Jenson Button is not the only former Honda driver enjoying a bit of good news at the moment, although his is certainly the headline story.
No sooner do we hear that Anthony Davidson, former Honda tester and Super Aguri pilot, is set to star for Aston Martin at Le Mans than Brawn GP confirms that it will continue to support a member of its predecessor’s development programme.
The team has announced a long-term association with 17-year-old Will Stevens in order to “provide the platform for him to develop the level of performance that is required to potentially become part of Brawn GP’s Formula One programme in the future. ”
This is superb news for the Surrey-based youngster, who is a former MSA British Junior Karting Champion as well as succeeding in several other karting series.
He is now competing in the Formula Renault UK Championship with Fortec Motorsport in his rookie year in single-seater car racing.
Nick Fry, Brawn GP chief executive: “We are very pleased to be continuing our support of Will’s motorsport career and extending the relationship that he has had with the team since 2008.
“We look forward to working with Will and will be keeping a close eye on his developing motorsport career.”
Will added: “I am extremely proud to be part of the Brawn GP team. What the team has achieved so far this season is incredible and the future looks very exciting.
“To have the opportunity to be a part of the team is amazing. I would like to thank Ross, Nick and [former head of the Honda driver development programme] Ron Meadows for their continued support and commitment to my future and I intend to ensure that their belief in me is rewarded.”