NEWS ARCHIVE

30 JUNE 1997

...BUT SHOULD GET CUSTOMER FORD V10S

AS F1 engine supplies for 1998 and beyond begin to become clearer, the future of Tyrrell appears to be as a customer of the Ford Motor Company.

A GRAND PRIX FOR LOS ANGELES?

IN recent days there have been reports in the Toronto Globe and Mail suggesting that Formula 1 racing boss BernieÊEcclestone is considering a race in the Los Angeles.

BOULLION FOR SAUBER?

WILLIAMS test driver Jean-Christophe Boullion is likely to be driving for Sauber at the British Grand Prix, standing in for the injured Gianni Morbidelli.

COULD VILLENEUVE BE DROPPED?

JACQUES VILLENEUVE's negotiations with Frank Williams for a contract in 1998 could end up with the French-Canadian being kicked out of his Williams seat.

FEDERAL EXPRESS COMES TO BENETTON'S RESCUE

THE international courier company Federal Express will announce on the Thursday before the British Grand Prix that it is to become a major sponsor of the Benetton Formula 1 team.

POOR OLD FLOTATION

THE flotation of Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Holdings company is to be delayed until the winter.

POOR OLD PANIS

OLIVIER PANIS was discharged from the Sacre Coeur hospital in Montreal last Monday - eight days after the crash in which he broke both his legs - and immediately flew back to France with his wife Anne.

PROST - THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES

ALAIN PROST's gradual revamping of the former Ligier team continues with the announcement that managing-director Bruno Michel is to depart with immediate effect.

TOM AND FLAVIO IN TROUBLE

DESPITE the arrival of money from Federal Express, the future of Flavio Briatore at Benetton continues to be unclear - with rumors that his recent fall-out with the Benetton family will not be patched-up.

TRULLI REPLACES PANIS

PROST GRAND PRIX announced on Monday that Jarno Trulli would be its replacement for the injured Olivier Panis.

TYRRELL TURNS DOWN BAT OFFER

THE Tyrrell family has turned down a multi-million dollar offer to sell its Formula 1 team to the British American Tobacco company.

23 JUNE 1997

...BUT THE F1 FLOAT IS WOBBLING

THE flotation of Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Holdings Ltd. looks likely to be delayed for some months because of worries in financial circles that Ecclestone and his financial advisors, the New York-based Salomon Brothers investment bank, are rushing things a little too much.

COULTHARD HOPES TO STAY AT MCLAREN

DAVID COULTHARD says he is intending to stay at McLaren next year, pointing out that he has done better this year than Finn Mika Hakkinen and staking his claim to be kept on if the team's partners Mercedes-Benz and West cigarettes insist on the team having a German driver in 1998.

MORBIDELLI OUT - FONTANA IN

SAUBER PETRONAS driver Gianni Morbidelli suffered a broken left arm on last Thursday after a high-speed crash during testing for the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

MOSLEY ATTACKS LEGAL INTERFERENCE IN SPORT

MAX MOSLEY spoke out last week about legal interference in motor racing, during a conference in Rome about sport and its relationship with the law.

NISSAN AND FORMULA 1

REPORTS in the German motor racing press that Nissan has a Formula 1 project with Tom Walkinshaw should be treated with some care.

TOBACCO SETTLEMENT BAD NEWS FOR MOTORSPORT

THE deal struck last week in Washington DC between the tobacco industry and American state negotiators is likely to mean the end of cigarette sponsorship in the United States.

WHO REPLACES PANIS?

AS we were closing for press the replacement for Olivier Panis with Prost Grand Prix was still to be announced with Minardi's Jarno Trulli and Emmanuel Collard both in line for the drive - with Damon Hill as an unlikely outsider.

WILLIAMS AHEAD AT MAGNY-COURS

JACQUES VILLENEUVE dominated testing at Magny-Cours last week, completing nearly 200 laps of the French circuit to set a best time of 1m15.16s - which is nearly a second faster than Michael Schumacher's pole position at the track last July.

16 JUNE 1997

... AND DELAY DEALS FOR 1998

THE uncertainty over whether or not Bernie Ecclestone will float his Formula 1 Holdings Ltd. company on the London Stock Exchange this summer is blocking a number of vital decisions which are currently holding up future developments in the F1 paddock.

F1 FLOTATION TALKS DRAG ON...

THE negotiations over the flotation of Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Holdings (FOH) have, as expected, resulted in plans for a completely new Concorde Agreement, getting rid of the troublesome 1997-2001 document which has split the F1 teams for the last year.

JACQUES'S TRIP TO PARIS

JACQUES VILLENEUVE received a reprimand from the FIA World Motor Sports Council last week for comments he made in the German magazine Der Spiegel.

PANIS'S ACCIDENT

OLIVIER PANIS has broken both his legs and will be out of action for at least the next three months following a heavy crash in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

TEAMS WOO BIG NEW SPONSORS

THE Formula 1 teams are busy trying to put together their commercial packages for next season - and the Montreal paddock was a hive of activity as F1 marketing departments tried to convince potential sponsors to sign up with them.

THE 18TH RACE OPTION

FORMULA 1 team bosses will have to decide whether they want to have a 18th race this year.

THE FUTURE OF THE CANADIAN GP

NORMAN LEGAULT, managing-director of Grand Prix Players du Canada, and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone last weekend had a meeting with Jean Pelletier, the chief of staff of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to discuss the future of the Grand Prix in relation to the new anti-tobacco legislation known as Law C-71. This received Royal Assent in April but does not come into effect until October 1998.

WALKINSHAW ON A BUYING SPREE?

TOM WALKINSHAW is tipped to be on the verge of buying the financially troubled Lola Cars company. Eric Broadley's customer car business has been in financial administration in recent weeks as a result of the company's disastrous attempt to enter Formula 1 racing.

WURZ STANDS IN FOR BERGER

GERHARD BERGER was forced to miss the Canadian Grand Prix because of a sinus infection following a recent operation.

9 JUNE 1997

...AND ANOTHER CASE IS BREWING

PATRICK PETER, the former organizer of sportscar racing with the BPR company, is taking the FIA and ISC to court in France claiming $20m of damages as a result of the FIA decision in March this year to establish an FIA Grand Touring Championship without the participation of BPR.

...AND PONDERING HIS FUTURE

JACQUES VILLENEUVE indicated in Barcelona that he does not yet have an agreement with Williams for the 1998 season.

BRITAIN CONFIRMS ANTI-TOBACCO PLANS

AT a meeting of the 15 European Health Ministers in Luxembourg last week, Britain's Public Health Minister Tessa Jowell confirmed that the new government in Britain is to support plans for a European Union ban on tobacco advertising.

GERMANS DEFEAT MAX AND BERNIE

THE FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's ISC company have lost the preliminary case over the televising of the FIA European Truck Racing Cup.

HILL ON THE SENNA CRASH

DAMON HILL was in court in Imola last week, giving evidence at the Ayrton Senna trial.

JORDAN AND MASTERCARD

THE word on the street in Formula 1 commercial circles is that Eddie Jordan will not only keep his sponsorship from BensonÊ&ÊHedges next year but will get additional backing from Mastercard.

MAGNY-COURS TESTING

MOST of the F1 teams were at Magny-Cours last week and it was Benetton's Jean Alesi who ended up setting the pace with a best lap of 1m15.09s.

PROST AND FRANCE

ALAIN PROST's political connections have been severely weakened by the arrival of a Socialist government in France - and the nomination of a Communist as the new Minister of Youth and Sport - but the turnaround of fortunes may end up working in Alain's favor.

VILLENEUVE IN TROUBLE?

JACQUES VILLENEUVE's recent habit of publicly attacking the FIA's planned rule-changes for 1998 could be about to land the French-Canadian in trouble.

2 JUNE 1997

ACTIVITY AT SILVERSTONE

THERE was a big three-day test at Silverstone last week with Williams as ever setting the pace.

AN IMPORTANT TV TEST CASE

THE German television company AE TV-Cooperations GmbH of Heidelberg, which is in dispute with the FIA over the televising of the FIA European Truck Racing Cup, has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's ISC company, claiming that they are both in violation of Articles 85 and 86 of the Treaty of Rome which prohibit cartels and the abuse of a dominant position in commerce.

BERGER'S NOSE JOB

BENETTON driver Gerhard Berger has undergone surgery for sinus problems, but is expecting to be to fit and well again in time for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks.

EUROCRATS CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH

THE European Health Ministers will meet this week in Brussels and Europe's Social Affairs Commissioner Irishman Padraig Flynn has confirmed that he is going to raise the issue of a pan-European tobacco advertising ban.

HART ATTACKS NEW V10

BRIAN HART - the last privateer engine-builder involved in Grand Prix racing - is planning to return to V10 engines in 1998 if there is a team which will be willing to fund his new power unit.

PROST AND POLITICS

SUNDAY's elections for the French National Assembly could have a dramatic effect on the fortunes of Alain Prost's FormulaÊ1 team.

RE-EMERGING SOUTH AFRICA

THE rumors of attempts to revive the South African Grand Prix are interesting, but the major problem remains finding the money to take Formula 1 racing back onto the African Continent.

THE AUDI RUMORS GROW

THERE have been rumors in F1 circles for some weeks that the Benetton Formula 1 team is for sale.

THE FUTURE OF TYRRELL

THERE have been a lot of rumors in recent days suggesting that Tyrrell is about to be sold. It is not the first time there have been such stories over the years and Ken Tyrrell has always insisted that the team will remain with the Tyrrell Family.