Honda wind tunnel ‘wrong’ – Barrichello

Tue, 14 August 2007, 11:45

Honda designed and has developed its disastrous RA107 single seater with an incompetent wind tunnel, according to team driver and formula one veteran Rubens Barrichello.

Just prior to the recent Hungarian grand prix, where the Brazilian and his teammate Jenson Button embarrassingly languished as backmarkers, Barrichello travelled to the Japanese team’s Brackley base in the UK.

He said he wanted to meet Honda’s two new aerodynamic acquisitions; Williams’ Loic Bigois and John Owen, who came from BMW.

“We had a very long talk and they made a great impression,” Barrichello, who is 35, said.

“I heard from them exactly what I expected to.

“They believe that our wind tunnel’s calibration is wrong and because of that everything that has been developed has not been effective.

“We will have to change many things — even parts of the structure inside the tunnel. It will be about a month until we are able to see changes.”

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