Formula 1 > 2007 Round 04: Spanish GP > Qualifying
Formula 1May 12, 2007
Formula One World Championship
Round 04: Spanish GP Qualifying

Spanish Grand Prix: Qualifying

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The Honda Racing F1 Team's Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button will start tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix from the 6th and 7th rows of the grid after ending this afternoon's qualifying session in 12th and 14th places respectively.

Both drivers made it through the first of the two knock-out rounds, with Jenson ending Q1 in 15th and Rubens in 14th. Today's result demonstrated signs of a small step forward in car stability and performance but there is still a long way to go.



Rubens Barrichello


Jenson Button

RUBENS BARRICHELLO
Saturday Practice: P13 1:22.274
Qualifying 1: P14 01:22.502
Qualifying 2: P12 01:22.097
Qualifying 3: –

"Although we are still far away from where we want to be this is our best qualifying performance of the season so far, so I guess that points towards some small improvement and we can be slightly happier. We started to make some progress here in testing last week and I am hopeful that we can carry this momentum through to tomorrow. We have a good strategy and this should help us to have a better race."

JENSON BUTTON
Saturday Practice: P17 1:22.744
Qualifying 1: P15 01:22.503
Qualifying 2: P14 01:22.120
Qualifying 3: –

“This was a reasonable qualifying session for us today, all things considered. We are a little bit further up the grid and closer to P10 which is a nice surprise. We have done a good job of setting the car up for the race but I really struggled with the balance this morning and the pace over one lap. It was much better this afternoon, although I made a small mistake at turn six and lost some time, which is annoying. It will be an exciting race tomorrow but unfortunately it will be tough to get into the points. We have made some progress though, which is a good sign.”

JACKY EECKELAERT Engineering Director
“Today's qualifying session showed that we have made a small step in the right direction by closing the gap to our immediate competitors. Our fastest car qualified in 12th place, which is not what we aim for, but the drivers and team made the very best of the car that we have and should be congratulated. Everyone is working very hard and we are encouraged that our race pace seems to be somewhat closer to the direct competition, which makes us a little more optimistic for tomorrow and the races ahead.”


 

SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM


Takuma Sato


Anthony Davidson

TAKUMA SATO
Saturday Practice: P14 1:22.295
Qualifying 1: P10 1:22.090
Qualifying 2: P13 1:22.115
Qualifying 3: -

“It is disappointing how we finished Q2; not being able to start my second run as I stopped out on track with a fuel issue. However, we made good progress with the car through the practice session and into Q1 and both cars appeared to be running competitively. It is a shame that we were not able to carry over our momentum from the morning, but never-the-less we have had a good day and I believe that we should be able to have a strong race tomorrow.”

ANTHONY DAVIDSON
Saturday Practice: P8 1:21.845
Qualifying 1: P11 1:22.295
Qualifying 2: P15 -
Qualifying 3: -

“After setting a good time in the morning I felt confident in the car and that I could do it again in Qualifying. Getting through to Q2 was good as we weren't really expecting it and thought it was going to be a bit harder than it turned out to be. But in Q2 I got caught out out by wind at Turn 9 and ended up spinning off and not managing to get a flying lap at all, which was frustrating. However, the speed is in the car and we know we've got a good balance from yesterday's work, so I am looking forward to the race.”

GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
“I believe that SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM's approach to today was correct. We did some good things this morning and both drivers were happy with the car. We did not need to adjust the car in any way during Qualifying and completed two very good runs through Q1 which put both the cars into Q2 for the first time since Australia. Clearly the updates which we've made for this weekend have benefitted us, but unfortunately it all started to go wrong in Q2. Takuma had a good first run and then his car stopped on the circuit with a fuel pick-up problem and Anthony unfortunately got caught out. I believe that we have good race pace for the Grand Prix tomorrow and so we shall learn from today and look forward to it.”


Formula One World Championship
Round 04: Spanish GP Grand Prix : Qualifying


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1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
5 R KUBICA (BMW)
6 J TRULLI (Toyota)
7 N HEIDFELD (BMW)
8 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
9 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
10 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
11 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
12 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
13 T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
14 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
15 A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
16 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
17 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
18 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
19 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
20 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
21 C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
 
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