NEWS ARCHIVE

31 AUGUST 2000

JORDAN SCEPTICAL OVER FIA PLANS AFTER TEAM-BOSSES MEETING

EDDIE JORDAN, the chairman and team owner of Jordan Grand Prix, has said that plans to alter the face of Formula One Grand Prix weekends would place increased restraints on teams and their staff.

JUNQUEIRA HEADING OFF TO AMERICA

BRAZILIAN Bruno Junqueira has had a firm offer to move to Chip Ganassi Racing in America's Champ Cars next year - further suggesting that Juan Pablo Montoya will be joining BMW-Williams in Formula One next year.

MINARDI DENY FERRARI BUYOUT

MINARDI have denied reports in the Italian press that a Ferrari takeover bid is on the cards.

VILLENEUVE THE MASTER OF THE WET IN MONZA TESTING

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING's Jacques Villeneuve topped the times in a rain-hit shortened day three of testing at Monza, Italy on Thursday.

30 AUGUST 2000

COULTHARD TOPS TIMES AFTER CRITICIZING MONZA

MCLAREN'S David Coulthard topped the times in Wednesday's rain-hit testing session at Monza, Italy, despite criticizing the new set-up of the Italian circuit.

WILLIAMS AND ROBINSON PART COMPANY

BMW-WILLIAMS have announced that Senior Operations Engineer James Robinson will be leaving the team immediately, but have not yet lined up a replacement.

29 AUGUST 2000

BERGER HAILS BUTTON AS 'THE BEST OF HIS AGE'

BMW MOTORSPORT director Gerhard Berger has branded Briton Jenson Button 'the best driver of his age' he has ever seen.

RESSLER PROMISES JAGUAR WILL BE COMPETITIVE IN 2001

JAGUAR chairman Neil Ressler has promised that the team will be a more competitive outfit in 2001 after he insisted that they are close to achieving the targets set this year.

SAUBER ANNOUNCE HEIDFELD SIGNING FOR 2001

SAUBER announced on Monday that young Prost driver Nick Heidfeld has agreed a three-year deal and will drive for the Swiss team from 2001 in the Formula One World Championship.

TEAMS BEGIN TESTING AT MONZA

ALL the Formula One teams congregated at Monza to begin testing for the coming Italian Grand Prix on Tuesday.

28 AUGUST 2000

BARRY GREEN AT BAR?

THE paddock in Spa was buzzing with rumors that CART team owner Barry Green could be about to take over the runningof BritishÊAmericanÊRacing from current chief executive Craig Pollock.

DINIZ ON HIS WAY TO PROST

BRAZIL's Pedro Diniz is expected to leave Sauber at the end of the year and move to Prost Grand Prix where he will partner Jean Alesi next season.

HEIDFELD AND ZONTA FOR SAUBER

WITH Mika Salo and Pedro Diniz both leaving Sauber at the end of the year, the Swiss team has been looking for two new drivers for the 2001 season.

NEWEY AND FERRAR

THERE were suggestions in Belgium that McLaren's technical director Adrian Newey has been approached by Ferrari with a massive financial offer to lure him to Maranello, where he would replace Ross Brawn.

RULE CHANGES AHEAD

THE Formula 1 team bosses are to meet this week in London to discuss the future shape of Formula 1.

SALO CONFIRMED BY TOYOTA

TOYOTA confirmed at Spa that Mika Salo will be joining Allan McNish to test the company's Formula 1 cars next year.

THE FUTURE OF SAM MICHAEL

THE highly rated Jordan race engineer Sam Michael was widely tipped to be going to Ferrari next year but our sources say that the 29-year-old Australian will be moving to Williams.

VERSTAPPEN AND DE LA ROSA TO STAY AT ARROWS

IN the course of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend it was decided that Arrows will not change its driver line-up next year with both Jos Verstappen and Pedro de la Rosa staying on for a second season with the team.

27 AUGUST 2000

BERGER SEES RECORD DISAPPEAR

BMW director Gerhard Berger saw his long-standing 'team-mate' record broken by McLaren pair Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard but admitted he was glad to rid himself of the feat.

FORD SET TO BUILD £75 MILLION MOTORSPORT BASE

FORD have drawn up plans to build a new £75 million base for all their motorsport activities at Silverstone.

HAKKINEN GAINS NAIL-BITING WIN IN BELGIUM

A gritty overtaking move by championship leader Mika Hakkinen with five laps remaining earned the Finn a nail-biting victory over nearest rival Michael Schumacher at the Belgian Grand Prix.

26 AUGUST 2000

DINIZ UNHAPPY WITH SAUBER AFTER BERNOLDI CONTEST

PEDRO DINIZ has criticized his Sauber team over the organization of a recent test session at Mugello that pitted him against test-driver Enrique Bernoldi.

FRENTZEN -- 'MY TEAM-MATE'S A FIGHTER'

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has insisted that Jordan team-mate Jarno Trulli has been an ideal partner this season -- and predicted a future Grand Prix win for the Italian.

25 AUGUST 2000

BMW-WILLIAMS CONTINUE FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIP

BMW-WILLIAMS have announced that Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras will continue to supply the Oxfordshire-based team with racing fuels for the next two years.

COULTHARD AND SCHUMACHER IN RARE AGREEMENT

FIERCE rivals David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher were in rare agreement when both drivers opposed plans to turn qualifying into a two-day affair.

MAX PLANS RADICAL CHANGES TO F1 FORMAT

AS David Coulthard firmly underlined his world championship challenge by setting fastest time here in the first free practice session for the Belgian grand prix, FIA president Max Mosley proposed a package of radical changes designed to counter accusations that the racing is just too dull and processional.

MOSLEY ATTENDS TOYOTA F1 LAUNCH

THERE was a touch of irony in his mode of arrival. FIA president Max Mosley swept into the drive of the Balmoral hotel, on the fringes of Spa, coccooned in the luxury of a Jaguar XJ6 to attend the official announcement of Toyota's plans to enter the F1 World Championship for the first time in 2002.

TODT DISMISSES NEWEY APPROACH

FERRARI general manager Jean Todt has dismissed claims that the Italian outfit are attempting to prise technical director Adrian Newey from McLaren.

VERSTAPPEN -- "I WANT TO STAY AT ARROWS"

DUTCHMAN Jos Verstappen has told Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw that he wants to remain with the team next season -- despite rumors that he was aiming for a more competitive drive in 2001.

24 AUGUST 2000

HAKKINEN UNDER NO ILLUSIONS

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP leader Mika Hakkinen is under no illusions about his chances of landing a third consecutive title this season, despite moving to the top of the drivers' standings in Hungary two weeks ago.

PROST CONFIRM THAT FUTURE WILL BE DECIDED NEXT WEEK

PROST GRAND PRIX confirmed on Thursday that their future will be decided after this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

SCHUMACHER UNCONCERNED BY MCLAREN REVIVAL

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has said that he is unconcerned by McLaren's recent resurgence in form and appeared in a relaxed mood as he prepares for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

TOYOTA CONFIRM SALO APPOINTMENT

After having their thunder stolen by Sauber on Wednesday night, Toyota have confirmed that Mika Salo will join the team at the end of the season to help prepare the Japanese marque for their Formula One bow in 2002.

23 AUGUST 2000

A CAREER IN THE MUSEUM FOR SCHUMACHER

THE careers of Michael and Ralf Schumacher are to become the subject of a German museum.

BRIDGESTONE HAPPY WITH TIRE REGS

BRIDGESTONE are breathing a sigh of relief after winning a long-running battle to keep the F1 tire rules from changing when Michelin enter the sport in 2001.

FERRARI ENGINE BOOST

FERRARI are taking an evolution version of their 049 engine to Spa in a bid to keep Michael Schumacher in the hunt for the World Championship.

SALO ALL SET FOR TOYOTA

FINNISH driver Mika Salo will leave Sauber to join F1 newcomers Toyota next year -- his management team have announced.

WILLIAMS CRITICIZES MUNDANE TRACKS

FRANK WILLIAMS has issued a warning that Formula One's racetracks are becoming clones and losing their character.

22 AUGUST 2000

BRIDGESTONE TIRE DEVELOPMENT TO BE USED AT SPA

BRIDGESTONE MOTORSPORT, this year's sole Formula One tire supplier, have increased their development as they prepare for competition from Michelin next year.

HEADACHES FOR SILVERSTONE

THE problem of how to prepare for the 2001 British Grand Prix is currently the major topic of discussion among the beleaguered management of Silverstone Circuit.

JAGUAR'S LONG-TERM PLAN

JAGUAR'S technical director Gary Anderson has issued a vote of confidence to the team, and believes they will eventually get to grips with McLaren and Ferrari.

KRISTENSEN SET FOR JAGUAR TEST

DANISH racer Tom Kristensen is in talks with Jaguar about a possible testing role with the team for next year.

SALEEN TAKES ON FERRARI

FERARRI is to get some more competition with the announcement at the recent Monterey Historic Races in California that former racer Steve Saleen is to build a $375,000 supercar aimed at the market currently dominated by Ferrari and Lamborghini.

VERSTAPPEN IN TALKS WITH TEAMS TO RESOLVE FUTURE

ARROWS driver Jos Verstappen is in talks with several teams over his Formula One future, and has now entered the running for a Sauber drive in 2001.

WURZ NOT OUT OF F1 YET

ALEXANDER WURZ is currently in discussions with a number of teams for a drive in Formula One next season, after losing his Benetton seat to Jenson Button.

21 AUGUST 2000

ARROWS DRIVER DE LA ROSA BACKS HIS TEAM

PEDRO DE LA ROSA, who is yet to secure his seat at Arrows for next season, has backed his team to improve as each race passes.

BERNIE'S SECRETS TO REMAIN HIDDEN

PLANS to publish a book revealing Bernie Ecclestone's mysterious world of Formula One have been cancelled after the Grand Prix supremo made a call to its author.

NEW SPORTING DIRECTOR FOR MINARDI

MINARDI have announced that Frederic Dhainaut will become their Sporting Director with immediate effect. He returns to the team after a short absence.

TWO-HORSE RACE FOR HERBERT SEAT AT JAGUAR

JACKIE STEWART has now joined in the debate on who will fill the second seat at Jaguar, saying that it is now down to two drivers.

US INVESTIGATION CASTS QUESTION MARK OVER GRAVEL TRAPS

THE success of the Formula One gravel trap has been called into question after an investigation in America.

19 AUGUST 2000

A SPONSOR FOR PROST?

BERTELSMANN, the German media company, which is now being linked to a Prost takeover is getting ready to launch a variety of new Internet services this autumn and one of them could end up as Prost's new title sponsor.

AUSTRALIAN STATE OF VICTORIA ANNOUNCES BENEFITS OF HOSTING AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

AFTER securing the rights to host the Australian Grand Prix until 2010, the state of Victoria has revealed the financial impact the race has had on the region.

BRIDGESTONE IS TAKING NO CHANCES

BRIDGESTONE will produce a special new tire for the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, because teams are worried that the existing products will not be able to cope with the loadings on the banked Turn 1 which will be the final corner on the Formula 1 circuit at Indianapolis.

FERRARI SPORTING DIRECTOR TODT OPTIMISTIC AFTER TESTS

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt reflected on his team's tests at Fiorano and Mugello this week in optimistic mood.

SAUBER VISITED BY SWISS MINISTER OF SPORT OGI

SAUBER were honored with a visit from Switzerland's minister of sport Adolf Ogi at their Hinwil headquarters on Friday.

SCHUMACHER BACKS BUTTON MOVE

RALF SCHUMACHER has supported Jenson Button's decision to make a loan move from BMW-Williams to Benetton.

YAMAHA AND PETRONAS

THE news from Japan that the Yamaha Motor Company is to produce a small capacity engine for the Petronas-owned Proton car company in Malaysia could have interesting implications in Formula 1.

18 AUGUST 2000

£30 MILLION BUY-OUT CLAIMS DISREGARDED BY WILLIAMS

BMW-WILLIAMS have disregarded claims from Jenson Button's manager David Robertson that team boss Frank Williams turned down £30 million to release the young Briton from his five-year contract.

BRIDGESTONE SET TO PRODUCE NEW TIRE FOR USA GRAND PRIX

BRIDGESTONE will be producing a special tire-compound in preparation for the USA Grand Prix.

BURTI AND JAGUAR IMPRESS EACH OTHER

LUCIANO BURTI'S plans to take the Jaguar seat soon to be vacated by Johnny Herbert have received a further boost with a competitive performance in recent testing.

FORD BOSS NASSER DISAPPOINTED WITH JAGUAR PERFORMANCE

FORD MOTOR COMPANY boss Jac Nasser has told of his disappointment with the Jaguar Racing team.

GERMAN GRAND PRIX INTRUDER APOLOGIZES

THE intruder who interrupted the German Grand Prix has apologized for his actions.

MONTOYA SIGNS FOR WILLIAMS

IT does not take a genius to work out that Frank Williams's decision to release Jenson Button to sign for Benetton - as exclusively predicted by INSIDE F1 on July 3 - means that Williams has reached agreement to have Colombian Juan-Pablo Montoya as Ralf Schumacher's team mate at Williams in 2001 and 2002.

ONLY THE SCRAPS ARE LEFT

With the recent driver movements for 2001 there is not much left on the driver market.

SALO EXPECTED TO JOIN TOYOTA

SAUBER driver Mika Salo is expected to join Toyota next week and take up a test-driving role with the Japanese team next season, before they enter Formula One in 2002.

17 AUGUST 2000

BADOER TESTS FERRARI IN WET CONDITIONS

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer put the F1-2000 car through its paces on Thursday at an artificially soaked Fiorano circuit.

BAR CONFIRM PANIS SIGNING

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING officially confirmed on Thursday that Frenchman Olivier Panis will join the team to partner Jacques Villeneuve in next season's world championship.

BARRICHELLO ON TOP OF THE TIMES AT MUGELLO

BRAZILIAN driver Rubens Barrichello topped the times for Ferrari in testing at Mugello on Thursday.

BENETTON BOSS LOOKING FORWARD TO "BENEFICIAL" PARTNERSHIP WITH BUTTON

BENETTON managing director Flavio Briatore is looking forward to a "beneficial" partnership with Jenson Button after confirming he had signed the young Briton for the next two seasons on Thursday.

BUTTON SIGNS FOR BENETTON

JENSON BUTTON confirmed on Thursday that he has signed for the Benetton for the next two years. Button, 20, has made a big impression in his first season with BMW-Williams.

BUTTON'S MANAGER ROBERTSON INSISTS WILLIAMS TURNED DOWN £30 MILLION TO BUY OUT DEAL

JENSON BUTTON'S manager David Robertson said on Thursday that BMW-Williams team boss Frank Williams turned down £30 million (pounds) to buy out the young Briton from his five-year contract.

PANIS TOPS TIMES AT SILVERSTONE FOR A THIRD DAY

MCLAREN test driver Olivier Panis made it three in a row as he yet again topped the times in testing at Silverstone on Thursday.

16 AUGUST 2000

ALESI TESTING AT MONZA

FRENCHMAN Jean Alesi was the first driver to try out the revamped Autodromo Nazionale di Monza circuit on Wednesday.

BURTI DESPERATE TO IMPRESS IN THURSDAY TEST AT SILVERSTONE

JAGUAR test driver Luciano Burti is desperate to make a good impression in his second day of testing at Silverstone on Thursday as he bids to earn a drive with the Milton-Keynes based team.

FERRARI, SAUBER AND BAR TESTING AT MUGELLO

FERRARI, Sauber and British American Racing continued their preparations for the Belgian Grand Prix with an extensive testing session at the Mugello circuit, Italy.

MINARDI BOSS RETALIATES TO MCLAREN ACCUSATIONS

MINARDI team boss Giancarlo Minardi has retaliated after McLaren driver David Coulthard criticized his driver Marc Gene at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

PANIS CONFIRMS HE WILL JOIN BAR

OLIVIER PANIS has confirmed that he is joining British American Racing next season, as revealed last Friday in Budapest.

PANIS TOPS TIMES AT SILVERSTONE FOR A SECOND DAY

MCLAREN test driver Olivier Panis topped the times for the second consecutive day at Silverstone on Wednesday.

SCHECKTER WANTS MORE AFTER DEBUT FORMULA ONE TEST

TOMAS SCHECKTER insisted that he cannot wait for another chance to test a Formula One car after his debut at Silverstone on Tuesday.

15 AUGUST 2000

DI MONTEZEMOLO URGES TEAM TO RECTIFY WHEEL-SPIN PROBLEM

FERRARI president Luca Di Montezemolo has urged his team's mechanics and engineers to rectify the wheel-spin problem that both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello complained of at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

FERRARI ASK FOR TWO-CAR PIT-STOPS TO BE INTRODUCED

FERRARI have asked Formula One's governing body, the FIA, to investigate the possibility of introducing two-car pit-stops during a Grand Prix.

HERBERT LOOKING FORWARD TO AMERICAN CHALLENGE

JAGUAR'S Johnny Herbert has said that, despite his reluctance to leave Formula One, he is looking forward to a new and more relaxed challenge in the American-based Champ Car series next year.

NO FAVORITISM AT MCLAREN, INSISTS NEWEY

MCLAREN designer and technical director Adrian Newey has insisted that there will be no favoritism between the teams two drivers.

PANIS TOPS SILVERSTONE TESTING TIMES BY ALMOST THREE AND A HALF SECONDS

MCLAREN test driver Olivier Panis topped the first day of testing at Silverstone on Tuesday - almost three and a half seconds clear of the rest of the field.

WEBBER SIGNS FOR BENETTON AS TEST-DRIVER

AUSTRALIAN Mark Webber has signed a deal to become the official test driver with Benetton next season. Webber was contracted to test for Arrows this year, but he only put the 1999 car through its paces and did not test this year's car after a contractual disagreement.

WORKAHOLIC SCHUMACHER TESTS AT FIORANO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER lived up to his reputation as one of the hardest working drivers in the Formula One championship as he tested for Ferrari at their Fiorano circuit on Tuesday.

14 AUGUST 2000

BIG PROBLEMS FOR BRIDGESTONE FIRESTONE

THERE are likely to be big spending cuts at Bridgestone Firestone as a result of the company's problems in the United States with the recall of an estimated 6.5m tires after a series of fatal accidents resulting from tire failures on light trucks and sports utility vehicles.

COCA-COLA'S F1 PLANS

MORE has emerged in recent days about Coca-Cola's plans to enter Formula 1 and we hear that rather than going for one big sponsorship of a team the drinks company is planning to enter the sport with a blend of team sponsorship, driver backing, trackside signage and probably as the official supplier to the World Championship.

FIORIO GOES AS MINARDI LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

CESARE FIORIO, the sporting director of the Telefonica Minardi team, has left the team as the result of "lack of agreement" relating to the future of the team.

FISICHELLA CONFIRMED AT BENETTON

THE Benetton team has confirmed that Giancarlo Fisichella is to stay for a fourth season and that Alexander Wurz will, as expected, not be continuing next year.

HOW CAN PROST SORT THE SITUATION?

ALAIN PROST could have only two weeks left to save the future of his beleaguered Formula 1 team, or face the prospect of a humiliating departure from the sport he so commandingly dominated during his career as a four times world champion driver with an all-time record 51 Grand Prix wins to his credit.

NOW WHAT HAPPENS TO PROST?

THE future of Prost Grand Prix remains clouded with various rumors circulating to suggest that the team will not now be sold because the team's new marketing company Hamburg-based UFA has come up with a huge new sponsor.

PANIS SIGNS FOR BAR

ALTHOUGH it is yet to be officially announced Olivier Panis has agreed a two-year deal to drive for BritishÊAmericanÊRacing for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

SALO SIGNS FOR TOYOTA

AS we suggested in June, Mika Salo will be moving to Toyota Motorsport next year.

SELLING THE SPORT

FURTHER investigations have revealed that the Formula 1 teams are negotiating with Bernie Ecclestone to buy his remaining shares in SLEC, the holding company of the Formula One group of companies.

VERSTAPPEN TALKS TO SAUBER

THE Sauber team is under pressure to produce better results in 2001 and, while Mika Salo has done well on occasion this year, Pedro Diniz has been rather disappointing and the team may be looking at replacing him.

13 AUGUST 2000

FORMER ARROWS DRIVER TAKAGI EYES BAR TESTING DRIVE

FORMER Arrows driver Toranosuke Takagi has insisted that he is keen to return to Formula One and is setting his sights on a test drive with British American Racing.

HAKKINEN MOVES INTO TITLE LEAD AFTER CONVINCING HUNGARORING VICTORY

FINN Mika Hakkinen moved into the championship lead and closer to a hat-trick of world titles with a convincing victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday.

JAGUAR SET TO GIVE YOUNGSTERS A CHANCE IN TESTING

JAGUAR will give youngsters Tomas Scheckter and Narain Karthikeyan test drives at Silverstone next week.

UFA MAY GET BIGGER SLICE OF PROST

TEAM OWNER Alain Prost is on the verge selling further shares to German company UFA.

12 AUGUST 2000

COCA-COLA HOLD MEETING WITH FERRARI

FERRARI invited Coca-Cola to a meeting at their motorhome in the Hungaroring paddock on Saturday, intensifying the likelihood that the American soft drinks company will sponsor the Italian team next year.

DENNIS DISMISSES 'PREMIER 1' SERIES

MCLAREN team boss Ron Dennis has dismissed recent reports suggesting that a new football-related 'Premier 1' formula was to be launched at the start of the 2001-2002 season.

ECCLESTONE PRESENTED WITH GOLDEN KEY OF BUDAPEST

BERNIE ECCLESTONE, the FIA vice-president and Formula One ringmaster was presented with the Golden Key of Budapest on Saturday.

FERRARI PRESIDENT DI MONTEZEMOLO ENCOURAGES BARRICHELLO'S TITLE ASPIRATIONS

FERRARI president Luca Di Montezemolo has insisted that his primary aim is to see Ferrari win the Formula One drivers' World Championship and not give preference to either driver.

TOP TEAMS EXPRESS PIT-LANE CONCERNS

FERRARI and McLaren have expressed new concerns that race results can be affected by pit-lane blocking during a safety car period.

11 AUGUST 2000

BENETTON RETAIN FISICHELLA FOR 2001

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA will drive for Benetton next season after the Italian team took up their option on the highly-rated driver.

FERRARI CHIEF ACCUSES VILLENEUVE IN NEW WAR OF WORDS

FERRARI technical chief Ross Brawn has sparked a new war of words in Formula One by clashing with British American Racing driver Jacques Villeneuve.

PANIS SIGNS FOR BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

FRENCHMAN Olivier Panis has signed a two-year deal to partner Jacques Villeneuve at British American Racing next season.

VILLENEUVE BLASTS BACK AT CRITICISM

CANADIAN Jacques Villeneuve has blasted back at Ross Brawn after the Ferrari technical director criticized him for his views on Michael Schumacher's starting techniques.

10 AUGUST 2000

BARRICHELLO -- I WILL FIGHT

RUBENS BARRICHELLO has insisted that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo told him to carry on fighting for the championship -- despite the Italian's comments in the press.

IRVINE WARNS SCHUMACHER - IT'S WIN OR BUST NOW

EDDIE IRVINE has warned Michael Schumacher that if he does not win this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix he can kiss goodbye to his world championship dream.

PROTESTER MAY COST HOCKENHEIM FUTURE

THE FIA may still punish Hockenheim for failing to prevent the protestor that made his way onto the circuit during the German Grand Prix.

9 AUGUST 2000

MINARDI PART WITH DIRECTOR

MINARDI have announced that they have parted 'on friendly terms' with director Cesare Fiorio.

SCHUMACHER IN CAUTIOUS MOOD AHEAD OF HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is in cautious mood ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring -- insisting his main objective is to pass the first corner.

VILLENEUVE JOINS CRITICISM OF SCHUMACHER

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING driver Jacques Villeneuve has joined the barrage of criticism of championship leader Michael Schumacher -- and insisted the German couldn't take the heat.

8 AUGUST 2000

ALESI DECLARES HIMSELF READY TO RACE IN HUNGARY

JEAN ALESI has declared himself ready to take part in this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix after recovering from the abdominal pains resulting from his high-speed crash in Germany two weeks ago.

BRUNNER TURNS DOWN JORDAN

AUSTRIAN Gustav Brunner has rejected a substantial offer to switch from Minardi and join the Jordan team next season, a spokesman for the Italian outfit confirmed.

BUTTON AWAITS CHAIN REACTION

JENSON BUTTON'S impending move to another leading Formula One team for the 2001 and 2002 seasons is 'not likely' to be announced until after the Hungarian Grand Prix, his manager David Robertson confirmed.

COCA-COLA CONFIRM ENTRY INTO FORMULA ONE

SOFT DRINKS giant Coca-Cola has confirmed that it is to enter Formula One for the first time next season as a major sponsor.

7 AUGUST 2000

ALESI'S HEAD STILL SPINNING

PROST driver Jean Alesi has been suffering the side-effects of his huge accident at Hockenheim, complaining of dizziness, stomach pains and vomiting.

COCA-COLA RUMORS

THE world's best known brand - Coca-Cola - has never been actively-involved in Formula 1 sponsorship but there have been signs in recent months that this could change.

DAVID HUNT POISED FOR PROST BID

DAVID HUNT, the younger brother of the late 1976 World Champion James Hunt, is said to be launching a bid to acquire control of the ailing Prost F1 team.

LEGLESS WURZ SPOTTED

Formula 1 reporting on the web is colourful but rarely accurate as there are not many websites in a position to pay contributors.

MARKET TRADING IN F1

THOMAS HAFFA is willing to sell his shareholding in the Formula One group of companies, but the German media baron is asking $2bn for the 50% share in Bernie Ecclestone's SLEC Holding company.

TOYOTA CONTINUES TO RECRUIT NEW MEN

THE Toyota Formula 1 team in Cologne, Germany, is in the process of hiring new people for its planned team, which is due to enter Formula 1 in 2002.

WURZ FIT FOR HUNGARY

BENETTON driver Alexander Wurz has declared himself fit to drive at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

6 AUGUST 2000

NEW SINGLE SEATER CLASS TO MERGE F1 PERFORMANCE WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

A totally new category of international single seater racing designed to blend near-F1 performance with a dramatic new marketing and promotional concept is set to be launched for 2002.

5 AUGUST 2000

FISICHELLA HITS BACK AT SCHUMACHER

ITALIAN Giancarlo Fisichella has launched an attack on Michael Schumacher over their collision in the German Grand Prix.

THE DRIVER MARKET AFTER MONTOYA AND BUTTON

THE impending announcements that Juan-Pablo Montoya is to join Williams and that Jenson Button will move to Benetton next year mean that the chief interest on the driver market in Formula 1 is who will drive the second cars for Benetton, Jaguar and British American Racing.

VERSTAPPEN CALLS FOR DUTCH GRAND PRIX

ARROWS' Jos Verstappen has called for Formula One officials to contemplate adding Holland to the Grand Prix calendar.

WURZ IN HOSPITAL AS FISICHELLA TOPS VALENCIA TIMES

BENETTON'S Alexander Wurz was taken to the hospital in Spain on Saturday after suffering damage to his right leg in an accident in crash while testing in Valencia, Spain.

4 AUGUST 2000

"BANNING TESTING WOULDN'T WORK" -- HEAD

BMW-WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has insisted that the banning of private testing in Formula One is not viable because it would cause chaos at race weekends.

AMT AND ARROWS TO BEGIN TESTING IN OCTOBER

ARROWS will begin testing with new engine suppliers Asian Motor Technologies (AMT) in October after meeting technicians for the first time.

MCLAREN DUO DOMINANT IN VALENCIA

MCLAREN duo David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen continued to prove they have what it takes to win the world championship this year as they topped the times in Friday's testing in Valencia, Spain.

3 AUGUST 2000

BUTTON ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BENETTON IS IMMINENT

JENSON BUTTON will definitely switch to the Benetton Playlife F1 team for 2001 - and enjoy at least the first year of its metamorphosis into the fully blown Renault F1 squad in 2002 - in a deal to be announced in the next fortnight.

MINARDI MAN BRUNNER SET TO TURN DOWN JORDAN TECHNICAL DIRECTOR POST

MINARDI technical director Gustav Brunner is set to turn down Jordan after insisting that he is happy to stay at the Italian team.

PANIS DEMONSTRATES ABILITY IN VALENCIA TESTING

MCLAREN test driver Olivier Panis stepped up his quest for a drive in the 2001 Formula One World Championship as he topped the times in the opening day of testing in Valencia, Spain.

PANIS NOW FAVORITE FOR BAR

EXPECT Olivier Panis to commit to British American Racing as number two to Jacques Villeneuve for the 2001 season with a formal announcement coming within a month.

PROST WAIT ON ALESI DECISION FOR HUNGARY

PROST have confirmed that they will wait until the weekend before making a decision on whether Jean Alesi will be fit enough to drive in the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 13.

TELEGLOBE ANNOUNCE BAR SPONSORSHIP WITHDRAWL

TELEGLOBE have announced that they will withdraw their sponsorship with British American Racing at the end of the current season.

THE EM.TV SLIDE GOES ON

THE downward pressure on the share price of EM.TV & Merchandising AG, the company which owns half of the Formula One group of companies, continued on Thursday and by midday the value of the stock had dipped below 50 Euros for the first time since November.

2 AUGUST 2000

ALONSO HAPPY WITH DEBUT PERFORMANCE AT FIORANO

SPANISH teenager Fernando Alonso was happy with his debut performance in a Formula One car as he completed an afternoon in a Minardi at Fiorano on Wednesday.

ARROWS DENY JUNQUEIRA LINK

Arrows have denied reports of an imminent swoop for Brazilian Bruno Junqueira - but refused to rule out a move for the Formula 3000 driver in the future.

BERNIE WANTS MORE PIZZAZ

BERNIE ECCLESTONE says he's fed up with the "renta-quote" generation of F1 drivers and wants to encourage a new breed of competitors who can think for themselves rather than recite a litany of pre-digested PR speak served up for their advanced delectation by corporate public affairs staff.

DINIZ WANTS TO STAY WITH SAUBER DESPITE BAR OFFER

BRAZILIAN Pedro Diniz is prioritizing new contract negotiations with Sauber even though he has offered his services and an £8 million (pounds) purse to British American Racing.

MORE TENSION BETWEEN FERRARI AND MCLAREN

THE bottom line in contemporary F1 is that the sport's blue riband category lacks for sheer quality at the sharp end of the field.

PRESSURE GROWS ON HAFFA

THE shares of EM.TV & Merchandising AG, the company which owns half of the Formula One group of companies, continued to fall this week and on Wednesday morning had dipped to 52 Euros, which is half what they were worth in March.

THERE'S NO NEED TO PANIC - FERRARI'S BRAWN

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Ross Brawn has urged Ferrari to remain calm as they search for their first world drivers' title for 21 years, despite Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard piling pressure on Michael Schumacher.

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BARRICHELLO RETURNS TO FEATURE IN FERRARI'S FIORANO PROGRAM

GERMAN GRAND PRIX winner Rubens Barrichello returned to the cockpit of his Ferrari on Tuesday - but this time it was for the task of testing the aerodynamic settings at Fiorano.

JORDAN BUYS MORE LAND FOR FACTORY

EDDIE JORDAN has just acquired more land around his facility at Silverstone and is now planning a major expansion for the team factory.

THE HOCKENHEIM PROTESTER

THE FIA is to investigate an incident in Hockenheim when a 47-year-old Frenchman, protesting at being fired from a Mercedes-Benz factory in Le Mans, walked onto the track in the middle of the German Grand Prix.

TOYOTA CONTINUES TO RECRUIT NEW MEN

THE Toyota Formula 1 team in Cologne, Germany, is in the process of hiring new people for its planned team, which is due to enter Formula 1 in 2002.

TRIAL OF SILVERSTONE JOY-RIDER BEGINS

THE trial of a Royal Navy officer accused of manslaughter after joy-riding at Silverstone during the 1999 British Grand Prix weekend began on Tuesday.