AS expected the recent change of government in France has had a serious effect on Alain Prost's plans to use his political connections to help build up his Grand Prix team.
THE Belgian Grand Prix weekend was marred by a couple of controversial incidents - all of them involving Mika Hakkinen.
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO will reveal its plans to enter Formula 1 racing at the Luxembourg Grand Prix at the end of September.
THE German car manufacturer BMW is to announce a long-term motor racing involvement with Williams at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the week following the Italian Grand Prix.
ONE interesting story which was doing the rounds in Spa was that David Richards is still hoping to get involved in FormulaÊ1 next year, despite denials that he is talking to the Benetton Family about taking over the running of the team from Flavio Briatore.
FORD will announce on Thursday that it has agreed a deal to supply Tyrrell with its V10 engines next year, in addition to its involvement with Stewart Grand Prix.
GOODYEAR has restructured its staff in Formula 1, CART and in the Indy Racing League.
IT was no great surprise at Spa when McLaren boss Ron Dennis announced that the team will be keeping the same two drivers in 1998.
ALTHOUGH it is yet to be announced Frank Williams is believed to have reached final agreement to keep both his current F1 drivers in 1998.
ALAIN PROST confirmed that he has re-signed Olivier Panis to drive for his team for the next two seasons.
DAMON HILL, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi are all struggling to find good drives for next season.
TOM WALKINSHAW's plans for an F1 engine next year seem to be coming together with most of the speculation suggesting that Tom is planning to make his own V10 engine, in association with Brian Hart, and that this will be badged either by Yamaha - which does not want to pull out of F1 because of a lack of results - or by a car company which will be new to Grand Prix racing.
FOR the last month there have been recurring rumors that British American Tobacco is planning to buy the Minardi F1 team.
JAN MAGNUSSEN's future with the Stewart team hangs in the balance for the moment, the young Dane having been a big disappointment this year.
LIFE is very complicated at the moment at Benetton.
OLIVIER PANIS says he hopes to be back in action in F1 for the Luxembourg Grand Prix at the Nurburgring at the end of September - and not at Monza as was suggested in Hungary.
AS we reported in May the Automobile Association of South Africa in Johannesburg is aiming to run a Grand Prix at Kyalami next season.
THERE was plenty of testing action last week with work going on at Monza, Silverstone, Mugello and Fiorano.
THE uncertainty surrounding the future of Cosworth Engineering continues despite denials from its parent company Vickers PLC that the Northampton engine business - which builds the Ford V10 F1 engine - is up for sale.
PROST driver Jarno Trulli last week set the fastest ever lap around the Mugello racing circuit, near Florence.
DON PANOZ announced just after we closed last week that he has recruited Jim Selwa, the chief executive of Lotus Cars USA to be vice-president and chief operating officer of Panoz Motor Sports.
THE new BA Team to be funded by British American Tobacco is expected to be announced in September but there continue to be question marks about the form the new team will actually take.
DAMON HILL's remarkable performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix is likely to boost his chances of landing a top F1 drive next year.
BEFORE Eddie Jordan can decide on his drivers for next season the Irish team boss must work out the contractual situation between Giancarlo Fisichella and Benetton.
FORD's head of automotive operations Jac Nasser indicated that the company would have to "go in a different direction" if there was what he called "outside disruption" at Cosworth Engineering.
FORD'S head of automotive operations Jac Nasser revealed in Budapest that he believes it is essential that Formula 1 establishes itself in the United States of America if it wishes to portray itself as a global sport.
CAL LINT, the manager of Goodyear's international racing department since the start of 1993 is to leave Formula 1 after the Belgian Grand Prix.
THE Honda Motor Company is sneaking back into Formula 1 sooner than most people think - with an engine built by Honda's Research & Development department likely to begin testing in the autumn.
JACKY EECKELAERT, Peugeot Sport's F1 Project Coordinator, is a man in demand at the moment.
OLIVIER PANIS is on schedule to make his return to the Prost Formula 1 team at the Italian Grand Prix in September.
THE amazing performance of the Arrows-Yamaha team at the Hungarian Grand Prix has confused still further the situation regarding the team's motors for next season - but it may help Tom Walkinshaw convince Damon Hill stay at Arrows next season.
THE Tyrrell team is expected to announce in Japan that it has landed a big new sponsorship deal with a major Japanese company and is expected to announce shortly that it has concluded a deal to run a second supply of Ford V10 engines in 1998.
IT is no secret that Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is trying hard to get the Grand Prix teams to agree to restrict the amount of testing which happens between the races.
FRUSTRATED Grand Prix racer Martin Brundle - who has been out of work since he was dropped by Jordan at the end of last season - was given an unexpected chance to test for Benetton last week at Silverstone.
EDDIE IRVINE's option to continue for a third season with Ferrari has been taken up by the Italian team, following a series of good results in recent weeks.
GIANNI MORBIDELLI was back in action last week for the first time since he suffered a broken arm after a testing crash six weeks ago at Magny-Cours.
JORG MULLER announced on Friday that he has a deal to race for Tom Walkinshaw's Arrows team next season.
THE Formula 1 test teams have been in action in the last week at Silverstone, Mugello, Fiorano, Barcelona and at the drag racing strip at Santa Pod in Bedfordshire in England.
THE boom in Grand Prix racing in Germany continues with the announcement last week that Hockenheim will continue to host the German Grand Prix until the year 2001.
THE German Grand Prix marked a new departure for Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Communications operations with the first trials of "virtual advertising", a system which means that viewers in different countries see different trackside adverts.
THE business of sport is booming at the moment and as a result there is interest in Grand Prix racing from the most unusual places.