Honda Pair Shows Good Performance

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Formula One teams are on the last stretch of their preparations for the upcoming European Grand Prix this Sunday. Friday was a busy day for all teams as free practice sessions were held in the morning and in the afternoon. During these practice runs, Formula One teams evaluate their cars and tweak them for a better performance for qualifying on Saturday and finally for the race which would be happening on Sunday.

For the Honda pair of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, the practice session went well. But good news for the pair has reached them even before they participated on Friday's practice sessions. It was announced recently that both Button and Barrichello will be retained by Honda Racing Formula One Team for the 2008 season.

With that motivation and trouble-free practice sessions, both are looking for good performances at Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. The only thing that went wrong for the pair is the weather. During the break between the two practice sessions, rain shower washed the rubber from the tracks which would have given them a better grip thus a faster run in the afternoon.

Button is aware of the weather and how it could affect them in the qualifying session and the race as well. "Today's running was always going to be difficult because of the weather. The rain after the first session left the track slightly damp for the start of the second," said the British Formula One driver.

Button only has a point to show after nine races this season. He is currently sixteenth in the drivers' championship standings. His dismal performance has received criticisms especially after his sixth place finish last year with 56 points. The British driver though is confident that the improvements they have made to their car will give them a better chance at finishing with points.

"With the program that we had, the work we did was positive and our long-run pace was reasonable. There is still a lot of work to do on our long-runs but the car worked well on both tires and then on new tires at the end. To get a good lap round here you need a very good set-up and today is not a bad start. We're moving in the right direction," Button mentioned.

Meanwhile, veteran driver and Ayrton Senna's protegee Rubens Barrichello is yet to score a point this season. During the afternoon practice session, he was slower not only due to the damp circuit but also because of the changes that they have made to the car.

"We made some big changes for the afternoon session and I was not very happy with the car as a result," said Barrichello. But the Brazilian is still confident that they will get things right and hopefully gave him a chance to finally earn a point at the European Grand Prix.

"They didn't translate in the way that we hoped. The track was very different as well this afternoon after the rain and it was quite windy out there. We have learned some important things for the rest of the weekend though."

Honda Racing Formula One Team is fielding the RA107s which is their new car for the season. The car uses Honda engines and other racing parts such as the which in Formula One is called the front wing.

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