Honda technical director Shuhei Nakamoto has vowed the team will make a better impression of themselves for the Turkish Grand Prix after a dismal performance last time out at Hungary.

Although Honda went to the Hungaroring as reigning winners following Jenson Button's victory in 2006, the race weekend proved to be a disaster, neither car making it through to the second stage of qualifying, while Button went on to retire in the race and Rubens Barrichello suffered the ignominy of being out raced by Adrian Sutil in the Spyker.

It is another sorry state of affairs that have done nothing to silence the cynics, instead causing them to mock Honda's bold claims that they were set to turn a corner mid-season.

Nonetheless, while Nakamoto accepts Hungary was a desperate weekend for the team, he insists it will not be the same situation in Istanbul where he is hoping the RA107 will be more at home.

"We have been working very hard at the factory during the three-week break since the Hungarian Grand Prix to analyse the problems that we experienced in that race and to continue developing the car. Everyone at the team was very disappointed with our performance at the Hungaroring and although we recognise the RA107 particularly struggled at this type of high downforce circuit, we are making all possible efforts to improve our current situation.

"The next race in Turkey is a circuit which should be more suited to our car and we expect to be able to fight more effectively in the midfield. We need to keep looking forward, maintain our motivation and work hard."

 

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