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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 10: European GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
July 21, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team experienced a disappointing qualifying session at the Nürburgring today where Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button ended the day in 14th and 17th positions.

This morning's free practice session looked promising and a top ten grid slot was a possibility for at least one of the cars. In the end, Rubens missed out on Q3 by 0.3secs. He will line up on the seventh row of the grid for the start of tomorrow's 60-lap race with Jenson two rows behind.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Saturday Practice: P17 1:34.411
Qualifying 1: P14 1:32.674
Qualifying 2: P14 1:32.221
Qualifying 3: -

"Today's qualifying was tough. We needed around three or four tenths more to make the difference and it wasn't possible to get any more out of the car today. I was generally pretty happy with my runs but my quick lap at the end of Q2 wasn't so good because it was difficult to a good out-lap due to traffic."
Saturday Practice: P12 1:33.880
Qualifying 1: P17 1:32.983
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"I'm massively disappointed. I thought we would qualify a lot higher but I didn't have the grip and balance that I've had on new tyres all weekend. We had reasonable pace on Friday with race fuel but with this many cars in front it is always going to be a struggle to get near the points."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"I'm disappointed with our grid positions today. We know that the race pace of our car is strong enough to fight for a top ten position in the race, however we still struggle to lay the foundations for that in terms of our qualifying performance. Rubens' car was quite well-balanced after some set-up changes we made yesterday. Jenson didn't have good grip or balance in qualifying which is surprising as he had been happy with the car on new tyres in free practice."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato both made it through to the second session for today’s Qualifying at the Nürburgring. The pair was running extremely closely in lap times throughout the day and will start the 2007 European Grand Prix in 15th and 16th positions on the grid tomorrow.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P19 1:33.792
Qualifying 1: P16 1:32.793
Qualifying 2: P15 1:32.451
Qualifying 3: -

"That was a very exciting Qualifying session for us. Taku and I pushed each other very hard and we took the car right to the limit. I feel that we got the very best out of the car and it was a lot of fun. To beat one of the Honda cars and also Coulthard, especially in Q1, and to just get into Q2 was exactly what we wanted. We knew that once we got into Q2 it was going to be extremely hard to progress any further, but I am very happy with today’s work. The boys in the garage and the Engineering team did a great job to find space out on the track so that I always had a clear run."
Saturday Practice: P20 1:33.945
Qualifying 1: P15 1:32.678
Qualifying 2: P16 1:32.838
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a good practice session. We made a few changes in the morning to try to improve and we made progress. I was happy with the car in Q1 and we looked very good. At least we got into Q2 as it has been a few races since we did that, but it was unfortunate that on my last quick lap there was a yellow flag at the chicane and I had to abort. It was unlucky that I could not improve because of that, but the car showed good performance today so hopefully we can have a strong race tomorrow."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"It turned out to be a very close fight between the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers today and both performed well. It is nice to have both cars in Q2 – we have not had that for a while. The grid is getting tighter in lap times all the time and even within our team it is getting tighter and tighter. We have a healthy intra-team rivalry."
Formula One World Championship
Round 10: European GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
2 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 F MASSA (Ferrari)
6 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
7 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
8 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
11 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
12 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
13 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
14 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
17 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
18 S SPEED (STR-Ferrari)
19 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
20 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 M WINKELHOCK (Spyker-Ferrari)

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