Disappointing Results at the Belgian Grand Prix

By: Evander Klum

Honda's very own Racing F1 Team had a rather disheartening afternoon at the recent Belgian Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello was able to finish at rank 13th position while Jenson Button was forced to retire at lap 37 of the race.

The demanding seven-kilometer Spa-Francorchamps circuit has proved to be tough course for the RA107 and because of this the team has decided to adopt a one stop strategy to maximize their chance of obtaining a reasonable result.

At the start of the race both of Honda's Racing F1 Team drivers got away well. Jenson was 12th on the grid and was able to manage to maintain his position through the dangerously tight La Source hairpin on the opening lap. Rubens was also having the same luck only that he was at the 17th place.

The drivers fearlessly battled their way up the order at the opening segment of the race taking advantage of the time when rival cars pit early for their two stop strategies. Among the Honda Racing Team's drivers it was only Jenson who pit at the lap 24 obtaining an 11th position for him. He rejoined the race in the 15th place.

Rubens has stayed two laps longer than his other teammates pitting from 12th place at the end of lap 26. He rejoined the race in the 17th position and then drives the remaining of the race competing with Liuzzi.

Then on lap 37 it happened, Jenson slowed two-thirds of the way around the lap lucky for him he made it back to the pits but to his dismay his car has a hydraulic failure which means he has to leave the race. There were no other reported failures on the car's other components such as its , etc. Fortunately for the Honda Team, Rubens was able to cross the line in 13th position. But still the overall result was quite disappointing for the team.

This week the team will head to Jerez where they will test some aerodynamic updates on the RA107 in preparation for the Japanese Grand Prix scheduled in September 20, 2007.

Here are the comments of the disappointed drivers of Honda Racing F1 Team, Rubens and Jenson on the recent Belgian Grand Prix:

RUBENS BARRICHELLO
"This has been a pretty frustrating weekend for us because we have been struggling with the car from start to finish. Today, carrying that amount of fuel for a one-stop strategy, the rears were locking badly and I was fighting the car the whole race. Now we have to look forward to Tuesday, the start of our test in Jerez, where we will test the car in a different configuration - hopefully a better one so we can make some progress in the remaining three races."

JENSON BUTTON
"It's always disappointing to retire from a race but it was six laps less pain as the car was so difficult to drive. We expected a tough race this weekend, having tested the revised circuit back in July, so it was no surprise that the car has not been working well here. It was a tough race and the car was changing from huge oversteer to understeer throughout the lap. Then the clutch started slipping, the power steering failed and it was clear we had experienced a hydraulic failure. Disappointing, but we head to Jerez next week with new developments for our home race in Japan and let's hope for better things in Fuji."

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