Honda heads home to Silverstone

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The Honda Racing F1 Team heads to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this week for the first of its two home races in the 2007 season. The British Grand Prix, held at the Silverstone circuit located just eight miles from the Brackley factory, is round nine of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship.

On the back of a stronger showing at the French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours last weekend, which resulted in the first points finish of the season, the whole team will be looking forward to Silverstone and the excitement of competing at a truly classic racing circuit.

"The race in Magny-Cours last weekend marked a more positive step in the season for the Honda Racing F1 Team,” stated Shuhei Nakamoto, Senior Technical Director. “Following much hard work back at the factory and in testing, we achieved our first point of the season. Jenson drove a good race, the pace of the car was very encouraging and our strategy paid off. We can now go to our first home race of the season at Silverstone with more confidence in our ability to challenge for points finishes this weekend and at future races."

The historic Silverstone circuit, located on the site of a former airfield, is one of the few remaining high-speed and flowing tracks on the calendar, and one where Formula One cars can really be unleashed. As a result, it is one of the highlights of the season for most drivers and has seen some great races in recent years.

“It will always be one of my favourite tracks,” confirms Rubens Barrichello who won the race in 2003. “It's a high-speed circuit with some very challenging corners and one that I still really enjoy driving. I have some very special memories, not least of winning. It will be a busy weekend for us but an important one, so we will be giving it everything we can right now. We can definitely say that the performance of the car has improved which is encouraging. There is always a lot of expectation on our shoulders competing at Silverstone and although we don't have the car to fight at the front, I think we can have a good race and aim for the points.”