According to rising speculation and reports, the F1 team currently known as Honda has secured its future and is preparing for the season opening Australian grand prix.

According to rising speculation and reports, the F1 team currently known as Honda has secured its future and is preparing for the season opening Australian grand prix.

The whispers indicate that team boss Ross Brawn is briefing his colleagues at the Brackley headquarters to the effect that a solution is in place for the 2009 season, following the shock withdrawal of the Japanese manufacturer Honda Motor Co.

The details of the rumour are that Mercedes-Benz will power the newly independent team, and that Jenson Button's teammate will be the Brazilian rookie Bruno Senna, backed by key sponsors.

Should the speculation be correct, the 40-day timescale to scrutineering in Melbourne indicates that an announcement about Honda's plans - and a name-change - must be imminent.

Contracted driver Button, 29, was hopeful about the future last Sunday when he took part in a 10km mini-marathon in the outer suburbs of London.

"Training is going really well and hopefully we can make good use of it in a few weeks," he said in a video posted on his personal website.

"Fingers crossed I'll be on the grid in Melbourne," added Button.

 

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