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Formula One World Championship 2007

Round 17: Brazil GP

  • Race Results
  • Qualifying
October 20, 2007

Honda Racing F1 Team

Rubens Barrichello will line up on the sixth row of the grid in his home race tomorrow after enjoying one of his best qualifying sessions of the year this afternoon at Interlagos.

His day got off to a positive start when he was placed sixth in this morning's final free practice session, which gave him a boost ahead of the crucial qualifying hour. He ended the afternoon in 11th position after missing out on a place in Q3 by less than 0.05s and will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from the sixth row of the grid. His Honda team-mate Jenson Button had a more difficult session and ended the day in 16th position.

After a damp start to the weekend, the circuit basked in ambient temperatures of up to 32°C. Both drivers completed two flying runs in Q1 and improved their lap times on each occasion. Rubens' first effort placed him 11th, and although he improved by 0.2s on his second run, he ended the 15-minute session in 12th place. Jenson's first run left him in the drop zone, but a determined second lap saw him through to Q2 by 0.02s.

Two more flying laps followed for both drivers in Q2, Rubens' best being a 1:12.932s which just squeezed him out of the top 10. Jenson continued to struggle with a lack of grip and his best lap, a 1:13.469, put him 16th.

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Saturday Practice: P6 1:12.478
Qualifying 1: P12 1:13.661
Qualifying 2: P11 1:12.932
Qualifying 3: -

"I am very pleased to have had a stronger weekend so far here at my home race but at the same time a little disappointed that we could not make it through to the final qualifying session today. The car felt very good this morning but this afternoon the rear was moving around a little too much so we lost a bit of time there. We got every last bit of performance out of the car today and I think we can have a good race from 11th."
Saturday Practice: P13 1:13.015
Qualifying 1: P16 1:14.054
Qualifying 2: P16 1:13.469
Qualifying 3: -

"Not a great qualifying session for me today which reflects that we have been off the pace pretty much all weekend. The car has a consistent lack of grip and unfortunately we haven't been able to improve the set-up to overcome this. It will be a tough race from 16th so we will just have to see what opportunities the race presents."
JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
"This morning we were able to work on the car balance in dry conditions on both prime and option tyres. Rubens was immediately pleased with his set-up, while Jenson was unable to find a good balance through the lap. In qualifying it was disappointing for Rubens to miss out on a place in Q3 by less than 0.05s and to find Jenson still struggling with an unpredictable balance. The hotter ambient temperatures in the afternoon affected the car balance a little more than we anticipated but we will work to find a strategy that gives us the best possible chance in the final race of the season tomorrow."


After an extremely close Qualifying session, where only 0.04 second separated Takuma and Q2 on the timesheet during Q1 this afternoon, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson will start tomorrow’s season finale, the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, in 18th and 20th positions respectively.

Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Saturday Practice: P18 1:13.331
Qualifying 1: P18 1:14.098
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a tough Qualifying. The track conditions changed a lot since the first practice session and it was very slippery. I had a lot of slide, but I think everyone seemed to be struggling under the conditions. The first run was relatively good and I was expecting to improve, but unfortunately I had traffic on the out lap and then could not get the best out of our preparations for the timed lap. I couldn’t improve on the second run and I missed Q2 by only a few hundredths, which is a big shame. I would like to say well done to the whole team. It has been a tough season and we really wanted to get into Q2 today, but nevertheless it was a good result from all of us."
Saturday Practice: P17 1:13.299
Qualifying 1: P20 1:14.596
Qualifying 2: -
Qualifying 3: -

"It was a difficult Qualifying session. The track had changed quite a lot from FP3 to Qualifying and the car lost all its balance. I struggled to get a first lap together and then on my second lap, when I was getting faster, I got a bit of traffic towards the end of the lap and couldn’t go quicker than my first time. It is a shame, but I doubt that Q2 was possible today anyway due to these conditions."
GRAHAM TAYLOR, Sporting Director
"Following a difficult Friday we made some progress this morning. The grip in the track came up and both cars were starting to get the semblance of a balance. But the track changed completely between FP3 and Qualifying and the boys found it very difficult and slick. It is a shame to finish the year on what we can now class as a poor Qualifying position, but I think that the team as a whole did a good job and we look forward to a dry race tomorrow following the two wet events we have had."
Formula One World Championship
Round 17: Brazil GP
Rank Driver (Team)
1F MASSA (Ferrari)
2L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)
3K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)
4F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)
5M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)
8J TRULLI (Toyota)
9D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)
10N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)
11R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)
12G FISICHELLA (Renault)
13S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)
14V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)
16J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)
17H KOVALAINEN (Renault)
19K NAKAJIMA (Williams-Toyota)
21A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)
22S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)

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