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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Prodrive out of Honda talks

If Honda's F1 team is to have a savior, it will not be David Richards and Prodrive.

Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

Autosport.com reports Richards, long considered the front-runner, has ruled himself out.

The site surmises the high cost of success in the sport gave Richards cold feet.

"All I can say is that I have made it very clear that the only terms (under which) I would ever consider a return or an involvement was if I felt we could be competitive - and nobody expects to win in their first year of Formula One," Richards said at the Autosport International Show. "It has also got to be financially viable. You expect to (have to) invest but you also expect it to work. I just personally feel that the current environment is too unsettled."

While Richards had kind words for the sport's cost-cutting moves to date, he said he didn't think they went far enough.

He also stressed future involvement in F1 would be a business decision.

"We were runner up that year behind Ferrari, and everyone assumes I would be motivated to go back for the last push. That is not what motivates me at all," he explained. "It will be a business decision. It will be a hard-headed business decision, not an emotive one when I make it."
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