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19 Jul 2007

Barrichello staying with Honda for 2008

Honda driver Rubens Barrichello has revealed that he will continue to race for the team next year. It will be Barrichello’s third season with the Japanese squad following his departure from Ferrari at the end of 2005.

“I am delighted to confirm that I am staying with Honda for 2008,” Barrichello said on his official website. “When I came here in 2006, it was always my intention to develop a long-term relationship and help build a strong team together. 2007 has been tough so far but I believe we are heading in the right direction again.”

Barrichello has yet to score a point this season, his best result to date being a ninth place at Silverstone. However, the Brazilian believes a number of forthcoming staff appointments to the team, including Williams’ chief aerodynamicist Loic Bigois, will help bolster their fortunes.

“In addition to the great team we have already, there are some good new people coming on board and I have confidence that we will make progress now,” he added. “Jenson (Button) and I have a great relationship together as team mates and stability will be key as we look forward to the challenge of 2008.”

As expected, Honda have also confirmed that Jenson Button will remain as Barrichello’s team mate. It will be Button’s sixth year with the squad, after joining back in 2003.

“Although we are still very firmly focused on the current season, I am excited about the opportunity that we have for 2008,” commented the British driver. “It goes without saying that 2007 has been extremely frustrating but over the past few races we have gradually started to see some improvement. Every team has good times and bad and I am confident that our recent difficulties are now behind us and that next year looks promising.”

The news comes just days after Gil de Ferran left his role as the Honda team’s sporting director.

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team with Jacky Eeckelaert (BEL) Honda Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007