Fry confirmed he and Brawn are now in talks with Honda in Japan about which of the offers would represent the best way forward for the company. "It's looking very positive at the moment," said Fry.
"We had, as you might expect, a huge amount of interest at the start – probably well in excess of 30 groups came to us. We have narrowed that down to something in the region of a dozen and we're currently talking to Honda about what is the best bet for the future." Fry maintains "the future" is not just about getting through this season, but from 2010 and beyond. "Many of the potential owners have been kind enough to talk about this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to get something which does have the chance to do very well in the next couple of years," remarked Fry.
"In this economic environment it is difficult, there is no doubt about it, and we've got to be careful that we look not just at 2009, which frankly is the least of our worries. It really is making sure we have a long-term future for the staff.
"Neither Ross nor I want to stand there and say that everything is fine if, in one or two years' time, we fall flat on our face again. So we are really looking towards a two, three, five-year plan for the team." guardian.co.uk