NEWS ARCHIVE

30 SEPTEMBER 2003

SAN MARINO JOINS TOBACCO BAN

The government of San Marino's decision to sign up to the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control means that the San Marino Grand Prix cannot dodge any tobacco bans.

DENNIS RULES OUT MONTOYA DEAL IN 2004

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has confirmed that he is not planning to change his driver line-up next year.

GULF AIR TO SPONSOR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

The Bahrain Grand Prix has landed a title sponsor in Gulf Air. This is not a surprise as the airline is jointly owned by the governments of Bahrain, Oman and the UAE.

29 SEPTEMBER 2003

RACE REPORT - ...UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS

United States GP - Race Report

SUNDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Sunday Photos

AUSTRALIA ABOUT TO SIGN THE GLOBAL TOBACCO TREATY

Quit Victoria, the Australian anti-smoking organisation, says that the Australian federal government will soon sign the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

PIZZONIA TO TEST FOR WILLIAMS AGAIN

Antonio Pizzonia is to have a one-off test with BMW Williams in the next few days. The Brazilian was Williams test driver last year and impressed the team enormously but failed to make an impact when he moved to Jaguar Racing to race alongside Mark Webber this year.

THE POPULARITY OF FORMULA 1 IN THE UNITED STATES

It has been said that Formula 1 is "right up their with Canadian log-rolling" in terms of its popularity in the United States of America but it seems that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has bucked the recent F1 trend of smaller crowds than in previous years.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PERMUTATIONS

Michael Schumacher's remarkable victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that Juan Pablo Montoya is no longer able to win the World Championship. Although the Colombian is only 10 points behind Schumacher he cannot win the title.

28 SEPTEMBER 2003

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS AT INDY

United States GP - Race Notes

RACE RESULTS

United States GP - Race Results

A LOT OF TALK

The Formula 1 team bosses spent most of their free time on Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis locked in discussion about the shape that the future of F1 should take.

A SLIGHT PROBLEM WITH BAHRAIN

For some time there has been talk of the new Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2004 but one problem has been carefully glossed over. Bahrain currently does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate the whole of the F1 circus.

AUDETTO AT RENAULT

Daniele Audetto has joined Renault F1 as business development director and as coordinator of the engine deparrtment. The 60-year-old Italian is based in Enstone but spends at least one day a week at the Renault F1 engine headquarters at Viry-Chatillon.

VILLENEUVE-BAR, THE WORLD WAITS...

Craig Pollock has been absent from the F1 paddock for the last couple of months but he was back at Indianapolis to negotiate with BAR boss David Richards to see whether or not his client Jacques Villeneuve will be staying with the team next year.

WHY MONTOYA TO MCLAREN MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE IN 2004

The paddock in F1 continues to natter away about the possibility of Juan Pablo Montoya moving to McLaren at the end of this season, a year earlier than originally planned.

27 SEPTEMBER 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - PULLING RABBITS OUT OF HATS...

United States GP - Saturday Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Saturday Photos

JAGUAR GETS THE BEDFORD WINDTUNNEL

Jaguar Racing may be tight on budget but the team has just concluded an impressive deal to get its hands on the former Arrows F1 windtunnel in Bedford.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

United States GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

United States GP - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

United States GP - Saturday Practice Results

FORMULA BMW TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE US

BMW North America and BMW Motorsport will announce today the establishment of Formula BMW in the United States of America for 2004.

HAS GASCOYNE GONE FROM RENAULT?

Our spies in England tell us that Mike Gascoyne is no longer to be found working at Renault F1 UK and is now on gardening leave prior to joining Toyota Motorsport.

THE MONTOYA QUESTION

What gossip there was rainy Indianapolis on Friday was centered on whether or not Juan Pablo Montoya will move from Williams to McLaren in 2004 rather than waiting until his current contract runs out in 2005.

26 SEPTEMBER 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - TRULLI TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

United States GP - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Friday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

United States GP - Friday Qualifying Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

United States GP - Friday Practice Results

TESTING RESULTS

United States GP - Friday Testing Results

ANTI-SMOKING MOMENTUM CONTINUES

The number of signatories of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control continues to rise and has now hit 70 with the signing of Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Slovenia, Samoa, Tonga and Trinida & Tobago.

A FOOTNOTE OF HISTORY

The factory which Arrows F1 team boss Tom Walkinshaw built in Uddevalla, Sweden to manufacture high performance Volvos some years ago has been taken over by a new joint venture organization between Volvo and the Italian automotive styling company Pininfarina.

A HINT FROM THE PRESIDENT

The FIA President Max Mosley has gently nudged the Formula 1 teams to remember that team orders are not to be tolerated in the final two races of the World Championship.

FIRMAN WAITS TO SEE

Ralph Firman goes out today for testing at Indianapolis and will see whether or not the problems he has been suffering with an imbalance in his inner ear has gone away when he drives a Formula 1 car.

WHY FORMULA 1 WANTS TO BE IN CHINA

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers says that China's domestic car makers have sold more cars in the first eight months of this year than in the whole of 2002 with sales leaping 73% on the previous year between January and August.

THE FUTURE OF JACQUES VILLENEUVE

Jacques Villeneuve's future with BAR-Honda remains clouded at the moment with many different rumours doing the rounds.

25 SEPTEMBER 2003

EDDIE JORDAN AND REALITY TV

Back in Montreal in June Eddie Jordan complained during the FIA Press Conference that the questions to the team owners were "moving out of sport and into drama TV" and complained that "it's not helpful" but it seems that EJ has changed his mind on that is now talking about involving his team in a reality TV show.

STEWART TO SHOW OFF NEW FORD GT CONCEPT CAR AT INDY

Sir Jackie Stewart will drive a series of laps on Sunday at Indianapolis at the wheel of the high-performance Ford GT concept car. The event is being billed as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Stewart's retirement.

SAUBER TO RUN ON FRIDAYS

It seems that if the current testing arrangements remain unchanged next year - which they may well do - that the current teams involved (Minardi, Jordan, Jaguar and Renault) will probably be joined by Sauber and possibly others as well.

ARDEN TO TEST LAUDA AND PIQUET

Back in the 1970s Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet were team mates at Brabham. Now both have become racing fathers and it seems that the two names will be linked together again when the Arden Formula 3000 team tests Matthias Lauda and Nelson Piquet Jr in the course of the next few weeks.

BAD NEWS FOR PANIS

Olivier Panis's United States Grand Prix weekend did not get off to a good start when news came from France that his father Philippe has been arrested, along with 13 others, on charges of being involved in a ring selling stolen cars.

WHERE FORMULA 1 IS NOT GOING...

The list of signatories of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control continues to grow with 10 countries signing in the last week. These include Malaysia.

24 SEPTEMBER 2003

MICHAEL CAN BE CHAMPION THIS WEEKEND

Michael Schumacher may leave Indianapolis on Sunday night with a record sixth World Championship title.

INDIANAPOLIS MIDGETS IN ACTION AGAIN

One of the most popular events of the United States Grand Prix weekend is the Mopar Twin 25s midget race on Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

THE THORNY QUESTION OF TESTING

At this time of year the Formula 1 teams are already turning their attention to next year and the major negotiation now going on is what form the race weekends will take in 2004.

BRIDGESTONE TO TAKE A (SMALL) FINANCIAL HIT

Bridgestone says that the recent fire at its factory in Tochigi, is going to cost the company around $22m of profits. The company will however end the year with a profit in the region of $700m.

MCNISH LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

Renault has bowed to pressure in France to aid the cause of a young French driver and so has announced that Franck Montagny will be taking over as its test driver next year, leaving McNish with no job.

23 SEPTEMBER 2003

A WARNING FOR THE SPECIALIST AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY

Ricardo is a big player in the world of automotive engineering consultancy but the company is bracing itself for another bad year as the current trends in the automobile industry continue and increasing competition adds to the problems.

MALAYSIA TO SIGN ANTI-SMOKING TREATY TODAY

Malaysia will today sign the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control at the United Nations in New York meaning it will commit itself to establish stringent controls on tobacco products, including a ban on tobacco advertising.

A NEW PLAN FOR RENAULT

Renault is aiming to blow away the opposition in the developing markets of the world with a car which will cost only $5,500. The X90 project is aimed at countries where automobiles are too expensive for the majority of the population.

HINTS OF A CHANGE TO COME

Sir Frank Williams says that Formula 1 fans might be "very surprised" by the final line-up of top drives in 2004. Williams was responding to suggestions that Juan Pablo Montoya might be moving to McLaren next year, a year before his deal with the Woking team is due to begin.

IS HONDA INSISTING ON SATO IN 2004?

There are fairly strong rumors coming out of Britain that Honda is pushing very hard to have Takuma Sato in the second BAR-Honda next year. BAR is keen to get the best possible driver line-up and is still negotiating with Jacques Villeneuve.

22 SEPTEMBER 2003

WHO WOULD TAKE PART IN A BAR SHOOTOUT?

The stories last week about a shoot-out for the second seat at BAR if Jacques Villeneuve does not agree terms with the team were rather confused but our spies at BAR are now telling us that if BAR and Villeneuve do not reach an agreement there will be four drivers under consideration for the drive.

20 SEPTEMBER 2003

COMPETITION FOR INDIAN GP

It seems that Andhra Pradesh is not the only state in India that would like to land a Grand Prix. It seems that there is competition from both Maharashtra and Karnataka.

SUZUKA LOSES MOTOGP

The sudden hike in hotel prices at Suzuka may be due to the fact that the circuit has just lost its second biggest event of the year, with the news that the Moto GP series will not be returning.

JORDAN AND MCNISH

It is way too early for such decisions to be made but there are rumors that Renault test driver Allan McNish is negotiating to get back into racing by joining Jordan.

FORMULA 1 HAS A PROBLEM...

All year we have been to races at which there were reports of the crowd figures being below previous years. this was particularly noticeable at Imola where the crowd was massively down but it was also true of the Italian GP at Monza a week ago.

19 SEPTEMBER 2003

NOW IT'S MONTOYA VERSUS RAHAL!

Michael Schumacher is not the only racing driver to have a little brother and Juan Pablo Montoya's sibling Frederico will be racing this weekend in the ChampCar Stars of Tomorrow kart event in Jacksonville, Florida, taking on some of the best kartists coming up in the US.

ROBBERY IN SUZUKA

The Japanese have joined the increasing number of Formula 1 nations to raise their hotel rates at races to absurd levels. A shoebox room in an average hotel located an hour from the race track will now set you back a bargain $700.

FORMULA BMW LAUNCHES IN THE UK

Next year will see the introduction of Formula BMW to the United Kingdom. Designed as a launch-pad for the next generation of Grand Prix drivers, Formula BMW features mini-F1 cars complete with wings and slick racing tires powered by a 140 bhp engine.

18 SEPTEMBER 2003

BUTTON OK AFTER BIG SHUNT

Jenson Button has escaped from a big crash at Jerez de la Frontera. The BAR-Honda driver banged his knees on the inside of the cockpit during the shunt on Thursday morning.

NOW CANADIANS GO ON THE ATTACK...

In the last few days The Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada organisation has launched an international letter campaign trying to convince governments which have Grands Prix to "stand up to global blackmail from Formula One and the tobacco industry".

WHAT IS THE SITUATION OVER CANADA?

There have been so many contradictory stories flying around over Canada that it has become hard to tell the truth from the fiction. At the moment Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is not backing down over tobacco and Canadian Health Minister Anne McLellan says she has no intention of exempting the Grand Prix.

TIMETABLE CHANGE FOR INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis had changed its timetable to fit in with European TV audiences. The practice and qualifying sessions will be moved forward by an hour with practice in Saturday being moved to 08.00 and 09.15, an hour earlier than previously planned.

MCLAREN SPONSORS QUIBBLING

Hugo Boss and Reemtsma, the owner of the West cigarette brand, have been quibbling over the use of cigarette brands.

ZANARDI CONFIRMS COMEBACK

Alex Zanardi will return to racing in the European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a specially-adapted BMW 320i which features hand controls.

BAT TO INCREASE US PRESENCE?

The competition over tobacco sales in the US, where discounting is become a big problem, has resulted in the announcement that RJ Reynolds Tobacco is to cut 40% of its US workforce.

A DEAL IS CLOSE FOR RALF

Ralf Schumacher and the BMW Williams team have been negotiating quietly in recently months over a contract to extend Ralf's contract by another two years. the current contract runs out at the end of 2004.

GENE QUITS THE FORMULA NISSAN SCENE

Marc Gene, who did such a good job for BMW Williams at Monza last weekend, has split with Team Adrian Campos in the Formula Nisan series. The Spanish driver has apparently decided to concentrate all his energy on Formula 1.

17 SEPTEMBER 2003

WHAT IF...

One of the current mysteries in Formula 1 is the fact that Sauber has not signed Felipe Massa, although it is clear that this is the Swiss team's intention. Peter Sauber says that it is all down to the need to talk through the deal through but it is clear that the delays are coming from Massa's end.

VAN DE MERWE LOOKS FOR F1 CHANCE

South Africa's Alan van der Merwe recently won the British Formula 3 Championship for Carlin Motorsport, following in the footsteps of Takuma Sato in 2002.

16 SEPTEMBER 2003

CROSSED WIRES...

It seems that there have been some crossed wires in reports about the future of Jacques Villeneuve at BAR.

WILL F1 GAIN ANYTHING FROM WRC FALL-OUT?

The worlds of Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship have few overlaps. David Richards is the boss of BAR, he oversees the Subaru World Rally Team and is the man who deals with some of the commercial issues in rallying; the FIA regulates both series; and some of the manufacturers compete in both.

BAR CONSIDERS WILLIAMS-STYLE SHOOTOUT FOR 2004 DRIVE

One of the options that BAR is currently considering is to have a shoot-out test between a number of young drivers to pick the quickest to be Jenson Button's team mate next year at BAR.

JOS AND JAGUAR RACING

Jos Verstappen and his sponsors have been shopping around in recent weeks looking at the available options for the Dutchman next season. The latest talks are believed to have been with Jaguar Racing.

A BLUE PLAQUE FOR GRAHAM HILL

Damon Hill has unveiled an English Heritage memorial "blue plaque" in honor of his father Graham on the house where Damon grew up in Mill Hill, in the northern suburbs of London.

PUTTING MONTREAL BACK ON THE F1 CALENDAR

Formula 1 sometimes moves in mysterious ways but it seems that there are still possibilities that the Canadian Grand Prix might take place in 2004 if another non-tobacco race is dropped from the calendar.

15 SEPTEMBER 2003

RACE REPORT - FERRARI MAGIC AT MONZA...

Italian GP - Race Report

THOUGHTS ON THE FORMULA 1 CALENDAR

On Thursday last week the FIA issued the first official Formula 1 World Championship calendar for 2004. There was not much discussion on the subject.

FERRARI ON DANGEROUS GROUND

Ferrari is refusing to confirm that it will not challenge the result of the races earlier this year, using Article 179B of the FIA International Sporting Code.

MORE F1 FOR CREDIT SUISSE

It is rumored that Credit Suisse has agreed a major new sponsorship with Sauber now that its three-year deal is coming to an end.

BERNIE WANTS MORE VIPS

Bernie Ecclestone has told the Formula 1 teams that he wants more celebrities at races to help to give Formula 1 a more glamorous image.

BRUNDLE TO STAND DOWN

Martin Brundle is expected to stand down soon as chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club after three consecutive three-year terms as a director.

14 SEPTEMBER 2003

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS ITALIAN GP

Italian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Sunday Photos

RACE RESULTS

Italian GP - Race Results

BRAWN UNDER PRESSURE FROM MICHELIN?

Ross Brawn did not have a comfortable time in the FIA press conference on Friday at Monza and it is clear that he is under considerable pressure about remarks he is alleged to have made to Autosport magazine during the recent tire crisis.

GPWC MEETING AT MONZA

The GPWC and the banks who own SLEC met on Saturday night at Monza to try to hammer out a deal between the various parties to secure the commercial future of Formula 1.

NEW ZEALAND STAR DIXON LOOKS AT F1

New Zealand's best known racing star Scott Dixon was a low key visitor at Monza, having a look at the Formula 1 scene and meeting some of the team bosses.

STODDART SAYS THE MINARDI PS04 IS READY

Paul Stoddart says that his 2004 Formula 1 car has already had its first shakedown runs! Nicolas Kiesa gave the PS04 its first run at the Santa Pod drag strip in England last week.

13 SEPTEMBER 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - SCHUMACHER TAKES MONZA POLE

How can one quantify the effects of the recent tyre kerfuffle in Formula 1? In all the recent races the Michelin runners have been ahead and yet at Monza, in front of Ferrari's home crowd (or rather a small version of the normal Monza throng) the red cars were right on the pace again

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Italian GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

Italian GP - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

Italian GP - Saturday Practice Results

FORD TO AXE RALLY PROGRAM AND PUSH F1?

There is discontent in the ranks of the World Rally Championship following the announcement that the WRC calendar in 2004 is to be expanded to 16 events, including new events in Japan and Mexico.

WHAT FUTURE FOR JACQUES?

Jacques Villeneuve's future at British American Racing is increasingly uncertain with the team now looking at the four choices available.

INDIANS DESCEND ON MONZA

A large delegation from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was present at Monza at the weekend to talk with Bernie Ecclestone about the possibility of a Grand Prix in Hyderabad.

GENE REPLACES RALF SCHUMACHER

Ralf Schumacher has pulled out of the Italian Grand Prix and his World Championship hopes are in ruins.

PROFESSOR WATKINS FOR RALLYING?

Professor Sid Watkins was a visitor to the recent Rally Deutschland and there are rumors that the Formula 1 Medical Delegate is to take on an additional role shortly, bringing the medical facilities of the World Rally Championship up to scratch.

12 SEPTEMBER 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - MONTOYA FASTEST IN QUALIFYING

Italian GP - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Friday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Italian GP - Friday Qualifying Results

PIZZONIA TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST JAGUAR

Ousted Jaguar Racing driver Antonio Pizzonia is expected to take legal action against Jaguar Racing as a result of his recent firing. Pizzonia was dropped after the British Grand Prix and Justin Wilson was drafted in to replace him.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Italian GP - Friday Practice Results

THE GASCOYNE SITUATION

The situation of Mike Gascoyne and Renault remains one of the mysteries of current Formula 1.

CART IS SOLD

The board of directors of CART has agreed that the company for $0.56 per share, based on the number of shares available. If this transaction is completed a new organization called Open Wheel Racing will take over the running of CART and take the company off the New York Stock Exchange.

BAUMGARTNER CONFIRMED BY JORDAN

Zsolt Baumgartner has been confirmed as the second Jordan driver at the Italian Grand Prix. The Hungarian driver will thus take part in his second event, having stood in for Firman after his recent crash in Budapest.

TESTING RESULTS

Italian GP - Friday Testing Results

11 SEPTEMBER 2003

FIRMAN WILL NOT RACE

Jordan Grand Prix driver Ralph Firman will not be racing at Monza this weekend because of a balance problem related to problems with his inner ear. Firman crashed at high speed in Hungary three weeks ago.

THE FORMULA 1 CALENDAR

The FIA has now issued the official Formula 1 calendar for 2004 and, as expected, there will be 17 races.

AN INTERESTING ARRANGEMENT

Ferrari and Volkswagen have agreed a technical cooperation between their Maserati and Audi subsidiaries. The deal was announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show and, according to Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, Maserati and Audi will use the same distribution networks in some countries.

TOBACCO CAMPAIGNERS ATTACK F1 BOSSES

ASH, the anti-smoking group in Britain, has launched a less than charitable attack on the Formula 1 authorities because of the recent arguments over the Canadian Grand Prix.

TURKEY GETS ITS DEAL

Turkey has committed to a Formula 1 race in 2005 and now the race is on to build a new racing facility in time for a race in 2005. The initial deal is for seven years and will cost Turkey around $100m.

10 SEPTEMBER 2003

A COMMERCIAL SETTLEMENT IN SIGHT?

Our sources in Formula 1 circles say that a deal is now nearing completion between Formula One Management, the creditor banks involved in FOM's parent company SLEC, the automobile manufacturers and Formula 1 teams over a new commercial deal for the sport.

FRANKFURT IS THE GT SHOW

The Frankfurt Motor Show, opened this week with Italian GT cars taking center stage with exciting new offerings from Maserati, and the return to official competition of the Lamborghini name.

BERGER IS OFF - OR IS HE?

There has been quite a fuss in recent days about Gerhard Berger's "retirement" from Formula 1. Berger stepped down as head of BMW Motorsport earlier this year but remained involved in the company's negotiations with Williams.

FIRMAN READY FOR MONZA

Ralph Firman should be back in action this weekend with Jordan. The British driver has not driven an F1 car since his crash in Hungary three weeks ago.

MEXICO GETS A WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

The increasing interest in motor sport in Mexico has been highlighted by the announcement yesterday by the FIA that the country will host a round of the World Rally Championship next year. Japan has also joined the expanded 16-event calendar.

9 SEPTEMBER 2003

A SECRET MEETING

There was a meeting yesterday at McLaren headquarters in Woking to try to sort out the current tire crisis in Formula 1. The meeting involved the FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting, Ron Dennis and Martin Whitmarsh of McLaren and Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head from Williams.

A COMPROMISE IN THE TIRE BATTLE

The FIA met with representatives of Michelin and the McLaren and Williams teams on Monday and after being shown examples of the new Michelin tires before and after use, confirmed that it believes that these tires will comply with the rules as long as they are used in the same way at the Italian GP as they were in testing.

WHAT IS LEGAL AND WHAT IS NOT LEGAL?

It has been argued many times that the Formula 1 regulations are loosely worded but when one considers the three different sets of rules (the FIA International Sporting Code, the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations and the FIA Formula 1 Technical Regulations) they form a fairly bullet-proof set of rules.

JAGUAR RACING HAS A SEAT OPEN FOR 2004

Justin Wilson is not a definite next year at Jaguar Racing. The team is understood to have an option on his services for 2004 but at the moment there is no deal in place.

CART PRICE GOES UNDER A DOLLAR

At the end of trading of Monday the CART share price ended under a dollar for the first time, closing at $0.91. This puts the company into serious danger with the New York Stock Exchange.

A MEDICAL INSPECTION FOR RALF

Ralf Schumacher will undergo a medical inspection today before deciding whether or not to race at Monza this weekend. If Ralf decides not to race his World Championship hopes will disappear.

8 SEPTEMBER 2003

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM LAMBORGHINI

The Lamborghini company, a subsidiary of the European car giant Volkwagen, is to make an announcement about a motorsport program at the Frankfurt Motor Show tomorrow.

TROUBLES FOR TURKEY OVER TOBACCO?

A letter of intent has been signed for Turkey to host a Grand Prix in 2005 and a new racing circuit is under construction but there have been warnings recently from the Turkish Ministry of Health in Ankara that it will not support tobacco advertising at the event.

NO PANIC OVER FIRE AT BRIDGESTONE

A large fire at a Bridgestone plant in Japan will not have any effect on the racing tires. Bridgestone has nine production facilities in Japan including the Kuroiso factory which caught fire on Monday.

HOW IS THE GLOBAL TOBACCO BAN DOING?

The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)- the international treaty aimed at stamping out tobacco advertising around the world - has been open for signature since the middle of June.

A LITTLE SPECULATION

The accident which befell Ralf Schumacher at Monza last week was odd. It seems that the car ran into a sand trap and flipped over.

7 SEPTEMBER 2003

LET'S GET BACK TO RACING...

The last week has been filled with claims and counter-claims about tires. One side has said this, the other side has said that and very few fans really care one way or the other why it has all happened.

6 SEPTEMBER 2003

VERSTAPPEN AND JORDAN

In recent days Jos Verstappen's trusty Dutch sponsors have eben looking at what they would like to do for next year and have been shopping around the F1 paddock to see if anyone can offer them a better deal than Minardi.

5 SEPTEMBER 2003

THIS WHOLE TIRE BUSINESS...

The last few days have seen a number of daft remarks being made by some of those involved in the current tire controversy.

MUGEN IS RESTRUCTURED

Mugen is to restructure following the recent scandal over tax evasion. A new company called M-TEC will be established shortly.

RAHAL HONORED AT LAGUNA SECA

Bobby Rahal, the three-time CART champion and former boss of Jaguar Racing, has been recognised with the naming of part of the Laguna Seca race track (now known as Mazda Raceway) after him.

ZONTA LOOKING FOR WORK IN CART?

There are whispers that Toyota Formula 1 test driver Ricardo Zonta wants to get back into competitive racing and is trying to put together a deal to take part in the last four Champ Car races this year in Miami, Mexico City, Surfers Paradise and Fontana.

ELTON JOHN TO HEADLINE AT MIAMI!

The Motorock organization, which is part of the group trying to buy the CART Champ Car series, is to headline Elton John at the forthcoming Grand Prix Americas in Miami. The concert will take place at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday September 27, the night before the race.

THE EFFECT OF TOBACCO BANS

British tobacco giant Gallaher Group, which sponsors Jordan Grand Prix with its Benson & Hedges brands, is reporting a profit of $382m in the first sixth months of the year, a seven percent increase over 2002.

CANADIAN RACING TO BE DEVASTATED BY LOSS OF F1

Canadian teams and drivers held a press conference in Montreal earlier this week to explain to the Canadian authorities and the public that the loss of the Canadian Grand Prix will have a devastating effect on racing in the country.

4 SEPTEMBER 2003

WILL BRANDS HATCH TRY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION AGAIN?

Plans to redevelop Brands Hatch racing circuit for Formula 1 use were laid down in 2000 but the application for planning permission, agreed by the local Sevenoaks District Council, were then sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

FERRARI ADMITS MICHELIN COMPLAINT

Ferrari's Ross Brawn has come clean about his team's role in the current tyre controversy, admitting that it was Ferrari which alerted the FIA to what he considered to be an problem with the Michelin front tyres.

INDIANS HEAD FOR MONZA

Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh will be in Monza next week for a meeting with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to discuss the possibility of holding a race in Hyderabad.

ASMER GETS AN OFFICIAL ROLE AT WILLIAMS

Estonia's Marko Asmer has been confirmed as a Williams test driver. The 19-year-old has already tested for the team on several occasions this year.

3 SEPTEMBER 2003

SOME CONFUSION AT MICHELIN

Michelin's attitude towards the FIA warning about tires has been rather confused in recent days.

MORE DETAILS OF THE SCHUMACHER CRASH

Further details are emerging about Ralf Schumacher's accident at Monza yesterday and it seemed that the car did not hit the barriers as was first reported but rather that it flipped several times.

MICHELIN IS MAKING NARROWER TIRES

According to our sources Michelin is busy making a batch of new, slightly-narrower front tires which will be used at the Italian Grand Prix if it is deemed necessary for the French company to play it safe because of the FIA's warning about the measuring of the contact patch of the tires.

BELL RUNS AT LURCY LEVIS

Townsend Bell had his first runs in a Formula 1 car yesterday at the Lurcy Levis testing facility near Magny-Cours in central France, at the wheel of a BAR-Honda. Bell is due to do three days of aerodynamic testing for the team, checking that the results of the windtunnel are confirmed when the car runs on a track.

WATCH OUT BERNIE!

Bernie Ecclestone is going to get a lot of mail in the next few days. A Canadian marketing company has printed 108,000 postcards pre-addressed to the Formula 1 boss.

A MISERABLE TIME IN INDIANA

With just less than a month to go before the United States GP at Indianapolis, there has been flooding at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following a miserable summer in Indiana. Record rainfall hit the city on Monday with 7.2 inches of rain recorded in a single day, beating the 108-year-old record.

THE MOVEMENTS OF JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

There are some reports in the German press suggesting that Juan Pablo Montoya may not stay next year at Williams, despite the fact that he has one more year to run on his contract.

RALF'S ACCIDENT

Ralf Schumacher had a sizeable crash yesterday in the closing minutes of the first day of testing at Monza when his BMW Williams went out of control in the Lesmo Corner and went into the barriers backwards at some considerable speed. The car then rebounded and flipped over.

2 SEPTEMBER 2003

TESTING HEATS UP IN MONZA

Ralf Schumacher's Williams-BMW caught fire earlier today in the pitlane at Monza. The flames were quickly extinguished by marshals at the circuit after an apparent oil leak flared-up as he pulled in during his first few laps.

SCHUMACHER WORTH $750M!

According to Fortune magazine, to be published later this week, Michael Schumacher is the 16th richest person in the world under the age of 40.

1 SEPTEMBER 2003

FIRMAN TO MISS THE ITALIAN GP?

Ralph Firman is to miss the Monza F1 test this week but hopes to be fit in time for the Italian Grand Prix in 10 days. The team says that it hopes that Firman will be fit for the race at Monza but with Hungarian Zsolt Baumgartner having a large budget available it is always possible that Firman's recovery will be delayed...

SILVERSTONE PROTESTER IS FINALLY RELEASED

The man who ran on to the race track at the British Grand Prix six weeks ago has finally been released from jail after being given a suspended two-month jail sentence for aggravated trespass.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DANNY SULLIVAN

Back in the 1980s former F1 driver Danny Sullivan tried his hand at the cinema and appeared in various TV shows, including Miami Vice. Now it seems Eddie Irvine wants to follow in Sullivan's footsteps.

ANOTHER DATE CONFIRMED!

There was a time when the FIA issued the Formula 1 World Championship calendar but nowadays it seems that happens so late in the day that many circuits feel the need to tell the world about arrangements before they are made official.

OFF COME THE GLOVES

Today marks the end of the Formula 1 test ban of recent weeks and all the teams are due to go into action in the next few days, testing developments of the current cars and trying out new things for the cars in 2004.

THE QUESTION OF F1 TESTING

The Formula 1 team bosses are currently locked in a discussion over how much testing should be allowed next year. This year has been odd in that the teams have been divided between those who test as much as they like (within the agreed limits) and those who have chosen to reduce their testing.