NEWS ARCHIVE

29 JULY 1996

F1 DISCUSSES TREADED TIRES

ABSURD though it may sound, the Formula 1 team bosses are discussing the introduction of treaded tires, because drivers are worried about safety issues involved in the kind of rapid development seen during F1 tire wars.

FRANCO LINI

IT is with great sadness that we must report the death last Monday of one of Formula 1's most celebrated journalists - FrancoƊLini, shortly before his 73rd birthday.

HILL AND WILLIAMS

THE biggest - and seemingly wildest - rumor at Hockenheim was that Frank Williams is to dump Damon Hill at the end of this season and replace him with the German Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

IRVINE TO STAY WITH FERRARI IN 1997

FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo confirmed at Hockenheim during the weekend that Eddie Irvine is to stay with the team next season.

JOHN BOY ON THE MOVE

JORDAN team manager John Walton - known as John Boy - is leaving the team shortly to take up a new position in the TWR Arrows organization.

LIGIER AND MUGEN

LIGIER and Mugen Honda have confirmed that they are to stay together in 1997.

LOLA TO FORM ITS ON ENGINE COMPANY?

THE current trend towards teams building their own engines - or at least considering it - continues.

PANIS OFFERED A JORDAN DRIVE

JORDAN GRAND PRIX is already casting around for a new driver for next season and has had discreet talks in recent weeks with the likes of Jan Magnussen, Jos Verstappen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Olivier Panis.

STEWART CLOSE TO VAST HK DEAL

THE new Stewart Grand Prix team - which will use Ford factory engines in 1997 - is rumored to be close to a vast $180m five-year sponsorship deal with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

THE END OF THE ROAD FOR FORTI?

THE future of the Forti team is in considerable doubt following the collapse of the agreement between the little Italian team and the mysterious Shannon Racing Team.

THE RAMEL EFFECT

THERE is another new engine company trying to break into Formula 1 and offering its services to F1 teams.

22 JULY 1996

A MYSTERIOUS CAR AT SNETTERTON

REPORTS of a mysterious white F1 car testing at Snetterton last week have set tongues wagging in Grand Prix racing.

CONCORDE DISCORD

THERE is a quiet battle going on in Formula 1 at the moment over the 1997-2001 Concorde Agreement, but the signs are that unless compromise can be found bigger problems could develop as the deadline of the end of the year draws closer.

ECCLESTONE'S DIGITAL DEAL WITH CANAL PLUS

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has just announced a vast new TV deal for Formula 1 racing - with the French Canal Plus satellite TV station.

FIGHTING FIRES AT FERRARI

THE Italian press corps launched yet more attacks on the Ferrari Formula 1 team last week - after the team's third disastrous Grand Prix in succession.

JOHNNY CARWASH MAKES A COMEBACK

ITALIAN Giovanni Lavaggi - nicknamed Johnny Carwash (his name means "John Washing") - will replace GiancarloƊFisichella at Minardi for the rest of the season.

ROSSET STAYING ON AT ARROWS

RICCARDO ROSSET, who has had a miserable season with Arrows, is to stay with the team until the end of the year.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HOCKENHEIM

THE Hockenheim circuit was built in the late 1930s in the dense forests of the flat plains close to the mighty River Rhine.

WILL MAGNUSSEN GET A CHANCE AT JORDAN?

THERE were rumors circulating at the British GP that Danish rising star Jan Magnussen could be racing for Jordan within a few weeks.

15 JULY 1996

BENETTON PROTESTS JACQUES

THE Benetton team protested Jacques Villeneuve's Williams-Renault after the French-Canadian's dominant victory at the British GP, claiming that a front wing endplate was illegal.

F1 HEADING TO KOREA IN 1998

AS we suggested in May there will be a Grand Prix in South Korea in 1998.

FERRARI TO CLOSE SHALFORD DESIGN OFFICE?

FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo told Italian pressmen at Silverstone that Ferrari intends to gradually phase out its Ferrari Design and Development facility at Shalford in England and move everything to the team's headquarters at Maranello in Italy.

GARY ANDERSON "ON HOLIDAY"

JULY is traditionally the time when Formula 1 engineers change jobs.

GOODYEAR AND STEWART

THE new Stewart Grand Prix team has yet to conclude an agreement with a Formula 1 tire manufacturer and the word on the street at Silverstone was that Jackie Stewart's new operation has not been able to conclude a deal with Goodyear.

MARQUES TO TEST FOR ARROWS

JOS VERSTAPPEN is to test Bridgestone tires this week at Magny-Cours, where he will be joined by Minardi's Brazilian youngster Tarso Marques.

NEWEY TO MCLAREN?

RUMORS continue to circulate in Formula 1 about the future of Williams designer Adrian Newey and the latest stories suggest that Newey will join McLaren within the next month.

SAUBER STILL HUNTING FOR ENGINES

THE Ford Motor Company has yet to decide whether it is willing to supply its V10 engines to the Sauber team in 1997.

SHAMBLES AT FORTI

THE Forti Formula 1 team did turn up at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix but neither car ran on Friday or Saturday morning, Cosworth refusing to supply the Italians with engines until outstanding bills had been paid.

8 JULY 1996

BERNIE IS ATTACKED (AGAIN)

LATE last Thursday evening Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica were attacked by two muggers outside their house in London's exclusive Chelsea Square.

DECISION TIME AT LOLA

LOLA CARS is to decide within the next few days whether it has the financial package it needs to push ahead with its Formula 1 plans in 1997.

DOUBTS OVER DOME

THE Dome Formula 1 team, which was launched in Tokyo in March, did not appear at the Silverstone testing as had been planned and rumors in Japan suggest that the Japanese operation is struggling to find the money for its planned 1997 F1 assault.

FORTI - TIMES ARE HARD

THERE have been rumors in recent days that the Italian Forti team may not be seen at the British GP this weekend because of a lack of money.

GOODYEAR CORNERING THE MARKET

THE Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is quietly in the process of cornering the market among the top Formula 1 teams, leaving F1 newcomer Bridgestone with smaller - and less competitive outfits.

PEUGEOT AND JORDAN TO STAY EXCLUSIVE

PEUGEOT SPORT and Jordan Grand Prix have agreed to extend the exclusivity of their current engine deal until the end of 1997 - but there is no word on whether the pair will be working together in 1998.

PRESSURE ON FERRARI (AGAIN)

THE Italian press gave Ferrari a rough ride in the newspapers in the days after the disastrous Magny-Cours weekend, and when Michael Schumacher suffered another engine blow-up in testing last week at Monza, there were renewed calls for change at Maranello.

SCHUMACHER JR TIPPED AS MCLAREN TESTER

RALF SCHUMACHER, brother of double World Champion Michael, is tipped to become McLaren's new test driver when the current incumbent Jan Magnussen leaves the team to become one of the drivers of the new Stewart Grand Prix operation.

STEWART'S DRIVER SEARCH

STEWART GRAND PRIX said it would start looking for drivers for 1997 in the midsummer, and the recent weeks have seen a lot of rumors about who might be seen in the Stewart-Ford cars next year.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THE history of the Silverstone racing circuit dates back only 50 years, but today it is far and away the most important racing circuit in Britain - and a major cog in Britain's motor racing industry.

WILL ANYONE PAY FOR MR PROST?

THE European press has been full of rumors in recent weeks that Alain Prost is on the verge of taking control of the Ligier team - with backing from major French companies.

1 JULY 1996

...BUT ALL IS NOT ROSY IN THE GARDEN

WHILE Frank Williams is well-placed in the engine market, he is still facing legal problems in Italy, relating to the death in Imola in 1994 of Ayrton Senna.

DAMON HILL REVEALS RETIREMENT PLAN

DAMON HILL says he will not be racing Formula 1 in the next century. In a recent interview with Paris-Match Damon revealed that he has promised his wife Georgie that he will retire in the year 2000.

ELF STUNS THE F1 COMMUNITY

FRENCH oil company Elf stunned the Formula 1 world last week when it announced that it was pulling out of Grand Prix racing at the end of the season.

FRENTZEN AND WILLIAMS - RUMORS

THE hot rumor in the paddock at Magny-Cours is that Frank Williams is on the verge of taking up a year-old option on Heinz-Harald Frentzen to join the Williams team in 1997.

LIGIER AND PROST

THERE were renewed rumors last weekend at Magny-Cours suggesting that Alain Prost has bought the Ligier team from Flavio Briatore and intends to turn it into the much-vaunted French national racing team.

TWR COMPLETES ARROWS TAKEOVER

TOM WALKINSHAW RACING has completed its takeover of the Arrows F1 team begun at the Brazilian GP in March.

WHAT NOW FOR BRIAN HART?

AS Tom Walkinshaw gets control of Arrows and sets about convincing an engine manufacturer to back him in the season ahead, Brian Hart's future as an engine supplier in Formula 1 hangs in the balance.

WILLIAMS SITTING PRETTY...

DESPITE the sudden withdrawals of Renault and Elf from Formula 1, the Williams team has suddenly found itself in a very strong position in Grand Prix racing with all the major manufacturers scrabbling to get a deal with Frank Williams and his 30% partner Patrick Head.