NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MARCH 2001

JORDAN AND BRIATORE WANT MORE GLAMOR

TEAM BOSSES Flavio Briatore and Eddie Jordan have called for more promotion and publicity for Formula One after the pair claimed that the sport lacks glamor.

SCHUMACHER PAIR SET FOR BATTLE OFF THE LINE

FORMULA ONE brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher became the first pair of siblings on the front row in the history of the sport after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix -- and the pair are looking forward to a battle off the line.

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR TOYOTA

GRAND PRIX team chief Eddie Jordan believes Toyota are "in for a shock" when they arrive in Formula One next season.

30 MARCH 2001

HAMIDY WILL STEER JORDAN

ITALIAN Jarno Trulli has predicted that new technical director Eghbal Hamidy will be a major force in Jordan's attempts to move closer to Ferrari and McLaren this season.

JAGUAR RACING TO AXE SILVERSTONE FACTORY PLANS

JAGUAR RACING boss Bobby Rahal says that the company is looking at cancelling its plans to build a big new facility at Silverstone.

TEAMS TROUBLED IN BRAZIL

CRIMINALS have caused problems to some of the Formula One teams in Brazil to further justify their concerns of racing in the country.

29 MARCH 2001

"WE HAD TO SIGN DE LA ROSA" - BURTI

JAGUAR driver Luciano Burti has said that he will fight team-mate Eddie Irvine all the way in the battle to partner Pedro de la Rosa next season.

MINARDI BUILD FORCES WITH SIGNING

EUROPEAN MINARDI have continued their development by clinching the signing of former Prost engineer Loic Bigois as their new head of aerodynamics.

SCHUMACHER AND BARRICHELLO IN TALKS

FERRARI's Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello will have a clear-the-air meeting prior to this weekend's Brazilian race in an effort to prevent a rift ripping through the successful team.

SCHUMACHER UPSTAGED BY FOOTBALLING LEGENDS

FERRARI's Michael Schumacher starred alongside Brazilian footballing legends in a charity match watched by a crowd of 40,000 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

TOYOTA RETURN TO TESTING IN FRANCE

TOYOTA returned to testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Wednesday with Briton Allan McNish behind the wheel of the team's Formula One challenger.

28 MARCH 2001

AERODYNAMIC PACKAGE TO HELP BENETTON IN BRAZIL

BENETTON technical director Mike Gascoyne is confident the new aerodynamic package the team tested in Barcelona last week can help turn around their disappointing season.

BARRICHELLO BLAMES MEDIA FOR CONTROVERSY

RUBENS BARRICHELLO says that there is no problem between him and the Ferrari team, despite rumors suggesting that all is not well after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

FOOT-AND-MOUTH AND F1

BRISTISH PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair says that despite the disastrous outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that the country is not "out of bounds" to visitors and that business is going on despite the problems.

IS F1 A GOOD DEAL FOR THE CAR MANUFACTURERS?

THERE has been a great deal of talk in recent weeks about the possibility of the major car manufacturers buying shares in the Formula One group of companies.

27 MARCH 2001

ALBERS JOINS MERCEDES-BENZ

EUROPEAN MINARDI test driver Christjian Albers has been named by Mercedes-Benz as a member of the company's touring car team in the German DTM series.

MOSLEY'S 100-YEAR DEAL CLOSE

MAX MOSLEY could soon get his wish to establish an FIA Foundation f the settlement being discussed between Bernie Ecclestone and Leo Kirch is concluded.

PAUL RICARD DEVELOPMENT PLANS

THE CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD at Le Castellet, in the south of France, is to be rebuilt and will be renamed the High Tech Test Track.

SCHUMACHER AIMS FOR VICTORY NUMBER SEVEN

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER goes to Brazil in search of his seventh consecutive Formula 1 victory, a record which is unmatched in the modern history of the Formula 1 World Championship.

TARSO'S BLUE MOVE

TARSO MARQUES has decided to give the Brazilian journalists something to write about this week by appearing with his hair dyed blue.

WILL CAMEL COME BACK TO F1?

IN a world in which tobacco companies are being slowly driven out of all forms of advertising, the Formula 1 world provides a refuge.

26 MARCH 2001

SCHUMACHER-SAUBER UNION UNLIKELY

RUMORS that world champion Michael Schumacher will buy into the Sauber team following the withdrawal of Red Bull money at the end of this season seem to be little more than paddock gossip.

TOYOTA SET TO LEARN THE FACTS OF F1 LIFE

BARELY 48-hours separated last Friday's high profile launch of Toyota's first F1 test car from its first accident, apparently caused by a mechanical failure, during testing at Paul Ricard.

VERSTAPPEN LOOKS TO BUILD IN BRAZIL

JOS VERSTAPPEN believes Arrows are more than capable of taking another step towards improving on their current position in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

25 MARCH 2001

IRVINE HOPES FOR TURN OF FORTUNE IN BRAZIL

EDDIE IRVINE and his Jaguar team-mate Luciano Burti have not got the best records at the Brazilian track, Interlagos - but they will both be looking to put their records behind them as they head for the Brazilian Grand Prix this week.

MONTOYA ANTICIPATING GOOD SUPPORT

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA believes that the support he will receive from his fans at the Brazilian Grand Prix will spur him on for his first finish of the season next week.

SALO GOES INTO WALL IN FIRST TOYOTA TEST

MIKA SALO had a high-speed accident during his first tests with the new Toyota F1b prototype chassis when the car suffered a rear end failure, when part of the composite gearbox casing broke.

24 MARCH 2001

HERBERT BACKS BERNOLDI

ARROWS test-driver Johnny Herbert has supported the team's stuttering driver Enrique Bernoldi and has rejected claims that he could replace the young Brazilian driver.

SAUBER HOPES TO AVOID BRAZIL FIASCO OF LAST SEASON

SAUBER, one of only two teams not to test at Barcelona this week, have been working hard to avoid the technical problems that thwarted their performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year.

23 MARCH 2001

ECCLESTONE CLOSER TO SELLING F1 STAKE

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has this week moved closer to relinquishing overall control of formula one racing as the German media group Kirch formalized its 600 million pound bid for another 25 per cent of his business empire.

SCHUMACHER COMPLETES TESTING AND HEADS TO BRAZIL

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER completed his testing schedule at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday as he now turns his attention to a seventh consecutive win at the Brazilian Grand Prix next Sunday.

TOYOTA PRESIDENT WANTS TO KEEP SALO AND MCNISH FOR 2002

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT president Ove Andersson wants this year's test-drivers Allan McNish and Mika Salo to spearhead the team's challenge when they enter Formula One in 2002.

TOYOTA UNVEIL NEW TEST CAR FOR ENTRY INTO FORMULA ONE

TOYOTA unveiled their new Formula One test car at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on Friday and kept their feet firmly on the ground for their prospects when they enter the sport for real in 2002.

22 MARCH 2001

FRANCHITTI'S JAGUAR HOPES FADE

JAGUAR have said that ChampCar driver Dario Franchitti is unlikely to test for the team again this season.

JAGUAR PLAN TO KEEP IRVINE

JAGUAR have indicated that they fully intend to retain Eddie Irvine for the 2002 Grand Prix season.

MALAYSIA WANTS TO RETAIN MARCH DATE

OFFICIALS at the Sepang circuit - the host of the Malaysian Grand Prix - have said they want to keep the race in its March date on the calendar despite poor attendances last weekend.

SCHUMACHER FLIES IN BARCELONA

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER joined Ferrari at the Barcelona testing session on Thursday and topped the times by more than 0.7 seconds as Formula One's big guns came out to play.

SCHUMACHER SHOOTS FOR GLORY

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER decided on Thursday that he will appear in a charity football match four days before the Brazilian Grand Prix.

21 MARCH 2001

BADOER TOPS TESTING AGAIN

LUCA BADOER topped the times for the second day in a row as testing continued at the Barcelona circuit on Wednesday.

BARRICHELLO FLIES HOME TO RELAX

FERRARI's Rubens Barrichello has already flown to Brazil to begin preparations for the coming Grand Prix at Interlagos by relaxing at home.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER MESS MAKES MCLAREN F1 PROSPECTS LOOK SUNNY

MERCEDES-BENZ is having a bruising time at the moment. Not as far as its car sales are concerned, for they are thriving.

F1 OWNERSHIP RACE SET TO REACH POSSIBLE CONCLUSION

THIS week could finally see the commercial future of the F1 business finally nailed down at a crucial meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council which was due to take place in Paris on Wednesday (21 March).

INTERLAGOS LEGAL DISPUTE WILL NOT AFFECT THE RACE

THE Brazilian Grand Prix is not under threat following a legal dispute that stopped development work at the Interlagos - because the delay was due to the lack of circuit furniture.

MONTOYA LIMITED ONLY BY HIS CAR

FORMER CART star Juan Pablo Montoya believes the most important factor in Grand Prix racing is the car, and the driver can only drive it to its own limit.

SCHUMACHER MAY CANCEL ALL-STAR SOCCER PLANS

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is considering cancelling plans to play in a soccer match on the Wednesday before the coming Brazilian Grand Prix.

20 MARCH 2001

FERRARI BEAT MCLAREN, AGAIN

MCLAREN once again lost out to Ferrari on Tuesday, this time on the test-track as Ferrari test-driver Luca Badoer beat his McLaren counterpart Alexander Wurz to top the times at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.

FERRARI IMPROVE TEST FACILITY

FERRARI is developing their Fiorano test track as they concentrate on all areas of their operation and continue their onslaught on the Formula One world championship.

HEAD IS AGAINST LONG-TERM TRACTION CONTROL

WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has said he is against the long-term introduction of traction control in Formula One and sees it only as a short-term solution to making the sport fair.

JAGUAR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR HAILS IRVINE

STEVE NICHOLS, the Jaguar Racing technical director, has supported the team's controversial driver Eddie Irvine and labelled the British driver as one of the best on the grid this season.

MALAYSIA SIGNS RACE DEAL UNTIL 2010

THE organizers of the Malaysian Grand Prix have agreed a new deal to continue staging the event until 2010.

MICHELIN CONFUSED BY MALAYSIAN RACE

PIERRE DUPASQUIER, the motorsport director of Michelin, has said he was pleased, but confused, by the performance of his company's tires as BMW-Williams driver Ralf Schumacher secured their first world championship points.

TODT SAYS STABILITY IS THE KEY

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt has saluted the stability within the Maranello-based team and suggested this is the key to their success so far this season.

19 MARCH 2001

BERGER WANTS TO KEEP THE POWER

GERHARD BERGER, the BMW Motorsport director, has urged Formula One's governing body the FIA not to reduce the power of engines in the sport after the first two races of the season.

HEAD CALMS FEARS OVER TIRES

THE performance of worn tires in the first two Grands Prix of the season has reduced Williams technical director Patrick Head's concerns over tire cheats.

MCLAREN DOWN IN THE DUMPS

MIKA HAKKINEN and David Coulthard were distraught men on Sunday night after suffering the indignity of another defeat at the hands of rivals Ferrari in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

18 MARCH 2001

DENNIS DEFENDS TIRE DECISION

MCLAREN team boss Ron Dennis defended his decision to send Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard out on wet tires after their first pit-stop as the Woking team continued their disappointing start to the season in Malaysia.

EUROPEAN MINARDI CONFIRM NEW SPONSOR

THE European Minardi team have announced a new sponsorship and technical partnership with Austrian-based company Gericom AG.

17 MARCH 2001

...AS RUMORS FLY OF NEW RECRUITS

SINCE Paul Stoddart took over the Minardi team at the end of January the team has been flat out trying to get everything organized to get to the first few races of the year.

DENNIS - DO NOT WRITE US OFF

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has said that only lunatics would write off his Mercedes-powered team in the championship this year despite their slow start to the new season.

EUROPEAN MINARDI LANDS GERICOM SPONSORSHIP

THE European Minardi team is expected to announce tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur that it has signed a sponsorship deal with the Austrian computer company Gericom.

FRENTZEN DIPLOMATIC IN WRANGLE OVER TRACTION CONTROL

THERE was some nimble footwork from Heinz-Harald Frentzen at Friday's FIA media conference here at Sepang as the Jordan driver executed a tactical U-turn in the wake of his comments over traction control made on his website following the Australian Grand Prix.

16 MARCH 2001

FORMULA 1 ON AMERICAN TELEVISION

THE announcement just before Melbourne that Speedvision has been awarded the TV rights for Formula 1 in the United States of America was not really a surprise but it was an indication of just how much more work is needed before Grand Prix racing achieves recognition in America.

FRENTZEN CLARIFIES TRACTION DEBATE

HAVING voiced his opinions on the arrival of traction control into Formula One, Heinz-Harald Frentzen believes the arrival of the driver aid will be negative for the sport.

HEAD WANTS INVESTIGATION INTO TETHER PROBLEMS

PATRICK HEAD, the Williams technical director, has called for a thorough investigation into the tethers that are supposed to keep wheels connected to the cars in the event of a crash.

MCLAREN SET TO MOVE INTO NEW WINDTUNNEL

THE new McLaren windtunnel at the Paragon technology center in Woking has been undergoing commissioning work for the last nine months and is now almost ready for the team to use.

RENAULT LOOKING TO EXPAND TO SUPPLY TWO TEAMS?

THERE are rumors in France that Renault may decide to supply two teams with its V10 engines next year in order to speed up the development of the exciting new units.

TEAMS PONDER LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS AS BRAZIL BECKONS

THE Formula 1 teams are currently flat-out keeping up with the World Championship schedule while also trying to develop the cars while the race teams are on the road in Asia.

WILLIAMS AND BAR TEAM BOSSES CALM OVER "RACING ACCIDENT"

THE Williams and British American Racing teams have deemed the accident involving their respective drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve in the Australia Grand Prix as simply a racing accident.

15 MARCH 2001

COULTHARD CONCERNED ABOUT "KNEEJERK" REACTION

DAVID COULTHARD has voiced concerns that a "knee-jerk" reaction to the death of marshal Graham Beveridge at the Australian Grand Prix would not be good for the sport.

HEIDFELD BACKS LEGAL SAUBER

NICK HEIDFELD has branded Heinz-Harald Frentzen's comments that Sauber used an illegal driver aid in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as out-of-order.

SCHUMACHER TELLS FRENTZEN TO KEEP QUIET

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher said on Thursday that Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen should keep his comments to himself after he suggested Ferrari engines were fitted with traction control devices.

TEAMS ARE NOT CHEATING

MAX MOSLEY, the FIA president, has calmed fears that illegal traction control systems are already running in Formula One.

VILLENEUVE CRITICIZES SCHUMACHER

JACQUES VILLENEUVE has criticized BMW-Williams driver Ralf Schumacher for the accident which caused the death of a marshal at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

14 MARCH 2001

DE LA ROSA IN AT JAG FOR 2002

JAGUAR team boss Bobby Rahal has revealed that one of Jaguar's two drivers will not be racing for the team next year.

SCHUMACHER ON TOP OF THE WORLD?

REIGNING world champion has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.

WEATHER GIVES TIRES A MALAYSIAN CHALLENGE

MICHELIN and Bridgestone will resume their tire war at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix and both companies believes they are well prepared for the challenges the Sepang circuit will provide.

13 MARCH 2001

EM.TV TO SELL OFF THE MUPPETS

EM.TV is to sell the Jim Henson Company, which owns The Muppet characters, in an effort to improve the liquidity of the company.

FRENTZEN CALMS TRACTION CONTROL DEBATE

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN has explained his comments about Sauber's Nick Heidfeld after the Jordan driver's words sparked controversy and further debate on the use of traction control in Formula One.

HAKKINEN KEEN TO ERADICATE NON-FINISH IN AUSTRALIA

MCLAREN driver Mika Hakkinen has highlighted his intention to banish the memory of a big crash an non-finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a points-scoring finish in the second round in Malaysia this weekend.

IRVINE ON HEAT IN MALAYSIA

THE decision not to test since the Australian Grand Prix has left Eddie Irvine in perfect shape for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend, the Jaguar driver believes.

SEPANG OWNERS STRUGGLING

THE company which owns the Sepang International racing circuit in Malaysia is struggling at the moment.

WHY BENETTON IS SO OFF THE PACE

IN Formula 1 one is judged on one's last performance and there is never very much analysis beyond that.

12 MARCH 2001

F1 SET TO INTRODUCE HANS?

FORMULA ONE is set to see the introduction of the Head and Neck Support (HANS) system next season.

TOYOTA GETTING THE HANG OF CART

CRISTIANO DA MATTA's victory in last weekend's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix marks Toyota's sixth race victory in CART and gives the Japanese car company a head start in this year's series over rivals Honda and Ford.

WHY IS VOLKSWAGEN NOT IN FORMULA 1?

THERE are only six major car manufacturers in the world these days and most of them: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Renault-Nissan, Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler.

10 MARCH 2001

BARRICHELLO ON TRACK AT FIORANO

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello returned to the track for the first time since finishing third in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix when he tested for Ferrari at Fiorano on Friday.

DE LA ROSA HAPPY WITH FIRST TEST

PEDRO DE LA ROSA completed his first test for the Jaguar team on Friday, and believes after a slow start he is fitting in well with the British team.

DE LA ROSA QUICKEST AT SILVERSTONE ON DAY THREE

JAGUAR's Pedro de la Rosa showed his potential as he topped the times by over a second in the third and final day of testing at the Silverstone circuit on Friday.

FERRARI FINALIZE PREPARATIONS FOR MALAYSIA

FERRARI finalized their preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Rubens Barrichello and Luca Badoer completed the team's five-day test at Fiorano on Saturday.

FERRARI STAMP THEIR AUTHORITY

FERRARI's 2000 world championship victory has been commemorated with a new Italian stamp, revealed at a special ceremony on Friday.

REWEY RETIRES FROM FORD

BOB REWEY, the man who in 1996 was behind Ford's decision to Formula 1 seriously, has retired from the firm.

9 MARCH 2001

IS MOSLEY RIGHT TO SLOW THE CARS?

THE seemingly endless battle between motor racing's rule makers and the engineers who craft today's high technology F1 cars is set to take another dramatic twist in the wake of the tragic fatal accident in the Australian grand prix which cost the life of a track marshal.

KIRCH TIGHTENS HIS GRIP ON EM.TV

LEO KIRCH, the man who is on the verge of taking commercial control of Formula 1, has tightened his grip on Thomas Haffa's EM.TV operation with the appointment of Kirch New Media chief executive Rainer Huether to the EM.TV management board.

MALAYSIA TICKET SALES LOW BUT DEAL EXTENDED

THE organizers of the Malaysian Grand Prix have cancelled plans for live television coverage of the event within Malaysia.

MCLAREN CONFIRM TRACTION CONTROL TESTING

MCLAREN are working on their traction control system ahead of its introduction in the Spanish Grand Prix in April.

RAHAL WINDS UP THE PRESSURE ON IRVINE

JAGUAR RACING team boss Bobby Rahal says that if Dario Franchitti wants to move to Formula 1 in the future, he needs to make the move at the end of this year.

THE TEST DRIVERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

WITH most of the Formula 1 drivers deciding to stay out in Asia between the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix, it has been left to the test drivers to do the work in Europe.

TRACTION CONTROL WAS IN MELBOURNE - FRENTZEN

JORDAN driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen has expressed fears that some teams may be using traction control before its legal introduction at the Spanish Grand Prix in April.

ZANARDI RETURNS TO CART

ALEX ZANARDI will be back in action this year in CART having sat out the 2000 season after his disastrous relationship with Williams in 1999.

8 MARCH 2001

BARRICHELLO ABSENT FROM FIORANO TEST

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello failed to appear at Ferrari's Fiorano test as Luca Badoer continued his duties at the Italian circuit on Thursday.

FIA IS DOING ALL THEY CAN, SAYS HERBERT

ARROWS new test-driver and veteran Formula One racer Johnny Herbert has supported the sport's governing body the FIA as the safety of Grand Prix racing has come under scrutiny this week.

PANIS PENALTY UNFAIR

OLIVIER PANIS has expressed his dismay at the race steward's decision to penalize him 25-seconds after the Australian Grand Prix.

REGAZZONI CALLS FOR MOSLEY TO GO

Clay Regazzoni, the former Ferrari driver, has called for FIA president Max Mosley to resign after the death of marshal Graham Beveridge at the Australian Grand Prix.

ZONTA ON TOP IN SILVERSTONE TEST

JORDAN's Ricardo Zonta topped the times in the second day of testing at Silverstone on Thursday as he won the battle of the test-drivers in poor conditions.

7 MARCH 2001

BADOER CONTINUES WORK FOR FERRARI

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer continued testing duties at Fiorano on Wednesday with the Italian driver clocking a best time of one minute and 01. 458 seconds.

DE LA ROSA DEBUTS AT SILVERSTONE

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa test-drove the Jaguar R2 for the first time on Wednesday morning at the Silverstone circuit.

HERBERT GETS BACK ON TRACK

EXPERIENCED racer Johnny Herbert will return to the cockpit of a Formula One car today (Wednesday) when he undertakes for the first time his test-driver duties with Arrows.

HERBERT TOPS TIMES ON RETURN TO COCKPIT

JOHNNY HERBERT made an impressive return to Formula One on Wednesday as he topped the times during testing for Arrows at Silverstone.

MICHELIN SATISFIED WITH DEBUT

DESPITE losing the first tire battle to their rivals Bridgestone, the Michelin company have expressed delight with their first performance for 16 years.

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON F1'S TIRE WAR

FIA president Max Mosley has promised that the governing body will be monitoring cornering speeds during practice and qualifying for the Malaysian and Brazilian Grands Prix. If they confirm the evidence of Melbourne, namely that the cars have been speeded up to an unexpectedly high level thanks to the onset of an F1 tire war, then he will take steps to slow them down by mid-season.

STODDART PREDICTS BIG THINGS FOR ALONSO

FERNANDO ALONSO will be the revelation of the season according to his European Minardi boss Paul Stoddart.

6 MARCH 2001

FERRARI BACK ON TRACK AT FIORANO

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX winners Ferrari demonstrated their intent to retain their double world championship when they returned to testing just 48 hours after winning in Melbourne.

MARSHAL'S FAMILY VISIT THE SITE OF HIS DEATH

THE family of the race marshal who died during the Australian Grand Prix visited the site of the accident that caused his death at the Albert Park circuit on Monday.

MOSLEY - FORMULA ONE SPEED NEED TO BE REDUCED

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, has expressed his concern at the increased speed of Grand Prix cars this season.

5 MARCH 2001

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX FATALITY NAMED

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX officials have named the race marshal who died during the event as Graham Beveridge.

BAR-HONDA CHASSIS IMPOUNDED

IN the aftermath of the fatal accident which took place during the Australian GP in Melbourne on Sunday, British American Racing will need to rush to build up a new car for the Malaysian Grand Prix as the chassis which was involved in the crash has been impounded by the Australian police as evidence in the inquiry which will be carried out by the Victorian Police Major Collision Unit which will prepare a report for the Melbourne coroner.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX COULD BE A CASUALTY OF FOOT-AND-MOUTH

THE British Grand Prix has become the latest big sporting event to be under threat from the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain.

SCHUMACHER CALLS FOR SAFETY REVIEW

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX winner Michael Schumacher has called for the FIA to improve safety measures in the sport after his victory was marred by tragedy.

SEPANG CIRCUIT OFFICIAL VOWS SAFETY WILL BE TOP PRIORITY

AZMI MURAD, the general manager of the Sepang International Circuit, on Monday vowed to make safety the major priority at the track for the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 18.

THE ROLE OF A MARSHAL

THE fatal accident which befell a trackside marshal in the Australian Grand Prix and which was caused by Jacques Villeneuve slamming his BAR into the back of Ralf Schumacher's Williams-BMW highlights the precarious role of the unpaid enthusiasts without whom this multi-million pound sport would have stalled in the pits.

4 MARCH 2001

DEBUTANT RAIKKONEN GIVEN POINTS BONUS AFTER APPEAL

FORMULA ONE debutant Kimi Raikkonen has been promoted into the points after a protest from the Sauber team was accepted by the stewards at the Australian Grand Prix.

HOW UNLUCKY CAN YOU GET?

THE death of a marshal in Australia on Sunday was not good news for Formula 1.

MARSHAL DIES AFTER VILLENEUVE CRASH

IT has been confirmed that a race marshal died as a result of being hit by a tire from the crashing car of British American Racing's Jacques Villeneuve during Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

NEWEY CONFIRMS HAKKINEN CONCUSSION

MIKA HAKKINEN suffered concussion after his high-speed exit from the Australian Grand Prix.

3 MARCH 2001

FERRARI WINS TECHNICAL BATTLE AT ALBERT PARK

AFTER a long development period during the off-season, Formula One's competition levels for 2001 were finally revealed - and Ferrari came out well on top.

RECORD CROWD EXPECTED IN MELBOURNE

AUSTRALIAN Grand Prix race organizers have said they expect a record crowd for Sunday's race.

VILLENEUVE UNSCATHED AFTER SPECTACULAR CRASH

JACQUES VILLENEUVE emerged unscathed after a high-speed crash in the opening laps of the Australian Grand Prix.

2 MARCH 2001

LAUDA CONFIRMS DE LA ROSA IS SET FOR RACE DRIVE NEXT YEAR

NIKI LAUDA confirmed on Friday that Jaguar Racing's test-driver Pedro de la Rosa is being lined up for a full drive with the team in 2002.

MARQUES ALLOWED TO RACE AFTER APPEAL

EUROPEAN MINARDI driver Tarso Marques has been given permission to race in the Australian Grand Prix despite failing to post the necessary qualifying time, race officials have said.

SCHUMACHER WILL WEAR ORIGINAL HELMET

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has confirmed that he will revert to wearing his original Bell crash helmet after the German driver lost a court case in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday.

1 MARCH 2001

ANDY LE FLEMING JOINS PROST

PROST GRAND PRIX has continued its building up of its technical staff with the recruitment of Andy Le Fleming, who was previously chief engineer at Jaguar Racing.

ARROWS REVEAL EVOLUTIONARY DESIGNS

ARROWS unveiled their new livery for the 2001 season at Albert Park on Thursday, and now look to build on their performance last year.

DENNIS FIRES WARNING TO FERRARI

MCLAREN team-boss Ron Dennis fired an early warning to title rivals Ferrari on Thursday when he rubbished suggestions that the team's MP4/16 is unreliable.

EM.TV SHARES DIVE ON F1 ACQUISITION

THOMAS HAFFA's decision to take up the option he owns to buy 25% of SLEC from the Bambino Trust, an Ecclestone Family company, did not convince the financial community.

ESSO AND TOYOTA

THE new Toyota Motorsport team will carry backing next year from the Esso oil brand. Toyota announced recently that it had agreed a deal with the giant Exxon Mobil for a partnership in Formula 1, a move which led to confusion as Mobil is a sponsor of McLaren.

JAMES COURTNEY WINS AUSTRALIAN MOTOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

RISING Australian racing star James Courtney, who will drive this year for the Jaguar Junior Team in the British Formula 3 series has been named Australia's Motor Sportsman of the Year in the annual Motorsport News Awards. Courtney beat Benetton test driver Mark Webber to the prize.

MONTOYA FINDS LIFE EASIER IN FORMULA ONE

FORMER Champ Car star Juan Pablo Montoya believes the technology levels in Formula One give drivers an easier time than they get in the American series.

NO PAYING FOR F1 TV - KIRCH

KIRCH-EM.TV purchase of a 75 per cent stake in Formula One will not signal a complete transfer of Formula One racing to pay-per-view television, the German media company revealed on Wednesday.

RAHAL AND DENNIS AGAINST PAY-TV

JAGUAR's Bobby Rahal and McLaren's Ron Dennis joined an ever-growing list of Formula One's bosses to speak out against pay-per-view television on Thursday.

RED BULL AND SAUBER

THE announcement in Melbourne that Arrows will have sponsorship from Red Bull this year was something of surprise in Formula 1 circles as it will mean that this year there will be two cars running with the branding of the Austrian high energy drink.

SCHUMACHER HITS OUT AT ALBERT PARK AFTER SPECTACULAR CRASH

FERRARI's Michael Schumacher slammed the safety of the Albert Park circuit after his double barrel-roll accident in Friday's free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

SCHUMACHER LOSES HELMET COURT CASE

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher was ordered on Thursday to wear a specific crash helmet or face paying thousands in damages.