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GP Week : Issue 37
PUBLISHER 2009 hasn’t started off as any of us would possibly have imagined it was going to when the F1 circus departed from Brazil in November. Yes, things were getting tight, but nobody could have imagined the scale of cut-backs which has hit international motorsport contenders – such as Honda (F1) , Suzuki and Subaru (WRC) and Kawasaki (MotoGP) – all of whom have pulled out of their respective involvements. With all this going on, January and February were quite gloomy months ... where would it all end? What other forms of racing would be caught up in the financial malaise which began in the US, has hit Europe and the UK hard, along with SE Asia and Australasia? That same uncertainty has hit the publishing world ... advertising budgets have been cut and there are publishing houses around the globe bracing themselves for a tough ‘09. In the past few weeks, though, there have been good news stories – the stunning arrival of BrawnGP on the scene has hit F1 like a thunderbolt. And the bizarre thing is, most of what has been achieved to date has been with Honda money! Shame they’re not going to be (overtly) around to enjoy it. And today is another. Yes, GPWEEK is back, in time for the F1 (and MotoGP) season kick-offs. The band is back together and ready to rock – when all is said and done, it i going to be one INTERESTING year! ... and you’re along for the ride! Chris Lambden FROM THE KERS confirmed, but Renault really wants another title