Honda is leaving no stone unturned as it seeks to redress its lack of performance this season, with further appointments set to be unveiled in the next couple of weeks.

Team boss Nick Fry has confirmed that another senior figure is due to join the technical line-up before the end of the year, with a view to moving the Brackley squad up the pecking order in 2008. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello have but one point between them this year, and that wasn't recorded until the French Grand Prix in early July. It also proved to be something of a false dawn as a disappointing qualifying performance at Silverstone prevented a repeat.

"We have employed someone who will assist Nakamoto-san," Fry told Reuters, referring to current technical director Shuhei Nakamoto, "His contract would say Christmas, but maybe we could do something before, I don't know."

Although Fry refused to name names, it is thought unlikely that the newcomer - a respected F1 figure - is Ross Brawn, who is still tipped to return to Ferrari after a year's sabbatical.

On a more positive note for Honda, however, Loic Bigois has been given clearance to begin work in the aero department with immediate effect, following his decision to switch camps from Williams.



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