NEWS ARCHIVE

31 AUGUST 2001

ABC TO TELEVISE F1 COVERAGE IN THE UNITED STATES

ABC SPORTS is on the verge of taking over the US television coverage of Formula One in the United States, starting with the US Grand Prix in September.

JAGUAR PULLS BACK ON APPOINTMENTS

THE ousting of Bobby Rahal has already had some effects on Jaguar racing with a number of recruitment plans being axed.

KIRCH PULLS OUT OF EM.TV DEAL

THE future of the Formula One group of companies has been thrown into confusion following the announcement by the Kirch Group that it is pulling out of its deal to buy 16.74% of EM.TV.

NOW WHAT WITH KIRCH?

THE news that Leo Kirch has decided not to go through with its deal to take over EM.TV throws the future of Formula 1 into a great deal of confusion.

SAUBER CANCELS FASSLER TEST

THE Sauber team has cancelled its planned test with Swiss driver Marcel Fassler because he will shortly be trying a McLaren-Mercedes and Sauber's engine supplier Ferrari does not want any information leaking between the two teams. Fassler had been expected to test for the team at Magny-Cours next week.

30 AUGUST 2001

MINARDI TO USE ASIATECH V10S

AS we predicted a few days ago the European Minardi team will use Asiatech V10 engines next year.

YOONG BACKER JOINS MINARDI

FOLLOWING Malaysia's first Grand Prix driver to the European Minardi team is a new sponsor deeply tied in to the youngster's progress into Formula 1, Magnum Corporation Berhad.

29 AUGUST 2001

BRICKBATS AND FEW BOUQUETS BETWEEN RAHAL AND LAUDA

WHAT was once described by a Jaguar Racing insider as a 'formidable one-two leadership pairing' has descended into a transatlantic squall.

FIAT GETS NEW CAR OFF TO A CHAMPIONS START

NOT slow on the uptake when borrowing a little of the world championship-winning veneer of sister marque Ferrari, Fiat will launch its new and important Stilo model today (Wednesday), with Michael Schumacher at the wheel.

HOW WILL MCLAREN STRUCTURE ITS DRIVER TRAINING?

WITH Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard entering their seventh year together as team-mates in the McLaren-Mercedes squad, one could be forgiven for thinking that the team has a more pressing need than most to find new drivers for the future.

YOONG BITES BACK AT 'HOPELESS' TAG

ALEX YOONG, the new Minardi Formula 1 driver who hasn't scored a point in his last two seasons of racing in Japan's Formula Nippon series, has responded to suggestions that he hasn't got the ideal track record to date when entering the sport's top flight.

28 AUGUST 2001

FERRARI READY FOR BELGIUM

LUCA BADOER has completed the shakedown program for the three Ferraris that Michael Schumacher and Co. will take to Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

FERRARI'S SECRET TRANSMISSION

FERRARI is rumored to be developing a completely new transmission system in partnership with Sachs which could revolutionize the powertrains in F1 and make conventional clutches obsolete.

MCLAREN BOYS CONSOLE THEMSELVES WITH A GRAND DAY OUT

THE world championship titles may be lost to the McLaren team, but its drivers are looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix and a race on what is widely held to be the ultimate drivers circuit - Spa-Francorchamps.

MICHELIN REACTS TO HUNGARY HUMBLING

FRENCH tire giant Michelin endured one of the worst weekends in its return to Formula 1 when last the F1 teams gathered in Hungary, when it was completely outpaced on the tight and dusty Hungaroring by its rivals at Bridgestone.

SHOULD TOYOTA BE ALLOWED TO TEST?

THERE is much discussion at the moment about whether Toyota should be allowed to test during the forthcoming testing ban.

STEWART'S SOLITARY TRIBUTE TO HIS MENTOR

KEN TYRRELL was honored by the man he made world champion, Jackie Stewart, when the BRDC president visited this weekend's Silverstone Historic Festival.

27 AUGUST 2001

MARQUES TO BE RETAINED UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON

EUROPEAN MINARDI, while announcing the impending arrival of Alex Yoong in its race team, has also held faith with outgoing Brazilian Tarso Marques.

ONE SHOT QUALIFYING DEMANDED BY WALKINSHAW

THE idea of 'one shot' qualifying is not a new one, but Tom Walkinshaw is pushing for this form of qualifying to replace the time-honored 60 minute strategy to be ousted in favor of the lottery-style qualifying session in a bid to enliven the all-important race day.

WET WEATHER TESTING FOR SPA

THE notoriously fickle weather in the Ardennes has prompted several teams to try out their cars in wet weather conditions before the Belgian Grand Prix - no mean feat as most of Europe enjoys a balmy late August.

WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, FANTASTIC... AND STILL FOUR RACES TO GO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has revealed that it wasn't until he got off his bicycle during fitness training on Tuesday that he realized what he had done.

YOONG FOR MONZA - CONFIRMED

AFTER more intensive running for the European Minardi team in the recent Mugello test, the FIA has bestowed a Superlicence on Malaysian hopeful Alex Yoong - and the team will enter him for the final three races of the year in Italy, America and Japan.

26 AUGUST 2001

A SCANDAL THAT REFUSES TO DIE

THE Elf company has long been at the center of a strong of investigations into corruption in France and the French judicial authorities are not finished yet.

A SWITCH OF DIRECTION AT VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN is planning a major rebranding process to increase sales of Audi and Seat cars and, interestingly, the intention seems to be to make them both more exciting and this would seem to suggest that motorsport programs are the logical way forward.

COULTHARD SEEKS ANOTHER SHOT IN 2002

AFTER battling against disappointment and dehydration in Hungary last weekend, David Coulthard has bounced back to declare himself the man most likely to turn the tide against Ferrari and Michael Schumacher in 2002.

FORMULA 1 2002: WHAT'S LEFT?

THE announcement that Giancarlo Fisichella will be racing for Jordan and that Jarno Trulli will race for Renault Sport must be taken as a solid indication that McLaren is not looking for any new drivers. And according to Keke Rosberg the deals are already done for the year ahead.

MINARDI TO ANNOUNCE ENGINE DEAL SHORTLY

THE European Minardi team is believed to have decided on its engine for next year and so we expect to hear shortly what Paul Stoddart's choice will be. Stoddart has been talking to Ferrari, Ford and Asiatech but each deal has its drawbacks.

25 AUGUST 2001

BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE PAYS UP $7M IN TEXAS

THE Bridgestone-Firestone company has settled the first of 400 law suits from victims of tire failures, paying out a rumored $7.5m to the Rodriguez Family in Texas.

KEN TYRRELL DIES OF CANCER AT 77

KEN TYRRELL, who died early on Saturday morning, will be remembered not only as one of Britain's leading formula one team owners, but also the man who helped mastermind Jackie Stewart's run of three world championships.

LAUDA STILL... AND LOUDER

NIKI LAUDA is the new boss of Jaguar Racing - and no-one is quite sure why. Lauda is not known for his ability to run racing teams.

PROST LOOKS FOR STABILITY IN 2002

AFTER a torrid year in 2001 that has seen the pre-season promise of its link-up with Ferrari dashed, sponsor funds fail to materialize and a total of four drivers appear in the race team, Alain Prost has set his hopes on achieving some stability in his team in 2002.

RENAULT SPORT GRABS BELL

RENAULT SPORT has plucked away Jordan's head of research and development Bob Bell.

WHITAKER TO JAGUAR RACING

IN the wake of the shake-up at Jaguar, the team has appointed a new director of communications with Martin Whitaker being drafted in to take over the job, having decided to give up his job as head of Ford Racing - overseeing all other aspects of the car company's competition policy, notably the World Rally Championship.

WILSON LOOKS FOR A FORMULA 1 DEAL

WINNING the Formula 3000 title does not guarantee much these days and, despite an impressive season with Coca-Cola Nordic Racing Justin Wilson has yet to find a seat for next year.

24 AUGUST 2001

BRIDGESTONE CRIES FOUL OVER TOYOTA TEST

JAPANESE tire supplier Bridgestone has voiced its frustration that the Toyota team, running on rival brand Michelin's rubber, was allowed to test at Spa so soon before next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, potentially gaining invaluable data for its French counterpart.

IRVINE PRAISES SCHUMACHER... AGAIN

GUESS what? Eddie Irvine's been full of praise for Michael Schumacher in the wake of his fourth world championship title.

MARQUES HOPES TO STAY IN F1

SOON-TO-BE-OUSTED European Minardi driver Tarso Marques is hopeful of finding a berth elsewhere in Formula 1 next season.

THREE RACES FACE THE AXE IN CALENDAR SHAKE-UP

THE pressure to secure Formula 1 races in new markets and to ensure that the very latest safety and communications facilities are in place at all the Grands Prix has led to Bernie Ecclestone's announcement that three of the current races will be canned by 2003.

23 AUGUST 2001

HAKKINEN FASTEST AGAIN AT SILVERSTONE

MIKA HAKKINEN again headed the charge at Silverstone in the second day of a three-team test.

MUGELLO TEST CONTINUES

FERRARI's Rubens Barrichello set the pace on the second day of testing at the picturesque Mugello circuit in Italy.

RAHAL GOES IN FIGHTING FOR D-DAY AT JAGUAR

TODAY (Thursday) sees the inquest into the alleged attempt to off-load Eddie Irvine on Jordan for $5 million without the knowledge of Ford's Premier Performance boss Niki Lauda, a big Irvine fan.

RAHAL OUSTED IN HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH LAUDA

NIKI LAUDA has won his battle for control of the Jaguar F1 team as it will be announced on Friday that Bobby Rahal has been ousted from his position as its chief executive officer after less than a year in the post.

RALF ON TOP FORM IN BARCELONA

RALF SCHUMACHER has been preparing for the run in to the end of the Formula 1 season by travelling with Williams to the Circuit de Catalunya in company with the fellow Michelin-shod men of the Benetton team.

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED AT MCLAREN?

KEKE ROSBERG, the former world champion and manager of Mika Hakkinen, has suggested that all is well in his client's bid to remain at McLaren.

TRULLI SIGNS FOR BENETTON

AS has long been in the pipeline, Jarno Trulli will team up with his mentor Flavio Briatore at the Renault Sport team - currently Benetton - in 2002.

22 AUGUST 2001

BARRICHELLO ON TOP AT MUGELLO

FORMULA 1 testing got underway yesterday (Tuesday), with Ferrari refusing to allow itself to rest on the combined drivers' and constructors' laurels accrued in Hungary.

FISICHELLA TO REPLACE TRULLI AT JORDAN

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA will replace his compatriot Jarno Trulli in the Jordan-Honda team next season in a three year deal designed to provide the British team with the continuity it believes it requires to improve its competitiveness and establish itself as a possible winning force.

HAKKINEN LEADS THE WAY AT SILVERSTONE

MCLAREN's former champion Mika Hakkinen set the pace on the first day of Silverstone's latest F1 test.

TOYOTA WRAP NURBURGRING TEST

THE Cologne-based Toyota test squad ended another solitary test, this time on home ground at the Nurburgring.

VOLKSWAGEN AND FORMULA 1

IS it just a silly season rumor, or is VW finally starting to get serious about going Grand Prix racing?

WHAT NEXT FOR THE TALENTED MR HAKKINEN?

IF Mika Hakkinen could drive as well every weekend as he did on his way to winning the British Grand Prix, McLaren boss Ron Dennis would probably be pushing a new two year contract under the Finn's nose and urging him to sign it as quickly as possible.

WILL RAIKKONEN AND HEIDFELD STAY AT SAUBER

PETER SAUBER has given a stern warning to anyone seeking to lure either Nick Heidfeld or Kimi Raikkonen away from his team: no way!

21 AUGUST 2001

CELEBRATIONS AS THE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE DECIDED

ITALY and Germany have gone Formula 1 crazy after Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello scored their 1-2 finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, netting both the drivers' and constructors' world championships.

FORD TIGHTENS ITS BELT - WILL F1 SUFFER?

JACQUES NASSER is being forced to take drastic action to keep Ford Motor Company competitive, and there is little or no solace for its Jaguar Racing team.

MANSELL CRASHES AT DONINGTON PARK

NIGEL MANSELL today crashed heavily at Donington Park competing in a demonstration race while carrying a passenger in a special two-seater F1 Minardi.

MCLAREN RUEFUL WITH HAKKINEN STILL UNSIGNED

MUCH to the amusement of Ferrari president Luca Montezemolo, McLaren was forced to capitulate the 2001 season after the drivers' and constructors' titles were both sealed in a 1-2 finish in Hungary.

RAHAL/LAUDA RIVALRY AT JAGUAR POSES WIDER QUESTIONS FOR FORD F1 INVOLVEMENT

WHEN Jaguar entered F1 at the start of the 2000 season its arrival was heralded as a marketing tour-de-force, capitalizing on possibly the most magical marque name after Ferrari in the pantheon of high performance car makers.

20 AUGUST 2001

BAR TO HAVE TWO TEST TEAMS IN 2002

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING says it will have two full-time test teams next year but that it intends to cut back on its four test drivers.

CHANGES COMING AT JAGUAR RACING?

AN explosion is expected later this week at Jaguar Racing with a shake-up of the management of the team looking like an inevitability. That will mean that either Bobby Rahal or Niki Lauda is going to be out.

INSIDE F1 TAKES TITLE LEAD

PATRICK LONG, the Inside F1 Young Driver of the Year, won Sunday's round of the Slick 50 British Formula Ford Zetec Championship and has now moved to the head of the championship standings.

PROST PHILOSOPHICAL AS SCHUMACHER MATCHES HIS RECORD

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER could easily win another twenty F1 victories before he retires from motor racing according to Alain Prost, the man whose record of 51 wins and four world championships he equalled with his victory in Sunday's Hungarian grand Prix.

SHANGHAI LOOKING FOR F1 RACE IN 2003

THE Chinese are still dreaming of hosting a Grand Prix, despite the failure of Zhuhai to impress the Formula 1 authorities.

THUNDER IN THE PARK

THE European Minardi team is staging a big promotional event on Tuesday at Donington Park at which there will be the first ever two-seater F1 race.

19 AUGUST 2001

CLINGING TO THE WRECKAGE

AS the victorious Ferrari team members hugged each other, sprayed champagne and danced jigs around the base of Michael Schumacher's victory podium, the rest of the formula one fraternity was left licking its wounds and, briefly at least, allowing itself a touch of self pity.

18 AUGUST 2001

BERNIE HONORED BY HUNGARY

BERNIE ECCLESTONE was presented with the Midcross Honor of the Hungarian Republic on Friday afternoon, in a ceremony at the Hungarian Parliament.

CAR KILLING CURB CUT DOWN TO SIZE

THE curb that launched the McLaren of David Coulthard out of the running in Friday's Free Practice session was ground down to size after discussions between several teams and drivers and the FIA's Charlie Whiting.

PROST DENIES FINANCIAL TROUBLE

ALAIN PROST left Formula 1 observers speechless on Friday in Budapest when he said that his team has no problems paying for his Ferrari engines.

RENAULT BARGAINS WITH FISICHELLA

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA is likely to remain a Renault driver next season, despite the fact that the Regie opted against coming to an agreement before the Roman's option to re-sign expired.

TONY GEORGE IN HUNGARY

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY owner Tony George turned up in Hungary to have a look at the circuit and to have a number of business meetings with Formula 1 people, including F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

17 AUGUST 2001

CHAMPION-ELECT CHAMPING AT THE BIT

DOMINANT championship leader Michael Schumacher is positively impatient for the action to get underway this weekend, which could well see him seal his fourth world championship.

16 AUGUST 2001

FONTANA JOINS PROST F3000

THE senior member of Prost grand Prix's junior program, its Formula 3000 team, has signed Norberto Fontana to partner Zsolt Baumgartner for the remainder of the 2001 season.

FRANCHITTI TO STAY A CHAMP CAR MAN

DARIO FRANCHITTI has resolved to stick with his current employers, Team Kool Green, in CART Champ Car racing until the end of 2003.

THREE INTO TWO FOR JORDAN

JEAN ALESI, Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella are all claiming to have had offers of employment from Jordan Grand Prix for 2002, further muddying the somewhat turbulent waters at the British-based team since the sacking of Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the run-up to the German Grand Prix last month.

15 AUGUST 2001

AN AMERICAN RISING STAR?

IT is no secret that Formula 1 would like to have an American driver to help the sport grow in the United States and one or two of the more far-sighted F1 team bosses have been keeping a closer than usual eye on the domestic scene while also keeping track of the rise of US stars in European racing.

CAMP EROTICA EVICTED FROM HUNGARORING

THE legalized red light district of Camp Erotica, which caused a minor scandal at the 2000 Hungarian Grand Prix, will not be repeated next weekend - although the annual pilgrimage of prostitutes from all over the old Eastern Bloc is likely to continue unabated.

F1 FAN GOES FROM CHELLO

MARK SCHNEIDER, the chairman and chief executive of United-Pan European Communications, the parent company of Arrows sponsor Chello, has resigned.

HERBERT CLOSE TO IRL POLE TIME IN KENTUCKY TEST

JOHNNY HERBERT's hopes of getting an Indy Racing League drive have been boosted considerably by a very impressive test with Heritage Motorsports at the Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday.

LAGUNA SECA STILL THINKING OF FORMULA 1

FORMULA 1 would jump at the chance of racing at Laguna Seca.

MUD-SLINGING IN TEXAS

TWO of Formula 1's best-known names: Ford and Bridgestone have been in dispute over a series of accidents when Firestone tires on Ford Explorer sports utility vehicles exploded last year.

TRULLI WAITING FOR RENAULT SPORT

JARNO TRULLI has a deal to stay with Jordan Grand Prix next year but he has to wait to see whether Renault Sport wants to take up an option it has on his services for next year.

14 AUGUST 2001

ALESI PLEASED AFTER SHAKEDOWN

JEAN ALESI completed the short shakedown test of his new mount, the Jordan EJ11, at Silverstone on Monday morning and the Frenchman continued to enthuse about rejoining the team with which he won the 1989 FIA Formula 3000 championship.

BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE TRIALS BEGIN

THE future of the Bridgestone-Firestone tire empire may lie in the hands of the American courts - and given the vagaries of the system that is indeed an alarming concept.

FERRARI BACK TO BUSINESS

FERRARI's test driver Luca Badoer has completed a shakedown of the team's T-car and Rubens Barrichello's race car at Fiorano prior to the end of the summer hiatus.

HIGH DOWNFORCE MAKES HIGH DEMANDS FOR F1 TEAMS IN HUNGARY

THERE could hardly be a greater contrast between Hockenheim and Hungaroring as opposite ends of the F1 technical spectrum from the standpoint of car set-up.

TIRE WARS TO GET HOT IN HUNGARY?

THE combination of high track temperatures and the tight, twisting nature of the Hungaroring promises to see a pitched battle between Formula 1's two tire suppliers, Bridgestone and Michelin.

13 AUGUST 2001

ALESI'S SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT

HAVING barely contained his enthusiasm for the move to Jordan already, Jean Alesi bubbled further about his deal with his new team during an interview on French TV with the declaration that a contract is in place for him to remain with the team in 2002.

BAD NEWS FOR EDDIE IRVINE...

THERE is bad news for Eddie Irvine in a recent survey carried out by the online banking company Egg.com in Britain.

CASTRONEVES'S VICTORY LEAVES CART TITLE WIDE OPEN

FORMULA 1 team bosses tend to keep a vague on what is happening in CART and this year is developing into a curious championship situation as there is no clearly dominant force despite there having been 13 of the 21 races.

COULTHARD RELAXES BEHIND THE OLD IRON CURTAIN

DAVID COULTHARD prepared himself for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 1's annual sojourn in the old Eastern Bloc, with a relaxing trip to Slovakia.

HERBERT TESTS IRL AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

FORMER Formula 1 driver and occasional Arrows test driver Johnny Herbert spent the weekend in Sparta, Kentucky, watching Buddy Lazier take his Hemelgarn Dallara-Aurora to victory in the Indy Racing League event at the Kentucky Speedway and today Herbert is due to test a Heritage Motorsports G-Force-Infiniti on the 1.5-mile banked oval.

MELBOURNE CLEARED BY FIA SAFETY REPORT

THE organizers of the Australian Grand Prix look set to be officially absolved of responsibility for the accident in this year's race which resulted in a track marshal being killed by flying debris.

POOR OLD BOBBY

JAGUAR RACING team boss Bobby Rahal went back to the United States over the weekend to keep an eye on his CART team.

THE DANGERS OF FORMULA 1

PLAYING with Formula 1 can be a dangerous game, as the investment company Morgan Grenfell Private Equity has found out in the course of the last three years.

WILLIAMS TO GET NEW CHASSIS FOR BELGIUM

THE BMW Williams team will have a modified chassis for the final four races of the season, as it tries to wrest second place in the Constructors' World Championship from rival McLaren-Mercedes.

12 AUGUST 2001

FRANCHITTI SAYS JORDAN "WORTH LOOKING AT"

DARIO FRANCHITTI popped back to Britain last week to promote next month's CART Champ Car race at the new Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire, but couldn't help putting himself up as a candidate for a Jordan F1 drive in 2002.

HELL HATH NO FURY...

FLAVIO BRIATORE loves being in the newspapers but the latest suggestions from Naomi Campbell's mother Valerie will not please the Benetton team director.

11 AUGUST 2001

BRIATORE STAYS IN THE LIMELIGHT

WHILE some of the Formula 1 team bosses are keeping their noses to the grindstone, others have taken the opportunity for a few days off.

DELIGHT FOR DEDICATED FOLLOWERS OF VERSTAPPEN

TO the great delight of his supporters, regularly spotted at Grands Prix the world over carrying Dutch national colors and 'Jos the Boss' placards, Jos Verstappen will be putting on a demonstration of his Arrows F1 car at Zandvoort on 8 September, between the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.

FRENTZEN TRIES OUT HIS NEW PROST

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN successfully completed his 30 miles of 'shakedown' running in the Prost at Magny-Cours as he prepares for his five races with the French team, having inadvertently traded places with Jordan-bound Jean Alesi.

MOTOR RACING GOES TO WASHINGTON

THE American Le Mans Series has signed a 10-year agreement with the authorities in Washington DC for there to be a annual sportscar race on a street circuit laid out around the Robert F Kennedy Memorial stadium in the nation's capital city.

PROST'S FRIENDSHIP IN TATTERS

ALAIN PROST has lashed out at his former friend and team mate Jean Alesi as the French Sicilian prepares for life as a Jordan driver, having jumped ship after a second miserable year with Prost's outfit.

THE FIA ELECTIONS

IN a few weeks from now Max Mosley will be re-elected president of the FIA for a third term.

10 AUGUST 2001

HONDA DISSATISFIED BY ITS TEAMS

HONDA's head of racing development has suggested that its struggle to get on the pace of the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW is in part due to lacking the expertise of teams like Williams and McLaren, with whom it raced to a string of titles in the 1980s and '90s.

MIKA WANTS TOYOTA TO BE QUICKER

MIKA SALO, the former Tyrrell, BAR and Ferrari driver leading the way into Formula 1 for Toyota has expressed dissatisfaction with the 2001 test program's progress to date.

ONE MORE YEAR FOR THE SCREAMERS?

IT seems likely that the current showdown on the engine regulations for Formula 1 will see the current generation of 3.0-liter, 18,000 rpm 'screamers' killed off by the start of 2003 as concerns mount over the prodigious power available to the top F1 teams.

TURKEY AIMS FOR F1 INCOME

TURKISH AUTOMOBILE FEDERATION chief Mumtaz Tahincioglu has announced his intention to bring a Grand Prix to Istanbul, declaring: "Formula One would bring economic advantages to Turkey. My aim is to take on this project and overcome all obstacles."

9 AUGUST 2001

FRENTZEN WELCOMED AT PROST

LIKE Jean Alesi at Jordan, Heinz-Harald Frentzen will be allowed to conduct a maximum of 30 miles in his shakedown test at Magny-Cours tomorrow (Friday), as he gets used to his new team.

JORDAN AND ALESI READJUST TO LIFE

JEAN ALESI and Jordan will have a chance to dip a toe in the water of their new partnership before the Hungarian Grand Prix, thanks to a clause in the enforced 'holiday' during the three weeks between the German and Hungarian Grands Prix.

MINARDI TO SHAKE DOWN AT FIORANO

EUROPEAN MINARDI has some tweaks for its PS01 chassis prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix, which will be run in during a 30-mile test at Ferrari's Fiorano test track next Wednesday.

TOYOTA ABANDONS SILVERSTONE

TOYOTA abandoned its three day test at Silverstone a day early citing power steering failure for its lack of track time.

8 AUGUST 2001

ALESI AND FRENTZEN SWAP SEATS

THE worst-kept secret in Formula 1 was revealed today (Wednseday), with the announcement that Jean Alesi will drive for Jordan for the remainder of the season.

BAT AIMS FOR KOREA

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO, the parent company of British American Racing, is buying into the Korean tobacco market, following the decision of the Korean government to end the monopoly on manufacturing which previously existing in the country.

DINIZ RETURNS TO EUROPE

PEDRO DINIZ has returned to Europe after a trip to Brazil and there is speculation that he will shortly bid $75m to buy the remainder of the Prost F1 team.

HERBERT TO TEST IRL NEXT WEEK

ARROWS test driver Johnny Herbert is off to the United States this weekend for a test in the Indy Racing League and it is looking increasingly likely that the English driver will make a new career in the American series next year.

MSA DENY THREAT TO BRITISH GRAND PRIX

THE governing body of British motor sport, the MSA, has denied that it was contacted by the FIA president Max Mosley over concerns that the traffic arrangements are below par for the British Grand Prix.

TOYOTA TESTS IN BRITAIN

TOYOTA's developing Formula 1 program made its first appearance on British soil when it arrived for an exclusive test at Silverstone on Tuesday.

7 AUGUST 2001

A QUESTION OF LIABILITY

IN a case that has important implications in the automobile world, the California Supreme Court this week ruled that a firearms manufacturing company cannot be held legally responsible for the use of the weapons it produces.

DINIZ CRASH BODIES RECOVERED

THE bodies of the pilot of Joao Paulo Diniz's Augusta helicopter and his fashion model girlfriend have been recovered from the coast off the family's hometown of Sao Paulo over a week after the aircraft crashed.

HERE COMES ANOTHER SON OF A FAMOUS FATHER

THE flow of sons of famous fathers seem never ending in Formula 1. After Hill and Villeneuve, the sport is awaiting the arrival of a new Fabi, one of the Cheever gang, another Rosberg is on the way and now from Brazil comes word of a new Piquet.

HOW CAN FORMULA 1 GROW FURTHER?

THERE are often discussions in Formula 1 circles about whether the bubble of growth that envelopes the sport will eventually pop and what will occur when that happens.

LAUDA AIMS TO BREED SUCCESS THROUGH ARROWS

NIKI LAUDA has spoken out in favor of the decision by his department, Ford's Premier Performance Division, to split the efforts of Cosworth and Pi Research with the groups third arm, Jaguar Racing, and the Arrows team in 2002.

MANSELL TO JOIN SILVERSTONE CELEBRATIONS

FORMER world champion Nigel Mansell is to join celebrations marking Scuderia Ferrari's 68-year history at the top of motor sport at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival.

MONTEZEMOLO SEEKS THE COUP DE GRACE

FERRARI president Luca Montezemolo, expects his man Michael Schumacher to seal the 2001 drivers' title as soon as the sport's August break comes to an end in Hungary on August 17-19.

THE THINGS THESE RACING PEOPLE GET UP TO...

IT is not long ago that Tommy Suharto was the man trying to promote the idea of a Grand Prix in Indonesia. He was head of the country's national sporting authority and an active racer in his own right.

6 AUGUST 2001

FORMER SILVERSTONE BOSS COMMENTS ON FIA DISPUTE

TOM WALKINGSHAW, the former chairman of Silverstone Circuits Ltd., has stated that any action by the FIA to scrub the British Grand Prix from the 2002 world championship calendar would be 'tragic'.

FORMULA 1 IN THE SUPERCOMPUTER AGE

FORMULA 1 teams have long claimed to be at the forefront of technology but often one could argue that the sport has simply been applying aeronautical ideas to automobiles.

INTERBREW BUYS BECK'S

AS we suggested would happen Belgian brewing giant Interbrew has bought the Germany brewing company Beck's for $1.58 billion.

PIZZONIA TO TEST FOR WILLIAMS

FORMULA 3000 racer Antonio Pizzonia will soon test for the Williams team.

TOYOTA SETTLES WITH MINARDI

THE word on the street is that Toyota Motorsport has settled its legal problems with the European Minardi team with the help of a large check.

WALKINSHAW IN (LEGAL) ACTION AGAIN

TOM WALKINSHAW is never far from a courtroom - or so it would seem from his involvement in Formula 1 in recent months.

5 AUGUST 2001

SATO DOMINATES THE MARLBORO MASTERS

JAPAN's rising star Takuma Sato totally dominated the annual Marlboro Masters Formula 3 race at Zandvoort on Sunday.

4 AUGUST 2001

BAIN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST FIA WARNING

ROB BAIN has defended Silverstone as the FIA threatens to leave the British Grand Prix off the provisional calendar for 2002 unless it can justify the continuing traffic chaos.

MARLBORO MASTERS GIVES F1 HOPEFULS THEIR CHANCE

ALTHOUGH the Formula 1 calendar is in a temporary hiatus, the stars of tomorrow are all on parade this weekend in the Marlboro Masters Formula 3 weekend at Zandvoort, Holland.

SATO'S OPTIONS OPEN?

WITH the BAR driver line-up for 2002 settled, Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis having committed themselves, then it seems that the options for Honda's protege Takuma Sato are growing more limited.

3 AUGUST 2001

CHAMPION ELECT SCHUMACHER WILL ENJOY A QUIET AUGUST

DEFENDING world champion Michael Schumacher is looking forward to spending some time at home with his family in Geneva over the next two weeks as Formula 1 goes into its August hiatus.

F1 TEAMS LAUNCH EU COMPLAINT

IN the middle of June the European Commission's Competition Directorate completed its investigation into Formula 1 and announced that F1 was cleared of all competition questions.

RED BULL STICKING WITH SAUBER IN 2002?

PETER SAUBER has indicated that the success of the little Swiss outfit in 2001 has earned a reprieve from the anticipated pull-out by title sponsor Red Bull.

RED FLAG WAS RIGHT FOR HOCKENHEIM, SAYS FIA

THE controversial decision to stop the German Grand Prix following the start line collision between Michael Schumacher's near-stationary Ferrari and Luciano Burti's oncoming Prost.

SIMPSON LEAVES SIMPSON

BILL SIMPSON, a man who has helped to make motor racing a safer through the development of various safety equipment, has resigned from the company which bears his name.

YOONG AND MINARDI

AS we predicted on July 16 Alex Yoong will drive for Minardi at the Belgian Grand Prix - if the FIA agrees to give him a Superlicence.

2 AUGUST 2001

FORMULA 1 AND THE WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE

FORMULA 1 teams are such efficient organizations that even the USA's National Aeronautics and Space Administration is hoping to learn from their management techniques.

HERBERT RULES OUT ROCKINGHAM APPEARANCE

BRITAIN's triple Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert has ruled out making an immediate race debut in the CART Champ Cars series after unofficially breaking the British closed circuit record at the new Rockingham oval in Northamptonshire.

KLATTEN CONFIRMS EM.TV RETRENCHING

WERNER KLATTEN, the new chief executive of Formula 1 shareholder EM.TV, on Wednesday told the annual shareholder meeting in Munich that he intends to refocus the troubled company on its core business of trading broadcast rights and merchandising for the children's market.

NATIONAL CLUB REFUTES FIA THREAT TO BRITISH GRAND PRIX

BRITAINS national motorsports authority, the MSA, has denied that direct threats have been made by the FIA to drop the British grand prix from the 2002 formula one world championship calendar.

PROST SAYS ALESI WILL STAY

ALAIN PROST says that Jean Alesi is under contract to his team and will not be leaving to take Heinz-Harald Frentzen's job at Jordan.

SUBTLE PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT OVER SUPPORT FOR BRITISH GRAND PRIX

IN what is being regarded as a subtle prod to Tony Blair's Labour government to offer more support to its home round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the British Grand Prix could be missing from next year's International calendar unless there is an adequate explanation forthcoming for the alleged continued traffic chaos at this event.

TOYOTA PULLED INTO LINE

TOYOTA's indication that it will test during the winter ban may result in the rest of the Formula 1 team owners forcing the Japanese team to sit on the sidelines for a further 12 months should it pursue such a course.

1 AUGUST 2001

...AS SCHUMACHER AIMS FOR THE COUP DE GRACE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER knows that he is only four points away from the 2001 world championship and is determined to put in a quick, clean kill in Hungary when the Grand Prix circus reconvenes on August 19.

COULTHARD'S OPTIMISM INTACT...

DAVID COULTHARD is refusing to wave a white flag in this year's drivers' world championship, even though a win at the Hungaroring in two weeks will seal the title for Michael Schumacher, and only a string of race wins for Coulthard and non-finishes for Schumacher will alter the course of the championship.

WEBBER ON THE WAY UP?

DESPITE patchy form in his chase for the 2001 FIA Formula 3000 title, Australian Mark Webber is determined to secure a Formula 1 berth next year and so is his manager, Flavio Briatore.