Formula One World Championship 2007
The Honda Racing F1 Team put in its most competitive showing of the year in Barcelona, when Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button ran in the points at different stages of the race.
As predicted by the drivers after qualifying, the consistency of the RA107 has improved in race trim. Rubens eventually finished the 65-lap Spanish Grand Prix in 10th place, with Jenson two places behind in 12th position.
From their 12th (Rubens) and 14th (Jenson) grid positions, the drivers drove very aggressively early on to be 10th (Rubens) and 11th at the end of the opening lap. That’s where they stayed for the next 10 laps, until Kimi Raikkonen retired with an electronics problem, which promoted them to ninth (Rubens) and 10th (Jenson) places.
Rubens was the first of the Honda Racing F1 Team drivers to pit, on lap 18, and from which he emerged in 13th place. It was during this first pitstop sequence that Jenson climbed to eighth place, a points-scoring position, for the first time this year.
Three laps later Jenson made his first stop, from which he rejoined the track alongside Rubens. The Honda Racing F1 Team team-mates entered Turn 1 side-by-side, and the smallest of touches caused Jenson to lose his front wing. He returned to the pits immediately to get a new nose, which demoted him to 16th place.
Rubens, meanwhile, climbed into eighth place himself and drove brilliantly to keep Giancarlo Fisichella at bay, until the Italian pitted on lap 41. Rubens pitted one lap later, but rejoined behind Fisichella in 10th place, which is where he finished the race.
Jenson drove tenaciously during the second half of the race, climbing from 16th to 12th at the flag.
The Honda Racing F1 Team now heads to Paul Ricard in France for a test session, prior to the next race in Monte Carlo on 27 May.
Who would have thought on 14th February 2006 when the first incarnation of the SA05 took to the track at Kemble airfield, UK that the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM would be fighting for 8th position and their first Championship point with the reigning World Champions at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix. It is another milestone in the very short history of the SAF1 TEAM and a day that no one in the team in Spain, Leafield and Japan, Honda, Bridgestone Potenza, our Sponsors, Partners, Suppliers and fans around the world will forget.
|1||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)|
|2||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)|
|3||Fernando Alonso (McLaren)|
|4||Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1)|
|5||David Coulthard (Red Bull)|
|6||Nico Rosberg (Williams)|
|7||Heikki Kovalainen (Renault F1)|
|8||Takuma Sato (Super Aguri Honda)|
|9||Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault F1)|
|10||Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)|
|11||Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri Honda)|
|12||Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)|
|13||Adrian Sutil (Spyker)|
|14||Christijan Albers (Spyker)|
|DNF||Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber F1)|
|DNF||Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)|
|DNF||Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso)|
|DNF||Scott Speed (Toro Rosso)|
|DNF||Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)|
|DNF||Jarno Trulli (Toyota)|
|DNF||Mark Webber (Red Bull)|
|DNF||Alexander Wurz (Williams)|