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Ross Brawn to Honda?

Post by Super Aguri » 08 Apr 2007, 22:34

Honda Racing boss Nick Fry is in talks with Ross Brawn in a bid to convince Ferrari's former technical director to join the Japanese manufacturer, autosport.com can reveal.

On the back of Honda's disastrous start to their 2007 campaign, with the RA107 suffering from major aerodynamic problems, Fry is targeting Brawn as a key appointment to resurrect his team's fortunes in the long term.

Following the departure of then technical director Geoff Willis in the middle of last year, Honda Racing have lacked leadership from someone with extensive F1 design experience. Senior technical director Shuhei Nakamoto's background is in engine design and motorbike racing.

Brawn is currently on a sabbatical from Ferrari and, although he has promised to speak to the Maranello outfit before deciding his future, sources have revealed that the Briton has no contractual obligation to rejoin his old team.

That means Brawn is free to join any outfit from the start of 2008 and, it is understood, the Briton has expressed an interest in joining Honda. It is not clear, though, just how advanced the talks with the Brackley-based team have become.

Brawn has made no secret of the fact that he eventually wants to return to Britain, having worked at Ferrari since 1996, and the challenge of turning Honda into world championship contenders would certainly provide a suitable enough challenge to stimulate him.

Autosport.com understands that the discussions between Brawn and Fry began without the pre-approval of Honda's senior management, as Fry moved unilaterally in a bid to convince Brawn on a personal level.

When asked by autosport.com, Fry refused to confirm that talks were going on, but he fell short of denying it. He said: "I've got no comment to make on that."

However, Fry did later admit that the addition of a leading technical figure like Brawn would be a huge boost to his team.

"I think every team would benefit from Ross Brawn," he said. "Whether it be us or others, but I am sure Ross has some sort of arrangement with Ferrari, so we will see."

Brawn is clearly a big attraction for any F1 team, having guided Ferrari to world championship success from 2000 to 2004.

Despite taking a sabbatical this year, it is widely believed that Brawn does want to return to F1 - with his key interest likely to be in becoming team boss at Ferrari.

In the shorter term, Honda Racing are planning to introduce a new car for the Canadian Grand Prix in a bid to turnaround their season.

Although the new car will not officially be designated a B-spec, team insiders have told autosport.com that it will likely be a complete revamp of the RA107 concept.

Work on the new car began after pre-season testing in Bahrain when the team first realised the difficulties they were in.

Fry would not confirm specific details of what was planned, but admitted that major upgrades were in the pipeline for Montreal.

When asked by autosport.com how new the car would be, he said: "That's to be established at the moment.

"We are working on a fairly extensive array of improvements but, at the moment, a lot of those are being worked on in the wind tunnel.

"Clearly there is a limit in what you can do before Canada and we will do the maximum amount, but it will only be if it works.

"There is no point in changing things for the sake of it. We need to understand why we have the problems we do and make sure they are being properly addressed.

"Changing bits of the car just to make ourselves feel good is not being very constructive, so there is a lot of work to be done."
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Post by jana7i » 09 Apr 2007, 12:42

i dont even think he can help Honda now!!!!!!
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Post by DarkLord » 09 Apr 2007, 17:07

honda needs Michael Schumacher, Ross and the almight God to perform better than this

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Post by [FIN]SpeedFreak » 09 Apr 2007, 18:40

DarkLord wrote:honda needs Michael Schumacher, Ross and the almight God to perform better than this


Even Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn can't lift Honda up that ditch... :-s :-s

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Post by iceman1 » 09 Apr 2007, 18:50

Ross has always said Ferrari will get first option,Honda need more than Ross Brawn at the moment.

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Post by McM » 09 Apr 2007, 21:39

One man can't create a winning car. It's a team work

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Post by Sniper919 » 09 Apr 2007, 23:28

Honda is the biggest disappointment of the year. Of course, one could argue that Renault has been worse but at least they are scoring points. And we knew that the Departure of Fernando Alonso and the Arrival of there new not so fast rookie(no-one shall be named).

Honda...........Needs to ask the Super Best Friends if they can have their car back. But, I think Aguri will surely go " No givzee backzee's". With that out of the question, they need to get Ross. They need Veteran.

Honda do something, before you become a back marker..........Permanently!
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Post by iTachyoN » 09 Apr 2007, 23:57

Honda is not an option to him =;

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Post by DarkLord » 10 Apr 2007, 08:45

i guess he is sending signals to ferrari..to accept his terms or else he can join other teams

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Post by Dark_Fisico » 10 Apr 2007, 09:44

Sniper919 wrote:Honda is the biggest disappointment of the year. Of course, one could argue that Renault has been worse but at least they are scoring points. And we knew that the Departure of Fernando Alonso and the Arrival of there new not so fast rookie(no-one shall be named).

Honda...........Needs to ask the Super Best Friends if they can have their car back. But, I think Aguri will surely go " No givzee backzee's". With that out of the question, they need to get Ross. They need Veteran.

Honda do something, before you become a back marker..........Permanently!


This is true, Honda has pretty much the same outfit as last year and have gone WAY downhill, whereas Renault have admitted to having problems making a car to fit the tyres and then have a rookie that never was the cleanest of people...

Honda will need a lot more then one man, they need to focus on making the car fast and not different...

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Post by theo » 10 Apr 2007, 11:43

DarkLord wrote:honda needs Michael Schumacher, Ross and the almight God to perform better than this


hehe!

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Post by fubar » 10 Apr 2007, 13:06

He will never go there hes ferrari all the way im sure [-X

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Post by _*kimi-Iku*_ » 10 Apr 2007, 13:37

fubar wrote:He will never go there hes ferrari all the way im sure [-X


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Post by ntr » 10 Apr 2007, 13:49

well I hope if he does return to F1, that he will join another F1 team besides Ferrari, I think he wants a new challenge and he could be crucial in saving a team like Honda and turning them into winners, it would be great to see :D
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Post by nelmesy16 » 10 Apr 2007, 14:14

mmm i think that will not happen! ross will not go to honda... what about u all?
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