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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 14: Belgian GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
September 15, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

The Honda Racing F1 Team's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will line up on the seventh and ninth rows of the grid for the start of tomorrow's 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix. Both drivers continued to face balance issues with their RA107s during today's one hour qualifying session, however Jenson was able to progress through to Q2 where he ended the session in 14th position. He gains one place on the grid as a result of Kubica's engine penalty and will start 13th. Rubens ended the day in 18th place.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Saturday Practice: P12 1:47.767
Qualifying 1: P14 1:47.474
Qualifying 2: P14 1:46.955
Qualifying 3: -

"A reasonably positive Saturday. On the first run in Q1 I had traffic as I was running too close to the car in front of me. In Q2 I think I got the best out of the car on the first run. On the second run I had a little too much understeer so I just backed off and looked after the tyres for the race. I'm pretty happy with where I will be lining up on the grid and I think we can make progress from there. Aerodynamically this circuit hasn't really suited our car so I'm quite pleased with how qualifying went for us. I'm looking forward to the race."
Saturday Practice: P19 1:48.528
Qualifying 1: P18 1:47.954
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"Since the beginning of the weekend we have been struggling with the aerodynamic balance of the car. We just don't have enough aerodynamic efficiency here. On my last run I requested more front wing and the car just gave me more understeer, so we need to understand the data. Obviously it will be a battle from 18th position but we will see what the race brings in order to try to improve."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"Jenson had a good Q1 and easily made it through into the second session, where he got the maximum from the car. Had he had a touch less understeer then perhaps we could have improved a little but overall it was a good lap and his is a reasonable position from which to be going into the race tomorrow. In free practice this morning Rubens struggled a little to find the right balance. After some set-up changes he found a better car for his first run in Q1. Q2 was a real possibility for him but in his second run he also had too much understeer which compromised his chances."


SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson continued to struggle with the SA07 on day two of the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Saturday Practice: P16 1:48.129
Qualifying 1: P19 1:47.980
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"The car had improved a bit this morning with the changes made over night and the team worked really hard with the data collected yesterday. I was happier with the balance today, but we knew it was going to be a tough session. It's such a shame that we could not introduce more performance in Qualifying. I just hope that tomorrow everything turns into a positive for us."
Saturday Practice: P20 1:48.955
Qualifying 1: P21 1:48.199
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It's been a very difficult weekend here in Spa and it came to a head here in Qualifying today. We went the wrong way with car balance in Qualifying as a last resort, and it was worth a try. But it made it to hard to drive and grained the rear tyres quite a lot by the end of the lap, so there was no more that I could give. On this performance, we are seriously going to have to consider our race options for tomorrow."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"We are in the position our opposition has wanted for a long time now. They've expected us to be at this level and, sportingly, we have succumbed to their behest. But they shouldn't be fooled our fighting spirit is intact."
Formula One World Championship
Round 14: Belgian GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
2 F MASSA (Ferrari)
3 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
4 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
6 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
8 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
9 J TRULLI (Toyota)
10 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
11 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
12 R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)
13 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
14 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
15 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
16 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
17 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
18 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
20 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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