AS we exclusively predicted a month ago Jenson Button will shortly be confirmed as a Benetton driver for next year.
DARIO FRANCHITTI tested for Jaguar last week at Silverstone but failed to set any startling lap times and we hear that the possibility of the Scotsman getting a ride with the team in F1 next year is looking increasingly remote despite the fact that Johnny Herbert has made it quite clear in recent days that he has no intention of staying with the team and is heading off to CART in the United States.
THERE is much maneuvering going on in the upper echelons of Formula 1 at the moment as car manufacturers discuss a possible takeover - hostile or otherwise - of the sport.
PROST GRAND PRIX is about to be sold to a US-based company and it is expected that the purchaser (rumored to be TonyÊJohnson's Hidden Creak Industries) is paying $67m for the deal.
AS we predicted as long ago as May, Mark Webber will soon be testing for the Benetton Formula 1 team.
RUBENS BARRICHELLO dedicated his first grand prix victory to his mentor Ayrton Senna after driving a remarkable race in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
GERMAN GRAND PRIX race organisers have revealed that the man who caused the race to be run under the safety car was a Mercedes worker protesting against his sacking.
McLaren's David Coulthard heaped praise on German Grand Prix winner Rubens Barrichello - and insisted that he deserved every minute of his success.
CHAMPIONSHIP leader Michael Schumacher laid the blame on his early exit from Sunday's German Grand Prix on Benetton driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
MCLAREN team-boss Ron Dennis has intensified the rivalry between the Woking-based team and Ferrari by accusing the Italians of attempting to influence FIA stewards.
ITALIAN Giancarlo Fisichella has been fined $5,000 (dollars) by German Grand Prix race stewards after failing to stop at the weighing area after his first run in qualifying.
THE Minardi team is close to being sold, said 70% team owner Gabriele Rumi -- but needs to find an engine supplier to tie up a deal.
RALF SCHUMACHER has joined the chorus of criticism of the Hockenheim track, saying he would like the German Grand Prix to switch to a more modern circuit.
THIRTEEN spectators were injured as torrential rain hit Hockenheim on Friday -- circuit officials have announced.
UNDER-PRESSURE Benetton driver Alexander Wurz has reiterated that he will be driving with the team until the end of the season at least.
BRITISH AMERICAN RACING have signed a multi-year partnership agreement with World Online International -- a Dutch network communication company.
Heavy rain following Friday's opening free practice at the Hockenheim circuit caused havoc with the track schedule -- as flooding caused events to be cancelled.
EDDIE IRVINE has continued his war of words by ruling out David Coulthard's world title chances - and insisting Mika Hakkinen is still the man to watch.
DAVID COULTHARD has ended his row with Michael Schumacher by saying he would not dispute the overtaking rules following their clash at Magny Cours three weeks ago.
JOHNNY HERBERT has confirmed his retirement from Formula One after announcing he will move into Champ Car racing next year.
EDDIE IRVINE has hit back at Michael Schumacher and told the German to quit his role as the leading voice of the 22-man grid.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER welcomed the Federation Internationale L'Automobile's decision to allow Mika Hakkinen's Austrian Grand Prix victory to stand - because he wants to win the title without outside help.
HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN on Wednesday confirmed his future by agreeing a two-year extension to his contract with Jordan.
MCLAREN have insisted that they were 'disappointed' and 'surprised' at the race stewards' decision on Tuesday to fine the team $50,000 and deduct 10-points from their constructors' championship standings, but will not appeal against the ruling.
THE confirmation that Peugeot has sold its Formula 1 operation to an Asian consortium called Asia Motor Technologies brings to an end Peugeot's disastrous involvement in the sport with no wins in seven years of competition.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE'S decision to stay at British American Racing comes as something of a surprise for the Formula 1 community and it is being seen as an indication that the Honda Motor Company must have made a commitment to Villeneuve that British American Racing will not be allowed to get into financial trouble if British American Tobacco scales down its involvement in the sport.
THE three-way battle for the Drivers' World Championship is set to continue unabated in this weekend's German Grand Prix after FIA stewards yesterday confirmed Mika Hakkinen's victory in Austria - despite the fact that an official seal was missing from the electronic control unit of his winning McLaren-Mercedes MP4/15.
MIKA HAKKINEN'S Austrian Grand Prix victory has been allowed to stand after the Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA) ruled the team had not benefited from the missing seal on the electronic control unit of his McLaren-Mercedes car.
JORDAN have categorically denied that Heinz-Harald Frentzen's chief engineer Sam Michael has left the team for Ferrari.
Peugeot have confirmed that they will pull out of Formula One at the end of the year, leaving Prost in search of a new engine supplier.
THE row between warring Prost drivers Jean Alesi and Nick Heidfeld rumbled into a second week with Alesi launching a personal attack on his team-mate.
BMW's motorsport director Mario Theissen is happy with the progress Williams have made in the past few races after suffering reliability problems.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE has revealed that British American Racing's recent progress was the reason behind his decision to sign to the team for another three years.
JENSON BUTTON'S prospects of sustaining the momentum of his F1 career after he leaves Williams have brightened considerably after Jacques Villeneuve wrong-footed the grand prix community by signing a 40 million pound, three year extension to his current contract with British American racing.
PEDRO DE LA ROSA has vowed to keep his seat at Arrows and stay in Formula One as speculation mounts that his future is in doubt.
JOHNNY HERBERT attended the 11th round of the CART FedEx Championship in Michigan on Sunday and strengthened speculation that he is set to join the American series next year.
NIGEL MANSELL has criticized Formula One's governing body, the FIA, for making today's circuits too safety conscious and dull.
THE Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA) are keeping the location of McLaren's hearing on Tuesday, into the alleged infringements on the electronic box of Mika Hakkinen's Austrian Grand Prix-winning car, under wraps.
TOYOTA has appointed Mr. Tsutomu Tomita as Chairman of Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the motorsport subsidiary responsible for the Toyota F1 program which will make its competition debut at the start of the 2002 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
TWO day qualifying could reappear on the Grand Prix schedule in 2001 if Bernie Ecclestone has his way, according to several F1 teams last week.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE ended speculation surrounding his future on Monday night by committing his future to British American Racing after agreeing a new three-year deal.
Sauber test driver Enrique Bernoldi is aiming to use his test in August to secure a drive with the team next year.
MCLAREN chief Ron Dennis has intensified his team's rivalry with arch-rivals Ferrari by criticizing their management over team orders.
RUBENS BARRICHELLO completed Ferrari's preparations for the German Grand Prix by finishing testing at the Fiorano circuit.
FINANCIAL newspapers have confirmed our suggestion that the Prost Grand Prix operation is for sale with merchant bank Credit Suisse First Boston offering the team for $67m.
THE rumors that a consortium of automobile manufacturers are trying to buy a shareholding in Formula One is not a surprise given the recent agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA for the commercial rights to the World Championship to be leased for 100 years.
JORDAN have denied reports that technical director Mike Gascoyne has quit the team with immediate effect and insist he is still a part of their short-term plans.
SILVERSTONE have announced new plans for spectators to travel to the British Grand Prix in a bid to avoid the chaos that marred this year's event in April.
FERRARI'S Rubens Barrichello topped the times for a second consecutive day in testing at Mugello after running a preparation schedule ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
RUMBLINGS of discontent amongst F1 teams regarding Bernie Ecclestone's increasing stranglehold on the FIA World Championship look set to be silenced if five of the world's major motor manufacturers eventually decide to purchase a one-third stake in Bernie Ecclestone's SLEC empire.
BENETTON'S Ginacarlo Fisichella completed his final day of testing at Silverstone with the fastest time of the day, but was more concerned with his set-up ahead of the German Grand Prix next week.
MIKA HAKKINEN and the McLaren-Mercedes team will probably have to sweat it out for over another week before they know whether the Finn's 16th career Grand Prix victory - secured in Austria before the question of the missing FIA seal on the car's electronic control box arose - can finally be confirmed.
JAGUAR'S Eddie Irvine has been passed fit to compete in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim next weekend after doctors gave him the all-clear.
PROST GRAND PRIX have appointed Credit Suisse First Boston to look at arranging a sale for the French Formula One team priced at around £45 million.
FORMER Jaguar Chairman Jackie Stewart, who originally talked about a test with Dario Franchitti last year, was impressed by the Scot's performance at Silverstone this week, but commented; "we haven't got a definitive list yet of candidates under consideration for next year.
FERRARI'S Rubens Barrichello showed a clean pair of heels to struggling Prost and Minardi as he topped the times by almost four seconds in testing at Mugello, Italy.
SILVERSTONE will welcome a host of British Formula One greats this weekend when it celebrates 50 years of the World Championship.
JAGUAR test driver Luciano Burti claims that he has just come through the most remarkable four days of his life.
SCOTLAND'S Dario Franchitti has denied reports that he is set to sign with Jaguar Formula One team.
MCLAREN duo Olivier Panis and David Coulthard continued their dominance of testing at Silverstone as they topped the times for a second consecutive day.
MODIFICATIONS to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the venue for September's Italian Grand Prix, have been completed in record time.
IT is worth noting that there is a major restructuring of management going on at Goodyear with Bill Sharp, the head of the company's North American operations (and the man who made the decision to pull the company out of Formula 1 back in 1997) stepping down at the age of 58.
SCOT Dario Franchitti made his first appearance in a Jaguar Formula One car in testing at Silverstone on Tuesday, but it was McLaren test driver Olivier Panis who topped the times.
GERMAN companies have become increasingly important in Formula 1 in recent years with DaimlerChrysler, West, BMW, Alliaz, Deutsche Post, Becks, Warsteiner and others all keen to be part of the boom in interest in F1 since Michael Schumacher became the top name in the sport in 1994.
THERE have been increasing rumors in recent days that the chairman of Minardi sponsor Telefonica, Juan Villalonga, may have to stand down from his position because of discontent amongst the companies institutional investors.
TOBACCO has been the biggest supporter of motor racing since the late 1960s but the pressure on cigarette companies continues with another huge award of damages last week in a Miami court where a jury decided that the tobacco companies should pay $145 billion in punitive damages in what is known as "a class action" brought by thousands of individuals suffering from smoking-related illnesses.
FORMULA 1 could face increased competition for sponsors and television coverage from a CART-inspired FIAÊWorldÊOvalÊRacingÊChampionship within the next five years.
DARIO FRANCHITTI could be set to become the next Briton in Formula One as he prepares to impress Jaguar bosses at a test at Silverstone this week.
THE next generation of Formula 1 racing circuits are already in the planning stages and we hear that there are three new projects under consideration at the moment.
JORDAN technical director Mike Gascoyne is expected to sit out the rest of this season on "gardening leave" before he takes up his next appointment as the new technical director of Benetton Formula.
EDDIE IRVINE pulled out of the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday evening after suffering serious abdominal pains during the days leading up to the event.
THE plot thickens at Prost Grand Prix with the team's future becoming more and more like a bad soap opera. While Peugeo has been trying to buy the team with a deal involving the Vivendi company, Alain Prost appears to be working in direct opposition to his current engine supplier.
THERE were a lot of rumors in Austria suggesting that Minardi will soon announce that it has been sold to a consortium which has been trying to finalize a deal for over a year.
THERE was considerable speculation at the Austrian Grand Prix which suggested that Jacques Villeneuve may decide to say at British American Racing next year rather than take up an offer to join Benetton in 2001 and then lead the new RenaultÊFormula 1 team in 2002.
JENSON BUTTON could join Jacques Villeneuve in the Benetton-Renault line-up for the 2001 season if Flavio Briatore has a major re-shake of his driver line-up and dispenses with Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz.
The Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA) are to investigate Austrian Grand Prix winner Mika Hakkinen's McLaren-Mercedes car over an alleged infringement.
JAGUAR is aiming for an upsurge in its F1 performance starting at this week's Silverstone test when an extensively upgraded Cosworth V10 engine will be evaluated in preparation for a possible race debut in the next race at Hockenheim.
EDDIE IRVINE will be released from hospital in London on Sunday after tests allayed fears that he had appendicitis.
MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has confirmed his drivers will be free to fight for victory with no team orders at Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix despite colliding in the event last year.
IT'S TRUE! Bernie Ecclestone has pulled off the deal of his life it emerged yesterday when it became clear that his F1 management group has extended its stranglehold on grand prix racing's commercial rights for another 100 years beyond their current expiry in 2001.
EDDIE IRVINE'S miserable season hit a further low when he withdrew from the Austrian Grand Prix after suffering suspected appendicitis.
MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has always had high ambitions, but now he has got his sights set on Mars.
A number of Jordan Grand Prix employees are leaving the Formula One fray for a short while - to compete in this weekend's World Corporate Games.
JAGUAR have dismissed suggestions that Champcar driver Dario Franchitti is set to test with the Milton Keynes-based team this week.
FORMER world champion Michael Schumacher says that playing football is more physically demanding than driving a Formula One car.
TEAM-BOSS Frank Williams is urging FIA officials to be brave as they contemplate re-introducing Friday qualifying to Formula One.
THE Sunday People newspaper in London has reported that David Coulthard's air crash in May may not have been an accident and has linked the crash at Lyons-Satolas airport - in which the two pilots of the jet were killed - to a similar one involving the jockey Frank Dettori a few weeks later.
FORMULA 1 teams are once again discussing whether or not to change the format of Grand Prix weekends and whether or not to increase the ban on testing, in an effort to cut down on costs. A number of different proposals have been made, including a ban on all testing at Grand Prix venues between races but an extension to the running allowed on Friday at each track.
THE announcements at Magny Cours that Honda is to supply works engines to Jordan in 2001 and that McLaren is to retain DavidÊCoulthard and Mika Hakkinen have meant a little movement in the F1 driver market for next year and the next major announcement is expected to be the re-signing of Heinz-Harald Frentzen by Jordan for 2001 and 2002.
RICK GORNE, the marketing brain behind Reynard Racing Cars, who spent the 1999 season as Race Operations Director of BritishÊAmericanÊRacing, is rumored to be looking to branch out to establish his own racing car production business.
ALTHOUGH Eddie Jordan recently announced a factory engine deal with Honda, there is no doubt that in the longer term Jordan is still looking for a major partnership with a car manufacturer - and Honda is unlikely to be that company as the Japanese firm is still intent on having its own F1 operation. Jordan could sell his team to Honda but discussions along these lines failed in 1999 and there are no signs that Jordan has lost his taste for the bright lights of F1 racing.
MUGEN, the Honda Family-owned engine company which has close links with the Honda Motor Company, has been tuning Honda engines for competition and for high performance road cars since the early 1970s.
THE new Lausitzring in the old East Germany is beginning to worry the existing German circuits and last week's announcement that the track is listed on the 2001 CART calendar - with a provisional date of September 16 (the same day as the ItalianÊGP) - has underlined that the local authorities are serious about grabbing Germany's top motorsport events.
THE strained relationship between Mark Webber and the Arrows team is understood to have ended with Webber's manager PaulÊStoddart of the European Arrows Formula 3000 team having cancelled the contract because agreement could not be reached between the young Australian driver and Tom Walkinshaw's team.
THERE are whispers in the Formula 1 world that Toyota has found someone to run its Formula 1 operations in Cologne and that the person in question will be able to attract a large number of British engineers to join the team which is currently being put together in Germany.
DAVID COULTHARD took a wide berth from Ferrari rival Michael Schumacher this week.
FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo took time off from his pressing Formula One commitments to get married for a second time on Friday evening.
ALAIN PROST has defended his team's young German driver Nick Heidfeld after a string of disappointing performances this season.
ARROWS' Formula One test driver Mark Webber is believed to have fallen out with the Oxfordshire-based team.
THE Autodromo Fernanda Pires da Silva circuit in Estoril, Portugal, has undergone a major facelift in an attempt to host a Formula One race again.
FERRARI are hard at work this week in an attempt to eradicate the problems that caused Michael Schumacher to retire from last weekend's French Grand Prix.
JAGUAR have signed a £5 million (pounds) sponsorship deal with British natural mineral water brand, Aqua-Pura.
TEST driver Olivier Panis continued McLaren's dominance in the final day of testing at Mugello, Italy, as he outpaced world championship leader Michael Schumacher.
RALF SCHUMACHER described his day's work in testing at Estoril's Autodromo Fernanda Pira da Silva circuit as "productive" as BMW-Williams aim to continue a good run of form in the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend.
BMW-WILLIAMS pair Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button both completed a positive days testing at the Portuguese circuit Estoril on Thursday.
MIKA HAKKINEN's agent Keke Rosberg insists the driver must remain as number one at McLaren or they will lose the world championship.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER gained revenge on his French Grand Prix defeat to David Coulthard by out-pacing his rival in a testing session at Mugello on Thursday.
JOS VERSTAPPEN dominated the rest of the field as he topped the times in testing at Silverstone on Thursday by running nearly one-and-a-half seconds quicker than his rivals.
JENSON BUTTON started testing for his BMW-Williams team at a re-vamped Estoril circuit on Wednesday and called for it to become a Grand Prix circuit once again.
JORDAN'S Heinz-Harald Frentzen has vowed to make a decision on his future with the Silverstone-based team within the next ten days.
MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has told double world champion Mika Hakkinen to rest in order to restore his desire for success.
EDDIE IRVINE silenced the critics by topping the times in his Jaguar at a wet Silverstone testing session on Wednesday.
DANE Tom Kristensen is ignoring claims that his testing duties with Michelin will eventually see him drive in Formula One.
MCLAREN out-paced Ferrari for the second consecutive day at Mugello on Wednesday as the teams' respective test drivers went head-to-head.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE is unhappy with the way his employers British American Racing are attempting to negotiate his contract and keep him at the team.
Ex-Formula One world champion Damon Hill is set to come out of retirement and make his racing return as one of the first drivers to sign up for the new international motorsports series - 'Superstars'.
FORMULA ONE World Championship rivals Ferrari and McLaren began their two-way tussle in testing at Mugello on Tuesday - and it was McLaren who continued their recent dominance by topping the times.
JORDAN'S Heinz-Harald Frentzen topped the times in the first day of testing at Silverstone on Tuesday, despite losing the morning session to adverse weather conditions.
BRANDS HATCH LEISURE has been granted planning permission to redevelop the Kentish racing circuit into a Formula 1 specification facility.
BERNIE ECCLESTONE has pulled off an amazing new deal with the FIA to exploit the commercial rights of the FormulaÊ1ÊWorldÊChampionship for the next 100 years.
THE Honda Motor Company has announced its intention to supply Jordan Grand Prix with its factory V10 engines next season.
JEAN-JACQUES HIS, who was one of the leading lights in Renault Sport's successful engine supply program in the 1990s is to return to Renault Sport to head the company's Formula 1 program in 2002.
THE rivalry between McLaren and Ferrari continues this week - but this time it's on the practice track.
THE West McLaren Mercedes team has announced that David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen will be its drivers for the 2001 season.
ALTHOUGH it was not officially announced at the French Grand Prix we understand that Automobiles Peugeot has decided that it is not going to sell its Formula 1 technology to a third party as had been discussed and is planning to buy a FormulaÊ1 team instead and run the operation itself.
THE announcement that Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard are to stay with the McLaren team and the expected news that JacquesÊVilleneuve is to move to Benetton and Juan-Pablo Montoya to Williams is likely to get the Formula 1 driver market moving in the weeks ahead.
TOYOTA held its annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo last week and it was confirmed that the company will not enter FormulaÊ1 until 2002.
OUR spies in the F1 paddock suggest that Flavio Briatore is planning to shock the F1 world by announcing that he has signed JacquesÊVilleneuve and Jenson Button to drive for the Enstone team in 2001 and 2002.
MOTORSPORT's governing body, the FIA, on Sunday launched a new road safety document hours ahead of the French Grand Prix.
MIKA HAKKINEN will be working through the night with his engineers to try and get his McLaren-Mercedes car at optimum performance after a disappointing qualifying session for the French Grand Prix.