Honda is rumoured to be moving into the Tyrrell facility at Ockham in Surrey when the current residents vacate the premises.

The Japanese company is known to be searching for a suitable base in Britain from which to launch its F1 assault in 1999. Tyrrell are due to leave its long-standing Ockham site when it becomes British American Racing next season, and the factory could become an interim base for Honda. The motor giant is thought likely to invest in a purpose-built facility - complete with test track - in Britain from which to operate its team long-term, however.

A handful of Tyrrell personnel are already linked to the Honda project, with Harvey Postlethwaite and Satoru Nakajima among them.