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Honda look to fresh start in Europe 16 Apr 2007

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Saturday, 14 April 2007

After failing to score a single point in the first three flyaway races of the year, the beleaguered Honda team have vowed to focus all their efforts on turning things around ahead of the start of European season in Spain next month.

Bahrain proved to be another frustrating weekend for the Japanese squad. Jenson Button crashed out on the opening lap and team mate Rubens Barrichello could manage no better than 13th place as he wrestled with the poor driveability of his RA107.

“Whilst Jenson did not even get the chance to complete a lap due to a third corner incident, Rubens did a valiant job of fighting to the finish with what was clearly a very difficult car to drive,” said engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert.

With no chance to test between the back-to-back Malaysian and Bahrain rounds, Honda were denied the opportunity to introduce development steps to the RA107. Their hopes now lie with work taking place back at their UK factory, coupled with a return to the test track in Barcelona prior to the Spanish race.

“All we can do now is put these first races behind us and return to base, where every bit of our focus, resource and effort is being directed towards turning our situation around," added Eeckelaert.

Honda’s woes in Bahrain were not confined to their works team. Super Aguri recorded a double DNF as the customer V8s in the back of Takuma Sato’s and Anthony Davidson’s cars both failed.