Richards Planning to Leave F1 by 2006

BAR-Honda team principal David Richards has said that he plans to walk away from Formula One by 2006 - if he has fulfilled the goals he set himself.

Richards Planning to Leave F1 by 2006

BAR-Honda team principal David Richards has said that he plans to walk away from Formula One by 2006 - if he has fulfilled the goals he set himself.

"I have always led my life in a fairly systematic way," Richards told Autosport magazine on Thursday. "I have got to have another life some day, so I have just set a timetable for myself and set personal goals until the end of 2006. At the end of 2006, I have every intention of doing something else.

"I stopped co-driving in 1981 when Ari Vatanen and I won the World Rally Championship. I stopped running my rally team (Prodrive) ten years later when we had won three world titles and have got a clear agenda at the moment with this F1 programme that we have got."

In his current stint, Richards has been in Formula One for just two years since taking over at the helm of the Brackley-based squad from Craig Pollock, and has made a number of changes to the organisation in order to move the team forward.

BAR-Honda, who have Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve as their driver line-up, currently lie fifth in the Constructors' Championship.

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