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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 08: French GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
France
France
July 1, 2007

Jenson’s eighth place gives the team its first world championship point of the year

Honda Racing F1 Team

Jenson Button scored the Honda Racing F1 Team’s first World Championship point of 2007 in the French Grand Prix. He came home in eighth place after maximising the performance of his RA107 throughout the 70-lap race.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello

His team-mate Rubens Barrichello drove an equally committed race and came home in 11th place.

Both Honda Racing F1 Team drivers had excellent starts, making up three places each on the opening lap. Jenson, who started on the dirty side of the grid in 12th place, jumped to ninth place, while Rubens improved from 13th to 10th.

Jenson proceeded to climb up to fifth place during the first pitstop sequence, until making his first stop on lap 32. He rejoined the race in ninth place, 4.1s behind Nico Rosberg. Rubens stopped two laps later from 10th place and re-joined just behind Schumacher in 11th place.

Both drivers used the harder of Bridgestone’s two tyre compounds for the opening two stints of the race and Jenson drove a very strong middle stint in which he set personal bests for lap-after-lap. The end result was that he jumped ahead of Rosberg at his second pitstop on lap 50, emerging 3.7s ahead of the Williams driver in eighth place.

Rubens stopped two laps after Jenson and he re-joined the race in 11th place.

For the final stint, Jenson and Rubens were on the soft compound Bridgestone tyres, on which Jenson lapped faster than Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella ahead of him. At the checkered flag, he was just 2.3s behind the double world champion.

Rubens remained in 11th place throughout the final stint, but he couldn’t afford to let up because he had to fend off the attentions of Mark Webber, who was just 2.1s behind at the checkered flag.

The Honda Racing F1 Team now turns its attention to next weekend’s British Grand Prix, which takes place just nine miles up the road from its factory at Brackley.

JENSON BUTTON
"It was an enjoyable race today and we've shown that the car has improved a lot with the new package. It's nice to have a car which gives me the confidence to push and I'm pleased with my fastest lap time relative to our competitors. This shows that our race pace is improving, although we still need to work on our qualifying pace. Once we can get on top of that, we will be in a much stronger position to compete for points going forward. All credit to the whole team today as a faultless race with good pit stops helped me make the most of our strategy. A good weekend and I'm looking forward to another one at the British Grand Prix next week."
RUBENS BARRICHELLO
"I was quite heavy on fuel for my opening stint and I don't know if that hurt my first set of tyres because I just didn't have any pace in the car. After that, the pace began to improve but unfortunately it was too late to make any further progress up the field. We will have to look into the reasons for the problems but on the positive side we can certainly say that the car has improved at this race and it is encouraging to take that step forward. We need to maintain our focus now and work hard to bring further improvements."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Jenson drove a very good race which proves that the recent car developments have helped us to improve our race pace. Rubens was not so happy with his brakes and had to drive defensively as for much of the race he had lighter cars behind him. All in all one point is a small reward but well-deserved nonetheless."

SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM

It was a difficult day for SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. Anthony Davidson was involved in the first lap incident, receiving irreparable damage which ended his race. Takuma Sato encountered a number of issues, however he drove a solid race to bring his SA07 home in 16th position.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
TAKUMA SATO
"I had a problem with my car which meant that I could not get a proper race start from the grid. The first stint was okay, but we lost a lot of time during my first pitstop with another fuel rig problem. In the end I just fought to finish my race, but we weren't quick enough. This was a tough race for us. Hopefully things take a positive turn next week, but we need to be pushing for better performance now."
ANTHONY DAVIDSON
"The track was very slippery and as we all headed into Turn One the train of cars in front of me braked very hard and early. Wurz went round the inside of Luizzi, which made him brake heavily and that caused a bit of a chain reaction. I locked up both fronts and made contact with Liuzzi. He spun round and I went round the outside of him. I think then someone else hit him and he came back into me and spun me round. I made it back round to the pits, but the car was too damaged to continue. It is a shame, but I put it down to a racing incident."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was a very tough race. The times set during Qualifying yesterday were very close and it was difficult for us to achieve good positions. Other teams have also made considerable improvements, so we need to improve our performance. After Anthony’s retirement today we also encountered some problems with Takuma’s first pitstop, so all in all it has not been a great weekend for us."
Formula One World Championship
Round 08: French GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
2 F MASSA (Ferrari)
3 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
4 R KUBICA (BMW)
5 N HEIDFELD (BMW)
6 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
7 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
8 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
9 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
10 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
11 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
12 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
13 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
14 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
15 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
16 T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
17 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
DNF S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
DNF C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)
DNF A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
DNF J TRULLI (Toyota)
DNF V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)

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