Somewhat testament to the current situation at Honda, both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello claim their cars were relatively well balanced in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix - but it still wasn't enough to see them progress beyond the first knockout stage.

Although the test at Jerez was supposed to find the tenths needed to boost their increasingly disastrous season, it is actually the first time neither Honda has been able to qualify to the second stage of qualifying, signalling a new low for the team.

Even more mystifying, Button, who comes back to the scene of his one and only win twelve months ago, claims he thought the car felt good but just generally lacked the speed needed to make any kind of impression, particularly over a single lap.

"The car felt reasonably good today which shows that the balance is there so we didn't expect to be in this position. It's strange to have a car which is feeling so consistent and to still not make it out of the first qualifying session. It seems to be a lack of efficient downforce which is affecting our pace. I also lost two-tenths at the first corner compared to this morning which is a massive amount of time when everyone around you is competing so closely. It's very disappointing for both myself and the whole team."

Starting a position behind in 18th, Barrichello was more critical of the car, claiming it is 'nowhere near where it should be'. Together with the Hungaroring's difficult overtaking opportunities, the Brazilian admits the race is going to be a difficult one.

"After practice this morning, it wasn't clear which tyre would perform better in qualifying this afternoon.
Therefore we used both the prime and option tyre and they felt completely different on each of my runs. Unfortunately the car is nowhere near where we want it to be at the moment and our positions in qualifying today reflect the lack of pace. It will be a hard race for us tomorrow."

Engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert meanwhile praised his drivers for the getting the most out of the RA107 chassis, but he too admitted that their best is not good enough to get them back to where they should be.

"After some set-up changes in morning practice, both drivers had a reasonably balanced car for qualifying. They extracted the maximum possible performance from their cars today and ended up within a tenth of a second from each other, missing out on going through to the second session by a very small margin."

 

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