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Poll: Will Honda be joined in leaving F1?

Despite the desire of the FIA to reduce to the costs involved in Formula One, the global economic situation has claimed its first big victim with Honda announcing it is pulling out of the sport with immediate effect.

A lone win in 2006 thanks to Jenson Button is all Honda has to show for the hundreds of millions of pounds it has spent on chasing success, with the past two seasons having seen the team drop towards the rear of the field despite reports suggesting it has spent more than any of its rivals.

However, with one of the major manufacturers deciding it can no longer fund a Formula One team, it begs the question, what does the future hold for the remaining nine teams?

Will Honda be the only outfit to fall by the wayside or is the F1 grid going to lose more cars before the 2009 season gets underway?

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Sasha - Unregistered

December 05, 2008 7:24 AM

It would not surprise me if Toyota would follow very quickly or downscale its efforts hugely. F1 is not the place for them, corporate management rather wants to be in sportscar racing which is more interesting for direct development and showcasing of technology. If Toyota downscales or leaves it could either save Williams or be their doom. And perhaps some tracks will have to say no for next year, like already happening. Especially if the grid will loose 2 to 6 cars, people might stay away. No ticket sales, no shirt sales, no nothing.... Bernie, this is the time where you cut your personal costs by half!

Ian - Unregistered

December 05, 2008 7:40 AM

Surely it is madness for any motor manufacturer to stay in F1 now. Retail sales of cars are dropping like a stone, factories are closing, employees are being made redundant and shareholders are feeling the pinch. Get out now before things get worse. Who cares anyway? F1 is deadly dull and soooooo boring. Good riddance. Lets have more and better touring cars, rally cars etc.



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