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British Grand Prix, 13- 15 July 2001 The British Grand Prix is the home race for both Honda's partner teams, Lucky Strike BAR Honda and Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda, being based at Brackley and Silverstone respectively. It is also...

British Grand Prix, 13- 15 July 2001

The British Grand Prix is the home race for both Honda's partner teams, Lucky Strike BAR Honda and Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda, being based at Brackley and Silverstone respectively. It is also geographically the closest Formula One race of the season for Bracknell-based Honda Racing Development, the European base of Honda's F1 operation. As the team principals of both Honda partner teams testify, Silverstone holds a special significance.

"The home Grand Prix for any team is special and Silverstone is particularly special to me as this is where the team has been based since 1990 - the year that we started up," said Eddie Jordan, Chief Executive of Jordan Honda. "This year marks the 10th anniversary that Jordan has competed in the British Grand Prix and it always feels good to race on home ground and in front of home crowds and fans. It's good to be back on form coming to this race, having scored points in France. We still have a lot of work to do but must keep focused and push on in order to continue in the same vein and score more points."

Craig Pollock, Team Principal and Managing Director of BAR Honda added: "We are working on new programmes which we believe will help our performance for Silverstone and other races to come. As our testing has always been good at Silverstone we are going into the race with an extremely positive attitude and are looking forward to a better race weekend in the UK."

Honda's presence at Silverstone will begin on Thursday 12th July in the form of a fun event for the British F1 media at their home Grand Prix. Honda has invited teams to compete in the Honda Lawnmower Challenge and four Honda 2216 ride-on lawnmowers will be liveried in Lucky Strike BAR Honda and Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda team colours. Honda has seized this opportunity to throw the competitive element back to the media, albeit in a fun and relaxed context. Only 20% of Honda's product portfolio is represented by cars and motorcycles. Honda's Power Equipment product line-up includes quad bikes, outboard engines, water pumps, generators and, of course, lawn and garden equipment, underlining Honda's position as the world's largest engine manufacturer.

BAR Honda's Olivier Panis and Jordan Honda's Jarno Trulli will start the first race at 1230hrs and there will be a photo opportunity with both drivers and the competitors. The event will be presided over by the British Lawnmower Racing Association (BLRA) and a fleet of Honda's recently launched Streams will shuttle competitors and the media the short distance to and from the event. Shuttles will depart from and return to the media accreditation centre in the media car park, with the first shuttles departing from 1145hrs. A barbecue lunch and drinks will be provided throughout the event, which is open to all media and will take place in a field north of the media car park at the Silverstone circuit.

The provision of 70 Honda Streams is a high profile part of Honda's involvement in the Grand Prix event itself, transporting thousands of guests between the notoriously busy Silverstone heli pad and the Formula One Paddock Club over the three days. The Honda Stream is powered by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC Honda engine, and although passengers will only be on board Honda's new class-leading seven-seater sports activity vehicle for a few minutes, they will discover a higher level of space and comfort than Honda's quartet of drivers will experience over the 60 laps of the 3.194 mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

British Grand Prix, 13-15 July 2001

Circuit Details
Circuit Name Silverstone Circuit
Circuit Address Silverstone, Northants, NN12 8TN, UK
Circuit Length 5.140km / 3.194miles

Timetable (all times are local, CET is 1 hour ahead)
Friday Free Practice: 11.00-12.00 & 13.00-14.00
Saturday Free Practice: 09.00-09.45 & 10.15-11.00
Qualifying: 13.00-14.00
Sunday Warm-up: 08.30-09.00
Race: 13.00

2000 Results
Winner D Coulthard (McLaren) 1h28m50.108s
Fastest race lap M Hakkinen (McLaren) 1m26.217s
Pole position R Barrichello (Ferrari) 1m25.703s
Lap record M Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m24.475s

Honda in Britain 2000
Villeneuve DNF / Zonta DNF

Honda in Britain Grands Prix:
14 Podiums: 9 Wins: 4 (Mansell 1986 & 1987, Senna 1988, Prost 1989)

Honda F1 winners
Senna 32, Mansell 13, Prost 11, Piquet 7, Berger & Rosberg 3, Ginther & Surtees 1

Team wins powered by Honda
McLaren-Honda 44, Williams-Honda 23, Honda 2, Lotus-Honda 2

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Olivier Panis , Eddie Jordan
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Jordan