2008 British GP, practice: Honda quotes 

Written by David on July 04th, 2008 at 7:40 pmLast Update: July 04th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

HondaSteve Clark: “Rubens had a rear suspension failure at the start of the first practice session. We therefore took the precaution of keeping Jenson’s car in the garage until we had fully investigated the issue. The part in question is not a new design nor is it a high mileage component, so the failure was quite unusual. While tests are ongoing back at the factory, we have confirmed that the design has a generous safety margin. For the second session, we fitted new parts to both cars which have undergone a repeat of the quality control processes at the factory. We are confident that the new parts that we have on the car following last week’s test have improved our performance. It is difficult to assess this against our competitors today as different fuel strategies will have been in place, therefore we would need a dry qualifying to really provide the answer. However, having both cars in the top ten at the end of today would suggest that we have made a genuinely positive step. The latest information is that rain is certain for Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying in the wet is a challenge as the track conditions are constantly changing and it opens up the possibility that quicker cars may fall out in the early sessions, creating a mixed-up grid, which would make for an exciting race. A wet race would be good for our team as both Jenson and Rubens relish driving in the wet. As you would expect more cars to drop out over the course of a wet race, we would hope to take advantage of the conditions.”

Rubens Barrichello: “I love the Silverstone circuit, so I was disappointed not to have run the first session today due to the problem that we had with the rear suspension. The second session this afternoon was positive with some good feedback from a well-balanced car. We don’t know where our performance puts us in relation to our competitors yet, however I am confident of a much better weekend than in Magny Cours.”

Jenson Button: “We achieved some useful information from our test programme today, even though the wind has moving been around all afternoon and we lost the majority of our running time this morning. We have a good understanding of the tyres, both the prime and the option, but there is still a lot of work to do as we are not entirely happy with the balance. We may be seventh on the timesheets today but that doesn’t necessarily reflect our level of competitiveness, and we have a lot to achieve overnight to set ourselves up for qualifying.”

source: Honda

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