NEWS ARCHIVE

30 NOVEMBER 2001

ARROWS AND BRIDGESTONE AGREE ON LONG-TERM DEAL

Arrows has announced that they will continue to use Bridgestone tires in 2002 and beyond, extending a relationship that began in 1996.

FORMULA 1 LOSES ITS MOST FAMOUS FAN

Grand Prix racing has millions of fans around the world but one of the biggest fans of them all was Beatle George Harrison.

JAGUAR TO LAUNCH R3 ON JANUARY 4

Jaguar Racing is to launch the new R3 chassis at its Milton Keynes headquarters on January 4.

WHY MCLAREN-MERCEDES HAVE MADE THE RIGHT MOVE WITH MICHELIN

The McLaren-Mercedes team's decision to switch from Bridgestone to Michelin tires in 2002 looks a bold and audacious decision.

29 NOVEMBER 2001

ACTION AT BERCY

There was a time when the annual karting at Bercy attracted World Champions and other Formula 1 stars but in recent years the event has faded and this year has lost the backing of Elf. Philippe Streiff, the organizer of the event, has landed support from Speedy and the Speedy World Cup Indoor Karting will take place this weekend.

BRAZILIANS SHORT OF CASH FOR INTERLAGOS SAFETY WORK

The City of Sao Paulo says it cannot afford to invest in safety work which has been asked for by the FIA for the 2002 race.

CART ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE?

There are reports from the United States of America of a revolt by the promoters of the races who are rumored to be insisting that CART guarantees a minimum number of cars and a cut in the fees being levied for the races.

COSWORTH RACING ANNOUNCES NEW BOSS

Trevor Crisp has been running Cosworth Racing in for the last two years but he has now reached retirement and the company has decided to appoint 49-year-old Brendan Connor as the new chief executive of the company.

FORD PLANS TO SLASH MORE JOBS

The Ford Motor Company is about to announce major cost-cutting measures, which are expected to include around 20% of the management jobs in North America and the possible closure of four of the company's US factories.

GPWC PRESENTS NEW SERIES TO F1 TEAMS

On Tuesday in Geneva the Formula 1 team bosses (with the exception of Tom Walkinshaw) turned up for a presentation about the planned Grand Prix World Championship in 2008.

MCLAREN NOT BUYING ILMOR

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says that the team has no plans to buy a share in Ilmor Engineering but said that it is not impossible that DaimlerChrysler will increase its involvement and thus strengthen the links between the various companies.

MCLAREN TO DIVERSIFY INTO FURNITURE!

The McLaren Formula 1 team says it will be producing and marketing its own range of furniture in the future, based on its designs which have been commissioned for the new Paragon factory.

MINARDI HELPS ARGENTINE STAR

A couple of months ago the European Minardi team announced a deal to help the Argentine automobile club to promote young drivers and on Wednesday Martin Basso visited the team's Faenza facility.

MONACO IN FLORIDA?

London Bridge was moved to the United States brick by brick, but CART is hoping that less drastic measures will be required to conjure up the magic of the Monaco Grand Prix.

STEINER JOINS JAGUAR F1 TEAM AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jaguar F1 team principal Niki Lauda's determination to shape his operation into a competitive force has seen him raiding a rival section of the Ford competitions empire to secure the services of Guenther Steiner as Managing Director of the Grand Prix team.

SUHARTO ARRESTED

Tommy Suharto, the Indonesian playboy who once planned to have a Grand Prix in Jakarta, has been arrested after a year on the run from the authorities.

28 NOVEMBER 2001

FERRARI PLANNING TO START 2002 WITH F2002

Ferrari chief designer Rory Bryne has rejected reports that the team will start the 2002 season with the F2001. Bryne admitted that they are experiencing some trouble with the new single unit engine/gearbox, but said they are still on schedule to start next year with the new car.

FRENTZEN AND ARROWS

Despite stories which are circulating to the contrary we believe that Heinz-Harald Frentzen does have some form of agreement with Arrows - even if the actual contract is yet to be signed.

GRANDPRIX.COM AT THE MOTOR SPORTBUSINESS CONFERENCE

The Motor SportBusiness Conference in Monte Carlo on December 13-14 will feature a variety of speakers.

MICHAEL LOSES SOMETHING

Michael Schumacher has sensationally not won a major German sporting award.

MORE STRIFE AT EM.TV

The finance director of EM.TV Marius Schwarz has quit the operation after only three months in the job, having fallen out with the new boss Werner Klatten over whether or not EM.TV should sell its remaining shares in SLEC.

SAUBER TO LAUNCH NEW CAR IN ZURICH ON JANUARY 25

The Sauber team has announced that it will be unveiling its new Sauber Petronas C21 in Zurich on January 25. The car will be raced next year by Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa and while the team cannot really hope to much better than this year.

THE BIRTH OF GPWC HOLDING BV

GPWC is the company that intends to start its own World Championship in 2007 and one can only guess that the name stands for Grand Prix World Championship.

THE CANADIANS RE-EMERGE

According to reports in the Canadian Press a Ottawa group is once again trying to buy Prost Grand Prix. The group was mentioned as a possible buyer of several teams a year or so ago.

WHAT ARE THE REALISTIC HOPES OF PROST GRAND PRIX?

It is not a big surprise to hear that as soon as Prost Grand Prix was placed in redressement judiciare a number of different projects to take over the team began to be mentioned.

27 NOVEMBER 2001

AL WALEED GOES AFTER PROST AGAIN

With Prost Grand Prix on the ropes at the moment, it is no surprise to learn that Prince Al Waleed is back in the picture and is planning to make a bid for the team which he will put to the administrator.

COCHET WINS IN KOREA

Prost Grand Prix test driver Jonathan Cochet has had a frustrating season but he ended it in the best possible way with a dominant victory in the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix at Changwon over the weekend.

HERTA TALKS OF FORMULA 1

Bryan Herta, out of work in CART at the moment, has decided to try and get his name into the frame in Formula 1, aiming for a test drive in 2002.

KUMHO DREAMS OF F1

The Korea tire company Kumho supplied the tires for the International Formula 3 race at Changwon over the weekend and the F3 runners reported that the rubber was pretty impressive.

26 NOVEMBER 2001

BUTTON BOOKS EARLY

You do not have to be a World Champion to have a book written about you these days.

MICHELIN TURNS DOWN BAR?

BAR has announced that it is staying with Bridgestone next year following the signing of a new long-term agreement with the Japanese tire company.

PEUGEOT TAKES WORLD RALLY MANUFACTURERS' TITLE

Peugeot might have failed horribly in Formula 1 but in the world of rallying the French car company has done rather better, winning the Drivers' World Championship last year with Marcus Gronholm and the Manufacturers' title.

RAHAL RELEASES BUDDY RICE

Team Rahal had an option on rising US star Buddy Rice but it seems that this has been allowed to lapse and Rice is now expected to go testing with Team Cheever.

WHO WILL BUY WEST?

The German tobacco company Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH, the owner of the West brand of cigarettes, has enlisted investment bank Merrill Lynch to sell the company as the market conditions are not very suitable for a planned flotation.

25 NOVEMBER 2001

NO MORE F1 IN AFRICA

In August 1998, Bernie Ecclestone flew to South Africa to meet the country's then president Nelson Mandela.

24 NOVEMBER 2001

PAEFGEN GETS VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT ROLE

Volkswagen has confirmed a major reorganization of its brands and its management.

RALLY CHIEF RICHARDS PREDICTS FIVE YEAR PLAN WILL SEE WRC RIVALLING F1

David Richards, the Prodrive founder and commercial rights holder for the World Rally Championship, has stated his belief that top class international rallying will rival F1 racing for slick, cohesive global TV entertainment within about five years.

23 NOVEMBER 2001

AUSTRALIAN ORGANIZERS PROPOSE NEW FENCES TO CORONER

Australian Grand Prix Chairman Ron Walker has announced that the race organizers are to present a number of safety fence design changes to the coroner investigating last year's fatal accident in Albert Park.

ENGE LOOKING FOR WORK

Tomas Enge is hoping to be able to stay on in F1 next season but at the moment the future of the Czech driver is not yet clear.

HAKKINEN SAYS NO PLANS TO TEST

Mika Hakkinen says that at the moment he has no plans to test for the West McLaren Mercedes team next season.

MINIS TO SUPPORT THE AUSTRALIAN GP

The new Mini Cooper will be used for the celebrity challenge race in Melbourne in March.

TOYOTA PLANNING MELBOURNE JAMBOREE

Toyota has not paid much attention to the advice of experienced Formula 1 people to date and risks ending up with egg on its corporate face as a result but the Japanese manufacturer is pushing ahead with plans to take no fewer than 600 VIP guests to the Australian GP.

22 NOVEMBER 2001

ARROWS FILES ACCOUNTS

The Arrows Formula 1 team has recently filed its accounts for the year 2000 at Companies House and, as has long been rumored, the team is in need of more money.

FIA AND WHO TO LAUNCH ANTI-TOBACCO INITIATIVE

The FIA and the World Health Organisation will today launch a campaign called "Tobacco Free Sports". The new initiative will be announced during the third session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

PROST IN "REDRESSEMENT JUDICIARE"

Prost Grand Prix was formally placed in receivership by the Tribunal de Commerce de Versailles on Thursday morning.

PROST IN RECEIVERSHIP

Prost Grand Prix has, as we predicted, been placed in "redressement judiciare" by a court in Versailles.

RALLYING LOOKS TO VIRTUAL REALITY TO CHALLENGE F1

The Formula One group of companies has been more interested in recent years on clamping down on new technology rather than embracing it.

THE TOBACCO FREE SPORTS CAMPAIGN

The World Health Organization today launched its Tobacco Free Sports initiative with WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland being joined by FIA President Max Mosley.

THE TRUTH ABOUT INTERBREW

There are lots of rumors currently circulating in Formula 1 circles about a deal between the Belgian brewing giant Interbrew and Prost Grand Prix.

21 NOVEMBER 2001

CHANGES AHEAD FOR A1

The A1 mobile telephone company, which has played a major role in the funding of the A1 Ring (formerly known as the Osterreichring), may be making some changes in policy if the company falls victim to a takeover.

DINIZ LAUNCHES FORMULA RENAULT IN BRAZIL

Pedro Diniz has not had much to do in recent months as a result of his falling-out with Alain Prost but it seems that the Brazilian multimillionaire has been working on the launch of a Brazilian Formula Renault Championship.

EVEN FORMULA 1 BALLS MAKE MONEY

Event Vision, the organization which organizes the Grand Prix balls, has been sold to a listed company called Podia in a deal worth $3m.

FORD AND BRIDGESTONE LOOK FOR A DEAL

Ford and Bridgestone-Firestone have had talks about re-establishing a relationship which broke down some months ago over who was to blame for a series of accidents which resulted in a series of deaths in the US and a string of law suits.

FRIDAY IS A BIG DAY AT VOLKSWAGEN

No-one knows what will be discussed at the meeting of the Volkswagen supervisory board on Friday but what has been revealed is that this will decide on whether to accept the chairman designate Bernd Pischetsrieder's proposals for the revamping of the company's automobile brands.

IRISH RACING DRIVERS - OR THE LACK OF THEM

A few years ago there seemed to be a never-ending supply of Irish racing drivers but in recent years most of the youngsters have come from Northern Ireland.

MALAYSIA LOSES A PIONEER

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah of the Selangor province, the man who was largely responsible for getting international motor racing to the country, has died at the age of 75.

PROST AND THE BELGIANS

There have been reports in the Belgian press in recent day suggesting that the giant brewing company Interbrew, owner of Stella Artois, Labatt and Becks, could become a major sponsor of the team for the coming season if Prost agrees to run Belgian Formula 3000 driver Bas Leinders.

20 NOVEMBER 2001

FRENTZEN SIGNS FOR ARROWS!

Our spies at Leafield tell us that Heinz-Harald Frentzen has put to pen to paper on an Arrows contract for 2002.

MELBOURNE INQUEST TO BEGIN ON DECEMBER 3

The inquest into the death of a marshal at this year's Australian Grand Prix is due to open in Melbourne on Monday, December 3 and our sources in Australia say that it is likely to last a couple of weeks at the most as the coroner hears various depositions about the accident.

RECESSION - IT'S OFFICIAL

Bernie Ecclestone said the other day that a recession will not hurt Formula 1 although it is not clear whether he was talking about the sport in general or his company of that name.

SCHUMACHER HALF-BROTHER LOOKING FOR RACING ACTION

Sebastian Stahl, Michael and Ralf Schumacher's half brother (but not by blood), is trying to get a serious racing career going in Germany.

19 NOVEMBER 2001

A NEW RENAULT ENGINE?

There continue to be stories that Renault Sport will have a camshaft-less engine.

EX-RACER SET TO BECOME FRENCH MINISTER

Christian Estrosi, who is the French Republican party's spokesman on national security issues, has suggested that if the Republicans are elected to power in June next year the party will create a new ministry for national security which will link together the various forces of law and order.

PISCHETSREIDER CONFIRMS VW SPORTING DIVISION

The Ford Motor Company may have its own Premier Automotive Group but Volkswagen AG under its new chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder will have a sporting division, when the German takes control of the firm in April 2002.

18 NOVEMBER 2001

SATO WINS MACAU

Takuma Sato has become the first Japanese driver to win the Macau Grand Prix with a strong performance in the two races on Sunday in his Carlin Motorsport Dallara-Mugen.

17 NOVEMBER 2001

BAR BOSS POLLOCK SAYS HIS TEAM MUST SHARPEN UP ITS ACT

BAR must sharpen up its act in 2002 and whatever changes that are necessary will be made by the management in a bid to ensure its future success.

BRIATORE TO STAY AT RENAULT FOR THREE MORE YEARS

Flavio Briatore says that he is to remain in charge of the Renault Sport F1 team for the next three years. Briatore says that he had the agreement of Renault Sport chairman Patrick Faure.

BURTI JOINS BADOER ON FERRARI F1 TEST TEAM

Ferrari ramped up the F1 stakes today with the announcement that Luca Badoer would be joined on the test team from the start of next season by the 26-year old Brazilian driver Luciano Burti.

DAVIDSON PULLS OUT OF MACAU

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson has pulled out of the Macau Grand Prix and is now facing several weeks in which he will be unable to do any running in racing cars following a crash in practice on Thursday.

16 NOVEMBER 2001

ALESI AGREES TO RACE DTM MERCEDES NEXT SEASON

Jean Alesi has firmly agreed to drive an AMG Mercedes CLK in next year's DTM touring car series.

ANDERLECHT AND FEYENOORD SIGN UP WITH PREMIER1 GRAND PRIX

The Premier1 Grand Prix series continues to make the most of the lack of F1 news at the moment and has announced that two more soccer teams have been signed up for the planned racing series next year.

BRUNNER'S TOYOTA TO HAVE MINARDI INFLUENCE?

Formula 1 designers tend to develop themes these days and so there has been speculation in recent months that Gustav Brunner's Toyota F1 car will probably have a strong flavor of Minardi about it.

DAVIDSON'S PAIN IN THE NECK

British American Racing's Anthony Davidson had a big accident in qualifying for the Macau GP and spent the night in the hospital under observation after complaining of neck pains.

HUGE TURN OUT FOR KEN TYRRELL'S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Guildford cathedral turned into a who's who of international motor racing yesterday afternoon as a galaxy of F1 personalities turned out for a service of thanksgiving for the life of Ken Tyrrell.

INTERIM TEST CARS COMING FROM MCLAREN AND WILLIAMS

The McLaren-Mercedes and BMW Williams team are busy preparing uprated versions of their 2001 cars in readiness for the resumption of F1 testing from 3 January.

KIRCH AND LIBERTY MEDIA

The talks currently taking place between Kirch Pay-TV and the American group Liberty should not have any dramatic effect on Formula 1 unless the acquisition by Liberty of shares in the struggling business could lead to F1 pay-per-view on television in the United States.

MONTEZEMOLO CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS FERRARI BOSS

It is 10 years since Luca di Montezemolo took over the running of Ferrari and in that time he has achieved great success for the production car business and for the racing team.

MUGEN TO ENTER SPORTSCAR RACING

Mugen has announced plans to build an engine for sports car racing in 2002.

PRO-F1 FORD EXECUTIVE GETS NEW JOB IN JAPAN

Richard Parry-Jones, Ford's Vice President for product development, is to be the new head of the Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan.

WEBBER TO RACE IN AMERICA?

Mark Webber, the Benetton test driver, was planning to concentrate on Formula 1 in the next few months, hoping to get a break in Grand Prix racing.

15 NOVEMBER 2001

AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY STRONG DESPITE RECESSION

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has announced that the automobile industry in Europe is strong, despite the weak economy.

FRENTZEN AND ARROWS

The German media is reporting that Heinz-Harald Frentzen is close to agreeing a deal to race for Arrows in 2002. Frentzen has visited the Leafield factory.

LOLA AIMING FOR F1 SUB-CONTRACT WORK?

With the future of CART uncertain and the Indy Racing League cars not really expensive enough to warrant a lot of research and development, Lola Cars in Huntingdon is rumored to be looking to Formula 1 teams to stop the loss of good young engineers to F1 teams and to keep up the revenues.

MILLER TO GO TO INDIANAPOLIS - AND TO EUROPE?

The Miller Brewing Company is expected to announce at the end of the week that it will be sponsoring an assault on the Indianapolis 500 next year by Team Rahal.

THE ECONOMY WAITS FOR NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN

It is a curious fact that the world's economy is currently hanging on what happens to a fugitive terrorist somewhere in the wastes of Afghanistan, but there is little doubt that this is the case.

14 NOVEMBER 2001

HYUNDAI DOING WELL

The Korean car company Hyundai, which has admitted to having ambitions in Formula 1, is doing remarkably well at the moment, despite the world's economic problems.

OCTAGON PARENT MAKES BIG LOSS

The Interpublic Group of Companies, which owns Octagon Motorsport, has just announced a $477.5m loss for the third-quarter.

PREMIER 1 CONFIRMS MILLION DOLLAR RACE PURSE

A one million dollar purse for each of their two race meetings on the international calendar was promised by the organizers of Premier 1 grand prix.

VETERAN LUTZ TO HEAD GM US OPERATIONS

General Motors has announced that it is putting 69-year-old former Chrysler executive Bob Lutz in charge of its North American automotive operations.

13 NOVEMBER 2001

DISASTER FUND NETS BIG PRIZE FROM INDIANAPOLIS

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has raised $187,356 for the victims of the World Trade Center from its auction of F1 apparel worn by the drivers in this year's United States Grand Prix.

FORMULA 3 TAKES CENTER STAGE

With Formula 1 testing now finished for six weeks and only a few early Formula 1 launches to look forward to, the attention of race fans around the world will be on Formula 3 with the annual Macau Grand Prix.

FORSYTHE CLOSES SECONDARY CART TEAM

Jerry Forsythe, a shareholder in British American Racing and various other racing enterprises including the Rockingham oval in Britain, has shut down his secondary CART team because he cannot find any sponsorship for next season.

WHAT DOES JAGUAR RACING DO NOW?

Having very publicly failed to sign up Adrian Newey and, more recently, the Williams design duo of Gavin Fisher and Geoff Willis, Jaguar Racing seems to have run out of options for new technical managers.

WHEN GETTING IN THE PAPERS IS NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA

Flavio Briatore has always liked to be in the newspapers.

WILL PEACE LEAD TO PROSPERITY?

In recent weeks there has been much scare-mongering about the financing of Formula 1 in the immediate future. This has been the result of the downturn in the US economy which followed the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

12 NOVEMBER 2001

BARRICHELLO WINS KART ENDURO

Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and Mario Haberfeld teamed up on Sunday to win the Granja Viana kart race on Sunday in Sao Paulo.

BRISCOE TRIES TOYOTA F1 CAR

Just a few days before there is a total ban on testing in Formula 1, Ryan Briscoe was given his first runs at the wheel of the Toyota F1 car at Paul Ricard in the south of France.

THE MELBOURNE INQUEST

It is now eight months since Jacques Villeneuve's BAR-Honda cartwheeled down the wall at Albert Park, sending parts flying in all directions.

11 NOVEMBER 2001

BERNIE DECIDES AGAINST RUSSIAN EMBASSY MOVE

Bernie Ecclestone, now officially Britain's third richest citizen, has apparently been out looking for more shrewd opportunities on the UK property market.

PUTIN LAUNCHES AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME IN RUSSIA

Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian federation, has called on all Russia's citizens to help the police combat organized crime.

SILVERSTONE UNDER ATTACK FROM BBC WATCHDOG

BBC Television's prime time consumer affairs program Watchdog screened an investigation into ticket prices at the British GP next year and called in Octagon Motorsport Rob Bain to justify the hike.

TYRRELL MEMORIAL SERVICE THIS WEEK

A memorial service for the late Ken Tyrrell will take place on Thursday at Guildford Cathedral in Surrey.

VODAFONE SPONSORSHIP DEALS QUESTIONED AS PHONE COMPANY PREPARES TO WRITE OFF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Vodafone, the mobile phone giant which has committed itself to backing both the Ferrari team and Manchester United football club is tightening its belt for some disastrous trading figures to be announced on Tuesday (13 November).

10 NOVEMBER 2001

CHINA MOVES CLOSER TO WEST

China has made a major step towards becoming integrated into the global economy by finally getting membership of the World Trade Organization

EDDIE IRVINE LEADS F1 DRIVERS - IN TERMS OF AGE

Eddie Irvine turns 36 today and with the retirement from Formula 1 of Jean Alesi, the Jaguar racing driver looks set to become the doyen of the sport next year.

9 NOVEMBER 2001

BMW SALES KEEP GOING UP

While most of the car companies have reported a drop in sales figures since the terrorist attacks of September 11, BMW has just reported that its worldwide sales in October were up by 18.5 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.

MATESCHITZ CONFIRMS AMERICAN TEAM DREAM

Dietrich Mateschitz's claims that he is intending to create an American F1 team (an odd thing for an Austrian to be doing) have been confirmed.

THE JORDAN PRESSURE COOKER

The return of Gary Anderson to Jordan Grand Prix is an interesting move for both men. But it likely to cause some trouble.

8 NOVEMBER 2001

ALESI TESTS MERCEDES DTM

Jean Alesi tried his hand in a Mercedes-Benz touring car at Hockenheim on Wednesday and enjoyed himself enormously.

ARROWS TAKES PARTNER TO COURT

Arrows launched legal action against Coral, saying the betting company is in breach of a sponsorship agreement. Coral is the owner of Eurobet.

F1 EYES US MARKETS AS CART STUMBLES

The Formula 1 authorities are watching developments in the United States of America closely as CART tries to figure out how to survive.

SAELENS SAMPLES F1 CAR AT MISANO

At the recent European Minardi day at the Santa Monica (Misano) Circuit, Minardi F3000 driver David Saelens had his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car.

7 NOVEMBER 2001

AUDI BOSS TO BE DUMPED

Reports in The Financial Times indicate that Volkswagen will shortly announce the departure of Franz-Josef Paefgen, the chief executive of Audi.

CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS BEGIN AGAINST HAFFA

The Bavarian state prosecution service has announced that it has started criminal proceedings against Thomas Haffa and his brother Florian.

FERRARI TO BEGIN CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE IN OLD CAR

The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Ferrari will begin defense of their championship using a revised version of the F2001 chassis instead of a new design.

GARY ANDERSON RETURNS TO THE JORDAN F1 TEAM

Gary Anderson, the man who oversaw the design of every F1 Jordan from 1990 to 98, is returning to the Silverstone-based team after a spell working with the rival Jaguar squad and Reynard Motorsport.

JAGUAR AND CARLIN SIGN COURTNEY

Australia's James Courtney is to lead the British Formula 3 Championship-winning Carlin Motorsport team in 2002. He will also be the Jaguar Racing test driver next year.

NICK WIRTH APPOINTED REYNARD TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Nick Wirth, the former Benetton team chief designer and the man behind the Simtek F1 squad in 1994-95, is returning to front line motor racing as Technical Director for Reynard Motorsport.

TRULLI WANTS PEACE

Jarno Trulli is among 240 Italian-based sportsmen and women who have signed a petition calling on the United States and its allies to stop military action in Afghanistan.

6 NOVEMBER 2001

CART ANNOUNCES 2002 CALENDAR

The CART series has announced a new 19-race calendar for next year.

COCA-COLA EXTENDS NORDIC DEAL

Coca-Cola Europe Ltd. has extended its title sponsorship of the Nordic Racing Formula 3000 team for an additional two years.

HONDA TAKES HOME CART TITLE NUMBER FOUR

Honda may be pulling out of CART at the end of 2002 but the company has just wrapped up its fourth Manufacturer's Championship in the American series, despite strong opposition from Ford and Toyota.

KEEP AN EYE ON KOREA

Formula 1 teams are constantly in search of new sponsorship and with the world teetering on the edge of a recession, the marketers are delving into new markets which are doing better than the traditional F1 revenue bases.

5 NOVEMBER 2001

COCHET TO RACE IN MACAU

Having nothing better to do at the moment Prost test driver Jonathan Cochet will go back to Formula 3 for the forthcoming Macau Grand Prix in an effort to relaunch his once-promising career.

ECCLESTONE GETS RICHER

Bernie Ecclestone once again heads The Sunday Times's list of high earners in Britain in 2001 with an income estimated to be worth around $1.1bn in the last 12 months.

HEAD PROMOTES YOUNGSTERS TO AERODYNAMIC ROLE

Williams technical director Patrick Head has promoted from within his current engineering staff, nominating two young aerodynamic engineers to replace Geoff Willis.

WILLIAMS NOT BUYING NEWCASTLE UNITED

It was a quiet weekend for the sports pages of the British national newspapers and so one dreamed up the idea that Frank Williams was going to buy a stake in English premier league soccer club Newcastle United.

WILSON GOES TO CALIFORNIA

FIA Formula 3000 champion Justin Wilson travelled to the final CART race at the California Speedway at the weekend, looking for a job in 2002.

4 NOVEMBER 2001

FANS WISH MIKA A HAPPY HOLIDAY

An estimated 30,000 race fans turned up on Saturday in Stuttgart to see Mika Hakkinen off on his sabbatical year.

3 NOVEMBER 2001

BRAZILIAN KART RACE ATTRACTS STAR NAMES

The annual Granja Viana 500 mile kart race at Interlagos, which is due to take place on November 10, had attracted many of the top names in Brazilian motorsport.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER TO LIFT STAKE IN ILMOR

Mercedes-Benz boss Jurgen Hubbert has confirmed that DaimlerChrysler is discussing buying the shares in Ilmor Engineering owned by the Morgan Family and those of Roger Penske. The two parties each own 25% of the Ilmor business.

DINIZ SAYS PROST FUTURE WILL BE SORTED BY DECEMBER

Pedro Diniz, who owns 40% of Prost Grand Prix, has said that he has left the team because he was not in agreement with the way it was being run. Diniz added that he expects the future of the team to be sorted by December at the latest but said that only a miracle would guarantee its survival.

MICHELIN SWITCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT LOOKS SAYS DENNIS

McLaren's CEO Ron Dennis has explained that his team's decision to switch to Michelin rubber in 2002 has nothing to do with any doubt that it could not continue to be successful using Bridgestone tires.

RENAULT TAKES ALONSO

Renault Sport has taken on Fernando Alonso to be its second test driver in 2002. The news means that the Spaniard will not be racing next year but will do testing work alongside the team's number one tester Mark Webber.

ROCKINGHAM APPLIES FOR F1 TEST LICENCE

There are only a limited number of tracks in Britain which have licences for Formula 1 testing and that has created significant problems with bookings.

2 NOVEMBER 2001

A CRISIS MEETING AT PROST

Rumors are circulating in France that Prost Grand Prix is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection, although the stories have been denied by the team.

ALESI CONSIDERS FUTURE

RECENTLY retired F1 star Jean Alesi has been testing the waters outside the premier division recently to determine what will be the next step in his career.

ANOTHER RACE TRACK FOR CHINA

There is another new multi-million dollar motor racing facility in China.

BROWNING LEAVES JAGUAR!

A day after Ford Motor Company boss Jacques Nasser was removed from office in the United States of America, Jaguar Cars managing-director Jonathan Browning has left the company and the suggestion is that others in the company may be on the way out as well because of plans to introduce a new committee to oversee Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin.

JAGUAR TO LAUNCH R3 ON JANUARY 4

The new Jaguar-Cosworth R3 will be launched in Britain on January 4.

MERCEDES BOSS WARNS THAT THE CLOCK IS RUNNING ON AN INDEPENDENT GP SERIES

DaimlerChrysler board director Jurgen Hubbert has warned media group Kirch that it has 12 months left to sort out its stance over commercial rights - or face the prospect of the major car makers pressing ahead to form an independent series when the Concorde Agreement expires in 2007.

NIPPON MITSUBISHI OIL TO MOVE INTO SPONSORSHIP?

We have been hearing rumors for some time from Europe that Japan's Nippon Mitsubishi Oil company may be in the process of expanding its involvement in Formula 1.

THE JOYS OF MOSCOW

It seems that Formula 1 people are right to be worried about the idea of hosting a race in Moscow. On Friday morning one of the city's leading administrators was gunned down and killed.

WHO ON THE ATTACK AGAIN

The World Health Organisation is pushing governments not to accept tobacco industry promises of self-regulation with regard to advertising.

1 NOVEMBER 2001

CLINTON TO VISIT AUSTRALIAN GP?

Former US President Bill Clinton will be in Melbourne on business in the week of the Australian Grand Prix and has been invited to attend the event by race organizer Ron Walker.

FIA VOTES THROUGH TESTING REGULATIONS

The FIA says that it will shortly publish the latest regulations regarding testing restrictions in Formula 1 and says that McLaren boss Ron Dennis was wrong in Japan when he suggested that the governing body had not carried out the correct procedures in deciding the rules.

FORMULA 1 TEAMS PLANNING DECEMBER LAUNCHES

With the current ban on testing in Formula 1 and the fact that the rules for next year are unchanged teams are going to be ready with new cars earlier than ever so that the new machinery can undergo development and reliability work before the new season opens in Melbourne in March.

HONDA GETTING HEALTHIER

Honda's Formula 1 program may not be very spectacular at the moment but the company's general financial health is improving with sales in Japan this year nearly doubling in the last six months.

MORE HONORS FOR STEWART

Jackie Stewart has received the 2001 Lifetime of Achievement Award for his services to motor racing from the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation.

MOSLEY REJECTS FORGERY CLAIMS

The FIA President Max Mosley says that suggestions that one of the signatures on documents at the United States Grand Prix was forged are incorrect.

THE WAY OF THE WORLD IN MOSCOW

Although Russia is polishing up its international image and trying to give the impression that it is getting away from the bad old days of being run by criminal gangs, the country still has a long way to go before all its problems are solved.

VW DOING WELL

Volkswagen has bucked the trend in the automobile world and has recorded a 9.8% rise in pre-tax profits for the third quarter, making a pre-tax profit of $895m.