NEWS ARCHIVE

30 AUGUST 1999

...AND IN HUNGARY

IT has emerged that Volkswagen's board member for automotive engineering Dr. Martin Winterkorn was a guest in the F1 paddock at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.

ALESI AND HEIDFELD AT PROST

PROST GRAND PRIX has confirmed that its drivers in 2000 will be Jean Alesi and the Formula 3000 Champion Nick Heidfeld.

GOODBYE SPA?

THE Belgian government's insistence that tobacco advertising should be banned at the Belgian Grand Prix could lead to the disappearance of the event from the Formula 1 calendar next year.

JORDAN CONFIRMS TRULLI

JORDAN GRAND PRIX confirmed at Spa that it has signed Jarno Trulli to be Heinz-Harald Frentzen's team mate in 2000 and the Italian will stay with Jordan for the 2001 season as well.

MINARDI AND THE SPANISH

THERE have been rumors for some weeks that Telefonica and other Spanish sponsors may be on the verge of buying the Minardi team.

ON HOLIDAY IN BELGIUM

HERB FISHEL, the head of motorsport at General Motors, was a visitor to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa last weekend.

SALO AND DINIZ AT SAUBER

AS we exclusively predicted two weeks ago Mika Salo has been confirmed as Pedro Diniz's partner at RedÊBullÊSauberÊPetronas.

SCHUMACHER'S LEGS

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is due to be at the wheel of a Ferrari in testing at Monza this week despite the fact that his recent test at Mugello did the German more harm than good.

THE LATEST BAR RUMORS

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING is to have a new commercial director shortly with the expected appointment of Les Olson who spent 18 years with Philip Morris before moving to Imperial Tobacco for which he is currently sales director for NorthÊAmerica.

23 AUGUST 1999

...AS PEUGEOT DEAL NEARS

PEUGEOT SPORT is expected to confirm its continued involvement with Prost Grand Prix within the next few days.

DISCUSSIONS AT ARROWS

TOM WALKINSHAW and Prince Malik ado Ibrahim are currently negotiating over their shareholdings in the Arrows FormulaÊ1 team - and all the indications are that Walkinshaw will soon buy the Nigerian out of the team.

HEIDFELD TESTS FOR PROST GRAND PRIX

FORMULA 3000 CHAMPION Nick Heidfeld tested for the Prost team last week at Silverstone.

MCLAREN DOMINANT IN SILVERSTONE TESTS

THERE were three days of testing last week at Silverstone although the British summer weather was once again disruptive with rain interupting activity on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SCHUMACHER BACK IN ACTION

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER was back in a Formula 1 Ferrari on Friday for the first time since his accident at the BritishÊGrandÊPrix on July 11.

SCHUMACHER II TO TEST BMW ENGINE SHORTLY

RALF SCHUMACHER is expected to begin testing with the latest version of the BMW V10 Formula 1 engine within the next six weeks.

16 AUGUST 1999

..AND SHUFFLES ENGINEERS

ARROWS will announce this week that it is reshuffling its technical staff with Mike Coughlan being promoted to the role of technical director and Egbahl Hamidy being drafted in as chief designer.

ALESI TO PROST GRAND PRIX

JEAN ALESI is expected to be confirmed as Jarno Trulli's replacement at Prost Grand Prix.

BENETTON PICKS UP HRD TALENT

BENETTON is to strengthen its engineering staff with the recruitment in recent days of most of the top design engineers from the defunct Honda Racing Developments team in Bracknell.

FRANK GOING STATESIDE

SIR FRANK WILLIAMS will be in America next weekend to visit the CART event in Chicago and we hear will go on to visit the new Formula 1 circuit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - which will host the United States Grand Prix in SeptemberÊ2000.

HEIDFELD WINS FORMULA 3000 TITLE BUT WHERE WILL HE DRIVE?

NICK HEIDFELD won the International Formula 3000 Championship last weekend in Budapest but the young German does not appear to have much hope of a Formula 1 drive next season.

JAC THE KNIFE IN BANBURY?

FORD MOTOR COMPANY President Jac Nasser is rumored to have paid a very quiet trip to Banbury, to have a look at the facilities owned by David Richards of Prodrive.

RUSSIA DREAMS OF F1

RUSSIA continues to dream about hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix and recently a Lebanese businessman with the unlikely name of Koueider von Heidebrand und der Lasa announced that he is planning to build a Formula 1 standard racing circuit close to the town of Tula, 80 miles to the south of Moscow.

SALO TO SAUBER

MIKA SALO's showing at Ferrari in recent weeks has put the Finn into the F1 spotlight and in Hungary he admitted that he had six offers for drives in 2000.

WALKINSHAW MOVES IN AT ARROWS

PRINCE MALIK ADO IBRAHIM did not appear with the Arrows team in Budapest last weekend and although the team blamed "visa problems" it is very clear that the Nigerian is unlikely to be around with Arrows for much longer.

9 AUGUST 1999

A LITTLE MORE SPECULATION

BACK in March we suggested that the TAG McLaren empire might be sold to DaimlerChrysler and that the money raised from that sale would then be used to buy the Ojjeh Family and Ron Dennis into Bernie Ecclestone's Formula OneÊHoldings.

BARRICHELLO QUICK AS FERRARI PILES THE MILES

THERE was testing last week at Silverstone, Mugello, Fiorano and Lurcy-Levis with the biggest test taking place at the British track.

FRENCH RESISTANCE TO MOSLEY

FIA President Max Mosley last week told the French regional newspaper Nice Matin that the French Grand Prix will move to PaulÊRicard in the future.

IRVINE AND JAGUAR

EDDIE IRVINE has denied reports that he has signed to be the number one driver with the planned Jaguar Formula 1 team for the next three years.

MINARDI GETS SUPERTEC

THE Fondmetal Minardi team will use Supertec V10 engines next year - if an agreement it has made with the French engine company is concluded.

REYNARD CALLS OFF ITS FLOTATION

REYNARD MOTORSPORT INC., a 15% shareholder in British American Racing , has called off its planned flotation on the NewÊYorkÊStockÊExchange.

SCHUMACHER UNDER THE KNIFE AGAIN

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER underwent a second operation over the weekend at a clinic in Geneva, Switzerland, with surgeons removing some of the pins which were inserted into his leg in the operation which took place at NorthamptonÊGeneral Hospital on the afternoon of his crash at Silverstone a month ago.

2 AUGUST 1999

AGIP TO FERRARI!

THE Italian oil company Agip is to return to Ferrari next year as the team's fuel supplier and as a major sponsor.

GOODNIGHT SWEET PRINCE?

THERE was a considerable amount of talk in the Hockenheim paddock suggesting that Arrows team owner PrinceÊMalikÊadoÊIbrahim may shortly be bought out of the operation by his partner Tom Walkinshaw.

PRESSURE BUILDING AT BAR

THE continued failure of British American Racing to score World Championship points is something of a joke within the Formula 1 paddock - given the new team's extravagant claims since this time last year.

PROST'S ENGINE

ALAIN PROST's relationship with Peugeot remains strained as the two parties wheel and deal to try to decide whether to continue their relationship.

STEWART SEEKS NAME CHANGE

THE agenda for the next Formula 1 Commission which has been circulated to race teams in recent days features a request for a change of team name for Stewart Grand Prix.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION APOLOGIZES

MAX Mosley, the President of the international automobile federation (FIA) was delighted last week when the EuropeanÊCommission issued a statement expressing regrets at hostile public statements and leaks made about the FIA by the outgoing Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert and members of his staff.

THE SILLY SEASON KICKS OFF...

THE Formula 1 Silly Season is up and running following the announcement in Germany that Mika Hakkinen and DavidÊCoulthard are to stay as McLaren team mates for a fifth consecutive season.

TOYOTA COMES CLEAN

TOYOTA has stopped hiding behind recruitment companies and anonymous post office box numbers and is advertising for Formula 1 staff in the specialist press all over Europe.

WHEN WILL SCHUMACHER COME BACK?

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER may not be back in action in Formula 1 as quickly as had been expected.