Honda technical director Shuhei Nakamoto is hoping a crucial test at Paul Ricard has given the team a head start in terms of set-up for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Although neither Jenson Button nor Rubens Barrichello have scored a point this season, the team showed a greater turn of pace in the Monaco Grand Prix that saw them just miss out on opening their scoring account.

Indeed, Nakamoto believes the team have made a step forward with the much maligned RA107, an upturn that he claims shows they are beginning to get on top with their problems.

"We are pleased that the RA107 is continuing to show positive signs as a result of all the team's hard work. At the last race in Monaco, the drivers were able to appreciate the improvements and take the most performance possible out of the car.

With that in mind, Nakamoto is eager to address this in Canada, another unique circuit that he hopes they will be well suited to having conducted a test at Paul Ricard with the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in mind.

"However the next race in Canada is a completely different challenge and downforce levels are very different, so we have to set the car up to suit the specific demands of this track.

"At the Paul Ricard test, we found a good set-up on the Montreal configured circuit, which we hope will translate well to the race weekend. We are continuing to develop the car, not only in terms of new aero parts but also mechanical improvements. Although we have not had the opportunity to test since Monaco, we will keep pushing as hard as possible for the North American races."



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