After more lean seasons as a team than they ever had as an engine supplier, the world's biggest manufacturer of 4-stroke engines has called it a day; http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,,24754707-23770,00.html This must surely be the continuation of a domino-effect; hideously expensive racing can no longer be financially-sustained, nor morally justified. It long ago ceased 'improving the breed', after all. Just to enlarge on the expense facts, here are the expenditure figures for season 2003, the last one for which accurate data has been able to be obtained. Total cost for the season? $2,141,100,000 US. That's 2.14 BILLION dollars. Unsurprisingly, Ferrari tops most categories, spending $443,000,000 of that total by themselves. 'Poor' Minardi could only manage to blow a measly $36,600,000!!! Engines Williams, $185,000,000 Testing Ferrari, $88,000,000 Team Salaries Ferrari, $41,400,000 Operating the cars on race days Ferrari, $28,500,000 R&D McLaren, $35,000,000 Driver Salaries Ferrari, $44,000,000 Wind Tunnel costs Ferrari, $15,100,000 Travel and accommodation Ferrari, $18,000,000 Corporate Catering Williams, $12,200,000 Car manufacturing costs Ferrari, 4,100,000 It's enough to make your head spin; think of what that money would do even if it was just confined to the car manufacturing industry, and not spent on racing?