The organizers of the European Grand Prix have confirmed that they will shortly submit an official complaint to the European Court of Justice against the European Union because of the decision by the European Commission to introduce a tobacco ban on August 1, 2005
The Formula 1 team bosses met at Hockenheim on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Formula 1 calendar for next year and ways in which the sport can be improved to create more interest.
There have been a rush of stories in recent hours indicating that there is no deal being discussed between McLaren and Juan Pablo Montoya. These are not true because even if no deal is possible for 2004, it is very clear that McLaren is looking at Montoya as a possible driver in 2005.
Belgium has officially postponed the ban on tobacco advertising in an attempt to bring back the Grand Prix to Spa-Francorchamps. Late Wednesday a bill was passed which pushed back the tobacco ad ban from next month to July 31, 2005. The vote came in at 103 in favor to 32 against.
David Coulthard will stay with McLaren for one more year, but that does not mean that Juan Pablo Montoya will not be joining McLaren for 2005.
As the Formula 1 driver market gets up to speed there are clear indications that Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen are going to struggle to find work next year.
BMW was the engine company which recently blocked the idea of dropping Formula 1 power levels by reducing engines to 2.4-litre V8 units rather than the current 3-litre V10s.
Justin Wilson has his first test with Jaguar on Tuesday, giving the cars for the German Grand Prix their shakedown runs at Silverstone. Wilson fitted into the R4 without any drama and Wilson reported that the car felt good despite the fact that he did not do much running.
It seems that the Northamptonshire police have now changed their mind and will not be sending officers to the German Grand Prix to interview Formula 1 drivers about the recent incident at the British Grand Prix when a spectator ran onto the circuit.
It is 30 years since British Formula 1 driver Roger Williamson was killed in a fiery accident at the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort and to mark the occasion Wheatcroft, who was funding Williamson's career at the time, has unveiled a memorial to the 25-year-old Leicester driver
Although McLaren and Williams are busy denying or refusing to comment on stories that Juan Pablo Montoya is in heavy negotiation with McLaren about moving to the team in 2004 or 2005, there is not doubt that action is taking place.
There are suggestions within the Ford Motor Company that the company will name a new chief to oversee both Ford of Europe and the Premier Automotive Group.
The French government on Monday sold another 8.5% of Renault, raising around $1.3bn for the public coffers.
Officers from the Northamptonshire police are expected to be in Hockenheim this weekend to interview Formula 1 drivers about the incident at the British Grand Prix when the radical Irish priest Neil Horan ran onto the racing circuit.
Sam Hornish Jr may have been beaten to victory at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday but the event showed that the new Cosworth-built Chevrolet engine is a match for both the Toyota and Honda engines which have dominated the series to date.
Clare Ward, the Labour Member of Parliament for Watford, has warned motor racing bosses that a solution needs to be found for the British Grand Prix crisis. Writing in The Guardian, Ward said that "it is about time that they worked out a solution that protects the race".
The recent British Grand Prix provided the venue for a Department of Trade and Industry-sponsored mission, organised by the Motorsport Industry Association for senior representatives of the Chinese media.
The latest rumor in Formula 1 circles is that McLaren is making a bid for BMW Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It is has been clear for some time that the Colombian was not happy with Williams - and that the team is not particularly happy with him.
Sam Hornish Jr. went out in practice on Friday at the Michigan International Speedway and blew the socks of his opposition with the new Cosworth-built Chevy Gen IV engine, lapping the speedway at 223.618mph,
While the British Racing Drivers' Club has taken the brunt of criticism about the problems surrounding the British Grand Prix, it should be remembered that the blame for what is happening should be shared.
Nicolas Kiesa has completed his first run for European Minardi completing 106 laps, a distance of 310 km, at Ferrari's Fiorano test track.
A Formula 1 team has been started in China but enthusiasm and money is not going to be enough to challenge the best and brightest in the sport.
The Renault F1 team yesterday issued a statement saying that Mike Gascoyne was definitely staying put with the team. The interesting thing about this is that there was no comment from Gascoyne attached.
This weekend at the Michigan International Speedway Sam Hornish Jr will get his first chance to take on the other big guns in the Indy Racing League, using the Ford-funded, Cosworth-designed Chevrolet-badged engine.
The British Racing Drivers' Club rents out the Silverstone circuit to Brands Hatch Circuits Ltd. (formerly known as Octagon). This deal was agreed to ensure the future of the British Grand Prix after Octagon bought the rights to the race but did not have a circuit on which to hold the event.
Having won the British Grand Prix Rubens Barrichello wwanted to rush home to his family but things did not go according to plan and the flight was called off until Monday morning, leaving Rubens to spend the night in a hotel at Heathrow Airport.
Bernie Ecclestone has met with Belgian politician Serge Kubla regarding the possible return of a race to Spa-Francorchamps.
The news that the British racing Drivers' Club has rejected a deal put to it by all parties involved in the Silverstone negotiations is disastrous news for the short-term future of the British Grand Prix.
This week marks the beginning of the six week summer testing ban for Formula One teams. The voluntary agreement effectively bans all on-circuit development until after the August 24th Hungarian Grand Prix.
Antonio Pizzonia has turned down Jaguar Racing's offer for him to remain as the team's test and reserve driver, having been ousted by Justin Wilson.
The FIA has written to all Formula 1 race organizers asking them to ensure that it is impossible for there to be a repeat of what happened at Silverstone when a deranged priest ran on to the racing circuit while the Grand Prix was taking place. Fortunately he was not hit by any of the cars.
The BRDC, Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management, and members of the Government's Department of Trade and Industry, and the East Midlands Development Agency met yesterday to discuss the future of the Silverstone circuit.
European Minardi Cosworth has named 22 year-old Italian Gianmaria Bruni as their official test and reserve driver for the remainder of the 2003 season.
Hirotoshi Honda, the former boss the Mugen engine company has been charged with evading $8.4m in corporate taxation. The 61-year-old is alleged to have hidden a large amount of Mugen income in another company and to have faked deals to cover it.
There are reports in the United States that Michelin is beginning to test NASCAR-type stock car tires in preparation for an assault on the US series to back up the company's sales in North America.
Sir Jackie Stewart, the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, the owners of Silverstone, says that the BRDC cannot afford to run the Grand Prix without government help and says that Bernie Ecclestone's 30-day deadline for the funding to be in place is "unrealistic".
British GP - Race Report
Bernie Ecclestone has given Silverstone 30 days in which to come up with a financial solution to the funding of the work to improve the track. If this is not in place in the time available Ecclestone says that he will put a race on in Turkey next year in July.
Minardi will test Nicholas Kiesa at Mugello this week, despite the fact that there is a testing ban in place at the moment.
The man who ran onto the circuit at Silverstone yesterday is a Catholic priest. father Neil Horan climbed the debris fencing on Hangar Straight and then ran towards the oncoming cars before being tackled by a track marshal and dragged off the circuit.
The current Formula 3000 championship leader Bjorn Wirdheim is to test for a number of different Formula 1 teams in the months ahead with stories circulating of potential tests with BAR, Jordan and Williams.
As predicted by Grandprix.com yesterday, European Minardi have announced that effective immediately, Justin Wilson will be moving to Jaguar Racing and F3000 driver Nicolas Kiesa will take over the vacated seat at Minardi.
David Heynes, a 56 year-old British driver passed away after crashing his 1958 Lotus 15 during a support race for the British Grand Prix yesterday.
British GP - Race Notes
British GP - Sunday Photos
There has been a lot of action all weekend at Jaguar Racing about the future of Antonio Pizzonia. The Brazilian has disappointed the team this year and there have been rumours for some time that the Brazilian was to be replaced.
British GP - Race Results
The rumor sweeping through the Formula 1 paddock at Silverstone was that Minardi driver Justin Wilson could be moving to Jaguar racing within a matter of days, to replace Antonio Pizzonia.
British GP - Saturday Qualifying Report
There was some speculation in the Formula 1 paddock on Saturday that an announcement is coming about a second Grand Prix in the United States of America and the expected arrival of Chris Pook, the boss of CART, at Silverstone on Sunday added to the rumors.
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British GP - Saturday Qualifying Results
British GP - Saturday Warmup Results
British GP - Saturday Practice Results
The latest word in Formula 1 circles is that McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz will be moving to Jaguar Racing next year, with backing from the Austrian investment company Superfund.
British GP - Friday Qualifying Report
British GP - Friday Photos
British GP - Friday Qualifying Results
British GP - Friday Practice Results
There is speculation that Alex Zanardi will be back in action later this year in the FIA European Touring Car Championship.
GM Racing has asked the Indy Racing League to approve a change in its engines. The new Chevrolet IRL engine was designed by Cosworth and originally designed to carry a Ford badge.
There are rumors in Formula 1 circles that Giancarlo Fisichella is talking to Sauber about a deal for next year.
Although the future of the GPWC is not taken very seriously in F1 circles as the automobile manufacturer continue to refuse to put their money on the table, the organization which is planning to start its own F1 series in 2007 says that they are committed to the new series even if there are negotiations going on with SLEC.
British GP - Friday Testing Report
British GP - Friday Testing Results
Since the Canadian GP when Renault showed remarkable pace there has been little to report for the team but now the team is bringing in a new version of the car.
Tiger Telematics has signed a deal to sponsor Jordan Grand Prix this weekend and then for the whole of the 2004 season. The team will carry branding from Gametrac, a pocket sized device offering SMS text capability, exciting games and GPS tracking aimed at children of all ages.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is to be at Silverstone as a guest of Jaguar Racing. The movie star is in Britain to promote his latest film Terminator 3 and the two Jaguars will feature a special livery to help promote the film.
Formula 1 technology has been used in recent months to help the British Army become more efficient.
Bernie Ecclestone has wanted to have a Grand Prix in India for at least 10 years. Given the size of India's population and the fact that around 200m people are part of a fast-emerging Indian middle class, India is of major importance to many Formula 1 sponsors.
BMW Williams has announced a muli-year sponsorship with Budweiser beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
The CART shareholders are due to get together later this week but chief executive Chris Pook says he isn't expecting any major developments about the ownership of the US series.
Minardi boss Paul Stoddart was quoted yesterday as saying that Justin Wilson has a future in Formula 1 but not with Minardi but now the Australian says that this does not mean that Wilson actually has a deal with another team.
BRDC chairman Jackie Stewart recently attacked Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley saying that "I just do not understand why they are being so vicious about Silverstone" and said that "if they have an agenda I do not know what it is. What I do know is that it is not a fair and level playing field."
As Bernie Ecclestone looks ahead for F1 he sees potential in bringing the F1 Circus to India.
Teddy Yip, one of the more colorful Formula 1 team owners in the 1970s, has died at the age of 96. A Dutch national, born in what later became Indonesia, Yip spoke many languages including six Chinese dialects, Dutch, English, French, German, Malay and Thai.
The Bahrain government is busy getting ready for the first Formula 1 event which is expected to take place in April next year.
The last week has seen the publication of half-year results for many of Europe's big car manufacturers. According to the latest figures the car market in Western Europe as a whole is down 2.6% in the first six months of the year.
Bolstered no doubt by his first serious taste of Formula 1 with the BMW Williams team, Marko Asmer won both rounds of the HarrrierZeuros UK Formula Ford Championship at Croft in Yorkshire on Sunday.
Williams is the team in the news at the moment and not only on the race tracks. The organization has been pulling in sponsorship at a time when all the other major F1 teams have failed to do so.
Estonian Marko Asmer took pole position at Croft this weekend in the 2003 HarrierZeuros UK Formula Ford Championship.
It has been confirmed that the new McLaren which was supposed to have made its debut at the start of the European season in April will now not be seen until the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September.
Many of the Formula 1 teams have said that driver negotiations for next year would not begin until the British Grand Prix and so talk is beginning to ramp up now as the Silverstone events draws closer.
Players Ltd, the Canada-based tobacco company has confirmed that it is ending its involvement in motor racing because of the ever-increasing problems with anti-tobacco legislation.
The report of the Motorsport Competitiveness Panel made interesting reading and included a section about the need to support "world-class motorsport events", arguing that these are important to the economic success of the UK motorsport infrastructure.
Paul Stoddart says that there is no longer a threat to the British Grand Prix. The Minardi boss said that the team bosses had agreed to adopt the rules for the rest of the year.
In an effort to promote the British Grand Prix the British Minister of Sport was given a ride in a Minardi two-seater in London's Hyde Park on Friday.
The British Government has agreed to create a $24m fund to help sustain and develop the UK motorsport industry. The money will be used to implement recommendations made by the Motorsport Competitiveness Panel, which was set up to look at ways of strengthening the industry.
Willi Weber, the manager of Michael and Ralf Schumacher, is no fool. Ralf has won the last two races and Weber is now suddenly talking about extending the deal between Ralf and BMW Williams.
There were rumors in Germany on Wednesday that Bridgestone would be withdrawing from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the end of 2004. The Japanese tire company could have ignored them but instead felt the need to issue a press statement on Thursday to say that there is no intention of withdrawing.
Brands Hatch, which hosted the British Grand Prix on a regular basis in the 1960s and 1970s, has been put up for sale by Octagon Motorsport.
The 2004 United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be run on June 20 with the Canadian GP taking place on June 6, according to the well-connected US journalist Robin Miller on ESPN.com.
The BMW Williams F1 team is to give Estonian racer Marko Asmer his first proper F1 test in Barcelona this week.
Negotiations are believed to be going on to move the United States Grand Prix to the final place on the F1 calendar.
David Coulthard, one of the representatives of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, says that Formula 1 should not brush safety issues under the carpet.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted at the weekend in France that the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is "a tip" when challenged that he is always attacking Silverstone when there other circuits which are far worse than the British facilty.
Paul Stoddart has a fleet of two-seater Formula 1 cars which he has not been using in the last year and he has proposed to the other Formula 1 team bosses that these be used next year for celebrity two-seater races on Sunday mornings at each Grand Prix.
Many of the Grands Prix this year have had smaller crowds than in previous years and Silverstone is no exception. The organisers of the event are hoping for a last-minute surge in sales to push up the numbers as it is understood that at the moment only 70,000 tickets have been sold.
French GP - Race Report
The Formula 1 team owners were in discussion again at the weekend in Magny Cours over the so-called Formula 1 "fighting fund". Paul Stoddart refuses to be beaten and while some of the other team bosses say that Stoddart has no right to any money because the deal was conditional on the rules remaining the same.
There were suggestions in Magny Cours that there are at least two serious buyers for Formula 1 teams on the market at the moment.
Nick Heidfeld is tipped to be going to be recruited next year by Jaguar Racing to replace Antonio Pizzonia. Heidfeld is coming to the end of his contract with Sauber and is looking to see what else is available.
French GP - Race Notes
French GP - Sunday Photos
French GP - Race Results
French GP - Saturday Qualifying Report
The Formula 1 team bosses will meet tomorrow morning at Magny-Cours to try to come up with a solution to the problem of the "fighting fund" with Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart saying that he is going to run cars without any driver aids at Silverstone.
Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who is buying Chelsea Football Club in a deal worth $200m, was a guest at the recent European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
French GP - Saturday Photos
French GP - Saturday Qualifying Results
French GP - Saturday Warmup Results
French GP - Saturday Practice Results
French GP - Friday Qualifying Report
Bernie Ecclestone was in Milan yesterday for a meeting with Argentina's vice-president Daniel Scioli about the possibility of a new race in Buenos Aires. The biggest problem for Argentina remains one of finance as the country has undergone serious instability in recent years.
French GP - Friday Photos
After the Minardi 1-2 in first qualifying for the French Grand Prix, there was further excitement after it was found that Justin Wilson's car was two kilograms underweight. The news has yet to be officially confirmed but if the weight is confirmed Wilson will drop to the back of the field.
French GP - Friday Qualifying Results
David Richards, the boss of British American Racing, has launched a blistering attack on the company which seized the BAR equipment on Thursday afternoon.
French GP - Friday Practice Report
French GP - Friday Practice Results
British American Racing has succeeded in getting the court order seizing its assets lifted by a court in Nevers.
French GP - Friday Testing Results
This morning at nine o'clock (European Summer Time) British American Racing went to court in Nevers to try to overturn a court order granted by the local judges which means that the team cannot run its F1 cars at Magny-Cours.
Team sources suggest that the problems with the Formula 1 fighting fund are far from over with Minardi having sent a letter to the team bosses telling them that as of Silverstone Minardi will be removing all driver aids from its cars.
The three British American Racing Formula 1 cars have been seized by the French authorities in relation to the dispute between the team and the Monaco-based PPGI company, which claims that BAR owes it over $3m in commission on a sponsorship deal in 1997.
French police descended on the British American Racing pit on Thursday evening and there followed frantic negotiation between the team, the police and FOM's Pasquale Latteneddu over what appeared to be an attempt by the police to seize the three BAR-Honda cars.
The word in the paddock at Magny Cours was that Williams has concluded aa major new five-year sponsorship deal with the American brewing company Budweiser, a brand of the Anheuser-Busch company.
Briggs Cunningham has died at the age of 96.
McDonald's is back in racing for a three-race sponsorship of Sebastien Bourdais in CART. The deal has been stitched together by team owner Paul Newman who in recent months began supplying McDonald's with his Newman's Own salad dressings.
Michael Schumacher has always been a big soccer fan and so the invitation to play with some of the modern football greats in a match to raise money for charity was an temptation he could not refuse.
According to reports in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Flavio Briatore is planning to start his own airline, flying rich punters from Milan and Rome to the Costa Smeralda, in Sardinia.
We hear from the United States that the alliance between Indy Racing League team owners John Menard and Eddie Cheever has not been going well in recent months and that the two men are now going their separate ways.
Hirotoshi Honda has stepped down as president of Mugen after being arrested on suspicion of a massive tax evasion. Honda (61) is accused of dodging $8.3m in corporate taxes by hiding $25m of income in a separate company and creating false accounts to cover the money.
Last week the British Government announced plans for a $22m Automotive Academy to be established in the West Midlands. This will have nine regional offshoots and will develop existing and new training programs to produce skilled employees for all levels of the automobile industry in Britain.
Hirotoshi Honda, the son of the late Soichiro Honda and the chief executive of Mugen, has been arrested over allegations of a massive tax evasion.
The incident between David Coulthard and Fernando Alonso in the closing laps of the European Grand Prix has caused a certain amount on controversy in Formula 1 circles because it is clear that, for whatever reason, Alonso braked around 10 meters earlier than expected.
The Le Mans-winning Bentley sportscar will appear at British Grand Prix with a demonstration run for the fans.
The Japanese newsagency Kyodo News is reporting that Mugen is to be investigated for tax evasion.
The Commercial Court in London yesterday saw David Haines, the global branding director of Vodafone and the man at the center of the Jordan-Vodafone case, saying that he did not have any records of e-mails from the period in which Jordan and Vodafone were negotiating.
Alex Yoong says that he wants $200,000 in salary which is owed to him by Minardi from last year.