All things considered the F1 season had been crazy so far. 3 teams (Brawn, Toyota and Williams-Toyota) have pretty radical difusers that allow the cars to generate a lot of downforce. Considering the new rules to create more mechanical grip with slick tyres and and cleaner air behind the car with smaller rear wings and larger adjustable front wings, its not surprising that teams like Ferrari (0 points), BMW (1 podium biased on pit strategy), McLaren (1 point) are having troubles. They all raced for wins until the end of the season, while the other teams were working on the '09 spec car.
Honda pulling out of f1 was not that much of a shock. Seeing Brawn win 2 races in 2 events, in what is basically a Honda designed car, to begin the 09 season is a shock. They won 1 race in '06 in a very wet Hungary. Toyota I assumed would pull out first. They have yet to win a race in F1, even though they have a larger budget than anyone on here will spend in 7 lifetimes. Mercedes has rumors they might pull out of F1 now. THey are lossing about $1 billion a month right now and the joint McLaren-Mercedes partnership is probably not helping things. Louis Hamilton was recently disqualified from a race and his race engineer suspended for lying to stewards after the Australian race. This, and other actions by McLaren in the past 3 years is not sitting well with the high ups at Daimler. I wouldn't be to surprised if there is a partnership with Brawn after this season. On a humorous note, it means there could be a McLaren-Honda car in the near future.
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