Will a buyer be found for Honda? (Poll)

David Richards has been tipped to return to Honda

David Richards has been tipped to return to Honda

Almost two weeks have passed since Honda made the shock announcement it was selling its F1 team. The deadline for what Honda calls a ‘credible’ buyer to be identified is a little over two weeks away. Will one be found?

Will Honda's cars be on the grid at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix?

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (39%)
  • Don't know (11%)

Total Voters: 808

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Shortly after the news of Honda’s F1 withdrawal team manager Nick Fry claimed he had serious offers from three different parties.

It’s not clear who the three are but one of them is believed to be David Richards who preceded Fry in his job and led BAR (before it became Honda) to second in the 2004 constructors’ championship. Richards is the boss of Prodrive, and was set to bring the company into F1 this year before the FIA’s attempts to secure the legalisation of customer cars fell through.

Richards has been linked to a takeover with backing from Dubai Investment Capital (who attempted to purchase Super Aguri earlier this year) and Formula 3 boss Trevor Carlin. Richards earlier spoke of F1’s need to severely cut costs and since then the FIA has confirmed wide-reaching new regulations to make major savings.

Will the promise of much cheaper running costs tempt Richards into taking on Honda? What of the rumoured other two ‘serious’ buyers? Will F1 be down to an 18-car grid in 2009?

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36 comments on Will a buyer be found for Honda? (Poll)

  1. Ford is in “better shape” than the other two because their chief (Andy Mulally) mortgaged everything with a Ford name on it and raised about 30 billion in cash, before the dreck hit the fan. If sales continue to fall or stay at current levels Ford will be in a similar bind as the others.

    And to Mulally’s credit he stated he’ll reduce his salary to $1 a year if they use bale out funding.

  2. Rabi Sultan said on 22nd December 2008, 13:10

    I think the biggest factor for Prodrive taking over Honda would be there revenue stream, who would be their main sponsor(s) for the car?

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd December 2008, 14:29

    Rabi – One step at a time! Honda did claim they were lining up sponsors for 2009, but do we believe them?

  4. I also voted no for this topic.

  5. Gracias, que responde a la pregunta que he estado buscando para que se sea o no de poner las palabras claves al blog de comentarios.

  6. General Motors will invest $483 million to make the current and next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.The company will create 483 new jobs to be filled by employees who were previously laid off. The plan is contingent on state and local incentive agreements being finalized

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