Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda delivered a solid two-car finish and five Constructors' Championship points in the team's home Grand Prix at Silverstone today. Despite a hard-fought battle for third by local hero Jenson Button, he was unable to make a...
Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda delivered a solid two-car finish and five Constructors' Championship points in the team's home Grand Prix at Silverstone today.
Despite a hard-fought battle for third by local hero Jenson Button, he was unable to make a big enough impression on the Ferraris and the resurgent form of Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren. The appearance of the safety car 20 laps from the end of the race enabled him to close right up with Rubens Barrichello but he was unable to displace the Ferrari to take the podium finish he had been targeting this weekend.
His team-mate Takuma Sato, on a two-stop strategy, was disappointed to finish outside the points in 11th place.
"We came into this race expecting a lot more than we've been able to deliver; today's race performance was nowhere near our testing performance earlier in the year. We really struggled with a lack of grip compared to the Ferraris and it was like we were in a different race in terms of the way our car was handling. Our pace showed that we weren't as quick today as we were at the start of the season."
"Somehow we've managed to drop behind a bit which is very disappointing, particularly in front of our home crowd. We've got a lot of work to do now ahead of the German Grand Prix in two weeks' time. We should be able to expect better traction in Hockenheim than we experienced here and a stronger performance generally from our new car developments."
"It's been a tough race today and a tough weekend generally. We are obviously very disappointed that we were unable to achieve our targets for this race, especially in front of all of the team's British fans. It was a risk to choose different strategies for the two cars but we thought it would provide us with an opportunity to react to any change in the weather."
"Unfortunately our two-stop strategy didn't work in the way that we anticipated. On the positive side however, the car stayed reliable throughout the race, which is a small step forward from the problems I have experienced this season. We have to put this weekend behind us now and focus on what we can do at next week's Jerez test to improve for Germany and the rest of the season."
David Richards, Team Principal:
"We came here with the objective of securing a podium and it's obviously disappointing for both the team and all the British fans that we weren't able to deliver on our ambition. Nonetheless, it was positive to have a solid performance from Jenson and further points to consolidate the team's third position in the Constructors' Championship and Jenson's third place in the Drivers' standings."
"The engine upgrade and further car developments we will introduce at the next race should help to maintain our momentum. The thing I'll remember most about this weekend is the enormous support we have received from the fans and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure they have something to cheer about during the rest of the season."
Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director:
"Although Jenson's fourth place improved our championship position, overall it was a rather disappointing performance at a circuit where we hoped to do better and finish on the podium. Jenson drove a solid race today but we were not fast enough on either of our strategies."
"As expected, Ferrari were very strong however we performed well against our two nearest competitors in the championship but lost out to the greatly improved performance of Raikkonen's McLaren. We now need to introduce our latest performance upgrades as soon as possible and we will be testing them next week in Jerez."
Shuhei Nakamoto, Engineering Director, Honda Racing Development:
"We are a little bit disappointed with our result today as we wanted to get onto the podium this weekend. Having said that, Jenson drove very well and I think he got the most he could out of the package we gave him. We will continue to push and will have another engine upgrade in Germany which I hope will help us to get closer to the front."
Chassis: BAR Honda 006-05
Best lap time: 1:19.488
Chassis: BAR Honda 006-04
Best lap time: 1:20.790