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Formula One World Championship 2007
Round 03: Bahrain GP
- April 15, 2007
Frustration In Bahrain
Honda Racing F1 Team
The Bahrain Grand Prix ended in disappointment for the Honda Racing F1 Team, with only Rubens Barrichello making it to the checkered flag in 13th position. Jenson Button crashed out of the race on the opening lap.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
Rubens and Jenson started the race in 15th and 16th positions, and they both got away well from the grid. But Jenson’s race ended when he became involved in a four- car accident at Turn 4, which resulted in him hitting the back of David Coulthard. The anti-stall on his RA107 then malfunctioned and he was forced to retire from the race when his engine died.
Rubens drove a tenacious race, finishing one-lap down on race winner Felipe Massa. He optimized his two-stop strategy and spent much of the 56-lap race dicing with Ralf Schumacher. He also provided the team with vital data about the RA107, which the engineers will use to improve the performance of the car prior to the next race.
There is now a four-week break in the Formula One calendar, during which time the Honda Racing F1 Team will work flat-out to improve the performance of the RA107. The team will conduct an intensive test session at Barcelona in 10 days time, prior to the Spanish Grand Prix at the same track on 13 May.
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "Well I finished the race at least but that’s very little consolation. The track conditions were so blustery and the car driveability was terrible, so it was a really tough race, especially knowing that we couldn’t be competitive. Now we have to put a disappointing few races behind us and look to what we can do to improve the car. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of us but we will get there, I’m sure."
- JENSON BUTTON
- "I got a good start and made up at least three places then at turn 2 Taku (Sato) ran wide, tried to squeeze me and I had nowhere to go so I had to go on the dirt on the inside. Then in turn 3 I had Coulthard and someone else fighting around me. DC went wide then cut back sharp and again I had nowhere to go. We touched and that spun me round then the anti-stall didn’t cut in, I stalled and that was the end of my race after just three corners. The track conditions out there were very slippery and windy so it will have been a tough race for everyone. Sadly, I wasn’t part of it."
- JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
- "Unfortunately we had realistic expectations heading into this race and our performance today has only served to underline the problems that we have with our current package. Whilst Jenson did not even get the chance to complete a lap due to a third corner incident, Rubens did a valiant job of fighting to the finish with what was clearly a very difficult car to drive. All we can do now is put these first races behind us and return to base, where every bit of our focus, resource and effort is being directed towards turning our situation around."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson both encountered engine trouble during an extremely demanding 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix. For the first time since the 2006 German Grand Prix, both SA07 cars unfortunately failed to see the checkered flag.
- Takuma Sato
- Anthony Davidson
- TAKUMA SATO
- "Today was not a good day for us. I made a very positive race start and moved up some places, but I was struggling for grip once again. The car was very unstable throughout the race, so I was really struggling and I felt power loss from the engine half way through. Obviously in the end we had some kind of engine failure and it was a shame that we couldn’t finish the race. However, the team did a great job over these first three flyaway races and I think we have to go back a long time to when we last did not finish a race!"
- ANTHONY DAVIDSON
- "This was my best Formula One race to date; it was really good fun. I was in the middle of the action all the time and people were driving very cleanly, but hard. The pitstops were good and everything went to plan. The strategy was working quite well and then right towards the end of the race I obviously saw some smoke coming out of the back of the engine; felt it slow down and the team told me to stop. It was good day nonetheless; the car felt good, it had a nice balance on both sets of tyres."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "We have had a relatively good weekend in Bahrain. We were able to improve the cars’ performance over the three days, although Taku’s set-up was not as clearly defined throughout the weekend as Anthony’s. Both drivers and the team did a great job during the race without any mistakes, so it is unfortunate that neither car was able to finish due to engine trouble. We shall now look ahead to our test in Barcelona and the race there in a few weeks."
Formula One World Championship
Round 03: Bahrain GP
||F MASSA (Ferrari)|
||L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)|
||N HEIDFELD (BMW)|
||F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||R KUBICA (BMW)|
||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|
||H KOVALAINEN (Renault)|
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)|
||A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)|
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
||M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)|
||D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)|
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
||V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)|
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)|