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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 11: Hungarian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
August 5, 2007

Tough end to the team’s weekend in Hungary

Honda Racing F1 Team

A tough conclusion to a troubled weekend for the Honda Racing F1 Team with both RA107s lacking speed. Rubens Barrichello ended the race where he began in 18th position, whilst Jenson Button endured a similar battle coupled with poor car balance before a throttle sensor problem curtailed his race on lap 36.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button

“A weekend to forget” is how Engineering Director Jacky Eeckelaert summed up the team’s Hungarian Grand Prix, confirming that the three-week gap in the race schedule will be spent completing the “huge amount of work” necessary to help the team improve from its current position.

"Today we just didn’t have any pace and despite the fact that I was pushing as much as possible, there was nothing coming from the car. The race started badly when I was pushed wide at the exit of turn two and ended up at the back of the field. Overtaking is next to impossible at this track so that was the story of my race really. Everyone at the team is feeling the pain at the moment. We know how bad the situation is but we have to keep our heads up and keep working at it over the break to find some improvements."
"What can I say? We all know the problems and how much work there is to be done. The problem that brought my race to an end appears to be a sensor problem as I couldn’t get full throttle for a few laps before I eventually slowed for the blue flags. Then the engine just stalled. Before that we were massively off the pace and I struggled with huge understeer. Our results today speak for themselves."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM has been tempered by its experiences at the Hungaroring this weekend. Anthony Davidson experienced rear suspension failure during an incident with Fisichella which ended his race on lap 41. Takuma Sato struggled to find grip after a promising start, but was able to pick up the pace following his final pitstop to complete the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix in 15 th position.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
"It was quite an exciting start and I got off the line well. Through the first few turns I was side-by-side with a couple of cars and made up some positions, so that was really good. But then I struggled with low grip and the car started to slide with the heavy fuel and this continued to half way through the race. On the third stint, with the super soft tyre, the car had much better balance and a lot more grip, so it was really fun to drive. The lap times were very competitive, so it is a shame that we didn’t have anybody to race with on the last stint, but at least it was a better day and overall it was hard, but a good race."
"It was a frustrating end to the day. I got a really good start and the car had a nice balance all the way through the race. Challenging Wurz and Fisichella was great as these were the guys we were trying to beat. But in the end, when I was racing Fisichella out of the pitlane, he ran out of road on the cold tyres. I tried to give him as much room as I could without running off the circuit and we touched. I think it was a racing incident, but it was enough to break my rear suspension and put me out of the race. So a frustrating end to a good weekend, but these things happen and we learn from every race. We had a good strong Qualifying, so we are looking forward to next time."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"The races are getting very difficult for us due to the reliability of everyone on the grid. Taku and Anthony did a very good job today and it is unfortunate that Anthony was unlucky with a coming together with Fisichella. In the second half of the race Taku’s laps times were quick and consistent, however, with all of our competitors also performing strongly, we must continue to develop our car and push harder for the second half of the season."
Formula One World Championship
Round 11: Hungarian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
7 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
8 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
9 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
10 J TRULLI (Toyota)
11 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
12 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
13 F MASSA (Ferrari)
14 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
16 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
17 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
18 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
DNF J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
DNF S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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