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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 05: Monaco GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
May 27, 2007

Rubens and Jenson finish nose-to-tail in Monaco

Honda Racing F1 Team

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 Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
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.

"I’m disappointed with 10th because I thought we had a shot at the points today but the opportunities did not materialize. After my first pitstop I was held up by Wurz and that was that really. I was a little bit faster than him and if I could have got past then there was a chance to close the gap and get closer to the points, but there was no possibility to overtake. Overall I think we have had a slightly better weekend and we just have to keep pushing now and continue to move in the right direction. I hope for better things in Canada."
"A difficult race today. I was stuck in traffic in all three stints and never got a clear run, so I couldn’t make the most of the strategy. After yesterday’s qualifying it is disappointing but we have to take some encouragement from the signs of improvement we saw here earlier in the weekend, keep our heads down and focus on what we are doing to move us forward."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"After achieving 9th and 10th in qualifying yesterday we hoped for a points finish today. Rubens got a good start, making up some places over the first few corners, and then both drivers held their positions reasonably well over the first pit stops. However, our race pace was not fast enough for us to finish in the points. We have clearly made a step in the right direction and we are now knocking on the door of the points placings. Despite no testing before the two North American races, we will have some improvements with which to try to close the gap to the teams directly in front of us."


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.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
"It was a tough race for us and we tried our best. I drove as hard as I possibly could on this circuit. In the traffic these are very difficult circumstances, but when I had clear air I was lapping very quickly and we were competitive. But, as is typical in Monaco, I caught up with the traffic a few times and that was really critical for my pace. Because of traffic before my second stop we missed an opportunity to improve on my position. We tried our best and recovered well I believe, but we needed more speed. On the positive side it is great to finish the demanding Monaco Grand Prix."
"Just to finish this race is an achievement in its own right. Going out there this afternoon I didn't expect much from the positions we were in and I got an average start. I went into Turn One with a Renault and I actually tapped him and got a hole in my nose cone. It didn’t affect the car too badly and I was able to keep pushing. And then about half way through the race, when I was stuck behind Trulli’s Toyota, Massa was slowly catching me up, two 10ths of a second a lap, and I was waiting until he got closer to let him by. I was going to let him pass when we got a drive through penalty. He was about two seconds behind me at that time, so I think it's a little bit unfair. I've always been good in traffic and I think that other people were being bad about the blue flags out there and maybe they made an example out of me."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was not a good weekend for the team. It is very important to qualify well at this circuit and as we did not have a good session yesterday, it was always going to be a difficult race. Both drivers and the team did a very good job today, so I hope that our weekend in Canada is a different story and we can return to performing in higher positions."
Formula One World Championship
Round 05: Monaco GP
Rank Driver (Team)
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)

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