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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 12: Turkish GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
August 25, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

In today’s qualifying session for the Turkish Grand Prix the Honda Racing F1 Team drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button made it through to Q2 where they ended the session in 14th and 15th positions respectively. Rubens’ time of 1:28.188 was 0.3secs shy of a place in the top 10.

As Jenson came into the pits at the end of the second session his engine started to lose power and it will now have to be changed for tomorrow’s race, which will incur a 10-place grid penalty.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Saturday Practice: P16 1:28.715
Qualifying 1: P16 1:28.792
Qualifying 2: P14 1:28.188
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a good qualifying. I think we were at the very limit of the car, as we could see for both myself and Jenson. It’s frustrating to be so near to the top ten, yet in some ways still a little too far. We seem to have solved a few of the problems we saw in Hungary, so a better weekend so far. We will now have to see what tomorrow brings in terms of results but for sure it will be a tough and very hot race."
Saturday Practice: P15 1:28.548
Qualifying 1: P13 1:28.373
Qualifying 2: P15 1:28.220
Qualifying 3: -

"The first three runs in qualifying went well. On the last run I tried to push the car a bit more but I just ended up with a big snap of oversteer and lost quite a bit of time. That’s where we’re at though. You either drive the car round and do OK or try to push and then you’re on a knife-edge. That’s what we’re dealing with I’m afraid. We’ll have to see what we can do in the race."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Rubens had a trouble-free Saturday. This morning in free practice his car balance had improved since yesterday and he went on to qualify in P14. Jenson had three good qualifying runs and was pushing hard but on the last run lost some time at turn seven and ended the session just behind his team-mate. Unfortunately, as he came into the pits, his engine started to lose power and we will now have to change it for tomorrow’s race and take the 10 place penalty."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Anthony Davidson drove an astonishing lap to glide through into the second session of Qualifying today at Istanbul Park. Knocking on the door of the final Top Ten on the time sheet, Anthony will start tomorrow’s race from 11th position on the grid. Although happy with the car balance during the morning’s running, Takuma struggled to find grip during Qualifying and was unable to find the pace in his SA07 to join his teammate in Q2.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P20 1:29.436
Qualifying 1: P19 1:28.953
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"I was happy with the car balance during Free Practice and the car felt good. But in Qualifying, although the balance itself was fine, we were lacking the pace and I did not have good grip, so it is difficult to really understand what happened. It is disappointing Qualifying in this position, so we shall have to see what we can do tomorrow."
Saturday Practice: P17 1:28.755
Qualifying 1: P9 1:28.304
Qualifying 2: P11 1:28.002
Qualifying 3: -

"The day started off well. After Free Practice this morning we were looking pretty strong to challenge for Q2 in Qualifying, and we got through reasonably easily. Before the session I was a bit sceptical as to whether we could get through or not, but the guys worked hard and everyone did a great job and we did it in the end, even challenging for Q3! It was a really good day, and I am going to remember that lap for a very long time."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"Pushing. The fact that Taku had a spin in Free Practice Three shows how hard SUPER AGURI is trying. We had a strategic approach to Qualifying and the weighbridge nearly cost us dearly, but it shows how far SUPER AGURI has come that we dealt with all the delays swiftly and were able to get the cars out on the circuit at the right time. It is a shame for Taku, but it just shows how competitive our place on the grid is. It was a very strong performance from Anthony. He showed on his second run in Q1 the capability of the car. We knew that we could tweak it a little bit more, and may be there was a bit more speed, and then in Q2 he exploited everything that the car has got. It is so very, very tight in the mid-field and you have to get everything right to take advantage, as Anthony and the team proved today."
Formula One World Championship
Round 12: Turkish GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
7 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
8 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
12 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
13 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
14 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
15 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
16 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
17 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
18 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
20 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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