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Formula 1September 21, 2005

B·A·R Honda Confirms 2006 Driver Line-up

September 21, 2005 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has released a comment following the announcement of B·A·R Honda’s 2006 driver line-up.

Jenson Button

B·A·R Honda has confirmed that Jenson Button will be racing for the team in 2006. After three successful years with B·A·R Honda, Jenson and the team have concluded a multi-year extension to his current contract. From 2006 he will partner Rubens, who will join B·A·R Honda on January 1, 2006 and whose place within the team was confirmed last month.

Jenson Button:
"I'm obviously delighted to confirm that I will be staying with B·A·R Honda for the next few years. Since I joined the team in 2003 we've shared some important moments in my career and the team's history. There are many more goals for us to achieve together - not least of all winning the World Championship. I want to be at B·A·R Honda to see that happen - and I believe that it will happen. 2005 has been a challenging year but we've bounced back from our problems and the team is much stronger as a result. I also have a new team-mate in Rubens Barrichello and I look forward to the two of us pushing each other, and working together to keep driving the team forward. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Team, at Honda and our tyre partner Michelin for their support over the past three years. The effort that has gone into building this team into what it is today has been relentless. It's been a privilege to be a part of B·A·R Honda and I am delighted that I will be part of its future. I look forward to achieving our next goal - our first win together - in the very near future."

(Honda Motor Co., Ltd. comment)
Hiroshi Oshima, Operating Officer, Corporate Communications and Motor Sports, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:
“It has been decided that the driver line-up at B·A·R Honda for the 2006 season will be Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello and we are looking forward to working with these drivers as we strive to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the F1 championship. We have high expectations that the combination of these drivers, Honda and B·A·R Honda will lead to even better results than we have achieved thus far.

Takuma Sato, a highly talented driver, made a big contribution to the growth of the team in terms of machine development and in his role as a racing driver. Sato’s contract as a regular driver expires at the end of this season and we are hopeful that he will remain with the team in some capacity.

We ask for your continued support for Honda’s F1 racing activities .”

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