Still without a new owner in place for the 2009 Formula 1 campaign, Honda has suffered a further blow after Ferrari seemed to back-track on its earlier suggestion that it may be willing to provide the beleaguered Brackley-based outfit with customer powerplants.

Earlier this month, Honda F1 team principal Ross Brawn revealed that he had 'contacted Ferrari' regarding a potential engine supply this season, and the following day a spokesman for the Scuderia confirmed that a deal was a possibility [see separate story - click here].

Speaking at today's launch of the new F60 in Mugello, however, the Maranello-based concern's team principal Stefano Domenicali seemed to counter earlier claims by insisting 'the chance of us supplying engines to Honda is close to zero', international news agency Reuters reports.

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That leaves Honda with still no buyer and no engine supply, and the season curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix Down Under in Melbourne fast approaching on 29 March.