Honda hopes to break Schumacher's dominance

8th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

8 July 2004 , LONDON - British-based team BAR-Honda head into Sunday's British Grand Prix looking for their first win of what has been an exceptional season to date. BAR driver Jenson Button lies an unexpected third in the overall standings with 48 points after 10 of 18 races, although the 24-year- old lies a massive 44 points behind leader and six-time world champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari on 90 points. "After the disappointment of Magny-Cours, where we had a good chance of a podium, it feels great

8 July 2004

LONDON - British-based team BAR-Honda head into Sunday's British Grand Prix looking for their first win of what has been an exceptional season to date.

BAR driver Jenson Button lies an unexpected third in the overall standings with 48 points after 10 of 18 races, although the 24-year- old lies a massive 44 points behind leader and six-time world champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari on 90 points.

"After the disappointment of Magny-Cours, where we had a good chance of a podium, it feels great to be back in Britain to prepare for our home race," said Button.

"We targeted our first win for around this point of the season and it goes without saying that it would be fantastic to achieve that this weekend."

Button has managed an impressive six podium finishes this season but is still looking for his first ever F1 victory after 76 races.

"This is a weekend when the whole team get to share in our achievements and I just hope that we have something to celebrate with them on Sunday night."

At Magny-Cours, teammate Takuma Sato once again failed to finish and the Japanese driver will be hoping to add to the 14 points he has accumulated so far this season at Silverstone.

"It's a shame that we had a slightly disappointing result at the French Grand Prix, however I am still confident," said Sato.

"Obviously Suzuka is my own home race, but I now live in England and this is my second home," added the 27-year-old. "I want to do well in front of the team and its many British fans and I hope I have the car to deliver a good result next Sunday.

"The British Grand Prix is one of the most exciting in my opinion."

However, just as home team Renault found out at Magny-Cours last Sunday when Schumacher became the first F1 driver to win a GP after making four deliberate pitstops, thus pipping Fernando Alsonso to the chequered flag, beating Ferrari this season is no easy matter.

In fact, Alonso's teammate Jarno Trulli is the only man to finish ahead of Schumacher in 2004 when he took the Monaco Grand Prix in May as the German crashed out.

Naturally, Schumacher will once again be the man to beat and the 35-year-old is as confident and relaxed as ever.

"In my opinion, BAR-Honda could be as strong as they were last weekend. This why we should never let our success distract us," said Schumacher before adding ominously "I like Silverstone. It is always enjoyable racing there."

 DPA

Subject: German news

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