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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 16: Chinese GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
October 6, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

Jenson Button will start tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix from 10th position after putting in a scintillating performance behind the wheel of his RA107 during today's qualifying session. It was the fourth time this year that he has qualified inside the top 10 and the second time in as many weeks following his sixth position on the grid at Fuji last weekend.

It was one of the most closely-fought qualifying sessions of the year and in Q1 Rubens Barrichello set a time that was only 0.2s slower than Jenson, but it equated to a seven-place drop on the grid. He will start the race from 17th position.

The weather conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit were hotter today than at any other time during the weekend. The 45-degree track temperature helped Jenson and Rubens to heat up their Bridgestone Potenza tyres, which in turn helped them to improve the one-lap performance of their cars from yesterday's practice sessions.

In Q1 they completed two flying laps each, with Rubens' first run being slightly faster than Jenson's. They improved their lap times on their second runs, when Rubens just missed out on Q2 by two hundredths of a second.

In Q2 Jenson completed two flying laps. After his first run, he lay just outside the top 10, but a determined effort on his second lap saw him grab 10th position and a place in Q3. The focus there was to maximise Jenson's chances in tomorrow's 56-lap race and he qualified 10th with a time of 1:39.285s.

Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Saturday Practice: P13 1:37.564
Qualifying 1: P13 1:37.092
Qualifying 2: P10 1:36.771
Qualifying 3: P10 1:39.285

"I am happy, and to be honest a little surprised, to be in the top ten again this weekend. It was unexpected but we were able to get the best out of the car today and have over-achieved in terms of where this car should be qualifying, which is a nice feeling. The forecast for tomorrow seems to be for another wet race so we will give it our best shot from here as points are a real possibility."
Saturday Practice: P18 1:37.920
Qualifying 1: P17 01:37.251
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"I got a good lap in Q1 today but unfortunately we just missed out on making it through to the second session. There was really very little difference between the times so it is frustrating to just miss out. It will be interesting to see what the weather brings for tomorrow and we will just have to see what can be done from here."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"In practice this morning we evaluated a number of set-up changes to prepare for this afternoon's qualifying. The track conditions were fairly similar to yesterday although there was a stronger wind. In qualifying, we were surprised by how close all of the cars were in terms of lap time. Unfortunately Rubens just missed out on the second session by 0.02s after a very good effort which saw him sandwiched between the two Renaults. Jenson did an excellent job to get the car through to the final session to finish in 10th and we are all very pleased at how much he was able to get out of the car."


It was a day of differing fortunes for SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson. Anthony once again put in a solid Qualifying performance to take his SA07 into Q2 this afternoon. Takuma however endured a more difficult day and will start tomorrow’s 2007 Chinese Grand Prix in 20th position on the grid.

Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Saturday Practice: P15 1:38.732
Qualifying 1: P14 1:37.203
Qualifying 2: P15 1:37.247
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a very satisfying day. I doubted that we would be able to make it through into Q2 after our running on Friday, but the track has slowly come to our car. As more rubber came down it felt like we had more balance and I was able to make it through to Q2 successfully. In view of tomorrow we are still unsure of exactly what the weather will be, but I think that we have a nice compromising set-up, so I am looking forward to the race."
Saturday Practice: P20 1:38.577
Qualifying 1: P20 1:38.218
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"I am very unhappy with the car as I could not get any bite. I could not generate any grip throughout the session and tried various things in an attempt to rectify this, but we never solved the problem and then ran out of running time. We then felt that we needed to make a radical set-up change to try to improve the performance for the Qualifying session, however the result was the same, there was no bite. There is very little that we can do before the race tomorrow, but we really need to understand what the problem is."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"It was another normal Saturday morning session where we worked away on balance. Early on it became apparent that Takuma was struggling a little, but Anthony was taking small steps forward and that carried over into Qualifying. It was an excellent effort by Anthony, bouncing us back into Q2. We explored another avenue with Takuma before Qualifying, but again failed to reap any reward from a lap time point of view and we need to understand why that is."
Formula One World Championship
Round 16: Chinese GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1 L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
2 K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
3 F MASSA (Ferrari)
4 F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
5 D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
7 M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
10 J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
11 V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
12 S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
13 J TRULLI (Toyota)
14 H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
16 N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
17 R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
18 G FISICHELLA (Renault)
19 A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)
21 A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22 S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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