Fry, Brawn and Slim himself deny Honda buy-out deal

Nick Fry and Ross Brawn have dismissed as “pure speculation” rumours that Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim has bought Honda Racing, with Slim himself also denying the claims.

It had been claimed by Italian newspaper La Stampa that Slim, whose Telmex company is linked to Honda via its sponsorship of Bruno Senna, had signed a deal to take-over the beleaguered Brackley outfit.

However, Honda Racing’s Technical Director Ross Brawn has denied that any such deal is in place.

“We would love it if it were true, but it’s pure speculation from various members of the media,” Brawn told The Daily Telegraph. It’s just been one of those rumours which has developed a life of its own.”

“There has been a huge amount of interest. It’s now got to the stage where we need to filter out the serious from the not so serious. We’re all hopeful that something will happen and we’re anxious to turn up the wick again in the new year.”

Honda CEO Nick Fry has also rubbished the claims.

Slim himself issued a statement via his Telmex company dismissing not only the deal itself but also that any negotiations had taken place with Honda.

“Escuderia Telmex informs that Carlos Slim Helu has not acquired nor has any negotiations for this aim with the Honda Formula One team. All the information on this subject lacks foundation and is completely false.”