NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 1995

FORD CONFIRMS SAUBER AND V10 ENGINES

THE Ford Motor Company has confirmed its involvement in Formula 1 racing for 1996 and will, as expected, be building a new V10 engine for next year.

IT'S DECISION TIME AT LIGIER

WITHIN the next 10 days, Ligier team boss Tom Walkinshaw will know if or how much money he is to receive from the French Gitanes Blondes company in 1996.

MCLAREN'S NEW FACTORY REVEALED

MCLAREN is to build a vast new factory just four miles north of its current base in Woking, England.

MINARDI TO GET FERRARI V12S

GIANCARLO MINARDI and his Minardi Scuderia Italia partner Giuseppe Lucchini are rumored to be close to a Ferrari V12 engine for 1996; but there is opposition to the deal from Ferrari's competition director Jean Todt, who wants to concentrate all Ferrari's efforts on winning.

MTV TO MAKE F1 COMEBACK

MUSIC TELEVISION, sponsor of the defunct Simtek F1 team, has been approached by no fewer than six F1 teams trying to organize a deal for 1996 and beyond.

PROST QUITS RENAULT

ALAIN PROST has terminated his consultancy agreement with Renault, a role he has held since he retired from racing at the end of 1993.

SCHUMACHER AND FERRARI

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER and Ferrari have both spent the weekend denying that they have reached an agreement to work together in 1996, but there is no question that a deal is close.

SHELL TO SUPPLY FERRARI

BOOTED out of Grand Prix at the end of last year when McLaren did a deal with Mobil, the Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell has been looking at ways to come back into F1.

THE ULTIMATE F1 DREAM

THE Arrows F1 team launched a fascinating marketing scheme called "The Ultimate Dream" last Friday at Hockenheim.

WILLIAMS AND HIS DRIVERS

FRANK WILLIAMS appears to have given up the idea of hiring Michael Schumacher and would rather invest the money in research and development and create new stars, as he had done in recent years with Damon Hill and David Coulthard.

24 JULY 1995

CONFUSION OVER OWNERSHIP DAMAGES LIGIER

THE Ligier Formula 1 team is beginning to suffer because no-one is willing to reveal exactly who owns what.

HAS SCHUMACHER SIGNED FOR FERRARI?

RUMORS swept Europe last week, suggesting that Michael Schumacher had signed to drive for Ferrari in 1996.

JUAN-MANUEL FANGIO

THE word "legend" is all too often used in motor racing circles but, in the case of Juan-Manuel Fangio, it was deserved.

MORE ON VANWALL F1

FURTHER stories are emerging concerning the rumored attempt to revive the Vanwall name in Formula 1 racing.

RENAULT'S SECRET V10 DEVELOPMENT

OUR spies in France are suggesting that Renault Sport is working on the design of a radically different system of engine distribution for its 1996 V10 engine.

SAUBER AIMING FOR WIRTH

THE Sauber team appears to be moving towards a deal with young British designer Nick Wirth.

TYRRELL DUMPS HYDROLINK

TYRRELL has been testing in recent days at Magny-Cours in France with both Mika Salo and Ukyo Katayama spending a day developing a new fly-by-wire throttle system and working on the set-up of the Tyrrell-Yamaha 023 without its Hydrolink suspension system.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HOCKENHEIM

BUILT as a testing circuit for Mercedes-Benz in 1939, the Hockenheim circuit was originally 4.8-miles in length.

17 JULY 1995

FORD - A V10 FOR 1996

THE Ford Motor Company is to build a brand new V10 engine for the 1996 season.

ITALIAN GP STILL IN DANGER

THE Italian government may have given assurances to the FIA that safety work at Monza will be carried out so that the Italian Grand Prix can take place at the Autodromo Nazionale on September 11 - but the government has yet to approve the plans put forward by the regional government which will cost $6 million and mean that 185 trees will have to be cut down.

JOHNNY SAVES HIS DRIVE

JOHNNY HERBERT'S victory for Benetton at Silverstone looks likely to save the Englishman's drive with the team.

MANEUVERS ON THE DRIVER MARKET

THE Formula 1 driver market for 1996 remains stable at the moment, waiting for Michael Schumacher to make a decision as to his future.

MINARDI AND BRIATORE SETTLE ENGINE DISPUTE

GIANCARLO MINARDI and Benetton's Flavio Briatore last week agreed to settle their dispute over this year's supply of Mugen Honda V10 engines.

MUGEN HONDA TO JOIN FORCES WITH DAMS?

ONE intriguing rumor doing the rounds at Silverstone suggested that the DAMS Formula 3000 team - which has ambitions to enter F1 next year - is in serious negotiation to sign an engine supply deal with Mugen Honda.

THE SILVERSTONE CRASH

IF all else fails, ram him Damon" said a banner in the grandstand opposite the Williams pit at Silverstone last Sunday.

WHAT IS WALKINSHAW UP TO?

TOM WALKINSHAW continues to pursue his aim to become Scotland's answer to Enzo Ferrari.

10 JULY 1995

FERRARI V10 TO RETHINK F1 ENGINE DESIGN?

RUMORS in Italy are suggesting that the new Ferrari V10, which is already bench-testing in Italy and will run in a car later in the autumn, is going to be revolutionary in terms of current F1 design thinking.

FIREWORKS IN MELBOURNE

IT'S been a weekend of drama in Melbourne, Australia, where work continues in the city's Albert Park on the site which is destined to host the 1996 Australian Grand Prix.

GRID CONFUSIONS

WITH just a few days to go before the British Grand Prix, it is still unclear as to who will be driving for the Arrows and Pacific teams at Silverstone.

HOW DID BENETTON GET AHEAD AT MAGNY-COURS?

WHENEVER Benetton beats Williams in a fight in the pitlane, there are always questions as to how such things are possible.

MCLAREN HIRES NICHOLS!

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has chosen American Steve Nichols to lead the long-overdue technical revival at McLaren.

MONZA FINALLY GETS THE GO-AHEAD

THE Italian Grand Prix will take place at Monza - and it's official.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SILVERSTONE

IN comparison to the great old tracks of Europe, Silverstone is a comparative youngster, beginning its career as a race track in 1948.

WILLIAMS PONDERING THE FUTURE

FOR some weeks there have been strong rumors suggesting that the Williams team will be running Mugen Honda engines in 1996.

3 JULY 1995

BRIATORE GOES FOR MINARDI

BENETTON boss Flavio Briatore had the Minardi Scuderia Italia F1 team seized last week at Magny-Cours by French bailiffs.

DAMS - STILL GOING AHEAD

JEAN-PAUL DRIOT of the DAMS Formula 3000 team says that he has not given up hope of entering F1 next year and is promising to have the Reynard-designed DAMS chassis up-and-running by September.

DRIVER CHANGES FOR SILVERSTONE

KEEP an eye open for a number of driver changes before the British GP in a fortnight.

FRENCH SPONSORS PONDER POLICY CHANGES

WE hear from France that both Elf and Gitanes Blondes are planning to alter their sponsorship strategies in Formula 1.

HOWDY PARTNER

IT may seem unlikely but there continue to be moves in France to form a Russian Formula 1 team which will be called PartnerÊF1.

MONZA - MAYBE, MAYBE NOT

THE FIA will decide today whether the Italian Grand Prix at Monza can go ahead on September 10 or whether the event will be canceled.

TIRE TROUBLES AT MAGNY-COURS

THERE was a minor kerkuffle on Saturday at Magny-Cours when Benetton team management complained to the race stewards that a Goodyear engineer had punctured two of Michael Schumacher's seven sets of tires while taking temperatures with a needle thermometer.

TRANSFER FEES FOR F1 DRIVERS?

THE leading F1 team bosses met in the Williams motorhome at Magny-Cours last Saturday afternoon to discuss the issues of the moment and debate a proposal to introduce transfer fees for F1 drivers.

WHITHER WIRTH?

SIMTEK designer and team principal Nick Wirth may have had to close down his Formula 1 team with huge losses, but we hear that the 29-year-old Briton has received a bewildering array of offers of work for 1996.

WORLD COUNCIL DECISIONS

THE FIA World Council was in a generous mood when it met last week in Paris, France, and let off both Monaco and Canada for incidents during the recent Grands Prix. Monaco received no punishment for the incident in which Taki Inoue's Footwork was destroyed when hit by a course car which was traveling far to fast.