Rubens Barrichello has said that he 'hopes' Honda will have the basis for another 'small step forward' in Hungary next weekend, following a good three-day test for the team this week at Jerez.

Barrichello was in action on days two and three for the Brackley-based outfit and while Honda weren't really on the pace on the first two days, he finished up fourth quickest on Thursday, as he continued to assess the new mechanical and aerodynamic developments.

"This week's test has been quite a challenge because of the very intense heat but this is good preparation for me because I hear that this year's Hungarian Grand Prix will be the hottest on record," said the Brazilian.

"We have made a lot of set-up adjustments with the car to establish a good baseline and the mechanical and aero parts seem to be an improvement. I hope we have the basis for another small step forward next weekend now at the Hungarian Grand Prix."

Honda third driver, Christian Klien, who was in action on the first day of the test and Honda's engineering director, Jacky Eeckelaert, meanwhile, also both felt that the developments were constructive.

Eeckelaert is now keen to see how they compare with their rivals at the Hungarian Grand Prix: "We have experienced three very productive days of testing in very hot weather conditions," he added.

"The focus of our programme was preparing set-ups for the high downforce configuration of the Hungaroring circuit and putting new mechanical and aero parts through their paces.

"The car ran reliably throughout so we were able to complete a lot of running and we found a little more performance. Our new parts have now been signed-off and we look forward to seeing how they translate at the Hungarian Grand Prix," he summed-up.



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