NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MAY 2001

A MANAGEMENT BUY-OUT IN MUPPETVILLE...

THOMAS HAFFA bought The Jim Henson Company, owner of The Muppet Show, last year for $680m.

DENNIS FINDING DEFEAT TOUGH TO TAKE

RON DENNIS has revealed his pain after watching another desperate race weekend for McLaren at the Monaco Grand Prix.

GENE PUTS WILLIAMS ON TOP

TEST driver Marc Gene put Williams on top of the timesheets in Magny-Cours on Thursday as he beat the lap record at the French circuit.

GENE PUTS WILLIAMS ON TOP

TEST driver Marc Gene put Williams on top of the timesheets in Magny-Cours on Thursday as he beat the lap record at the French circuit.

MORBIDELLI TO MAKE MINARDI RETURN?

MINARDI could be set to hand Italian Gianni Morbidelli a return to Formula One in time for the French Grand Prix.

RAIKKONEN TROUBLED BY PROBLEMS AT MONZA

YOUNG Finn Kimi Raikkonen had his day cut short by transmission problems in testing at Monza on Thursday as Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya topped the times.

RALF SCHUMACHER'S FUTURE

THERE are stories in Germany, emanating from Willi Weber, Ralf Schumacher's manager, that the youngster is close to signing a new deal with BMW Williams.

VARIETY PLEASES MICHELIN SQUAD

MICHELIN motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier was pleased to see Michelin-shod teams other than Williams taking the company's tire war challenge to Bridgestone at the Monaco Grand Prix.

WILL NEWEY REALLY GO TO JAGUAR RACING?

THIS week there are a lot of stories about McLaren technical director Adrian Newey moving to Jaguar Racing. It is a move which has been rumored for over a year.

30 MAY 2001

BAHRAIN COMES TO THE MONACO PARTY

REPRESENTATIVES of the government of Bahrain were amongst the visitors to the bustling Formula 1 paddock in Monaco.

BARRICHELLO REVELLING IN ELECTRONICS

FERRARI driver Rubens Barrichello has spoken in favor of the new electronic aids dominating Formula One headlines.

BATTLING OVER BRITISH PETROLEUM

SEVERAL Formula 1 teams have been fighting to win backing from the huge British Petroleum company in recent weeks.

ILLNESS HITS TESTING

ILLNESS hit the Formula One circuit on Wednesday as two drivers were forced to leave testing due to feeling unwell.

MONZA PROVES NO PROBLEM FOR RAIKKONEN

THE Monza circuit proved no problem for Formula One rookie Kimi Raikkonen as he powered his Sauber to the fastest time in Wednesday testing despite having never driven the track before.

NEWEY POISED TO SIGN FOR JAGUAR

THE Jaguar F1 team is set to rock the Grand Prix business by signing McLaren-Mercedes technical director Adrian Newey as from August 2002 when his current contract with the Woking-based team retires.

THE COMMISSION COMES AT TOBACCO AGAIN

THE European Commission hopes to bounce back from its embarrassing flop last autumn when the European Court declared the EU's tobacco advertising bill to be illegal.

TOYOTA FACTORY DELAY

GRAND PRIX newcomers Toyota have postponed the official opening of their massive headquarters in Cologne after delays were introduced in the building work.

29 MAY 2001

ARROWS BOSS DISAPPOINTED BY FIA DECISION

TOM WALKINSHAW could not believe his Arrows team's innovative wing design was banned by the FIA at the Monaco Grand Prix on the day of its introduction.

DENNIS FRUSTRATED BY LACK OF LAUNCH

DESPITE suggestions to the contrary from McLaren technical director Adrian Newey in Austria, Ron Dennis has admitted the McLaren team continue to be troubled by their launch control system.

KARTHIKEYAN VOWS TO TAKE HIS CHANCE IN F1 TEST

INDIAN driver Narain Karthikeyan has promised to take his chance when he tests a Formula One car for the first time at Silverstone next month.

SCHUMACHER SETS NEW RECORD ON OPENING DAY AT MAGNY-COURS

RALF SCHUMACHER produced the best response to his Monaco Grand Prix retirement as he set a new lap record on the opening day of testing at Magny-Cours on Tuesday.

VODAFONE PROFITS WILL PUT A SMILE ON JEAN TODT'S FACE

AS he peruses the financial press this week, Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt will have a quiet smile of satisfaction on his face.

28 MAY 2001

CASTRONEVES: NEVER SAY NEVER

INDY 500 winner Helio Castroneves, has shown his hand in wanting to make the jump from success in the States to a life in Formula 1.

CRASH TO COST COULTHARD

AN air stewardess wants David Coulthard to cough up £19,000 (pounds) in compensation after she was injured in a car crash involving the McLaren driver.

DENNIS AND WALKINSHAW CROSS SWORDS

FOLLOWING the comprehensive blocking job Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi performed on McLaren's David Coulthard in the Monaco Grand Prix, the two drivers team bosses have clashed, with Arrows top dog Tom Walkinshaw accusing Ron Dennis of threatening his man.

IRVINE DESERVES RESULT, SAYS STEWART

THREE-TIMES world champion Jackie Stewart has said that Eddie Irvine deserved his third-placed finish in Monaco because of the troubles he has had this season.

MANSELL SETS UNOFFICIAL RECORD AT ROCKINGHAM

NIGEL MANSELL eclipsed Keke Rosberg's 16-year-old record to set the fastest lap of a British race circuit at the official opening of the Rockingham Speedway near Corby, England.

27 MAY 2001

BERNOLDI SLAMMED OVER RACE TACTICS

BRAZILIAN Enrique Bernoldi claimed that his future in Formula One was threatened after the Monaco Grand Prix, by McLaren bosses Ron Dennis and Norbert Haug.

MOSELY SHOWS OFF HELMET

FIA PRESIDENT Max Mosley unveiled a new helmet in Monaco that is hoped will dramatically improve the chances of surviving impacts to the head.

VITTORIO BRAMBILLA

ONE of the most colorful figures in Formula 1 history, Vittorio Brambilla, has died of a suspected heart attack while gardening at his home in Camparada di Lesmo, Italy.

26 MAY 2001

BREAKAWAY SERIES PLANS TO GO-AHEAD

RENAULT SPORT president Patrick Faure said on Saturday that the car-makers still plan to go ahead with threats to form a breakaway series in 2008.

DO SATO AND PANIS HOLD THE KEY FOR HONDA?

THE Japanese revival in Formula 1 is coming to the boil as Honda weighs up its options for 2003.

HUBBERT - 2008 IS NOT SET IN STONE

JURGEN HUBBERT, the Mercedes-Benz chairman, has said that the European Car Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) could introduce a breakaway series to Formula One before 2008.

I COULD HAVE GONE FASTER

MCLAREN's David Coulthard believes he could have gone faster than he did after smashing the Monte Carlo lap record to claim pole position for tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix.

25 MAY 2001

CAPITO GOES TO FORD

JOST CAPITO, the chief operations officer of Sauber, has left the Swiss team and will shortly begin work as director of Ford Special Vehicle Engineering in Cologne.

CZECH LOOKING TO THE FUTURE IN F1

CZECH driver Tomas Enge hopes to become the first Eastern European Formula 1 driver of the modern era. Enge, who is currently second in the International Formula 3000 series in his Coca Cola Nordic Racing entry is understood to be talking to Minardi about a possible testing role later in the year.

FERRARI FINISH PREPARATIONS FOR MONACO

FERRARI completed a shakedown run on their fourth chassis at Fiorano on Friday, and will now send the car to Monaco as a spare for the Grand Prix this weekend.

FERRARI SIGN VODAFONE DEAL

THE Ferrari team has secured an important new three-year sponsorship deal with British telecommunications giant Vodafone, it was announced in Monaco on Friday.

HUGO BOSS RENEW MCLAREN SPONSORSHIP

MCLAREN and Hugo Boss have become the longest ever sponsorship partnership in international sporting history after signing a new five-year deal on Friday.

OOPS HERR THEISSEN!

THE boss of BMW Motorsport Mario Theissen blotted his copybook somewhat in the days leading up to the Monaco Grand Prix when he was competing on the Mille Miglia with Williams technical director Patrick Head as his co-driver in one of the few surviving BMW 507s which had been lent to the pair by the BMW Museum in Munich. Theissen collided at high speed with a Mercedes-Benz which turned across his path.

24 MAY 2001

JORDAN AND ARROWS AIDS BANNED

THE FIA have banned Jordan and Arrows' new aerodynamic developments on the day of their introduction in Monaco.

ONE SMALL MISTAKE COULD COST ME - DE LA ROSA

JAGUAR driver Pedro de la Rosa has accepted that one small mistake could end his Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, but the Spaniard promised that it won't happen.

SCHUMACHER ACCIDENT FORCES A REST

RALF SCHUMACHER was forced to go to bed on Thursday afternoon after injuring himself in a crash at the end of the second practice session in Monaco.

TRULLI BECOMES DRIVERS REPRESENTITIVE

JARNO TRULLI joined Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard as an elected member of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) on Wednesday.

23 MAY 2001

BRIDGESTONE FIRESTONE AND FORD END RELATIONSHIP

BRIDGESTONE FIRESTONE has announced that it will stop supplying tires to the Ford Motor Company, ending a relationship which dates back 100 years.

FRENTZEN'S GOT THE CONCENTRATION SPAN

JORDAN's Heinz-Harald Frentzen believes he has got the concentration span to produce a positive result in Monaco this weekend.

GASCOYNE AWARE RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

MIKE GASCOYNE, Benetton's technical director, is aware his team needs an improvement in reliability as well as speed if they are to end their dismal run of form.

HANS RECEIVES AWARD

DR. ROBERT HUBBARD and James Downing, inventors of the Head and Neck Support device (HANS), have been honored with the USA's Louis Schitzer Award for technical innovation and engineering excellence.

MCLAREN DOES NOT HAVE BEST PACKAGE - COULTHARD

MCLAREN's David Coulthard believes his team still have plenty to do if he is to continue his championship challenge.

MONTOYA TO USE LAUNCH CONTROL

WILLIAMS driver Juan Pablo Montoya will be using traction control at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix, he confirmed on Wednesday.

PRE-MONACO TESTING FOR FERRARI

LUCA BADOER was present for a half-day test at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit on Wednesday, just four days before the Monaco Grand Prix.

PRE-MONACO TESTING FOR FERRARI

LUCA BADOER was present for a half-day test at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit on Wednesday, just four days before the Monaco Grand Prix.

VODAFONE AND FERRARI

OUR sources at Vodafone suggest that there will soon be an announcement that the world's largest mobile telephone operator will become a Ferrari sponsor next year.

WHY IS HONDA STRUGGLING?

ONE of the least impressive showings in Formula 1 this year has been the performance of the Honda V10 engine.

22 MAY 2001

BAR APPEAL FOR RULE CLARIFICATION

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING said on Monday their appeal against Kimi Raikkonen's fourth-place finish in Austria was for a change in rules rather than against the Sauber driver.

KIRCH TO INCREASE HIS SHARE IN SLEC

GERMAN media baron Leo Kirch says that he is going to increase his shareholding in SLEC - the holding company which controls the Formula One group of companies.

MONACO FEARS FOR STARTLINE SHUNT

FEARS that a potentially disastrous startline collision could wreck Sunday's Monaco grand prix were voiced yesterday by one of formula one racing's top engineers.

RUMI DIES FROM CANCER

FORMER Minardi team manager and chairman Gabriele Rumi died after a brave fight against cancer on Monday evening, the team announced on Tuesday.

SCHUMACHER FUTURE SECURED AT FERRARI WITH NEW DEAL

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's future at Ferrari was secured on Tuesday after the German driver extended his contract until the end of the 2004 season.

SCHUMACHER WARNS OF OPENING LAP PROBLEMS

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER fears that the opening lap of the Monaco Grand Prix could be littered with carnage after he expressed his concerns over the launch control problems.

21 MAY 2001

HAKKINEN READY FOR RELIABILITY BENEFITS

FINN Mika Hakkinen is refusing to predict an end to his dismal run of form in the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

JAGUAR RACING TO BUILD ITS OWN MARANELLO

FORD MOTOR COMPANY's premier motor sport arms, consisting of Jaguar Racing, Cosworth Racing and Pi will have a new home at the former Royal Air Force nuclear air base of Gaydon, in Warwickshire, England.

20 MAY 2001

MONTOYA READY FOR MONACO CHALLENGE

ALTHOUGH this will be Juan Pablo Montoya's first Formula One race in Monaco, the Colombian driver is very familiar with the streets of Monte Carlo.

SCHUMACHER WANTS TO RETAIN BARRICHELLO AS NUMBER TWO

TRIPLE world champion Michael Schumacher has said that he wants Rubens Barrichello to continue as his Ferrari team-mate next season.

19 MAY 2001

DI MONTEZEMOLO'S DECISION DELIGHTS SCHUMACHER

FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo's decision not to take up a post in the Italian government has relieved the team's star driver Michael Schumacher.

MINARDI DEMANDS TOYOTA'S ATTENTION

ALTHOUGH Toyota Motorsport is ignoring Minardi's attempts to get compensation for the loss of Gustav Brunner, Minardi insists that a contract does exist and that legal action will follow against Brunner and Toyot

RALF FEELS SORRY FOR BUTTON

RALF SCHUMACHER has urged his former BMW-Williams team-mate Jenson Button to push harder to make the most of his opportunity at the Benetton team.

18 MAY 2001

BAR PROTEST AGAINST RAIKKONEN WILL BE HEARD IN JUNE

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING's appeal against the rejection of their protest against Sauber's Kimi Raikkonen in the Austrian Grand Prix will not be heard until June 1, it was announced by the FIA on Friday.

BRAVE FACE FROM BARRICHELLO

AFTER tearfully handing over his hard-earned second place to Michael Schumacher at the Austrian Grand Prix, Ferrari's 'equal number one' Rubens Barrichello has broken his self-imposed silence on the matter.

DI MONTEZEMOLO BACKS TEAM ORDERS DECISION

LUCA DI MONTEZEMOLO, president of Ferrari, has defended the team's decision to impose team orders in Sunday's Austrian Grand.

FIORANO RECORD FALLS AGAIN

THE lap record at Ferrari's Fiorano test track was broken for the third successive day as Michael Schumacher topped his own best at the circuit in testing on Friday.

FORMULA ONE FUTURE UNCERTAIN

FORMULA ONE faced an uncertain future on Friday night as the Association of European Car manufacturers (ACEA) signed an agreement to go ahead with plans to set up a rival series in 2008.

NEW PR BLOW FOR BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO AS F1 TEAM STRUGGLES

A single podium place this year and a distant sixth place in the Constructors' Championship for the team they sponsor and part-own - trailing fellow Honda users Jordan - may be the least of the current PR problems for British American Tobacco this year. Having sluiced an estimated $100 million away supporting Craig Pollock's team over the past two and a half years, they now face an understandably bad press in the UK thanks to a relatively modest $5.7 million gift to a British university.

POLLOCK CALLS FOR JOINT HONDA WORK

CRAIG POLLOCK, managing director of British American Racing, has said that his team and Jordan must work together to get the best from engine supplier Honda.

RAHAL TARGETS HONDA RUNNERS

JAGUAR RACING boss Bobby Rahal is expecting his team's new aerodynamic improvements to move them up into a challenging position with two Honda-engined rivals.

VILLENEUVE SAYS FUTURE IS WITH BAR

JACQUES VILLENEUVE has targeted a top-three placing for British American Racing after pledging his allegiance to the Brackley-based team.

VILLENEUVE'S VALENCIA DELIGHT

JACQUES VILLENEUVE beat Jarno Trulli's Jordan by just two-hundredths of a second to top the times in the final day of Valencia testing on Friday.

17 MAY 2001

ALESI HOPING TO BENEFIT FROM DURAND

THE Prost team is lining up a major aerodynamic development for introduction at the Monaco Grand Prix and driver Jean Alesi is hoping that the first proper input from a new team will boost their flagging hopes.

BADOER BOOSTS FERRARI WITH NEW LAP RECORD AT FIORANO

FERRARI test-driver Luca Badoer boosted the team's morale by setting a new lap record at their Fiorano test-track on Wednesday.

COULTHARD STORMS TO VALENCIA RECORD

MCLAREN's David Coulthard was dominant in testing at Valencia on Thursday as he set a new lap record, almost half a second quicker than Mika Hakkinen's former best.

GASCOYNE HAPPY WITH BENETTON TESTING

BENETTON ended a four-day aerodynamic test at the Danielson circuit in France with technical director Mike Gascoyne in positive mood.

LOTTERER IN JAGUAR TEST

JAGUAR Formula Three driver Andre Lotterer will join the British marque's Formula One squad when he takes part in Valencia testing on Thursday, but it is not a permanent move for the German hopeful.

SCHUMACHER SETS FIORANO RECORD

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER set a new lap record at the Fiorano circuit for Ferrari on Thursday, just one day after Luca Badoer had set the top time.

SILVERSTONE MAKEOVER TO BE CONFIRMED NEXT MONTH

THE British Grand Prix will be held on the best circuit in the world within the next five years thanks to a planned $65 million upgrade to Silverstone which will be announced next month.

VILLENEUVE BACKS MONTOYA

JACQUES VILLENEUVE believes Colombian new-boy Juan Pablo Montoya has the perfect personality to achieve success with the Williams team.

16 MAY 2001

COULTHARD RECOVERS FROM TECHNICAL PROBLEMS IN VALENCIA

AT a hot Valencia circuit on Wednesday, David Coulthard topped the timesheets in testing after recovering from early technical problems with his McLaren-Mercedes.

DENNIS DOES NOT WANT RULE CHANGE

MCLAREN chairman Ron Dennis has criticized Williams' plans, revealed in Austria, to circumvent the winter testing ban.

FERRARI AND MONTOYA: THE BATTLE HOTS UP

AFTER drawing heavy censure from Michael Schumacher for, in his view, causing their becoming entangled after battling for the lead in Austria, Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya has told the reigning world champion to put up or shut up.

FERRARI BACK TO WORK IN FIORANO

WORLD CHAMPIONS Ferrari returned to their Fiorano testing circuit on Tuesday to work on their electronic systems following last Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

JORDAN AND COULTHARD NOT TALKING

DAVID COULTHARD is most definitely not in talks about a drive with Jordan Grand Prix next year, according to the Silverstone-based team.

JORDAN REVEAL HONDA CHANGE

JORDAN team chief Eddie Jordan has revealed that his engine suppliers Honda have been forced to change their priorities after the introduction of traction control.

MONTEZEMOLO REMAINS AT FERRARI

FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo has declined an offer of a position in the Italian government to remain at the helm of the Italian car giants.

MONTOYA WAS RIGHT TO FIGHT - BERGER

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA's dramatic battle with three-time world champion Michael Schumacher was met with some disapproval by the Ferrari star, but former racer Gerhard Berger backed Montoya all the way.

WHO TAKES SHARE IN ILMOR AFTER PAUL MORGAN?

THE future composition of the shareholdings in Ilmor Engineering have become a matter for considerable speculation in F1 circles following the death of the company's Managing Director, Paul Morgan, in an aeroplane accident on 12 May.

15 MAY 2001

BERLUSCONI WINS ITALY - WILL MONTEZEMOLO JOIN THE NEW ITALIAN GOVERNMENT?

ITALIAN media magnate Silvio Berlusconi has taken absolute majorities in both houses of the Italian parliament and is now expected to form the country's 59th government since 1945.

HAKKINEN RECEIVES VALENCIA BOOST

AFTER his disastrous Austrian Grand Prix performance last Sunday at the A1-Ring, Mika Hakkinen gave himself a welcome confidence boost on Tuesday by setting the fastest time of the day in testing at Valencia.

HAKKINEN STAYS COOL BUT COULD SOON FACE TEAM ORDERS

MIKA HAKKINEN is refusing to let his continued race-by-race disappointments knock him down and despite being 38 points from the top of the championship table is trying to retain his cool persona.

MONTOYA VOWS NOT TO LET SCHUMACHER FAZE HIM

WILLIAMS driver Juan Pablo Montoya has vowed not to bow to the pressure and criticism from Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, after the pair clashed at the Austrian Grand Prix.

TODT UNAPOLOGETIC IN ROW OVER TEAM ORDERS - AND COULD HE BE RIGHT?

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt has indicated he has no regrets about the stance he took in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix, making the point that he is employed to deliver victories for his team.

14 MAY 2001

BARRICHELLO STILL WAITING FOR PAY-BACK FROM SCHUMACHER

SUNDAY's Austrian Grand Prix was not the first time that Barrichello has been forced to defer to his team leader in such obvious fashion.

COULTHARD FOCUSES ON TITLE QUEST

DAVID COULTHARD has ignored Ferrari's use of team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix and believes his McLaren team will continue to back himself and team-mate Mika Hakkinen equally.

HAKKINEN GIVEN BOOST BY NEWEY

OUT-OF-SORTS Mika Hakkinen has been given a boost by McLaren technical director Adrian Newey after the Finnish driver failed to get off the grid at the Austrian Grand Prix at the A1-Ring on Sunday.

RUBENS IS PAID TO OBEY ORDERS - TODT

FERRARI's sporting director Jean Todt has said that Rubens Barrichello had no option but to give up his runners-up spot in Austria as he is paid to obey orders by the Maranello-based team.

13 MAY 2001

BAR APPEAL RAIKKONEN FOURTH PLACE

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING lost their protest against Sauber driver Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix, but have decided to appeal - leaving the result provisional for anything up to seven days.

JAGUAR BOSSES SUPPORT IRVINE

EDDIE IRVINE has received the full support of his Jaguar Racing bosses Bobby Rahal and Niki Lauda after reports in the British press labelled the driver "lazy" and a "playboy".

RAIKKONEN UNDER INVESTIGATION

SAUBER driver Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix is under investigation after an appeal by the British American Racing team.

SCHUMACHER WRITES OFF HAKKINEN'S TITLE CHANCES

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has written off the title hopes of two-time champion Mika Hakkinen after the Finnish driver was left on the grid at the A1-Ring.

STODDART TO TAKE BRUNNER TO COURT

MINARDI team-boss Paul Stoddart has said that the departure of technical director Gustav Brunner will not affect his team this year and vowed to take him to court over his decision to quit the team.

12 MAY 2001

COULTHARD - RUSSIAN RACE MUST BE POSITIONED RIGHT

DAVID COULTHARD has said that the FIA must position a potential Russian Grand Prix right in the calendar if the event is to be a success.

ILMOR BOSS MORGAN DIES IN AIR CRASH

THE McLaren team suffered a tragic blow on Saturday when Paul Morgan of Ilmor Engineering, the company which supplies the team's Mercedes engines, died in an air crash.

WALKINSHAW CONFIDENT FOR 2003 MOSCOW DATE

ARROWS and TWR chairman Tom Walkinshaw is confident that a Russian Grand Prix will be in the 2003 world championship as construction work on a new circuit in Moscow gets into full swing.

11 MAY 2001

BERNIE GOES TO MOSCOW

FORMULA 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was in Moscow on Thursday to look at the plans being discussed for a Grand Prix in the city.

DENNIS PROMISES DRIVERS EQUAL SHOT

RON DENNIS said on Friday that he does not favor Mika Hakkinen over David Coulthard and promised to give both an equal shot at the title this year.

DUDOT JOINS NISSAN

BERNARD DUDOT, the former technical director of Renault Sport has been sent to the United States to keep on eye on the Nissan program in the Indy Racing League.

F1 TEAM BOSSES MEET - NO DECISIONS

THE Formula 1 team bosses were due to meet with FIA President Max Mosley on Thursday at the A1 Ring but the FIA was left somewhat annoyed when only a few of the team owners were present.

HAKKINEN'S SPECIAL BOND WITH MCLAREN-MERC TEAM

IT is now almost six years since McLaren team principal Ron Dennis rushed into Adelaide's Victoria Hospital to be told by F1 medical delegate Dr Sid Watkins that he could not predict whether or not Mika Hakkinen would survive following a horrifying 120mph accident in practice for the 1995 Australian grand prix.

RUSSIA GETS ECCLESTONE STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR GP

RUSSIA is set to host a Grand Prix in the future after Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone gave the country's plans the seal of approval on Friday.

WILLIAMS MAKE DIFFUSER CHANGE

WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has said that his team have had to change their car after an interpretation of the laws of the sport was adjudged to be unfair.

10 MAY 2001

BARRICHELLO HOPEFUL SUSPENSION PROBLEM IS SOLVED

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello is confident that his testing work at Fiorano last week will ensure that there is no repeat of the suspension problem that ended his Spanish Grand Prix during this weekend's Austrian race.

CHANGE OF EMPHASIS IN BRITAIN

THE promotion of motor racing in Britain continues its upheaval under the auspices of British Motorsport Promoters with the announcement that the Power Tour package is to be dropped at the end of this season.

COULTHARD PLAYS DOWN DENNIS COMMENTS

MCLAREN driver David Coulthard has said that Ron Dennis' criticism of him in Barcelona two weeks ago has not affected the team.

HAKKINEN STILL HAS BELIEF

MIKA HAKKINEN still believes he can win this year's World Championship despite his lowly points score and his disastrous last lap failure to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

IRVINE - WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY BETTER

EDDIE IRVINE said on Thursday that the performance of his Jaguar will be no better than it has been all season, despite talk of improvements for this weekend's Austrian race.

IRVINE WARNS HE FACES BURNOUT WITHOUT TEST DRIVER

EDDIE IRVINE fears he will suffer burnout unless his Jaguar team appoint a replacement test driver for Tomas Scheckter soon.

SCHUMACHER SIGNS SPONSORSHIP DEAL

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has signed a sponsorship agreement with Piaggio Aero Industries and will sport the company's logo on his helmet in Austria this weekend.

9 MAY 2001

GOODYEAR SNIFFING AGAIN

GOODYEAR's competition boss Stu Grant will be at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend and is expected to meet Bernie Ecclestone.

MONTEZEMOLO TO BE OFFERED CABINET POST?

FERRARI president Luca di Montezemolo could leave the Italian car making company after the forthcoming Italian general election on Sunday - because he will have a cabinet post if Silvio Berlusconi wins.

SCHUMACHER SET TO DON FOOTBALL BOOTS AGAIN IN MONACO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is expected to don his football boots again this month for the annual charity football match prior to the Monaco Grand Prix on May 27.

STEWART RAPS BUTTON

JACKIE STEWART, three times a world champion, has publicly castigated British youngster Jenson Button for enjoying himself too much in Formula 1.

THE RETURN OF THE 'TACHE

NIGEL MANSELL, the mustached hero of Formula 1 and Indycar in the 1980s and 1990s, is to return to the cockpit of a super speedway racer this year at the Coy's International Historic Festival.

WILLIAMS LAND MERCHANDISING SPONSORSHIP

THE Williams Formula One team have secured a partnership with World Sports Solutions to develop a long-term merchandising program, the team announced on Wednesday.

8 MAY 2001

AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX IS NOW RALF'S "HOME" RACE

BMW-WILLIAMS driver Ralf Schumacher will bid to add to his points tally at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend in a race he has labelled his new "home" event.

DESPERATELY SEEKING THE NEXT GENERATION OF F1 ENGINEERS

THE UK motor racing industry is pretty strong when it comes to nurturing new driving talent, but when the plans were recently mooted to develop Silverstone into a unique center for the British motor racing training and development as one element of its long-term expansion as a world-class F1 venue, it was immediately identified that developing new driving talent was only part of the equation.

INSIDE F1'S YOUNG DRIVER TRIUMPHS

INSIDE F1's rising star Patrick Long took his first victory in the British Formula Ford Zetec Championship this weekend at the Oulton Park circuit, near Liverpool, England.

MINARDI SET TO BLOCK BRUNNER MOVE TO TOYOTA

EUROPEAN MINARDI team chief Paul Stoddart is set to block his technical director Gustav Brunner's announced move to Toyota.

STEWART AND BRUNDLE STAY AT HEAD OF BRDC BOARD

TRIPLE world champion Jackie Stewart and former Grand Prix driver Martin Brundle have been re-elected as president and chairman respectively of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC).

7 MAY 2001

CART HAS A NEW STAR - ALL THE WAY FROM NEW ZEALAND

TWENTY year old Scott Dixon has become the youngest ever winner of a major single-seater event with his victory yesterday in the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix CART race at Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

GUSTAV BRUNNER MOVES TO TOYOTA

THE announcement from Cologne that Gustav Brunner is moving to Toyota Motorsport is good news for the team.

MINARDI LOSE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR BRUNNER TO TOYOTA

THE European Minardi team were left reeling on Monday as their technical director Gustav Brunner announced that he has joined the Toyota Formula One project.

STALLONE'S "DRIVEN" HAMMERED BY THE MUMMY

THE opening of Universal's "The Mummy Returns" over the weekend hammered receipts for Sylvester Stallone's racing movie "Driven".

TRULLI THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET TO BAR RIVALS

JORDAN driver Jarno Trulli has thrown down the gauntlet to his Honda rivals British American Racing by stating that he and team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen are quicker.

US GRAND PRIX WAS FIFTH BIGGEST US SPORTING EVENT OF 2000

ACCORDING to a recent survey the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis was the fifth biggest sports event in the US last year - in terms of money generated.

WELKOM AIMS FOR IRL RACE

SOUTH AFRICA may not be able to afford a Grand Prix but Bobby Hartsleif, the chief executive of the Welkom Super Speedway at Phakisa is currently in the United States finalizing a deal to get the Indy Racing League teams to visit the facility for a non-championship race in November.

6 MAY 2001

BURTI UPBEAT ABOUT PROST TEAM'S EXPERIENCE

NEWLY recruited Prost-Ferrari driver Luciano Burti has made some positive observations about both his new team and his colleague Jean Alesi after three days of testing at Valencia this week.

HAUG WARNS THAT HAKKINEN MUST BE WATCHED

MERCEDES-BENZ motorsport director Norbert Haug has predicted that Mika Hakkinen will be involved in the title shake-up at the end of the season, despite his failings so far this year.

JORDAN STRENGTHENS PIT TEAM

JORDAN GRAND PRIX has opted to have three race engineers per car from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards as it attempts to turn its strong form into a position to challenge the front-runners.

JORDAN TO GIVE SCHNEIDER A CHANCE

YOUNG German Touring Car driver Timo Schneider will get an opportunity to realize his Formula One dream after being told he will test with Jordan at the end of the season.

MINARDI DENY MAZZACANE WILL RETURN

GASTON MAZZACANE will not be returning to Minardi, team-boss Paul Stoddart has said.

5 MAY 2001

JAGUAR'S TIN TOP GURU

JAGUAR believes that its fortunes will be enhanced by the arrival of new chief race engineer, Mark Ellis, who comes to the team after a short spell at BAR but is best known for his work in the British Touring Car Championship.

SCHUMACHER TESTS FOR FERRARI

REIGNING world champion Michael Schumacher came to the wheel for Ferrari as the Italian team continued testing work at their Fiorano test track on Friday.

TEAMS TEST WETS FOR MICHELIN

WILLIAMS, Jaguar, Prost and Benetton ended a four-day test at Valencia as they took part in a simulated wet weather tire test at the Spanish circuit.

TOMAS SCHECKTER FIRED AS JAGUAR TEST-DRIVER

TOMAS SCHECKTER, the son of 1979 world champion Jody Scheckter, has had his contract as Jaguar's F1 development driver terminated with immediate effect.

4 MAY 2001

INDIAN GP HANGS IN THE BALANCE

THE planned Indian Grand Prix depends on the result of the West Bengal state elections on May 10.

MARLBORO PARENT TO FLOAT FOOD BUSINESS

PHILIP MORRIS, the owner of Ferrari sponsor Marlboro, is to float its food business Kraft Foods Inc. for around $8.7bn.

MINARDI IN MANUFACTURER TALKS

IT seems that people are impressed by more than just European Minardi's lavish new motor homes, formerly the property of the Sultan of Brunei, following the Spanish Grand Prix.

ROGER SILMAN TO QUIT ARROWS

ROGER SILMAN, the managing director of the Arrows team, is to retire. He will be replaced by Kevin Lee.

SEPANG TO BE SOLD?

ACCORDING to reports in Malaysia, Tan Sri Basir Ismail, the chairman of Malaysia Airports Holdings, is offering to buy the Sepang circuit from the airport company he controls.

WHO IS RUNNING JAGUAR - AND DOES IT MATTER?

THE announcement that Jaguar Racing has taken on Ford's former CART program manager Jay O'Connell gives a clear indication that the Milton Keynes-based racing team is being run by American transplant Bobby Rahal.

3 MAY 2001

ANTI-SMOKING FORCES GATHER AGAIN

REPRESENTATIVES of member states of the World Health Organization gathered this week for a second round of talks about the planned international treaty to ban tobacco advertising.

COULTHARD QUICKEST IN SPAIN

DAVID COULTHARD put his traction control failure in the Spanish Grand Prix behind him as he topped the times while testing the electronic aid on the third day of testing at the Valencia circuit on Thursday.

COULTHARD; THE BEST MAY BE STILL TO COME

THERE is an unspoken lexicon of F1-speak which seasoned insiders can read like a book.

DE CORTANZE LEAVES TOYOTA

A terse press release from Cologne has revealed that Toyota Motorsport's technical director Andre de Cortanze has left the program and Formula 1 insiders are already suggesting that the Japanese car company has begun to realize that it is facing some serious problems in the future.

EM.TV POSTS LOSS OF $1.28BN

EM.TV announced earlier this week that it made losses in 2000 of $1.28bn, nearly twice its turnover.

FERRARI CONTINUE ELECTRONIC WORK

FERRARI continued work on their electronics systems at Fiorano on Thursday as Rubens Barrichello and test-driver Luca Badoer put the team's cars through their paces.

JAGUAR RACING STRENGTHENS LINKS WITH FORD

JAGUAR has continued the strengthening of its backroom staff with the appointment of Ford's former CART program manager Jay O'Connell.

PANIS ON TOP AT SILVERSTONE

OLIVIER PANIS topped the timesheets on the final day of testing at the Silverstone circuit on Thursday as the British American Racing driver was more than a tenth of a second quicker than Jordan's Jarno Trulli.

STALLONE'S MOVIE MASSACRES THE OPPOSITION

SYLVESTER STALLONE's racing movie "Driven" took nearly twice as much money as its nearest rival at the US Box Office last weekend.

WHO LEADS TOYOTA'S F1 TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT NOW DE CORTANZE HAS DEPARTED?

TOYOTA may be about to learn another lesson about the harsh realities of the contemporary Formula 1 business.

2 MAY 2001

BARRICHELLO FLIES AT FIORANO

RUBENS BARRICHELLO clocked a sub-one minute time in testing at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit as he worked on electronics development on Wednesday.

JAGUAR MUST WAIT FOR A MONTH TO IMPROVE

JAGUAR's Eddie Irvine will have to wait a month for the performance improvements he believes Jaguar desperately needs to haul themselves up into a points-scoring position.

MCLAREN PAIR ON SONG AGAIN

MCLAREN claimed a second successive one-two on the timesheets at Valencia as the weather improved to allow a good day's testing on Wednesday.

RAIKKONEN CRASH HALTS TESTING FOR SAUBER

SAUBER suffered a setback to their testing program when their Finnish starlet Kimi Raikkonen crashed at Silverstone.

SATO GETTING USED TO LIFE AS A TESTER

TAKUMA SATO found life tough in testing for British American Racing at Silverstone on Tuesday because he had to run in a car set up for Jacques Villeneuve.

WILLIAMS TO MODIFY FW23

THE FIA are soon expected to issue a clarification to the rules which will force the Williams team to modify their successful FW23.

1 MAY 2001

BADOER STARTS FERRARI TEST AT FIORANO

FERRARI test-driver Luca Badoer started the team's work at the Fiorano circuit in Italy on Tuesday as the team's drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello took a break.

DUPASQUIER SAW POTENTIAL FOR VICTORY NUMBER TWO

PIERRE DUPASQUIER, motorsport director of Michelin tires, believes Ralf Schumacher could have been on for a second victory for Williams had he not spun off into the gravel early in the Spanish Grand Prix.

MONTOYA HONORED BY PRESIDENT

FORMULA ONE's new Colombian star Juan Pablo Montoya has received praise of the highest order following his superb second-placed finish in last Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

NEWEY BACKS COULTHARD

ADRIAN NEWEY has admitted McLaren's electronics were at fault in David Coulthard's startline stall at Barcelona although he revealed Coulthard's actions had caused the system some problems.

SCHUMACHER SLOWED WITH SUSPENSION FEARS

FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn has revealed that fears for Michael Schumacher's suspension, added to his car's vibration problem with the tires, caused the triple world champion's slow pace in the Spanish Grand Prix.

WURZ QUICKEST IN VALENCIA TEST

MCLAREN test-driver Alexander Wurz recorded the fastest time in a weather-affected first day of testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Tuesday.

ZONTA QUICKEST FOR JORDAN AT DAY ONE OF SILVERSTONE TEST

JORDAN test-driver Ricardo Zonta recorded the fastest time in the first day of testing at a dry Silverstone circuit on Tuesday.