Branson hints at Honda F1 swoop

Sir Richard Branson has revealed he may come to the aid of the Honda Formula One motor racing team.

The Virgin boss hinted at the move during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, but he would not confirm reports that he was already in negotiations with Honda about purchasing the team.

The British-based team went up for sale in December after the parent company in Japan revealed it was leaving the sport as both a constructor and an engine supplier.

In the interview he emphasised his passion for Formula One, but also made clear it would have to change if Virgin was to become involved.

He said: "I love Formula One. I think that there are faults there that would need to be rectified before we moved into Formula One.

"We would need to be sure that Bernie Ecclestone is running it so that the teams can make ends meet and we would need to be sure that he is on a path to try to turn Formula One a sport that is championing green technology.

"It would be great fun and subject to those two provisos maybe something might be able to get sorted out."

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