BENETTON FORMULA has just announced a new relationship with aerodynamics company Fondmetal Technologies.
TREVOR FOSTER, one of the most respected managers in F1, has returned to Jordan Grand Prix.
THE new Jordan-Peugeot 196, revealed recently in Portugal, is a pretty standard F1 car - except that there is an awful lot of white space on the bodywork.
ALTHOUGH Arrows is yet to confirm that it has signed Jos Verstappen and Ricardo Rosset, it seems there is little doubt that these will be the team's drivers and that means that - with six weeks to go before the start of the new F1 season - there are only two drives still up for grabs.
JACKIE STEWART has begun his hunt to find the money he needs to launch Stewart Grand Prix into F1 in 1997.
IT seems now to be only a matter of time before it is announced that there will be a United States Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of 1997.
WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING has lost its director of sponsorship and marketing, Richard West. West is one of F1's top marketing men.
LOLA CARS has been planning to return to Grand Prix racing ever since its disastrous involvement with Scuderia Italia came to an end in 1993.
THERE are increasing suggestions that Frank Williams, Patrick Head, other members of the Williams team and officials from the Bologna-based SAGIS SpA company - which runs Imola and promotes the San Marino Grand Prix - are to be charged by the Italian authorities in connection with the death of Ayrton Senna at the track on May 1, 1994.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER may be facing a year of struggling with Ferrari on the race tracks, but he is not suffering when it comes to money.
THE new Jordan-Peugeot 196, unveiled last week at Estoril, continues Gary Anderson's tradition of producing good-looking cars.
ARROWS GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL is expected to announce on February 7 that it has signed Jos Verstappen and Ricardo Rosset for the coming season.
THE announcement that Ukyo Katayama was to be retained by Tyrrell put paid to Mark Blundell's hopes for a Grand Prix drive in 1996, and the Englishman has decided not to wait around to see if there is any chance of staying at McLaren for another season.
LIGIER technical director Frank Dernie has yet to decide if he intends to stay with Ligier for another season.
THE FIA is planning to introduce new regulations covering the issuing of the Formula 1 Superlicense.
PEDRO LAMY has signed to stay with Minardi this year.
WITH seven weeks to go before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, protests against the race continue, despite legislation which bans protesters from the site of the Albert Park race.
ALTHOUGH the Jordan-Peugeot 196 briefly ran for the first time in a shakedown test at Silverstone eight days ago, it was the Swiss Sauber team which won the race to be the first F1 team to officially unveil its 1996 challenger.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER walked away unscathed from a sizable crash last Tuesday morning at the Ferrari test track in Fiorano, Italy.
SHADOW - an American racing team which was involved in Formula 1 racing throughout the 1970s - is planning to return to racing - aiming to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.
AS predicted last week, Jean-Christophe Boullion has been named Williams test driver for the second consecutive year.
WILLIAMS continues to dominate winter testing with Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Jean-Christophe Boullion all outpacing the opposition with ease at Estoril last week.
TOM WALKINSHAW RACING - which runs the Ligier Formula 1 team - has hired Italian Daniele Audetto to help the operation improve its commercial structure.
BMW top management have still to make a final decision as to whether they intend to re-enter Formula 1 racing.
LUCA BADOER, Pedro Lamy, Giancarlo Fisichella, Tarso Marques and Ricardo Rosset are all trying to secure drives with Minardi for the coming season.
WORD on the street in Formula 1 sponsorship circles is that Jordan will reveal backing this week from Camel cigarettes.
UKYO KATAYAMA has re-signed for Tyrrell for what will be his fourth season with the team.
BENETTON continues to add to its engineering staff at Enstone with the hiring in recent weeks of former Pacific Grand Prix technical director, Frank Coppuck.
JAPANESE driver Hideki Noda is understood to be closed to concluding a deal with Forti to partner Andrea Montermini.
THERE are strong rumors in F1 circles that Renault is considering withdrawing from Grand Prix racing at the end of 1997.
FERRARI and McLaren - two teams with high expectations for the coming F1 season - were both testing last week.
TWENTY-SEVEN year old Brazilian Ricardo Rosset has only recently made an impact on the international motor racing scene, although he has in fact been racing in Europe since 1992.
ALTHOUGH they have been expected for some time, the cutbacks at Ligier announced last week left the motor racing community at Magny-Cours reeling as 28% of the work force was told that it was out of work.
ARROWS Technical Director Alan Jenkins is understood to have re-signed and is expected to take up the role of technical director and chief designer for the new Stewart Grand Prix operation.
PEUGEOT SPORT's Jean-Pierre Jabouille has been dropped after two years as head of the company's disappointing F1 program.
CURIOUS goings-on are not unusual at Ligier these days, although rumors in France this week have confounded everyone because it seems that the team is to have backing from not one but two competing oil companies in 1996: longtime Ligier sponsor Elf and Castrol.
MOBIL, McLaren's fuel and oil supplier in F1, has just announced a major new partnership with Porsche, a strange alliance given Mobil's role as a "technology partner" with the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes team.
AMID a flurry of kilts and bagpipes at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, the Ford Motor Company announced that it is to terminate its relationship with the Sauber F1 team at the end of the year and begin an exclusive five-year deal with Jackie Stewart, who is to establish a new F1 team - Stewart Grand Prix. This will grow out of the existing Paul Stewart Racing operation in Milton Keynes, England.
THE decision by Ford to join forces with Stewart Grand Prix in 1997 is a disappointment for Peter Sauber.
AS we predicted in October, the Honda Motor Company is considering a return to Grand Prix racing.
FORMULA 1 racing is a world in which it is big news if there is no news.
BENETTON'S desire to become an Italian team may have implications which the team had not previously considered. According to Article 93 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, the team is not allowed to test at a circuit where a Grand Prix is to be held - except in the country where the team holds its license.