Judging from the Google stats the main point of interest of general F1 fan in past few weeks was – How will the 2009 cars look. From Friday the fifth 2008 the question has changed somehow – How will the 2009 F1 grid look ?
We know that Honda will not be there. But one positive for Fry-Brawn tandem about Honda being first to call it quits is that they are also the first proper complete team with own car out there for sale. At the moment Ross Brawn and Nick Fry do not have much competition in their efforts to save the team. There are already rumours connecting Prodrive’s David Richards with return to his old team. This may be only a rumour and nothing else. But buying the complete team from Honda for almost nothing sounds like much better idea than running customer Mercedes cars (the original failed idea to get Prodrive in F1). But whether it is Richards or someone else, the Honda purchase is perhaps the best opportunity in years to enter F1 and someone will take it. Those interested know that time is of essence. The team is only worth the buck (or quid) before it disintegrates and people, drivers and potential sponsors leave the sinking boat. Someone will make the move quickly.
But how about the others ?
All the remaning five car manufacturers stated their commitment to Formula 1 following the Honda’s withdrawal. But things change so quickly these days and what was said yesterday may mean nothing tomorrow. Many speculate that someone else will follow Honda’s example and pretty much everybody except Ferrari, McLaren and Force India has been in last 2 days mentioned somewhere as potential next F1 drop out.
I think the chances are that 10 teams can make it to Melbourne. But for that to happen FOTA, Mosley, Ecclestone may have to stop wasting time on silly new qualifying ideas, medals and who knows what else and focus all their attention to issues that matter right now.