Honda to scrap RA107?
Monaco last race for dud car

Apr.10 (GMM) Crisis-struck Honda will scrap its current single seater after next month's Monaco grand prix, according to British newspaper The Times.

The Japanese squad has failed to power its flawed and Earth-liveried RA107 single seater above eleventh place in a grand prix so far.

In Malaysia, Rubens Barrichello qualified nineteenth and behind both Super Aguris, which feature an identical engine and a chassis that is based on the works Honda of 2006.

The Times wrote: "So intractable are the issues that it is thought that the team will introduce a new car at the Canadian grand prix in Montreal ... that, according to one report, will be a complete revamp of the RA107 concept."

It is believed, however, that even the new car is unlikely to return Honda to contention, despite team boss Nick Fry's continued assertion at Sepang that the objective for 2007 is "more than one" race win.

But The Times, adding that part of the plan is to lure Ross Brawn for 2008, insists that the new Honda is "not so much to save this season but to get Honda on the right footing for next year and beyond."

The newspaper also asserts that Fry wants to restructure Honda so that its personnel is not split between both Brackley (UK) and Tochigi (Japan).

Written: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 09:18:11

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