United States Grand Prix Sunday Race Report
The Ford Motor Company is expected to have on a major rethink of the structure of its Formula 1 activities. The Detroit manufacturer is acutely aware of the lack of success of its Jaguar Racing program and the recent in-depth study into the problem has revealed the need for the entire operation to have more autonomy.
Jos Verstappen will almost certainly join Minardi next year - but the announcement will not be made until the Cosworth engine contract is inked.
Fears in F1 circles that the switch of position at the end of the United States GP at Indianapolis might have an effect on the popularity of the sport in the United States of America appear to have been alarmist.
The announcement of plans for an American Formula 1 team have been greeted with a certain amount of incredulity in Formula 1 circles.
Murray Walker, the famed British Formula 1 commentator is on a world tour to promote his biography which was published recently in Britain.
Igor Yermilin, the vice-president of the Russian Motor Racing Federation, has confirmed that the planned Grand Prix of Moscow is, in effect, out of the question for the next few years.
United States Grand Prix Sunday Photos
Pedro de la Rosa had a pretty miserable United States Grand Prix. He made a poor start and dropped to the back of the field and then his Jaguar suffered a transmission failure and the back end of the car caught fire as it rolled to a stop beside the race track
Michael Schumacher's attempt to stage a dead heat at the United States Grand Prix failed by just seven centimeters, according to the Ferrari telemetry.
United States Grand Prix Sunday Race Notes
United States Grand Prix Sunday Warmup Report
Renault has revealed that their 2003 contender is nearly complete and will take to the track for testing as early as next week, while McLaren has announced they will start the 2003 season with an evolution of the MP4/17 rather than with a new car.
The Arrows team is expected to make an announcement on Monday about its future and the signs are that this will not be good news.
There is much excitement at the Honda R&D headquarters in Tochigi, Japan, this weekend as the 2003 Honda V10 engine is fired up for the first time.
United States Grand Prix Saturday Qualifying Report
United States Grand Prix Saturday Photos
American racing legends Dan Gurney and Phil Hill have revealed that they have plans to launch an all-American Formula 1 team for the 2003 season. The project has been in the pipeline for a couple of years.
There has been speculation for some time that Jaguar Racing will soon announce that Mark Webber has been signed to drive for the team next year. In theory therefore the line-up for next year should be Webber and Pedro de la Rosa as the Spanish driver has one year to run on his contract with the team.
United States Grand Prix Saturday Morning Free Practice Report
The Sauber Petronas team played host at the weekend to Russ Wicks, the current propeller-driven water speed record holder.
The stories that Valentino Rossi could have a future in Formula 1 may be a little wide of the mark because, according to our sources in motorcycle racing, the Italian would prefer to join the World Rally Championship trail.
There are is still some pushing and shoving going on over the destination of various Formula 1 sponsors next year with the future of Red Bull and Deutsche Post still to be decided.
Indy Racing League star had a run in the McLaren spare car on Friday afternoon in Indianapolis and although the times were not very significant, the 21-year-old enjoyed herself during a three lap demonstration run for the fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
ust days after the Red Bull Formula 1 Driver Search began, the scheme has already lost two of the 16 finalists and a third is looking unlikely to continue to the tests which will take place at Paul Ricard in mid-October.
The best story of the Indianapolis weekend so far has been the report in the Indianapolis Star that during the summer Michael Schumacher visited the Texas Motor Speedway incognito and while he was there decided that it would be fun to do a few laps of the track in a slightly souped-up stock car.
United States Grand Prix Friday Afternoon Free Practice Report
United States Grand Prix Friday Photos
There were suggestions in Indianapolis that Jaguar Racing may be about the hire Sergio Rinland, the composites engineeer who has been at Arrows in recent months.
There are rumors in Holland that the signing of Jos Verstappen by Minardi will be accompanied by deal with fellow countryman Christjian Albers - the stories suggesting that the two men would bring significant backing from Lost Boys with them.
His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was a guest in the Formula 1 paddock at Indianapolis. The Duke was present to help the Motorsport Industry Association with a presentation.
United States Grand Prix Friday Morning Free Practice Report
NASCAR team owner Ray Evernham showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday to have a look at the Formula 1 cars. Evernham runs the factory Dodge team in the Winston Cup.
Rubens Barrichello's first day of practice in the US ended early when he lost control of his Ferrari coming onto the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and had an accident of the type seldom seen in F1, sliding into the wall.
Jaguar's 'update' Friday was, as expected, a reaffirmation of Ford's commitment to the team's long term success.
Bryan Herta was in the Formula 1 paddock in Indianapolis on Thursday, talking about his hopes to become a Formula 1 driver next year.
The news that Colin McRae is to leave the Ford Motor Company's World Rally Championship team will perhaps have some significant effect on the company's involvement in Formula 1.
Bernie Ecclestone has not visited very many fly-away races in recent years to avoid the stresses and strains of intercontinental travel but it was planned for the F1 boss to be at Indianapolis this weekend. Mr E has however called off at the last minute, citing urgent business problems.
The Jaguar Racing team has called the Formula 1 press corps to what they are calling 'an update' this morning in Indianapolis. It is anticipated that this will not have any major announcements but will be simply to establish the current situation after the meeting of Ford Motor Company bosses in Paris on Thursday.
Red Bull announced the 16 candidates for their F1 Driver Search program Thursday in Indianapolis, and the young Americans will now prepare to head to France for a shootout before the final decision on who will enter the program is made.
Grandprix.com Young Driver Award winner Patrick Long has been named one of the finalists for the Red Bull F1 Driver Search program.
The GPWC held a board meeting Thursday in Paris to discuss its future.
Canadian brewery La Brasserie Labatt has announced a three year deal with the organizers of the Canadian Grand Prix that will see track-side advertising of their Bleue Dry brand of beer, which is aimed at a younger audience of
For some time now it has seemed inevitable that Renault will sign up Frenchman Sebastian Bourdais to be its test driver in 2003. Bourdais is backed by the FFSA scheme and there has been speculation all season that Renault is one of the major supporters of this initiative, although this has not been confirmed.
Fiat continues to suffer from the problems related to its automobile business Fiat Auto and there is increased speculation that the Italian industrial giant may soon decide to sell its share in Ferrari.
Eddie Jordan turned up on the San Remo Rally last weekend and raised a few eyebrows (as usual) by remarking about the dangers of Peugeot's domination of the sport.
The Ford Motor Company top men meet in Paris on Thursday to finalize plans for Formula 1 next year - and all the signs are that the decision will be to push ahead with the Jaguar Racing program as planned.
Williams F1 has hired Dr. John Davis from Minardi. Davis will become o"Aerodynamic Facilities Development Engineergh" and it is expected that his first task will be to oversee the design and the construction of the Williams team's second windtunnel.
BAR boss David Richards has extended an invitation to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi to test for BAR, a deal that Honda has no doubt encouraged. Rossi won ten of twelve races for Honda this year, in a very Michael Schumacher kind of season.
Helio Castroneves tested for Toyota recently in Europe but he told The Indianapolis Star that it was made clear to him that he was not in the running for a drive in 2003.
Eddie Irvine enjoys a film star lifestyle and some of his opinions are as bizarre as those expressed by some of Hollywood's finest.
The word from America is that the mystery investor who was going to save the Arrows team is no longer interested.
America's popular talk show host David Letterman is doing his bit for the promotion of Formula 1 in the United States of America - and will have Juan Pablo Montoya on his Late Show tomorrow on CBS. The show will be broadcast at 11.30pm EST,
Kool, the sponsor of Team Green (now owned by Michael Andretti), has withdrawn from all motor racing activities. It had been thought that the BAT subsidiary would switch across to the Indy Racing League with Andretti but this is not going to happen.
The word from France is that Hugues de Chaunac's ORECA organization may be considering a CART team for next year, but only if the money is right.
The big names in the automobile industry will be gathering this week in Paris for the Mondial de l'Automobile in the hope that the car markets will improve.
There has been talk for some time about whether or not the Brazilian petrol company Petrobras would be continuing in Formula 3000.
The McLaren Formula 1 team has revealed a sharp rise in profits in the year ending November 2001. The team has put in returns which reveal that it made pre-tax profits of $48m, up from the previous year's $40m.
It is not a surprise but there is no sign of the Arrows team at Indianapolis and no-one seems to think that the team will be seen again this year.
The announcement that Mercedes-Benz has acquired a majority shareholding in Ilmor Engineering is the first visible sign of a major reorganisation going on behind the scenes at the German car company in the wake of Ferrari's domination of the F1 scene.
We hear from Japan that there will soon be a shake-up in the management of the Formula 1 program. Honda has not been very successful since officially returning to F1 in 2000 with British American Racing.
It has been coming for a long time but Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed that it has acquired a majority shareholding in Ilmor Engineering, the company which builds engines for the McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 program. The company will be renamed Mercedes-Ilmor.
The announcement that Bahrain has secured a Grand Prix from 2004 onwards will come as a major blow to the ambitions of other Middle Eastern states that wanted to be the first to bring Grand Prix racing to the region.
The construction of a racing circuit in the Kingdom of Bahrain will open up the Middle East to the Formula 1 sponsors and bring a whole new region into direct contact with the sport.
IRL driver and two time defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was given his first taste of Formula One Friday behind the wheel of the Toyota TF102 at the Paul Ricard circuit.
Sauber has confirmed that Heinz-Harald Frentzen will drive for the team during the upcoming USGP in Indianapolis.
There are rumors that the international automobile federation will soon announce the return of an FIA-backed European Formula 3 Championship.
Renault bosses are worried that the 120-degree V10 engine program - which has not been a great success to date - is going to be a major handicap next year.
The automobile manufacturers were very upfront about their plans to do their own World Championship when the current Concorde Agreement runs out but for the last couple of months things have gone very quiet.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen had an eventful day behind the wheel of the Sauber C21 at Silverstone Thursday. The German, who was evaluating whether he could drive the relatively small chassis effectively at next weekend's USGP, set the fastest time of the day but crashed heavily on his last lap
Indy Racing League rising star Sarah Fisher is to test a McLaren-Mercedes Benz during the United States Grand Prix weekend. The 21-year- old, who represents TAG Heuer in the United States, will run the car on Friday. Fisher visited Woking yesterday for a seat fitting. She will be driving the team's spare MP4-17.
Jos Verstappen has made his thoughts known about his future with Minardi - which should be confirmed at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
The Media Laboratory at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology is one of the world's outstanding think-tanks were new ideas are explored and developed. One of these will be seen for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the course of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis weekend.
Sauber is battling for fourth place in the FIA Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship and if Felipe Massa has to start 10 places behind where he qualifies there is not much point in him being there...
Dario Franchitti has been a major advocate of CART in recent seasons, the Scotsman has always argued that the racing is good and the standards high. But now he is departing to the Indy Racing League with Michael Andretti's Team Green.
Testing continued at Silverstone Wednesday, where Sauber, Renault and Jordan continued preparations for the upcoming USGP.
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he might be interested in buying Ferrari but he told the Italian sports newspaper Gazetta dello Sport that, "it would depend on how the company was structured. ro,"
Spaniard Marc Gene has re-signed with Williams and will continue as the team's test driver for 2003. Gene has been looking to return to a racing role since he left Minardi after the 2000 season, but the driver market is currently flooded with young stars all looking for their shot, and Gene had no opportunities for 2003.
There has been a lot of talk in F1 circles about the need for a system of salary capping, to avoid huge amounts of money being spent on drivers when the money is short. At the moment a number of drivers are earning far more money than they deserve, based on their results
The word on the street in F1 circles is that Ron Dennis and his McLaren team have concluded that in order to beat Ferrari it is going to need an even bigger staff and is said to be recruiting again, picking up talented engineers.
The Formula 1 world has largely lost interest in Arrows - with the feeling in the paddock at Monza that the team will not be seen again in any form and that eventually it will disappear in a mess of legal actions.
Jo Ramirez, one of Formula 1's longest-serving members until his retirement last year from McLaren, is to be honoured this year by his native Mexico. Ramirez has been named as the Grand Marshal for the Mexico City CART race on November 17.
Former McLaren F1 driver turned team owner Michael Andretti has decided to take his team out of CART and into IRL with plans for three cars for himself, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan.
Sauber and Renault kicked off testing in preparation for the United States Grand Prix Tuesday at Silverstone.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen will test the Sauber C21 for the first time Thursday at Silverstone and may replace Felipe Massa at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
Michael Schumacher's contract with Ferrari runs out at the end of 2004 and there is speculation in Germany that Michael may be negotiating an extension to the deal.
Although Felipe Massa does not have a drive for next year it is fairly clear that Ferrari has taken a close interest in the Brazilian and might even be convinced to sign him up as a test driver for next season.
Jaguar Racing will test F3000 driver Antonio Pizzonia this week as part of their driver assesment program. As Pedro de la Rosa is under contract for next year, it is safe to assume that the test for Pizzonia is because the team would like to see him as a replacement for Irvine, who is bound by all accounts for the Jordan team.
The German television station RTL has been suffering from Michael Schumacher having too much success in Formula 1. For Monza in 2001 there were 10.6m households in Germany tuned in to the Italian GP coverage.
There were rumors of all sorts over the Monza weekend about the future (or lack of it) of the Arrows team. There were reports that a deal had been struck with the mysterious American investor and other stories saying it was all over and that the staff was being laid off.
Italian Grand Prix Sunday Race Report
Jos Verstappen now seems certain to be named as one of the Minardi drivers for the 2003 season and there is much excitement in Holland that the country's best known racer will soon be back in action after a year off caused by Verstappen being fired at the last minute at the start of this year by the Arrows team.
Helio Castroneves leaves America today to fly to France to test for the Toyota Formula 1 team - could it be that he is the man most likely to race for the team next year?
t is official! The Nagatino Island Formula 1 race track project is off. Speaking at a press conference last week Moscow's deputy-mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze said that the city had not given up on the plans to hold a Grand Prix in the city but he confirmed that the Nagatino Island plan is not going to happen.
Formula 3 teams in Brazil are at daggers drawn after the recent race at Fortaleza. Before the event the championship-leading Piquet Sports team, which is owned by former World Champion Nelson Piquet and runs his son Nelson Piquet Jr (known as rh"Nelsinhose"), was accused of having illegally tested a car at the Fortaleza track.
Jaguar Racing could not have wished for a better day than at Monza on Sunday. Eddie Irvine started the year dicing with Minardis in Melbourne and at Monza he stood on the podium and sprayed champagne.
Italian Grand Prix Sunday Race Notes
Italian Grand Prix Sunday Photos
Filippe Massa has been penalized for his collision with Pedro de la Rosa during the Italian GP at Monza.
The 2002 Italian Grand Prix was the third fastest race of all time.
Italian Grand Prix Sunday Warmup Report
The Ford Motor Company will decide later this week what it intends to do with the Jaguar Racing Formula 1 program. And all the signs are that Jaguar will get the go-ahead to go on racing in green. The option would be for the company to sell the team off to Red Bull
It was not a big high profile meeting but at Monza Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone met with the representatives of the automobile manufacturers: Luca di Montezemolo representing Ferrari and Patrick Faure representing Renault and (oddly) Mercedes-Benz.
Italian Grand Prix Saturday Qualifying Report
Race Stewards of the Italian GP have penalized Kimi Raikkonen for the incident he had with Jordan's Takuma Sato in Qualifying Saturday by taking away his fastest qualifying lap.
Italian Grand Prix Saturday Photos
The Crown Prince of Bahrain was at Monza to announce the signing of a contract for Formula 1 to visit the Middle Eastern kingdom from 2004 and onwards. Work will begin immediately on the construction of a Formula 1 circuit at Al-Jazair and it is anticipated that the event will take its place at the end of the F1 calendar
Tomas Enge is the International Formula 3000 Champion - or at least he is at the moment. Enge finished third on the road at Monza, while his rival Sebastian Bourdais retired with a mechanical problem and Giorgio Pantano dropped from second to fourth in the course of a frenetic last lap
n recent days there has been talk that Cristiano da Matta might not after all be a Toyota driver in 2002 but our sources say that stories that the deal had fallen out of bed were perhaps a part of the negotiating process rather than a definitive response.
Italian Grand Prix Saturday Morning Free Practice Report
It has been announced that the Italian investment bank Mediobanca has sold a 6.5% stake in Ferrari to Lehman Brothers, one of the three banks which now own SLEC, the Formula One group holding company.
The 2003 Hungarian GP will be pushed back until August 24 next year, creating a new three-week gap in the F1 calendar so that teams can take a break between the German GP on August 3 and the Budapest event on the 24th.
There was talk in the Monza paddock that Dietrich Mateschitz's plans for a Team Red Bull USA have been put on hold until 2004 as there is no obvious route for the Austrian drinks firm to take to fulfil its dream to have an American-flavored, Austrian-sponsored F1 operation.
The future of Arrows remains in limbo with the mysterious American backer seemingly no closer to a deal than was previously the case. There were stories earlier this week suggesting that a deal might be struck which would see Toyota buying the Arrows Concorde Agreement rights and benefits.
It is expected that Jos Verstappen will sign for Minardi shortly, returning to Formula 1 in 2003 after an enforced lay-off of a year which resulted from the decision by the Orange Arrows team to dump the Dutchman just before the start of the year.
Italian Grand Prix Friday Photos
Italian Grand Prix Friday Afternoon Free Practice Report
The F3000 title will be decided Saturday at Monza, the final stop of the 12 race series. Thomas Enge, despite his recent off-track problems, put himself in position to win the F3000 championship by qualifying four positions higher than rival, and current points leader, Sebastien Bourdais.
Thomas Enge's manager has confirmed that the young Czech tested positive for cannabis during a random drug test after the Hungarian round of the International F3000 series.
Italian Grand Prix Friday Morning Free Practice Report
www.autosport.ru, our colleagues in Russia, are reporting that all plans for a racing circuit on Nagatino Island in Moscow have now been shelved and the development of the island will now be restricted to residential construction.
CART has voted to change its statutes to allow Gerald Forsythe to increase his ownership of the series to 23%. Until recently it was impossible for anyone to hold more than 15% of the business.
The Jordan team will wear black armbands on their shirts this weekend in memory of Martin Whittingham, the team's physiotherapist who was killed in a road accident last weekend
The Ferrari team will have to do without Ross Brawn this weekend at Monza. The team's technical director is out of action recovering from a slipped disc and it does not look likely that he will be at the Italian GP this weekend.
Formula 3000 frontrunner Tomas Enge was keeping a low profile at Monza after the FIA announced that he had tested positive to using an illegal substance after the Hungaroring Formula 3000 race on August 17.
Following an anti-doping test at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 3000 driver Tomas Enge tested positive for a substance prohibited by the FIA in the International Sporting Code.
The FIA continues to adopt a very wary approach towards the issue of Arrows. The federation has outlined what everyone already knows - if Arrows is in an insolvent state, it has lost its rights under the Concorde Agreement.
The Formula 1 team principals will meet tomorrow at Monza for their first meeting for several months.
Williams announced Thursday that American consulting firm Accenture has extended their sponsorship of the team until 2005, and it will include the company's business consulting services.
The FIA has issued a statement saying it is waiting to see what happens with the Arrows team and will not be taking any action against the team at the moment.
Minardi will have Malaysian title sponsorship again next year - if all goes to plan. Paul Stoddart flew into Monza after a successful trip to Kuala Lumpur to talk to his sponsors and confirmed that all seems to be set for the relationship to continue.
The situation surrounding Arrows is a complex one for those who are interested in Formula 1 and not in the finer points of English law. However in order to clarify the issues involved in the Arrows case it is best to explain the options that exist for the team and some of the potential pitfalls ahead.
The chief executive of Octagon Les Delano has stepped down amid a major reorganisation of the company which controls an important number of motorsport activities, including the Silverstone racing circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. A permanent replacement is being sought.
The European Commission has announced that the Bayerische Landesbank, JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers have applied for clearance to jointly purchase SLEC Holdings, the parent company of the Formula One group of companies.
Although it is yet to be officially confirmed Tom Walkinshaw is understood to have told Arrows staff that the team will not be at Monza this weekend. Walkinshaw said that this will not create a problem and that the transfer of ownership of the team continues to go ahead.
Arrows has bought itself a little more time by paying off a creditor who was trying to have the team wound up. The team announced that the High Court in Leeds has agreed to postpone a winding-up petition hearing for 28 days.
The provisional Formula 1 calendar is expected to change when the FIA Formula 1 Commission meets again before the World Motor Sport Council meeting in October. We understand that the teams have made it clear to Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that they are not willing to accept the current situation .
The Asiatech company is facing an uncomfortable future as there currently no Formula 1 teams which want to use its engines next season. Asiatech intends to respond to this at Monza by announcing that it has designed and is developing a Formula 1 chassis for 2004.
Although Arrows yesterday paid off one of its creditors, there are still eight others who have attached their claims to the winding-up petition which was to have been heard today. These are believed to include Cosworth Racing, Jos Verstappen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, CSS Stellar and a number of smaller firms.
These Schumachers get everywhere. At the recent National Hot Rod Association US National event at Indianapolis Raceway Park Tony Schumacher, driving for his father's Indianapolis-based team, beat the series leader Larry Dixon in his Army-sponsored Top Fuel dragster.
It seems that Arrows refuses to die. According to reports on the Reuter newsagency, the troubled team has now paid off Champion Recruitment Limited, the employment agency which had a winding-up order against the team.
The news that British American Racing is planning to rebrand itself has brought a few ideas out of the woodwork, notably from something called British Racing Green International which would like to see Team Lotus back in Formula 1. It is a nice idea but it is never going to happen.
The Sauber team is going to be supporting United Nations efforts to increase AIS-awareness in the final three races of the season.
It seems now that Cristiano da Matta is not coming to Formula 1 in 2003. Da Matta has reportedly remarked that Toyota only seems to be interested in him as a test driver - and he has no interest in doing that job. Da Matta also said that he was not happy with the way in which Formula 1 teams view the drivers in CART.
The bid by a mysterious American multi-millionaire Carl Smith to buy the Arrows team must be completed by today or else the Arrows team will be going out of business - at least in its current form. Arrows is facing a compulsory winding-up order in the English courts on Tuesday.
The Silverstone bypass has finally been opened although for the moment there is still only going to be one lane operational in each direction. The new road has been planned for years and will help to alleviate congestion at the Silverstone racing circuit - a big problem for the British GP in recent years.
The Belgium Grand Prix paddock was relatively quiet this year - at least in terms of celebrities. Nigel Mansell and Thierry Boutsen were there but almost unnoticed there was also former F1 driver Erik Comas, who has been racing in recent years for Toyota in Japan. The Frenchman was at Spa in his role as the manager of Romain Dumas,
It is becoming increasingly obvious that CART is going to lose the Green, Ganassi and Mo Nunn teams next year, the three following Penske Racing into the rival Indy Racing League series. This is not because of any desire to be there but rather because there is pressure from sponsors.
Although it has yet to be officially announced we expect there to be a completely new name for British American Racing at the end of the current year. And it will not be Honda F1, nor will it feature the Prodrive name.
The French weekly magazine Autohebdo is reporting that Jordan Grand Prix is looking at some kind of a deal with rising star Gary Paffett. Paffett is currently leading the German Formula 3 Championship.
Cristiano da Matta has admitted that he thinks he going to be staying in CART next year. The Brazilian says that Toyota does not seem to be interested in him being anything more than a test driver next year - and that does not interest him at all.
Friday was the last day of testing at the Monza circuit before the Italian GP next weekend. The teams ran in the morning only, allowing the race officials to begin the preparations for the race in the afternoon.
As expected, American Townsend Bell will test for Minardi later this month. The ex-CART driver has F1 aspirations after being replaced at Patrick Racing in July because the team felt he was too reckless.
It is not a surprise that Bridgestone and Sauber have reached an agreement to continue their relationship until the end of 2004. Sauber has been with Bridgestone since 1999.
Minardi would love run Ferrari V10 engines - and a Ferrari rear end as Sauber does. Paul Stoddart would be only too pleased to put his team up into the top 10 at every Grand Prix. The only slight problem is that it costs a pile of money and Stoddart has yet to find it.
There have been stories in Germany that the creditor banks involved in the Kirch debacle have to get European Commission clearance before being allowed to appoint a new board of directors for SLEC, the company which controls the Formula One group of companies and which controls the commercial rights to Formula 1.
There is no secret in the fact that Jordan sponsor DHL, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post, was keen to have a German driver in Formula 1 next year. The company showed itself to be very keen on Heinz Harald Frentzen but that deal never happened.
Testing continued at Monza Thursday, where the teams saw their first full day of dry testing this week. Pedro De la Rosa topped the time sheets in the Jaguar R3, conducting tire testing for Michelin.
Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly in Spain today at the wedding of Ana Aznar, the daughter of the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and Alejandro Agag, a former rising star in European politics who is now working for a Portuguese bank.
BAR test driver Darren Manning will drive the Team St. George entry in the Rockingham 500 CART race on September 14th.
We hear that attempts are going on to try to put Felipe Massa into a drive at Toyota, despite the fact that all the signs at the moment are that the Toyota team is going to hire the soon-to-be-crowned CART champion Cristiano da Matta.
The initial fuss about Arrows needing to answer to the FIA for failing to race in Belgium is now over and everyone is waiting to see what the response will be. We are not expecting any response at all.
There have been vague signals in recent months that there may be changes in the Williams-BMW relationship in the future. The relationship was signed for five years and that means that the current arrangement ends next year...
Testing continued at Monza Wednesday, where all the F1 teams except Arrows tested in preparation for the Italian GP.
Gallaher, the owner of Jordan's sponsor Benson & Hedges is about to announce a major deal to break into the Chinese market. The company has signed a letter of intent with the China National Tobacco Corporation.
Marlboro has confirmed that it is to sponsor the Peugeot World Rally Championship for the next four years. The team will become known as Team Marlboro Peugeot Total and the drivers Richard Burns, Marcus Gronholm, Gilles Panizzi and Harri Rovanpera.
Retired world champion Mika Hakkinen will be working at the US Gran Prix, not behind the wheel of a McLaren but behind a microphone. The ex-McLaren driver will act as a commentator for Canal Digital, the digital channel that broadcasts F1 in his native Finland, analyzing the race and giving the drivers' point of view.
The Lausitzring filed for protection against its creditors recently but it nows seems that the debts are too big to be able to save the company and the whole project is expected to go into receivership shortly. It is believed that there are several potential buyers for the facility in the old East Germany.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Formula 1 career is settled for next year but until a new car is built the German driver is not going to be racing. Firstly he has to settle the outstanding lawsuit with Eddie Jordan over his contract for 2002 and secondly he cannot fit in the Sauber chassis
Allan McNish's Formula 1 career seems to have come to an end but the Scotsman looks like being employed next year in one of the big factory teams in sports car racing.
A recent FIA statement confirmed that Arrows has complied with the request for a written explaination of the recent goings on at the team, and the governing body is reviewing the explaination.
There has been much talk in recent months about the damage that Ferrari domination is doing to Formula 1 - but this is not to look at the bigger picture. THe question is not that one team is ahead of the rest but that all the way down through the field it is increasingly hard for one driver to overtake another.
Six of the Formula One teams tried to kick off a four day test at Monza Tuesday, but heavy rain prevented anyone from completing a full dry day of testing.
Jos Verstappen was kicking around the paddock in Spa and there were lots of rumours of talks with a variety of different teams. The reality is that Verstappen does not have many choices.
The FIA Foundation has moved into its new offices on London's Trafalgar Square and as the new organisation becomes more organised we would expect to see some major new initiatives coming out of the Foundation, a charity which is funded by the lease of the F1 commercial rights to Formula One Management.
Belgian Grand Prix Sunday Race Report
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the classic racing facilities in the world and has hosted a Grand Prix most years since the first event in 1925. It is widely considered to be one of the best racing tracks in the world
Six CART teams announced in Denver on Sunday that they are committed to be involved in the series next year: Fernandez, Forsythe, Newman Haas, Patrick, Rahal and Walker. However it is significant that Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Kool Green and Morris Nunn Racing have not announced their intentions.
With Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button already confirmed as BAR drivers for next year, there is already speculation about what will happen in 2004 when Villeneuve's deal ends.
Reports are coming out of Russia about plans for a new bid for a Formula 1 Grand Prix with Moscow being ditched and St Petersburg being picked as the venue. Bernie Ecclestone was reportedly back in Moscow last week trying to talk to Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor.
Belgian Grand Prix Sunday Race Notes
Belgian Grand Prix Sunday Photos
ernie Ecclestone says that the Arrows team cannot go on forever unless a new investor can be found.
Prince Khaled al Waleed turned up for the Belgian GP at Spa and after coutesy calls to Bernie Ecclestone and McLaren the Prince settled down for a meeting with Minardi's boss Paul Stoddart.
Belgian Grand Prix Sunday Warmup Report
The one subject about which there was almost no conversation at Spa was the future of the Asiatech engine company. No-one appears to be interested in running the engines - even if they are free...
There is talk in automotive circles that former Ford Motor Company boss Jac Nasser could pop again as the new boss of Fiat Auto. The Italian giant is in need of a major revamp and Nasser is a man who is not afraid to go into battle to cut costs.
The Minardi team is to give Bryan Herta a solid testing opportunity at the end of the season, during the post-season month of testing. The Californian driver had a run in a Minardi at the recent Thunder in the Park event and got a taste for Formula 1 and hopes to be able to put together a deal to race for the team next year.
The Formula 1 team bosses have not met for several months now and as a result there has been some confusion about what is going to happen about the testing regulations for next year.