So it's farewell then to Fuji Speedway. Toyota's decision to give up hosting F1 at Fuji from 2010 went live in Tokyo yesterday but then rumours to that effect had been simmering for months, so it hardly came as a total bolt out of the blue.

Sad but kind of inevitable in the current climate, you might say. Or, shoganai (can't be helped) as the saying goes here.

Fuji is the latest victim of Toyota's urgent need to preserve cash, a situation unimaginable this time last year, but with the company now in the red and under new management, something clearly had to give.

Toyota hasn't had much fun running F1 cars at Fuji, if truth be told, and paying Bernie zillions for the privilege was becoming increasingly untenable.