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Brawn: Istanbul will suit Honda

Honda Racing team principal Ross Brawn believes his team should be in better shape in Turkey than they were at the Spanish Grand Prix, where the RA108 failed to shine

Although Jenson Button managed to take the team's first points of the season with sixth place in Spain, the RA108's poor ride quality meant they could not match the strong pace they have shown earlier in the campaign.

But with the track surface in Istanbul likely to be better for the team, Brawn is optimistic that the outfit can build on their fortunes.

"Istanbul Park is a great race track which our drivers really enjoy," said Brawn. "Although there is no opportunity to test before this race, we will have some small refinements to the car and aero package to suit the characteristics of this particular circuit.

"I am expecting the RA108 to perform slightly better around Istanbul Park than in Barcelona, where we suffered with ride quality over the bumpy surface, so I believe we can look forward to challenging for the top ten in qualifying and hopefully scoring points again."

Button said his hope was for the team to make it through to Q3 again, after missing out in Spain.

"The Spanish Grand Prix was our first major upgrade to the RA108 and the new aero package definitely gave us a performance improvement over the weekend," he said.

"It's good to know that we are improving the car step-by-step and I was able to develop a good understanding of the new developments. The car that we take to Turkey will be essentially the same package; therefore our focus will be getting onto Q3 and qualifying in the top 10."

And teammate Rubens Barrichello said his focus would not be any different in Turkey, even though he reaches a record 257 grand prix appearances.

"Becoming the most experienced Formula One driver ever means a great deal to me. I've had a long career in Formula One and I have so many wonderful memories, but I don't feel any different today to the day when I started out on this journey in 1993," said the Brazilian.

"While people will look back at my 16-year career in Turkey, I'm still looking forward and the next race is the one that matters the most."

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