Honda's Jenson Button has promised that the Brackley-based outfit will continue to push this season and work on the unloved RA107 even though there are only three races to go.

To date this year Honda have really struggled and so far the squad has only managed to score two points, thanks to Jenson's two eighth place finishes in France and Italy.

Speaking ahead of the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Button added though that he and team-mate, Rubens Barrichello will have an extra reason to want to do well this Sunday.

"The Japanese Grand Prix is always a very special weekend for the whole Honda Racing F1 Team as it is one of our two home races of the year," he explained.

"I have had fantastic support as a Honda driver at the Honda-owned Suzuka circuit in the past few years and the Japanese fans always create such a special atmosphere over the race weekend.

"We are the first to admit that Honda have had a tough season this year, however we approach the final races of the season with continued motivation and will not stop pushing to take the maximum possible performance from the RA107 car to help us move forward next year.

"Of course, Rubens and I will also be keen to put in a good performance for the thousands of Honda fans who will be cheering us on from the stands."

This year's Japanese GP will present a new challenge for all the teams' however, as the race has moved from its traditional Honda-owned home of Suzuka to the newly re-opened Fuji International Speedway.

"The Fuji circuit is an unknown quantity so I will be studying the circuit layout with our engineers in advance of the race but we will only find out its true characteristics during our track walk on Thursday and the first few laps of practice on Friday," Jenson continued.

"The re-designed circuit is another Herman Tilke special, and after the fantastic job that he did with Istanbul Park, it will be interesting to see how this circuit matches up.

"There is a long 1.5km start-finish straight which should allow for some overtaking combined with some exciting looking twists and turns."

Honda's senior technical director, Shuhei Nakamoto meanwhile concurred that it will be a step into the unknown.

He is eager though to see Button and Barrichello finish as high as possible.

"This will be the first time that Formula One has visited the new Fuji International Speedway and as a result we have limited data on the circuit which makes the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday even more important," he stated.

"The downforce levels required will be very similar to the last race at Spa-Francorchamps so we are prepared for a challenging weekend.

"Following the three-day test in Jerez last week, we have confirmed our car set-up and aero package for the race. We would like to put on the best possible performance for the Honda fans at our home race in Japan and achieve a satisfactory result," he summed-up.

 

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