NEWS ARCHIVE

30 SEPTEMBER 2000

SCHUMACHER'S MANAGER WEBER IS CAUTIOUS

Michael Schumacher's manager Willi Weber is in cautious mood ahead of the last two Grands Prix of the season.

VILLENEUVE WARNS F1 FIELD HE IS IMPROVING

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 World Champion, has warned his Formula One rivals that he has improved as a driver in his spell at British American Racing.

WEBBER INCREASES CHANCES OF F1 DRIVE WITH NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL

AUSTRALIAN Mark Webber has increased his chances of earning a Formula One drive by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal with technology company Computershare.

29 SEPTEMBER 2000

BMW PULL OUT OF GERMAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP TO FOCUS ON F1

BMW announced on Friday that they will not participate in next year's German touring car championship in a bid to focus further on their second season in Formula One with Williams.

IF BERNIE WILL NOT SELL...

Bernie Ecclestone says he is not planning to sell his family's stake in the Formula One group of companies and so automobile bosses meeting in Paris will have to decide if they want to push ahead and try to buy the shares held by Thomas Haffa's EM.TV. Haffa is trying to offload his 50% shareholding in F1 but wants to make a big profit from the deal, despite the fact that he is done little since he bought into the sport six months ago.

INDONESIANS COME... AND INDONESIANS GO

Tommy Suharto, the son of former Indonesian President General Raden Suharto, was once at the forefront of a plan to host a Grand Prix in Indonesia.

MALAYSIAN PROTESTORS SAY THEY WILL NOT DISRUPT GRAND PRIX

Malaysian protestors have said they will not disrupt next month's Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit as had been first feared.

MARK BLUNDELL TO RETURN TO F1 AS TEST DRIVER

Mark Blundell has lost his drive in the CART series after five years in America with the PacWest team.

MCLAREN COMPLETE "ROUTINE" TEST AT MAGNY-COURS

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey said that the team were satisfied with a "routine" three-day test at the Magny-Cours circuit this week.

MORE PAIN FOR BRIDGESTONE

The government of Saudi Arabia has become the first to ban Firestone tires, following the recall of 6.5 million of the company's 15-inch tires as a result of a series of tire failures in the United States of America.

SCHUMACHER COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL DAY OF TESTING

Michael Schumacher completed a successful day of testing in Italy on Thursday as the Ferrari team prepared for the Japanese Grand Prix next week.

28 SEPTEMBER 2000

ECCLESTONE AWARE OF CAR MANUFACTURERS PROPOSED F1 BUYOUT

Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone said on Thursday that he was aware of the interest of several car manufacturers to buy into SLEC, his Formula One holding company.

JAGUAR ANNOUNCE SCHECKTER AS 2001 TEST DRIVER

Jaguar Racing announced on Thursday the appointment of Tomas Scheckter as the team's test driver for the 2001 Formula One World Championship season.

PROST AND THE FRENCH

The announcement that Gauloises Blondes is not going to sponsor Prost Grand Prix next year is an earthquake in Formula 1 sponsorship circles.

TESTING ROUND-UP

Jordan's Jarno Trulli continued his dominance as he topped the times in day two of testing at Silverstone on Thursday.

THE NEW FORD MOTOR SPORT CAMPUS REVEALED

Here are the plans for the Ford Motor Company's "Motor Sport Campus" at Silverstone which have been lodged with the local planning authorities in Northampton.

TODT EXPLAINS PROST ENGINE DEAL IMPLICATIONS

Jean Todt has explained the implications of the Ferrari engine deal which will power the Prost and Sauber teams next year.

27 SEPTEMBER 2000

COULTHARD IRKED BY SCHUMACHER JIBES

David Coulthard can do nothing right in Michael Schumacher's book, or that's certainly the way it seemed after Sunday's US Grand Prix at Indianapolis where the winning Ferrari driver again wound up the Scot by suggesting he'd squeezed him dangerously during the opening stages in the race.

SCHECKTER JUNIOR FOR JAGUAR

Tomas Scheckter, the 20-year old son of 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter, will be confirmed as Jaguar Racing's test driver for the 2001 season at a media conference to be held at Silverstone on Wednesday (28th September).

SCHUMACHER WARNS FANS HE IS NOT CHAMPION YET

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher has warned his fans that he has not won the World Championship yet and has said that he will not relax until he is crowned champion.

TESTING ROUND-UP

Italian Jarno Trulli put his feud with Briton Jenson Button behind him as he topped the times in the opening day of testing at Silverstone on Wednesday.

26 SEPTEMBER 2000

BREWING COMPANY INTERBREW LINKED WITH PROST

BREWING company Interbrew are the latest potential financial saviours to be linked with the Prost team.

CAR MAKERS TO MOVE ON F1 THIS WEEK

FIVE of the car companies involved in Grand Prix racing are expected later this week to make a bid to buy shares in the Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One group of companies.

COULTHARD HITS BACK AT SCHUMACHER

David Coulthard has hit back at championship leader Michael Schumacher after he criticized his aggressive driving at the United States Grand Prix.

INJURED TRAFFIC MARSHAL ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

As clearing up began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula 1 teams began preparing their cars to be shipped to Japan, there was good news from Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis where the traffic marshal who was critically injured at the weekend in a hit and run accident outside the main gate of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is recovering.

ITALIAN BRAKE MANUFACTURER BREMBO SEAL AP RACING TAKEOVER

ITALIAN brake manufacturers Brembo SpA have completed the buy out of their British counterparts AP Racing in a $43 million deal.

MINARDI CHAIRMAN RUMI BOWS OUT OF FORMULA ONE AFTER SELL-OUT

MINARDI chairman Gabriele Rumi has bid a tearful farewell to Formula One after the buyout of his 70 per cent stake in the Italian team by the South American Pan American Sport Network International (PSN) cable and satellite broadcasting company.

MINARDI REVEAL MECHANICS ARE NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED

MINARDI have said that the two mechanics injured during pit-stops in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis are not seriously hurt as was first reported.

PROST CONFIRM GAULOISES SPONSORSHIP WITHDRAWAL

Prost Grand Prix team confirmed on Tuesday that their major sponsor Gauloises Blondes are pulling out of Formula One.

YOUNG GUNS IN ACTION

Brazilian rising star Antonio Pizzonia clinched the British Formula 3 Championship over the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

25 SEPTEMBER 2000

BENETTON AND FISICHELLA

THE relationship between the Benetton team and Giancarlo Fisichella is cooling rapidly in the wake of Mark Webber's impressive test for the team recently in Estoril.

MINARDI IS SOLD

MINARDI will announce today that Gabriele Rumi has sold his 70% shareholding in the team to its sponsor the PanamericanÊSportsÊNetwork, which controls the digital TV rights for Formula 1 in South America.

PROST CONFIRMS FERRARI DEAL

AS we have been predicting for some weeks, Prost Grand Prix will use Ferrari engines next year and in 2002.

RAHAL CONFIRMED AT JAGUAR

AS we predicted recently, CART team owner Bobby Rahal has been named as the new chief executive of Jaguar Racing.

SAUBER LOOKING SERIOUSLY AT RAIKKONEN

THE Sauber Petronas team is understood to be looking seriously about signing up Finnish rising star Kimi Raikkonen for next year - perhaps even as team mate to Nick Heidfeld.

SILVERSTONE UNVEILS FUTURE PLANS

THE management of Silverstone has now revealed details of its plans to spend $12m to upgrade the circuit so that it can continue to host the British Grand Prix in the years ahead.

TOYOTA RUNS ITS V10 FOR THE FIRST TIME

TOYOTA Motorsport ran its first prototype Formula 1 V10 engine last week at its headquarters in Marsdorf, near Cologne, in Germany.

WILLIAMS CONFIRMS MONTOYA

WILLIAMS has finally confirmed that Juan-Pablo Montoya will be partnering Ralf Schumacher in Formula 1 next year.

ZONTA AND ARROWS

ARROWS had been expected to announce in Indianapolis that it will keep the same driver line-up next season but there appear to be problems between the team and Jos Verstappen.

23 SEPTEMBER 2000

FORMULA ONE WORKERS HELD BY US CUSTOMS

52 Formula One workers have been held by customs officials at Detroit's Metro airport, according to reports in the United States media.

TV ROW ERUPTS IN INDIANAPOLIS

Formula One's efforts to ingratiate itself with America have hit an early stumbling block after a row has developed with the local representatives of the enormous NBC TV network.

22 SEPTEMBER 2000

BAR SIGN UP WITH TWO NEW COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

British American Racing announced on Friday that they have signed up with two new commercial partners - Bee-Trade.com and ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc.

ECCLESTONE BACKS DONINGTON BID TO HOST 2002 BRITISH GRAND PRIX

British American Racing announced on Friday that they have signed up with two new commercial partners - Bee-Trade.com and ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc.

FERRARI CONFIRM PROST ENGINE DEAL

Ferrari announced on Friday that they will supply Prost Grand Prix with engines for the 2001 Formula One World Championship.

MOSLEY HITS OUT AT "EMBARRASSING" SILVERSTONE

Formula One chief Max Mosley has hit out at the outdated Silverstone facilities and warned that the future of the British Grand Prix could be in doubt.

POLLOCK ADMITS TALKING TO CART TEAM BOSS BARRY GREEN

British American Racing managing director Craig Pollock has re-ignited speculation that CART team boss Barry Green is set to join the Formula One outfit after he admitted he has been in talks with the Team Kool Green boss.

21 SEPTEMBER 2000

ROHAN UNVEILS PLANS FOR SILVERSTONE EXPANSION

Silverstone boss Denys Rohan has unveiled major redevelopment plans for the circuit as it aims to re-enter the race to host the 2002 British Grand Prix.

SCHUMACHER REVEALS SURPRISE AT REACTION TO HIS TEARS AT MONZA

Michael Schumacher has said he was surprised at the reaction in the media to his tearful press conference after winning the Italian Grand Prix.

WILLIAMS CONFIRM THAT MONTOYA WILL REPLACE BUTTON

BMW-Williams confirmed on Thursday that Juan Pablo Montoya will replace Benetton-bound Jenson Button next season.

20 SEPTEMBER 2000

BRANDS HATCH PUBLIC INQUIRY DATE SET FOR DECEMBER

Brands Hatch have confirmed that the public inquiry into their plans to develop the circuit will begin in December.

IRVINE AND HERBERT COMPLETE DRIVE UP BROADWAY

Jaguar pair Eddie Irvine and Johnny Herbert both completed a promotional drive up Broadway in New York on Tuesday to signal the return of Formula One to the United States.

JAGUAR CONFIRM RAHAL AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND TEAM PRINCIPAL

Jaguar Racing confirmed on Wednesday that American Bobby Rahal will become the chief executive officer and team principal of the Formula One team.

19 SEPTEMBER 2000

ARROWS TO NAME DRIVER LINE-UP ON FRIDAY

Arrows will announce their driver line-up for the 2001 World Championships at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis on Friday.

TODT EXPECTS SCHUMACHER TO COMMIT TO FERRARI

Team-boss Jean Todt expects Michael Schumacher to commit his future to Ferrari when the German's contract with the team expires at the end of the 2002 season.

TOYOTA FIRE UP FIRST V10 ENGINE

Toyota on Monday took another major step towards their Formula One debut in 2002 as they fired up their V10 engine for the first time at their Cologne base.

18 SEPTEMBER 2000

FALLOUT FROM MONZA

THE Italian authorities are continuing their investigation into the accident at Monza which claimed the life of fire marshal PaoloÊGislimberti.

FORD PULLS OUT OF BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

THE Ford Motor Company has pulled out of the British Touring Car Championship, having dominated the series this year with drivers Anthony Reid, Alain Menu and Rickard Rydell.

MICHELIN SNEAKS CLOSER TO FORMULA 1

MICHELIN continued its preparations for entering Formula 1 at Monza last week, trying out a circuit soon after a GrandÊPrix for the first time in the hope of gaining some form of comparison with the current Bridgestone rubber.

MORE MACHINATIONS AT MINARDI

THE company which is tipped to be negotiating to buy Minardi has just done a deal to merge a number of its operations with one of Arrows's big sponsors and it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on either of the deals.

RAHAL AND JAGUAR

BOBBY RAHAL is expected to be named the new chief executive officer of Jaguar Racing in the course of this weekend's UnitedÊStatesÊGrand Prix at Indianapolis.

RAIKKONEN TESTS FOR SAUBER

FINNISH rising star Kimi Raikkonen tested for Sauber for three days last week at Mugello.

THE ECONOMICS OF GRAND PRIX RACING

THERE are times when it is hard to understand the finances of Formula 1 racing. Last week Ferrari announced its half-yearly results with sales of 2,200 Ferraris and 1,200 Maseratis.

WHITHER WURZ?

ALEXANDER WURZ's future remains unclear at the moment although the Austrian, who is being dumped by Benetton at the end of the year, is believed to have had an offer to test drive for the McLaren team.

17 SEPTEMBER 2000

DE LA ROSA TO HAVE FITNESS TEST BEFORE INDIANAPOLIS RACE

Arrows driver Pedro de la Rosa will undergo a fitness test ahead of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis to determine whether he is fit enough to participate in the 15th round.

15 SEPTEMBER 2000

JORDAN DRIVERS ATTEND GISLIMBERTI'S FUNERAL

Jordan drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli both attended the funeral of fire marshal Paolo Gislimberti on Thursday.

JORDAN DRIVERS ATTEND GISLIMBERTI'S FUNERAL

Jordan drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli both attended the funeral of fire marshal Paolo Gislimberti on Thursday.

14 SEPTEMBER 2000

SCHUMACHER IS BEATABLE - MONTOYA

BMW-Williams recruit Juan Pablo Montoya plans to add a Formula One world title to his 1999 Champ Car championship success after branding all of his rival drivers as "beatable".

13 SEPTEMBER 2000

TESTING ROUND-UP

Frenchman Olivier Panis topped the times for the second successive day in testing at Mugello, Italy.

12 SEPTEMBER 2000

ARROWS BOSS HITS OUT OVER CHIEF DESIGNER EXIT

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw has hit out at fellow team-owners over the poaching of his Formula One employees.

BRANDS HATCH SURPRISED AT PUBLIC INQUIRY

Brands Hatch officials have admitted they are surprised that a public inquiry has been called to decide whether the Kent track can get the go ahead for redevelopment work.

FRENTZEN RESPONDS TO CRITICISM

German Heinz-Harald Frentzen has responded to criticism claiming that he was at fault for the carnage that marred the events of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

NO ONE TO BLAME SAYS MOSLEY

FIA president Max Mosley has stated that he feels no one was to blame for the carnage that cost the life of a fire marshal at Monza during the weekend.

PANIS ON TOP IN MUGELLO TEST

McLaren test driver Olivier Panis demonstrated his intent to shine in the 2001 World Championship with British American Racing by topping the times in testing at Mugello, Italy, on Tuesday.

WURZ IN LINE FOR MCLAREN TEST JOB

Austrian Alexander Wurz is in contention for the job as the McLaren test driver after team-boss Ron Dennis said he wants to appoint an experience Formula One driver.

11 SEPTEMBER 2000

BURTI SIGNS FOR JAGUAR RACING

JAGUAR RACING has announced that it has signed the Brazilian Luciano Burti for the 2001 season.

DAVID BROWN GOES TO JORDAN

JORDAN GRAND PRIX has begun to rebuild its engineering team with the recruitment of David Brown for next season.

FORD'S MOTOR SPORT CAMPUS

DETAILS of the gigantic Ford Motor Sport Campus at Silverstone have emerged from documents lodged with the SouthÊNorthamptonshire Planning Authority.

ITALIAN F1 RACES THREATENED BY DEATH OF MONZA MARSHAL

THE future of Formula 1 in Italy has again been thrown into doubt after the death of a fire marshal during the ItalianÊGrandÊPrix.

MOSLEY PROMISES ACTION AFTER MONZA TRAGEDY

Grand prix circuit safety standards will be urgently reviewed in the wake of Sunday's tragic Italian grand prix at Monza where a 30-year old fire marshal was killed after being hit by flying debris from a five car accident on the opening lap of the race.

MOSLEY VERSUS DENNIS

THE ongoing battle between the FIA President Max Mosley and some of the Formula 1 team owners took a new turn last week when a letter from Mosley to Sir Frank Williams was leaked to the press.

THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

THE likelihood of Brands Hatch securing the British GP faded dramatically last week when Britain's Department of the Environment,ÊTransport and the Regions announced that it is to hold a public inquiry to establish whether or not planning permission should be granted to the Kentish racing facility so that it can be upgraded into a Formula 1 standard facility.

THE SPORTING FUTURE OF SEAT

THE SEAT company has announced that it is withdrawing from the World Rally Championship at the end of the year as part of the company's rebranding.

WATCH OUT FOR CHANGES AT BAR

THERE continue to be strong rumors suggesting that there will soon be major changes in the management structure at BritishÊAmerican Racing with team boss Craig Pollock tipped to be replaced by CART team owner Barry Green and chief designer Andrew Green not having his contract renewed.

10 SEPTEMBER 2000

BARRICHELLO CLAIMS FRENTZEN MUST BE BANNED FOR 10 RACES

Rubens Barrichello squarely blamed Heinz-Harald Frentzen for causing Sunday's fatal multiple accident at the Italian Grand Prix and said he should be banned from racing for 10 events.

INJURED PARTY A FIRE MARSHAL, SAY MONZA OFFICIALS

Monza circuit officials have announced that the person injured in the mayhem at the la Roggia chicane during the Italian Grand Prix was a fire marshal.

MONZA OFFICIALS CONFIRM FIREMAN MARSHAL DEAD

Monza circuit officials announced after the Italian Grand Prix that the fire marshal injured during the race has died in a Monza hospital.

9 SEPTEMBER 2000

AUGUST BAN GETS THE GO-AHEAD FOR 2001

Formula One team-bosses have agreed to have a three-week break from action in August after a second round of talks with FIA officials at Monza this weekend.

COULTHARD SPIN CAUSED BY WISHBONE FAILURE

McLaren announced on Saturday that David Coulthard's spin in Friday's free practice had been caused by left-rear wishbone failure.

JORDAN CONFIRM NEW ENGINEER SIGNING

Jordan have confirmed that they have signed former Williams and McLaren engineer David Brown as their chief race engineer for next season.

SCHUMACHER HIT WITH RECORD SPEEDING FINE

German Ralf Schumacher was hit with record speeding fine on Saturday after clocking almost 85 kph in the pit-lane at Monza.

TEAM BOSS REJECT FRIDAY PRACTICE PLANS

Leading Formula One team-bosses have rejected plans to scrap the Friday practice session of a grand prix weekend after a meeting at Monza on Friday night.

8 SEPTEMBER 2000

JAGUAR'S NEW HOME

The future home of Jaguar Racing - and much of Ford Racing Europe's future- has been revealed to be a gigantic development that will radically alter the face of Silverstone Circuit.

THE FIA AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Understanding the battle between the international automobile federation and the European commission is not easy but it is a battle which could have enormous ramifications for the sport.

7 SEPTEMBER 2000

BMW TO SUPPLY FRESH NEW ENGINES FOR 2001

BMW will supply Williams with a brand new engine for next season as the German manufacturer looks to challenge Ferrari and McLaren for the World title.

BURTI CONFIRMED AS NEW JAGUAR DRIVER

Jaguar announced on Thursday that Luciano Burti will team up with Briton Eddie Irvine for next season.

6 SEPTEMBER 2000

MOSLEY POSITION STRENGTHENED BY MEETINGS WITH TEAMS

When Max Mosley, the president of the FIA, walked into the foyer of the Hilton Hotel at Heathrow airport's terminal four on 30 August, he had been already been tipped off that several top formula one team principals - including McLaren's Ron Dennis and Benetton's Flavio Briatore - wanted him to resign his position in charge of international motor racing's governing body.

MOSLEY TO STAND FOR FIA RE-ELECTION

Max Mosley said on Wednesday that he fully intends to stand for re-election as Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA) President.

5 SEPTEMBER 2000

DONINGTON WINS THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

The home of the British Grand Prix from 2002 to 2009 will soon be announced as Donington Park, following a protracted campaign by rights holders Brands Hatch Leisure to wrest the blue riband event from the auspices of the British Racing Drivers' Club at Silverstone.

WE'LL BE THE THIRD BEST TEAM NEXT YEAR, SAYS PANIS

Olivier Panis has predicted that British American Racing will be the 'best of the rest' behind McLaren and Ferrari in the 2001 World Championship.

WILLIAMS ADMITS HE WOULD SELL STAKE

Frank Williams has said that he would consider selling a stake of his Formula One team to engine partner BMW in the future, should the offer arise.

4 SEPTEMBER 2000

ALONSO AND MINARDI

THE Minardi team would like to run Spaniard Fernando Alonso next season alongside his fellow countryman Marc Gene but the decision will be dependent on sponsorship.

BARRY GREEN AND BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

TEAM KOOL GREEN boss Barry Green is being linked not only with an involvement with Michael Andretti in CART but also with a management job with British American Racing in Formula 1.

FISICHELLA HAS ANOTHER BIG ONE

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA is not having a good time at the moment.

HAMIDY FOR JORDAN

THE highly-rated Egbahl Hamidy is to design Jordan Grand Prix's car in 2002, despite the fact that he is under contract to Arrows for another two years.

ROBINSON LEAVES WILLIAMS

JAMES ROBINSON, the senior operations engineer at Williams F1, has left the Grove team with immediate effect.

TEAM ANDRETTI ON THE CARDS?

MICHAEL ANDRETTI is expected to announce shortly that he is moving to a new CART team next year, probably in league with his father Mario Andretti, the 1978 Formula 1 World Champion.

THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX AND BRANDS HATCH

THE future of the British Grand Prix remains clouded at the moment and there are indications that the race could be transferred to Donington Park if the rebuilding work at Brands Hatch is delayed.

3 SEPTEMBER 2000

TEAMS GET EXTRA TIRES FOR FRIDAY PRACTICE

THE Formula 1 teams gained very little from last week's meeting with FIA President Max Mosley at the HeathrowÊAirportÊHilton.

2 SEPTEMBER 2000

DRIVERS WARY OF FIRST CORNER CARNAGE AT MONZA

SEVERAL Formula One drivers are fearful that changes to Monza's first chicane will cause opening lap chaos in next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

FISICHELLA EXPECTED TO BE FIT FOR ITALIAN GRAND PRIX

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA is expected to be fit to race in the Italian Grand Prix on September 10, despite suffering an ankle injury after two big crashes in four days this week.

HEAD COMPARES BUTTON TO PROST

BMW-WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has compared Jenson Button to four-times world champion Alain Prost because he is so calm under pressure.

SCHUMACHER UNFAZED BY ENGINE MALFUNCTION ON FINAL DAY OF MONZA TESTING

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER was unfazed by the engine malfunction that disabled his Ferrari in the final day of testing at Monza on Friday and insisted that he is satisfied with his car's performance ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

1 SEPTEMBER 2000

JORDAN SET TO CELEBRATE DECADE OF FORMULA ONE

JORDAN have promised a party to remember as they will celebrate a decade of Formula One racing this weekend at the Donington Park circuit.

RALF SCHUMACHER QUICKEST IN FRIDAY TESTING AT MONZA

A number of teams completed their final day of testing at Monza on Friday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix with Ralf Schumacher the quickest driver in his BMW-Williams.