A rather expected surprise
A year ago at Monza, a British American Tobacco manager first suggested to this column that Ross Brawn could be heading for Honda.
The sponsor's representative was adamant that the owl-spectacled engineering and sporting genius had been in touch, and that negotiations were far advanced.
Then, three hours later, came confirmation of Michael Schumacher's retirement, and the suggestion got lost amid the noise surrounding his future plans, confirmation of Kimi Raikkonen's appointment as replacement, and speculation about Jean Todt's future. Finally, the Honda/Brawn story lost momentum when Ross confirmed his year's sabbatical from Formula One.