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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 11: Hungarian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
August 4, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team had a tough qualifying session in Budapest today which saw drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello qualifying in 17th and 18th positions for tomorrow’s 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix. Their RA107 cars lacked pace and this narrowly prevented both drivers from progressing into the second qualifying session.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Saturday Practice: P18 1:22.202
Qualifying 1: P17 1:21.737
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"The car felt reasonably good today which shows that the balance is there so we didn’t expect to be in this position. It’s strange to have a car which is feeling so consistent and to still not make it out of the first qualifying session. It seems to be a lack of efficient downforce which is affecting our pace. I also lost twotenths at the first corner compared to this morning which is a massive amount of time when everyone around you is competing so closely. It’s very disappointing for both myself and the whole team."
Saturday Practice: P20 1:22.596
Qualifying 1: P18 1:21.877
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"After practice this morning, it wasn’t clear which tyre would perform better in qualifying this afternoon. Therefore we used both the prime and option tyre and they felt completely different on each of my runs. Unfortunately the car is nowhere near where we want it to be at the moment and our positions in qualifying today reflect the lack of pace. It will be a hard race for us tomorrow."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"After some set-up changes in morning practice, both drivers had a reasonably balanced car for qualifying. They extracted the maximum possible performance from their cars today and ended up within a tenth of a second from each other, missing out on going through to the second session by a very small margin."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Anthony Davidson once again made it through to the second session for today’s Qualifying at the Hungaroring. Takuma’s chances were foiled by a long visit to the weighbridge during Q1, however the pair will start the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix in 15th and 19th positions tomorrow.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P15 1:21.839
Qualifying 1: P19 1:22.143
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a tough Qualifying. We planned to do three runs. The first one was to check the car from the practice because I wasn’t really happy with the balance, so we wanted to check the car with the prime tyre. I then got called to the weighbridge, which took an unusually long time because when I had to go back into position to fire up the marshals put me in the wrong position, so I had to back up again. So we then lost the opportunity to go for the first planned option tyre run, so I only had one opportunity in the end with the proper Qualifying fuel on board. It was a decent lap, but then unfortunately it was quite gusty and the wind upset the balance of the car and I had a massive wash out and ran wide. Hopefully though the car is performing well and so I hope that we can have a good race tomorrow."
Saturday Practice: P11 1:21.501
Qualifying 1: P15 1:21.018
Qualifying 2: P15 1:21.127
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a very good day. I feel that I got the best out of the car and with the engineering team I feel that we managed to find a good Qualifying set-up, which is obviously vital around this circuit. The car had a nice balance all the way round and I was comfortably through to Q2 and looking forward to improving my position in the second session. Unfortunately I could only match the time that I set at the end of Q1 and 15th was the most the car had in it today, so I’m happy with our performance."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"I think that we had a good session in Free Practice 3. We were watching the weather all the time, as I'm sure everybody was, and the predicted rain didn't materialise. We took an aggressive strategy, from a Qualifying point of view; we knew we had to. We thought that we had the pace to get through to Q2. Anthony did a fantastic second lap in his Q1 run and unfortunately the weighbridge delayed us a little with Takuma. We therefore had to change our plan with him and unfortunately he ran out of road in the last sector, otherwise he'd have been comfortably through to the next session as well. The conclusion is really ‘optimising’ one and ‘a bit of a shame’ with the other."
Formula One World Championship
Round 11: Hungarian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
4 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
5 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
8 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
11 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
12 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
13 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
14 F MASSA (Ferrari)
16 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
17 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
18 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
20 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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