Daily: 27th January 2009

27 January, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

It's been a quiet day today, with no testing or launches, but it seems as though the credit crunch is hitting more than ever.

  • ING have forecast a loss for this year, and are therefore looking to reduce their expenditure in the future. This involves cutting the workforce but also pulling back from their massive sponsorship of F1. We don't know exactly how this will effect the team yet, but it's yet another blow that might tip Renault over the edge of participation.
  • It has emerged that Alonso has lost some weight to try and help himself be more athletic for next year, and presumably to be a bit lighter in the car. Drivers are already tiny, will they soon be non-existent? Who's next to go on a crash diet?
  • Meanwhile, an argument rages in the comments over whether the subscription version of Autosport.com is worth the money. We say yes, others disagree. Have your say, if you haven't already.
  • Finally, I've started an FAQ page on the Wiki, the idea being it might be a good place to point new people who want to know a bit more about what goes on at Sidepodcast. It's looking a little bit empty at the moment, so I thought, who better to come up with the questions, than people who were once new to the site themselves. Feel free to add any questions you think might be useful, and we'll get round to answering them asap.

That should be enough for now, let's hope there is a little bit more news today, if only because I'm starting to want to see the cars back on track, and lord knows I've seen enough of those wings to last a lifetime. Get chatting in the comments, and I'll see you there.

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