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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 08: French GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
June 30, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will line up for tomorrow's French Grand Prix from the sixth and seventh rows of the grid after taking 12th and 13th positions in this afternoon's qualifying session.

Jenson and Rubens made it through the first of the two knock-out rounds, but in a close-fought Q2, with the top 13 positions covered by less than a second, they narrowly missed out on a place in Q3, despite Jenson being just 0.2 sec shy of P10.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Saturday Practice: P12 1:15.902
Qualifying 1: P14 01:16.113
Qualifying 2: P12 01:15.584
Qualifying 3: -

"It's always so tight here at Magny Cours during qualifying and we saw that again today. We have made a step forward and the car is certainly better than at the last race in Indianapolis, although our position doesn't really reflect that. It's nice to be in front of some of our direct competitors in the midfield though. Looking ahead to tomorrow, our race pace is definitely better than our one-lap pace, you could see that in practice yesterday. We will keep working towards the race and I think we have a good strategy, so I am hopeful that we can have a better result tomorrow."
Saturday Practice: P16 1:16.102
Qualifying 1: P16 01:16.140
Qualifying 2: P13 01:15.761
Qualifying 3: -

"The car was definitely better in qualifying this afternoon after I made some changes during morning practice when we weren't really happy with the set-up. We took a little bit of a gamble but it resulted in a more balanced set-up and I think we worked hard to get the most from the car today. We know that our long-run pace is strong so I am looking forward to the race tomorrow."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Today's qualifying was very close, as is typical here in Magny-Cours and we missed out on a place in the top ten by only two tenths of a second. The latest developments brought the car closer to our direct competitors, so we are pleased to see that our progress at the test last week has translated well to the race track. Our race pace on high fuel loads is now more consistent which is promising for the race tomorrow."


Sunshine and warmer temperatures welcomed the Formula One teams as they arrived at the Circuit de Magny-Cours this morning. Following an issue-free third practice session, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson both fell victim to the track’s narrow pitlane and subsequent traffic accumulation at the end of Q1 and will start tomorrow’s 2007 French Grand Prix in 19th and 20th positions respectively.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Saturday Practice: P19 1:16.221
Qualifying 1: P19 1:16.244
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a tough Qualifying. Everybody’s lap times were so close and we just couldn't make it through to Q2, which is extremely disappointing. We made some progress over the weekend, but it wasn't enough to reach where we wanted to be. I think tomorrow will be a very exciting race because I believe that our pace is relatively strong. I am starting at the back of the grid, but I will try my best."
Saturday Practice: P13 1:15.925
Qualifying 1: P20 1:16.366
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a bit of a frustrating day. I couldn't get out in the last run due to getting caught in the pitlane traffic. I had to let a whole group of cars go and because we were trying to find a gap meant that I crossed the line just a second too late to do my quick lap. The car was feeling like it had a nice balance this morning though and I was actually up on my time at the end of the session, which was a shame. But I think that we've got a good car for the race tomorrow and we'll see what we can do."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"Tough day. We knew that the closeness of the pack and the layout of this circuit would not do us many favours and it didn't. It was tight all of the way through; a couple of tenths here and there and we would have got through to Q2, but that would have been fortuitous I think. It was a shame for Anthony to miss out on his second run by just one second. Everyone came out of the pitlane together and he just couldn't get his nose in which meant that he got shuffled down to the back of the pack. It's going to be a tough day tomorrow."
Formula One World Championship
Round 08: French GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
5 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
6 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
8 J TRULLI (Toyota)
9 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
10 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
11 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
12 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
13 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
14 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
15 S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
16 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
17 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
18 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
21 C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)

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