Few things highlight Nissan's radical changes for 2019 better than the decision to drop its own racing legend Satoshi Motoyama. The 47-year-old was a veteran of almost 20 years with the manufacturer, remaining on its books even after he was sidelined from NISMO's Super GT operation to a weaker Nissan squad amid declining form in '13.
No matter which way you cut it, Nissan was ruthless and dropped a loyal driver who had earned it four Super Formula titles and three Super GT crowns.
That cull has gone far beyond the shores of Japan too. Lucas Ordonez, Nissan's early shining light that vindicated its GT Academy gamer-to-driver programme, was dropped after 10 years with the manufacturer.