Global motor racing should be rejoicing this week because the sport, a bastion of the white male since the very start, has finally found a female star worthy of the term.
ABC's coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday drew a 6.6 overnight rating and a 17 share, up 40% from last year and the highest rating for the race since 1997.
The European currency is losing value rapidly against the US dollar following France's vote on Sunday to reject a new European Constitution. The Euro has already been down to values which have not been seen since last autumn as Europe considers the implications of the vote.
Carlos Ghosn has been settling into his new job at Renault in recent weeks without making much of a fuss and is now preparing to unveil his plans to expand the Renault-Nissan empire for the years ahead.
The Goldenport Motor Park in Beijing is to host the country's first International Racing Car Expo in September. The event will be sponsored by the Beijing Sports Competition Management Centre and aims to assist the development of an automotive culture in China.
The first Grand Prix took place at Le Mans in 1906 - not that you would know it when you visit the city, which is now famous for its annual 24 Hour sports car event. Officials from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest have recently approved the design for a museum for Le Mans.
Real Madrid and Portugal international soccer star Luis Figo and Manchester United's assistant manager Carlos Queiros have revealed their plans to run Portugal's entry in the A1 Grand Prix series. The car, which was launched at the Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon, will run in national colours.
Kimi Raikkonen did everything he could do to win the European Grand Prix but at the first corner on the last lap of the race it all went wrong. He had driven a wonderful race, taking the lead at the start and being able to stay well ahead of Nick Heidfeld, despite the fact that the BMW Williams driver was racing with a much lighter fuel load.
The European Grand Prix has raised questions about the safety of Formula 1 tyres with the current tyre regulations.
Bruno Junqueira is due to undergo surgery today at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital to repair fractures to two vertebrae, damaged in a crash during the Indianapolis 500.
Dan Wheldon won the 89th Indianapolis 500, while Jimmie Johnson won the Nascar Nextel Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on Sunday.
Carlin Motorsport's Charlie Kimball became the first American in more than 10 years to win rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship.
European GP - Race Notes
European GP - Sunday Photos
European GP - Sunday Press Conference
European GP - Race incidents
European GP - Sunday Team Quotes
European GP - Race Results
The GP2 series race on Sunday at the Nurburgring was a brilliant battle, created by reversing the top eight positions on the grid. Racing purists do not like it but there is no arguing that as pure entertainment it was very good.
Nick Heidfeld took pole position for the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring and the BMW Williams team was delighted to have not only Heidfeld on pole but also Mark Webber third on the grid, the pair being split by the McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen.
Michael Schumacher's manager Willi Weber is tipped to have acquired the right to run an A1 Grand Prix team for Germany.
Heikki Kovalainen won the GP2 race on Saturday at the Nurburgring with a class drive from 17th on the grid. The Arden International team used a sensible strategy to pit early and run in free air early on while the others were dicing and so gained a sufficient advantage to take the lead.
European GP - Saturday Photos
European GP - Saturday Press Conference
European GP - Saturday Team Quotes
European GP - Qualifying Session Results
The practice sessions on Saturday morning for the European Grand Prix have revealed that McLaren is still ahead of the game in F1 at the moment with Kimi Raikkonen quickest with a 1m29.680s, a tenth faster than team mate Juan Pablo Montoya.
European GP - Practice Session 4 Results
European GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Preston Racing has ambitions to enter Formula 1 one day and the first step in that process is setting up shop in the new Innovation Centre at Silverstone.
European GP - Practice Session 2 Report
Mario Illien is expected to leave Ilmor at the end of the current year, following the completion of the takeover of the firm by Mercedes-Benz. Illien's future is being discussed.
The Jordan F1 team has run into trouble for using two many tyres in practice at the Nurburgring.
Giorgio Pantano has had a frustrating GP2 season to date but on Friday at the Nurburgring he put his Super Nova Racing car on pole position for the first GP2 race on Saturday.
The British Racing Drivers Club has held its Annual General Meeting and has directed two new directors to replace Ray Bellm and Mark Blundell, who have resigned their positions.
European GP - Friday Photos
On Tuesday in Munich the management board of BMW will meet to discuss the company's plans in Formula 1 in the years ahead.
European GP - Friday Press Conference
The Italian appeal court has finally closed the book on the case surrounding the death of Ayrton Senna, 11 years after the crash at Imola which killed the Brazilian.
European GP - Friday Team Quotes
European GP - Practice Session 2 Results
The word on the street in Germany is that Jordan has signed veteran F1 engineer David North to be its new technical director. The team had been planning to work with Dallara to build a car next year but it seems that the deal has now fallen out of bed and that Dallara will do some sub-contracting work.
European GP - Practice Session 1 Results
According to media reports in Britain, the Monaco police busted a floating brothel in Monaco harbour last weekend. It seems that 25 prostitutes were operating on a 125ft luxury yacht in the harbour, charging $500 an hour for their services.
For those who say that Formula 1 is too expensive and that car manufacturers cannot afford the sport, one should point that in the overall scheme of things, F1 is still a small investment for any big company.
In recent years the Formula 1 circus has become increasingly Euro-centric, moving away from its traditional currency of the US dollar, which dominated in the 1980s and 1990s.
FIA advisor Alan Donnelly, who represents Max Mosley at most Formula 1 events, has obtained permission to proceed to a summary judgement for libel against Business F1 magazine and Tom Rubython.
European GP - Preview
Franck Montagny will be in a third Jordan this weekend at the Nurburgring, replacing Dutchman Robert Doornbos.
The announcement that the Long Beach Grand Prix has been sold to a subsidiary of the Champ Car World Series for $15m is a wasted opportunity for Formula 1.
BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Renault and Toyota have issued a press statement saying that their recent release after the BAR Honda affair has been "interpreted as calling into question the FIA's governance of Formula 1 motor sport and the independence of the FIA Court of Appeal".
The FIA issued a very strange press release on Wednesday which had no apparent reason. And that means that, undoubtedly, there was a reason behind it.
The A1 Grand Prix series has announced 12 events, starting at Branda Hatch in September this year and finishing at the end of March 2006 at Beijing.
Because Ferrari is not winning races this year, there has not been much of a stink about the amount of testing that Ferrari continues to do.
The Champ Car organization has bought the Long Beach Grand Prix from its previous promoters, thus assuring that the Champ Car World Series will continue to race at its most important event.
Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa will be visiting the Sauber factory shortly to talk about the debacle in Monte Carlo and once again Peter Sauber finds himself under pressure to dump Villeneuve.
The secret of the Monte Carlo racing circuit is to have a good chassis. It is about having the right amount of downforce so that the rear tyres do not get ruined in a race. It is not about engines. There is a certain amount of extra input from the driver, which can make time...
Michael Schumacher has been coming in for some stick from his brother and his Ferrari team mate after his adventures on the last lap of the Monaco Grand Prix.
As we reported over the weekend, Formula 1 is to change its qualifying format at the next race, dropping the Sunday morning session and deciding the grid with a single qualifying session involving single timed laps on Saturday afternoon.
Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Tonio Liuzzi will remain David Coulthard's team mate for the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring next weekend. Christian Klien will then take over again in Canada.
The Dutch media is reporting that Williams could end up using Toyota engines in the future, badged as Lexus.
Monaco GP - Race Notes
Monaco GP - Sunday Photos
Monaco GP - Sunday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Race Incidents
Monaco GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Race Results
Kimi Raikkonen held pole position in Monaco in the final q ualifying session with a lap that was four-tenths slower than Fernando Alonso but fast enough to remain on pole. Logically, therefore, the McLaren is going to be carrying two or three laps worth of fuel more than the Renault.
Monaco GP - Starting Grid
Monaco GP - Qualifying Session 2 Results
The FIA has issued a "Briefing Note" written by David Ward, the man who runs the FIA International Court of Appeal, attacking the five automobile manufacturers who recently questioned the FIA's appeal system.
The FIA has launched an online survey about Formula 1 racing on its website, asking fans to write in an explain what they want to see from the sport.
Kimi Raikkonen grabbed provisonal pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix with an impressive lap which was nearly half a second faster than the best effort by Fernando Alonso's Renault.
Monaco GP - Saturday Photos
Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference
Juan Pablo Montoya will have to start at the back of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix for having caused an avoidable accident in the morning session. Montoya had been on a fast lap when he came up behind David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher, who had just emerged from the pits.
Monaco GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Qualifying Session 1 Results
Roustam Tariko, the man who is tipped to be on the verge of buying the Jordan F1 team is unusual for the modern Russian rich in that his empire is not based on one of the old Soviet industries which were privatised after the break up of the old system of government.
Monaco GP - Practice Session 4 Results
Monaco GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Lewis Hamilton won the seventh round of the Formula 3 Euroseries in Monaco beating his team mate Adrian Sutil by 1.7secs while Signature's Loic Duval third. Sutil looked to be quicker but could not pass.
Finland's Heikki Kovalainen took pole for the Monaco GP2 race on Friday, grabbing the top spot by just 0.09s from Gimmi Bruni. Britain's Adam Carroll was third fastest and will start third alongside Olivier Pla. America's Scott Speed is fifth with local hero Clivio Piccione sixth.
The 10 Formula 1 teams have all signed off for a change in the qualifying format with the Sunday morning session to be axed so that the grid will be known on Saturday afternoon. There will now be only one qualifying session with the running order being established by the result of the previous race,
Eddie Irvine was wandering around the F1 paddock on Friday in Monaco chatting with various team owners and introducing them to a wealthy Russian who is considering buying a Formula 1 team for Irvine to run.
With the rules concerning third drivers having changed in recent weeks, Toyota has decided that to help boost interest for the event and to help Toyota's profile in France.
The Monaco Grand Prix will see an impressive stunt at two fifteen on Saturday afternoon just after F1 qualifying.
There was talk at Monaco on Thursday of a decision this weekend on the future of Formula 1 qualifying with the word being that the teams will agree to get rid of the Sunday morning qualifying session.
Nelson Piquet Jr was lurking around Minardi for most of Thursday in Monte Carlo and team sources say that the Brazilian, who is currently racing in GP2 wants to try to break into F1 next year.
Monaco GP - Practice Session 2 Report
The word in the paddock in Monte Carlo is that the Jordan team could end up being bought by a consortium led by former Jordan driver Eddie Irvine.
Monaco GP - Thursday Photos
Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Thursday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Practice Session 2 Results
The word on the street in Monaco is that Jordan F1 owner Alex Shnaider is trying to get rid of the team.
Monaco GP - Practice Session 1 Results
Bernie Ecclestone is considering joining the FIA! Again. In a move which is obviously designed to stir things up in Formula 1, FIA President Max Mosley has told The Guardian newspaper that Ecclestone (74) has not decided what he is going to do.
Monaco GP - Preview
Marc Cutler has joined the FIA External Relations Department in Paris. Cutler is a former employee of the TV Sports Markets publication before joining the F1 Business monthly. His job at the FIA will be to co-ordinate a number of special projects for the federation.
We hear that tomorrow morning there may be news regarding the future of Formula 1 with what is rumoured to be a major shift in the current alliances in Grand Prix. At the moment however details are sketchy
QinetiQ may be a new name in Formula 1 but in fact the company, which was originally part of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, has a long history of helping F1 teams to develop technologies, notably through its windtunnels at Farnborough and Bedford,
The Conseil General of the departement of the Nievre, the local government of Magny-Cours, has voted to invest in the venue for the next three years.
The Formula 1 teams are to have a race of different kind at Magny-Cours this year. Each team is to be given kits to create Pinewood Derby cars and these will be raced against one another at an event in the build up to the big race.
Adam Carroll has withdrawn from next week's test for the drivers for Britain's A1 Grand Prix team. Carroll's slot will now go to Formula 3 Euroseries driver James Rossiter. It is not known why Carroll has made the move but it may be that he already has a commitment for 2006.
Australian Grand Prix chief Ron Walker is in the newspapers in Australia again, accused of subsidising hotel rooms for officials during the city's Commonwealth Games in March next year.
The Renault F1 team was busy yesterday, running a car on the streets of Istanbul. The event follows in the footsteps of similar demonstration runs in other European cities and featured Fernando Alonso doing seven laps of a circuit which was laid out around the area where the city's ancient hippodrome once stood.
Ray Bellm has resigned from the British Racing Drivers' Club and all the various positions that he held in the subsidiary structures. Bellm wrote to the chairman Stuart Rolt on Monday, quitting the club of which he was chairman until February.
When it was suggested to a member of the BAR Honda management that David Richards was rumoured to be returning to the team, the response was not at all surprising. "Is that before or after Hell freezes over?" came the reply.
Our spies in Athens report that Bahrain International Circuit chief Martin Whitaker is arriving in the city today and will spend the next few days visiting possible venues for a proposed Greek Grand Prix.
Bridgestone has announced that Michael Schumacher tyre failures in Spain were not caused by excessive wear. According to the Japanese tyremaker the first failure (on lap 44) was caused because the carcass of the tyre was weakened by the Safety Car period (laps 1-3).
Tony Kanaan took pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, the qualifying for the event having been delayed from Saturday because of heavy rain. Kanaan lapped the Brickyard at 227.566mph to become the fourth Brazilian in succession to be on pole for the 500.
Mika Hakkinen scored his first win the German Touring Car Championship at the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. It was the third round of the series. The Finnish former World Champion started from pole and won by 4.2secs, ahead of 2004 DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom in an Audi with Tom Kristensen finished third.
Some years ago, the Atlas F1 website ran a story called "The Woman of Bernie's Dreams", about a little known 17-year-old girl called Danica Patrick, who had given up the comforts of home in Illinois and was living in Birmingham, England, competing in the British Formula Ford Zetec Championship and doing well.
The French Grand Prix has developed some new and very interesting promotional activities of late, the most recent being an assessment of how the various Formula 1 drivers will do this summer - based on what a French astrologer says is in the solar charts of the Grand Prix drivers!
The Renault F1 team made a profit of $5m in 2004, according to the latest financial results. It is the first time that the Anglo-French team has made a profit since it was acquired from the Benetton company in 2002.
It is emerging that Panasonic Toyota Racing may have been racing for the last few years, without a valid national racing licence. The team has obviously had the necessary F1 Superlicence, issued by the FIA.
The new F1 Racing magazine has just been published and it includes the results of a straw poll in the F1 paddock in Barcelona on the subject of the FIA International Court of Appeal.
South Australian state premier Mike Rann is in London at the moment and yesterday met two important figures: Her Majesty the Queen and Bernie Ecclestone.
Danica Patrick turned the preparations for the Indianapolis 500 into a media circus on Thursday when she set the fastest lap of the day, clocking 227.633mph, in the run-up to qualifying this weekend. Patrick has been fast since the start of practice, which included two days of rookie tests.
The battle for control of the British Racing Drivers' Club is over but now the club must face up to the more important problems it is facing, including the most important issue of all, which is to make the club meaningful again to racing drivers and create a desire for young British racing drivers to want to be members.
What a difference a week makes. On Thursday last week Nick Fry of BAR Honda was complaining that the team was "appalled" by the decision of the FIA International Court of Appeal.
The Extraordinary General Assembly of the British Racing Drivers' Club gathered today and after a meeting lasting three and a half hours the vote revealed that Stewart had emerged the winner.
The FIA's desire not to get involved in the regulation of testing may have to be rethought a little bit following remarks made by David Coulthard after the Grand Prix Drivers' Association meeting in Barcelona last week.
Red Bull Racing is tipped to be on the verge of doing a deal to run Bridgestone tyres in 2006.
British American Racing Honda has issued a statement which says that it is now willing to accept the FIA decision of the FIA Court of Appeal after the scrutineering problems in Imola.
The recent FIA International Court of Appeal resulted in the production of hundreds of pages of documents and data and with the Grand Prix as well there has been little time to analyse everything that emerged in the paperwork.
In our story on Tuesday about the FIA International Court of Appeal, we stated that "in 1985 the Automobile Club de Monaco also challenged the ICA and won in the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris."
The word in the United States is that Champ Car boss Kevin Kalkhoven is going to secure the series's biggest event in the most efficient possible way: he is going to buy the business and run it himself.
The members of the British Racing Drivers' Club meet today at Silverstone to vote on a decision which looks set to do the club serious damage no matter what happens.
An Italian state prosecutor has asked for the legal actions over the death of Ayrton Senna to be stopped, because of Italy's statute of limitations, which means that time had run out.
Sauber Petronas has just agreed a three-year deal with Mitsubishi Electric Europe for the supply of electro-discharge machining (EDM) tools to the Swiss team to improve its production capability.
Formula One Administration is currently involved in a couple of low-profile but nonetheless interesting activities.
The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is currently deposited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and remains open for governments to sign at any time.
David Ward, the secretary-general of the FIA International Court of Appeal, says he is not happy with the current criticism of the court he runs, which rules on all cases of appeal which occur in motor sport and between the member clubs of the FIA.
Ferrari's ultimate boss Luca di Montezemolo is complaining that Formula 1 is being dictated too much by tyres.
A while ago the Ferrari press officer told members of the Formula 1 media that the team judged its popularity by the number of Ferrari flags in the grandstands at races. It may not be a hugely scientific way of doing things but it seemed to work.
The FIA has issued a statement reacting to the press release earlier today from BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda, Renault and Toyota. The FIA says that it will continue rigorously to enforce the rules of Formula 1 and will continue to have an International Court of Appeal.
The five car manufacturers other than Ferrari in Formula 1 continue on their path towards creating what they believe will be a better World Championship.
Dan Wheldon is doing very well at the moment in the Indy Racing League but the young British driver is still keen on breaking into Formula 1 and at the weekend Wheldon's manager Julian Jakoby was busy chatting to teams in Barcelona to see what jobs might be available.
With Honda having run its V8 at Mugello recently, the race is on for other new engines appear and we hear that the first Mercedes-Benz V8 will be running in the back of a car in the week before Monaco, when the team does its pre-Grand Prix shakedown test at Elvington Aerodrome, near York.
Spanish GP - Race Notes
Spanish GP - Sunday Photos
Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Race Incidents
Spanish GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Spanish GP - Race Results
Jose Maria Lopez has a reputation for being quick for flying off the road on a regular basis. In Barcelona the Argentine driver held it all together and won the second GP2 race.
Kimi Raikkonen grabbed pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Mark Webber's BMW Williams and Fernando Alonso's Renault and Ralf Schumachers's Toyota.
Spanish GP - Starting Grid
Spanish GP - Qualifying Session 2 Results
Jarno Trulli took provisional pole for the Spanish Grand Prix beating the local hero Fernando Alonso by 0.016s with Kimi Raikkonen right with the pair of them, just 0.008s behind Alonso and Ralf Schumacher's Toyota in the hunt as well with a best lap that was just 0.051s behind Ralf.
Spanish GP - Saturday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Saturday Photos
Gianmaria Bruni began to rebuild his reputation damaged last year in F1 with victory in the GP2 race in Barcelona on Saturday.
Spanish GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Spanish GP - Qualifying Session 1 Results
Ralf Schumacher was fastest on Saturday morning in Barcelona, lapping his Toyota a tenth faster than Kimi Raikkonen around the Circuit de Catalunya.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 4 Results
McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Pau Grand Prix in his ASM Dallara-Mercedes, eight-tenths ahead of his team mate Adrian Sutil.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Spanish GP - Friday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Friday Photos
Spanish GP - Friday Team Quotes
Spanish GP - Practice Session 2 Results
It is Friday morning in Barcelona and modern F1 is going to work in preparation for the Spanish Grand Prix. In the paddock there was one team packing up and going home and two drivers wandering around looking for something to do.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 1 Results
The excitements post-race at Imola have reconfigured the World Championship standings with Fernando Alonso still out and clear with 36 points.
British American Racing Honda has announced that it is not going to go to a civil court because it cannot get legal matters sorted out fast enough to be able to run in Spain.
BMW has revealed a major problem for the Spanish Grand Prix and as a result the engines in both Nick Heidfeld's and Mark Webber's cars will need to have engine changes because of problems with a faulty exhaust valve.
British American Racing Honda is facing a race against time to get a court to rule that it can take part in the Spanish Grand Prix. The problem is that the FIA is under French jurisdiction and there was a French national holiday on Thursday.
The first stop in the battle between the FIA and BAR-Honda is likely to be Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris. There are 181 such courts in France and as the FIA is officially headquartered at 8 Place de la Concorde in Paris, it is governed by French law.
BAR Honda is not going to take the FIA International Court of Appeal decision sitting down. The team's chief executive Nick Fry read a statement to the media in Barcelona two hours after the FIA decision was made public and made it clear that the team is not going to give up.
The FIA International Court of Appeal has ruled that BAR-Honda should be suspended from the next two races and has been given a six-month suspension, suspended for a year.
Juan Pablo Montoya will be back in action for McLaren at the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend after missing two races through injury. The team announced the news in a statement on Wednesday.
Bernie Ecclestone says that France needs a Grand Prix driver. Ecclestone was a surprise guest of the French Federation boss Jacques Regis at a media lunch yesterday in London, to promote ticket sales for the Magny-Cours event.
Australia's Mark Preston says that he has longterm plans to enter a team in Formula 1.
Bernie Ecclestone told journalists in London ion Wednesday that F1 should restrict its testing during the F1 season to just 10 days and increase activity on the Friday at each Grand Prix.
Spanish GP - Preview
The FIA Court of Appeal met in Paris this morning to discuss the case of BAR Honda at the San Marino Grand Prix. The judges present for the case were Xavier Conesa (Spain), Vassilis Koussis (Greece), Erich Sedelmayer (Austria) and Pierre Tourigny (Canada).
Reports in Australia indicate that the Australian Grand Prix will be run on April 2 next year, clashing with the start of the Aussie Rules football season and will come just a few days after the end of the Commonwealth Games.
The FIA technical delegate delegate Jo Bauer admitted at the FIA International Court of Appeal that he knew about the fuel collector inside the BAR fuel tank in Malaysia and was not a secret mechanism.
Chris Chapple has been appointed as the chief exceutive of the BMW Williams F1 team. The appointment is part of a reorganisation which includes a new Senior Management Group, which will be the key decision-making forum within the organisation.
The FIA has asked the FIA International Court of Appeal to exclude BAR-Honda from the 2005 Formula 1 World Championship and to fine the team at least $1.3m.
The British American Racing test last week at Mugello resulted in the BAR-Hondas going fastest and completing an impressive number of laps.
After being pounded by criticism at Imola, the GP2 series has decided to make changes to its rules. In the first race the drivers will now have to make only one compulsory pit stop rather than the two that occurred at Imola.
Mario Theissen, the head of BMW Motorsport is to propose to the BMW board of directors that the Munich company increase its investment in F1 and buy control of the Sauber team.
Sir Jackie Stewart held a lunch for some of the British media this week and the British Racing Drivers' Club president told the reporters that the battle for control of the club is about his honour.
The FIA International Court of Appeal meets today in Paris and its deliberations over British American Racing will be watched closely by the Formula 1 world.
Ferrari continues to test whenever it chooses to do so. The Italian team says that the testing is justified because it is the only major team using Bridgestone rubber and that the other teams rejected all of its proposals regarding testing.
The Minardi F1 Team has confirmed that it has signed an engine supply contract with Cosworth Racing for the 2006 season, with an option to continue in 2007. The arrangement will see the Faenza team's 2006 cars powered by a further development of the the current V10 engine.
There is no question that McLaren talked down the seriousness of Juan Pablo Montoya's shoulder injury in Bahrain, reporting only of a minor fracture of the left scapula.
The arrival of May 1 may signal a holiday for most of Europe but the date also marks the change of two important faces in key jobs in the automobile world. Carlos Ghosn, the boss of Nissan, moves to Paris to take over control of Renault, replacing veteran Louis Schweitzer.
Back in 2003 it was announced that there would be a Formula 1 race in Korea in 2009 at a new track which would be built near the city of Jinhae (Chinhae). This is to be part of a vast development which will include a new seaport with 30 berths which aims to become the maritime capital of Asia.
The Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway will this week host the second round of Japan's Super GT series, the first event at the track after 18 months of refurbishment which is aimed at bringing the Japanese Grand Prix back to the track for the first time since the 1970s.
Bernie Ecclestone rarely says something to the media without a reason behind it and so it is interesting to note that he has been telling the British press that he believes tennis needs to be reorganised and that he and Flavio Briatore considered a bid to buy Chelsea Football Club in London.
The new Renault World Series kicked off at Zolder on Sunday with wins going to Enrico Toccacelo (Victory Engineering) and Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi). In the first race Toccacelo left from pole to finish and was chased home by Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) and Kubica.
Developers are planning to build an indoor racing circuit in Plainfield, Connecticut - and have just won zoning approval for the project from the town. The town has voted to change the 900-acre site to be part of a "resort/recreational development zone."
Bahrain's General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence is warning people who entered Bahrain on special F1 visas that it is now time to go home - or face legal action.