Honda's Rubens Barrichello has said that he is still hoping to see some small improvements this season, even though to date it has been a nightmare year for the Brackley-based concern.

Thus far the Brazilian has yet to finish in the top eight and score a point and with only three races left time is running out for him to improve on the ninth place finish he managed at Silverstone back in July.

Despite that though, Rubens is still eager to compete this weekend at the Fuji International Speedway.

"I am really looking forward to returning to Japan in my second year with Honda for our home race," he noted.

"The Japanese Grand Prix has always been a favourite of mine and the Suzuka circuit holds some very special memories as I won there from pole position in 2003. My experience last year driving with Honda for the first time was fantastic. The fans are so enthusiastic and really supported us throughout the weekend.

"This year Formula 1 is returning to the Fuji International Speedway for the first time since 1977. I last raced at Fuji back in 1991 in Formula 3 but the circuit has been totally modernised since those days.

"It will be very exciting to race on the new layout and I am sure that the organisers will have done an excellent job with improving the existing circuit.

"Our car and performance this year has not been at the level we hoped for at the beginning of the season, however a lot of hard work is still going on back at the factory to improve our situation.

"We will all keep working very hard right to the end of the season and I hope to see further small improvements in our performance which will help us this season and in 2008," he summed-up.



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