Question marks exist over the future of the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji after the circuit revealed it could give up the chance to host the 2010 event.
The venue, owned by Toyota, returned to the Formula One calendar in 2007 but will not figure on the schedule this year after the decision was taken to alternate the event between Fuji and Suzuka – owned by rivals Honda.
However, the current economic downturn – which has already played a role in Honda quitting Formula One – is set to hit Toyota hard, with the company looking into ways to cut costs to try and counter the financial issues facing the motor industry.
As a result, it could now elect to give up the chance to host the 2010 running of the Japanese race in an attempt to cut costs.
"(Fuji's company) FISCO tell us they are taking various elements into account in their consideration towards hosting next year's Japanese Grand Prix," Toyota's Paul Nolasco told Reuters
Fuji officials insist preparations for the 2010 race are currently going ahead as planned.