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[2] Button Opens Honda Score Sheet at Last

投稿者: mandylala74 投稿日:2013年 4月17日(水)17時54分59秒  通報   返信・引用

Jenson Button scored Honda's first point of the 2007 Formula One season in France on Sunday. After eight rounds into this year's season, the team finally secured their first point of the year, with eighth place for Button. The victory is a timely boost for the Briton prior to his home grand prix next weekend at Silverstone."It's not the point really, it's a relief to drive a car that feels good," Button said at Magny-Cours. This is a good starting point really for us... we've got the basics right, which is good." Button was a race winner for the first time in Hungary last August after 113 starts. Since then, Honda has suffered a gloomy season. Sunday's race was the Briton's first appearance in the top ten since he ended last year on a high with third place in the final race in Brazil. "To finish six seconds behind the quickest Renault and not too far behind the BMWs is a good step forward, definitely, and something that we can really build on for future races," Button said. "I thought there was a possibility of a point but I didn't expect to be so close to those cars in front. It's not where we want to end up but it's a good step forward and that's what we needed. This point is very well deserved for the team and they should be happy with it for the moment."Honda has modified the front suspension and brought new aerodynamic developments to Magny-Cours after testing the previous week and was confident before the weekend that they would take a step up. Honda AEM cam gears and other racing parts were meticulously enhanced to produce amazing performance. Honda team boss Nick Fry said that the team could consider themselves the fifth or sixth fastest on the grid now, despite being only ninth in the standings. "We are still a long, long way off beating a Ferrari or a McLaren," he noted. "People shouldn't expect us to go from point to the front of the grid, that's not feasible. The nice thing about today is that we got our single point on pure race performance."The team introduced a number of mechanical and aero updates to their struggling RA107 at last week's Silverstone test and, though no one in the team was predicting huge gains this weekend, there was unadulterated improvement in the performance.Button and teammate Rubens Barrichello came away from Saturday's Magny-Cours qualifying session satisfied with their respective grid positions - 12th and 13th - and confident that their race pace should be even better. And so it was proved. Both men gained three places at the start of the race, but it was Button who seemed more at home with his revised machine, with fastest laps than both the BMW Saubers. "It was an enjoyable race today and we've shown that the car has improved a lot with the new package. It's nice to have a car which gives me the confidence to push and I'm pleased with my fastest lap time relative to our competitors. This shows that our race pace is improving, although we still need to work on our qualifying pace," said the Briton. "Once we can get on top of that, we will be in a much stronger position to compete for points going forward. All credit to the whole team today as a faultless race with good pit


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