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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 13: Italian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
September 8, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

After an encouraging start to its Italian Grand Prix weekend yesterday, the Honda Racing F1 Team carried the momentum through to this afternoon's qualifying hour with a further improved showing. Drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will now line up on the fifth and sixth rows of the grid tomorrow after qualifying in 10th and 12th positions.

Rubens and Jenson easily passed through the first of the three sessions, posting the 7th and 13th times respectively. Both drivers also had a strong Q2 with Jenson easily inside the top 10 at the close of the session in 8th place. Rubens was also looking good for a place in the final Q3 shoot-out but was caught out by understeer at turn seven which caused him to run wide and lose valuable time across the gravel. He ended his qualifying session in 12th position. In the final session Jenson posted the 10th fastest time.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Saturday Practice: P11 1:23.803
Qualifying 1: P13 1:23.639
Qualifying 2: P8 1:23.021
Qualifying 3: P10 1:25.165

"I'm really pleased to have made it through into the top ten for the first time in quite a while. It took some time to really get to grips with the car this afternoon and it wasn't working well for the first few runs. However, we made improvements over the three sessions and got the best out of the car in the end. We've made changes to the front and rear suspension for this race, along with a different aero package, which is definitely helping us. Aero has been our main problem but we're not losing out too much with the low levels of drag that you need around Monza. The car is also looking after the tyres well which shows that it is mechanically sound. If I can get a good start from 10th tomorrow then we have to be aiming for the points. Strategy will be crucial and I'm confident we have a good race package, but it will also depend on the performance and reliability of the teams in front of us. This is a step forward and although we're unlikely to be scoring good points this season, it has given a boost to everyone here and back at the factory and is a small reward for all the hard work."
Saturday Practice: P12 1:23.830
Qualifying 1: P8 1:23.474
Qualifying 2: P12 1:23.176
Qualifying 3: -

"We had the pace to get through to the final qualifying session so it was disappointing to just miss out today. My first flying lap was the one which really counted and I was already two-tenths up at Parabolica, but unfortunately I just got a little too close to Wurz and the car lost downforce which cost me some time. On the second lap, the tyres had gone off a little but I had to push hard nonetheless as we had a good chance of getting through. I ran wide at turn seven and lost the opportunity. When I rejoined the track it was in front of Fisichella, who was on his crucial lap. I'm sorry if I caused him a problem but I had nowhere else to go in that situation other than to get back on track. We have to look at our performance today as an improvement; the car felt good around here, and P12 gives us a chance to fight for a point tomorrow."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"After focusing on our race preparation yesterday, we concentrated this morning on our qualifying performance. We have been working very hard on the car in recent weeks, including bringing changes to the front and rear suspension and aerodynamics. This has been rewarded here with improved performance and the weekend so far has been very encouraging."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM driver Anthony Davidson drove another solid lap to ensure that his SA07 made it through into the second session of Qualifying today in Monza. Takuma missed entry into Q2 by only 0.01 second, showing exactly how competitive the mid-field grid remains.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P15 1:23.942
Qualifying 1: P14 1:23.646
Qualifying 2: P14 1:23.274
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a good Qualifying session following quite a difficult week so far and also the red flag in FP3 today which put us all out of the running for a while. This made it difficult to get a nice balance for the first lap in Qualifying, but as the rubber came to the circuit, the car kept improving and we got the finer details of the car balance right, enabling me to hook up a good lap again and take 14th position. To be above our nearest rivals again, and also a Renault, is quite an achievement, so I am chuffed with that."
Saturday Practice: P16 1:24.022
Qualifying 1: P17 1:23.749
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"The car felt better today and there was good progress made from yesterday. In my first run in Qualifying I just went a little bit deep under braking into Turn One and thought that I could make up the time later. On the second run I was quicker, but unfortunately I hit the additional bump on the second chicane and obviously lost time there. But I think that we have progressed well over the weekend up to this point, so let’s hope that tomorrow turns out to be a better day."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"Normal. The team recovered well from a disappointing Friday. The Red Flag in FP3 cost us one set-up balance run, but we still got most of the testing work done. It’s just so tight out there. I know that I keep repeating myself, but it is so close on the time sheets, with just one hundredth of a second keeping Taku out of Q2. It was an excellent lap from Anthony just when he needed it and another very good run in Q2."
Formula One World Championship
Round 13: Italian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 F MASSA (Ferrari)
5 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
7 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
8 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
11 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
12 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
13 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
15 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
16 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
18 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
19 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
20 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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