NEWS ARCHIVE

24 APRIL 2000

BMW'S NEW V10

OUR spies in Munich report that despite losing the chief designer for the 2001 V10 engine, BMW Motorsport in Munich will have an all-new engine ready in time to begin testing in November.

ENGINE POLITICS

ALTHOUGH the discussions remain low-key there is a good deal of activity in Formula 1 circles at the moment as the teams try to sort out their engine supplies in the long term.

FRANCHITTI LOOKING FOR F1 FUTURE

SCOTTISH CART driver Dario Franchitti was one of several American visitors to the British Grand Prix paddock at Silverstone.

HONDA NEGOTIATING TO BUY BAR

WE hear that the Honda Motor Company has embarked on negotiations to buy British American Racing from BritishÊAmericanÊTobacco.

LONG BEACH IN THE RUNNING?

SUGGESTIONS that Formula 1 racing may be interested in a race at Detroit seem to be a little wide of the mark but new rumors have emerged suggesting that there are troubles between CART and Dover Downs Entertainment, which organizes a variety of CART events, notably the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the race at Gateway International Raceway near St.ÊLouis.

MINARDI SALE CLOSE

NEGOTIATIONS for the sale of Minardi to a European consortium are, we believe, in the final stages with the little Italian team likely to be sold within a matter of weeks.

RESSLER TO RUN JAGUAR RACING

WE hear from the United States that Jaguar Racing will shortly announce the appointment of Neil Ressler as its new chief executive.

SHAKE-UP AT BENETTON

THE recent return of Flavio Briatore has led to suggestions that there will be changes to the Benetton team in the next few weeks.

SHELL BEATS OFF CONTENDERS TO STAY WITH FERRARI

SHELL has outbid all its rivals to remain Ferrari's oil and lubricants partner until the end of the 2005 season.

SILVERSTONE'S NIGHTMARE WEEKEND

THE British Racing Drivers' Club, the organizing body of the British Grand Prix, had a disastrous weekend with poor weather causing severe problems.

17 APRIL 2000

BERNIE IN AMERICA

FORMULA 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting were both in the United States of America last week and as they were not spotted in any of the usual destinations there was speculation that the pair may have gone off to look at possible sites for a second Grand Prix in the United States.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX FOR DONINGTON?

THE battle over the 2002 British Grand Prix remains a lively one with Donington Park now saying that it would step in if BrandsÊHatch cannot complete it upgrading work in time and Silverstone is unable to agree terms with the Formula 1 authorities.

JAGUAR RACING AND GAYDON

OUR spies within the Ford Motor Company suggest that the company is on the verge of buying the Rover Group's testing ground at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

MCNISH GETS TOYOTA TESTING ROLE

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT has announced that Scottish driver Allan McNish will be its Formula 1 test and development driver in 2001, when the company intends to have a prototype F1 chassis up and running.

PAUL STEWART STANDS DOWN

PAUL STEWART, the chief operating officer of Jaguar Racing, has stood down from the role with the team in order to be treated for cancer of the colon.

RICHARDS GETS RALLYING

DAVID RICHARDS has acquired the commercial rights to the FIA World Rally Championship.

THE GRAND PRIX OF INDIA

ALTHOUGH things have gone quiet about a Grand Prix in India in recent months, we understand that the project has been pushing ahead with the government of West Bengal firmly behind the idea - and willing to invest.

ZONTA'S NEAR-MISS

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING driver Ricardo Zonta was fortunate to escape unhurt from a huge testing accident at Silverstone last weekend when his BAR-Honda lost a wheel at high-speed just before Stowe Corner (where Michael Schumacher crashed last year).

10 APRIL 2000

BRAZIL GETS OFF LIGHTLY

THE Confederacao Brasileira de Automobilismo, the Brazilian national sporting authority, which organizes the race at Interlagos every year, has been fined only $100,000 for the incidents in qualifying in which several advertising hoardings fell onto the race track when cars passed beneath them.

CHANGES COMING AT JAGUAR

THERE were a lot of rumors in the paddock at Imola that there will soon be management changes at Jaguar Racing with the suggestion being that many of the old Stewart Grand Prix faces will disappear and be replaced by Ford appointees.

COULTHARD LOSES BRAZIL APPEAL

THE FIA International Court of Appeal rejected McLaren's appeal against the disqualification of David Coulthard from the BrazilianÊGrandÊPrix.

FIA ADMITS TRACTION-CONTROL

AS we revealed exclusively two weeks ago, at least one team (we believe it was three) were using illegal traction-control systems in Grands Prix last year.

MOSLEY FIRES NEW SHOTS IN F1-EU BATTLE

FIA President Max Mosley has launched another attack on the European Commission Competition Department, in an effort to end the deadlock that exists in the current dispute over whether or not the FIA is abusing a monopoly position in FormulaÊ1.

PROST'S ENGINE SITUATION

IT is becoming increasingly clear that Alain Prost's relationship with Peugeot - and probably the French car company's involvement in Formula 1 - are coming to an end.

SAUBER'S ENGINE SUPPLY

THERE is much talk in the Formula 1 paddock at the moment over the future engine supply for Sauber with all the indications being that the Swiss team will be continuing with Sauber Petronas-badged Ferrari V10 engines again in 2001.

STEPNEY TO LEAVE FERRARI?

THE word from Maranello is that the team's coordinator Nigel Stepney has decided that he is leaving Maranello to return to Britain after eight years in Italy.

3 APRIL 2000

ECCLESTONE NOT SHY, NOR RETIRING

EM.TV announced recently that it had acquired a 50% shareholding in Bernie Ecclestone's Formula 1 empire from the financial houses Morgan Grenfell and Hellman & Friedman.

MCLAREN GOES BEFORE THE COURT

THE West McLaren Mercedes team will go before the FIA Court of Appeal this week in Paris to argue that David Coulthard's second-placed McLaren-Mercedes should be reinstated in the results of the Brazilian GP.

MICHELIN AND JAGUAR

AS we predicted last week, Jaguar Racing and Michelin have announced a partnership for the 2001 season.

MINARDI ON SALE AGAIN?

OUR spies in Italy tell us that the Minardi team may not complete its deal with the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica.

MORE CHANGES AT BAR AND REYNARD

ROBERT SYNGE, the team manager of British American Racing, has been dropped in the latest reshuffling of management at the Brackley-based F1 operation.

RAMPF REPLACES RESS AT SAUBER

WILLY RAMPF has been appointed technical director of the Red Bull Sauber Petronas team.

SIR FRANK GOES TO FLORIDA

AFTER the Brazilian Grand Prix Sir Frank Williams flew home via the United States for a tour of the team's sponsors in NorthÊAmerica.

TOM LOSES HIS SWEDISH FACTORY

TOM WALKINSHAW's plans to build Renault Sport versions of the Renault Clio at Uddevalla, in Sweden, are unlikely to go ahead following the announcement that Walkinshaw's AutoNova AB joint venture with Volvo has been terminated.