Honda's Jenson Button has revealed that he was pleased with how testing went out at Monza this week.

Button was in action on days 3 and 4 at the historic track, which will play host to the Italian Grand Prix, the 13th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship next weekend.

Furthermore while his running was disrupted by rain, hence most teams opted to test for an extra day, he still managed around 120 laps in total focusing on general car set-up, as well as further work on aero and suspension required for the upcoming grand prix.

"The testing that we were able to achieve this week was positive and we made the most of the available track time, despite the really poor weather conditions," he reflected.

"The main focus was preparing the set-up of the car ahead of the race. We ran the Monza aero package with new front and rear wings which worked pretty much as expected, along with revised suspension components required for the unique demands of this circuit.

"I also did a few laps without traction control ahead of the new regulations for next year. It was good fun to feel that you are properly in control of the car again and I'm looking forward to next year when we race without it."

Button's team-mate, Rubens Barrichello was also pleased with how the test went and after his day of running on Tuesday, he noted that it went 'better than expected'.

"I was not hoping for too much from the car coming here but at the end of the day, I felt happy as the car seems to be reacting well to the track despite the aero issues that we have at the moment," he continued.

"We focused mainly on the set-up for the race and set some reasonable times, which is encouraging. Combined with the car feeling better, I am reasonably happy and looking forward to racing at one of my favourite circuits next weekend."

Honda's engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert meanwhile has confirmed that the new bits and pieces tried this week on the RA107 will be used next weekend as a result of this test.

"The test programme in Monza this week focused on preparation for the Italian Grand Prix here next weekend. The Monza track sees the highest top speeds of the season and therefore we ran a new front and rear wing specifically designed for the low drag configuration required," he explained.

"The drivers also worked on the set-up of the car and finding a good balance on the low downforce levels with the prime and the option tyre compounds provided for this event by Bridgestone.

"In addition to the aero, we had further new developments to evaluate including modifications to the front and rear suspension to improve the braking stability which is one of the prime factors for getting a good lap here.

"The drivers found a positive effect from these developments so they will be raced next weekend," he concluded.

 

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