NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2003

GIEBLER MOVES TO DEN BLA AVIS

American racer Phil Giebler will make his Formula 3000 debut this weekend with David Sears's Den Bla Avis.

ECCLESTONE NO BELIEVER IN F1 DEMOCRACY

Bernie Ecclestone says he does not believe in democracy in Formula 1.

IS THE US TEAM STILL OUT THERE?

A quiet visit by former World Champion Phil Hill to the Minardi factory in Faenza is being linked to the plan which emerged last year for an All American Formula 1 team.

WILL MCLAREN RELEASE WURZ?

Jaguar Racing has made an offer to sign Alexander Wurz but it is still not clear whether McLaren will let the Austrian go.

SPANISH GP PREVIEW

Spanish Grand Prix - Preview

29 APRIL 2003

BOBBI PROVING HIS WORTH

Matteo Bobbi is seen in Formula 1 circles as a pay-driver who is bringing money, but the Italian is working hard to get rid of that image and his activities in the FIA GT championship seem to be bearing fruit.

FORMULA 3000 LOSES BRAND MOTORSPORTS

The Brand Motorsports team, which bought the assets of the Helmut Marko's old Red Bull Junior Team, is withdrawing from the FIA International Formula 3000 series. This means that German Formula 3 Champion Gary Paffett is out of a job.

HONDA PUNCHY ABOUT THE FUTURE

Honda is expected to put more effort than ever into the F1 program under the guidance of new president Takeo Fukui.

ORANGE CONFIRMS SPYKER DEAL

The Orange mobile phone company has cut back on its motor racing sponsorship, but this has not stopped the Dutch affiliate Orange Nederland from agreeing a three-year sponsorship deal with the Spyker sports car team.

TOYOTA LOOKING TO RUSSIA

The Toyota Motor Corp is rumored to be on the verge of an announcement that it will build a factory in Russia with the aim of starting production of SUVs in within the next four years.

28 APRIL 2003

A QUESTION OF ARBITRATION...

The Williams and McLaren team took Bernie Ecclestone to arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland more than a year ago because of a supposed agreement between them and Ecclestone over the teams getting a percentage of the money raised by a sale of the SLEC company.

A QUESTION OF MONEY...

Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Slavica are not as rich as they used to be according to the latest Sunday Times list of rich British residents.

HOW NOT TO GET A GRAND PRIX

A few years ago the authorities in Portugal were gung-ho about bringing Formula 1 back to Estoril. It never came to anything and ever since then the track has been hosting minor events.

MORE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT TRACTION-CONTROL

The Formula 1 teams will meet again on Tuesday this week to discuss the future of traction-control in Formula 1.

THE BATTLE OF THE F1 TEST DRIVERS

The second round of the Formula Nissan series took place at Zolder over the weekend with Williams test driver Marc Gene winning one race and Renault F1 test driver Franck Montagny winning the other.

WANDERING HANS

The Union Internationale Motonautique is looking at adopting the HANS system for its Formula 1 Powerboats.

WILL MCLAREN RELEASE WURZ?

The speculation in recent days has been that Alexander Wurz will replace Antonio Pizzonia at Jaguar Racing after the Spanish Grand Prix, but our sources say it may not be quite as easy as that as McLaren may not want to releease its third driver at this point in the season.

27 APRIL 2003

BRISCOE BLOWS AWAY MERC ARMY

Australia's Ryan Briscoe is still rebuilding his career after a disastrous season in Formula 3000 last year but that process has been aided considerably by a double victory in the opening event of the new Formula 3 Euroseries at Hockenheim.

26 APRIL 2003

FERRARI GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR NEW CAR IN SPAIN

Ferrari will run the new F2003 GA in Barcelona next week, the team now being satisfied that the car will be reliable enough in the races.

FRANCE REVEALS THE NEW MAGNY-COURS

France's efforts to hold on to its national Grand Prix have been boosted by the completion of an $8m revamp for the Magny-Cours facility.

MATESCHITZ PLANNING AUSTRIAN REVIVAL

The boss of Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz, who will become the owner of the A1 Ring later this year, says he is going to make big investments in the Austrian facility, including a hotel complex, a private university and a flying school.

25 APRIL 2003

CART MOVES EVER CLOSER TO F1

The CART franchise board is continuing to change its rules to make its Champ Car World Series more flexible in the future.

COCHET SETTLES FOR SPORTS CARS

The former Prost Grand Prix test driver Jonathan Cochet has struggled to find a job in single-seater racing this year and has now decided to sign to drive for Courage Competition in 2003.

NISSANS HEAD FOR ZOLDER

The Nissan World Series is in action this weekend at Zolder in Belgium with series leader Franck Montagny, a Renault F1 test driver, hoping to continue his domination at Jarama.

MONTOYA UNHURT IN SILVERSTONE SHUNT

Juan Pablo Montoya had a fairly big accident at Silverstone during testing when he lost control of the Williams-BMW at Becketts.

TIRE COMPANIES HAVE DIFFERING VIEWS

Getting Michelin and Bridgestone to agree is not always easy and at the moment there appears to be a difference of opinion over a supposed agreement between the two companies to restrict the different compounds used during a race weekend.

MARIO! (PART 3)

Mario Andretti has decided that returning to Indianapolis at the age of 63 is not such a good idea after all.

ANOTHER PIECE IN THE JIGSAW PUZZLE?

It has been announced that Uwe Alzen is to leave the Team AMG Mercedes DTM operation with immediate effect and his place is to be taken by none other than Dutchman Christjian Albers, who moves up in the Mercedes-Benz hierarchy, having previously driven for the semi-works Rosberg team.

24 APRIL 2003

TESTING CONTINUES AT MUGELLO

Testing continued at Mugello on Thursday with Ferrari on top.

THE DOMINOS ARE FALLING...

When one driver moves in Formula 1 others moves usually follow. It seems that Antonio Pizzonia will be on the move after Barcelona unless he does something spectacular to show that he warrants a place within the team.

PIZZONIA PUT ON THE SPOT

Jaguar Racing has finally admitted publicly that Antonio Pizzonia is in danger of losing his drive because of poor performances this year.

MARIO! (PART 2)

Mario Andretti's return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was certainly a dramatic one. The 63-year-old former World Champion was out practicing yesterday when he was involved in an end-over-end accident after hitting wreckage left on the track when Kenny Brack crashed.

23 APRIL 2003

MARIO!

Mario Andretti is planning to return to a racing car at the age of 63 - attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 driving one of his son Michael's cars.

MANSELL SCUFFLES WITH INTRUDERS

A bunch of young men who may have drunk too much stumbled into Nigel Mansell's garden at his Jersey home in St Brelade's Bay on Friday.

RUSSIANS LURKING...

The Imola paddock was a little less frenetic than usual and this made it rather easier to spot interesting visitors - and one who stood out a mile was a representative of Lukoil, the Russian oil giant.

THE FUTURE OF IMOLA

The San Marino Grand Prix this year was in many respects a big disappointment - the event was processional with only three overtaking manoeuvres after the first lap rough-and-tumble.

22 APRIL 2003

REPORT ON ALONSO AND SCHUMACHER TO GO BEFORE THE WORLD COUNCIL

The FIA World Motorsport Council in June will be considering a report on the driving of Fernando Alonso and Michael Schuamcher at the recent Brazilian Grand Prix.

FERRARI IPO IS PUSHED BACK AGAIN

The initial public offering of shares in the Ferrari company has been delayed again because it is still felt that market conditions are not right for the move.

HONDA'S NEW BOSS IS A RACER

Honda has named Takeo Fukui as its new president.

MERCEDES CONFIRMS $10M ENGINES

Norbert Haug, the boss of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport," has confirmed that the company will be offering engines at $10m, starting next year.

21 APRIL 2003

RACE REPORT - A SAD DAY FOR MICHAEL

San Marino Grand Prix - Race Report

20 APRIL 2003

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS EMOTIONAL SAN MARINO WIN

San Marino Grand Prix - Race Notes

RACE RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Race Results

FERRARI AND THE GPWC

The political scene in Formula 1 hotted up considerably over the weekend in Imola and while the general impression being given was that things are moving towards a settlement between the various parties involved there are clear indications as well that the problems are far from being settled.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

San Marino Grand Prix - Sunday Photos

FISICHELLA AND WILLIAMS

The Formula 1 paddock was buzzing on Saturday with stories that the Williams team might be looking at Giancarlo Fisichella as a possible replacement for Ralf Schumacher.

ENGINEER MOVEMENTS

There is much movement at the moment in the second tier of Formula 1 engineers.

ALBERS FOR BARCELONA?

The Jordan team was in deep negotiation with Dutchman Christjian Albers over a testing arrangement with the team and there were suggestions that a deal would be struck in time for Imola.

HONDA IS MOURNING

Japanese MotoGP rider Daijiro Kato has died as a result of an accident at Suzuka on April 6. The 2001 World Champion of the 250cc series was in his second season in the premier motorcycle racing series.

WIRDHEIM WINS FORMULA 3000 OPENER

The opening round of the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship was a lively affair with Sweden's Bjorn Wirdheim giving Arden International its first victory of the year despite race-long pressure from rival Patrick Freisacher in Enzo Coloni's Red Bull Junior Team.

19 APRIL 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - SCHUMACHER FRONT ROW

San Marino Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

San Marino Grand Prix - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Saturday Practice Results

ECCLESTONE'S FINAL OFFER

Bernie Ecclestone has told the Formula 1 teams that he is not going to improve on his offer to them and that they should take what is on the table.

JAGUAR ADMITS TO PROBLEM IN BRAZIL

Jaguar Racing, so impressive in Brazil two weeks ago, has admitted that Mark Webber's car was not going as quickly as it might have done because of a fuel pick-up problem which was not solved after the Malaysian GP.

18 APRIL 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - SCHUMACHER ON TOP

San Marino Grand Prix - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

San Marino Grand Prix - Friday Photos

JAGUAR LAUNCHES NEW BRAND IMAGE

Jaguar has launched a big new advertising campaign in the United States using the slogan "Born to perform" and the sleek leaping Jaguar is due to become a little more muscly.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Friday Qualifying Results

EM.TV GETS OUT OF F1 ONCE AND FOR ALL

EM.TV & Merchandising has confirmed that it has finally settled on a deal with investment banks Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan to take over the firm's stake in the Formula One group of companies.

PRACTICE RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Friday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

San Marino Grand Prix - Friday Testing Results

17 APRIL 2003

SAN MARINO GP PREVIEW

San Marino Grand Prix - Preview

TRADING PLACES

NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and Formula 1 star Juan Pablo Montoya are to switch cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 11.

BUD FOR FERRARI?

The word in the paddock in Imola is that the giant US brewing firm Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest beer-making company, is to become a sponsor of the Ferrari team next year.

MOSLEY AND THE GPWC

Max Mosley says that he thinks it is increasingly likely that the GPWC will set up its own racing championship in 2008 but says that there is nothing he can do about it and that commercial factors will decide which survives.

NO RULE CHANGES

The Formula 1 team bosses have agreed not to tamper with the rules in any major way for the rest of the F1 season. FIA President Max Mosley said in Imola that there are to be a couple of small changes but otherwise things will remain as before.

PENALTIES FOR ALONSO AND MICHAEL SCHUMACHER?

The FIA is looking at the behavior of Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher in Brazil and may decide that action must be taken.

RESS JOINS HONDA

Former Sauber technical director Leo Ress has been hired by Honda to help the Japanese company with its Formula 1 chassis research and development program.

A NEW JOB FOR JEAN ALESI

As part of the promotion of the new Formula 3 Euro Series, the French and Germans will be fighting over a Nations Cup and DTM drivers Jean Alesi and Frank Biela have been named as "team captains" for the rival factions in the new series.

ALBERS AND JORDAN

There are rumors doing the rounds in Holland that Christjian Albers is about to get a role as a test driver with the Jordan team. Holland is, of course, a constant hotbed of rumors...

CHANGING THE ROLE OF CART

In the light of all the talk of a deal between CART and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, it is interesting to note that the CART board of directors has recently voted unanimously in favor of relinquishing its control over all decisions relating to engines and tires.

THE FIA AND THE TEAMS GET TOGETHER

The Formula 1 teams and FIA President Max Mosley meet today in Italy to discuss the effect of the new rules on the racing thus far this year. It is expected that there will also be discussions about the Grand Prix World Championship organization.

WHY BAT WILL NOT DROP BAR

There are lots of stories circulating at the moment suggesting that British American Tobacco is going to drop BAR. This is highly unlikely.

16 APRIL 2003

FERNANDO ALONSO IN FOR A TICKING OFF

Fernando Alonso was lucky to emerge unscathed from a 150mph crash at Interlagos 10 days ago and equally lucky to end up on the podium in the race as a result of his own accident which resulted in the race being stopped.

FUJI TO CLOSE IN SEPTEMBER

The Mount Fuji racing circuit will close this autumn so that construction can bring the track up to full Formula 1 specification.

HOUSE OF ORANGE

The Orange mobile telephone company has pulled out of F1, but the Dutch branch of the company is expected to be seen in sportscar racing.

ENGE HEADING FOR IRL

Tomas Enge has disappeared from the single-seater scene in recent months but the Czech driver now seems set to try to revive his career with a test for the Pennzoil Panther Racing team in the Indy Racing League.

15 APRIL 2003

DHL BACKS SATO

The Jordan team may not have been able to convince DHL to remain as a backer this year but former Jordan driver Takuma Sato has managed to convince DHL Japan to continue to support him.

AN INTERESTING REBRANDING EXERCISE

Octagon Motorsports UK is being rebranded Brands Hatch Circuits Ltd. in an effort to divorce the company from the rest of the Octagon empire.

WILLIAMS "CHALLENGES THE LINK BETWEEN SMOKING AND F1"

The new sponsorship deal between the BMW Williams team and GlaxoSmithKline's NiQuitin CQ brand is designed, according to GSK's Simon Pulsford to "challenge the link between smoking in Formula 1.

NIQUITIN CQ TO BACK WILLIAMS

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare has announced that it will be sponsoring the Williams team with its NiQuitin CQ range of products designed to help people stop smoking. It will be the first smoking cessation brand to sponsor a Formula 1 team in the history of the sport.

14 APRIL 2003

NGUYEN READY TO SIGN FOR BCN IN F3000

Australian racer Rob Nguyen is poised to sign for the new BCN Formula 3000, which kicks off next weekend at Imola.

JANI JOINS SAUBER

The Sauber Petronas team has signed a testing deal with 19-year-old Swiss driver Neel Jani. Jani will begin work with the team next week at the Vairano testing facility in Italy.

CADILLAC TEAM TO GO CART

The Cadillac sports car program may have come to an end but it seems that members of the team are looking at getting together again to start their own CART Champ Car operation.

ZANARDI TO DRIVE AT LAUSITZRING

Alex Zanardi is due to be the Grand Marshal of the forthcoming CART Champ Car race at the Lausitzring in Germany but there are now rumors suggesting that the Italian, who lost both legs in a crash there two years ago, will actually do some demonstration laps at the wheel of a specially-modified CART car.

13 APRIL 2003

TOYOTA CLOBBERS HONDA AT MOTEGI

Honda was beaten at its own Twin Ring Motegi in the Indy Racing League race on Sunday by Scott Sharp at the wheel of his Kelley Racing Dallara-Toyota. Sharp moved into the lead when Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan (the former a Toyota driver and the latter representing Honda) collided on the 178th lap.

12 APRIL 2003

FERRARI PUSHES BACK F2003 GA DEBUT

Ferrari has announced that it will be racing the old F2002s at the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. The new F2003 GA chassis will not now appear until the Spanish Grand Prix. The announcement comes not long after news emerged that McLaren's MP4-18 is running behind schedule.

MOSLEY TO MEET TEAMS AND THE PRESS IN IMOLA

FIA president Max Mosley will meet the Formula 1 team bosses at Imola on Thursday and will then go on for a meeting with the international F1 media.

A BIG NEW SPONSOR FOR WILLIAMS

There are lots of rumors coming back again that BMW is to start its own team in F1 in the future. These seem to emanate from statements made by ex-BMW Motorsport director Gerhard Berger who remarked that all BMW's options are still open.

11 APRIL 2003

WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE MESS IN INTERLAGOS?

The FIA has announced that Giancarlo Fisichella is the winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix. The embarrassing problems in Brazil have thus been solved. The FIA will now want to know that there will be no possibility of a repeat of the problem.

"SIGNING UP" WITH THE GPWC

These days there is a lot of propaganda in Formula 1 circles. The aim is to create impressions that those involved want to see in the public domain.

JUSTIN WILSON PLC EXTENDS CLOSING DEADLINE

Justin Wilson plc has had nearly $1.6m of share applications in only 40 days. The initial closing date was April 11 but Justin Wilson plc's managing director, Jonathan Palmer has announced an extension.

THE FIA CONFIRMS FISICHELLA

The FIA has now confirmed that Giancarlo Fisichella is the winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix, following a meeting of the stewards of the event in Paris on Friday morning.

ARROWS LIQUIDATORS APPOINTED

Geoffrey Rowley and Kevin Hellard, both of RSM Robson Rhodes, have been appointed joint liquidators of Arrows Grand Prix International. The assets of the company will be sold off and whatever money raised with be paid to the creditors.

JORDAN DELIGHTED

Eddie Jordan says he is delighted with the news that Giancarlo Fisichella has been awarded victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

FISICHELLA WINS BRAZIL

Giancarlo Fisichella is the winner of the 2003 Brazilian GP, according to team boss Eddie Jordan.

ITV EMPLOYEE RELEASED FROM BRAZILIAN HOSPITAL

The ITV employee who works on F1 broadcasts and who was hospitalized in the days leading up to the Brazilian Grand Prix with suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was released from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

10 APRIL 2003

F1 TEAM BOSSES SIGN GPWC MEMORANDUM

The Formula 1 team bosses and the the directors of the Grand Prix World Championship met in Munich, Germany today to discuss the future shape framework for the sport with what is called "a unanimous view to promote its long-term stability".

WHAT NEXT FOR JORDAN?

Tomorrow lunchtime in Paris it is expected that Giancarlo Fisichella will be named as the winner of the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix. It is expected that Jordan will take advantage of the global coverage to announce a new sponsorship deal, part of which will see Eddie Irvine named as the team's test driver.

AN AMAZING STATISTIC

The controversy surrounding the Brazilian Grand Prix has obscured one remarkable fact. The race was the first since the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in 1999 that the Ferrari team did not score a World Championship point.

HUGE VIEWING FIGURES FOR BRAZIL

The Brazilian Grand Prix was the highest rating Grand Prix in three years for Britain's ITV channel, and the third highest rating show since ITV took over the F1 rights in 1997.

MOTOYAMA DOES IT AGAIN

Satoshi Motoyama won his second consecutive victory in Formula Nippon last weekend at Fuji. The Team Impul driver led home his team mate, France's Benoit Treluyer to give team boss Kazuyoshi Hoshino a dominant 1-2 result.

JORDAN HAS EVIDENCE OF FISICHELLA'S VICTORY

Eddie Jordan says that his team has evidence that proves that Giancarlo Fisichella was on his 56th lap when the Brazilian Grand Prix was red-flagged on Sunday. This is vital as if it is established that the Italian driver had started the lap before seeing the red flags he will be declared the winner.

9 APRIL 2003

WHAT HAPPENED IN INTERLAGOS?

The important question that needs to be answered about the Brazilian Grand Prix is how it was that the classification was issued incorrectly - if it is judged that this was the case.

ALONSO'S VIEW OF THE INTERLAGOS CRASH

Fernando Alonso was lucky for a variety of reasons on Sunday afternoon in Brazil. The Spaniard emerged unscathed from what he called a "150mph" crash at Interlagos. He was fortunate to end up on the podium because the race was stopped and, many think, he was fortunate not to be penalized by the FIA.

FRANCHITTI INJURED IN MOTORBIKE CRASH

Formula 1 aspirant Dario Franchitti has been injured in a motorcycle accident in his native Scotland. The Andretti Green Racing driver suffered a fractured vertebrae when his motorcycle had some kind of mechanical problem and he crashed through a hedge near Edinburgh.

ITV EMPLOYEE READY TO BE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

The ITV employee who was hospitalised in Sao Paulo with symptoms of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome should be released within a couple of days. The woman, who arrived in Brazil with the symptoms having previously been in Singapore, after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

HAFFA BROTHERS FINED $1.6M

Thomas and Florian Haffa, the men behind EM.TV, the media company which used to control the Formula One group of companies, have been convicted of issuing false sales figures and have been fined $1.6m between them.

FORMULA 3000 ENTRY BOASTS 20 CARS

The International Formula 3000 Championship entry list has been issued by the FIA with 18 of the 20 drivers now revealed.

TIMEKEEPERS GET IT WRONG IN SAO PAULO?

There is a suggestion that the timekeeping in Brazil was erroneous and that victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix should have gone to Giancarlo Fisichella. The official classification was given at the end of lap 53 and there is no official record of what happened after that.

8 APRIL 2003

ALONSO BACK IN EUROPE

After being taken to the Saint Louis hospital, in Sao Paolo, following his huge accident in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was released and returned to Europe to prepare for the San Marino Grand Prix in two weeks, with nothing more than a sore knee.

ANTONIO PIZZONIA AND JAGUAR RACING

The Formula 1 paddock in Brazil was full of rumors raising the question of whether Antonio Pizzonia is the right man for the job as Mark Webber's team mate.

THE FUTURE OF RALF SCHUMACHER

There has been a lot of talk in F1 circles in recent days about the future of Ralf Schumacher with the BMW Williams team.

7 APRIL 2003

RACE REPORT - ONE OF THOSE DAYS...

Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Report

COULD FISICHELLA REALLY HAVE GONE WITHOUT STOPPING?

Although Jordan Grand Prix came away from the Brazilian Grand Prix as "moral victors" and some media attacked the rules for allowing what looked like a victory to be taken away from the struggling Silverstone team, there are still serious doubts as to whether Fisichella would have made it to the finish.

WHY DID FERNANDO ALONSO CRASH?

There were a number off mysteries associated with Fernando Alonso's massive accident at Interlagos. Alonso, who had already been penalized for ignoring yellow flags, was still going at maximum speed despite the fact that Mark Webber's accident happened more than a minute before he arrived on the scene.

RALF'S LUCKY DAY

Ralf Schumacher finished a lackluster ninth in Brazil although he argued that he would have been on the podium if the race had not been ended prematurely.

6 APRIL 2003

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN DECLARED BRAZILIAN WINNER AFTER RACE STOPPED

Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Sunday Photos

RACE RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Results

BRAZIL START COULD BE DELAYED

Heavy rain could delay the start of the Brazilian GP this afternoon. Procedures exist which allow the start of the race to be delayed every 10 minutes until conditions are good enough to start the race.

TORRENTIAL RAINS HIT INTERLAGOS

A huge rainstorm hit the Interlagos circuit this morning just three hours before the start of the race. The storm was so intense that the third floor Press Room was flooded by waters coming in from the roof of the main pit building.

RAIKKONEN GETS ENGINE CHANGE

Kimi Raikkonen has been allowed to change engines overnight because the McLaren team was able to prove to the FIA that the Finn's Mercedes-Benz engine was physically damaged.

F1 BOSSES CALL OFF RULES MEETING

Formula One team bosses have cancelled a scheduled meeting planned to review the new rules introduced into the 2003 F1 championship season.

5 APRIL 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - BARRICHELLO TAKES BRAZILIAN POLE

Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Saturday Practice Results

TOBACCO WRANGLES AT INTERLAGOS

The question of tobacco advertising in Brazil has been bubbling away all weekend in Brazil with the Brazilian government enacting a provisional law on Thursday to alter the tobacco ban which recently came into force.

MCLAREN BIDS FOR HSBC SPONSORSHIP

The West McLaren Mercedes team has recently made a bid to land sponsorship from Jaguar Racing's major sponsor HSBC.

MINARDI TO EXPAND TO THREE CARS IN IMOLA

The Minardi team will be running test driver Matteo Bobbi in a third car during the testing sessions on Friday at Imola.

CONFUSION OVER TOBACCO IN BRAZIL

Anti-tobacco legislation has been going through Brazil's Congress for the last three years but the laws are now finally official although there was considerable confusion at Interlagos over the details of what branding teams are allowed to run.

STODDART OPTIMISTIC ON MINARDI BUDGET

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart says that he is confident that the team is now close to having enough money to make it through the Formula 1 season.

4 APRIL 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - WEBBER WOWS THEM!

Brazilian Grand Prix - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Friday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying Results

GRUMBLINGS IN THE PADDOCK

Rain in Brazil on Friday morning resulted in grumblings amongst the Formula 1 drivers who complained that standing water on the circuit would make the qualifying dangerous.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Friday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

Brazilian Grand Prix - Friday Testing Results

MORE ON F1'S SARS SCARE

Sally Blower, the ITV employee who is suspected of having Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has not been released from hospital as previously reported. Blower, who organises the coverage of the F1 events for ITV, is suffering from pneumonia but it is not yet certain whether or not it is SARS

SOME WILD RUMORS

There is still no deal for 2005 and beyond between Williams and BMW and according to our sources there was another meeting last week in Germany without the deal being inked.

THE GPWC AND THE FIA

There are whispers in Formula 1 circles that the GPWC organization, which is planning to start its own World Championship in 2008, has gone to the FIA and asked that the federation act as the legislator in the new series.

ALLCOCK TO TOYOTA?

Ousted Williams aerodynamicist Nick Allcock is rumored to be on his way to a new job at Toyota Motorsport in Cologne.

HONDA TO HAVE A NEW SPEC ENGINE IN IMOLA

Honda is to bring a new specification engine for British American Racing at the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix.

3 APRIL 2003

BRIDGESTONE TIRES DELAYED

There were worried faces in the Bridgestone camp on Thursday afternoon in Brazil when it became clear that the Japanese firm did not have enough tires to supply everything that was needed for the race.

BRAZILIAN GP PREVIEW

Brazilian Grand Prix - Preview

PRINCESS ROYAL BACKS SILVERSTONE PLANS

The Princess Royal visited Silverstone this week to help the circuit highlight its role in the British motorsport industry.

GIORGIO PANTANO JOINS DURANGO

Giorgio Pantano will drive for the ambitious Durango operation, which won races last year with Rodrigo Sperafico.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT 700

The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the 700th FIA Formula 1 World Championship event.

DE LA ROSA SIGNS FOR MCLAREN

Pedro de la Rosa has joined the Team McLaren Mercedes team as a test driver to assist David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Alexander Wurz with the development of the MP4/17D and the new MP4/18.

2 APRIL 2003

LEGAL GAMES

The FIA says that it is going to take action against the European Union over the change of date for the European tobacco sponsorship ban.

FORMULA 1 FEARS SARS OUTBREAK

The news that Sao Paulo health authorities have found the first suspected case of the deadly SARS virus has sent panic through the Formula 1 world. The person in hospital in Sao Paulo is reported to be a 42-year female British Formula 1 journalist who arrived in Brazil on Monday.

OH, THOSE APRIL FOOLS

The mayor of Zurich yesterday said that on a local radio station that he is bidding for a Grand Prix.

FIA INTENDS TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION ON EU

The FIA announced today that they are planning to take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice in a bid to prevent them bringing forward the plans to outlaw tobacco advertising, which is presently due to come into effect July 31, 2005, and restore the original date of October 1, 2006.

JORDAN TO CELEBRATE 200TH GP

The Jordan team will celebrate its 200th race this weekend in Brazil.

1 APRIL 2003

AMBIGUITY

The FIA's recent announcement about driver aids was a masterpiece of ambiguity. It implied that launch control, traction control and fully-automatic gearboxes will not be banned until the start of 2004. This is how it was reported by most media organizations. But the announcement did not actually say that.

THE WORLD COUNCIL MEETS TOMORROW

The FIA World Motor Sport Council meets in Paris tomorrow and although there are no major items which are on the agenda, it is thought quite likely that the council, which has not met since December, will return to the thorny issue of the European Union's attitude towards tobacco sponsorship.

A GRAND PRIX FOR LIECHTENSTEIN?

The Principality of Liechtenstein is not on the major tourist routes of Europe. The tiny sovereign state that has existed since 1806, is located between Austria and Switzerland and is mainly mountainous.

IRVINE MAKES SOME MORE MONEY

Eddie Irvine has successfully appealed the decision of a High Court judge to award him just $3000 damages in a case which he won but which left him with a legal bill of an estimated $435,000.

RALF WANTS TO STAY AT WILLIAMS

According to Willi Weber, Ralf Schumacher's manager, his young charge wants to stay at Williams and is not talking to Toyota.