That is a testament to the fact that as early as May, the team didn't harbor anymore hopes for good results in 2011 season. It is also reminiscence to the Honda
F1 project. In 2008, the Honda F1 team decided early in the season to concentrate its efforts on development of its 2009 car. However by the end of 2008, when the recession struck and car sales plummeted, Honda, in a shock decision, withdrew from F1. However contracts were already in place and Honda had to finance the team to the extent of tens of millions of dollars for next year though the team was sold out to Ross Brawn, Honda team principal at the time, for 1 pound.