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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Honda looking forward to France

Honda drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello are both looking forward to this weekend’s French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, where the team are expecting to “make a small step forward in performance”.

"The Circuit de Nevers is quite a tricky circuit to get your lap absolutely right however it is a lot of fun to drive and very fast,” exclaimed Button.

“The start is particularly important, regardless of what side of the grid you are on, and you have to position yourself well for the first two corners to get a good run down the straight to the Adelaide hairpin. This is really the only place on the circuit where you can have a real chance of overtaking.”

The track’s technical challenge is one reason why many of the drivers enjoy competing at Magny-Cours, including Barrichello.

"I really enjoy racing at Magny-Cours and it is a really flowing circuits which the drivers generally enjoy,” he explained.

“The track has a mixture of high and slow speed turns, and although the track surface is smooth, it can be hard on the rear tyres. The high speed changes of direction between turns four and five, and also turns seven and eight, are particularly challenging.”

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