Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's Jenson Button delivered a hard- fought Championship point for the team in their home race at Silverstone today. Against all the odds, he battled his way up from the back of the field not once but twice, in what turned...
Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda's Jenson Button delivered a hard- fought Championship point for the team in their home race at Silverstone today. Against all the odds, he battled his way up from the back of the field not once but twice, in what turned out to be one of the most tantalising races of the season. His team-mate Jacques Villeneuve was disappointed to finish 10th after he spun his B*A*R Honda 005 on the penultimate lap. Today's result confirms B*A*R's fifth place in the Constructors Championship and Button now moves up to a solid 10th place in the driver standings.
"That was a lot of fun! It was always going to be hard from the back but I don't think we could have done any better than that - it was one of the best performances of my career. I had nothing to lose so I went for it from the start. I made up five places on the first lap so I knew I had a car I could fight with. I was starting to work my way through the field when we had to pit under the safety car after the spectator ran on to the track, and I had to queue for a short time behind Jacques. I dropped back down to 18th and had to start all over again which was massively frustrating! I got a bit of oversteer but it went away, the tyres settled down and the balance was good."
"The car felt great. I had a lot of fun carving my way through the field and it was a great feeling for Jacques and I to be fighting with Michael. I got a good second stop to get back on track ahead of Jacques, then I was really starting to reel in Alonso. With him out of the race I was able to start chasing da Matta but in the end we just ran out of laps. It was a really special race for me today and I'm pleased that we have a point at the end of it because the team have worked really hard to get the car back up there."
"Today has been disappointing after the good Saturday we had. The new car is definitely an improvement and the engine worked well from beginning to end, but the car didn't work as well in race trim today which is strange because it's usually the other way round. We fought as hard as we could but today the safety car didn't work in our favour. I wasn't able to finish in the points but at least the team got a Championship point which is very important."
David Richards, Team Principal:
"This afternoon I think that Jenson has demonstrated the full scale of his talent. He drove an aggressive but extremely mature race, pushing all the way, and that one point may well count for a lot at the end of the season. Jacques didn't manage to find the same balance and I am sure the end result is a disappointment for him. Honda did a great job with the engine and the new aero package has given us a real boost. The work the guys did in the pitstops was second to none and that made all the difference in getting that valuable point, so overall the team should be very pleased with their performance."
Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director:
"The cars ran very well this weekend with the new aero kit and Honda engine upgrade, so it is good to leave with a point and finish both cars after such an exciting and eventful race. Jenson drove a very impressive race to recover eighth place after starting from the back of the grid, helped by an excellent second stint and sharp work from the pit crew. By contrast to his qualifying performance, Jacques found his race balance elusive but rallied with a string of impressive laps in the closing stages and in fact set a quicker fastest lap than Jenson. This has been a good performance step forward and reinforces our determination to keep improving the car throughout the rest of the season."
Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"Both our guys drove really well today and we showed that we've made steps to increase our competitiveness. Jenson scored a point having started from the back of the grid - we must carry that determination into the final races of the year."
Chassis: BAR Honda 005-3
Best lap: 1:23.705
Chassis: BAR Honda 005-4
Best lap: 1:23.912