A tough conclusion to a troubled weekend for the Honda Racing F1 Team with both RA107s lacking speed today. Rubens Barrichello ended the race where he began in 18th position, whilst Jenson Button endured a similar battle coupled with poor car ...
A tough conclusion to a troubled weekend for the Honda Racing F1 Team with both RA107s lacking speed today. Rubens Barrichello ended the race where he began in 18th position, whilst Jenson Button endured a similar battle coupled with poor car balance before a throttle sensor problem curtailed his race on lap 36.
"Today we just didn't have any pace and despite the fact that I was pushing as much as possible, there was nothing coming from the car. The race started badly when I was pushed wide at the exit of turn two and ended up at the back of the field. Overtaking is next to impossible at this track so that was the story of my race really. Everyone at the team is feeling the pain at the moment. We know how bad the situation is but we have to keep our heads up and keep working at it over the break to find some improvements."
"What can I say? We all know the problems and how much work there is to be done. The problem that brought my race to an end appears to be a sensor problem as I couldn't get full throttle for a few laps before I eventually slowed for the blue flags. Then the engine just stalled. Before that we were massively off the pace and I struggled with huge understeer. Our results today speak for themselves."
Jacky Eeckelaert, Engineering Director:
"This has been a weekend to forget. Quite simply, we did not have the race pace here. On the first lap Rubens lost some places when he ran wide at turn two. Thereafter, having started 18th on the grid, it was just a case of getting to the end of the race and looking for opportunities. There was nothing more he could have done with the car today. A similar story for Jenson until an engine-related problem stopped him out on the circuit. We have three weeks before the next race and a huge amount of work to do in that time."
Jenson Button: DNF
Fastest Lap: 1:22.906
Rubens Barrichello: 18th
Fastest Lap: 1:22.004