NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2002

AND WITH A FLICK OF THE WRIST OUR HERO ESCAPES HIS PREDICAMENT...

Arrows Grand Prix International Ltd., the Formula 1 racing team, apparently has a new owner.

ANOTHER GP VENUE?

The town of Mahon on the island of Menorca, one of Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, is not the first place to leap to mind as a possible venue for a Grand Prix.

CHRYSLER EXPANDING SPORTING PROGRAMS?

DaimlerChrysler's United States subsidiary Chrysler has just announced its first profit for several years and has revealed plans to expand production by more than one million cars in the course of the next decade.

FERRARI TEST AT MONZA, FIORANO

Ferrari was back at work on Tuesday with test drivers Luciano Burti and Luca Badoer conducting development work for the defending world champions.

FIAT AND FERRARI

In the last few days there have been attempts in the Formula 1 paddock to raise fears about the financial stability of Ferrari.

MINARDI SORTS OUT REAR WING FAILURE

Minardi has analyzed the rear wing failure that caused the team to pull out of last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and declared that the failure was due to a "single component fitted to that car alone".

TESTING RESUMES AT VALENCIA

Testing resumed on Tuesday following the Spanish GP last weekend. Williams, McLaren, Sauber and Renault tested at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

TURKEY GIVES MORE DETAILS...

Turkish automobile federation boss Mumtaz Tahincioglu is certainly keeping up media attention in thee country's bid to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

29 APRIL 2002

WHY MINARDI DID THE RIGHT THING

A couple of years ago in Brazil, the Saubers of Mika Salo and Pedro Diniz both suffered structural failures of their rear wings in the course of practice.

AN INTERESTING VISITOR...

The Spanish Grand Prix paddock was rather short on A-list celebrities, despite the usual rumors that Robert de Niro, Nicholas Cage and others would be turning up and Mexico's answer to Madonna did little to raise the glamorous image of the sport.

COPYING F1

The Formula 1 engineers are always complaining that other teams are copying what they do (they never usually mention when they are copying someone else).

FORMULA 1 GETS MORE PROFILE IN THE US

It is a slow process but Formula 1 is beginning to get more coverage in the United States. The Spanish Grand Prix (dull though it was) was given a quarter of a page in the influential New York Times.

HOLLYWOOD THREATENS F1 MONEY SUPPLY...

The Kirch empire continues to amaze as it staggers on with only KirchMedia in administration.

KEEP IT DOWN BERNIE!

The rebuilding of the Paul Ricard racing circuit in the south of France, undertaken by a company owned by Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, was welcomed by the local communities as it seemed to offer the possibility of new jobs.

ROB WALKER

It is with great regret that we must mark the death of Rob Walker, one of the great team owners of Formula 1 history - a great character and a great journalist. Walker died of pneumonia at the age of 84.

THE MAYOR OF MONZA

Monza is best known around the world for its racing circuit.

28 APRIL 2002

ASIATECH WORKING ON CHASSIS DEVELOPMENT

It has always been planned that Asiatech would eventually start its own Formula 1 team and while supplying engines to Minardi, the operation is also quietly building up its technical capabilities.

IRVINE WILL START LAST AFTER TEST REVEALS ILLEGAL FUEL

The stewards for the Spanish Grand Prix have decided to move Jaguar's Eddie Irvine to the back of the grid for the start of Sundays race after the FIA discovered "irregularities" in his fuel during a routine fuel test.

MINARDI PULLS OUT OF SPANISH GP!

Paul Stoddart withdrew his cars from the Spanish GP on Sunday morning following a rear wing failure on Mark Webber's car in the Sunday morning warm-up.

PANTANO'S STAR RISES FURTHER

Enzo Coloni used to own a Formula 1 team but he went out of the business in the last recession and since then has been running cars in the International Formula 3000 series albeit without any major success.

PAPIS AND CHEEVER

Max Papis is to drive for former F1 driver Eddie Cheever in the forthcoming Indianapolis 500.

PPD OR PPD?

The Formula 1 paddock is not a kind place and over the weekend in Spain there was much speculation about the future of the Jaguar Racing team.

PROST IN THE PADDOCK

Although his team has yet to rise like a phoenix from the ashes, Alain Prost was back in the Formula 1 paddock in Barcelona as a guest of Ferrari.

RENAULT AND BERTELSMANN

The Renault F1 team has done a deal with the vast Bertelsmann empire to plug the German media company's BMG and Lycos Europe brands.

27 APRIL 2002

CANTARELLA REASSURES THE TEAMS

Paolo Cantarella sent out a letter to the Formula 1 team bosses in Barcelona, underlining the organization's commitment to starting its own World Championship in 2008 if no agreement can be found.

MOTOROLA AND FERRARI

Motorola is expected to announce shortly that it is to produce a Ferrari-branded mobile telephone.

SHANGHAI IS STILL OUT THERE...

While much attention is centered at the moment on the battle over which country will hold a Grand Prix in the Middle East, the plans for new races in Moscow and Shanghai continue to be developed.

26 APRIL 2002

A BIT OF FUN...

Bernie Ecclestone's Formula 1 Magazine was once again the talking point in the paddock in Barcelona following the publication of what the magazine believes to be the 100 most powerful people in the sport.

BAR AND ACER

The Taiwanese computer company Acer has concluded a deal to be a corporate partner of British American Racing and an official supplier to the team.

BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR BARCELONA FORMULA 3000 RACE

Sebastien Bourdais maintained his perfect qualifying record this season by claiming a third successive pole position for the Super Nova Racing team.

CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?

Up and down the Formula 1 paddock in Barcelona the talk on Friday was whether or not Formula 1 is facing a funding crisis - or whether the pleas of struggling teams are not indicative of the industry as a whole.

DAVID BROWN AMONGST THE JORDAN VICTIMS

A total of 58 jobs have gone at Jordan in recent days although a number of those departing are believed to have gone of their own accord rather than being laid off.

DE LA ROSA WARNS

Pedro de la Rosa says that Jaguar Racing needs two months more development before it can be properly judged this year.

MIDDLE EAST BATTLE HOTS UP

The competition to be the first country to host a Grand Prix in the Middle East seems to be heating up with Turkey, Beirut, Dubai and Bahrain all squabbling to get a date on the Formula 1 calendar that may or may not exist next year.

VILLENEUVE TO STAY AT BAR?

It is being reported in the Belgian press that Jacques Villeneuve will be staying with British American Racing next year.

25 APRIL 2002

HOW SERIOUS ARE THE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS IN F1?

It is sometimes hard to take Formula 1 team bosses seriously when they complain about it being hard to find money.

CHANGES AT THE FIA?

The presence in the Media Center in Barcelona of the FIA's Richard Woods raised a number of interesting questions.

JORDAN LOOKING FOR NEW ENGINE PARTNER

Eddie Jordan won't be admitting for it for some months, but we hear from the industry that he is already putting out feelers to car companies hoping to find an engine deal for the future.

TURKEY LOOKS AT THE WRC

Turkey has been making noises about bidding for a Grand Prix in recent months but Mumtaz Tahincioglu, the head of the Turkish Motorsports Association say that Turkey is now bidding for a round of the World Rally Championship.

24 APRIL 2002

BAR GIVES DETAILS OF MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

Giving out details of new management structures is all the rage at the moment in the midfield in Formula 1, and British American Racing has just announced the major players in the restructured team.

EM.TV DUMPS TV RIGHTS

EM.TV, the troubled German media company which still holds a small shareholding in the Formula One group has just announced that it is selling on its rights to the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis boxing match.

FORD BACKS JAGUAR RACING

As we have been suggesting in recent weeks the future of Jaguar Racing is not in any doubt - despite the widespread restructuring within the Ford Motor Company in recent months.

FORMULA 1 ADAPTING WELL TO TOBACCO THREAT

The Sports Business 2002 Conference currently taking place in London heard today that Formula 1 is responding well to the forthcoming ban on worldwide tobacco sponsorship.

GUSTAVE EIFFEL AND FORMULA 1

Gustave Eiffel's connection with Formula 1 is not well-known.

JORDAN SETTLES WITH HAMIDY

Jordan has terminated its relationship with technical director Egbahl Hamidy.

TEAM BOSSES PANICKY AS JORDAN CUTS BACK

A few weeks ago Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said that recession would not hurt Formula 1 as it would get rid of the weak teams and leave only the strong behind.

23 APRIL 2002

APAX AND DAVID RICHARDS

ITV Digital may not be saved but it is possible that a consortium led by the venture capital company Apax Partners and Stephen Grabiner, the man who founded ITV Digital in July 1999.

LUKOIL ANNOUNCES

Lukoil has just announced a major restructuring plan with a view to winning back its position as the top Russian oil company. The firm recently lost that position to rival Yukos.

MORE FORD RESTRUCTURING

The Ford Motor Company has announced more restructuring with the emphasis this time being on European operations.

SENNA'S WILLIAMS HAS BEEN DESTROYED

As we reported last week, the Williams chassis in which Ayrton Senna was killed eight years ago at Imola has been destroyed, despite ill-founded rumors that the car is still in existence.

THE 200 CLUB

The first four Grands Prix of the year have added up to 247 laps of racing and thus far only two men have completed every lap.

THE KNIVES COME OUT AT JORDAN

Eddie Jordan has announced major changes in the management of the team with four top men being shown the door and Jordan himself taking on a bigger role in the team.

TIMB-E-R!

The Kirch house of cards seems to be on the verge of final collapse with the latest word from Germany being that the German media group's holding company Taurus Holding GmbH is on the verge of filing for insolvency.

22 APRIL 2002

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FORMULA 1 TEAMS

In Formula 1 it is easy for people to kick a team when it is down.

ALL THIS TALK OF BUTTON...

The news wires have been buzzing in recent days about the possibility of Jenson Button moving to Ferrari.

BANKS BID FOR KIRCH'S SLEC SHARES

Three of the banks that were owed billions of dollars by the Kirch media empire are thought to have made a bid for the group's 58% steak in SLEC, the company that owns the commercial rights to Formula One.

JAGUAR'S NEXT STEP

Jaguar Racing has strengthened its technical staff with the hiring of two aerodynamicists: one from McLaren and the other from Arrows.

SMOKE AND FLAMES

seems that the lack of on-track interest in Imola has led to an early start for the 2003 "Silly Season" with a lot of rumors circulating about changes in the driver line-ups for next year.

21 APRIL 2002

ARROWS COMPLETES FIRST TEST OF THE SEASON

The Orange Arrows team went testing last week at Silverstone for the first time since the season began six weeks ago in Australia.

JORDAN TALKS OF RESTRUCTURING

Eddie Jordan says that if he has to cut more jobs at his team, he will do so in order to make the team "tighter, more committed and harder.

20 APRIL 2002

BANKS MOVING IN ON SLEC SHARES

JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers and the Bayerische Landesbank are reported to be close to a deal to take over the commercial rights to Formula 1 from Leo Kirch.

PARRY-JONES GETS PPD

Richard Parry-Jones, the Chief Technical Officer of the Ford Motor Company, has been given the responsibility of looking after the Premier Performance Division of the Premier Automotive Group, following the reshuffle in the wake of Wolfgang Reitzle's departure from PAG.

SCHUMACHER CRASH ENDS FERRARI'S WEEK OF TESTING

Ferrari is dominating the world championship but has no intentions of letting up, as the team has been busy testing this week with three drivers on two different circuits.

SCHUMACHER'S JOB FOR LIFE

Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo recently offered Michael Schumacher the chance to work for Ferrari for life. Schumacher revealed the news in an interview with a Cologne newspaper which will be published tomorrow.

THE FIA'S LONDON OFFICE

The FIA is restructuring quietly at the moment following the establishment of the new FIA Foundation.

19 APRIL 2002

DETROIT TO TAKE CONTROL AGAIN?

The departure of Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle as the head of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, which is expected to be announced later today, could be a hugely significant move for the Jaguar Racing Formula 1 program.

WHO IS MARK FIELDS?

Wolfgang Reitzle's replacement as head of Ford's Premier Automotive Group is 41-year-old American Mark Fields, who has been working at Mazda in Japan since 1998 and became its president in December 1999 when Jac Nasser took over at the top of the Ford Motor Company.

18 APRIL 2002

LUST AND MURDER IN ALBERT PARK

The Save Albert Park movement in Melbourne has in recent years attracted some unusual folk. The Australian Grand Prix they are there to stop has been a huge success and the few remaining members of SAP are the subject of ridicule from most of the Melbourne population.

MINARDI CONFIRMS ARROWS PROTEST

Paul Stoddart, the boss of Minardi, has confirmed a story we reported at the start of the week that an official complaint has been sent to the FIA about the behavior of the Arrows team in Melbourne.

RALF LEADS FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE

Ralf Schumacher was the fastest driver at Silverstone on Thursday, the final day of testing at the British circuit in preparation for the Spanish GP.

REITZLE LEAVING FORD!

Wolfgang Reitzle, the head of Ford Motor Company's Premier Automotive Group, is leaving the car industry. He is to be replaced at PAG by Mark Fields, the Ford executive who is currently running Mazda.

SALAZAR TAKES A BIG HIT

Eliseo Salazar has had a serious accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while testing. The 47-year-old Chilean, who races for the March, Ensign and ATS F1 teams in the early 1980s, hit the outside wall of the track in Turn 1.

17 APRIL 2002

BAT ATTACKED FOR DESTROYING DOCUMENTS

BAT has been attacked by its own shareholders at the annual general meeting for having destroyed documents in March 1998.

BUTTON SETS PACE AT SILVERSTONE AGAIN

Jenson Button continued Wednesday to lead the large field of drivers testing at Silverstone this week in preparation for the Spanish GP.

FERRARI'S "FX" CHASSIS FOR TOKYO ART SHOW

Ferrari is keen to pull in as big a crowd as possible at its exhibition in the Contemporary Art Museum in Tokyo and has just announced that the show will include the prototype of the yet-to-be-seen "FX" model.

JARNO THE WINEMAKER

Renault Sport driver Jarno Trulli has recently become the owner of vineyard.

MORE TROUBLE IN THE PAY-TV WORLD

Hot on the heels of the collapses of Kirch, ITV Digital and the South American PSN network, comes news of a crisis at the heart of France's Canal Plus, the biggest contributor to the Formula One group of companies.

OFF TRACK COMPETITION...

An unfortunate story has recently emerged in Germany about a group of Ferrari fans from Michael Schumacher's home town in Kerpen who decided to build a life-sized replica of the World Champion's Ferrari F399.

RENAULT'S REVAMPED EXHIBITION

Renault has for a long time had its "Pub" on the Champs Elysee in Paris, this is not as one might think a place where one can get a drink but rather a showroom where Renault displays its wares.

SENNA'S HELMET IS DESTROYED

After eight years, the authorities in Bologna have released the helmet which Ayrton Senna was using when he was killed at Imola in May 1994.

THE MINARDI TEST DRIVER

There has been a certain amount of mystery in recent weeks about the role of Minardi test driver.

16 APRIL 2002

BANKS OFFER MANUFACTURERS 30% OF SLEC

The bankers involved in the Kirch business have offered to give the car manufacturers a 30% share in SLEC in an effort to revalue the company.

BEING A BARILLA

Paolo Barilla will not be remembered as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time but he was more than capable in a sportscar and in 1985 shared victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in a Joest Porsche 962.

BUTTON LEADS TESTING AT SILVERSTONE

Ten of the eleven teams tested at four separate circuits Tuesday in preparation for the Spanish GP on April 28, seven of them at Silverstone, the venue for the British GP on July 7.

JORDAN AND HONDA

We have suggested in recent days that things are happening between Honda and BAR which could result in an exclusive engine supply to British American Racing at the start of 2004.

MCLARENS LEADS TOYOTAS AT MUGELLO TEST

While the majority of the teams were at Silverstone preparing for the Spanish GP in two weeks, McLaren and Toyota conducted their testing programs at the Mugello circuit.

RENAULT CONFIRMS MONTEIRO

It is no big surprise that Portugal's Tiago Monteiro has been named as a member of the Renault F1 Driver Development Program.

SULLIVAN'S RED BULL F1 ACADEMY

Danny Sullivan, the former F1 driver, CART Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, is to launch an initiative to bring young American drivers to Grand Prix racing, with the backing of Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull.

THE CHANGEOVER AT VOLKSWAGEN

Wednesday marks the end of Ferdinand Piech's term as chief executive of Volkswagen AG.

THE RETURN OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE

The Tour de France automobile race used to be one of the classic events of the racing calendar but 15 years ago it disappeared from the scene because of lack of interest.

15 APRIL 2002

THE EXPLOSIVE ISSUE OF TOBACCO

The Times newspaper in London put Bernie Ecclestone back on the front pages on Monday.

BAR AND BAT

BAR has confirmed that when Prodrive boss David Richards took over the running of British American Racing, part of the deal was that the tobacco company would lengthen its sponsorship of the team for another five years.

BERNIE BACK ON THE FRONT PAGES

Bernie Ecclestone was back on the front page of the The Times in London on Monday.

HONDA RACING DEVELOPMENT APPOINTS SZAFNAUER

HRD announced Monday the appointment of Otmar Szafnauer as its first Vice-President, effective immediately.

OCTAGON TO WORK WITH CART

CART has announced that Octagon has been appointed to provide CART with services ranging from television distribution and production, sponsorship and media sales, marketing and public relations, event staging and promotion, gaming and the creation of new events in the international markets.

ORANGE LAUNCHES GRAND PRIX VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

The Orange mobile telephone company will soon launch a new virtual reality experience.

TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON?

We hear that there has been an official complaint from a rival team to the FIA about the behavior of the Arrows team at the Australian Grand Prix.

14 APRIL 2002

ALESI TO GET ANOTHER MCLAREN TEST

Jean Alesi's test drive with McLaren was supposed to be a one-off affair but the problems encountered with the new Mercedes-Benz V10 engines mean that Jean will be back in a car this week at the Mugello test track in Italy, driving alongside McLaren's regular test driver Alexander Wurz.

BOURDAIS WINS F3000 AT IMOLA

Sebastien Bourdais led from start to finish to win the International Formula 3000 Championship race at Imola.

DUBAI ANNOUNCES F1 PLAN

Dubai is planning to build a Formula 1 circuit in the course of the next 18 months as part of a new development which will be called the Dubai Autodrome and Business Park.

HOGAN RETIRES FROM MARLBORO

John Hogan, one of the pivotal figures in the history of Marlboro's involvement in Formula 1, has retired from his job as one of the top Philip Morris marketing men in the EEC region.

HONDA AND BAR

There have been all kinds of strange rumors floating about in Formula 1 circles in recent days but the most believable one is that the links between BAR and Honda are going to be strengthened in the years ahead.

JOHN JUDD GOES TO CART WITH MG ROVER

John Judd has landed a major new deal to supply MG Rover with engines for the CART series next year.

MCLAREN, CANON EUROPE EXTEND PARTNERSHIP

McLaren-Mercedes announced Sunday that Canon Europe has extended their partnership with the Woking-based team.

13 APRIL 2002

IS THERE A DEAL ALREADY OVER F1'S FUTURE?

Total secrecy surrounds the negotiations between the automobile manufacturers and the commercial rights holder in F1, SLEC.

BIG GUNS MEET SATURDAY

top management of the motor manufacturers are to meet on Saturday at Imola with the major talking point being the possibility of a deal with Bernie Ecclestone over the future of F1 television rights.

FIA TO LOOK AT TIRE REGULATIONS

FIA President Max Mosley encountered the international Formula 1 press corps at Imola for the first time in a couple of years and fended off questions about the latest activities of the federation.

GPWC STATES INTENTIONS

The board of directors of the newly-constituted GPWC Holdings BV (Grand Prix World Championship) have confirmed that they have been approached by the banks representing the Kirch group and asked if there are interested in buying the share of SLEC owned by Kirch.

JAGUAR'S NEW MAN?

There is speculation in Formula 1 circles that Reynard's former technical director Nick Wirth could be the man on Jaguar Racing's shopping list as an aerodynamicist.

MG ROVER ANNOUNCES CART ENGINE

At a CART press conference in Long Beach, California, MG Rover has announced that it will be supplying engines to the CART series starting in 2003.

MOSLEY ON PHOENIX

The Phoenix Finance Ltd. bid to run a Formula 1 team has ended up in the courts with the representatives of Phoenix trying to force the FIA and FOM to let them compete this year.

RUSSIANS IN ITALY

The Imola paddock witnessed a delegation of nine representatives of the planned Grand Prix in Moscow.

THE RESTRUCTURED BAR

Full details are now coming to light about the new structure of British American Racing.

12 APRIL 2002

"PAT " FLAHERTY

People often forget that throughout the 1950s the Indianapolis 500 was a round of the Formula 1 World Championship and so it is fair to say that the death at the age of 76 of George Francis Flaherty, known as Pat, marks the passing of one of the last Grand Prix winners of the 1950s.

FORD EXPANDING RACING!

The Ford Motor Company is rumored to be considering pulling back on its motor racing activities as the company faces massive restructuring and job cuts.

LEGAL MOVES FROM PHOENIX

Although information was hard to come by in the Imola paddock on Thursday, there were suggestions that back in London there was some fairly intense legal activity going on as Phoenix Finance Ltd. apparently tried to get an injunction to lift the ban on the cars competing in F1 his year.

MINARDI DENIES RUMORS OF MOVE

In the last few days there have been rumors that the Minardi team will soon relocate from Faenza to Ledbury.

NEW TELECOM SPONSOR FOR JORDAN

Jordan announced a sponsorship deal with British telecom company Virgin Mobile Friday, to begin at this weekend's San Marino GP.

ONE TO WATCH

Charlie Kimball, son of former Benetton technical director Gordon Kimball, it is worth noting that the 17-year-old from Camarillo, California last week completely dominated his first race in Formula Ford, beating two former US national champions and setting a new track record at the Thunderhill circuit.

PENSKE TO BUILD OWN CHASSIS

Penske is looking at building its own IRL chassis, a move that could prevent Lola from entering the series next year according to this week's Autosport.

11 APRIL 2002

BOMBARDIER AND BAR

There is speculation in THE MONTREAL GAZETTE that the Bombardier company may be discussing taking the title sponsorship of British American Racing.

EUROPEAN FIRMS LOOKING TO CART

The popular ESPN auto racing show RPM Tonight reported last night that CART chief executive Chris Pook has been in Europe in recent days meeting with car manufacturers to discuss their involvement in the championship in the future.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO MONZA...

Watch out for the public transport maps in Italy. Apparently a clerical error means that maps which have been produced for the Milan metro system show the city's Parco Nord in the wrong place - with Monza being shown to the south of the park rather than where it really is to the north.

INDIANAPOLIS AND "SOFT" WALL TECHNOLOGY

Indianapolis has been looking at extending the use of energy-absorbing barriers for the last five years, having fitted its first section of polyurethane energy dissipation walls in Turn Four in 1998.

KIRCH COLLAPSE UNDER INVESTIGATION

The financial dealings of the Kirch group are now being investigated by the German national bank regulator BaKred and it is likely that this could lead to a criminal investigation by the Munich state prosecution service.

MCLAREN, BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

McLaren and Bloomberg announced a partnership Thursday that includes the international news and information organization providing support and integrated information systems to the TAG McLaren Group's Technology Center, and the West McLaren Mercedes Communications Center.

REITZLE TO REDUCE HIS EMPIRE

Wolfgang Reitzle is expected to ask the Ford board of directors to take the Lincoln-Mercury company off his hands.

10 APRIL 2002

GETTING FIRED - A PROFITABLE BUSINESS

The Ford Motor Company dumped its chief executive Jac Nasser in October last year but it has now emerged that the move cost the company $17.8m in salary and compensation.

KIRCH PAYTV HOLDS ON

With Kirch Media having gone into administration on Monday the focus has switched to its sister company Kirch PayTV with rumors circulating that this firm will also have to seek protection because of huge debts.

SCHREMPP TALKS OF POST-KIRCH F1

The chief executive of DaimlerChrysler, says that the automobile manufacturers could reach a deal with Bernie Ecclestone over the future of Formula 1 if "our legitimate wishes can be satisfied, including that Formula 1 be on free-to-air television."

TICKETS SALES AT INDIANAPOLIS

The well-known American motorsports writer Brock Yates last week mentioned in his column that he had heard that advance ticket sales for the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis were "in the dumper."

9 APRIL 2002

A NEW SPORTING DIRECTOR OF BAR?

BAR is rumored to be about to get a new sporting director as part of the restructuring going on under the new management of David Richards.

DUESENBERG BACK AT THE BRICKYARD

The Duesenberg name will return to Indianapolis this year with Johnny Herbert driving a Duesenberg Brothers Racing effort, sponsored by Western Union.

FERRARIS IN TOKYO

Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo is to host a Ferrari and Maserati exhibition from the end of this month until the middle of July.

LAUDA LOSES PARMALAT SPONSORSHIP

There are not many racing drivers who keep their sponsorship after the end of their racing careers but Niki Lauda was highly successful in this respect and was rarely seen without his Parmalat baseball cap.

NEW F1 SAFETY CAR ON SHOW IN NEW YORK

The Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG roadster, which will appear this autumn and is scheduled to be the next Formula 1 Safety Car was unveiled last week at the New York Motor Show.

NOW JP MORGAN BECOMES A PLAYER

The collapse of the Kirch Group will have considerable fall-out in the weeks ahead but at the moment nothing is very clear.

PHOENIX TO GO LEGAL

We hear from inside sources of the Arrows team that Phoenix Finance Ltd. will shortly file law suits in the High Court in London against the various parties involved in denying Phoenix an entry in this year's FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

RENAULT DOMINANT IN NOGARO F3

The Sodemo-developed Renault Formula 3 engine was dominant last weekend in the opening round of the French Formula 3 series at Nogaro.

RENAULT SPORT BICYCLES?

The Renault company has decided to extend the use of its Renault Sport name beyond the realms of motor racing and is to launch a range of electric, folding bicycles bearing the name.

RODRIGUES BRINGING ON A NEW GENERATION OF BRAZILIANS

With Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Enrique Bernoldi in Formula 1 and most of the top names in CART and IRL, plus a whole new crop of drivers in Formula 3000, one would have thought that the Brazilian motor racing market would be saturated.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS TALKING TO SAUBER

France's big hope for the future Sebastien Bourdais was in talks with Sauber in Brazil about the possibility of becoming the test driver for the Swiss team.

SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT F1...

At the recent JavaOne technology conference in San Francisco, the Vodafone representatives all appeared wearing Ferrari shirts and their booth featured a huge photograph of World Champion Michael Schumacher.

TELEFONICA'S BIG NEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL

Telefonica used to be the primary sponsor of the Minardi team, but in recent years the Spanish telecommunications giant has been staying out of Formula 1 although it is still heavily involved in racing in Spain.

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WANT TO DRIVE AN F1 CAR?

For those wanting to experience what it is like to drive a Formula 1 car, there are now three ways in which that dream can come true.

WILL KIRCH'S INSOLVENCY LEAD TO A MANUFACTURER DEAL?

The collapse of Kirch could open the way for a settlement between the car manufacturers and the Formula 1 group of companies.

8 APRIL 2002

THE COLLAPSE OF KIRCH

The Kirch media empire, which declared itself insolvent on Monday, is the owner of the commercial rights to Formula 1 racing.

HERBERT TO RACE INDY 500

Johnny Herbert, who has remained competitive in sports car racing since his departure from Jaguar Racing after the 2000 season, will compete in the Indianapolis 500 with Duesenberg Brothers Racing.

KIRCH FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

The parent company of SLEC, the firm which controls the commercial rights of Formula 1, has filed for insolvency.

RAHAL LOOKS BACK IN ANGER

Bobby Rahal has spoken of his feelings about being ousted from Jaguar Racing last year.

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

In the last few days there has been a lot of discussion about whether the FIA Stewards at Grands Prix should be replaced by some form of permanent judge (or judges) who have experience of top-line racing.

7 APRIL 2002

BERNIE SLIPS TO FIFTH ON RICH LIST

The Sunday Times list of the richest people in Britain - which keeps people amused but is not a very reliable guide to real wealth - has concluded that Bernie Ecclestone's fortune is not what it used to be.

KIRCH SHOWS THAT THE END IS NIGH

Leo Kirch seems to have given up any hope of saving Kirch Media.

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POLLOCK AND BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

Craig Pollock owns a share of a company which owns 35% of British American Racing.

SILLY RUMORS

The latest mad rumor to be thrown into the F1 cauldron is that McLaren is talking to Honda about an engine supply deal.

6 APRIL 2002

THE ARRIVAL OF HANS

On Friday in Brazil the drivers and team managers were shown a presentation about the Head and Neck Support system (HANS) which the FIA wants to make compulsory from the start of next year.

HOW NEW IS HONDA'S "NEW" ENGINE?

There has been much talk in recent days of a "new" Honda V10 engine appearing at the San Marino GP at Imola but the reality of the situation is that the engine will be only a slightly different version of the same engine which the Honda teams have been using this year.

SCHUMACHERS AGREE MOBILE GRAPHICS DEAL

Michael and Ralf Schumacher have just agreed a deal with the Finnish mobile phone company Radiolinja.

THE SUNDAY TIMES RICH LIST DUE

The Sunday Times will publish its annual list of multimillionaires with this week's newspaper and Bernie Ecclestone will once again be in the spotlight.

5 APRIL 2002

FERRARI BUSY AT FIORANO, MUGELLO

Ferrari has been busy as of late, testing continuously at both the Mugello and Fiorano circuits with Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Luca Badoer in both F2001 and F2002 chassis.

MINARDI TESTS AT MISANO

The Minardi team conducts considerably less testing than many of its competitors, but they spent Friday in Misano, Italy with Mark Webber behind the wheel of a PS02.

MULTIPLE FIRSTS EXPECTED AT IMOLA

The San Marino Grand Prix, scheduled for April 14, is expected to feature a few firsts.

PREMIER 1 ADMITS LOSS OF REYNARD MAY BE A PROBLEM

The Premier 1 racing series, which portrayed itself as a potential rival to Formula 1, is now admitting that the collapse of Reynard Racing Cars could be a problem but says that it has contingency plans to deal with it.

THE FIA STUDIES F1 SAFETY FIGURES

The FIA has just issued a report on safety in Grand Prix racing between 1963-2001 which has been conducted for the federation by its Circuits and Safety Department.

WAITING FOR KIRCH TO GO...

Reports in Germany on Thursday indicate that KirchMedia, the owner of the commercial rights to Formula 1 racing, is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection in Munich on Friday.

4 APRIL 2002

THE PERFORMANCE OF TOYOTA

The biggest surprise of the Formula 1 season to date has been the performance of Toyota Motorsport GmbH.

KIRCH BEGINS TO CRUMBLE

Two of the banks involved in talks to save Kirch Media have decided they have had enough of the wrangling and have withdrawn from the talks.

POLLOCK AND PHOENIX/DART

There have been rumors in recent days suggesting that Craig Pollock will be joining the Phoenix Finance Ltd. bid to turn a few assets of the defunct Prost Grand Prix into a Formula 1 team.

RAIKKONEN LEADS FINAL DAY AT VALENCIA

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace at the Valencia circuit in Spain for the second day in a row in cold, damp conditions.

SAUBER COULD LOSE MASSA IN 2003

There was no big surprise when Peter Sauber let slip that Felipe Massa could leave Sauber and go to Ferrari next year - if the Italian team decides to take up an option it has on the young Brazilian.

SNOOK GETS A NEW JOB

Hans Snook, the former boss of the Orange mobile phone company - and the man who pioneered the company's Formula 1 sponsorship, has recently been appointed chairman of Carphone Warehouse, Europe's biggest mobile phone retailer.

THE FUTURE OF JENSON BUTTON

Most of the Formula 1 websites were very excited on Wednesday after a report that Jenson Button's future will be decided by the British Grand Prix.

3 APRIL 2002

BLACK AND WHITE FERRARIS?

The constantly attacking anti-tobacco lobby in the United States has come up with a new plan to try to stop the tobacco companies advertising their products in America.

F1 RATINGS IN THE US DISAPPOINT

The preliminary TV ratings for Speed Channel's coverage of the first two Grands Prix of 2002 are very disappointing with an audience averaging only 145,000 people.

NASCAR TO TRY PAY-TV

Although pay-per-view television coverage of Formula 1 has not been a resounding success, the NASCAR organization in the United States is reported to be considering launching its own multi-channel pay-per-view television package.

RAIKKONEN QUICKEST AT VALENCIA TEST

The weather dried up for the second day of testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, and the eight teams participating in the test were able to do some useful runs on the dry track.

REBUILDING JAGUAR

There have been a lot of rumors in recent days about the engineers who will be employed at Jaguar Racing in the future.

SAUBER LOOKING FOR A TEST DRIVER?

The Sauber team said at its launch that there is no need for a test driver, but sources within the team say that this is becoming a disadvantage as all F1 drivers have a tendency to have a "mental hangover" for the first couple of days after a Grand prix and do not produce the results that the team wants to see in testing.

WHEN FORMULA 1 LOOKS LIKE A SENSIBLE WORLD...

There are time when Formula 1 looks like a mad world with all the quibbling and back-biting that goes on in the sport but the Americans have it far worse at the moment.

2 APRIL 2002

PHOENIX IS STILL OUT THERE

The Phoenix Finance bid for recognition is still not dead, according to paddock rumors in Brazil.

QUALIFYING BATTLES

It is worth noting that in the three races to date only four drivers have consistently out-qualified their team mates.

SECOND GENERATION RACERS

It is not big news that there are second, third and even fourth generation (Andretti) racing drivers but we have not seen many sons of Formula 1 engineers making much of an impression as racing drivers.

SEPANG IS SOLD

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd has confirmed that it is selling the Sepang Circuit - and the company that runs it - to the Malaysian government's investment company Minister of Finance Inc.

TEAMS SALVAGE SOME TESTING IN SPAIN

Despite the heavy rain in Spain, the eight teams that made the trip to the Valencia circuit did get some testing in Tuesday.

WHO IS THE SECRET JAGUAR AERODYNAMICIST?

Jaguar Racing says that it will shortly announce a new aerodynamicist of note to add to the team's collection of windtunnel types.