The Honda Formula One Racing team announced recently that they and Gil de Ferran have decided to part ways immediately.
de Ferran joined Honda in April 2005 after retiring from driving in the US Indycar series as Sporting Director for the team.
Team Principal Nick Fry commented “I am disappointed that Gil is leaving our team,” stated chief executive officer, Nick Fry. “Since he joined us in 2005 we have enjoyed a very positive relationship. However, a Formula 1 team is rather like a jigsaw puzzle in that every piece has to fit precisely in its place.
“Gil has become increasingly uncomfortable in his role and feels the time has now come to seek fresh opportunities. We are very much hoping that Gil will choose to maintain close links with the Honda family.”
For de Ferrans part rumors are circulating that he is on his way to the Prodrive Formula One team, which will enter Formula One next season. He expressed his sadness at leaving Honda, but also took the time to say that his role at Honda had never quite worked out as he had hoped.
“I am obviously very disappointed to be leaving the Honda F1 team,” he explained. “I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Honda, with whom I have been successfully associated for more than 10 years. Consequently, my decision to leave has not been an easy one.”
“I simply feel that I came to this team to fulfil a particular role and it has not materialised as I had hoped. I would like to thank everyone at the team for the support I have been given and I wish them luck in the future”