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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 03: Bahrain GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
April 14, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

Honda Racing F1 Team drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button will start tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix side by side on the 8th row of the grid.

Conditions were slightly overcast for the qualifying hour after the threat of a rain shower at the end of this morning's free practice session. The ambient and track temperatures remained high at 34 and 44 degrees for the start of Q1 which Jenson and Rubens safely passed through. On the softer of the two Bridgestone Potenza tyre compounds they improved their lap times with each run and ended the session separated by just 0.2s. Rubens' fastest lap was 1:33.776s, placing him 14th, while Jenson's best was 1:33.967s, placing him 16th.

In Q2 the track conditions were better as more soft-compound rubber was laid down on the racing line, however the current performance limitations of the RA107 prevented the drivers from climbing higher up the starting order. Rubens' fastest lap of 1:33.624s placed him 15th, Jenson's fastest of 1:33.731s placed him 16th.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Saturday Practice: P18 1:34.397
Qualifying 1: P14 01:33.766
Qualifying 2: P15 01:33.624
Qualifying 3: –

"This morning I had a few problems with the aerodynamic set-up of the car but this improved a little for qualifying. The qualifying session itself was straightforward enough but I am getting the most from the car as it is right now and unfortunately that is 15th position. As always we will be looking for any possibilities to improve during the race."
Saturday Practice: P16 1:34.023
Qualifying 1: P16 01:33.967
Qualifying 2: P16 01:33.731
Qualifying 3: –

"We've qualified roughly where we have done for the past two races, and as we have acknowledged, that is as quick as the car goes right now. In Q1 I had a problem with the front wing. My first option (soft) tyre run was quite good and then during the next run on the option we lost masses of front downforce and at every corner I was locking up the fronts. I kept moving further rearwards on the brake bias but it didn't really help. In Q2 we tried a different front wing but it didn't improve things. I think we got the best from the car again today so it's down to what we can do in the race now."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Today both Jenson and Rubens achieved the best they could with the car we have for the moment. Both cars will start from row 8 tomorrow and with a good race strategy we can make up some places, have a good fight with the cars around us and hopefully target a point or two."


Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Saton
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P5 1:32.900
Qualifying 1: P7 1:33.299
Qualifying 2: P13 1:33.082
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a very good Qualifying session and I enjoyed it immensely. I managed to get through to Q2 and that's been our aim from the start of the year, so do that, and to also beat my team-mate, was a really good achievement for me and I'm really happy. The car balance we achieved in the morning for the long runs was also good, so I am confident for a strong race tomorrow."
Saturday Practice: P17 1:34.082
Qualifying 1: P17 1:33.984
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It is disappointing that I did not get into Q2 today. We completed positive work in the morning and made the car good with regard to race pace in the long run situation, but I could not introduce that pace into Qualifying. It is a shame that I did not have good grip, had a slide and lost time. For me the grip level was lower than expected, but I believe that I have strong race pace, so hopefully I will be able to make up some positions."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"The preparation for Qualifying through Free Practice 3 went very well. Anthony was extremely happy with his car and did an exceptional lap time and we felt that we probably couldn’t repeat that in Qualifying. Taku took a slightly different approach to the Practice and really tried to concentrate on balance changes rather than out and out speed, but we felt confident and prepared for Qualifying. This afternoon again the drivers’ took a slightly different approach to each other. Anthony was able to extract the best out of the car on his first and second runs. Taku's first run seemed good, and then his second run was just a little bit compromised by a slight run wide at one of the corners and we unfortunately missed out on getting through to Q2 by literally a couple of hundredths of a second. Anthony sailed through in to Q2 and we knew that it was going to be tight to get through to Q3, but we were up for the challenge. He had a very good lap time on his first run in Q2, was very happy with the balance, didn't touch the car whatsoever and went for it at the last possible moment. We were absolutely the last car to challenge for Q3 with three seconds to go on the clock. The wind had picked up a little bit and that changed the balance of the car slightly, and we failed to improve. But all-in-all another fantastic Qualifying session for SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM."
Formula One World Championship
Round 03: Bahrain GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
7 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
8 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
11 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
12 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
14 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
15 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
16 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
18 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
19 S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
20 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
21 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
22 C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)

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