How rosy all the things may seem after reading today’s headlines.
According to Autosport’s sources Honda’s F1 future is “looking good” (Honda meaning the F1 team). Mercedes-Benz (the engine supplier to be) will hold on as long as it can to make the deal happen. And the deal is to be management buy out involving both Ross Brawn and Nick Fry (although other people’s reliable sources predicted otherwise approximately 24 hours ago).
There are now only hours left to the expected announcement of USF1 team. Peter Windsor himself revealed some information in his interview for Speed TV yesterday (see video here) and according to Joe Savard they (Windsor and Anderson) finally achieved their investment goals two weeks ago, and have the money to do what we want to do.
And as if we haven’t had enough new F1 team news already A1 boss Tony Teixeira revealed (to autosport.com) his plans to enter F1:
“I was one of the guys talking to Honda in the last two weeks. We had done a deal on Spyker, but I let Vijay (Mallya) take it….We then went to Toro Rosso in November and all the (other) teams said ‘no customer boss’ so I had to walk away. Today I’m in a completely different situation. I’ve built my own cars and designed my own chassis. I have my own factory. So I’m not a customer boss. I can now build my chassis and run with a Ferrari engine. I’m now the same as everyone else.”
He plans to locate his team near the Algarve Circuit in Portimao and he wants the A1 winners to make the step up to F1 through his planned team.
Hm… Honda to be saved for 2009, USF1 to enter in 2010, Teixeira’s team perhaps having similar idea (he however is only saying he can’t commit to this year’s budget). All of a sudden we are talking about possibility of having 12 F1 teams in very near future.
Well, perhaps, but let’s first see if 10 teams can enter 2009 Championship and all the teams that enter this season also finish it …