UK gov't helped Brawn team to survive - Nick Fry

The government of the United Kingdom helped to set the Brawn team on the road to the 2009 world championships. The Brackley outfit's chief executive Nick Fry said senior government official Peter Mandelson played a leading role in helping the...

The government of the United Kingdom helped to set the Brawn team on the road to the 2009 world championships.

The Brackley outfit's chief executive Nick Fry said senior government official Peter Mandelson played a leading role in helping the team survive in the wake of former owner Honda's withdrawal.

The Mirror newspaper said the business minister urged government contacts in Tokyo to lobby Honda amid the transition to Brawn GP.

"This will not be received well in some quarters, because everyone loves knocking the British government," Fry told the latest edition of Top Gear magazine.

"But I think it would be fair to say that our survival was helped a lot by the government and specifically Peter Mandelson and the department of business," he revealed.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Fry
Teams Brawn GP