Honda aiming for BAR buyout?

Reports this week suggest that Honda is aiming to either buy BAR or become co-owner of the team by purchasing a shareholding. Honda has supplied BAR with engines for five years and there has always been speculation that the manufacturer would like...

Reports this week suggest that Honda is aiming to either buy BAR or become co-owner of the team by purchasing a shareholding. Honda has supplied BAR with engines for five years and there has always been speculation that the manufacturer would like to increase its interest in the outfit.

It's thought that the team would stay based at Brackley, and would continue with drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato. Principal David Richards is rumoured to be moving on and managing director Nick Fry taking over the position.

Honda has not commented on what may or may not be happening but Adrian Reynard, the co-founder of BAR who is still a shareholder, is keen for a deal to take place. He said that the sale of BAR had not been discussed in any board meetings, at least not yet.

"But I can tell you it has always been my dream that Honda acquires either part or all of the BAR F1 team, because I knew BAT's tenure was always going to be limited," he told the BBC, referring to the tobacco company that owns the team.

"I believed Honda was a perfect fit -- it's a great company -- and would dearly love it to be the caretaker of the team, so I am totally supportive of this happening."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , David Richards , Nick Fry