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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 12: Turkish GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
August 27, 2007

Solid Performance In The Turkish GP

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team put in an impressive performance in the Turkish Grand Prix. From the back row of the grid Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello moved steadily through the field to finish the race in 13th and 17th positions.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello

Engine issues discovered after Saturday’s qualifying session forced the team to change the engines in both RA107s, giving both drivers their grid penalty.

Rubens was able to gain positions at the start due to the first-lap melee while Jenson’s start was compromised when he had to move wide at the first corner to avoid a spinning Jarno Trulli. He recovered well and went on to overtake four cars in the following two laps.

By lap 11, the Honda Racing F1 team drivers were running nose-to-tail in 16th and 17th positions. At this stage of the race Jenson was able to lap faster than Rubens, and on lap 16 Jenson overtook his team-mate. That allowed Jenson to continue his swift progress through the field and he quickly dispensed of David Coulthard before making his first pitstop on lap 22.

Rubens stopped for the first time on the following lap and the two Honda drivers spent the middle stint of the race in 12th (Jenson) and 16th (Rubens) places.

Jenson made his second and final pitstop on lap 36, with Rubens again pitting one lap later. They rejoined the race in 13th and 17th places, which is where they ended the race after 58 laps of racing in scorching 35-degree heat.

The Honda Racing F1 Team now decamps to Monza in Italy for a three-day test session ahead of the next race in the World Championship, the Italian Grand Prix, on 9 September.

"It was a lot of fun passing 10 cars! If you put to one side where we finished – because 13th position is still far from a good result – I think we had a reasonable race compared to the last one. I had a good time and was able to pass quite a few of the midfield competitors that we’ve been struggling to keep pace with in recent races. Obviously starting from the back of the grid is not something I want to have to repeat but we did a good job to fight for something better and I think the team can be pleased with our performance today."
"Obviously today was always going to be difficult starting from the back of the field. The car was moving around quite a bit from corner to corner and there wasn’t much I could do from where we started."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Starting from the back row of the grid, it was never going to be an easy race today. However, Jenson drove a strong race, making best use of the car to progress from 21st to 13th position and overtaking 10 cars on the track. Rubens drove a steady race and was able to gain positions at the start due to the first-lap melee but after that, on his last two ‘option’ sets of tyres, too much understeer slowed him down and he finished P17."


It was SUPER HOT in Istanbul today. A first corner incident on lap one of the 2007 Turkish Grand Prix affected both SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM Drivers. A spin by Trulli’s Toyota ahead of Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato meant that the team mates had to take immediate evasive action, costing them both several positions. Ensuing damage to Anthony’s car affected his lap times for the duration of the race, whilst Takuma continued to struggle to find the pace he required in his SA07.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
"It was a tough race. I did not have a very good start off the line, but I held my position. I was optimistic that I would be able to gain some positions in the back of the queue into Turn One, but just in front of me one of the Toyota cars spun and completely blocked my line. I had to brake really hard and to avoid him I had to go round the outside and I lost many places. From then on I had a very tough race and nothing else really happening. It is a shame to finish the race weekend like this, but we just struggled with grip all weekend and continue to lack the pace."
"It was a good start, but then I got sandwiched going into Turn One between Coulthard and Fisichella. Fisichella and Trulli touched, Trulli spun and I had to go on the outside of him off the track and when I rejoined I touched another car and damaged my front end, which definitely affected the balance of my car. It was a tough race from there on really. We had a good strategy. We got ahead of the Toro Rosso, which was who I was fighting with all race, so it is a shame to have had a bit of contact at the start. After that, it was a good clean race and it felt good to finish another Grand Prix."
AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
"It was quite a tough race, with the majority of the field crossing the finish line. Our two cars made okay starts and the first corner incident with Trulli meant that Anthony had to run wide and he then touched another car, whilst Taku had to almost stop to avoid collision in the traffic. Because of this, Anthony suffered a problem with his SA07 which affected his lap times for the whole of the race. On the positive side, we achieved another two-car finish and the team and drivers did a good job today."
Formula One World Championship
Round 12: Turkish GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F MASSA (Ferrari)
2 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
3 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
5 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
6 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
7 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
9 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
10 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
11 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
12 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
13 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
15 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
16 J TRULLI (Toyota)
17 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
19 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
20 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
DNF M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)

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