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Both Jenson and Rubens tested at the track during the winter, and they are hopeful of another tenacious and reliable performance there.
In the searing heat and extreme humidity at the Sepang International Circuit today, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson both took the checkered flag to complete the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix. After an extremely demanding race, Takuma came home in 13th position, whilst team-mate Anthony crossed the finish line in 16th place.
|1||F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|2||L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|3||K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)|
|4||N HEIDFELD (BMW)|
|5||F MASSA (Ferrari)|
|6||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|
|7||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
|8||H KOVALAINEN (Renault)|
|9||A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)|
|10||M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)|
|11||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
|12||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
|13||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
|14||S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)|
|15||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)|
|16||A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
|17||V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)|
|18||R KUBICA (BMW)|
|DNF||N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)|
|DNF||D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)|
|DNF||C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)|
|DNF||A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)|