Honda still have a lot of work to do to prepare for next week’s Belgian Grand Prix insists British ace Jenson Button.
The Anglo-Japanese squad arrived at Valencia last week with high hopes for their improved RA108 challenger around the high-speed street circuit.
But a wrong tyre choice in qualifying saw Jenson begin the race from sixteenth place, and with little opportunity to overtake, the Briton only managed to climb three places by the chequered flag.
Honda have been testing at Monza this week to ensure they are better prepared for the sweeping low-downforce demands of Spa-Francorchamps, but Jenson, who lapped tenth quickest on the third of running, is still not happy with the balance of his car.
“We have worked on finalising the downforce packages required for Spa and Monza along with an initial study of the tyre compounds,” he confirmed.
“Although we have made some progress, the balance of the car is not where I would like it to be, particularly for Monza, and we need to analyse the data carefully to make improvements before the race weekend.”
Team Principal Ross Brawn concurred: “We have not achieved a perfect set-up and balance this week and have further work to do in analysing the data before we return for the race in two weeks time.”
“Our drivers suffered all the classic problems that we habitually experience at Monza, and without traction control, engine driveability adds another dimension to the challenge.”