YOU'VE heard of the Simpsons, well here comes "Bart" Ecclestone! F1's commercial rights holder is set to be immortalized in a Simpsons-style television carton series based on Grand Prix racing.
JENSON BUTTON's move from Williams to Benetton this season has not only put him down to the back of the grid, but also out of his much loved press attention.
ACCORDING to Jenson Button's manager David Robertson, concerns over the struggling Benetton driver's shoulder problem have been put to an end by his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.
PATRICK FAURE, president of Renault Sport, has indicated that the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA) are continuing with plans to start a rival series to Formula One.
DAVID COULTHARD's mature drive in the Spanish Grand Prix indicated that this could perhaps be the year that he claims his first world championship.
MCLAREN chief Ron Dennis has been quick to calm a possible internal disagreement at the team after he falsely accused David Coulthard of a failure before the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.
THE balance of the 75 percent stake in Formula One holdings company SLEC currently held by German media giants EM.TV and Kirch will change in September.
BENETTON driver Jenson Button has dispelled rumors that he will take a break from Formula One following the Spanish Grand Prix.
FORMULA ONE chief Bernie Ecclestone was present at the inaugural awarding of the Grand Prix Bernie awards, named in his honor, at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.
I was in the departure lounge at dawn, waiting to get on the plane to Barcelona when the phone rang and I was told that Michele Alboreto had been killed testing an Audi sportscar at the Lausitzring.
JEAN TODT believes the deal to hand commercial rights for Formula One to SLEC for the next 100 years will not prevent the carmakers' attempts to form a breakaway championship.
FORMER world champion Mika Hakkinen is expecting the new electronics to open up a wealth of opportunity for the Grand Prix teams after their introduction at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.
"I will be very disappointed if I do not stay on with Jaguar beyond the end of next year," he said. "If I do not stay on with them, it would mean that we would have failed as a team."
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER believes that some of his biggest Formula One rivals are too scared to be his team-mate.
WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher is disgusted by claims from Jaguar boss and former Grand Prix racer Niki Lauda that monkeys could drive in Formula One.
THERE are few clues about what caused the accident which killed Michele Alboreto.
AS the teams continue to discuss whether traction control will or will not have an effect on Grand Prix racing, Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier has said he is not expecting a shake-up - yet.
DESPITE the BMW-Williams team's impressive performances in the early races of the season, BMW boss Mario Thiessen believes there is another step to make before they become championship challengers.
JORDAN drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli will have an additional race engineer for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, the team have said.
THE MG Rover car company has established a racing subsidiary to be known as MG Sport and Racing Ltd.
TOYOTA were troubled in testing by high Mistral winds gusting up to 104 kph, which hampered development in preparation for their Grand Prix debut in 2002.
JAGUAR's decision to hand a full drive to Pedro de la Rosa for the remainder of the season is a good one, according to Briton Eddie Irvine.
GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has said that the Circuit de Catalunya will provide less of a challenge for the drivers this weekend but conceded that team mechanics will have their work cut out on the demanding Barcelona circuit.
THE Grand Prix fraternity was left reeling tonight after Michele Alboreto, one of the great Italian Ferrari drivers of the contemporary era, was killed testing an Audi R8 sports car at the Lauzitring, near Dresden.
FORMULA ONE's governing body, the Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA), confirmed on Tuesday that they have signed a 100-year agreement with SLEC for the commercial and broadcasting rights to the sport.
THE confirmation that the FIA and SLEC have agreed a deal which will see the promotional rights to the Formula 1 World Championship leased to SLEC for 100 years means two things: the FIA will soon announce the establishment of its planned FIA Foundation and the action will now switch over to a settlement between SLEC and the Formula 1 teams.
FRESH from his maiden Grand Prix win, Ralf Schumacher has expressed his concern that his BMW-Williams team's traction control system is not 100 per cent ready as they prepare to introduce it at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.
DAVID COULTHARD may expect to be the focus of attention as he is currently joint leader of the world championship but he has received some unwanted attention in the British tabloid newspapers this weekend.
WORD on the street in America is that CART team owner Chip Ganassi has decided that he is not very keen on going to the Indianapolis 500 this year with two rookie drivers: former Williams test driver Bruno Junqueira and Frenchman Nicolas Minassian and is looking to replace them for the race.
SAUBER's young star Kimi Raikkonen will continue to race on despite no announcement on his superlicence.
BMW-Williams driver Ralf Schumacher was reportedly caught speeding near his home in Austria this weekend.
THE British Grand Prix will be unaffected by the foot and mouth epidemic, as the counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire have been pronounced Ôfoot and mouth free' by the British government's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
AS the teams prepare to go head to head on the racetrack with traction control for the first time since 1993, Arrows driver Jos Verstappen is looking forward to a new start.
DAVID COULTHARD has said that he has been pleasantly surprised by the effect of the electronic traction control systems which will be reintroduced in time for next Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona.
THREE Jordan team members will run this weekend's London marathon, to prove that driver Jarno Trulli is not the only long-distance runner among the Silverstone-based team's ranks.
NIKI LAUDA, the chief advisor to Jaguar Racing, has said that the Prost team enquired about the availability of test-driver Pedro de la Rosa before signing Luciano Burti.
THE F1 fraternity needs to think very carefully before blundering into too intense a political battle on the subject of the sport's future beyond the expiry of the current Concorde agreement.
BAHRAIN, the Gulf emirate which is hoping to hold a Grand Prix in the next few years, is continuing its policy of presenting the world with a new image and has hit on the idea of a man versus machine chess competition as it latest publicity stunt.
TOM WALKINSHAW has not been very lucky with his recent crop of sponsors for the Arrows team.
THE Ford Motor Company is continuing its robust defense of its products in the scandal over accidents involving its Explorer sports utility vehicle and Firestone tires.
COSWORTH chief engineer Nick Hayes is confident that Jaguar will be one of the main beneficiaries of the re-introduction of traction control and said that the driver aid will have a variable effect on all the teams within Formula One.
THE proposed race Formula 1-standard race circuit in Moscow's Nagatino floodlands has been given final approval by the 'Moscow Group', a cartel of politicians, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media owners who oversee the banking, trade, transport and construction issues within the city.
FERRARI tested their full electronic program at Mugello, Italy on Friday but were hampered by rain which disrupted their work during the afternoon.
SPANIARD Marc Gene took time out from his testing duties with Williams on Friday to chauffeur Catalan Culture Minister Jordi Vilajoana around the Circuit de Catalunya to see the new scoreboard that will be on view at the Spanish Grand Prix.
JAGUAR RACING chief executive officer Bobby Rahal has reaffirmed a warning to Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone that the sport's breakaway manufacturers are serious about their threat to set up a rival series.
THE shifting sands of the Formula 1 driver market have seen a South American shuffle this week, as Jaguar Racing and Prost Grand Prix have sought to field stronger driver line-ups for the remaining 13 rounds of this season.
THE progression of Williams engine supplier BMW, which has helped Williams move into a race-winning position, has impressed the team's technical director Patrick Head.
STRUGGLING Jenson Button has been given something to smile about after being given an award for being Formula One's best newcomer last season.
PEDRO DE LA ROSA's promotion to a full time member of the Jaguar formula one team has been dramatically accelerated with the announcement that he will replace Luciano Burti as Eddie Irvine's team-mate as from the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona on 29 April.
MCLAREN pair Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard topped the final day of testing at Silverstone as changeable weather conditions caused a few problems for the drivers.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER topped the times at the end of the second day of testing at the Mugello circuit in Italy as three teams accumulated data on Thursday.
FERRARI's Luca Badoer topped the times at Mugello on Wednesday as the Italian team found itself in the unusual situation of testing with two other teams.
MIKA HAKKINEN defied cold and damp conditions, and even a flurry of snow, to post the quickest time in testing on Wednesday at the Silverstone circuit.
NIKI LAUDA has given the strongest signals yet from Jaguar Racing that it will pair Eddie Irvine with Pedro de la Rosa in 2002.
ROOKIE of the year so far, Sauber's impressive Finn Kimi Raikkonen, was left extremely disappointed after losing his steering wheel in the San Marino Grand Prix - but at least he had a shoulder to cry on.
RALF SCHUMACHER's victory at Imola last weekend has shown his brother Michael that there is another family member in contention for the world title.
THE lengthy efforts by the British Racing Drivers' Club to ensure that the British Grand Prix remains at Silverstone for the next 15 years could be jeopardized by news that its deal with Octagon, the leisure company which has the rights to hold the race, could come under critical scrutiny from the Labour government.
IN the wake of the British government's decision to investigate last year's deal between the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) and Octagon, the club's president Jackie Stewart has led the calls of disappointment at the move and questioned its necessity.
FERRARI's ultra-secret new cylindrical front brake duct is believed to be the cause of Michael Schumacher's early exit from the San Marino Grand Prix.
EUROPEAN RACING's former Formula 3000 star Christijan Albers will join Formula One outfit Minardi for a test at Italy's Mugello circuit on Wednesday.
DAVID COULTHARD's title attack continued in San Marino as he scored his fourth podium position in four races, and he now hopes that a stable European season could help it to continue.
AFTER the team's disappointing weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix, Rubens Barrichello was back in action at their Fiorano test track on Tuesday.
HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN topped the times by more than half a second for Jordan as six teams returned to testing at a Silverstone circuit filled with sponsors and fans on Tuesday.
MICHELIN's Pierre Dupasquier has put his company's dramatic return win after just four races down to a strong partnership with the impressively developing Williams team.
JEAN ALESI has shown the reliability of Prost's AP04 by finishing every race of the season so far, but the pace is clearly not there as he has ended at the bottom end of the top-10 every time.
PROST GRAND PRIX have announced the signing of Frenchman Jonathan Cochet as the team's official test driver for the 2001 season.
IT started as a weekend in which Michael Schumacher was intending to get the defene of his world championship firmly back on course.
DAVID COULTHARD has predicted that Williams will continue to fight for race wins during the rest of the season after Ralf Schumacher's dominant performance at the San Marino Grand Prix.
WILLIAMS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Patrick Head has said that Ralf Schumacher's win at Imola was a long-overdue reward for team boss Frank Williams' patience during the dark days of 1998.
THE world's first ever purpose-built motor racing circuit, Brooklands, is under threat from development as it struggles to overcome the ill effects of the flooding that gripped Britain in late 2000.
JAGUAR CEO Bobby Rahal has backed under-fire driver Eddie Irvine and hit out at critics that have questioned the Ulsterman's commitment to the cause.
BRITISH AMERICAN RACING's majority shareholders British American Tobacco are reportedly ready to reduce their 51 per cent share in the team.
SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX runner-up David Coulthard revealed on Sunday that he had an operation the evening before the race to remove an abscess from his left ear.
FORMULA ONE ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has accused Formula One's breakway manufacturers of "missing the boat" in their efforts to take a stake in the series - but backed them to finally agree a deal that will safeguard the future of Grand Prix racing.
THE future of Formula One was discussed in a hospitality motorhome on Friday night as Bernie Ecclestone made his first appearance at a Grand Prix this season.
FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn and his McLaren counterpart Adrian Newey have both said that traction control will not change the current pecking order in Formula One.
FLAVIO BRIATORE has hinted that Giancarlo Fisichella could continue his career at Renault when the French manufacturer makes a full return to the Grand Prix grid next year.
JAGUAR boss Bobby Rahal has said that a rival series to Formula One is "a real possibility" and that a repeat of the CART/IRL split could be on the cards.
WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher believes Formula One needs to find someone to fill Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone's boots, but must not rush into any decision on his replacement.
TWO of the oil companies which have been involved in Formula 1 in recent years - Italy's Agip and Spain's Repsol - are tipped to be discussing a possible merger.
FERRARI driver Rubens Barrichello has said that he will have mixed feelings in this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix as he puts thoughts of his 1994 crash to the back of his mind to race in front of his team's home crowd.
IN recent years many of the car companies have been moving into financial services to bolster their results and DaimlerChrysler has just announced plans to start an insurance business and ultimately to obtain a full banking licence.
BMW-WILLIAMS driver Juan Pablo Montoya has sent the Formula One paddock into a spin with his impressive performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the Colombian has admitted that he is surprised at the way he has started his debut season in the sport.
BENETTON's sponsor Marconi is to cut 3000 of its 55,000 workforce around the world in an effort to costs following disappointing results for the telecommunications company in the United States markets.
ENRIQUE BERNOLDI is confident he can get his Arrows to the end of the San Marino Grand Prix and finally register his first Grand Prix finish.
THE latest British government figures on the spread of foot-and-mouth disease reveal that the outbreak has now spread to a total of 1164 sites, up from 700 two weeks ago.
CART and IRL may still be in conflict in the United States but as the entry list for the Indianapolis 500 closes there are four CART teams which have decided to take part in IRL's biggest event.
ON the eve of the San Marino Grand Prix meeting, World Champion Michael Schumacher signalled that his main concern from the Williams-BMW camp was his brother Ralf and not Juan Pablo Montoya, the man who overtook and led him in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
THE next few Grands Prix should see the Ferrari F1-2001 unlocking more of its development potential according to the Maranello team's Technical Director Ross Brawn.
REPORTS in Britain over the last few days have suggested the British Grand Prix could take place in front of no spectators as foot-and-mouth disease spreads throughout the nation.
A meeting of F1 team principals at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix has been convened to discuss the possibility of revoking the F1 test ban which, at the present moment, will last from the final race of the season on October 14 until December 31.
FERRARI will have a new motorhome and transportation truck at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix for the opening race in the European season.
BRIDGESTONE have introduced a new softer compound tire for the San Marino Grand Prix as they aim to head-off the challenge of rivals Michelin.
JAGUAR team leader Eddie Irvine is cautiously optimistic that the team may show a perceptible upsurge in performance for this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
JAGUAR RACING boss Bobby Rahal last weekend said that he has taken up an option on the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Champion Buddy Rice for next year.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has said that he still believes Mika Hakkinen is his biggest rival in the championship stakes this year, despite his slow start to the season.
THE Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda team is proudly looking forward to unveiling its new, state-of-the-art, two story F1 paddock hospitality unit which will be at this weekend's San Marino GP for the first time.
BERNIE ECCLESTONE has reportedly played what could be his trump card in attempting to resolve the threat by the major car makers to start their own independent racing series from the start of 2008.
NORBERT HAUG, motorsport director at Mercedes, has backed David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen in their quest for world championship success.
THREE-TIME world champion Michael Schumacher has declared Ferrari's competitive edge will be sharpened by the failure to win at the Brazilian Grand Prix last week.
THERE are times when Formula 1 could do without the media.
BERNIE ECCLESTONE has said that he fears Formula One could be ruined by the proposed introduction of a rival series.
WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher and Luca Badoer were in action again on Friday as Ferrari completed the fourth day of testing without any problems.
INDY LIGHTS driver Jonny Kane received a late call-up to join Arrows for a very brief spell as a Formula One test driver on Thursday.
THE Kirch media group has moved quickly in an effort to placate the major car makers in a bid to head off their plans to organize a new racing category from the start of 2008.
THE forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix, scheduled for Easter Sunday, has already aroused the wrath of the bishop of Imola due to its clash with Easter Sunday.
MCLAREN and Jordan were left unable to complete their testing and development schedules at Silverstone as the circuit was hit by April showers of the torrential kind.
FOLLOWING Wednesday's announcement that the European Car manufacturers involved in Grand Prix racing will go ahead with plans to create a new rival series, Fiat CEO Paolo Cantarella has explained the move.
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA set the fastest time for the second consecutive day at Jerez, putting his Benetton on top of the heap in the three day test.
FRESH from his podium finish in Brazil, Sauber youngster Nick Heidfeld set the pace on the final of the three days of testing at Magny Cours near Nevers, France, where the weather once again hampered the development of the cars present at the track.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's manager Willi Weber has revealed that the Ferrari driver's court case with impersonator Frank Saasen is over.
WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher joined test driver Luca Badoer as the Ferrari team works to reestablish the supremacy that took Schumacher to six consecutive race victories.
IT was tight at the top in testing at Magny-Cours on Wednesday as Prost's Jean Alesi headed the times just 0.001 seconds faster than Sauber youngster Kimi Raikkonen.
THE Arrows team have seemingly accepted that Jos Verstappen was to blame for the crash with Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams in the Brazilian Grand Prix after they withdrew their appeal against his $15,000 fine.
THE Arrows team confirmed on Wednesday that they have launched an official appeal against Jos Verstappen's $15,000 fine from the Brazilian Grand Prix.
FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn has been left bemused by the pace of Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya and is in awe of the overtaking move the young Colombian pulled on his team's driver Michael Schumacher.
FIVE European car manufacturers have threatened to set-up a rival series to the Formula One World Championship.
LUCA BADOER put in more work with Ferrari's traction control development car as he ran 79 laps at a sunny Fiorano circuit on Wednesday.
Giancarlo Fisichella has given his Benetton team a further boost, following his first point this season in Brazil, by setting the fastest time in testing at Jerez on Wednesday.
FIA President Max Mosley said Formula One's governing body will sanction a proposed rival series as long as it is safe.
IT may be seen by some as a nice idea, but the harsh reality is that there is as much chance of the major car makers' going it alone as there was of Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone getting their pirate World Federation of Motor Sport series off the ground in 1980.
APRIL showers at Silverstone on Wednesday meant the session became another from which to gain more knowledge on wet weather running.
FERRARI test-driver Luca Badoer resumed testing for the Italian team at their Fiorano circuit on Tuesday.
TIME tends to go quickly when you're having fun, but Rubens Barrichello's misfortunes in the Brazilian Grand Prix were certainly not the first to befall a home-town hero at Interlagos.
BENETTONS first day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain on Tuesday was ruined after the team's official test-driver Mark Webber sustained an injury.
BMW-WILLIAMS test-driver Marc Gene topped the times in the first day of testing at the Magny-Cours circuit on Tuesday.
FORMULA ONE holding company SLEC has been given just eight days to conclude a television rights deal before the sport's governing body, the FIA, begins to look for other options.
RICARDO ZONTA boosted the Jordan team's morale by topping the times in the first day of testing at a rain-hit Silverstone circuit on Tuesday.
THE Interlagos circuit came in for a great deal of criticism over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend because of poor organization, dilapidated facilities and crime.
AFTER colliding for the second successive race, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher have been warned over their future conduct.
THE Kirch Group will shortly announce the appointment of Walter Thoma to the board of SLEC, the trust fund which controls the commercial rights to Formula 1 racing.
JAGUAR RACING advisor Niki Lauda believes Rubens Barrichello should be banned for two races for his part in a number of collisions this season.
RON DENNIS branded his McLaren driver David Coulthard's win in the Brazilian Grand Prix as "outstanding" and then took a swipe at world championship leader Michael Schumacher.
SAUBER's technical director Willy Rampf has stressed the importance of his team's link with the Ferrari team after they learned from the reigning World Champions to earn a podium finish in Brazil.
EUROPEAN MINARDI boss Paul Stoddart has said he is looking for new power units and admitted he is talking to two current Grand Prix engine manufacturers in a bid to replace his current Ford supply.
TOYOTA completed the first official testing session of their Formula One challenger at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday.
RON DENNIS, the chairman and chief executive officer of the McLaren team, has expressed his concerns that the Interlagos Circuit is being unfairly criticized.
ARROWS driver Jos Verstappen has been given a $15,000 fine by the stewards of the Brazilian Grand Prix following his dramatic crash with Juan Pablo Montoya on lap 39 of the race.