See Ya ! Message Honda sent to Formula 1 today
This was very quick sequence of events. First less than 2 days ago Nick Fry announced there will be no posh lunch with media, then Shuhei Nakamoto (blamed by many for the uncompetitve 2007 car) left the team. Half a day later rumours about something serious going on at Honda surfaced. By late last night it was open secret that Honda is planning a pull out from Formula One. Now it is official, Honda is yet again leaving the sport.
Although surprising (there was not much talk about Honda considering departure from F1) this step is rather logical. Honda spent huge money on their Formula 1 program but they never really made it.
Honda is pulling out of Formula 1
It is official now – Honda Motor Co. withdrew from Formula One, saying racing costs too much amid the global fiscal crisis. Honda may put Brackley based team up for sale, President Takeo Fukui said today at a news conference in Tokyo.
Honda also said it has no plans to continue supplying engines for Formula 1 cars.
So the rumours became reality…
Statement from Takeo Fukui:
Where will they be next year ?
They started the year running and supporting 2 Formula One teams – Honda and Super Aguri. not being able to find a buyer they pulled the plug on Super Aguri after 4 races. Now one of the biggest spenders in Formula One are about to pull the plug on the entire Formula One operation. The official announcement is expected early today, according to Reuters at 1:30pm Japan time. The news about Honda pull out are all over the place, but nothing at the moment on Honda websites.
The reports are that Honda aims to find a buyer for the team by March, if not they will simply shut it down. It is not clear if the pull out will be complete or if Honda will continue to supply engines. We may need to wait for the official annoucement.
I must say I found the one day old news about Honda cancelling the expensive media lunch a bit weird but I haven’t expected that to be a prelude to something this much bigger. Now I am going to digest this news and wait for some official word from Honda. But it looks like instead of asking where are some new Formula 1 teams going to come from we may start wondering how many teams are actually going to stay …
Here come the liveries of 1998 Formula 1 season, the next part of the F1 Liveries History series of posts. The look of the 1998 grid was quite similar to season 1999. The biggest difference – Tyrrell was yet to turn into BAR, Arrows was yet to turn orange and Minardi had more Williams like look than Williams car itself . I must say the cars looked quite neat back then although that front wing and long nose on Prost is a bit funny. And that Jordan rocked …
Season 1998 was also the season when the grooved tyres arrived …
Silverstone, the only pole position of the year for Kovalainen
The news yesterday were full of Heikki Kovalainen’s remarks in the interview to Motorsport Aktuell. I wonder how many people actually have read the interview. Even the Motorpsort Aktuell website only talks about that interview, that probably is for its printed version. But let’s assume that excerpts from the interview were accurate.
Here is what Heikki Kovalainen is said to have said: