NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2004

HUNTER-REAY SIGNS WTH CSS STELLAR

Rising American star Ryan Hunter-Reay has been signed up by CSS Stellar Management plc, the company which has managed the careers of many drivers Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Dario Franchitti, Richard Burns, Max Biaggi, Dan Wheldon, Pedro de la Rosa, Oriol Servia and Allan McNish.

29 OCTOBER 2004

BULGARIA? JUST THE PLACE FOR F1!

It seems that Formula 1 is willing to go just about anywhere so long as the money is right. With Turkey and Mexico coming on to the F1 calendar, all that is now left is a race in Bulgaria. And why not? It seems that "a consortium of businessmen from Germany, Switzerland and Benelux" are willing to put up the money.

DAVID RICHARDS TAKES A HOLIDAY, OTHERS TAKE ADVANTAGE

David Richards and his family went on holiday after the Brazilian Grand Prix, as did a lot of sensible F1 people after a very long and tiring season. The fact that the end of the F1 season coincides with half term in British schools probably has something to do with it.

HOW TO GET AN ARAB F1 DRIVER

The Arab world is beginning to get excited about motor racing, following the first Grand Prix in the region in Bahrain and the recent announcement that there will be a Team Dubai F1 operation in 2006.

PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT

At the same time that Australian Grand Prix chief executive Ron Walker was saying that his race would have nothing to do with the Grand Prix World Championship (GPWC), the Australian government was announcing that it is one of 34 countries which have now ratified the World Health Organization's anti-tobacco treaty.

CHAMP CARS KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE

The Champ Car World Series has announced a 14-race schedule for 2005, including two new events: one on the streets of Edmonton in Canada and the other a street race in San Jose, California.

VW AND PROTON

Volkswagen AG and the Malaysian car maker Proton have agreed a long-term strategic partnership which will result in VW building cars in Proton's factories in Malaysia. There are no plans for any equity involvement between the two firms.

JORDAN, TOYOTA, HORNER AND A MAN FROM CHINA

Eddie Jordan is close to a deal with Toyota for a supply of engine for his team but it looks like the deal will include a number of other changes, including the arrival in the team of a new owner in the form of a mysterious businessman from China, whom we have yet to identify.

OUR NIGE AS A TEAM OWNER

Racing champions have never been great team owners, with the notable exception of Sir Jack Brabham, but this does not ever seem to stop them trying.

27 OCTOBER 2004

TILKE TO BUILD NEW MEXICAN CIRCUIT

Hermann Tilke will build the new Mexican Grand Prix circuit at Cancun. The German architect, who builds all the F1 tracks today, will oversee the construction of the $70m facility which will be located close to Cancun's international airport.

EUROPEAN HEAD FOR FORMULA NIPPON TITLE SHOWDOWN

German Andre Lotterer and Britain's Richard Lyons will go to head to head for the Formula Nippon title at Suzuka on November 7. The two were both beaten last weekend at Twin Ring Motegi by Yuji Ide (Mobilecast Impul).

WILSON TO STAY IN CHAMP CAR

Justin Wilson seems to have given up his Formula 1 ambitions for the time being and is hoping to continue his career in the United States next year.

WHO ARE THESE ISE GUYS?

The announcement by the GPWC that it has appointed International Sports and Entertainment (iSe) AG to prepare for the planned new Grand Prix Championship in 2008 has led to much noise about how it will never work but one needs to take a look at the organization chosen to see that the GPWC is actually very serious.

GUESS WHO IS BERNIE'S BEST FRIEND

The news that the Australian GP is not going to go along with the GPWC is no big surprise because race promoter Ron Walker is Bernie Ecclestone's best pal and advisor.

A RUMBLE ON THE HORIZON

The GPWC has announced that the company has appointed International Sports and Entertainment AG to "start building immediately the operational and commercial structure for a new open-wheel motor racing series"

26 OCTOBER 2004

THE MEANING OF "BETRAYAL" IN F1

Jean Todt of Ferrari was apparently outraged when he first found out that the Italian had been isolated from all the other teams over the Cost Saving Initiative in Brazil.

RENAULT COMMITS TO F1 AGAIN

There has been much talk about Renault's involvement in F1 in recent days because of plans for a change of management which will almost certainly mean new philosophies and new structures.

FORMULA 1'S NEXT BIG FIGHT

On July 31, 2005 all Formula 1 teams with any link to the United Kingdom will have to stop running their cars with tobacco sponsorship, whether they want to do so or not.

A REPSOL HONDA TEAM IN 2007?

There are rumours in F1 circles that BAR is bidding for a major sponsorship deal with the Spanish oil company Repsol. The apparent intention is for the team to run Fernando Alonso as one of the drivers after his current contract with Renault runs out.

25 OCTOBER 2004

RACE REPORT - A NUTTY WEEKEND IN BRAZIL

Brazilian GP - Race Report

AN ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW

Tomorrow afternoon the Grand Prix World Championship (GPWC) organization is going to announce its full plans for a Grand Prix series in 2008, after the end of the current Concorde Agreement

BRIDGESTONE FIRESTONE LOOKING AT NASCAR

Bridgestone/Firestone is planning to launch a bid to the right to supply NASCAR tyres when the current Goodyear contract runs out in 2007. The company is expected to start testing tyres in the course of 2005

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS

Our thoughts are with the Hendricks Motorsport team in the United States today following the plane crash on Sunday which killed five team members, two family members and three pilots.

JORDAN TEAM MANAGER HEADS HOME TO AUSTRALIA

Tim Edwards, Jordan Grand Prix's team manager for the last four years, has decided that after 14 years in Europe it is time to go home to Australia where he plans to get a job in the local Supercar V8 series.

24 OCTOBER 2004

RACE NOTES - MONTOYA WINS IN BRAZIL

Brazilian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE INCIDENTS FROM INTERLAGOS

Brazilian GP - Race incidents from Interlagos

RACE RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Race Results

23 OCTOBER 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - BARRICHELLO TAKES POLE (UPDATED)

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Report

THE PROPOSALS PUT FOWARD BY THE TEAMS

Paul Stoddart announced in Brazil on Saturday evening that nine of the 10 Formula 1 teams have agreed to what he calls "a significant step forward" in cost-cutting with a proposal to have a control tyre and reduce testing dramatically.

SAUBER SIGNS

With five minutes to go before Paul Stoddart broke the news about the agreement of all the teams to cut costs with control tyres and reduced testing, Peter Sauber decided that he had to sign the document, giving the proposal nine votes out of 10 and leaving Ferrari, Sauber's engine supplier, completely isolated

THE GAME BEGINS

The Formula 1 team principals have been going from meeting to meeting all weekend but on Saturday afternoon the future of the sport suddenly began to look rosy again as the majority of the teams decided that enough is enough and that things need to change for the good of the sport.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Results

ANOTHER VIEW

Formula 1 has now had the chance of a few hours to digest Max Mosley's new rules for 2005, 2006 and 2007 and the implications that come with them, and while some remain convinced that it is not the right thing for the sport to be doing, others are looking at the situation in a more positive way.

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 3 Results

POWER STRUGGLES

There may come a day when historians look back on Formula 1 and say that it all went wrong on October 22, 2004 when the FIA issued its regulations for 2005 and 2006.

22 OCTOBER 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - BARRICHELLO QUICKEST

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 2 Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Friday Press Conference

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 2 Results

ARBITRATION IS STILL ON COURSE

The engine manufacturers who are opposed to Max Mosley's plans to introduce 2.4-litre V8 engines in 2006 say that they are going to push ahead with the arbitration claim and that the FIA's latest engine rules do nothing to change the situation.

FIA DECIDES ON FORMULA 1 RULES

The FIA has finally issued the Formula 1 regulations for 2005. The teams have been unable to stop the FIA imposing its changes because they have been unable to agree on any package.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 1 Results

BAR AGREES TO DROP FRONT DIFF

British American Racing has agreed to drop its innovative front differential next year having caused rival teams a certain amount of disruption this year by running various different versions of the system.

BERNIE TO MEXICO

Bernie Ecclestone will be in Brazil this weekend for the latest round of negotiations over the future of the sport (and for the Grand Prix) and will then be heading off on Sunday evening to fly north to Mexico for the official launch of the new Mexican Grand Prix at Cancun.

PUNCTURE RESISTANCE IN FORMULA 1

We hear that the FIA will be insisting on tyre companies doing puncture resistance tests on their tyres in the future. It seems that any thought of a control tyre has been binned because of the problems associated with sponsorhip deals between teams and tyre companies.

MCLAREN AND DUBAI

We are getting conflicting reports about the seriousness of the deal between Team Dubai F1 and McLaren Mercedes-Benz, with some sources suggesting that the deal has been put together at a very high level.

AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER - UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Jenson Button and David Richards had breakfast together yesterday in Brazil and then faced the Formula 1 media, explaining that all was well, despite the recent kerfuffle over whether or not Button drives for the team in 2005.

MCLAREN GETS A COFFEE BREAK

The West McLaren Mercedes F1 team has signed a deal with Nescafe Express, which will see the brand appearing on the helmets and drink bottles.

THE F1 SALES ARE ON

With just three weeks remaining until entries for the 2005 Formula 1 World Championship must be completed and filed with the FIA, there is a great deal of hustle and bustle on the Formula 1 market.

ECCLESTONE AND STEWART - WHO CARES?

Bernie Ecclestone's lawyers say they are to sue Sir Jackie Stewart, the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, for alleging on BBC radio on Wednesday that Ecclestone had broken his word to Richard Caborn, the Minister of Sport.

21 OCTOBER 2004

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Brazilian GP - Preview

MORE ABOUT KUMHO

The Kumho Tire Co. Inc. has announced its plans to enter Formula 1 by 2007. The company has announced that it is investing $25m in order to put together what is needed for the programme and will begin testing tyres in 2005 and will then be testing with an F1 team in 2006 and 2007.

MEXICO ANNOUNCES RACE IN OCTOBER 2006

Joaquin Hendricks, the governor of the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico has announced that it will be hosting a Grand Prix from October 2006. The news will be officially announced on Monday.

A CRITICAL MOMENT FOR JORDAN

The next few days will be critical for Jordan Grand Prix and its 200 employees as team boss Eddie Jordan and his staff try to find ways to keep the team going.

KUMHO COMING IN TO F1?

The Korean tyre company Kumho is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing a plan to enter F1 to improve the company's worlwide visibility.

NEW RULES COMING OUT TODAY?

The FIA's deadline for establishing new rules runs out today and it is expected that there will be an announcement, following a fax vote by the Formula 1 Commission.

20 OCTOBER 2004

THE BUTTON SAGA

The failure of BMW Williams to sign Jenson Button has not been greeted with dismay at Grove. It was a good try and the team believe that it had a good case. In the end, after a lengthy deliberation, the Contract Recognition Board concluded that BAR had a marginally better case than Williams.

WILLIAMS AND BUTTON SPEAK ABOUT THE CRB'S DECISION

Jenson Button will be staying at BAR next season after a ruling by the Contract Recognition Board in favor of the team. But our sources have confirmed that Williams will not be appealing the decision with the board.

JENSON BUTTON TO STAY AT BAR!

Jenson Button will stay at British American Racing in 2005, following a decison by the Contract Recognition Board.

A NEW QUALIFYING SYSTEM?

The F1 Commission is being asked to vote through a new qualifying system for next year.

AUSTRALIANS IN LONDON

Bernie Ecclestone and Melbourne Grand Prix boss Ron Walker are big mates and whenever Bernie has a new street venue up his sleeve, he tends to give Ron a call.

SO WHERE IS BERNIE'S NEW RACE?

Bernie Ecclestone told The Times newspaper that he has to end talks over the British Grand Prix because he has to give a commitment to a new promoter.

BOURDAIS LOOKS TO CHAMP CAR TITLE

Sebastien Bourdais hopes this weekend to leave Australia as the winner of the Vanderbilt Cup, the prize for the winner of the Champ Car World Series.

PROST WANTS A JOB

World Champion Alain Prost says he is considering returning to Formula 1 as a team manager and it looks pretty clear that he is hoping to be picked up by Renault when Flavio Briatore departs at the end of 2005.

BERNIE PUTS ON THE PRESSURE

Bernie Ecclestone says the British Grand Prix is dead - but we will have to wait and see if that is actually a reality. Cancelling the British Grand Prix would be a major step for Ecclestone as he is sure to upset the Formula 1 teams.

19 OCTOBER 2004

NATURE PRAISES FORMULA 1

Formula 1 does not often get much coverage in scientific journals but the latest edition of Nature magazine featured a lengthy article about Grand Prix racing.

TOYOTA "DISAPPOINTED AND FRUSTRATED"

Toyota F1 boss Tsutomu Tomita says that the company is "disappointed and frustrated" with its Formula 1 programme to date.

THE STOCK MARKETS ARE LOSING INTEREST IN SPORT

There are clear signals that the world's stock markets are now losing interest in sport after burning their fingers with a series of flotations at the end of the 1990s. This has not stopped people in F1 talking about their desire to float companies, despite the experiences of some of those who did go to the markets.

THE QUESTION OF TOBACCO

The Formula 1 community continues to blithely ignore the fact that on July 31 2005 all Formula 1 teams with any link to the United Kingdom will have to stop running their cars with tobacco sponsorship, no matter where in the world the races are taking place.

A1 SELLING HARD IN MONACO

Sportel, the international sports television convention, took place last week in Monaco with broadcasters from all over the world meeting with sports marketing companies to do deals for the future.

BAHRAIN TRIES TO KEEP UP

With Dubai having stolen all the headlines in recent weeks rival Bahrain is trying to keep up and has announced that it is intending to push up attendance at its Grand Prix next year by 20%.

18 OCTOBER 2004

TEAM DUBAI F1 - WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?

The planned Team Dubai F1 operation is to be funded with money from Dubai but what is probably going to happen is that the team will fund the set-up costs with a bond issue on the Dubai Financial Market.

THE REDEMPTION OF JACQUES VILLENEUVE

Jacques Villeneuve goes to Brazil this week with a mission. The French-Canadian needs to re-establish his reputation in his third race for Renault F1 or he faces a winter of rumour, despite the fact that he has a two-year contract with Sauber.

KOVALAINEN WINS NISSAN TITLE

Renault Development Driver Heikki Kovalainen wrapped up the Nissan World Series at the weekend in Valencia. The Pons Racing driver finished 10th and fifth in the two races at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but with his title rival Tiago Monteiro needing to win the two races the Finn took the title.

DHL GOING STATESIDE

Former Jordan title sponsor DHL Worldwide Express is currently pushing hard into the US market with a series of TV advertisements and now it seems a plan to run a car in the Indy Racing League in 2005.

DECISION-MAKING AT THE CRB

The Formula 1 Contract Recognition Board exists to make legal rulings on whether or not contracts are valid. In the past however it has sometimes acted an arbitration service in disputes over drivers and has come up with compromise solutions to complex contractual problems.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BIG TEAMS HAVE MORE CARS

The idea that the Formula 1 teams will have to run three cars is not one which is greeted with any enthusiasm by those involved as, according to the Concorde Agreement, these cars cannot score World Championship points and have little value for the teams or for the drivers.

17 OCTOBER 2004

FRANCE GETS A NEW WORLD CHAMPION

France has not had many FIA World Champions over the years but this year Sebastien Loeb has clinched the World Rally Championship at his home event in Corsica. The Citroen driver finished second in Corsica but only needed to be fifth to guarantee the title with two events still to come.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT TEAM DUBAI F1

The new Team Dubai F1 operation is going to be a nice little earner for McLaren - but at the expense of Jordan Grand Prix, which had hoped that the Dubai group would buy into the team. There are still some potential buyers left for Jordan but time is running out.

16 OCTOBER 2004

WHY WOULD ANYONE START A NEW F1 TEAM?

There is not much logic in Formula 1 circles these days but it seems that outside the sport there are a similar number of illogical people. There are at the moment at least three F1 teams for sale: Jaguar Racing, Jordan and Minardi.

VILLENEUVE'S FACES TOUGH TEST

Jacques Villeneuve goes to Brazil with his Formula 1 future in question because of his poor performances in China and Japan.

15 OCTOBER 2004

THE F1 FOCUS MOVES TO MILAN

Tomorrow in Milan the Formula 1 Contract Recognition Board will examine whether or not Jenson Button should drive for BMW Williams or for BAR in 2005.

BRAND SYNERGY SEARCHES FOR CREDIBILITY

Brand Synergy, the consortium which is supposed to be bidding for the rights to hold the British GP, has not given up, despite having been largely written-off by Formula 1 observers.

RENAULT'S DILEMMA

Renault F1 finds itself in a quandary over drivers having ditched Jarno Trulli and replaced him with Jacques Villeneuve for the last two races.

UNITED STATES GP WILL BE JUNE 19

The United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis will be held on June 19 next year, despite the doubt created by the Formula 1 calendar issued by the FIA

MONTOYA AND THE FIA

The FIA is expected to summon Juan Pablo Montoya to the next World Motor Sport Council meeting to explain his conduct in relation to a road safety campaign in Costa Rica.

MERCEDES AND MCLAREN

It is a fortnight since Eckhard Cordes took over from Jurgen Hubbert as the head of the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, the luxury car division of the DaimlerChrysler empire.

TOYOTA AND BRIDGESTONE

The word on the street in F1 circles is that Panasonic Toyota Racing will switch to Bridgestone tyres next year, after a year which has been spent struggling on Michelins.

WHAT THE FIA DID NOT ANNOUNCE

The FIA World Motor Sport Council did not, on the face of it, announce very much after its meeting in Paris on Wednesday. There was the makings of a Formula 1 calendar and that was about it, at least in relation to Grand Prix racing.

BAR AND SINOPEC

It has been an open secret for sometime that British American Racing has been courting the Chinese oil company Sinopec

14 OCTOBER 2004

THE FIA RECOGNIZES PRINCE RAINIER AND JACQUES CHIRAC

The FIA used its 100th anniversary celebrations to institute a Gold Medal for Motor Sport and a World Prize for Road Safety, the Environment and Mobility. The first winner of the Gold Medal His Serene Highness Prince Rainier of Monte Carlo.

WHO IS TREVOR CARLIN?

Trevor Carlin has confirmed that he will be heading the recently-announced Midland F1 team in 2006, although speculation has been rife for several weeks. Carlin is one of the stars of the British motor racing industry outside Formula 1.

THE FUTURE OF ANTHONY DAVIDSON

This is an important week in the life of BAR test driver Anthony Davidson as he waits to see what will happen at the Contract Recognition Board on Saturday in Milan.

A GRAND PRIX IN SOUTH AFRICA

Formula 1 has long wanted to go back to Africa and the obvious choice for a race remains South Africa where racing interest and tradition remain high.

THE STATE OF FRENCH MOTOR RACING

The switch of the French Grand Prix to April is not some Machiavellian plot by Bernie Ecclestone to ensure that the race takes place in mud-soaked splendour but rather in response to a request from the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile.

WANT TO BUY ANOTHER SECONDHAND COSWORTH?

Audi AG has decided that it wants to sell Cosworth Technology, its high technology drivetrain company. This is now unrelated to Cosworth Racing, the racing division having been old to Ford by Audi for $150m back in 1998.

13 OCTOBER 2004

THE WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL DECISIONS

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Paris today to discuss the matters of the moment and voted to fine the Hyundai Motor Company $1m for missing four events of the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship and then failing to pay the required financial penalty.

US GOVERNMENT AIDS RACING INDUSTRY

The US Senate has just passed the new Corporate Tax Bill which cuts taxes for a number of industry sectors including the race track owners who will benefit from tax breaks.

THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Today the FIA issued what could be a very drafty draft of the Formula 1 calendar for next season and the British Grand Prix is on it, albeit with a provisional status, pending an agreement between the parties involved.

THE F1 CALENDAR TAKEN APART

The FIA World Council has voted through a Formula 1 calendar for next year, but there are no guarantees that things will not change again.

KANAAN TO TEST FOR BAR

The Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan was like many other young Brazilians and left his home country to build up his racing career in Europe. In 1995 he finished fifth in the Italian Formula 3 series, a period in during which he would often visit Grands Prix with his friend Rubens Barrichello.

A CHANGE OF TEST DRIVER AT WILLIAMS?

Marc Gene seems to be on the move after four year with the BMW Williams team. The 30-year-old from Sabadell is rumoured to be on his way to Ferrari although the team is not believed to be planning to split with Luca Badoer, the 33-year-old who has been testing for Ferrari for five seasons.

HAKKINEN LOWERS HIS AMBITIONS

Former double World Champion Mika Hakkinen decided some time ago that he wanted to get back into racing but the Formula 1 circus showed only lukewarm interest in the idea.

12 OCTOBER 2004

WHAT IS THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX FIGHT ALL ABOUT?

Bernie Ecclestone's desire to squeeze more and more money out of the race promoters is something of a mystery and many people see it simply as greed. However, there are more logical explanations for Ecclestone's unwillingness to compromise. One can argue, for example, that Formula 1 is underpriced.

FIA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile this evening celebrates its 100th anniversary with a gala dinner in the Louvre museum in Paris with the federation having invited as many World Champions as it can gather in addition to all the major personalities in the sport.

WHO IS ALEXANDER SHNAIDER?

Alexander Shnaider is the man behind the recently-announced Midland F1 team. Born in St Petersburg in Russia, the 36-year-old left the country almost immediately with his parents and settled in Israel where he grew up.

BUYING AND SELLING TEAMS

Paul Stoddart made the point quite well in Suzuka. There are a lot of peple who talk about buying Formula 1 teams but there are not many who are really serious when they fnd out the figures.

THE TWO-DAY GRAND PRIX

The passage of Typhoon Ma-on in Japan was an amusement for most of Formula 1 but it may have handed Bernie Ecclestone the ammunition he needs to increase the Formula 1 calendar by reducing the number of days spent at each event.

WEBBER AND WILLIAMS

Mark Webber will begin testing for the Williams team in November as a deal has been struck between the team and Webber's current employer Jaguar Racing.

THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The games over the British Grand Prix have continued with FIA President Max Mosley saying that he wants Silverstone on the Formula 1 calendar.

TOYOTA WARNS OF RACE COSTS

Toyota motorsport boss Tsutomu Tomita took the opportunity at Suzuka to gently warn Benie Ecclestone that the fees he is trying to charge race promoters are too high. Toyota is currently redeveloping the Fuji International Speedway and will be challenging Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix in 2007.

11 OCTOBER 2004

RACE REPORT - A GREAT RACE - IF ONLY WE'D SEEN IT

Japanese GP - Race Report

10 OCTOBER 2004

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS JAPANESE GP

Japanese GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE INCIDENTS FROM SUZUKA

Japanese GP - Race incidents from Suzuka

RACE RESULTS

Japanese GP - Race Results

QUALIFYING REPORT - WHODUNWHAT?

Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe, Lord Peter Wimsey, Miss Marple, Hercules Poirot, Inspector Jules Maigret and even Endeavour Morse would have failed to unravel the truth about qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. It was simply beyond even the best detectives to know what was going on.

QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Qualifying Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Japanese GP - Qualifying Results

9 OCTOBER 2004

TYPHOON MISSES SUZUKA

Typhoon Ma-on has missed the Suzuka area and is now heading towards Tokyo. The rain stopped in Suzuka at about 3pm local time (0600 GMT) and although it possible that there will be more rain from accompanying storms, fears that the wind would cause considerable damage at the Suzuka Circuit have now passed.

JORDAN AT THE END OF HIS TETHER

Eddie Jordan has hit out at the Ford Motor Company and Formula 1 in general, saying that the decision-makers are getting old and have no succession plans.

MEANWHILE IN A TYPHOON

The Formula 1 circus spent Saturday morning holed up in various hotels in the Suzuka area, a number of people nursing sore heads after a little too much time off on Friday night. The arrival of Typhoon Ma-on was expected to be around midday on Saturday but the storm's progress slowed slightly

OAKWELL ASSOCIATES LOOKS AT FORMULA 1

Oakwell Associates has admitted that it has a serious intent to acquire Jaguar Racing and its sister company Cosworth Racing from the Ford Motor Company. Oakwell says it wants to enter F1 to enhance its corporate brand and build a dynamic image.

8 OCTOBER 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - SCHUMACHER TOPS LIST IN RAIN SOAKED DAY

Japanese GP - Practice Session 2 Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Friday Press Conference

WILL THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX ACTUALLY HAPPEN?

Formula 1 has a wonderful habit of being totally introspective and not even considering the possibility that the weather in Suzuka might actually become so bad that it is impossible to hold the Japanese Grand Prix.

JAPAN BRACES FOR THE BIG ONE

Formula 1 has stumbled right into the biggest typhoon to hit Japan for 10 years with winds of 75mph expected to hit the Mie prefecture, where Suzuka is located just a couple of miles inland from the sea, on Saturday afternoon.

QUALIFYING ON SUNDAY MORNING

The qualifying sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix will be taking place on Sunday morning. The pre-qualifying runs will take place starting at 09.00 and the main session will then follow at 10.00. The race is then expected to start on schedule at 14.30.

TYPHOON SHUTS DOWN SUZUKA ON SATURDAY

The FIA and the Suzuka circuit have decided to call off activities on Saturday because of the arrival of the Typhoon Number 22. The racing authorities have decided that it is too dangerous for the event to go ahead because of the large amount of temporary equipment on site which could injure spectators.

JAPANESE GP IN DOUBT?

The Japanese Grand Prix is in doubt. Tropical Storm Number 22 continues its progress towards Suzuka with heavy rain and winds in excess of 60mph. It is predicted that the storm will arrive at Suzuka at midday tomorrow and a decision is expected this evening to ensure that the Japanese public are warned in advance

MIDLAND F1 CONFIRMED

As we exclusively predicted the Midland Group has announced plans to establish a new Formula 1 team in 2006. The team will be called Midland F1 and will be backed by the Russian-backed financial, Guernsey-registered company. The cars will be built by Dallara.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice Session 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice Session 1 Results

ECCLESTONE IN THE FIRING LINE

The Guardian newspaper in London has accused Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone of "holding the British Grand Prix to ransom" and has urged the British government not to give in to Ecclestone's demands.

AND THE RAINS CAME DOWN

On Friday morning the Formula 1 circus woke to rain, the precursor of what is expected to be a very wet weekend in the Mie Prefecture as Typhoon Number 22 (the Japanese do not name their typhoons) heads northward towards the main Japanese island of Honshu.

ON THE FUTURE OF SILVERSTONE

If Bernie Ecclestone had planned a bid to save himself being blamed for the demise of the British Grand Prix, he could hardly have come up with a better package than the one presented by the mysterious Brand Synergy Ltd, which even includes someone with enough profile to give the story the necessary "spin"

7 OCTOBER 2004

THE MANSELL BID FOR THE BRITISH GP

The British Grand Prix is not saved yet, despite stories which suggest that former World Champion Nigel Mansell is going to be involved with a consortium which will guarantee the race at Silverstone for the next seven years.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Japanese GP - Preview

BRITISH FIRM BEHIND NEW TEAM BID?

The plans for a new Formula 1 team to be started in 2006 may be coming from a British-registered company but it seems that Russian money is behind the plan. Our sources say that the F1 project will be undertaken by a privately-owned, Guernsey-registered, holding company called Midland Resources Holding.

F1 VERSUS MOTHER NATURE

As the Formula 1 circus was gathering in Japan for the penultimate race of the season the world was doing its best to disrupt acivities. Those who visited Tokyo on the way to Suzuka were treated to a decent-sized earthquake on Wednesday evening, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.

THE F1 CALENDAR

There is still some confusion as to the final Formula 1 calendar for next year with various different versions floating about at the moment. The two most likely versions of the calendar both include 19 races and it is believed that at least one (and perhaps three) of the events will eventually be dropped.

LYONS MISSES OUT ON JORDAN CHANCE

Formula Nippon racer Richard Lyons was hoping to make his Grand Prix debut this weekend with the Jordan team at Suzuka but he was not able to raise the money in time to get the drive.

POLITICS IN BRAZIL

The political landscape in Sao Paulo, Brazil is changing at the moment with elections going on for the job of mayor. The current incumbent Marta Suplicy finished second behind the social democrat Jose Serra.

THE BIG BRAND ERA

According to a survey conducted by NOP, Mercedes, BMW and Toyota are the world's most advocated brands. The poll was conducted in 30 countries and involved 30,000 consumers.

6 OCTOBER 2004

BRDC SAYS NO TO MORE CASH FOR FOM

The British Racing Drivers' Club has refused to increased its bid for the British Grand Prix and the ping-pong game of who gets the blame for the demise of the event with the latest statement having lobbed the blame back into Bernie Ecclestone's side of the court.

THE NEW FORMULA 1 TEAM

There has been a lot of talk about the new Formula 1 team which may be announced this weekend in Japan - but a lot of the stories (including some of our own) have been rathe wide of the mark.

A VERY SIGNIFICANT DECISION

The Sports Car Club of America has decided that it cannot continue to sanction its ProRally and ClubRally Championships in 2005 because of fears that legal actions in the event of an accident and the cost of insuring against that risk.

BRITAIN, FRANCE AND SAN MARINO ALL PROVISIONAL?

The publishing of the 2005 Formula 1 calendar should happen after the forthcoming FIA World Council meeting next week and we hear that when the dates are finally announced there will be three races that will be listed only provisionally.

NO SURPRISES FOR SATO

Takuma Sato has a year to go on his contract with British American Racing and there are no plans to change that situation. Sato has had a promising year with the team but has been overshadowed somewhat by the more experienced Jenson Button.

5 OCTOBER 2004

HOPE FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX?

We hear that there is a potential buyer for the Silverstone circuit, lurking in the background until a decision is made about the British Grand Prix. The newcomers are apparently planning to redevelop the entire facility, perhaps with government help, and plan to create a venue which would have much wider appeal.

NO HOPE FOR THE BRITISH GP?

Even if a deal can be found for the British Grand Prix in 2005 it seems that futue years are going to be a problem because Bernie Ecclestone is trying to do longer-term deals with the fees increasing at a rate of 10% per annum. There are reports of both five-year and seven-year deals being on offer.

4 OCTOBER 2004

NELSON PIQUET JR WINS BRITISH FORMULA 3 TITLE

Nelson Piquet Jr became the youngest ever winner of the British Formula 3 Championship at the weekend by finishing runner up at Brands Hatch James Rossiter.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

In the light of Bernie's decision to not include the British GP on the preliminary Formula 1 schedule for 2005 there has been a lot of unfavourable comment about the way in which Bernie Ecclestone selects races to be included in the World Championship.

RESULTS FROM HERE AND THERE

Brazil's Tony Kanaan won the Indy Racing League's championship at the weekend at the California Speedway but finished second in the race to Adrian Fernandez. The Andretti Green driver has won three races this year, the same as team mate Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice of the Rahal Letterman team and now Fernandez.

TALK CONTINUES OVER BRITISH GP

There has been a flurry of stories over the weekend about hopes of saving the British Grand Prix with Bernie Ecclestone trying to improve his position by explaining that he offered to split the difference between what he wants and what the BRDC wish to pay with the British government.

1 OCTOBER 2004

WEEP FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The British Grand Prix debacle, which we forecast yesterday, was inevitable, given the parties involved in the negotiations. The race will no doubt return one day to the Formula 1 calendar but that is not likely to happen until Bernie Ecclestone, Jackie Stewart and/or British Prime Minister Tony Blair have moved on.

CRAW TO BE NEW US MAN AT THE FIA

Nick Craw has been appointed to be the new President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS), the organization that links up the US racing scene with the FIA. Dan Cotter, the chairman of ACCUS, said that Craw was one of 12 candidates who were considered for the job.

RED LIGHT FOR INDIAN GP PLAN

The bid for a Grand Prix for the city of Hyderabad has been axed. This is not really a surprise following the defeat last Spring of the state's chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in local elections.

GOVERNMENT REJECTS BRITISH GP CASH PLEA

Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, the British Minister for Sport and Tourism has rejected calls for the British government to step in and fund the British Grand Prix.

BRIATORE, COSWORTH AND MECACHROME

Flavio Briatore is reported to be talking about a bid to buy Cosworth Racing from the Ford Motor Company. This might sound like a nice idea but it is going to be very expensive.

TRULLI IN, ZONTA OUT IN JAPAN, PANIS IN BRAZIL

Panasonic Toyota Racing has announced that Jarno Trulli will race for the team in the last two races of the season, the Grands Prix of Japan and Brazil. In Suzuka Trulli will race alongside Olivier Panis, who has already signed a contract to be the team's third driver next season.

DA MATTA, BOURDAIS AND NEWMAN HAAS

Carl Haas says that Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira will remain his drivers in the Champ Car World Series next year.

TRULLI WILL RACE IN JAPAN

Jarno Trulli will race at the Japanese Grand Prix and the latest whispers coming out of Germany is that he will come into the team in place of Olivier Panis rather than Ricardo Zonta.