Honda will hope to see an upturn in fortunes in Monte Carlo next weekend after making 'small steps' in the right direction during four days of testing at Paul Ricard.

The team heads into the Monaca Grand Prix on the back of a disastrous start to the Formula 1 season, with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello having failed to score a single point between them from the opening four races of the year.

The test saw both race drivers and test driver Christian Klien spend time at the wheel of the RA107, with Klien taking to the track on Tuesday on a layout at the high-speed test track representative of the challenges likely to be faced in Monaco next weekend. Barrichello then took over the car on Wednesday and continued running on Thursday morning as the test switched to a longer lay-out, although Klien saw the second part of his test on Thursday afternoon hit by an engine failure. Button then joined the test for the final day - with a further engine failure ending his session early.

Despite those problems, engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert said he was happy with how the test had progressed and was hopeful of seeing progress made when the action kicks off in the principality on Thursday.

"The team completed a four-day test this week with our drivers on duty," he said. "Rubens and Christian spent the first three days looking at the new aero options for Monaco and Canada, sharing the test programme on the different circuit configurations. Jenson drove today [Friday] and focused on the aero options for Montreal and Indianapolis.

"All in all, we can say that we have made some progress and another small step in the right direction. The car was more competitive during the long runs and the pace has increased. So we can now look forward to the challenge and excitement of racing in Monaco and hope to see an improvement."



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