NEWS ARCHIVE

26 MAY 1997

FORD DECIDES AGAINST CUSTOMER V10S

JACKIE STEWART has managed to convince the management of the Ford Motor Company that it must concentrate its efforts in Formula 1 on designing and building a competitive V10 engine for his team and not split its energy by providing customer V10 engines next year.

FRICTION AT PROST

THERE have been suggestions in recent weeks that the relationship between Alain Prost and Mugen Honda has been going through a rocky patch in recent weeks.

LOLA CARS IN ADMINISTRATION

LOLA CARS, one of Britain's best-known racing car manufacturers, has gone into financial administration as a result of the company's failure in F1 earlier this year.

MICHELIN IN F1 IN 1998?

MICHELIN has a habit of not announcing its major moves in motor sport until the last possible minute and there is a growing body of opinion in F1 that the French tire company is preparing to enter Grand Prix racing in 1998.

MORBIDELLI IN FOR LARINI

SAUBER has dumped Italian Nicola Larini in favor of Gianni Morbidelli.

MUGEN CLOSE TO JORDAN DEAL

HIROTOSHI HONDA, the boss of Mugen Honda, is to decide shortly which team he intends to supply with his F1 engines in 1998.

PORTUGAL - WORK NEEDED

THE Portuguese Grand Prix looks likely to be off the F1 calendar this year because there is too much to be done for the venue to be finished in time for an FIA inspection on August 31.

RUMI TO BUY CONTROL OF MINARDI?

RUMORS in Barcelona suggested that Fondmetal boss Gabriele Rumi is in the process of acquiring Flavio Briatore's shareholding in the company which owns 70% of the shares in the Minardi F1 team.

TOBACCO PROBLEMS

EARLY last week Britain's new Health Secretary Frank Dobson confirmed that the Labor government in Britain is preparing a law to ban sports sponsorships by cigarette manufacturers.

WHAT NOW FOR ARROWS?

IF Mugen confirms that it is intending to supply Eddie Jordan with its V10 engines in the future, Tom Walkinshaw's plans to create a front running F1 operation will receive a major setback.

WILL THE CONCORDE AGREEMENT BE SCRAPPED?

AS Bernie Ecclestone ties up the final details for the sale of shares in his company Formula 1 Holdings Ltd., there were suggestions in Barcelona that there could be revolutionary changes ahead for the organization of Grand Prix racing - including what could lead to a replacement of the Concorde Agreement with a longer-term tripartite contract between F1ÊHoldingsÊLtd., the FIA and the F1 teams.

19 MAY 1997

HICCUPS IN PORTUGAL

THE Portuguese Grand Prix has been canceled and the final race of the year, according to the FIA, will be a European Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain.

HILL'S BIG CRASH

DAMON HILL's patience with the Arrows team must be wearing thin.

MORBIDELLI TRIES A SAUBER

FERRARI test driver Gianni Morbidelli was in action in Barcelona last week at the wheel of a Sauber Petronas and it is perhaps significant that while Johnny Herbert was given two days of testing, his regular team mate Nicola Larini was left without any testing.

RUMORS FROM MUNICH

BMW Motorsport engineers began studying normally-aspirated F1 engines as long ago as 1986 but a year later - faced by intense competition in the automotive markets - the Munich company withdrew from F1.

SCRABBLING OVER THE BAT LOOT

THERE is much excitement in F1 circles at the moment over the likely destination of money from British American Tobacco.

TESTING ACTION LAST WEEK

THERE were three days of testing last week in Barcelona, where teams were preparing for the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix and it was the two Williams-Renault drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen dominating proceedings as usual.

TOBACCO POLITICS IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE

QUEEN ELIZABETH II's speech at the opening of the new British Parliament last week - effectively a statement of the new government's planned policies - included the intention to ban tobacco advertising in Great Britain.

TRULLI TRIES A BENETTON

JARNO TRULLI's day of running with Benetton last week in Barcelona was interesting in that the team's official reason for using the Minardi driver - filming - was clearly not the real reason for the test.

WATCH OUT FOR REDON

ONE name which is being overlooked in relation to the future of Prost Grand Prix is that of French Formula 3000 driver Laurent Redon, who is tipped to be nominated as Prost's test driver for 1998.

12 MAY 1997

AUDI AND FORMULA 1

RUMORS in recent days linking Audi with Benetton suggest that the German manufacturer is looking very closely at buying into Grand Prix racing.

CHANGES COMING AT BENETTON

THE Benetton team is struggling badly and there are signs that we can expect to see big changes in the next few months as the Benetton Family decide what they wish to do with their Grand Prix team.

FINANCIAL PLAYERS LOOKING AT F1

MOST of the Formula 1 teams are reporting that they have received approaches in recent months from British financial institutions wanting to buy equity because Bernie Ecclestone's new financial deal for the Concorde Agreement signatories is so attractive that teams will be making big profits by the end of the current deal in 2001.

MOSLEY SAYS "NO CHANGE"

MAX MOSLEY, the president of the international automobile federation, says that the F1 rules are not going to be changed because teams and drivers say they do not like the cars which are being planned.

SCALABRONI TO HEAD WILLIAMS SPORTSCAR PROGRAM

WILLIAMS is tipped to be negotiating to hire Argentine designer Enrique Scalabroni to head the team's yet-to-be-announced sportscar operation with BMW.

THE MUGEN QUESTION

THE major gossip in the paddock at Monaco last weekend was which team is going to be using the Mugen Honda engines next season.

WHAT NOW FOR DERNIE?

HAVING been replaced as technical director of Arrows by John Barnard, Frank Dernie is now looking at his Formula 1 future.

5 MAY 1997

... AND MOSLEY HAS HIS SAY

MAX MOSLEY has spoken out against the continuing pressure to ban tobacco advertising in motorsport.

BENETTON DENIES SALE PLANS

IF you believe the rumors circulating Europe at the moment, the Benetton Family has decided to sell its Formula 1 operation to David Richards's Prodrive team.

CANADA BANS TOBACCO

CANADA has passed its Tobacco Act and that means that advertising of tobacco products and sports sponsorship will have to stop.

DERNIE ON THE WAY

ARROWS technical director Frank Dernie is reported to have left the Leafield team at the end of April - presumably as a result of the yet-to-be-announced deal which has been struck between Tom Walkinshaw's team and Ferrari's departing designer John Barnard.

F1 FLOTATION SINKING?

NEWSPAPER reports from London are suggesting that F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has decided to delay or even cancel his plans to float F1 Holdings Ltd. on the stock exchange.

FINANCIAL REALITY HITS LOLA

THE Lola Formula 1 team has gone into liquidation with debts which are believed to be in the region of $5m.

PROST GOES TO VERSAILLES

AS we predicted in March, Alain Prost is to move his Formula 1 team from Magny-Cours to a new headquarters which will be built near the town of Versailles, in the south-western suburbs of Paris, close to Louis XIV's world-famous chateau.

WALKINSHAW MOVES INTO RUGBY

WHILE Benetton's Flavio Briatore is tipped to be on the verge of buying the Oxford United soccer team, Arrows boss TomÊWalkinshaw has diversified his sporting activities by buying control of the Gloucester Rugby Club.