AUGUST 3, 1998
The Tyrrell brain drain continues
Nielsen has been involved in Grand Prix racing since 1986 and has worked his way up from truck driver to team manager. He moved from Team Lotus to Tyrrell in 1991 and after a very brief spell at Benetton became Tyrrell team manager in 1995. He is close to Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite, who is rumored to be the man in charge of the Honda program. Other members of the Tyrrell staff are expected to follow Nielsen's lead in the course of the next few months.
Our spies tell us that a factory in Surrey has been found and acquired for Honda and, despite rumors in the F1 paddock in Germany that the project will be delayed a year, all the indications are that the project is going to go ahead as planned. An announcement is expected at the end of this month.
There is no doubt that some factions within the Honda Motor company do not want the European program to go ahead and are trying to destabilize the situation.