Formula One World Championship 2007
The Honda Racing F1 Team cars came home in 10th and 11th places in the Monaco Grand Prix, the two RA107s running nose-to-tail for most of the race, with Rubens Barrichello finishing 1.1s ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.
Rubens made an excellent start from ninth place on the grid. He made up two positions through the first corner, Ste Devote, and ended the opening lap wedged between Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber. Jenson, meanwhile, was fuelled slightly heavier than his team-mate and lost a place on the opening lap to cross the line in 11th place.
With it being notoriously difficult to overtake in Monaco, the two Honda Racing F1 Team drivers remained in seventh and 11th positions until lap 19, when Mark Webber retired from eighth place, which promoted Jenson to 10th.
Kimi Raikkonen, who had started 16th, worked his way up to Jenson’s gearbox early in the race. But that was where the Ferrari star’s charge up the order ended because Jenson drove faultlessly to keep him at bay. Jenson was given some light relief on lap 33 when Nick Heidfeld exited the pits between him and Raikkonen, and he was free to rattle off the laps until his first pitstop on lap 41.
Rubens was the first of the Honda Racing F1 Team’s drivers to pit, on lap 37. He’d made his way up to fifth place during the pitstop sequence and rejoined the race in 11th place, behind the one-stopping Raikkonen.
The two Honda Racing F1 Team drivers ran nose-to-tail after the first pitstops, and the gap between them was rarely more than one second for the next 40 laps.
Rubens made his second stop on lap 61, while Jenson stopped again one lap later. They rejoined the race in 10th and 11th places, which is where they ended the race.
After 78 laps of fierce racing through the twists and turns of the Principality, Rubens crossed the line just 1.9s behind Scott Speed, while Jenson was 4.3s ahead of Nico Rosberg.
At the end of a demanding race that saw very few retirements, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson both took the chequered flag for the first time at the Circuit de Monaco. Takuma made an impressive start and made up four grid positions and came home in 17th position, whilst Anthony, driving in his first race on the street circuit, crossed the finish line in 18th place.
|1||Fernando Alonso (McLaren)|
|2||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)|
|3||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)|
|4||Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault F1)|
|5||Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1)|
|6||Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber F1)|
|7||Alexander Wurz (Williams)|
|8||Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)|
|9||Scott Speed (Toro Rosso)|
|10||Rubens Barrichello (Honda Racing F1)|
|11||Jenson Button (Honda Racing F1)|
|12||Nico Rosberg (Williams)|
|13||Heikki Kovalainen (Renault F1)|
|14||David Coulthard (Red Bull)|
|15||Jarno Trulli (Toyota)|
|16||Ralf Schumacher (Toyota)|
|17||Takuma Sato (Super Aguri Honda)|
|18||Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri Honda)|
|DNF||Christijan Albers (Spyker)|
|DNF||Adrian Sutil (Spyker)|
|DNF||Mark Webber (Red Bull)|
|DNF||Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso)|