Will Honda’s team race in 2009? (Poll)

Rumours linking Bruno Senna to a Honda rescue deal have been quashed

Rumours linking Bruno Senna to a Honda rescue deal have been quashed

In December we did a poll on whether The Team Formerly Known as Honda would participate in the 2009 F1 championship. Half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they would, but two months later are we more or less confident about the fate of F1′s tenth team?

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

  • Yes (51%)
  • No (37%)
  • Don't know (12%)

Total Voters: 1,221

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There has been a lot of development in the Honda saga since the last poll. First Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu ruled himself out of buying Honda’s team.

David Richards has also publicly announced he is not buying them. Although his Prodrive outfit no longer have Subaru’s World Rally Championship effort to run they are tackling the Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 class with Aston Martin instead.

Rumours last week suggested that a group of Brazilian sponsors including oil company Petrobras were poised to save the team and install Bruno Senna alongside Jenson Button. But Petrobras have now denied the claims as well.

New rumours have linked Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to the team. There has also been persistent speculation that a management buy-out led by team principal Nick Fry could happen.

On the positive side, Honda may be inclined to favour a sale as it would prevent them having to pay large sums in redundancy pay to the Brackley factory’s 700-plus employees. Mercedes has confirmed it is ready to supply engines to the team. But time is running out.

Do you think Honda will be on the grid at the first race of the season? Or will F1 be reduced to just 18 cars? Cast your vote above and leave a comment below.

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40 comments on Will Honda’s team race in 2009? (Poll)

  1. Andrew White said on 21st February 2009, 21:25

    @ glamourBob

    It has been said by a lot of people that Mercedes have set Monday as the deadline for a deal to be done, otherwise they won’t be supplying engines.

    So a lot of people are expecting news about the team on Monday :)

  2. chris borg said on 21st February 2009, 22:06

    Good Evening All,

    I too voted no. I feel that even if the take over bid is signed sealed and delivered they will still have problems as they would have not had any testing time. I hope that this deal is sorted out this weekend and hopefully the 700 odd workers ca finally have a good night`s sleep and get on with their lives.

    Best Regards,

    Chris.Borg.

  3. Ross mcdonogh said on 26th February 2009, 16:41

    To true
    It would be nice for my husband and I to sleep well, not knowing if we will be able to pay our mortgage next month is very worrying indeed.

  4. insider said on 28th February 2009, 18:36

    Brackley F1 will race in 2009 with Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button behind the wheel(s).

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