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Formula One World Championship 2007
Round 17: Brazil GP
- October 21, 2007
Both RA107s retire from the Brazilian Grand Prix
Honda Racing F1 Team
The season finale at Interlagos ended in disappointment for the Honda Racing F1 Team. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello drove determined races before they were both forced to retire with engine failure.
- Rubens Barrichello
- Jenson Button
The 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix took place in scorching temperatures at the Interlagos circuit. The air temperature of 37°C created tough conditions for the drivers, whilst the track temperature reached a 61°C high, making tyre durability an issue.
Rubens and Jenson lined up in 11th and 16th positions on the grid and made good starts, however Rubens was handed a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. He took the penalty on lap eight whilst lying in 10th place, and rejoined in 17th position. He did well to battle back to 11th place on his home circuit but he was forced to retire on lap 41.
Jenson made up two places at the start and was running in 10th place when his engine lost power on lap 22 and he was forced to pull over.
The team will now take a brief break from the track before the challenge of 2008 begins in earnest with the start of its winter development programme. Every resource at the team’s disposal will now be focused on next year’s World Championship campaign, which begins in only four months’ time.
- RUBENS BARRICHELLO
- "A disappointing end to a very hard season for us. Our position wasn’t looking too bad before I came in to make my second stop but unfortunately there was an engine problem and that ended my race early. I would like to say thank you to the whole team for the effort they have put in this year. It was been a very difficult experience but the team has done a lot of growing together and we will work very hard over the winter to improve our situation for next year."
- JENSON BUTTON
- "Not a great end to the season for us. We had a problem with the engine overheating in the very high temperatures. We have to look forward now, put the experience of this year behind us and focus on 2008. I would like to thank the whole team for the commitment that they have shown this year. It hasn’t been easy for anyone but we have stuck together as a team and worked so hard to take something from every race. I would also like to say a special thank you to my physio Phil Young who has been with me at every race for seven years and is now moving to a new life in Australia."
- JACKY EECKELAERT, Engineering Director
- "First of all congratulations to the new World Champion! Unfortunately our race was less successful. With our race strategy both drivers might have been in points contention today. Despite the fact that the car balance was a little too much on the understeer side, the lap times were competitive for both Rubens and Jenson. Unfortunately, both retired early in the race with engine failure before we were able to capitalise on the strategy."
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM
The solid two-car finish by SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM drivers Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson epitomises the team’s year. The pair took the checkered flag at the end of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix in 12th and 14th positions following a tough, but exciting race. The team will now be celebrating its own victories this evening as it has exceeded the goals set at the beginning of the year. The team ends the 2007 season in ninth position in the Constructors’ Championship and Takuma finishes in 17th place in the Drivers’ competition with four points. A further set of impressive milestones have been etched into the history of the SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM in only its second year.
- Takuma Sato
- Anthony Davidson
- TAKUMA SATO
- "It was a tough, but exciting race. I did not get a great start off the line, but into turns one, two and three I was side by side and overtaking lots of people, in fact the whole lap was full of exciting moments and I really enjoyed it. I then started to struggle with the balance and pace, but I think that we had done everything we could and it was a tough race for the team. It has been a fantastic season and we have achieved so many things. Our result has been a great achievement. I would like to thank the whole team, the factory back in Leafield and our colleagues at Honda, our sponsors and fans for all of their hard work and support."
- ANTHONY DAVIDSON
- "It was a fun last race. The car didn’t quite have the pace to match our stronger competitors in the mid-field, but we had reliability on our side again. The team did a fantastic job in all the pitstops and considering I got taken out by Sutil early on in the race I thought that my pace was really good towards the end on the prime tyre and I really enjoyed it. It was a good race to end the year on and I would like to thank everyone in the team, back at home in Leafield and in Japan, for their hard work this year."
- AGURI SUZUKI, Team Principal
- "The team has done an excellent job here in Brazil this weekend. Our target for the year was to end in a top ten position and with a Championship point and we have achieved this, so I am very happy. I want to thank everyone in the team, our Drivers, sponsors and all of our supporters and fans."
Formula One World Championship
Round 17: Brazil GP
|1||K RAIKKONEN (Ferrari)|
|2||F MASSA (Ferrari)|
|3||F ALONSO (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|4||N ROSBERG (Williams-Toyota)|
|5||R KUBICA (BMW)|
|6||N HEIDFELD (BMW)|
|7||L HAMILTON (McLaren-Mercedes)|
|8||J TRULLI (Toyota)|
|9||D COULTHARD (Red Bull-Renault)|
|10||K NAKAJIMA (Williams-Toyota)|
|11||R SCHUMACHER (Toyota)|
|12||T SATO (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
|13||V LIUZZI (STR-Ferrari)|
|14||A DAVIDSON (SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM)|
|DNF||A SUTIL (Spyker-Ferrari)|
|DNF||R BARRICHELLO (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
|DNF||H KOVALAINEN (Renault)|
|DNF||S VETTEL (STR-Ferrari)|
|DNF||J BUTTON (Honda Racing F1 Team)|
|DNF||M WEBBER (Red Bull-Renault)|
|DNF||S YAMAMOTO (Spyker-Ferrari)|
|DNF||G FISICHELLA (Renault)|