Jenson Button enjoyed a solid start to the European Grand Prix weekend on Friday - and in light of how badly Honda have performed this season, to finish up eighth quickest in both FP1 and FP2 was a boost of sorts for the Brit.

Despite admitting that they still have quite a bit of work to do, especially on longer runs, he was pleased with the way the RA107 reacted to the two different types of Bridgestone tyres and reported that he had a good balance with the soft and medium compounds.

Furthermore he finished the second session, which was 'green' after a mid-day downpour, less than four tenths off Kimi Raikkonen, who was quickest for Ferrari in the F2007.

"Today's running was always going to be difficult because of the weather," explained Jenson. "The rain after the first session left the track slightly damp for the start of the second. With the programme that we had, the work we did was positive and our long-run pace was reasonable.

"There is still a lot of work to do on our long-runs but the car worked well on both tyres and then on new tyres at the end. To get a good lap round here you need a very good set-up and today is not a bad start. We're moving in the right direction."

Rubens Barrichello however wasn't so happy in the sister car and he had to settle for the 14th best time in FP1 and FP2.

"We made some big changes for the afternoon session and I was not very happy with the car as a result," he explained.

"They didn't translate in the way that we hoped. The track was very different as well this afternoon after the rain and it was quite windy out there. We have learned some important things for the rest of the weekend though," he added.



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