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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 10: European GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
July 22, 2007

A wet-dry-wet race ends with Rubens in 11th place

Honda Racing F1 Team

A thrilling European Grand Prix ended in disappointment for the Honda Racing F1 Team. Rain showers at the beginning and end of the race caused chaos and resulted in only Rubens Barrichello finishing for the team. He came home in 11th place, while Jenson Button retired on lap three.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button

Rain started to fall as the cars left the grid and it got progressively worse during the opening lap. Rubens and Jenson both love driving in the rain and they made up many positions in the opening few corners. Unfortunately, Rubens’ progress ended at Turn 8, where he was pushed into the gravel trap by Nico Rosberg, and he dropped back to 20th position. Jenson continued to excel, however, and by the end of lap one he had climbed from 17th to ninth.

With the rain falling very heavily, every car in the field pitted for wet tyres at the end of lap one. On re-joining the race, Jenson scythed through the field and was up to fourth place when he crossed the line to start lap three. But his charge came to an abrupt end under braking for Turn 1, where he hit a river and aquaplaned into the gravel along with five other cars.

Only moments later, the race was stopped.

Once the rain had abated, the race re-started behind the Safety Car, before going green on lap seven. Rubens was in ninth place and he spent the remainder of the race just outside the points.

The middle stint of the race was dry, but rain fell again with 10 laps remaining and while Rubens closed on Giancarlo Fisichella in the damp conditions, he crossed the line in 11th place, 41 seconds behind the Italian.

The Honda Racing F1 Team now heads to Jerez in Spain for a three-day test session ahead of the next race, the Hungarian Grand Prix on 5 August.

"I’m bitterly disappointed with the result today. The car felt bad from the start and it never really improved through the race, most likely because of the damage caused when I was hit by Rosberg. I love these dry-wet conditions and we had some opportunities today because of the way the race was unfolding. However, we did not have the car and we did not make the most of the circumstances."
"I didn’t get a good start and I dropped to 20th position, however I had a really good first lap and I was up to sixth position when I pitted for wet tyres. After that the rain poured down and turn one was a lake. By that time I was in fourth position behind Massa and Alonso. I just touched the brakes and all four wheels locked, then I hit the wall. It’s a real shame because I had a lot of fuel on board, a good strategy given the way the race then panned out for the others and I love to drive in these wet conditions. This race was unfortunately a lottery and sadly I lost out."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"We missed an opportunity to score some good points today. During the first two laps Jenson did well to overtake 15 cars and was in fourth position when he went off and ended up in the gravel trap. In that part of the race Rubens sustained some damage to his rear diffuser when he got hit from behind by Rosberg. Although the race was then red flagged there was not enough time to carry out a proper repair on the grid, therefore Rubens’ car did not perform at all well aerodynamically and as a result his race pace was no match for the cars in front."


The weather played the leading role in today’s 2007 European Grand Prix. As soon as the Red Lights went off to start the race the rain came pounding down. Following a number of immediate retirements, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato drove solid laps to keep their cars safely on the waterlogged track. The severity of the rain forced a Red Flag situation and the race was restarted by the Safety Car 35 minutes after it had originally begun. Unfortunately a hydraulic problem forced the team to retire Takuma on lap 19, however Anthony went on to finish the demanding race, just as a further shower of rain came down, in 12th position.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
"It was great fun at the start of the race having to run in the rain on the dry tyre. I made up a lot of positions and was P10 by the end of Lap 1. But then the rain was too strong to keep on the dry tyre and I came back to the pit on the next lap, before the Red Flag. At the re-start we looked as though we had reasonable race pace, but unfortunately I had a hydraulic failure and had to retire from the race, which is a big shame."
"It was a tough day with the weather causing havoc for all of the teams out there. It was difficult to know what tyre to be on at what time, but in the dry running our car seemed to have the pace over the Honda and I had a nice fight with Rubens for P12/ P11 at the time. That was good fun and the best part of the race for me and I just had to wait to see how it would unfold from there for the last stint. We then got caught out in the rain at the end and probably made the wrong tyre choice at the time, and that was key to the race really. It was a good sign that we had the speed, but overall it was a disappointing day as we could not capitalise on the mixed fortunes of the other runners."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was a difficult race because the weather was very unstable at the beginning. Our two cars were running with good performance and pace, but in the end we had to ask Takuma to retire with a hydraulic problem. Anthony continued to run in uncertain conditions which made the decision of tyre choice for the rest of the race a difficult one. However, Anthony and the team did a very good job today and we shall learn from our experience here at the Nürburgring."
Formula One World Championship
Round 10: European GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 F MASSA (Ferrari)
3 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
4 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
5 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
8 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
9 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
10 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
11 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
13 J TRULLI (Toyota)
DNF J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
DNF A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
DNF N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)

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