NEWS ARCHIVE

31 DECEMBER 2001

LAUDA PLAYS FOR TIME

Ford's Premier Performance Division CEO Niki Lauda has given 2003 as the deadline for seeing the team break out of the bottom half of the Formula 1 field rather than 2002.

LET THE BATTLE COMMENCE...

The testing ban, which has kept the Formula 1 teams in check for the last 10 weeks, is over and testing can begin although it is not expected that there will be much action this week as teams decided to give their employees a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

NOTHING FOR RACERS IN HONOURS LIST

The British Government's New Year's Honours List featured no recognition at all for the motorsport business - not even a medal for England's first World Rally Champion Richard Burns.

SCHUMACHER WANTS NEW CAR AS FERRARI SELLS HIS OLD ONES

Reigning champion Michael Schumacher has sent a clear signal that he will not be best pleased to begin next season in the much-revised Ferrari F2001 with which he took victory in the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

SCHUMACHER WINS AGAIN

French daily sports newspaper L'Equipe has named Michael Schumacher as their sportsman of 2001 just days after naming his team, Ferrari, as team of 2001.

30 DECEMBER 2001

WALKINSHAW'S RUGBY TROUBLES

Tom Walkinshaw has always had a lot of things on his plate.

WHO DESERVES TO BE HONORED?

British Honours are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or service.

29 DECEMBER 2001

AMERICA AND F1 - A LONG WAY TO GO

The impact of Formula 1 in the United States of America is still minimal despite the positive reception of the sport in the last 18 months.

CAN ASIATECH CUT THE MUSTARD IN 2002?

The Asiatech engine company's future is on the line in 2002.

FRANCE LOOKS THE OTHER WAY...

The survival of Prost Grand Prix will get little air time in France in the next few weeks as attention in France turns to the annual Paris-Dakar extravaganza.

RICHARDS UNDER PRESSURE TO PROVE RALLYING COMMITMENT

David Richards may have hit the headlines in his new role as BAR F1 team principal, but his decision to take over this role has dismayed some rally team chiefs who suspect he will not have sufficient time available to concentrate on his position as commercial rights holder for the World Rally Championship.

SENNA FRAUDSTER UNDONE

A stockbroker trading on his association with the late triple champion Ayrton Senna has been set a gigantic fine in the wake of a 'heinous' campaign of fraud.

VILLENEUVE WILL MAKE DECISION ON BAR FUTURE AFTER FIRST TEST

Jacques Villeneuve has indicated that he will decide on whether or not to stay with British American Racing after his first test in the BAR 004 which starts at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on 7 January.

28 DECEMBER 2001

ANOTHER EUROPEAN OVAL

The derelict oval circuit at Sitges-Terramar in Catalunya is preparing for restoration for a limited amount of historic events each year, to be renamed as the Motor Sport Resort.

FRENTZEN CONTINUES TO DENY A DEAL

Heinz-Harald Frentzen says that he has not signed any deal with Arrows - although he has admitted talking in depth to the team about a deal.

MALAYSIANS TARGETING ASIA MARKETS

The organizers of the Malaysian Grand Prix are hoping to attract 100,000 spectators for the event in March and has been targeting a number of countries in the region in an effort to ensure that there is a larger crowd than there was last year.

SWISS INFLUX

Michael Schumacher will be joined by a whole host of Formula 1 talent in 2002 as the F1 paddock gets neighborly in Switzerland.

THE DRIVER MARKET IN 2003

With all the sensible drives for 2002 now sorted out, the attention of the F1 team bosses and the driver managers will be shifting towards what will happen in 2003 with one or two variables which will make the market pretty interesting in the months ahead.

THE NEED TO LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE

The complicated dealings of Europe's media companies may not seem to have much of an influence on the future of Formula 1 but they are rather more significant than they would appear to be.

27 DECEMBER 2001

AWARDS ALL ROUND

Ferrari has been named team of the year by the French daily sports newspaper L'Equipe, easily outrunning the nearest challengers by taking nearly 28% of the vote.

FRENTZEN AND ARROWS

As we suggested a month ago Heinz-Harald Frentzen is to drive for Arrows in 2002, although the announcement is still not official at the moment.

RENAULT HELPS BALLOON TEAM

The Renault Sport Formula 1 team has lent its facilities to British hot air ballooning duo Andy Elson and Colin Prescott, who are aiming to set a new altitude record.

WHAT DID RICHARDS PAY FOR BAR?

The big question being discussed in Formula 1 circles at the moment is how much Prodrive will have agreed to pay to buy out the partners in British American Racing.

26 DECEMBER 2001

HOCKENHEIM WORK TO START ON JANUARY 2

The rebuilding work at the Hockenheimring in Germany will begin on January 2 with the $50m upgrading of the circuit which hosts the German Grand Prix.

25 DECEMBER 2001

REUTEMANN AIMING FOR HIGH OFFICE?

Amid the financial and political maelstrom that is Argentina at the present time, former Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams F1 driver Carlos Reutemann, is reportedly considering running for the presidency.

SCHUMACHER AND THE SWISS LANDSCAPE FOUNDATION

World Champion Michael Schumacher's plans to set up home in the Swiss town of Wolfhalden have reportedly been deal a blow by the Swiss foundation for the maintenance and preservation of the landscape.

24 DECEMBER 2001

F1 STRUGGLES TO UNDERSTAND NEW TECHNOLOGY

It is widely believed that the restructuring of the way in which television works in the years ahead will have a detrimental effect on the financing of the sport and many F1 marketing men are keeping a close eye on the media markets to see what developments are taking place.

FINANCIAL TROUBLES FOR MOSCOW RACE?

There are stories circulating in F1 circles that the planned Russian Grand Prix in Moscow has run into financial trouble with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone because he has asked for the majority of the money for the race to be paid upfront.

FITTIPALDI INJURED

Racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi has injured himself on an evening bicycle ride near his Florida home.

MANNING HOPES FOR AN F1 BREAK

Darren Manning has failed to make much of an impression in Formula 3000 in the last couple of years and until recently was looking to a future with the Premier 1 Grand Prix series.

MCLAREN ENGINEERS CONCENTRATE ON MICHELIN LINK

The McLaren Mercedes team is trying to improve in all areas of performance for the year ahead but there is one specific area of development which the Woking team is concentrating on at the moment.

TURKEY'S F1 DREAMS

Last summer there were stories that Turkey was trying to put together a bid to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix. At the time it looked as though it might be related to the FIA elections which were due in September.

23 DECEMBER 2001

ANOTHER FAMOUS NAME

The current trend is for sons of famous 1970s drivers to try to make their way in the sport.

CHINA GIVES SHANGHAI THE GREEN LIGHT

The South China Morning Post has confirmed that the proposed Formula 1 circuit near the planned motor city near Shanghai will be built with a view to attracting Formula 1 possibly by 2004.

FORSYTHE QUITS CART BOARD

Gerry Forsythe has not had a good week.

UNDERSTANDING HONDA

Understanding the motives of the Honda Motor Company in Formula 1 has never been easy.

WILLI AND WILLIAMS

Willi Weber has written on Ralf Schumacher's web site demanding that issues within the team should be straightened out man-to-man rather than through the media, which might strike some as the pot calling the kettle black...

22 DECEMBER 2001

ARGENTINA FALLS INTO CHAOS

Argentina's dreams of sending young racing drivers to Europe and rebuilding its once great reputation as a motor racing nation are in tatters following the recent economic problems in the country, which has enormous foreign debts.

HANDFORD ON THE MOVE?

The latest whispers from Milton Keynes are that Jaguar Racing's chief aerodynamicist Mark Handford may be on the move at the end of this month.

JAGUAR SPONSOR HSBC FACES LOSSES AS KIRCH CONFIRMS NEW PROBLEMS

More bad news for F1 backers emerged today (22 December) with the news that Jaguar Racing's major sponsor HSBC faces potential $720 million losses as a result of the Argentina economy facing meltdown

MONTOYA GETS A GIFT

Juan Pablo Montoya's trip to Brazil promoting the BMW Williams fuel supplier Petrobras brought about a meeting with Sid Mosca, a regular face in the Brazilian racing community.

21 DECEMBER 2001

ARROWS AND JAGUAR - IS THE WINDTUNNEL DEAL ON OR OFF?

The deal between Arrows and Jaguar racing over the Bedford windtunnel may not be going through as planned.

F1 WINDING DOWN FOR THE CHRISTMAS BREAK

Although the production departments of the Formula 1 teams will remain flat out over the Christmas period, producing parts for the 2002 cars, the decision-makers in the sport are now beginning to drift away for their Christmas holidays and that means that political activity will die down for a while.

KIRCH VOWS TO HOLD ON TO ITS EMPIRE

The Kirch Gruppe says it will ride the crisis if News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch forces it to buy him out of the Pay-TV business Premiere next autumn.

MONTEZEMOLO TO RUN GPWC?

Representatives of Honda and Toyota will be welcomed at the next meeting of members of the planned Grand Prix World Championship, which will take place in January.

WHAT CHANCE NOW FOR PROST GRAND PRIX?

The writing is on the wall at Guyancourt and Alain Prost is clearly worried.

20 DECEMBER 2001

JORDAN REVEALS TERMS OF HONDA DEAL

On the heels of BAR's announcement that Honda has extended their partnership with the Brackley-based team for another three years, Jordan has revealed that they have two years remaining on a three year contract with Honda.

LAUDA; ONE OFF TEST WILL NOT MEAN REGULAR F1 OUTINGS

Niki Lauda has explained that his test outing at Valencia on 13 January will be a one-off and not a prelude to a regular test program for the Jaguar team's 52-year old team principal.

MELBOURNE INQUEST ENDS, AUSTRALIAN GP GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

The coroner who investigated the death of course marshal Graham Beveridge said Thursday that his findings would not affect the race's future, and that he would not interfere with the 2002 event taking place.

SILVERSTONE CHANGES PIT COMPLEX

Octagon Motorsport has announced plans to rebuild Silverstone's current pit complex to better accommodate spectators, while plans to build a new pit complex exclusively for Formula One, on the straight after Club corner, have been abandoned.

19 DECEMBER 2001

LAUDA TO TEST NEW JAGUAR IN JANUARY

Jaguar Managing Director Niki Lauda plans to get behind the wheel of his team's new championship contender, the R3, in January in order to better understand the car.

POOK TO LEAD CART

CART announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has elected Long Beach Grand Prix founder Chris Pook as its new president and chief executive officer, effectively immediately.

THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE AT BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

The celebrations are over and the bunting has been taken down and stowed away until the team's next new F1 car launch.

18 DECEMBER 2001

BAHRAIN TRACK REVEALED

The Tilke company, which designs and oversees the building of racing circuits around the world, has revealed its plans for a new track in Bahrain.

BAR TO NAME FUKUDA?

BAR is to launch today and while there will be much attention on the name of the new team boss - David Richards - there will be some interest over who will be the test drivers for the team next season.

BRUNOTTI SIGNS SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH BAR

Perhaps lost in the excitement of a new car, a new Managing Director, a new long-term engine deal with Honda and a new test driver, BAR also announced at the launch of its BAR004 contender that sportswear manufacturer Brunotti has signed a sponsorship deal with the team.

ECCLESTONE PRESENT AS TOYOTA LAUNCHES NEW F1 CAR

Bernie Ecclestone, the most powerful man in formula one, took his private jet from Biggin Hill to Cologne yesterday in order to be present at the official unveiling of the all-new Toyota grand prix challenger which Mika Salo and Scotland's Allan McNish will debut in the Australian grand prix on 3 March next.

FUKUDA NAMED BAR TEST DRIVER

French Formula 3 Champion Ryo Fukuda has been confirmed as one of British American Racing's test drivers, signing a long-term contract.

NOW WHAT DOES POLLOCK DO?

The departure of Craig Pollock from British American Racing is likely to have a number of side-effects, not least the fact that Jacques Villeneuve's future with the team must now be questioned.

RICHARDS JOINS BAR, HONDA RENEW

BAR revealed their 2002 chassis this morning, and it was announced, as expected, that David Richards is taking over as Team Principal.

UKRAINE PRESIDENT VETOES TOBACCO INITIATIVE

Leonid Kuchma, the president of Ukraine, has vetoed a November 15 law which was intended to stop all alcohol and tobacco advertising in the country.

VILLENEUVE COULD QUIT BAR

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion, could quit as team leader of British American Racing after his mentor Craig Pollock was forced to resign as managing director earlier this week.

17 DECEMBER 2001

HERE COMES DAVID RICHARDS

One has to feel a little bit sorry for Craig Pollock.

PANASONIC TOYOTA F1 TEAM UNVEILS RACE CAR FOR 2002

Toyota's competition headquarters at Cologne was the scene of the official unveiling of the new TF102 Grand Prix challenger this morning which will see World Championship competition for the first time on 3 March.

POLLOCK STEPS DOWN AT BAR

Craig Pollock announced Monday that he will step down as Managing Director and Team Principal of BAR to pursue other interests.

SATO TESTS AT INTERLAGOS

Takuma Sato has been busy lapping Brazil's Interlagos circuit in a Formula 3 car in readiness for his first appearance at the circuit in 2002 as a Formula 1 driver.

TOYOTA ANNOUNCES AOL TIME WARNER SPONSORSHIP

Toyota Motorsport announced during the launch of their TF102 Monday, that AOL Time Warner has become an official team partner.

WILLIAMS SIGNS PIZZONIA AS SECOND TEST DRIVER

Williams BMW announced Monday that they have signed Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia as an official test driver for 2002 to assist Marc Gene with testing duties.

ZANARDI GETS ARTIFICIAL LEGS

Alex Zanardi has stood up with artificial limbs for the first time since his accident in September.

15 DECEMBER 2001

CANADA WINS FIA RACE AWARD

The FIA Prize-giving gala took place at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club on Friday night with all the FIA World Champions being honored for their achievements in 2001.

HARRY POTTER A THREAT TO F1?

Formula 1 is not getting sponsorship from as many global brands at it should be getting, according to some of the top marketers in the sport.

KYALAMI TO BE REDEVELOPED

The latest word from South Africa is that the Kyalami circuit in the suburbs of Johannesberg is to be redeveloped once again with half the current circuit being sold off for a housing development, leaving a track which will be only about two miles in length.

MINARDI TO TEST FORMULA EURO OPEN STARS

The Minardi team was very happy this year with the performances of Fernando Alonso and is now looking at a series of other young men who have done well in the Formula Euro Open Telefonica by Nissan series.

RACING IN THE FUTURE

The Prodrive company and the British government are working together to examine new environmentally-friendly forms of national motorsport for the long term.

RICHARDS STEPS BACK FROM RALLYING - TO DO WHAT?

David Richards, the commercial rights holder of the World Rally Championship, is to step back from his day-to-day involvement in the organization of the series.

14 DECEMBER 2001

A SIGNIFICANT HAPPENING IN MONACO

The World Motor Sport Council meets in Monaco today and all the issues of the moment will be sorted out - probably without much drama.

BRITISH GP GETS OK IN MONACO

The British Grand Prix received the go ahead for 2002 from the FIA World MotorSport Council in Monaco today.

BRITISH SPORTS MINISTER SUPPORTS SILVERSTONE AS WORLD COUNCIL MEETS

The FIA World Motor Sport Council meets in Monaco later today with the big issue being whether or not the British GP will get a place on the 2002 calendar.

COCHET AND ARROWS

There are suggestions in France that Prost test driver Jonathan Cochet might be signed up by Arrows. This would only come about if France Telecom, the owner of title sponsor Orange wanted Cochet in one of the cars.

F1 ON THE RADIO IN THE UNITED STATES

Formula 1 will be given massive radio coverage in the United States next year with plans for a syndicated live two-hour broadcast from every Grand Prix starting in Melbourne in March.

JAGUAR STRENGTHENS ITS MANAGEMENT TEAM

Niki Lauda's revamping of the Jaguar Racing Formula 1 team continues with two new key appointments.

POST-TOBACCO SPONSORS MORE DEMANDING

Jim Wright, the marketing director of Williams F1 says that F1 teams need be more "creative and sensitive" as Formula 1 heads towards a future without tobacco sponsorship.

13 DECEMBER 2001

BAHRAIN REVEALS CIRCUIT PLANS

The State of Bahrain Ministry of Works has revealed details of the racing circuit it is building on a 400 acres site. The track, which has been designed by the German engineering company Tilke, will have a variety of different configurations including a dragstrip and two short circuits which can operate independently of one another.

BERNIE THREATENS BELGIAN GP

F1 frontman Bernie Ecclestone has threatened that the Belgian Grand Prix could be cut from the 2003 F1 calendar if the government imposes a national ban on tobacco advertising.

BROTHER EXTENDS JORDAN SPONSORSHIP

Jordan Grand Prix announced Thursday that Brother International has extended its sponsorship deal with the team through the 2003 season.

CART COULD CHANGE NAME IN MARKETING REVIEW

CART, America's "most advanced form of auto racing" could be given a name change as part of a marketing review by the open-wheel series brand.

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS MULTIPLY FOR F1 RIGHTS HOLDER KIRCH

F1 commercial rights holder and media group Kirch sustained another body blow to its credibility today (13 December) when Rupert Murdoch's BskyB organization admitted it is poised to write off its $2 billion stake in the ailing German company which is battling against huge debts.

FOLZ TO HEAD ACEA

ACEA, the European association of automobile manufacturers, is the organization behind plans to launch a Grand Prix World Championship in 2008.

JAGUAR RACING SECURE CLAIMS MARKETING CHIEF

The future of Jaguar Racing is in safe hands the UK-based F1 team's director of marketing told delegates at the Motor SportBusiness Conference in Monte Carlo.

JAGUAR RACING TO GET CASTROL BACKING

Although the deal has yet to be announced we understand that BP will be backing Jaguar Racing in 2002 but it will be doing it with the Castrol brand rather than the main BP company.

MORGAN GRENFELL SUES EM.TV

It may be ancient history in the fast-moving world of Formula 1 but it is worth mentioning that Morgan Grenfell Private Equity investors are suing EM.TV in an effort to recover some of the money which was lost after EM.TV's shares tumbled last year.

RENAULT ANNOUNCES DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Renault has announced plans to help the careers of various young drivers in the years ahead and has selected Eric Salignon (France), Robert Kubica (Poland), Fabio Carbone (Brazil) and Carlo Van Dam (Holland) as its chosen drivers. The four drivers are at different stages of their F1 careers.

SPONSORSHIP RETHINK REQUIRED SAYS EXPERTS

Motor Sport needs to rethink its marketing messages if it wants to stay in pole position as a sponsorship vehicle according to a panel of leading marketers from both sides of the Atlantic.

12 DECEMBER 2001

BRITISH GP - CRISIS OVER?

The flurry of activity in recent days about the future of the British Grand Prix may be over.

EUROPEAN CAR MAKERS WORRY AS FIAT CUTS BACK

The European car companies may be talking big about starting their own Grand Prix championship but the industry is worried about what cuts will be needed as a result of the current recession.

MIAMI MAKES A BID...

"The Forge GP", a charity Karting race held through the streets of South Beach on December 5th may have been more meaningful than might first appear.

ORANGE AIMING FOR GERMAN MARKETS?

France Telecom is trying to take over the German mobile telephone company Mobilcom AG, in which it holds a 28.5% shareholding.

TEAM BOSSES IMPRESSED BY NEW PAUL RICARD

Bernie Ecclestone recently flew a number of the Formula 1 team principals down to the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France to try to convince them to send their test teams to the circuit in the months ahead.

TEAMS DISCUSS THE END OF QUALIFYING ENGINES

It is being reported that the Formula 1 teams discussed limiting the cars to two engines per Grand Prix event at last month's Technical Working Group meeting.

11 DECEMBER 2001

AVON IN PLAY?

Avon Rubber, once a Formula 1 tire manufacturer and today the tire supplier for Formula 3000, has announced that it made a loss in 2001 and has decided to close its factory in Trowbridge, England with the loss of 285 jobs.

BAR TO HIRE ANOTHER JAPANESE DRIVER?

BAR is believed to be interested in replacing 2001 test driver Takuma Sato with another Japanese driver, possibly Toshihiro Kaneshi, after Sato was signed by Jordan to drive alongside Giancarlo Fisichella in 2002.

BERRO LEADING MASERATI TOWARDS SPORTSCAR RACING

Claudio Berro, who has been head of Ferrari's press office since 1997, is the new head of the competition department of Maserati and the word on the street in Italy is that the company (which is a Ferrari subsidiary) is planning a sports car program to support its sales drive.

FORMULA 1 NUMBERS - WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Our spies within the upper echelons of Formula 1 have finally managed to uncover what happened in last week's shenanigans over the numbering system for 2002.

IMPERIAL SEEN AS THE MOST LIKELY BUYER OF REEMTSMA

Imperial Tobacco is reported to be getting ready for a $5bn bid for the Reemtsma tobacco company, the primary sponsor of the McLaren F1 team through its West cigarette brand.

KIRCH SEEKING MORE HELP WITH LOANS

The Kirch Group, which controls the Formula 1 group of companies, is trying to find a way of restructuring its debts because the Dresdner Bank is demanding that one of the firm's outstanding debts be paid by the end of this month.

NEWS CORP DENIES KIRCH BID

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation does not usually make comments on media reports about its activities but has decided that it would be better to deny that it has any plans to mount a hostile takeover bid for the Kirch Group.

THE VALUE OF CHINA TO F1 SPONSORS

China formally joined the World Trade Organization on Tuesday and that will have major implications for global trade in the years ahead as the country opens up for business with the West.

WORK TO BEGIN SHORTLY AT HOCKENHEIM

The Hockenheim circuit could start rebuilding work in January and the organizers of the German GP say that the new track layout could be ready to be used in time for the 2002 event in July.

10 DECEMBER 2001

AUSTRIA GETS A NEW DEAL

The Austrian Grand Prix is to continue until 2006.

BETTER ACCESS PROMISED FOR SILVERSTONE GRAND PRIX

The promoters of the British grand prix yesterday played what they hope will be their trump card in a bid to head off a possible downgrading of next year's race to non world championship status.

MELBOURNE BARRIERS TOO LOW?

A safety engineer has told the Melbourne Coroner's Court that he believes the safety barriers in Albert Park were not high enough to cope with Formula 1 accidents.

RALF SCHUMACHER TO RACE WITH GLASSES

Ralf Schumacher says he will be racing with spectacles next season.

TOBACCO COMPANIES AND THE INTERNET

As regulators around the world struggle to find ways to stop cigarette advertising evidence is emerging in the United States that forcing tobacco companies away from traditional forms of advertising and sponsorship is only pushing them to explore new areas, specifically the Internet.

9 DECEMBER 2001

FERRARI ON DISPLAY IN BOLOGNA

Scuderia Ferrari put on a show for the fans at the Bologna Motor Show with test driver Luca Badoer again demonstrating the F2001 in front of an estimated 40,000 fans.

MELBOURNE CORONER WARNS OF FIA CRITICISM

The Melbourne coroner Graeme Johnstone said in court on Friday that he may end up having to be "critical of the FIA's management of safety issues" at the end of the inquest into the accident in Albert Park in March next year.

PROST AP05 TO MISS MELBOURNE?

Alain Prost has indicated that the new AP05 design may not be ready for the first race of the new season.

SAUBER NAMED "TEAM OF THE YEAR" BY SWISS

Peter Sauber's team has been named "Team of the Year" in Switzerland's annual sporting awards.

8 DECEMBER 2001

BRITAIN'S ANTI-TOBACCO LEGISLATION HITS A SNAG

The British Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill has run into trouble in the House of Lords over whether airlines should be allowed to advertise cigarettes or not.

COMPAQ MERGER WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD UNLIKELY

Williams's title sponsor Compaq is in the process of being swallowed up by rival Hewlett-Packard but the deal has been hit a major snag as HP's chief shareholder The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, has announced that it is opposed to the deal.

MINARDI GETS MORE MALAYSIAN CASH

Paul Stoddart has spent the last couple of days in Malaysia and had a brief but successful meeting with the Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

MURDOCH CONSIDERS BUYING KIRCH

Rupert Murdoch, the boss of News Corporation, is considering a bid to buy the entire Kirch Group. If that were to happen Murdoch would become the owner of the Formula One group of companies.

NUMBER-CRUNCHING

Someone somewhere decided that the numbering system in Formula 1 should be changed from the system which has existed since 1995.

ZANARDI TO GET ARTIFICIAL LEGS SHORTLY

Alex Zanardi has been in a wheelchair since he left hospital in Berlin but the Italian former F1 driver is now looking forward to being fitted with artificial legs so that he begin the process of learning how to walk again.

7 DECEMBER 2001

BRAZIL'S CREDIBILITY HIT BY KILLING OF YACHTSMAN

The image of Brazil has been badly tarnished by the murder of America's Cup yachtsman Peter Blake, during an environmental expedition up the Amazon River.

CHEEVER CONFIRMS TECHNICAL DEAL WITH ARROWS

Eddie Cheever has confirmed that he has a deal to use the technical facilities of the TWR Group, the sister company of the Arrows Formula 1 team.

FIA REVISES F1 NUMBERING ORDER FOR 2002

The FIA has received requests from a number of F1 teams that the race numbers for the 2002 FIA Formula 1 World Championship should follow the order of the previous year.

IMOLA NOW FACES PROBLEMS WITH SAN MARINO GP FUTURE

Following hot on the heels of Silverstone's possible problems over the future status of the British Grand Prix comes news that the long-term prospects for the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola might also be in jeopardy.

JAGUAR AND BP

As we speculated as long ago as last May, British Petroleum is rumored to be entering Formula 1 in 2002 and the recent announcement that Texaco is stopping its involvement with Jaguar Racing would seem to suggest that this is where BP will end up.

NEW-LOOK FORMULA 3000 LOOKS MUCH THE SAME

The cars will be new in 2002 but the main contenders for the International Formula 3000 series are not going to change.

PENSKE JUMPS TO IRL

Roger Penske has abandoned CART and will run two cars in next year's Indy Racing League.

6 DECEMBER 2001

COSWORTH TO EXPAND CART SUPPLY?

There is much speculation at the moment about the future supply of engines in CART but we hear from the United States that Cosworth Racing is bidding for a deal to supply one engine to the entire field.

JORDAN IN TALKS WITH "A NUMBER OF COMPANIES"

Jordan Grand Prix has responded to our story that Benson & Hedges will not be the team's title sponsor next year by saying that "the FIA requested to have the teams' entries at a time when Jordan is still in discussion with a number of companies, including B & H, about the level of their sponsorship for 2002".

MILBERG TO STEP DOWN AT BMW

BMW chairman and chief executive Joachim Milberg is to retire at the company's annual meeting next May after three successful years running the company.

PETRONAS CONFIRMS PLANS TO BUY SEPANG

In recent years Petronas has funded most of the growth of the automobile industry in Malaysia.

PETRONAS TO BUY SEPANG

It is not surprising that the Malaysian state oil company Petronas is tipped to be buying the Sepang Formula One circuit.

PREMIER 1 DELAYS ITS LAUNCH

There was no great surprise in Formula 1 circles when the Premier 1 organized that it has shelved plans to launch the new F1-lookalike series until March 2003.

SCHUMACHER TO BE CHARGED WITH CARELESS DRIVING?

There are unconfirmed reports that Ralf Schumacher is to be charged with careless driving after his recent accident on the autobahn near Cologne.

THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Any serious Formula 1 fan will tell you that the first race to F1 rules was held in September 1946 on the streets of Turin in Italy and that the Valentino Grand Prix was won by veteran Achille Varzi of the factory Alfa Romeo team.

5 DECEMBER 2001

BRITISH GP COULD LOSE CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS

Yet again the British Grand Prix at Silverstone could be under threat in the wake of renewed speculation that the sport's governing body is poised to drop the race from the 2002 world championship calendar.

CART SEARCHING FOR NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Joseph Heitzler is no longer president and chief executive of Championship Auto Racing Teams but he will remain as the chairman of the board of directors.

COSWORTH DEVELOPING ENGINE FOR APRILIA

Cosworth Racing, the engine-building arm of the Ford Motor Company's Premier Performance Division, is to build a four-stroke motorcycle engine for the Italian motorcycle firm Aprilia.

HERTA TALKING TO BAR AND ARROWS

Bryan Herta wants to become America's next Formula 1 driver and was recently in England to talk to a variety of F1 teams about a possible job as a test driver.

JORDAN LAUNCHES DRINKING GLASSES

Eddie Jordan continues in his efforts to become the Irish version of Virgin boss Richard Branson, building up the Jordan brand in his native country.

NUMBERS

There has been a lot of complaints amongst the F1 teams about the numbering system which goes against the established norm of the teams being listed in the order in which they finished the Constructors' Championship the previous year.

PROST GOES TO COURT ON FRIDAY

Prost Grand Prix will go back to the Tribunal de Commerce of Versailles on Friday to examine the four offers which have been made for the team.

RALF UNHURT IN TAIL-GATING CRASH

Ralf Schumacher had a shunt last week on a German autobahn, crashing a BMW 7 Series into the back of another car and punting it into the car ahead.

TEXACO PULLS OUT OF F1

Jaguar Racing fuel supplier Texaco has decided to pull out of Formula One after a recent merger with Chevron.

THE DRIVER MARKET STALLED...

The Formula 1 driver market is currently waiting to see what happens with Prost Grand Prix.

VILLADELPRAT AND RENAULT SPORT

The managing-director of Prost Grand Prix Joan Villadelprat is rumored to be on Renault Sport's shopping list if he decides not to stay with Prost.

4 DECEMBER 2001

FORMULA 1 ENTRY LIST CONFUSION

The FIA entry list as issued is as follows although there is a curious switch from the normal arrangements as the teams are not completely in the order in which they finished the 2001 World Championship.

JUMBO DEAL FOR EUROPEAN AVIATION

European Minardi F1 chief, Paul Stoddart, has once again bucked apparent commercial trends by announcing that his European Aviation company has purchased five Boeing 747-200 aircraft from British Airways and will shortly begin operating them commercially.

MALAYSIA'S RAIL LINK MAY HELP RACE CROWDS

The crowds at the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix was rather disappointing in size and the organizers are hoping that a new fast rail link between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and downtown Kuala Lumpur Sentral station will help to bring more people out to the track from the city.

MILD SEVEN TO STAY WITH BENETTON

The FIA has issued the provisional entry list for the 2002 Formula 1 World Championship and the only big surprise is that Mild Seven is still the major sponsor of the Renault Sport team.

NO BENSON & HEDGES LISTED FOR JORDAN

The FIA Formula 1 entry list always reveals a few little secrets and it is significant that Jordan's entry for 2002 does not list a title sponsor.

NO-ONE TO BLAME IN MELBOURNE, SAYS TRACK OFFICIAL

The chief national steward of the Australian Grand Prix Garth Wigston says that no-one can be blamed for the accident in Albert Park last year when a trackside marshal was hit by a flying wheel.

3 DECEMBER 2001

MELBOURNE INQUEST BEGINS

The inquest into the death of safety Marshal Grahm Beveridge at last year's Australian Grand Prix began Monday. Beveridge was killed when a wheel from Jacques Villeneuve's BAR passed through a gap in the safety fence after an accident with Ralf Schumacher.

2 DECEMBER 2001

ECCLESTONE WARNS THAT F1 UNCERTAINTY COULD DRIVE AWAY SPONSORS

F1 overlord Bernie Ecclestone applied a touch of the brake to the aspirations of the major car makers at the end of a week in which they have threatened to start their own independent series in 2008 unless a new commercial rights deal can be concluded.

NOW THEY ARE SERIOUS

This week's announcement of the establishment of a company called GPWC to organize a new World Championship in 2008 does not look like posturing by the automobile manufacturer.

1 DECEMBER 2001

BMW WILLIAMS HAS STRONGEST 2002 DRIVER LINE-UP IN F1 CLAIMS BERGER

Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher represent the strongest driver pairing in the F1 business according to Gerhard Berger, the Director of BMW Motorsport Limited.

BRIDGESTONE RAISING CASH FOR BEREAVED KIDS

Bridgestone Motorsport is auctioning a T-shirt signed by its 2001 drivers in order to raise money for the Taplow Traffic Charity Trust.

EM.TV LOOKING (A BIT) BETTER

The troubled EM.TV company is beginning to recover, having got rid of most of its shares in Formula One. The company posted a third-quarter profit of $5.9m.

PREMIER'S ARGENTINE DREAM IN TROUBLE

Plans by the new Premier 1 Grand Prix circus to visit Argentina sounded interesting but the financial troubles in Buenos Aires look increasingly likely to halt the idea - even if the series does get off the ground.