Daily: 16th January 2009

16 January, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

What a fun-filled day we have had today! It's gratifying to know that even a big company like Toyota can underestimate how much pressure they'll put on their servers, and everything can fall down around their ears too. Of course, the TF109 was launched today, but there were other things happening in F1 as well:

  • Dank pointed out that the Toro Rosso website has ditched it's French translation for a Japanese one. What does that tell us about who may be their second driver? Is there any need for speculation anymore?
  • Bernie is still banging on about getting the points system changed. At least now he's come to the conclusion that the medals system is not the best idea in the world, although it sounds like he's putting the burden on the teams to come up with something instead.
  • It seems like a day for sponsors extending their deals, as Panasonic signed up for a few more years as Toyota's title brand, whilst Randstad extended with Williams. What credit crunch?

That'll do it for now. There's no time to blink, as McLaren are set to launch their 2009 "contender" today, although it possibly won't be the media-friendly fest that Toyota delivered. Nevertheless, adding another set of pics to our 2009 photo album is worth waiting for. Until then, I'll leave this discussion thread open, and I'll see you in the comments.

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