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Brawn: I had no choice but to buy Honda

Brawn: I had no choice but to buy Honda

New owner Ross Brawn said on Tuesday he had not hesitated in taking over Honda's Formula One team because it would otherwise have been closed down with hundreds of jobs lost.
"If I am frank, there were no choices," the Briton told reporters during the second day of testing Brawn GP's new Mercedes-powered car at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
"If the management group, because it is not just myself, had not taken this task on, there would be no team. Then all of the staff would have been made redundant.
"It wasn't a difficult choice in that respect. Things can go wrong, but we are optimistic and if we can capitalize on the performance of the car, and the car looks good, then I think the team have got a future."
Honda, Japan's second largest carmaker, announced in December that they were pulling out of Formula One due to the credit crunch. They had employed around 700 people at their Brackley factory in central England.
Brawn said there had been some "very black days in trying to keep the team alive" but a majority of the staff would now be kept on.
Brawn's Brazilian Rubens Barrichello did 111 laps and was third fastest on Tuesday, building on team mate Jenson Button's impressive Monday session.


Updated : 2021-01-22 21:56 GMT+08:00