Honda has always trusted de Ferran

Updated: April 27, 2005, 3:49 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Gil de Ferran's nomination as sporting director of the BAR-Honda Formula 1 team has been hailed as a surprise move that most observers attribute to the Brazilian's close links to Jackie Stewart or Reynard Racing Cars, which formed the basis of the BAR team for its 1998 inception.

But the truth is that de Ferran has landed in Formula 1 thanks to the influence of Honda, which now owns 45 percent of the BAR team. Bringing in a man they implicitly trust is a way of protecting their substantial ...

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