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Formula One World Championship 2007
Round 16: Chinese GP
- October 7, 2007
Best Result of The Year
Honda Racing F1 Team
Jenson Button re-confirmed his position as one of Formula One’s greatest wet weather exponents when he brought his RA107 home in fifth position in the Chinese Grand Prix. He boosted the Honda Racing F1 Team’s championship tally by four crucial points and achieved the team’s best performance of the season. Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, endured a tough race to finish in 15th position.
- Jenson Button
- JRubens Barrichello
Conditions were hot, wet and humid for the start of the 56-lap race at the Shanghai International Circuit. Both Honda drivers started the race on the Bridgestone Potenza wet tyre and Jenson lost one position away from the line to end the opening lap in 11th place. He spent the next 23 laps mixing it in the midfield until making his first pitstop on lap 24, when he became one of the first drivers to switch to dry tyres.
For the next 18 laps Jenson charged through the field, setting a series of fastest lap times. He immediately found grip which enabled him to climb up to fourth place by the time of his second and final pitstop on lap 42. He rejoined the race in sixth place and when Fisichella pitted ahead of him he moved into fifth, which is where he ended the race. Rubens’ race was compromised on lap two when he was running in 15th place. As he braked for turn one, he had a coming together with Anthony Davidson and dropped to the back of the field.
On lap 25 Rubens made his first pitstop and switched to dry tyres, but he made the decision to return to the pits for wets on the following lap when it started to rain again. The shower was short-lived and he found himself on the wrong tyre for the rapidly drying track conditions. He made a third stop later on lap 31 and he crossed the line in 15th place.
The Honda Racing F1 Team now has a two-week break before heading to Brazil for the final race of the season on 21 October.
- JENSON BUTTON
- "A fantastic race today and I’m very happy to come away with four points and our best result of the season. I struggled at the start of the race as the car was not working well in the wet conditions and I had no grip, so I ended up slipping back through the field. When the track dried out we decided to pit and go for the dry option tyre and a light fuel load. From then I started setting fastest laps which was a great feeling. It was a fun race with a lot of overtaking and very close driving. It is very satisfying to come away with some good points today."
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "Unfortunately we made one decision too many this afternoon, which compromised the possibility of a good race. When the rain started after my first pit stop, I thought it would be wet for the remainder of the race, so I came in for wet tyres again but this proved to be the wrong choice just a few laps later. A disappointing end to the weekend but I look forward now to my home Grand Prix in Brazil in two weeks time."
- JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
- "Two wet races in seven days have made the Asian rounds an exciting challenge. This time the track conditions were good for the wet tyre and only one team opted for the extreme wet, which was clearly not appropriate to the conditions. At the start of the race our cars struggled to keep pace with the cars around us as we were on a heavy fuel load. After everybody pitted for dry tyres it started to rain again and Rubens opted for wets. This was a gamble and the rain stopped after only two laps, so Rubens had to do an extra pit-stop which ruined his hopes of a points finish. Jenson also had to pit earlier than planned as the track was too dry for the wet tyres; therefore we could not take advantage of our planned one-stop strategy. After losing some positions with a heavy car in the first part of the race, he drove a storming race to finish in a fine fifth position. It’s a nice feeling for the team to score some points again."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM’s fighting spirit was challenged once again as the team ensured a difficult race at the Shanghai International Circuit. The changeable weather and track conditions during the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix produced a few surprise results which have dramatically changed the order of the Constructors’ Championship with only one race to go this season.
- Takuma Sato
- Anthony Davidson
- TAKUMA SATO
- "It was an exciting but tough race for us. I made a good start, gaining a few positions and it was exciting overtaking in the wet conditions. But within a few laps we had a mechanical problem and from then on the car was bouncing quite a lot. I immediately radioed to the team, but there was nothing we could do. With the changing conditions I was able to catch a few cars ahead, but we just weren’t quick enough to overtake. Thankfully we were able to finish, but the car handling was far from ideal which made it an even more difficult race for me."
- ANTHONY DAVIDSON
- "It is a disappointing end to the weekend. We had a very poor start and Rubens was able to quite easily overtake us into turn one. I managed to get back past and fight with a few other cars on lap one, but then going into turn one on lap two Rubens tagged my right rear and we both spun. I had damage to my body work which covered my brake duct sending the temperatures sky high. This then gives you a long brake pedal, leaving you only with the front brakes so I came in to the pits for the guys to remove the damaged body work and see if that would get more air to the right rear brake duct, but it wasn’t to be. The brakes never came back so instead of putting myself and the team in danger I decided to retire from the race."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "This was another tough race for us in difficult conditions. Taku did a good job and it is a shame that Anthony had a coming together at beginning of the race with Barrichello. I would like to thank everyone in the team for continuing to push hard and I would also like to congratulate both Toro Rosso drivers who did a good job today. We have only one more race this season, so we shall continue to keep up our fighting spirit and try to replicate the result that we had last year in Brazil."
Formula One World Championship
Round 16: Chinese GP
||K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)|
||F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||F MASSA (Ferrari)|
||S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)|
||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)|
||N HEIDFELD (BMW)|
||D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)|
||H KOVALAINEN (Renault)|
||M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)|
||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|
||A WURZ (Williams-Toyota)|
||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
||N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)|
||S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||R KUBICA (BMW)|
||L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)|
||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)|
||A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)|
||A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|