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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 05: Monaco GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
Monaco
Monaco
May26, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team will start tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid after a strong qualifying performance on the twisty Monte Carlo circuit today. Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button both made it through to the final session and will start in ninth and 10th positions respectively following the team’s best qualifying showing of the year.

Following intermittent showers during morning practice, this afternoon’s qualifying hour remained dry and the two Honda drivers easily made it through the first knock-out session, posting the eighth and ninth fastest times. At the end of Q2, Rubens was the 10th fastest driver, with Jenson squeezed out by just 0.003 secs. A penalty for David Coulthard stripped him of his Q2 times which promoted Jenson to Q3. This led to an action-packed final session that saw the Honda drivers swapping positions right up to the end.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
RUBENS BARRICHELLO
Saturday Practice: P10 1:37.463
Qualifying 1: P8 01:17.244
Qualifying 2: P10 01:16.454
Qualifying 3: P9 01:17.498

"I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team today. We did a fantastic job to make it through to the final session. Little by little we are improving and although we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, we are encouraged. I know we will get back to where we belong. I’m very excited for tomorrow. This is always a great race but starting P9 really gives us a shot at the points."
JENSON BUTTON
Saturday Practice: P9 1:37.442
Qualifying 1: P9 01:17.297
Qualifying 2: P11 01:16.457
Qualifying 3: P10 01:17.939

"It’s great that we made it through to the third session today. Definitely a step in the right direction. My radio wasn’t working properly and it was crackling the whole time so in the end I had to unplug it completely, which was far from ideal because we had to be ‘on it’ the whole time during today’s qualifying. Monaco places a premium on qualifying position so what we have achieved today is great. The team did a good job and we can do well tomorrow so I’m really looking forward to it."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Our best qualifying session of the year and we are very pleased to see both drivers in the top ten, particularly here in Monaco where a good grid position can have such an impact on the race. Both drivers got all of the performance possible out of the car today with some excellent driving and also credit is due to the team for the job they did of running the cars. This morning, the free practice session was affected by some rain just before and during the session but thankfully qualifying remained dry and we can now look forward to a stronger race tomorrow."

SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM

SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM experienced a difficult Saturday in Monaco. During the morning rain made for a tricky third practice session and although track conditions improved in the afternoon, the Qualifying session did not run to plan for the team.


Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
ANTHONY DAVIDSON
Saturday Practice: P14 1:38.180
Qualifying 1: P17 1:18.250
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"As was the case for everybody, we experienced really difficult conditions today. The Qualifying session was quite frantic and I feel that my side of the garage did a great job in getting the car out there in a good space. It was unfortunate to miss out on not getting a final run in as we wanted to try and complete three runs because it looked like it could rain at any moment. However, I don't feel anyone did anything wrong, so I'm happy with what we did, it was just bad luck."
TAKUMA SATO
Saturday Practice: P13 1:38.121
Qualifying 1: P21 1:18.554
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"Obviously the morning wet session made it difficult for everybody, but at least we collected good data for running in these conditions. Going into Qualifying, the first outing was just a warm up and then in the second outing I caught some traffic, so I wasn't able to do a relevant quick lap. Then when I came back to the pit to prepare for the last Qualifying lap our timing plan was incorrect and we couldn't make it across the line for a third run, which was very disappointing."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"The weather conditions this morning put a bit of a spin on things. Both drivers did very well and we were in the middle of the pack where we expected to be. Had it been wet during Qualifying I think we would have been in good positions. However, we bit off a little more than we could chew in Qualifying. We let the drivers down with our timing; both Takuma and Anthony failed to do a planned third run and it proves what I have being saying that we are a young team, learning all the time."
Formula One World Championship
Round 05: Monaco GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 F MASSA (Ferrari)
4 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
5 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
6 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
7 N HEIDFELD (BMW)
8 R KUBICA (BMW)
9 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
10 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
11 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
12 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
13 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
14 J TRULLI (Toyota)
15 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
16 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
17 A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
18 S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
19 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
20 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
21 T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
22 C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)

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