Rubens Barrichello is convinced that Honda has improved the performance of the RA107 following the Brackley-based teams' form in France last weekend.

Although, Rubens himself only finished eleventh, his team-mate, Jenson Button managed to take a point at Magny Cours - the outfits first of the year. As such Barrichello is confident he can have a good race this coming weekend at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix.

"The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a big weekend for the Honda team so I'm pleased to be heading to our home base on the back of an improved performance at Magny Cours," stated the Brazilian. "We can definitely say that the performance of the car has improved which is encouraging.

"There is always a lot of expectation on our shoulders competing at Silverstone and although we don't have the car to fight at the front, I think we can have a good race and aim for the points.

"We don't tend to test much at Silverstone these days but it will always be one of my favourite tracks. It's a high-speed circuit with some very challenging corners and one that I still really enjoy driving.

"I have some very special memories, not least of winning here back in 2003. It will be a busy weekend for us but an important one, so we will be giving it everything we can right now."

Honda's senior technical director, Shuhei Nakamoto also believes that they are on the up, having made a 'small' but 'significant' step: "The race in Magny Cours last weekend marked a more positive step in the season for the Honda Racing F1 Team. Following much hard work back at the factory and in testing, we achieved our first point of the season," he continued.

"Jenson drove a good race, the pace of the car was very encouraging and our strategy paid off. We were a little worried about the levels of grip for Rubens but this situation improved by the end of the race.

"The French Grand Prix was a small step forward but a significant one for the whole team. We can now go to our first home race of the season at Silverstone with more confidence in our ability to challenge for points finishes this weekend and at future races."



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