NEWS ARCHIVE

25 MAY 1998

FERRARI AND BRIDGESTONE

THERE were many rumors in the days before the Monaco GP which suggested that Ferrari had tested Bridgestone tires at Fiorano last week.

SAN FRANCISCO COMES TO MONACO

SAN FRANCISCO's bid to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix received a big boost at Monaco when the California city's mayor Willie Brown showed up to watch the Grand Prix and have talks with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

THE 1999 CALENDAR

THE first drafts of a Formula 1 calendar began circulating at Monaco and FIA President Max Mosley said that F1 fans can expect a radically-different list of dates to the existing calendar.

THE CONCORDE AGREEMENT

AFTER two years of negotiation the Formula 1 teams and Bernie Ecclestone have finally managed to settle all their differences and have agreed a new Concorde Agreement which will run for the next 10 years.

THE FIA VERSUS THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

WE believe that the International Automobile Federation is going to sue the European Commission as we suggested recently but that Bernie Ecclestone has decided not to involve himself in a similar action as he is hoping to find some way of compromise which will enable him to push ahead with the flotation of Formula 1 Holdings as soon as possible.

WHO OWNS MECACHROME?

THE supply of Mecachrome Formula 1 engines for 1999 and beyond has been thrown into some confusion by the announcement in Monaco that the French precision engineering company has signed an exclusive distribution contract with a company called Super Performance Competition Engineering, which is to be managed by Flavio Briatore.

18 MAY 1998

DON'T COUNT OUT MICHELIN...

AS Goodyear chairman Sam Gibara and his board of directors tour Eastern Europe this week, meeting local bosses and discussing the company's future plans for expansion, Formula 1 awaits a decision as to whether the company will actually carry out its announcement that it will leave Formula 1 at the end of this season.

EUROPE'S TOBACCO LAWS EDGE FORWARD

THE European Parliament has voted in favor of legislation to ban tobacco advertising and sponsorship throughout the European Union.

MORE F1 TEAMS LOOK AT FORMULA 3000

WITH Formula 3000 receiving much more coverage this season thanks to a calendar which is more closely linked with Formula 1 racing, more Grand Prix teams are considering becoming involved in the junior series as a way of maximizing the exposure for their sponsors.

SCHUMACHER'S BENETTON-VW!

FORMULA 1 is big news in Germany these days with the success of Michael Schumacher and the victories this year of the McLaren-Mercedes combination, and German involvement in F1 is likely to increase with the planned Williams-BMW partnership which will begin testing in 1999.

THE PACE HOTS UP IN TESTING

THE Formula 1 teams have had a heavy testing schedule this year but it seems that the pressure of work is increasing as more teams have cars available to do development work.

TODT'S NEW FERRARI CONTRACT

FERRARI's sporting director Jean Todt is in the process of negotiating a new contract for himself at Ferrari and although Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo says that there is a job for him at Maranello for as long as he would like it, Todt has yet to agree on the terms of the contract.

11 MAY 1998

A FORMULA 1 SOAP

THE British Broadcasting Corporation is working on a plan to produce a 10-episode television series based on Grand Prix racing.

A GRAND PRIX IN INDIA

THERE are plans for India to stage a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the year 2000 - although the people behind the deal are keeping their cards very close to their chests at the moment.

BAR DRIVING FORCES

WHILE British American Racing is still expected to run Alessandro Zanardi in F1 next year, probably with former Williams test driver Jean-Christophe Boullion alongside him, the team's longer-term plans are very interesting. In the last few months BAR boss Craig Pollock has concluded several new management deals which suggest that there could be some real surprises in the future.

BENETTON AND FORD

BENETTON's alliance with the Ford Motor Company appears to be over with team boss David Richards admitting in Barcelona that the Enstone-based team will be using Mecachrome engines - badged as Playlife V10s - again in 1999.

HONDA AND DALLARA

THERE have been many rumors in Europe in recent days suggesting that a deal is being discussed between the HondaÊMotorÊCompany and Dallara for the supply of Formula 1 chassis in the future.

MECACHROME AIMING FOR FOUR SUPPLIES?

ALTHOUGH officially Mecachrome bosses are saying that the company is able to supply three teams with its V10 engines next season, we believe that it is more likely that there will be four supplies of the French engines in F1 in 1999.

NASCAR COMES VISITING

THE Formula 1 paddock in Barcelona was full of unusual characters including NASCAR Winston Cup driver JohnnyÊBensonÊJr., paying his first visit to a Grand Prix.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF DAIMLER CHRYSLER

THE merger between Daimler Benz and Chrysler could have very interesting repercussions in Formula 1 racing.

4 MAY 1998

A WAITING GAME ON THE DRIVER MARKET

IT is still very early in the Formula 1 season for there to be much movement on the driver market for 1999 but there is no doubt that West McLaren Mercedes will be making a bid at some point for Michael Schumacher.

FIA TO SUE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

THE International Automobile Federation and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone are reported to be planning to take legal action against the European Commission and its Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert.

KAWAMOTO TO RETIRE

NOBUHIKO KAWAMOTO, who has led the Honda Motor Company for the last eight years, is to retire later this summer.

MAGNUSSEN STAYING AT STEWART?

DENMARK's Jan Magnussen, who has been struggling this year with the Stewart Ford team, looks like staying with the team for the rest of the year, despite attempts which have been made by the team to replace him.

MCLAREN SETS THE PACE IN BARCELONA

MIKA HAKKINEN and David Coulthard once again dominated when the majority of the Formula 1 teams went testing at Barcelona in preparation for the Spanish Grand Prix this week.

ROAD ATLANTA'S F1 PLANS

ALTHOUGH Don Panoz says he would like to host the United States Grand Prix at his Road Atlanta facility, he is not willing to pay the $10m fee which is being demanded by Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone - at least not in the short term.

ROSE PRUNED

THERE have been major disruptions at Britain's Royal Automobile Club in recent weeks with the dismissal of chairman JeffreyÊRose, a Vice-President of the FIA and the man who stood against Max Mosley in the FIA presidential election in 1993.

X WINGS ARE BANNED!

THE FIA must have been too busy worrying about the European Commission to bother to inform the world that it had decided to ban sidepod-mounted winglets, known in F1 circles as X wings.