Honda not planning to change line-up

Honda are hopeful of maintaining their current driver line-up of Briton Jenson Button and Brazil's Rubens Barrichello for the 2007 Formula One season

Honda not planning to change line-up

"We are planning to stick with the same two drivers next year," Honda Racing development president Yasuhiro Wada told a news conference on Tuesday ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

"We don't plan any changes."

Wada also jokingly chided team boss Nick Fry for not being ambitious enough about Honda's chances at their home race after Fry had said he hoped for a podium finish at Suzuka.

"Jenson's victory in Hungary (in August) was obviously a highlight but apart from that, the feeling is that we have started operating at full capacity," Wada said.

"I think after Hungary we have to aim higher than a podium. We should be looking to win races and hopefully we can start at Suzuka."

Honda are heading for a solid fourth-place finish in the constructors' championship with two races left, although well behind leaders Renault's 179 points and Ferrari's 178.

Suzuka impact

However, Honda will be aiming to make an impact at the weekend after Suzuka was dropped from the 2007 calendar in favour of Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway.

"It is the last race at Suzuka (until further notice) so we will have to pay attention to every detail," said Barrichello, who won in Japan for Ferrari three years ago.

"It will also depend very much on the weather. Just pray for us. I think that's the most important."

Fry opted for the middle ground between Wada's ebullience and Barrichello's hope for divine intervention.

"I think for a team at our level the absolute minimum expectation is for both drivers to have points finishes," he said.

"We've achieved that in the last four races. I think the completion of our new wind tunnel has helped us in the results."

He added: "The drivers have worked extremely well together and I think our team will be extremely strong next season and beyond that."

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