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Formula One World Championship 2007
Round 09: British GP
- July 8, 2007
Rubens and Jenson finish just outside the points in ninth and 10th places
Honda Racing F1 Team
Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button extracted the maximum from their RA107s to finish the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in ninth and 10th places respectively. They were the only drivers in the field to adopt one-stop pitstop strategies.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
The start of the race had to be aborted when Felipe Massa stalled on the grid. This led to a second formation lap and a reduction in the race distance from 60 to 59 laps. The Honda Racing F1 Team drivers then had mixed fortunes away from the line: Rubens, starting 14th, lost a place to Vitantonio Liuzzi while Jenson, starting 18th, gained a position by overtaking Anthony Davidson. At the end of the opening lap they were running nose-to-tail in 15th (Rubens) and 16th (Jenson) places.
The Honda Racing F1 Team drivers moved steadily up the order while others made their first pitstops and, by the time Rubens stopped on lap 31, he had climbed up to ninth position. He was stationary for 8.3s and rejoined the race in 10th place, just ahead of Nico Rosberg.
Jenson stopped two laps later and re-joined in 13th place, behind Alex Wurz. He quickly had to turn his attention to matters behind him because David Coulthard filled his mirrors for the last quarter of the race. The Scot was never more than a second adrift, but Jenson drove faultlessly to finish 0.6s ahead.
At the checkered flag, Rubens was ninth, 29 seconds behind Giancarlo Fisichella, with Jenson 6.4s behind his team-mate in 10th place.
The Honda Racing F1 Team now heads to Spa Francorchamps for a three-day test session prior to the next race on the calendar, the European Grand Prix on 22 July.
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "I felt like I had one of my best Silverstone races today but unfortunately it was not enough for a points finish. We had a good race and our one-stop strategy worked well for both myself and Jenson, so it was a shame for the team that we could not get a point. The car was quite heavy with all the fuel, which caused it to bottom out a little bit, but otherwise the balance felt good. We are just not quite there yet with our overall pace and will be working hard at the Spa test next week to improve."
- JENSON BUTTON
- "I’m reasonably happy with our performance today and it was good to make up some places during the race to finish 10th from 18th on the grid. The one-stop strategy paid off for us but I didn’t get the best out of the car this weekend as I struggled with rear grip and had a lot of understeer, which is something that we need to look at. Rubens was able to get the maximum from the car but we were just a little bit off. The problem with my back on Friday hampered the preparation a little bit, leaving just Saturday morning to work on the set-up. I’m looking forward to the Spa test now and hoping that we can continue to push and make small steps to improve our overall performance."
- JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
- "As was the case last week in Magny-Cours, our race pace was better than our qualifying position. Both drivers lost some positions at the start, but they drove an excellent race and we maximized the performance of the car with a good strategy and excellent pit-stop work. The eight cars who finished ahead of us were the current top four teams in the championship. Our attentions now turn to taking another step forward and this will be our objective for the test in Spa next week."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
It was not the British Grand Prix weekend that the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM was hoping for. Anthony Davidson suffered a mechanical issue which forced the team to retire him on lap 35 of the race. Takuma struggled to find pace in his SA07 from the start, however he took the checkered flag in 14th position.
- Takuma Sato
- Anthony Davidson
- TAKUMA SATO
- "I struggled a lot with high-speed understeer due to the fact that we changed to the T-car chassis. Obviously as I started from the pits there was no lap to the grid so we had to rely on the base set-up of the car. Unfortunately I lost quite a bit of time during the first stint until my first pitstop when we were able to adjust the front flap. Then in the second stint, once I was clear of the traffic, I was able to push hard and clocked some decent lap times. But in the end it was a very difficult weekend."
- ANTHONY DAVIDSON
- "A disappointing first British Grand Prix for me. I had a good start, overtook one of the Hondas and was right with the mid-field pack. I had a good little fight with Jenson when he got me back at the exit of Club; it was good, clean racing. I kept in touch with the two Hondas for the next 15 laps or so, and then suddenly started feeling that the car was touching the ground quite a lot on the rear and it felt like it had become a bit unsafe to drive. We're still unsure of exactly what the problem was. We tried to get back out there, but the problem remained and we had to retire the car before the end of the race. It was a frustrating weekend in general really, because the speed I felt was still there and it was annoying that I could not to get to the end."
- GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
- "I think the fact that we didn't test here prior to this race hurt us all weekend and today confirmed that. It was a tough race for both the drivers. We opted to start Takuma from the pitlane. Anthony seemed to get a run on Jenson in the first lap, but then lost the place back. Ant followed him for a while until he had a problem with the rear of this car and unfortunately we had to retire him. Takuma soldiered long and hard and showed his speed when he was clear of traffic. But that's the only ray of sunshine in a very difficult day."
Formula One World Championship
Round 09: British GP
||K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)|
||F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||R KUBICA (BMW)|
||F MASSA (Ferrari)|
||N HEIDFELD (BMW)|
||H KOVALAINEN (Renault)|
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)|
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)|
||A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)|
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
||C ALBERS (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)|
||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
||A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
||S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)|
||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)|
||A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)|