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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 04: Spanish GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
May 13, 2007

Rubens gives the Honda Racing F1 Team its first top 10 finish of the year

Honda Racing F1 Team

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.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button

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.

"We had a good strategy and have been working towards the race all weekend, so I think we were on target for a better day today. Unfortunately, as I exited the pit lane after my first stop, I hit the kerb on the apex and that threw me offline. I lost my front wing as I touched the right rear of Rubens’ car and I had to come back in for a nose change and that was that really in terms of fighting for a point. In the last stint though I thought our pace was very similar to that of Kovalainen and Rosberg which is what helped me to climb back up to 12th. Overall I think we have had a slightly better weekend but there is a lot of work ahead of us. So we have to keep pushing in the test next week and in Monaco and hopefully that will pay dividends for a better step forward in Montreal."
"A better race today in terms of our overall performance and the handling of the car but we just don’t have the pace to improve our final position significantly. I had left Jenson enough room at turn one; it’s a shame but just one of those racing incidents. We have the four-day test at Paul Ricard this week and I hope we can see another small step forward by Monaco."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"On the positive side we have made some degree of progress here this weekend. On the other hand, it is just a small step when we have a lot of catching up to do. During the first part of the race both drivers looked to be in a position where they could finish in the top eight. Unfortunately Jenson came together with Rubens after his first stop and damaged his front wing. Rubens ran 8th before the last pit-stop, but the balance on the last set of tyres was not good and he lost the position."


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.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
"Just an amazing weekend, a truly great performance from the team. I don't have the words really..... just one year plus four races, scoring one point in a head-to-head straight fight....beating Renault and grabbing the point. I just never expected this result, I'm really deeply proud of the work the team has done back in Leafield and all the team at Honda Tochigi, our sponsors, fans, families, all the people who support us. I just cannot describe how happy we are and a point means much more than anything else for us and this is an absolutely fantastic result. It was a tough race and especially through the first two stints. I was struggling a little with the pace, but I just kept on going and never gave up until the last stint when the car came back on a good balance and I was able to drive really hard. I was fighting with Giancarlo but I could not see him ahead of me and my race engineer kept saying “we're fighting with Renault” and I just put my foot down. When I saw Giancarlo coming down the pitlane and I was a fraction ahead of him, it was just fantastic. Well done everybody."
"It is a great result for the team today. It is really good to score our first point; it's what we were all working for from the word go this year and we knew it was going to be really tough, but we got there. So onwards and upwards and next time hopefully it will be me!"
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"The team did a perfect job today. We were lucky, but the drivers and team maintained our very good positions through out the race and the first Championship point is very important for us."
Formula One World Championship
Round 04: Spanish GP
Rank Driver (Team)
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)

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