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Formula 1September 9, 2007
Formula One World Championship
Round 13: Italian GP

Jenson Makes A Point At Monza

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Honda Racing F1 Team

An encouraging Italian Grand Prix for the Honda Racing F1 Team, with Jenson coming home in eighth position and Rubens 10th.



Jenson Button


Rubens Barrichello


Jenson Button scored a valuable World Championship point in the Italian Grand Prix after driving a tenacious race to eighth place at the Autodromo di Monza. To cap an encouraging afternoon for the Honda Racing F1 Team, Rubens Barrichello drove a solid race to 10th position.

Both drivers made good starts from 10th (Jenson) and 12th on the grid. Jenson emerged from Turn 1 in eighth place.

Rubens also gained one position at the start and he was running in 11th place when the Safety Car came out at the end of lap two, following an accident involving David Coulthard. The Safety Car was out for three laps while Coulthard’s car was retrieved from the outside of the Curva Grande and when the race went green at the start of lap six, Jenson and Rubens were in ninth and 11th positions.

A fascinating and intense battle ensued between Jenson and Nico Rosberg, with the two of them trading places for the next 20 laps. First Jenson passed Nico and then Nico passed him.

By lap 30 the Honda Racing F1 Team drivers were running eighth and 10th, both of them having gained a place when Ferrari’s Felipe Massa retired from third place. They continued to gain positions as people ahead of them pitted and when Jenson made his one and only pitstop of the race on lap 33, he was in fifth place.

Rubens pitted one lap later from seventh place and rejoined the race 12th. The two-stoppers ahead of them then made their second pitstops and when the race had settled down again, Jenson was in eighth place and Rubens 10th, which is where they finished.

After 53 laps of hard racing, Jenson was just five seconds ahead of Rubens, their RA107s sandwiching the Red Bull of Mark Webber.

The Honda Racing F1 Team now has less than a week to decamp to Spa-Francorchamps for the next round of the championship, the Belgian Grand Prix on 16 September.

JENSON BUTTON
“It was nice to get a point today but it was a frustrating race for me as I had so much understeer on the first stint. We run such low front wing around this circuit that it is very easy to lock the front tyres, particularly at Parabolica, and I flat-spotted the front right which meant I was losing grip through every right-hand corner. This meant that I couldn’t fend off Rosberg and the long first stint of 33 laps compromised me even further. So it was frustrating as we could have had a better result but we did our very best this weekend and a point is definitely some reward. The team have done a great job and everyone is in good spirits, so I’m pleased to have got another point for them. They really deserve it.”

RUBENS BARRICHELLO
“It was a good race today but unfortunately all of the cars in the midfield also had a competitive race and there were five cars racing within about ten seconds. We had good pace and I put in some really good laps on the prime tyres but unfortunately my challenge for a better position was over when Webber was just able to get out ahead at the second pit stop. However we have been better all weekend which is down to some really hard work from the team and I look forward to having more competitive races for the remainder of the season.”

JACKY EECKELAERT
Engineering Director

“It is a good feeling for the whole team to be racing in the top ten again. Both drivers were fast and consistent, Jenson racing with Kovalainen and Rosberg, while Rubens was fighting with Webber and Trulli. The latest aerodynamic and suspension developments that we have brought here this weekend have clearly improved the car performance and we need to carry that momentum through to Spa next weekend and the races beyond.”


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
It was a difficult Italian Grand Prix weekend for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM. Both Anthony and Takuma got away cleanly at the start of today’s race, however a brake issue appears to have hindered Takuma’s progress on the grid before the safety car was deployed following David Coulthard’s incident in the Red Bull. However, it was another two-car finish for the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM, but as the mid-field improves and end of season developments are being made throughout the grid, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the small team to improve its pace in line with the big spenders.



Takuma Sato


Anthony Davidson


TAKUMA SATO
“On the way to, and also on the grid, I felt the brake pedal had gone really soft and I clearly had a problem, but at that time there was nothing we could do. I tried to warm up the car on the formation lap and then the front brakes caught fire when I got back to the grid and there was a lot of smoke, which I was really worried about it. I didn’t have a good feeling about the brakes, but into Turn One I was able to make up some places. My front brake was really fading and I was struggling with the car as it locked the rear wheel a lot. I couldn't stop because the front didn't have any bite and as a result I lost a few places. The safety car then helped me to cool down the brakes and they came back to reasonable level. After that I was able to recover my race, overtake a few cars and push my way through. On the last stint the option tyre came into reasonable grip and I was able to do a good lap time, but overall it was a tough race.”

 ANTHONY DAVIDSON
“After a reasonably good start everyone was fairly well behaved into Turn One, but Vettel made contact with the rear of my car which damaged the diffuser. The car seemed to be quite good on a heavy fuel load and I was able to challenge Wurz in the Williams and also Fisichella. I then overtook him when he made a mistake round Parabolica and we had a good fight, which was probably the highlight of my race. Then as the fuel loads came down I think that we just struggled for speed a bit and it was hard to keep the faster cars behind me, but I managed to hold off Ralf in the Toyota right to the end, so I am happy enough with that.”

AGURI SUZUKI
Team Principal

“It was a tough race, but we performed at our potential. The drivers drove a solid race and I am happy to see another two-car finish. Our mechanics and engineers did a good job in the pitstops today, but in terms of race pace, we have to try to improve our car for the end of the season. It was always going to be a difficult weekend for us and I would like to thank everyone in the team and back home for their hard work.”

Formula One World Championship
Round 13: Italian GP


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1 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4 N HEIDFELD (BMW)
5 R KUBICA (BMW)
6 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
7 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
8 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
9 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
10 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
11 J TRULLI (Toyota)
12 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
13 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
14 A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
15 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
16 T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)
17 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
18 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
19 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
20 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)
DNF F MASSA (Ferrari)
DNF D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
 


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