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I heard today that Honda have announced they are to withdraw from F1 and plans to sell the team due to difficult conditions in the global auto market.

They hope to find a buyer before the 2009 Season starts.

Also Cosworth could return to F1 if the FIA pushes the standardised engines plan for 2010.

From the F1 site : ''The FIA revealed on Friday that they are in exclusive negotiations with Cosworth, along with gearbox specialists Xtrac and Ricardo Transmissions (XR), to supply a complete low-cost power train that will be made available to all teams. The engine will be based on the current V10 specification, while the gearbox will be an all-new, state-of-the-art unit.''

''The other engine options being proposed by the FIA are for teams to build their own engines to Cosworth’s specifications, or to continue with their current ‘frozen’ V8s. In both cases, the engine would be paired with the standard XR transmission.''

I wonder if Ferrari will stick to their word and also withdraw as they did not like the idea of standard engines. Where is F1 going??
 

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yup, but in the case of Button, no loss.
 

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BUMP : More F1 'crisis' stuff

Bridgestone has stated, and well in advance and sticks to its claim that it will be out of F1 by end of 2010 season: http://totalf1.com/full_story/view/334146/Bridgestone_still_set_to_quit_at_end_of_season/

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ESPNF1 Staff
March 22, 2010

Bridgestone's contract expires at the end of the season


Bridgestone is not expected to reconsider its decision to pull out of Formula One at the end of the 2010 season.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and a number of team bosses had been pushing the Japanese company to stay. But Bridgestone has not initiated talks to renew its three-year contract as the sport's sole tyre supplier after 2010.
"I can confirm that our position has not changed," said a Bridgestone spokeswoman on Monday.
Despite new tyre suppliers needing significant lead-time to prepare for a season, the FIA has not yet instigated a new tender process as Ecclestone and Todt have still not given up trying to persuade Bridgestone to reconsider.
"We could certainly find a replacement," said Ecclestone, "but I hope that they will rethink their decision. We are working on it."
And Todt speculated that Bridgestone decided to quit because F1 is not seen to portray the ethos of "sustainability, environment and climate change."
"So, will they change their mind in light of what we are trying to implement? I don't know," said Todt.
Trying to implement what? I know of no implementation. If Pirelli did it, at least we would have a WONDERFUL Calendar :) http://www.pirelli.com/web/media/communication/calendar/cal-10/default.page WARNING: Calendar Not Suited for the Work Place = NSFW !!

Without throwing a lot of money to Bridgestone as NO one will be ready for next year without danger to teams I would think Bernie has a real problem on his hands and the FIA might just have a 'talking to' for the lad.

Hope, thinking, will not change the pic...only great incentives, and we know Bernie has a hard time parting with his $$$$: Just ask his [soon to be ex] wife.
 
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