NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2000

ARROWS HOLDS OUT HOPES FOR AMT-BADGED PEUGEOT ENGINE

DON'T judge the potential of the Asia Motor Technologies-badged Peugeot V10 from its performance in the back of this year's Prost AP03 - it shows all the signs of being a better bet than the Supertec V10.

COULTHARD UNRELENTING IN SEARCH OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DAVID COULTHARD has vowed to be unrelenting in his search to win the world championship.

HONDA ENGINE GIVES US MOTIVATION - FRENTZEN

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has said that Jordan's 2001 Honda engine deal has given the team the motivation they need to erase the memories of a disappointing 2000 season.

MONTOYA ENDS CHAMP CAR CAREER AS HE HEADS FOR F1 AND BMW-WILLIAMS

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA has competed in his last Champ Car race and is now turning his attention to taking BMW-Williams into a new era in Formula One.

WURZ WILL BE READY FOR MCLAREN TESTING IN DECEMBER AFTER KNEE OP

ALEXANDER WURZ's manager Peter Cramer said on Tuesday that the Austrian driver has successfully come through an operation to cure a knee injury.

30 OCTOBER 2000

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING POSTPONES BOARD MEETING

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING revealed on Monday that a board meeting planned for Wednesday had been postponed a week.

F1 HOPEFULS HEAD TO AMERICA

TORANOSUKE TAKAGI has announced his plans to race for Toyota in CART next year and says that his intention is to score some good results and return to Formula 1 in the near future.

IT'S DECISION TIME AT BAR

THIS week the board of directors of British American Racing (Holdings) Ltd. meets to discuss the future of British AmericanÊRacing and there is expected to be a showdown between Craig Pollock and his allies and Adrian Reynard and his supporters.

MG'S RACING FUTURE?

THERE are signs that the racing car manufacturer Lola is involved in a bid to split the MG name away from the troubled RoverÊGroup. Last week two members of the board of Rover quit the company but said that they would continue to work to build MG cars.

MUGEN AND HONDA - A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP

THERE have been times in the recent history of Formula 1 when one would have been would forgiven for thinking that Mugen was a subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company but as Mugen's founder Hirotoshi Honda is now discovering this is not the case at all.

STEWART ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION FROM JAGUAR RACING

PAUL STEWART, the son of three-times world champion Jackie, announced his resignation as executive director of Jaguar Racing on Monday.

THE WILLIAMS TEST DRIVE

WITH Bruno Junqueira going off to race in the United States, the BMW Williams team has begun to look for a new test driver and with experienced Formula 1 men few and far between, it is not going to be an easy task.

VERSTAPPEN FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT BUT AVOIDS JAIL SENTENCE

DUTCHMAN Jos Verstappen was found guilty of assault by a Belgian court on Monday, but the Arrows driver avoided a jail sentence after he agreed an out-of-court settlement.

WURZ READY FOR KNEE OPERATION BEFORE TESTING DUTIES BEGIN

AUSTRIAN Alexander Wurz is ready to undergo an operation to cure a knee problem which threatened to cut his 2000 Formula One season short.

29 OCTOBER 2000

MONTOYA UNFAZED BY TEAM-MATE SCHUMACHER'S COMMENTS

NEW BMW-Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya has said that he is unfazed by the comments of his new team-mate Ralf Schumacher, who has admitted that he would have preferred Jenson Button to stay at the team.

TOYOTA ON THE ROAD FOR FEBRUARY

THE new Toyota F1 car could be ready for testing by February next year - one month ahead of schedule.

VILLENEUVE HAPPY WITH BAR PROGRESS

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING driver Jacques Villeneuve has said that he is pleased with the progress the team has made throughout 2000 and he already feels confident ahead of the 2001 season.

28 OCTOBER 2000

DE LA ROSA WILL BE WITH ARROWS FOR 2001

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa will stay at Arrows for the 2001 Formula One World Championship, his manager Raimon Duran confirmed on Friday.

DI MONTEZEMOLO PICKS UP HONORARY DEGREE

FERRARI President Luca di Montezemolo is to be awarded an honorary degree in mechanical engineering by the University of Modena.

IRVINE PREDICTS IMPROVEMENT FOR JAGUAR NEXT SEASON

UNDETERRED by a less than impressive debut season, Eddie Irvine has predicted that the Jaguar Racing team will improve over the closed season and into 2001.

TRAGEDY MARS FERRARI'S WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS

TRAGEDY marred Ferrari's Formula One victory celebrations on Saturday at the Mugello circuit in Tuscany when one driver was killed and another seriously injured during the Ferrari Challenge race.

TRULLI LOOKING TO 2001 AFTER JORDAN FAILURES

ITALIAN Jarno Trulli has turned his attentions to the 2001 world championship after putting his debut season with Jordan to the back of his mind.

27 OCTOBER 2000

BMW-WILLIAMS TO BLOCK BUTTON'S RALLY PLANS

BMW-WILLIAMS said on Thursday that it is unlikely young Briton Jenson Button will be allowed to try his hand at rallying - because it could pose a danger to his career.

EUROPE FIGHTS BACK OVER TOBACCO

THE European Commission, stung by the rejection of its anti-tobacco directive by the Europe Court recently, is hitting back with a new draft directive expected to go before the European Parliament on December 11 that will make it illegal for tobacco companies to use terms which suggest that the cigarettes are less harmful than normal.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERNIE

TOMORROW Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be celebrating his 70th birthday and while most of the Formula 1 circus is now on holiday Bernie continues to work away building up the F1 business in which has been involved full-time since the early 1970s.

MCLAREN AND PROST - A FUTURE TOGETHER?

BEFORE he became a team owner Alain Prost spent the 1996 season as a special advisor to the McLaren with which he enjoyed such success in his career, winning three World Championships with the team in 1985, 1986 and 1989.

PROST AT THE CENTER OF TIRE WAR

PROST GRAND PRIX are heading for the middle of the tire war between Bridgestone and Michelin - because they have interests with both.

TOYOTA TO UNVEIL TRACK PLANS NEXT WEEK

TOYOTA will unveil their plans to buy into a Formula circuit next Wednesday after officials said they are keen to increase their chances in Formula One by having their own track.

WHY SILVERSTONE SHOULD BE GIVEN NATIONAL LOTTERY MONEY

THE battle over the British Grand Prix and the need for Silverstone to invest large sums of money in infrastructure has led to questions being asked about why motor racing has not received any money from the British National Lottery.

WILLIAMS DISMISS SCHUMACHER-MONTOYA UNREST

NEW BMW-Williams pairing of Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher has already sparked off some real controversy by hitting out at each other before they have teamed up.

26 OCTOBER 2000

COULTHARD TELLS MCLAREN TO RECTIFY PROBLEM

MCLAREN driver David Coulthard has told his team to sort out a heat transference problem, which he claimed hampered him in his World Championship bid this season.

IS REYNARD REALLY A PLAYER FOR BAR?

JUST days after it looked like a deal was done being for Prodrive to buy the entire Reynard Motorsport company, the talks have been called off.

IT'S A VOLATILE WORLD OUT THERE...

FORMULA 1 might be switching over from tobacco to high technology sponsorships but the sport still needs to watch out for intense activity in that sector of the market.

JORDAN SETS HIS TARGETS FOR 2001

A dejected Eddie Jordan has said that he will be doing everything within his grasp to help his team re-establish themselves as the third team in Formula One next year when they will be powered by Honda works engines.

SCHUMACHER WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT ANTHEM

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has vowed to continue his practice of conducting Fratelli D'Italia (the Italian national anthem) -- despite criticism from former Italian President Francesco Cossiga.

THE DANGER OF HIRING DRIVERS WHO ARE TOO YOUNG FOR FORMULA 1

THE success of Jenson Button has led to an interesting development within Grand Prix racing.

WHAT FORMULA 1 CAN DO FOR AT&T

OUR revelation that Jaguar Racing is to be sponsored next year by AT&T came just a few days before the announcement that the giant American telecommunications company, established by Alexander Graham Bell over 100 years ago, is to be split into four different business units as part of a major restructuring.

25 OCTOBER 2000

BERGER BELIEVES BUTTON WILL THRIVE AT BENETTON

JENSON BUTTON has been tipped by BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger to continue his impressive form at Benetton next season and not be fazed by the team's flamboyant boss Flavio Briatore.

BRAWN TAKES A BREAK

FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn is taking a well-deserved break after helping Michael Schumacher and the team to double glory.

BRIATORE LOOKS FORWARD TO BUTTON AND FISICHELLA PARTNERSHIP

BENETTON team chairman Flavio Briatore is already excited by the prospective driving partnership for his team next season, when Jenson Button will join Giancarlo Fisichella.

GENE SET FOR WILLIAMS TEST SEAT

BMW-WILLIAMS are set to turn to Marc Gene as a test driver for next season with the Spaniard unsure of his future in Formula One.

MCLAREN ONLY INTEND TO HAVE ONE TEST DRIVER - WURZ

AUSTRIAN Alexander Wurz has rubbished suggestions that McLaren planned to have a testing dream team next year and said that they only ever intended to appoint one test-driver.

RAIKKONEN CLOSE TO SAUBER DEAL

FINNISH rookie Kimi Raikkonen is close to finalizing a deal to enter Formula One with Sauber - and make a dramatic leap from British Formula Renault.

SPONSORSHIP HOLDS UP DE LA ROSA ANNOUNCEMENT

SPANISH driver Pedro de la Rosa will be announced as a driver for Arrows next season - but only after the British team finalise their sponsorship line-up.

24 OCTOBER 2000

ARROWS APPOINT TWO NEW MEMBERS TO DEVELOPMENT TEAM

THE Arrows team have appointed two new staff members to their design and development department as they bid to improve on their performance for the 2001 world championship.

COULTHARD HINTS AT MCLAREN TEAM CHANGES AS HE CALLS FOR MORE RISK TAKING

DAVID COULTHARD hinted that there will be behind-the-scenes changes at McLaren in the closed season as he called for the team to take more risks to ensure success next year.

LAUDA FLYING NOT-SO-HIGH

NIKI LAUDA is due to take over a new position as honorary editor of Bernie Ecclestone's planned new F1 racing magazine - due to start publication next February in advance of the 2001 F1 season - at a salary reputed to be around $100,000.

SCHUMACHER AND MONTOYA'S RELATIONSHIP SOURS

THE relationship between new BMW-Williams partners Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya has soured before the pair have even worked together.

SCHUMACHER INSTALLED AS FAVORITE FOR 2001

GERMAN Michael Schumacher has been installed as favorite for the 2001 world championship after claiming his third title success this year in dominant style.

TRULLI KEEPS ON RUNNING

WHILE most Formula One drivers take a well-earned end of season break, Italian Jarno Trulli is breaking the mold by entering another competition.

WILL SUCCESS DESTROY THE TEAM AT FERRARI?

LUCA MONTEZEMOLO has been trying since November 1991 to put together a team which would enable Ferrari to win the World Championship.

23 OCTOBER 2000

...AS AMT GIVES FURTHER DETAILS OF PROGRAM

ASIA MOTOR TECHNOLOGIES has finally given some more details of its plans for the future but once again details of the company remain very sketchy with the only investors mentioned being Hideo Morita, the son of the late Akio Morita who founded the Sony Corporation, and the Japanese machine tool company Yamazaki Mazak, which supplies its CNC cutting machines to the major F1 teams.

BERNIE AND THE CAR COMPANIES

THE recent days have seen a number of quiet meetings between Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and representatives of the European car manufacturers who are trying to acquire a shareholding in SLEC, the holding company of the FormulaÊOneÊgroup of companies.

MOSLEY AND DENNIS CROSS SWORDS (AGAIN)

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, has released copies of a letter that he has sent to McLaren's Ron Dennis after the Japanese Grand Prix complaining about Dennis's consistent public criticism of the way in which the FIA runs Formula 1 and his suggestions that the governing body has been favoring Ferrari.

NO WORD FROM MUGEN...

THE Mugen Company had been expected to make a big announcement about his plans for the future at Sepang but the only news came in a bizarre press statement which indicated that the company has not been able to do a deal with Honda but is still in the process of negotiations and hopes to be able to supply engines in F1 next year.

PICKING OVER THE DEBRIS OF A SEASON

MOST members of the F1 fraternity aboard British Airways' newest Boeing 777 as it lifted off from KL international airport at a few minutes before midnight, Flight BA 034 bound for Heathrow, on Sunday evening were probably asleep even before the wheels came up.

PROST CREEP AWAY TO LICK THEIR WOUNDS

THE Prost team had a disastrous race, not only technically but also financially.

THE SHOWDOWN APPROACHES AT BAR

THE British American Racing team is finally to decide who is going to be in charge in the future.

TODT HINTS AT RETIREMENT

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt has hinted that he is considering early retirement from the sport helping the team to constructors' championship victory and Michael Schumacher to the drivers' title this season.

VILLADELPRAT TO HEAD OPERATIONS AT PROST

JOAN VILLADELPRAT is expected to be named as chief of operations at Prost Grand Prix within the next few weeks - but only if Prost can put together a sensible budget for 2001. The Spaniard has been out of Formula 1 since he left Benetton in January, his intention being to put together a Formula 1 team for Telefonica.

22 OCTOBER 2000

BMW-WILLIAMS WORK ON REVOLUTIONARY NEW BRAKING SYSTEM

THE BMW-Williams team are believed to be working on a revolutionary new braking system that can cut stopping distances by half.

COULTHARD PATCHES UP DIFFERENCES WITH SCHUMACHER

SCOT David Coulthard took his opportunity to clear the air with Michael Schumacher in the parc ferme after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

HERBERT SUFFERS LEG INJURY IN FINAL RACE

JOHNNY HERBERT's final Formula One Grand Prix ended in disaster when he had to be taken for precautionary x-rays at a medical center in Sepang, following an accident eight laps from the end.

WE MUST BUILD ON THIS SUCCESS - SAYS BRAWN

TEN wins from 17 races, 170 points in the constructors championship and a world champion driver, but Ferrari's technical director Ross Brawn believes the team can still improve for the future.

21 OCTOBER 2000

BUTTON TARGETS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE IN 2003

JENSON BUTTON has set his sights on battling for the Formula One World Championship in 2003 when he is expected to return to BMW-Williams from his two-year loan spell at Benetton.

DINIZ CONFIRMS PROST TALKS ARE ONGOING

BRAZILIAN Pedro Diniz confirmed on Friday that he is in talks with Prost - but denied strong paddock rumors that his father Abilio is to invest in the struggling French team.

HERBERT SAYS BUTTON HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A WORLD CHAMPION

BRITON Johnny Herbert said he believes compatriot Jenson Button has the potential to be a Formula One World Champion as Button prepares to leave BMW-Williams for the Renault-owned Benetton team.

MCLAREN BOSS ENDORSES WURZ SELECTION

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis's enthusiasm for his team's new test driver Alexander Wurz is not based on his perception of the Austrian driver's form at the wheel of a Benetton, but more on his personal qualities and obviously highly intelligent approach to his profession.

MOSLEY AND DENNIS EXCHANGE LETTERS OVER SUZUKA STEWARDS ISSUE

FIA president Max Mosley circulated copies of a lengthy letter to McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis at Sepang, chastising him roundly a number of matters including what was perceived as his implied criticism of the Italian FIA steward Roberto Causo at the Japanese Grand Prix.

MOSLEY SENDS CRITICAL LETTER TO MCLAREN CHIEF DENNIS

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, has released copies of a damning letter that he has sent to McLaren chairman Ron Dennis.

POLLOCK CERTAIN HE WILL BE IN CHARGE OF BAR

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING managing director Craig Pollock is certain that he will remain in charge of the team despite and emergency general meeting being called.

20 OCTOBER 2000

BERGER CONFIRMS NEW BMW ENGINE TESTS

BMW Motorsport boss Gerhard Berger confirmed in Malaysia that the German car company ran its first 2001 engine in the back of a Williams chassis at Magny-Cours last week.

BERGER SAYS BMW-WILLIAMS AIM IS TO MATCH FERRARI AND MCLAREN

BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger has said that the BMW-Williams team's aim next season will be to get on terms with Ferrari and McLaren.

BUTTON BUYS HOUSE IN LONDON

JENSON BUTTON's father John revealed on Friday that the BMW-Williams driver has turned his back on the playboy lifestyle of Monaco and has bought a house on the outskirts of London.

EM.TV GETS A NEW FINANCIAL BOSS

EM.TV has a new chief financial officer in an effort to help the German media company shore up its faltering share price.

HERBERT CONFIRMS WILLIAMS REJECTION AS SIGHTS ARE SET ON US

JOHNNY HERBERT has confirmed that he has turned down a test-driver role at BMW-Williams in preference of leaving Formula One and moving to the Champ Car series in America.

JORDAN ANNOUNCE NEW THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD

JORDAN announced on Friday at the Sepang circuit that they have signed a three-year extension to its sponsorship deal with leading computer company Hewlett-Packard.

KRISTENSEN BACKS MICHELIN AND WILLIAMS TO CHALLENGE TOP TWO IN 2001

FORMER Michelin test driver Tom Kristensen has backed BMW-Williams to challenge the dominance of Ferrari and McLaren in the 2001 world championship.

SCHUMACHER PLEDGES TO BE TEAM PLAYER IN MALAYSIA

NEW world champion Michael Schumacher has promised to do all he can to help team-mate Rubens Barrichello claim third position in the drivers' championship.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS HAPPENING AT BAR

THE British American Racing team arrived in Kuala Lumpar demoralized by the stories appearing in British magazines about political infighting within the team and a bid by a consortium led by Adrian Reynard to take over the operation.

WURZ CONFIRMED AS MCLAREN TEST DRIVER

MCLAREN announced on Thursday that Austrian Alexander Wurz will become the team's official test driver for the 2001 world championship.

19 OCTOBER 2000

BARRICHELLO WANTS THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello has set his sights on claiming third place in the drivers' championship this year - even if though he needs luck on his side to achieve it in the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.

BIG TOBACCO JUST GETS BIGGER

WHILE the spotlight of the anti-tobacco world is on the World Health Organisation hearings in Geneva, Switzerland, one should not lose sight of the fact that all the anti-tobacco campaigns are having little effect on the bottom line of the big tobacco companies.

BUTTON BIDS FOR CHAMPAGNE FAREWELL AT WILLIAMS

FORMULA 1's rookie sensation Jenson Button is fired-up for a podium finish at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, his farewell to the BMW-Williams team that gave him a golden opportunity in 2000.

COULTHARD SEEKS TO THROW DOWN HIS MARKER FOR 2001

DAVID COULTHARD declared today (Thursday) that he wants to finish the season on a high in Malaysia.

EM.TV SINKS EVEN LOWER

SHARES in the German media company EM.TV have not bounced back as some analysts expected would happen after last week's crash which wiped 30% off the value of the company.

HAKKINEN STILL HUNGRY AFTER SUZUKA DECIDER

MIKA HAKKINEN revealed today (Thursday), in Malaysia that he would have quit the Formula One circus if he had won the world championship this season.

IRVINE WISHES THE BEST FOR JOHNNY

EDDIE IRVINE is hoping that his team-mate Johnny Herbert turns in a positive result in Malaysia for his last ever race of his grand prix career.

MCLAREN GEARED TO ATTEMPT MANUFACTURERS' TITLE

TEAM-MATE's Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard believe they can overhaul Ferrari's 13-point advantage and secure the 2000 manufacturers' title for McLaren.

MINARDI INSISTS TEAM'S FUTURE IS SECURE

MINARDI team founder Gian Carlo Minardi has re-assured his staff by insisting that the outfit's future is secure despite the recent sponsorship withdrawal of Telefonica.

MORE ON BRIDGESTONE'S FUTURE IN FORMULA 1

IN recent days there have been stories in newspapers around the world suggesting that Bridgestone will, as we have suggested, pull out of Formula 1 at the end of 2002, when all its current contracts run out.

18 OCTOBER 2000

BADOER WANTS TO RACE BUT ONLY FOR A TOP TEAM

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer has said that he wants to return to competitive racing but admitted that he would only consider a move to a front-of-the-grid team.

BENETTON PLANNING SWITCH TO TRULLI IN 2002?

BENETTON Formula 1 boss Flavio Briatore has been quoted as saying that Jarno Trulli will replace Giancarlo Fisichella in the team in 2002.

FRENTZEN TURNS HIS ATTENTIONS TO 2001

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has already put his disappointing season to the back of his mind - despite still having the Malaysian Grand Prix to race.

INSIDE F1'S EUROPEAN ONSLAUGHT BEGINS

IN January Inside F1 launched a scheme intended to get young American drivers to race in Europe with the long term aim of finding an American star for Formula 1.

MINARDI COVERED FOR TELEFONICA WITHDRAWAL

MINARDI have said that Telefonica's decision to withdraw their backing will not affect the team after claiming new owners PanAmerican Sports Network (PSN) had covered for the eventual loss of the Spanish telecommunications giant.

SCHUMACHER JUNIOR HAS NO INTENTIONS TO FOLLOW BROTHER'S FOOTSTEPS

RALF SCHUMACHER has said that he has no intentions of following in his brother Michael's footsteps by joining Ferrari.

STREET TO BE NAMED AFTER WORLD CHAMPION

NEW world champion Michael Schumacher is to have a street named after him in his native town Kerpan.

17 OCTOBER 2000

DINIZ'S FUTURE WITH PROST OR SAUBER BUT NOT MINARDI

BRAZILIAN Pedro Diniz has said that his future will lie with Prost or Sauber after he ruled out a move Italian minnows Minardi.

PROVERA BLASTS PROST OVER PARTNERSHIP

PEUGEOT sporting director Corrado Provera has blasted Prost Grand Prix after claiming that the lack of respect for each other forced them to quit Formula One.

TELEFONICA ANNOUNCE FORMULA ONE PULL-OUT

SPANISH telecommunications giant Telefonica announced on Tuesday that they will pull out their sponsorship of Formula One casting serious doubts over the future of Minardi driver Marc Gene.

THE FRAGILITY OF FORMULA 1 SPONSORSHIP DEALS

THE announcement that Telefonica is to withdraw from Formula 1 highlights the tightrope on which Formula 1 teams have to walk when they are dealing with big corporations.

THE PROGRESS OF MR. PANTANO

ANYONE who has studied the history of karting will tell you that no driver ever enjoyed the success of a man called Giorgio Pantano.

16 OCTOBER 2000

BAR AND HONDA

WE suggested as long ago as April that the Honda Motor Company was looking to buy into British American Racing.

BARRICHELLO ENJOYS AUSSIE JAUNT

RUBENS BARRICHELLO enjoyed a mini-break on Queensland's famous Gold Coast last week as he visited the Honda Indy 300 CART festival.

BERNIE EVEN HANDED WITH POLITICAL PARTIES

ANYBODY who accuses Bernie Ecclestone of partiality need think again, pretty seriously.

CHEVRON AND TEXACO

THIS week should see the announcement that Chevron and Texaco are to merge their operations to create the fourth biggest oil-producing firm in the world behind Exxon/Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP Amoco.

COULTHARD LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

AS the Formula One season draws to a close in Sepang this weekend, one man already setting his sights on winning the 2001 world championship is McLaren's David Coulthard.

HAKKINEN WANTS MORE TIME OFF

MIKA HAKKINEN has called for Formula One drivers to have more time off for holidays and breaks during the seven-month season.

15 OCTOBER 2000

BUTTON THANKS BMW-WILLIAMS TEAM FOR DREAM DEBUT SEASON

BRITON Jenson Button has thanked the BMW-Williams team for handing him his chance in Formula One and has said that he is already looking forward to returning.

F1 MANUFACTURERS INSIST ON MORE SAY OVER RULES

PLANS for the major motor manufacturers to take a stake in Bernie Ecclestone's SLEC Formula 1 group could be derailed unless the car makers are given a bigger say in the rule making process.

MCLAREN ANNOUNCE CANON EUROPA PARTNERSHIP DEAL

CANON EUROPA NV have signed a deal with McLaren that sees them re-enter Formula One as 'Official Imaging Solutions Partner' to the team.

14 OCTOBER 2000

A WEEK IS A LONG TIME IN BUSINESS

THOMAS HAFFA, the boss of Formula 1 shareholder EM.TV, could be forgiven for saying "Thank God. It's Friday".

DE LA ROSA DELIGHTED WITH AMT DEBUT PERFORMANCE

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa was left surprised and delighted that Arrows' first test with the Asia Motor Technologies (AMT) engines that will power their 2001 world championship challenge was completed without any problems.

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AND FORMULA 1

SEVERAL Formula 1 teams are believed to be pitching Europe's biggest telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom for a major sponsorship deal.

HERBERT PREPARED FOR EMOTIONAL FAREWELL

JOHNNY HERBERT is preparing himself for an "emotional" farewell from the Formula One world when he competes in Malaysia.

MANY TEAMS TAKE A BREAK BEFORE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

MANY Formula One drivers took a rest from testing this week and had a holiday ahead of the season's final race of the season in Malaysia.

13 OCTOBER 2000

BAR REFUTE HONDA TAKEOVER AND INTERNAL WRANGLE STORIES

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING issued a statement on Friday to refute two separate stories about the team.

EUROPEAN CAR MANUFACTURERS STEP-UP FORMULA ONE INTEREST

EIGHT European car manufacturers have stepped up their interest in buying a stake in Formula One after writing letters to the two major shareholders in the sport Bernie Ecclestone and EM.TV.

FERRARI COMPLETE FINAL DAY OF TESTING

LUCA BADOER on Friday completed Ferrari's final of day of testing in preparation for the Malaysian Grand Prix next week.

PANIS SET TO COMPLETE MCLAREN TESTING DUTIES

OLIVIER PANIS will today (Friday) complete his testing duties for the McLaren team as he gets ready to take up his new role as team-mate to Canadian Jacques Villeneuve at the British American Racing team.

SCHUMACHER BLASTS COULTHARD AND VILLENEUVE

New world champion Michael Schumacher has blasted David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve after claiming they are the only two Formula One drivers he has a problem with.

THE IMPACT OF TOBACCO LEGISLATION ON F1

THE Formula 1 world does not appear to be greatly worried about losing its tobacco sponsorship.

12 OCTOBER 2000

HONDA PREPARING BAR BUYOUT?

MANAGING DIRECTOR Takefumi Hosaka has revealed that he wants to see a Honda Formula One team on the grid, heightening speculation of a buyout of the British American Racing team.

MUGEN-HONDA SET TO ANNOUNCE FUTURE PLANS IN MALAYSIA

MUGEN-HONDA have said that they plan to make an announcement about their future at the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.

VILLENEUVE JOINS GRAND PRIX DRIVERS' ASSOCIATION

JACQUES VILLENEUVE has joined the Grand Prix Drivers Association as he bids to get his voice heard in future.

11 OCTOBER 2000

ARROWS BEGIN TESTING AMT ENGINES IN SPAIN

ARROWS began testing the new Asia Motor Technologies (AMT) engine that will power their assault on the 2001 Formula One World Championship in Valencia on Wednesday.

BMW-WILLIAMS DENY BRIDGESTONE TEST RUMORS

BMW-Williams have denied that they tested 2001-spec Bridgestone tires after reports had suggested they had contravened their deal with Michelin.

DENNIS GOES TO THE PALACE

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis was at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday for his appointment as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

EM.TV SHARE PRICE BOTTOMS OUT AND BEGINS TO CLIMB

THE share price of EM.TV has begun to recover after a disastrous couple of days at the start of the week.

FORMULA 1 WAITS FOR REACTIONS AS EM.TV SHARES DIVE

THE German media company EM.TV lost $3bn of its value in the course of share trading on Monday on Frankfurt's Neuer Markt exchange after it announced a correction to its half-year accounts.

JAGUAR SIGN AERODYNAMICIST HANDFORD

LOLA CARS International have announced that aerodynamicist Mark Handford will join Jaguar Racing for the 2001 Formula One World Championship.

NASCAR GOES INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH AOL

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has been working on putting Formula 1 on the World Wide Web for some time but says that he does not see the need to hurry things along.

SNOOK GETS THE ORANGE ELBOW

HANS SNOOK, the man behind the Orange sponsorship of the Arrows Formula 1 team is expected to be pushed into the background when Orange is floated along with the other mobile phone businesses of France Telecom in the next few months.

TAKAGI TO PATRICK?

ALTHOUGH there have been rumors that Toranosuke Takagi may be considering a return to Formula 1 with a Minardi-Mugen deal with sponsorship from the PIAA company, we are hearing other stories which suggest that the Formula Nippon Champion will race in 2001 in CART as Roberto Moreno's team mate in the Patrick Racing team.

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION MOVES ON TOBACCO

LATER this week the World Health Organisation will begin its public hearings in preparation for its planned Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

10 OCTOBER 2000

AUSTRALIAN VIEWERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE FOR TV COVERAGE

AUSTRALIAN Formula One fans are continuing their battle with television broadcasters Channel 9 for the right to screen the final race of the season in Malaysia.

BACK TO WORK FOR FERRARI AT FIORANO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's successful bid to become world champion failed to halt Ferrari's work as Luca Badoer took to the track at Fiorano to begin preparations for the season-ending Malaysian Grand Prix.

FORMER ITALIAN PRESIDENT LAMENTS SCHUMACHER OVER VICTORY CELEBRATIONS

Former Italian president Francesco Cossiga has blasted Michael Schumacher for mocking the country's national anthem during his celebrations on the Japanese Grand Prix podium.

GASCOYNE CALLS FOR ELECTRONIC AIDS IN F1

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Mike Gascoyne has called for electronic aids to be permitted in Formula One after he claimed it would increase competition in the sport.

SCHUMACHER POISED TO SUSTAIN FERRARI'S CHALLENGE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's devoted army of fans across the world will have breathed a collective sigh of relief as their hero's scarlet Ferrari came pounding past the checkered flag at Suzuka on Sunday afternoon to clinch the first drivers' world championship in 21 years for the legendary Italian scuderia.

SCHUMACHER RESPONDS TO ITALIAN ANTHEM CLAIMS

World champion Michael Schumacher has responded to criticism from former Italian president Francesco Cossiga by insisting that has the utmost respect for the country's national anthem.

9 OCTOBER 2000

DINIZ TO STAY AT SAUBER?

THE Formula 1 drives for 2001 are running out but for the moment at least there are still decisions to be made with Prost, Sauber, Arrows and Minardi.

DURAND TO JOIN PROST

Prost Grand Prix is expected to announce shortly that it has signed Frenchman Henri Durand to be its new technical director.

MEANWHILE AT THE LOG CABIN

The Log Cabin at the Suzuka Circuit Hotel is the traditional venue for post-race antics in Japan and this year was no exception with Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jarno Trulli, Rubens Barrichello and others turning up to party on Sunday night with the likes of Norbert Haug, Mario Illien and Ross Brawn.

MUGEN AND MINARDI

THE MUGEN COMPANY is expected to announce in Malaysia that it will be continuing its involvement in Formula 1 as an independent engine builder.

SCHECKTER PAYS TRIBUTE AFTER LOSING FERRARI CROWN TO SCHUMACHER

Jody Scheckter has paid tribute to Michael Schumacher after he took over his mantle as the last Ferrari driver to win a Formula One World Championship.

SCHUMACHER IS WORLD CHAMPION

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER won the 2000 World Championship at Suzuka on Sunday.

SINGAPORE LOOKING AGAIN

THE Republic of Singapore is again looking at the possibility of hosting a Grand Prix somewhere on the island of Singapore.

TIFOSI PAINT ITALIAN TOWNS RED WITH VICTORY FESTIVITIES

THOUSANDS of fans took to the streets throughout Italy on Sunday in an outburst of national celebrations for Michael Schumacher's championship-deciding win in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

TOYOTA AND MOUNT FUJI

AS we suggested in April 1999 the Toyota Motor Corporation has confirmed that it is negotiating to buy the FujiÊInternationalÊSpeedway, which is located close to its Higashi Fuji technical center, where the company is developing its racing engines.

8 OCTOBER 2000

BALDI GOES BALD AFTER SCHUMACHER VICTORY

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's race engineer Luca Baldisserri shaved his head within minutes of his driver's world title success -- after honoring a bet made 12 months ago.

JORDAN CONFIRM ZONTA AS 2001 TEST DRIVER

JORDAN confirmed on Sunday that Brazilian Ricardo Zonta would be joining the team as official test driver for the 2001 world championship.

NO LIFTING OFF FOR SCHUMACHER

FRESHLY-CROWNED Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is set to stay with Ferrari for the rest of his career, his manager Willy Weber said in Japan on Sunday.

SCHUMACHER NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING IN TITLE CHANCE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER said he had never stopped believing that he could end Ferrari's world drivers' championship drought and expressed his relief at lifting his third title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix.

WURZ AGREES TO MCLAREN TEST DEAL

AUSTRIAN Alexander Wurz has agreed to join McLaren for the 2001 Formula One World Championship as their official test driver.

7 OCTOBER 2000

FIA CLAMP DOWN ON DRIVING STANDARDS - TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?

THOSE of a cynical mind in the Suzuka paddock - and there are many such individuals - interpreted the edict on driving standards issued by Race Director Charlie Whiting at the Japanese GP drivers' briefing as another example of the FIA's determination to effectively interpret the rules as the mood takes it.

HERBERT FINED FOR PIT-LANE MISDEMEANOR

BRITON Johnny Herbert was hit with a $3000 fine after a pit-lane misdemeanor during Friday's free practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

MCLAREN CHIEF DENNIS ATTACKS FIA

MCLAREN team chief Ron Dennis has launched an attack on the 'new' rules introduced by FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting on Friday for Sunday's championship-deciding Japanese Grand Prix and said the inclusion of Italian steward Roberto Causo at the event was "unsatisfactory."

THE FIA AND MCLAREN

MCLAREN's Ron Dennis complained on Saturday at Suzuka that he did not think it was right that there should be an FIA steward from Italy for the final race in the World Championship between Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher of Ferrari.

ZONTA AGREES TO JOIN JORDAN AS TEST DRIVER

BRAZILIAN Ricardo Zonta has ended speculation about his future after agreeing to join Jordan as test driver for the 2001 world championship.

6 OCTOBER 2000

A SMART MOVE IN THE TOBACCO CAMPAIGN

THE FIA has pulled off a clever move in its battles with the European Commission over tobacco advertising.

CHANNEL 9 BOWS TO PRESSURE AS AUSTRALIANS GET THEIR WISH

Australian television broadcaster Channel 9 have reversed their decision and will now screen the Japanese Grand Prix live after bowing to popular demand - albeit in certain states of the country only.

COULTHARD VOWS TO HELP HAKKINEN

David Coulthard vowed to help his McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen beat Ferrari rival Michael Schumacher in the Japanese Grand Prix after Friday's first practice sessions.

DRIVERS DONATE OVERALLS TO GISLIMBERTI FUND

All 22 Formula One drivers have supplied a set of their racing overalls for an auction in aid of the family of Paolo Gislimberti, the fire marshal who died during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

FIA SAFETY DELEGATE WHITING WARNS DRIVERS

FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting has warned the drivers that they face serious sanctions or bans from Formula One next season if they intentionally interfere with the outcome of the Japanese Grand Prix.

PROST AND CANON

The word on the street in the Suzuka paddock is that Alain Prost may have a sponsorship deal with the Japanese camera company Canon as part of his package of deals next year.

SEPANG SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY

The Sepang circuit, home of the Malaysian Grand Prix, has started development work to improve the safety of the track ahead of the last race of this year's championship on October 22.

WESTERN JAPAN SUFFERS EARTHQUAKE AS F1 GETS THE SHAKES

The strongest seismic tremors to hit Japan since the calamitous Kobe earthquake five years ago shook western Japan on Friday at lunchtime, injuring at least 39 people, destroying some 200 homes and putting the area on alert for aftershocks, although no tidal waves are predicted.

5 OCTOBER 2000

HONDA CHIEF REITERATES NO FAVORITISM NEXT YEAR

Honda managing director Takefumi Hosaka has reiterated that there will be no favoritism in the 2001 world championship despite the Japanese engine supplier providing British American Racing and Jordan with power-units.

MOTOR RACING TO KICK THE HABIT

Following the meeting of the FIA in Seville yesterday (Wednesday) Formula 1's oldest source of commercial sponsorship, the tobacco industry, will be banished from Grand Prix racing - as with all forms of motor sport over which the FIA has jurisdiction - from the end of 2006.

PROST TO SELL 2000 CHASSIS ON-LINE FOR CHARITY

Prost Grand Prix have revealed that they will sell the AP03 chassis used in the 2000 Formula One World Championship on-line on October 19.

VILLENEUVE'S COLORFUL LOOK ALL FOR SCHUMACHER

Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve has shown his backing to Michael Schumacher's world title bid - by dying his hair 'Ferrari scarlet' for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

4 OCTOBER 2000

2001 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

table of 2001 races

MOSLEY HITS BACK AT FERRARI BIAS CLAIMS

FIA president Max Mosley has retaliated against claims that Formula One's ruling body are biased towards Ferrari.

SILVERSTONE EARNS REPRIEVE AS BRITISH GRAND PRIX MOVES BACK TO JULY

The World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday night announced that the British Grand Prix will be included in the 2001 calendar, but the event has been moved from its provisional date of May 13 to July 15.

SILVERSTONE TO LEARN THEIR FATE IN SEVILLE

Silverstone will today learn whether the British Grand Prix will be included on next year's calendar after it was put on the provisional list for 2001.

WHAT CHANGES WILL THERE BE AT JAGUAR?

The announcement that Bobby Rahal is to take over the running of Jaguar Racing in December is the first major step in the restructuring of the team, which has had a miserable F1 season in 2000.

3 OCTOBER 2000

DONINGTON HIT WITH BRITISH GRAND PRIX BLOW

Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft has rejected American entertainment group SFX's bid to double their 25-year lease after calling their offer an insult.

MAHATHIR DROPS IN

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad flew to England yesterday for a 10-day visit which is expected to include a visit to Lotus in Norfolk and, almost certainly, talk with the bosses of MG Rover, the struggling car company.

ORANGE BOOMING BUT IS THE COMPANY TIRED OF F1?

Arrows sponsor Orange reports that it has gained another 1.1 million users in the last three months.

VERSTAPPEN DENIES GBH CHARGE

Dutchmen Jos Verstappen will learn his fate on October 30th after a court heard how the Arrows Formula One driver fractured a man's skull in an incident at a Belgian karting race track.

2 OCTOBER 2000

BRIDGESTONE SUPPLY TEAMS WITH NEW COMPOUND FOR POTENTIAL TITLE DECIDER

Bridgestone have revealed that they will be supplying the 11 Formula One teams with a new medium compound tire as they prepare for the potential title decider in Japan this weekend.

ECCLESTONE VOWS TO PREVENT TELEVISION NO-SHOW IN AUSTRALIA

Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to do everything possible to prevent Australian television broadcaster Channel 9 from not showing the Japanese and Malaysian Grands Prix live.

SCHUMACHER ATTEMPTS TO END COULTHARD FEUD

Michael Schumacher has attempted to end his feud with David Coulthard ahead of this weekend's crucial race in Japan.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE NEW RENAULT V10

When Renault announced plans to withdraw from Formula 1 in January 1997, the company chairman Louis Schweitzer said that the firm would be back "in three or four years".

1 OCTOBER 2000

CAN BRIDGESTONE SURVIVE IN FORMULA 1?

One question which is being asked in Formula 1 circles is whether or not Bridgestone will be able to survive the public relations disaster currently going on in the United States of America without having to economize.

SOUTH AFRICA SAYS "NO" TO TOBACCO

The South African government last week adopted new anti-tobacco legislation, approved in 1999 under the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act.