Good chance of a new team

Speculation at Suzuka is currently focusing on the identity of an alleged new team that may enter Formula One next year and BAR chief executive Nick Fry claims there is a good chance it will happen. There has been no official announcement from the...

Speculation at Suzuka is currently focusing on the identity of an alleged new team that may enter Formula One next year and BAR chief executive Nick Fry claims there is a good chance it will happen. There has been no official announcement from the potential team but Honda has confirmed it is in talks about an engine supply.

"These are credible people," Fry told reporters in regard to the intended team. "They've got motor racing experience, they've got the financial backing to do the job and clearly they've convinced Honda and ourselves and also Bernie (Ecclestone) that this has got potential."

"Mr Ecclestone has been consulted and he has given it his wholehearted support. I think if Bernie gives something the go-ahead you've got a good chance of success… It's certainly a better than evens chance," Fry added. "If it was not that, we wouldn't be saying anything. But it is a tall order to put this sort of thing together in six months."

As Fry said, there's scant time available to put together a brand new outfit ready for the start of next season. Rumour has it that the team will effectively be a Honda 'B' squad, with the manufacturer's engines and possibly Takuma Sato as one driver.

Sato, who will lose his BAR seat to Rubens Barrichello next season, has claimed he has already received an offer from the unnamed team. BAR test driver Anthony Davidson has also been linked with it but at the moment things appear to be shrouded in mystery. Why the secrecy?

Fry was not willing to divulge any more information. "We've been asked numerous times about the nationality which we are not giving away at this stage because it would probably point everyone in a certain direction," he said.

"Discussions with us have been going on for a few months now and I'm sure the potential new team will have done their homework before that. You don't come out and say these things without a fair bit of activity having happened previously."

Entries for the 2006 season must be submitted by mid November.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Rubens Barrichello , Anthony Davidson