Honda's Rubens Barrichello has said that Brackley-based outfit made more progress this week during the three-day test at Jerez.

Although Rubens was originally not scheduled to run in Spain, in the end the Brazilian was in action on the first day, before team-mate, Jenson Button and James Rossiter finished things off on days 2 and 3.

Speaking after his programme on day one, when he began the evaluation of various aerodynamic options as well as focusing on set-up, Rubens noted that the upgrades should definitely assist them - although the changes are more aimed at next season, rather than the final three races of the year in Japan, China and Brazil.

"Although I was not planning to test in Jerez this week, I felt it was important to evaluate the new parts," he explained.

"The car felt different to drive and it was good to establish what was working and what was not. I felt some improvements in the braking area which gives me confidence going to Fuji for the next race," he added.

Honda's engineering director Jacky Eeckelaert meanwhile was also pleased, especially as the new parts were not designed for the RA107, but its successor, the RA108.

"In Jerez this week, we completed some fundamental aero evaluations to verify the correlation of our wind tunnel data with the track data," he continued.

"Both Rubens and Jenson tested different front wing and barge board configurations which will also assist us in developing our car package in 2008.

"This package has not been specifically developed around the RA107 but we are pleased with the initial feedback from the test in that the data correlation looks very good and we can therefore now put all our efforts into the development of the RA108.

"James Rossiter also tested new damper configurations this [Thursday] afternoon which gave positive results and will form part of the package for the forthcoming races."



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