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.
“A weekend to forget” is how Engineering Director Jacky Eeckelaert summed up the team’s Hungarian Grand Prix, confirming that the three-week gap in the race schedule will be spent completing the “huge amount of work” necessary to help the team improve from its current position.
At the end of a very frustrating day, Rubens Barrichello concluded: “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."
An equally disappointed Jenson Button said: “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.”