Honda not expecting Hockenheim podium

Honda RA108Ross Brawn has said that despite a podium at Silverstone, he does not believe the team will be able to finish on the podium again this weekend. Rubens Barrichello drove a fantastic race in poor weather conditions at the British Grand Prix to give Honda their best result of the season, however the team are aware that in the dry, their car is not quick enough to compete at the front.

“The wet race at Silverstone gave us the opportunity to combine driver experience and team performance to achieve a very well deserved podium finish for Rubens,” Brawn explained in a team preview.

“The team worked extremely well throughout the race to take advantage of the opportunities which opened up, aided by an excellent drive and outstanding tyre feedback from Rubens.

“Our first podium of the season was, of course, a big morale boost. However it would be unrealistic to expect a repeat of this result in dry track conditions.

“Following the test at Hockenheim last week, we will be introducing the next step of aerodynamic, mechanical and engine performance upgrades for the RA108.

“The test allowed our engineers to gain a better understanding of our recent lack of qualifying pace, so we will be aiming for an improvement on our grid positions as the foundation for a strong race performance. With changeable weather predicted for the weekend, it could be an interesting race.”