Honda's Jenson Button managed to finish in the points in Italy on Sunday and while that in itself was a big boost for the Brackley-based outfit, especially in light of just how bad their season has been, the Englishman still wasn't overly pleased.

Indeed Button reckoned that he could have finished a bit higher up the order had he not had so much understeer in his first stint. As it was he eventually finished less than seven seconds behind Nico Rosberg, who took sixth for Williams.

"It was nice to get a point today but it was a frustrating race for me as I had so much understeer on the first stint," Jenson confirmed.

"We run such low front wing around this circuit that it is very easy to lock the front tyres, particularly at Parabolica, and I flat-spotted the front right which meant I was losing grip through every right-hand corner.

"This meant that I couldn't fend off Rosberg and the long first stint of 33 laps compromised me even further. So it was frustrating as we could have had a better result but we did our very best this weekend - and a point is definitely some reward for us.

"The team have done a great job and everyone is in good spirits, so I'm pleased to have got another point for them. They really deserve it," he continued.

Rubens Barrichello meanwhile also went well in the sister RA107, and while he didn't score points, he did finish in tenth, less than five seconds off Button.

Honda's engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert was encouraged by their performances: "It is a good feeling for the whole team to be racing in the top ten again," he added.

"Both drivers were fast and consistent, Jenson racing with [Heikki] Kovalainen and Rosberg, while Rubens was fighting with [Mark] Webber and [Jarno] Trulli.

"The latest aerodynamic and suspension developments that we have brought here this weekend have clearly improved the car performance and we need to carry that momentum through to Spa next weekend and the races beyond."

 

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