Honda and Toyota maybe backmarker but they are some of the most profitable car makers out there , so if they are feeling the pinch some others will follow .
and in current climate , not sure many will have the money to take their place .
didnt button take a huge loan to buy his contract ?
I won't shed a tear if all the major car manufacturers went tits up. They have had it too easy for too long, got overbloated, swallowed up all the smaller manufacturers and fed the public with dull and unimaginably disappointing products. This is the kick up the ass they have needed for a long time.
Its about value for money at the end of the day. Things are tight. The shareholders in Japan (and lets face it, the Japanese have never grasped what is required to win in motor racing) have just got sick of ploughing endless sums of money into F1 for very little return ( in fact they are a bit of a laughing stock) whilst good ole Bernie and Mr Whippy cream off all the riches. Interesting how both Toyota's and Honda's 'secret' unofficial Le Mans programes are still in full swing- things cannot be that bad now can they?
Anyone who follows the WRC will know that both Ford and Citroen are constantly citing cost and accountability as factors in their future involvement- it's just something these companies do, generates collumn inches for next to no outlay.