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Honda to test new aero package next week 28 Feb 2008

Alex Wurz (AUT) Honda RA108. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2008. World © Patching/Sutton Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA108 Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain, 27 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2008. World © Patching/Sutton

Honda will use their final pre-season test at Jerez next week to trial an all-new aerodynamics package, as the team bid to get the RA108 on the pace ahead of the forthcoming Australian Grand Prix.

Most teams completed their winter test programme in Barcelona this week, but Honda will spend another three days on track in Spain in the hope of solving the handling issues that have plagued their 2008 car.

"Our main aero updates and some new mechanical developments will arrive for the Jerez test next week and we have a great deal to do there to ensure that we are in a position to be competitive for Melbourne,” said driver Jenson Button. “We have been doing a lot of work to overcome our handling issues but the pace and the lap times are not there yet."

Honda completed an evaluation of revised suspension settings in Barcelona to address the handling concerns. These produced positive results, but the team are reserving judgment on their potential for Australia until they have run the revised aero package.

"We are finding that the performance of the car is quite varied as I had a different reaction from the car over the two days so we have some set-up work to complete,” said Rubens Barrichello after his time in the car this week. “It is too early to make a final comment on performance as we have our new aero update kit to evaluate next week."

Honda’s private test at Jerez will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.