Formula One Woes Continue for Honda

By: Mike Bartley

Honda Racing Formula One Team was looking to take their first point/s of the season going into Sunday's United States Grand Prix. But after a poor showing at the race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it looks as if Honda would have to wait for the next race to break into the scoring column.

Drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button seemed to have switched places after the Canadian Grand Prix. At the race held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Barrichello only managed to take the twelfth spot while Button was forced to retire. At the United States Grand Prix, it was Button who finished twelfth and Barrichello was forced to retire.

Barrichello was involved in an accident which retired not only him but Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and Red Bull's David Coulthard as well. It can be remembered that these three have been the leading contenders to Michael Schumacher's dominance in the early 2000s. The incident happened only on the opening lap and Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg escaped the collision.

While Button may have avoided the crash which might have forced him to retire, he only managed a twelfth place finish. While the British Button said that the race was fun, he is disappointed with the result.

"It was a fun race today but ultimately another disappointing afternoon for us," he said. "At the start I was on the outside and I was hit by Rubens, which damaged the front of my car along with the bodywork. That forced me across the grass and left me almost at the back of the field which was disappointing. Still it was a fun race with some good overtaking until my pit stop, when we had a problem with the fuel rig which cost me time and then I had about 15kg too much fuel in the car which compromised the rest of the race. We were just off the pace again and we now have a lot of work to do next week in Jerez to move our performance on."

Meanwhile, Barrichello is also looking forward to Jerez and attributed the accident to bad luck. "I think it was just an unlucky first corner racing incident today. I tried to avoid a spinning Ralf and unfortunately hit two cars, one of which was Jenson. The contact broke my front suspension and that was it for me today. Sadly Jenson's car was damaged as well. We have an important test next week in Jerez, so the team just has to look forward now and focus on improving our performance for the rest of the season," he shares.

The United States Grand Prix was won by the rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton who now leads the driver's championship standings with 58 points to his credit. His teammate Fernando Alonso took the second spot as McLaren dominates the early going of the 2007 Formula One season. It seems that even road bound McLarens equipped with will barely catch up with Hamilton and Alonso. Felipe Massa of Ferrari took the third place just ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen on fourth. McLaren now has 106 points in the constructor's championship while Ferrari trails at 71.

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