UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. See hot news page for the full story. 01/18/05 Honda could take100 percent ownership of the BAR F1 team at the end of the season should the team be unable to find a new investor to take over British American Tobacco’s (BAT) share in the team. “We hope that there will be another major sponsor by the end of 2006," Bloomberg report BAR Chief Executive Officer Nick Fry as saying. “If not, Honda will step into British American Tobacco's shoes."