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New Honda revealed in Spain 23 Jan 2008

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108 Formula One Testing, Day Three, Valencia, Spain, Wednesday 23 January 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton Rubens Barrichello (BRA) does the first lap in the new Honda RA108. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Valencia, Spain, Wednesday 23 January 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton

With the Spanish sun shining high in the sky, Honda’s new challenger made its track debut on Wednesday morning at Valencia. For its maiden outing the RA108 was placed in the experienced hands of race driver Rubens Barrichello.

Honda, who endured a bitterly disappointing 2007 campaign, hope the new car will help them improve their form during the coming season, which will be overseen by new team principal Ross Brawn.

The RA108 sported an interim white livery for its debut run, ahead of the car’s official launch which will take place on January 29 at the team’s UK factory in Brackley.

Also in action for Honda on Wednesday is Japanese hopeful Takashi Kogure in the Japanese team's older RA107 machine.