NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - FAITES VOS JEUX!

Monaco GP - Saturday Qualifying Report

A BAR BRAWL

BAR has confirmed that France Corbeil, of Partnership Production Group International (PPGI), has obtained a court order in Monaco to seize three of the team's Grand Prix cars.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

Monaco GP - Saturday Warmup Results

BUTTON OK

Initial reports from medical personnel indicate that Jenson Button has suffered no serious injury as a result of his high-speed crash. The accident started at around 190mph when Button lost control and the BAR-Honda went into the barrier on the left hand side of the road.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Monaco GP - Saturday Practice Results

BUTTON HAS A BIG ONE

Jenson Button had a big accident on Saturday morning at Monaco, the car going sideways into the barriers at high speed at the chicane.

TOYOTA WILL SUPPLY CUSTOMER ENGINES

Toyota boss Ove Andersson says that Toyota will be willing to supply a customer team if called upon to do so but not until 2005.

30 MAY 2003

LANGHORNE JOINS FORMULA 3000 TRAIL

America has yet another Formula 3000 driver with sometime Indy Racing League driver Will Langhorne having done a deal to join the BCN team at Monaco, replacing Australia's Rob Nguyen.

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE

FIA President Max Mosley will jet into Monaco tonight and it is expected that there will be some fireworks in the days ahead as it is clear that the automobile manufacturers which are plotting to start a rival series to Formula 1 are not going to respect a deal that was hammered out with Mosley over traction-control.

29 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - MICHAEL ON TOP

Monaco GP - Thursday Qualifying Report

RENAULT AND LEAFIELD

The word on the street in Monaco is that the recent purchase of the old Arrows factory in Leafield may be related to a second team for Renault in F1.

RENAULT DECLINES THE $10M A YEAR ENGINE DEAL

A few weeks ago Formula 1 engine manufacturers gave the impression that they would be willing to supply engines to customer teams for $10m a year. In exchange for this the FIA said that it would be willing to allow traction-control for the foreseeable future.

THURSDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Thursday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Thursday Qualifying Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Monaco GP - Thursday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Thursday Testing Results

PETRONAS OPENS MOTORSPORT MUSEUM IN MALAYSIA

The Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sport is to open a Petronas Motorsports Museum at the company's Research and Scientific Center in Bangi.

FONTANA RETURNS TO FORMULA 3000

Norberto Fontana was in Formula 1 with Sauber back in 1997 but failed to make a good enough impression to stay in Grand Prix racing.

28 MAY 2003

MONACO GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Monaco GP - Preview

GAZPROM FOR MCLAREN?

We hear whispers from the F1 paddock that McLaren is about to announce a sponsorship deal with Russian gas company Gazprom.

HIS GOES TO MASERATI

Jean-Jacques His, the Renault engine designer, has gone back to Italy to work for Ferrari's sister company Maserati, working on road car engine design.

CLOUDY WEATHER

The skies above the Cote d'Azur are decidedly grey at the moment and the weather forecast for the days ahead is that the weather will remain unsettled at least until the weekend.

SPIES...

There is a bit of a kerfuffle going on in F1 circles following a story in the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that a Ferrari engineer has been selling information to another team.

27 MAY 2003

RENAULT GIVES UP ON WIDE-ANGLED V10

Renault Sport has announced that it will be building a conventional V10 engine next year. This marks the end of the company's disastrous foray into developing a wide-angle V10 engine and puts the team well behind it rivals in terms of developing the latest V10 technology.

NO INVESTIGATION FOR THE BAYERISCHE LANDESBANK

The German justice system has decided that after a preliminary investigation it will not open a formal inquiry into the loans made by the Bayerische Landesbank to the crumbling Kirch empire.

TAKAGI IS INDIANAPOLIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Former F1 driver Tora Takagi has been named the 2003 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year following his strong performance with Mo Nunn Racing at The Brickyard. Takagi finished fifth in the race.

WILLIAMS TAKES A LOOK AT PIQUET JR

Sir Frank Williams went for a day at the races on Monday, popping down to Silverstone to see the British Formula 3 Championship race and to take a look at Nelson Piquet Jr., the son of his former driver Nelson Piquet.

YOONG OUSTED BY SALLES

Gualter Salles is to replace Alex Yoong at the wheel of the Dale Coyne Racing entry in the CART Champ Car series this year.

26 MAY 2003

BAHRAIN LOOKING AT APRIL DATE

Bahrain was planning to host a race in October 2004 but the latest word from the Gulf is that the event will now be held on April 4. If this turns out to be true there are a number of interesting ramifications.

SCALABRONI'S TEAM FIGHTS ON

The BCN F3000 team says it will continue in the International F3000 championship, despite recent reports in South America. It seems however that Australian Rob Nguyen will lose his seat with the team as he has now run out of sponsorship.

25 MAY 2003

A BIRTHDAY PARTY IN STUTTGART

Ralf Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen took to the streets of Stuttgart on Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ADAC, the German automobile club.

JAPANESE 1-2-3 AT INDIANAPOLIS

Toyota and Honda swept all before them in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday with Gil de Ferran just beating his Penske team mate Helio Castroneves in the two Toyota-engined Penske cars: de Ferran in a Panoz G Force and Castroneves in a Dallara

24 MAY 2003

MCLAREN AIMS FOR MP4-18 DEBUT IN A MONTH

The McLaren team is not going to rush the debut of the new MP4-18 and the team is not planning to race the car until the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring at the end of June.

23 MAY 2003

GASCOYNE AND TOYOTA

There have been rumors for some time that Mike Gascoyne might become a target for Toyota's Formula 1 team but at the moment there is nothing to back up the stories - except logic.

RENAULT PLANS ENGINE STRATEGY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Renault F1 team will announce its engine plans for 2004 on Tuesday. It is anticipated that the company will announce that work is already well advanced on a more conventional V10 engine than the current wide-angle V10 unit.

SCHUMACHER AND THE BANDINI TROPHY

In recent years an organisation called the Lorenzo Bandini Association has been awarding a trophy each year to the F1 driver who has shown the most fighting spirit and this year it was announced that the award would go to World Champion Michael Schumacher.

22 MAY 2003

ALEJANDRO DE TOMASO 1928-2003

Alejandro de Tomaso, an Argentine car racer who founded the de Tomaso car company, has died at the age of 76. He built several F1 cars including one with Frank Williams in 1970.

FERRARI EXPLAINS AUSTRIAN FIRE

The Ferrari F1 team has announced that the fire at the Austrian Grand Prix was caused by fuel which found its way into the breather hose of the refueling rig during Rubens Barrichello's pit stop on lap 21.

JOHNNY DUMFRIES TO GIVE LE MANS A MISS

Former F1 racer and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Johnny Dumfries was due to return to Le Mans this year after 11 years in retirement but the 45-year-old Scottish aristocrat has decided not to go ahead with the plan.

RACING PULLING IN THE STARS

Formula 1 sometimes seems to have trouble attracting A-list celebrities but there does not appear to be a problem in the United States.

21 MAY 2003

ANTI-TOBACCO TREATY GOES THROUGH

The World Health Assembly has unanimously adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world's first global health treaty, which includes a commitment to introduce tough controls on tobacco advertising and sponsorship.

JANI'S FIRST PROPER TEST FOR SAUBER

Rising star Neel Jani has been given his first proper test in Valencia. The 19-year-old Swiss driver had previously carried out some straight-line running at the Vairano testing facility in Italy, doing aerodynamic mapping work to check that the car is the same on the road as it is in the windtunnel.

SCALABRONI'S FORMULA 3000 TEAM IN TROUBLE?

Former F1 engineer Enrique Scalabroni set up a Formula 3000 team after the closure of his Asiatech project last year but there are reports that the team - known as BCN - may not be able to get to the end of the season.

THE MCLAREN-MERCEDES MP4-18

The Mercedes MP4-18 will run for the first time today at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France. Alexander Wurz will give the new car its first shakedown laps while David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will continue their development work on the MP4-17D alongside second test driver Pedro de la Rosa.

20 MAY 2003

MERCEDES BEGINS TESTING MP4-18

The all new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-18 will test for the first time tomorrow at the hands of Alex Wurz at the Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France.

COLONI GIVES LOLA ITS FIRST F3 WIN IN EUROPE

Former F1 team owner Enzo Coloni has given the Lola-Dome-Mugen Honda F106 its first victory in Europe with his driver Marco Bonanomi winning at Imola last weekend.

MONTAGNY DOES IT AGAIN (AND AGAIN)

Renault F1 test driver Franck Montagny continued his domination of the Superfund World Series by Nissan by winning two more races at Magny-Cours last weekend, despite very wet conditions.

WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE IN AUSTRIA?

The FIA and Ferrari are investigating the pitlane fire in Austria, with Intertechnique, the French aerospace company which supplies the refuelling machines.

19 MAY 2003

RACE REPORT - MICHAEL'S BLAZING SADDLE...

Austrian GP - Race Report

CART AND RUSSIA

Emerson Fittipaldi turned up at the A1 Ring at the weekend, having just returned from Russia where he held preliminary talks with the authorities to discuss the possibility of a CART Champ Car race in St Petersburg.

CONCUSSION TESTING IN FORMULA 1

Formula 1 is in the process of introducing a new system by which to test drivers for concussion after a big accident.

COSWORTH CONSIDERS ITS ENGINE SUPPLY POSITION

Cosworth Racing is not sure it will continue to be a customer engine supplier in Formula 1 in the future, particularly if the other automobile manufacturers insist that engines must be supplied to customer teams for $10m.

HOPE FOR BELGIAN GP AS GREENS ARE HAMMERED IN ELECTION

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt will today set up a new Belgian government in the wake of national elections yesterday.

AMERICANS BACK ANTI-TOBACCO TREATY

In an unexpected twist, the American government has agreed to back the World Health Organization's anti-tobacco treaty. The news will be confirmed later this week in Geneva when the WHO holds its annual assembly.

18 MAY 2003

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER TAKES THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

Austrian GP - Sunday Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Austrian GP - Sunday Photos

RACE RESULTS

Austrian GP - Sunday Race Results

MCLAREN'S DOUBLE GEARBOX PLAN

Ron Dennis has revealed that McLaren has two different gearboxes for the new MP4/18.

MARIO ILLIEN AND MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug says that "everything is in perfect order" between engine designer Mario Illien and Mercedes-Benz. This conflicts with well-sourced rumors suggesting that Illien is looking for a way out of his contract in order to move to Renault.

NEW WILLIAMS WINDTUNNEL WILL BE READY IN MARCH

The new windtunnel at Williams will be finished much quicker than many believe.

17 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT- MICHAEL BY A FRACTION...

Austrian GP - Saturday Qualifying Report

MARK MCCORMACK

Mark McCormack, the man who built the International Management Group and one of the pioneers of sports marketing, has died at the age of 72. McCormack had been in a coma for the last few months following a heart attack.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Austrian GP - Saturday Photos

IMOLA DECISION DUE SHORTLY

We hear from Italy that the authorities at Imola must decide in the next few days whether they wish to tear down the current pit facilities at the track or face losing the San Marino Grand Prix next year.

SPERAFICO WINS IN AUSTRIA

Coloni Motorsport driver Ricardo Sperafico won the FIA International Formula 3000 race at the A1 Ring on Saturday, finishing 3.6 seconds ahead of championship leader Bjorn Wirdheim (Arden International).

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Austrian GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

Austrian GP - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Austrian GP - Saturday Practice Results

16 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - FERRARI 1-2, WEBBER THIRD

Austrian GP - Friday Qualifying Report

ECCLESTONE CONFIRMS HOPE FOR AUSTRIA

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the future of the Austrian GP is not a closed book.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Austrian GP - Friday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Austrian GP - Friday Qualifying Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Austrian GP - Friday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

Austrian GP - Friday Testing Results

ILLIEN TO RENAULT?

The latest rumors in the paddock in Austria suggest that Mercedes-Benz engine designer Mario Illien is being courted to join the Renault Sport operation in Paris to replace Jean-Jacques His.

ALL HANDS ON DECK AT WILLIAMS

The misfortunes of the Williams team at Barcelona have resulted in the team gathering up the troops for Austria and the team had no fewer than 10 engineers on hand at the A1 Ring, including new recruit Frank Dernie and Dr John Davies, who is currently in the process of upgrading the team's aerodynamic operations.

A NEW LOOK FOR MINARDI

The word in the paddock in Austria is that Minardi will shortly have a new look with the team's sponsorship portfolio having changed somewhat since the start of the season.

15 MAY 2003

JORDAN SIGNS UP EASTERN EUROPEAN TEST DRIVER

Jordan has appointed Hungary's Zsolt Baumgartner as its test driver. The Formula 3000 driver will take part in Friday morning qualifying test sessions at the German and Hungarian GPs later this year.

SHANGHAI GETS WORRIED ABOUT SARS

The Chinese Grand Prix is still nearly 18 months away but there are beginning to be fears that the SARS virus could have an effect on the event.

DERNIE DOING SOME WORK FOR WILLIAMS

Frank Dernie is back at Williams working on special projects for Patrick Head. Dernie was at Williams back in 1978 when he did aerodynamic work for the team which helped to launch the operation on its way to success.

WHOOPS!

It seems that we were wrong to credit Nelson Piquet Jr. as the youngest ever winner in British Formula 3. Back in 1992 the American racer Elton Julian won at Thruxton at the age of 17.

14 MAY 2003

MONTEZEMOLO'S REMARKS - WHAT DO THEY REALLY MEAN?

The Financial Times in London is reporting that Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has set a deadline of December 31, 2003 by which time Bernie Ecclestone and the banks involved in F1 will have to have reached an agreement with the teams over the future of F1.

AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Austrian GP - Preview

A BIG CHANGE AT GENERAL MOTORS

For the last 12 years all General Motors racing activities have been overseen by Herb Fishel, the executive director of GM Racing. But at 61 Fishel is to retire. He will hand over his role to Doug Duchardt on June 1 and will retire in September.

FIAT STILL STRUGGLING

Ferrari's parent company Fiat continues to struggle financially with its first quarter results revealing a bigger loss than was the case in the same period last year.

SPONSOR BACKS F1

BMW WilliamsF1 sponsor Hewlett Packard believes that last year's drop in Formula 1 viewing figures will not have any effect on the sport's ability to raise money.

TICKET SALES UP IN AUSTRIA

The Austrians are obviously keen to give their national Grand Prix a good send-off as demand for tickets is higher than normal.

13 MAY 2003

BRIDGESTONE HAS NEW TIRES FOR FERRARI

Michael Schumacher won the Spanish Grand Prix using tires which had not been designed specifically for the Ferrari F2003 GA. He was thus at something of a disadvantage.

PIQUET NAME BACK IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

Nelson Piquet's son, Nelson Angelo Piquet, has scored his first win in the British Formula 3 Championship. The 17-year-old Brazilian took victory at Knockhill, on his first visit to the Scottish track.

12 MAY 2003

NAUGHTY MONTY

Juan Pablo Montoya has had his driving license confiscated by the French police for speeding. The BMW Williams F1 driver was clocked at 126mph on the motorway between Paul Ricard and his home in Monte Carlo.

MEXICANS DREAM OF A NEW GRAND PRIX

The government of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsular, has ordered a feasibility study into the possibility of staging a Mexican Grand Prix at a purpose-built circuit near the city of Cancun.

TOYOTA AND HONDA GO HEAD-TO-HEAD AT INDY

Toyota and Honda are competing not only in Formula 1 but also in the United States where the two car companies are going head-to-head this year to become the first Japanese firm to win the Indianapolis 500.

11 MAY 2003

ALBERS WINS DTM BATTLE

Christijan Albers showed his DTM rivals the way to do it at the Adria International Raceway near Venice over the weekend, the 24-year-old Dutchman scoring his first DTM victory ahead of some of the more fancied runners.

ALONSO WOWS SPANISH FANS IN MADRID

An estimated 75,000 people turned out to watch Fernando Alonso drive five laps of a course laid out along Madrid's main Castellana Avenue on Sunday in his Renault F1 car.

BRISCOE DOES IT AGAIN

Australian rising star Ryan Briscoe continued his successful path in the Formula 3 Euroseries at the Adria International Raceway in Italy with a third victory in the series.

10 MAY 2003

IT IS WORTH WATCHING MENARD AND CHEEVER...

It has been announced in the last couple of days that the receivers of the TWR Group have sold the design and engineering division of TWR Group Limited to Menard Engineering Limited, a company owned by US billionaire John Menard.

9 MAY 2003

WILLIAMS AND BMW

There are a lot of stories circulating at the moment over the relationship between Williams and BMW, with some fairly hard quotes from Gerhard Berger, who is only working for BMW on an ad hoc basis, to finish the dealings between the Munich manufacturer and the team.

BUTTON RIVAL SHOWING THEM THE WAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

Dan Wheldon was named in February as the man who would take over from Michael Andretti and the last few days have seen Wheldon testing for the event along with all the other big players and he has been the one setting the pace.

WEBBER EXTENDS JAGUAR DEAL UNTIL END OF 2005

Mark Webber has signed an extension to his current Jaguar Racing contract for the next two seasons. Webber joined Jaguar at the start of the year on a contract which, we believe, was bought from Minardi which ran until the end of 2003.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Formula 1 lags behind many other sports in its exploitation of the rights associated with the races.

THE THINGS RACE ORGANIZERS HAVE TO DO...

We may think that organizing motor racing is not a difficult business but it is a lot more complicated a business than some would have you believe.

FORMER WINNERS TO APPEAR IN AUSTRIA

This is likely to be the last Austrian Grand Prix for some years and as a result the organizers have invited all the drivers who have won the race to attend.

8 MAY 2003

EM.TV DUMPS THE MUPPETS

EM.TV, the German media company, which until recently owned part of the Formula One group of companies, has now decided to sell the Jim Henson Company.

TAG HEUER BACKS LEWIS HAMILTON

McLaren-Mercedes Benz protege Lewis Hamilton has been named as one of the TAG Heuer ambassadors.

WHITHER WHITAKER?

Ford's European motorsport director Martin Whitaker is leaving the company. No reason has been given for his departure.

7 MAY 2003

PROST (MARK II)

Recently at Nogaro a young driver called Nicolas Prost impressed spectators on his racing debut in Formule Campus by finishing seventh and fourth in the two events during the weekend.

CART'S BOOKS

CART has just released its first quarters financial statements and they make fairly frightening reading.

FORMULA 3000 TO BECOME F2 AGAIN

It has been talked about on and off for many years but it seems that finally logic will prevail and Formula 3000 will be turned back into Formula 2 when the FIA World Council meets in June.

HERTA IN FOR FRANCHITTI

Formula 1 hopeful Bryan Herta has been drafted in to replace the injured Dario Franchitti in the Andretti Green Racing team later this year and will be the team's stand-in driver for Robby Gordon at the Indianapolis 500 - if weather problems in Indiana force Gordon to leave for the NASCAR Winston Cup race

6 MAY 2003

FERRARI TESTING IN ITALY

Rubens Barrichello was busy today running the new F2003-GA at the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, while Felipe Massa continued testing behind the wheel of the F2002 at the Monza circuit.

JEAN-JACQUES HIS LEAVES RENAULT

Jean-Jacques His, the man who masterminded the successful Renault V10 F1 engines in the early 1990s has left Renault Sport. He was working as the director of development at Renault F1 in Viry-Chatillon but was recently replaced as managing-director of the division.

BRANDS CART RACE PULLS IN A PROMISING CROWD

The official attendance figure for Monday's London Champ Car Trophy was just under 40,000 with a total audience over the three days of 58,500.

BMW CONFIRMS THAT IT WILL STAY IN F1

BMW has finally confirmed that it will stay in Formula 1 in 2005 and beyond and is also understood to have rejected the idea of building its own car, but negotiations to extend the current deal with Williams are still going on.

ENGINE SUPPLIES IN F1

BMW's Dr Mario Theissen says that despite all the talk of manufacturers supplying cheap engine deals for privateer F1 teams, BMW will not be in a position to do so in 2004.

GOOD RESULTS (OFF THE TRACK) FROM MERCEDES

Despite the difficult economic conditions at the moment the DaimlerChrylser empire has announced impressive first quarter results for 2003.

5 MAY 2003

RACE REPORT - MICHAEL'S PERFECT DAY...

Spanish Grand Prix - Race Report

THE PIZZONIA SAGA

The focus of media attention at the Spanish Grand Prix was whether or not Jaguar Racing would decide to keep Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia for the rest of the season or replace him with Austria's Alexander Wurz, the McLaren third driver.

GRAND PRIX CAREERS...

Top Grand Prix drivers have careers which span something around 150 to 200 Grands Prix. This takes them around 10-12 years to achieve as there are between 16-17 races a year. Up in the Press Office the numbers are rather more daunting.

PANTANO ON THE WINNING TRAIL AGAIN

Giorgio Pantano, who came close to winning the FIA International Formula 3000 title last year, has staked his claim to this year's series with a win in Barcelona on Saturday.

THE GLITTER OF FORMULA 1

Formula 1 likes to have a glamorous image and so the annual visit to Monte Carlo is for many the high point of the racing season.

ZANARDI TO DRIVE AT THE LAUSITZRING

There will be much emotion next weekend at the Lausitzring in Germany where Alex Zanardi is returning for a symbolic appearance at the wheel of a car which will carry the same livery at the one in which he crashed at the German track in September 2001.

4 MAY 2003

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER TAKES 66TH WIN

Spanish Grand Prix - Race Notes

RACE RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Race Results

THE NEW REGULATIONS - WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

On January 15 the FIA Max Mosley delivered a series of reforms to the Formula 1 teams - which left them in shock.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Spanish Grand Prix - Sunday Photos

MICHAEL AND SHARES

A suggestion that has been whispered in the F1 paddock in recent days is that Ferrari may be planning to offer Michael Schumacher shares in the company rather than trying to meet his huge salary demands.

WURZ AND MCLAREN

Alexander Wurz, the McLaren test driver, says that he would like the opportunity to drive for Jaguar, but it is clear that the McLaren team is not going to let him go that easily.

3 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - FERRARI FRONT ROW

Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Saturday Practice Results

AIR CANADA WITHDRAWS SPONSORSHIP OF MONTREAL

Air Canada has cancelled its sponsorship of the Canadian Grand Prix because it cannot afford to go on.

PORTIMAO PLANS RACING FACILITY

The town of Portimao, in the Algarve in southern Portugal, is planning to build an FIA specification racing facility. It is not yet clear whether the organizers of the new track plan to bid for a Grand Prix.

MORE DEVELOPMENTS AT THE A1 RING

The A1 Ring, which will host the last Austrian Grand Prix in a fortnight from now, has recently been acquired by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz, who has plans for a huge redevelopment scheme.

2 MAY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - SCHUMACHER FASTEST IN NEW F2003-GA

Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Photos

FIA CONFIRMS RULE CHANGES

As we exclusively reported yesterday, the FIA has announced plans which were decided at the meeting of team managers in London on April 29. The decisions were made unanimously.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Qualifying Results

BAHRAIN COMES TO SPAIN

A delegation from the Bahrain Grand Prix was present in Barcelona to see how Formula 1 operates and the information gathered will be put into operation at the track under construction at Sakhir.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

Spanish Grand Prix - Friday Testing Results

1 MAY 2003

JORDAN ENDORSES LANGLEY-KHAN

Eddie Jordan is endorsing the career of a 17-year-old British driver Adam Langley-Khan, who is racing this year in the Renault V6 Eurocup.

NO BOBBI IN SPAIN

Minardi will be running only two cars tomorrow because the team's regular test driver Matteo Bobbi is supposed to be out of action because of illness.

TRACTION-CONTROL TO STAY

The Formula 1 team bosses and Max Mosley met on Tuesday in London to discuss the technical regulations and it was agreed that while Launch control will be banned from the start of next year, traction-control will stay.

IN THEORY...

Someone has been winding up the more innocent members of the Formula 1 press corps with suggestions that the first three races of the year could be annulled if Williams and McLaren win their arbitration case against the FIA.