by Russell Atkins

Rubens Barrichello insists 13th place was about Honda's limit in qualifying ahead of today's Canadian Grand Prix around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, but he argues that does not necessarily mean points are out of the question.

The Brazilian ultimately wound up half a second shy of making the Q3 cut after he ran wide onto the marbles on the entry to the hairpin, but said he was happy with the balance of his RA107 and optimistic of opening Honda's points-scoring account in the race following a desultory start to the 2007 campaign.

"I think it could have been a little bit better," he told Crash.net, "but it was going to be tough to get into the top ten. You are always disappointed not to get through to the final session, but that's the limit of our car right now.

"The times were faster than on Friday even though the circuit seemed more slippery. The wind was blowing behind us in qualifying too."

The 35-year-old is confident Honda is now finally on the right track after its myriad early-season woes, but stresses it will be a long, slow process before the Japanese squad is properly back on the front-running pace again.

"The car is improving aerodynamically," he explained, "but it's still very draggy. We are consequently having to compromise a lot, and when you compromise that means you are not getting the full potential out of it.

"I think we have an even better chance [of scoring points in Montreal] than in Monaco, because we have a better car on old tyres than new. It's going to be tough because we don't have straight-line speed. That means our overtaking strategy is going to have to be risky, but I think we will be able to do it."

 

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