Hungarian GP - Race Notes
Hungarian GP - Sunday Photos
A1 Grand Prix has announced three more teams with deals with Jean Paul Driot for France, Rick Weidinger for the United States and Team Switzerland announcing that it will be headed by former Sauber team manager Max Welti.
Hungarian GP - Sunday Press Conference
Hungarian GP - Race incidents
Hungarian GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Hungarian GP - Race Results
Eighteen, 13, 2, 14, 8, 8, 10, 2, 5, 4, 10 and 5. This is a list of numbers none of which are number one. They are the qualifying positions of Michael Schumacher so far this season in his difficult Ferrari.
The folk at BAR may be not be talking openly about a driver line-up of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button in 2006 but that seems to be the way of thinking.
The meeting between the F1 manufacturers and FIA President Max Mosley in Cannes yesterday appears to have resulted in the FIA accepting all of the technical and sporting proposals put forward by the teams, but we hear that the federation is baulking at some of the legal questions which have been raised by the proposals.
Rubens Barrichello is rumoured to have signed to a two-year deal with British American Racing and, if this is true, he will leave Ferrari after five years playing second fiddle to Michael Schumacher.
Hungarian GP - Saturday Photos
Hungarian GP - Saturday Press Conference
Hungarian GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Hungarian GP - Qualifying Results
Nicolas Todt's ART team in GP2 has been super-competitive in recent weeks but in Hungary the team ran into trouble after the FIA Technical Delegate spotted an irregularity with the suspension set-up on the cars of Nico Rosberg and Alexandre Premat.
Toyota has confirmed that it will be supplying engines to the Midland F1 team (nee Jordan) in 2006. The news has been expected for several days and brings to an end any hope that Williams may have had of using the Japanese engines next year.
Hungarian GP - Practice Session 4 Results
Hungarian GP - Practice Session 3 Results
We hear from Brazil that some of the biggest names in the sport are fighting over who will be Brazil's driver in the new A1 Grand Prix series. The word is that Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta is one of those involved, along with Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan and F1 test driver Antonio Pizzonia.
Toyota gave everyone a surprise in the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with test driver Ricardo Zonta a tenth of a second faster than McLaren's Alexander Wurz.
The history of Formula 1 is dotted with cases of people not knowing when to retire. That goes for drivers, team principals, officials, journalists and now it seems that tobacco companies as well do not wish to go gracefully.
Hungarian GP - Friday Photos
FIA President Max Mosley met with representatives of the GPMA this morning in Cannes, in the south of France to discuss the proposals which the GPMA put to the FIA last weekend.
Hungarian GP - Friday Press Conference
ASH, the British anti-smoking organisation, has launched a blistering attack on Formula 1 saying that the EU law banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is being threatened by possible non-compliance by at least two Formula 1 teams.
Hungarian GP - Friday Team Quotes
Hungarian GP - Practice Session 2 Results
Sir Frank Williams has made it very clear that he is not about to sell Jenson Button's contract to BAR-Honda.
There was no big surprise on Friday morning with McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz setting the fastest time of the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, setting a time which was 1.4secs faster than Rubens Barrichello's Ferrari and the rest of the pack.
Hungarian GP - Practice Session 1 Results
Jenson Button's remarks this week about his future have not gone down well with Sir Frank Williams, with whom Button has a contract for 2006.
Jos Verstappen is to remain a Dutch national hero with the news that he has signed to drive for the country's A1 Grand Prix team, which is being run by another former F1 man Jan Lammers.
Jenson Button has managed to upset most of the British Formula 1 media in recent days with an ill-conceived exclusive interview with The Times newspaper about his wishes for next year.
Hungarian GP - Preview
DaimlerChrysler's chief executive Jurgen Schrempp will leave his job at the end of the year. Schrempp will hand over to Chrysler boss Dieter Zetsche. The news sent DaimlerChrysler's stock up by more than 8%, adding about $4.5bn to the value of the company.
With the July 31 deadline drawing ever closer, we hear that Jordan F1 has finally got serious and come up with the money necessary to secure for the team a supply of Toyota V8 engines for 2006.
Johnny Herbert was never a Formula 1 driver known for his organisational abilities but he was popular and one must suppose that his new role as Sporting Relations Manager of Jordan F1 is an attempt by the team management to improve the team's relationship with the sceptical Formula 1 media.
Jenson Button has a problem. He can get out of his BAR contract, but Button's problem is that while he would like to negotiate a new deal to stay where he is, he is contracted to go to Williams.
The Formula 1 tyre companies are currently vying for position with Michelin saying it has been approached by an eighth team and Bridgestone saying that five teams have asked for its tyres.
There was bad news from Budapest yesterday with the news that Darren Hawker, a chef with the Absolute Taste company, which is part of the McLaren group of companies, falling to his death from the terrace of a Budapest hotel,
The Mubadala Development Company - which is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi - has announced the purchase of a five percent stake in Ferrari from Mediobanca for $137m. The deal values Ferrari at $2.75bn.
Darren Manning has parted ways with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The Indy Racing League team will run only Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway.
There have been a lot of reports in recent days suggesting that Williams has a deal with Cosworth for 2006. This may be so but we still believe that the deal is contingent on whether or not Toyota renews with Jordan F1.
Scott Speed was charged up last weekend at Hockenheim and although the American youngster made some mistakes he still showed his pace and it cannot be long before he wins a race in GP2.
The French love blue racing cars and this year they have been able to watch as Fernando Alonso came home to victory on six occasions and Giancarlo Fisichella won in Australia. The funny thing is that it has been clear for a long time now that McLaren has a faster car.
The announcement from the Formula 1 teams and the newly-formed Grand Prix Manufacturers Association was not the work of a moment.
Nine teams and five manufacturers have now finalised their joint proposals for the future of Formula 1 and have issued a statement giving details of their plans. The plan includes the foundation of an organisation called the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association (GPMA).
German GP - Race Notes
German GP - Sunday Photos
German GP - Sunday Press Conference
German GP - Race incidents
German GP - Sunday Team Quotes
German GP - Race Results
Later this morning the Formula 1 teams will announce that they have completed their rules proposals for 2008 and beyond and are now sending these on to the FIA to give the federation the chance to analyse them, without the process being done in the public arena.
Nick Heidfeld says that he is happy about his future but does not want to talk about it at the moment.
The Daily Telegraph in London is reporting that Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong-Kong based conglomerate controlled by the tycoon Li Ka-shing, is preparing a $1bn bid to buy control of the Formula One group.
Kimi Raikkonen took a splendid pole position for McLaren-Mercedes at Hockenheim, beating Jenson Button to the fastest time in qualifying by four-tenths of a second, which in modern F1 terms is a very big margin.
German GP - Saturday Photos
German GP - Saturday Press Conference
German GP - Saturday Team Quotes
German GP - Qualifying Results
Formula 1 goes to Hungary next weekend facing what could be its last weekend with tobacco sponsorship. On August 1 2005 new legislation comes into effect in Britain and Europe which will make tobacco sponsorship difficult.
German GP - Practice Session 3, 4 Report
German GP - Practice Session 4 Results
Nico Rosberg is on pole position for the GP2 event at Hockenheim, his second pole position in succession. He beat American Scott Speed (iSport International) to pole by half a second with Rosberg's ART team mate Alexandre Premat third.
The Interbrand agency has just published its annual ranking of brand value, which will make interesting reading for Formula 1 marketing people.
German GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Reports in Europe are suggesting that Panther Racing may be considering entering cars in both Champ Car and the Indy Racing League next season, because several sponsors and potential sponsors want the team to look at Champ Car.
Intel, the giant semiconductor company, is currently a small sponsor on the Toyota F1 team but it seems that the California-based firm is looking seriously about a big deal with one of the top teams.
Alexander Wurz continued to set the pace at a cool Hockenheim on Friday afternoon with a lap of 1m13.973s, a full six-tenths faster than his McLaren team mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn was a full second clear of Fernando Alonso in the fastest Renault.
German GP - Friday Photos
German GP - Friday Press Conference
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has voted to accept the recommendation of the FIA Senate to drop the guilty verdicts which they made on June 29 against seven teams which pulled into the pitlane and did not take part in the United States Grand Prix.
German GP - Friday Team Quotes
German GP - Practice Session 2 Results
The word on the street in Hockenheim is that McLaren may be about to announce a sponsorship with British Telecommunications plc.
German GP - Practice Session 1 Report
German GP - Practice Session 1 Results
German GP - Preview
Jordan F1 has 10 days in which to complete its engine deal with Toyota and Williams is waiting quietly on the sidelines, keen to see whether the Russian-owned team will hit the deadline.
There is a scandal in Germany where the boss of microchip firm Infineon Technologies has resigned amid allegations that he accepted kick-backs in connection with a motorsport sponsorship deal.
The announcement that Jordan F1 has signed up with the Ferrari and Red Bull Racing for the revised Concorde Agreement means very little. If anything, in fact, it underlines the team's weakness at the moment.
Our sources in Denmark say that Nicolas Kiesa will drive the third Jordan this weekend in Germany and, if all goes to plan, will remain in the car for the rest of the year. The 27-year-old drove for Minardi in 2003 after Justin Wilson moved to Jaguar Racing but was unable to find a job in 2004.
It is perhaps worth noting that in the last 10 days we have seen some dramatic results in terms of crowd figures at relatively minor events. Renault has been pushing hard in recent months to promote the its World Series by Renault championship and has achieved some quite startling results.
Michelin has announced that it has received a request from an eighth Formula 1 team and while it is happy that this demonstrates that F1 teams want to use its products, it is calling for Bridgestone to take on more teams.
Jordan has signed up for the revised Concorde Agreement between 2008 and 2012 but as the team is in no position to do much else this is not really a surprise.
McLaren's Young Driver Support programme has a problem. Twenty-year-old Lewis Hamilton is just too good and if he keeps on winning as he has been in recent months, his success will almost demand a seat in Formula 1.
The Minardi F1 Team has confirmed that Dutchman Robert Doornbos is to join Christijan Albers in the team with immediate effect. The Jordan test driver will replace Patrick Friesacher.
These are difficult times for Formula 1 publishers but we hear from France that the best-selling Formules magazine is looking to expand.
BMW has moved quickly to strengthen Sauber's underfunded windtunnel programme and hopes to have the facility in Hinwil running much more than is currently possible as soon as there are engineers to run it.
Former Grand Prix driver Tomas Enge is resting at home in Indianapolis after fracturing two vertebrae in a heavy accident last weekend at the Nashville Speedway.
Ever the loose cannon, Red Bull Racing has taken the very strange decision to become the second team to agree to sign the Concorde Agreement extension from 2008-2012. Red Bull Racing thus joins its future engine supplier Ferrari as the only two teams to agree to the deal.
The FIA President Max Mosley likes to say that Paul Stoddart comes out with double Dutch and it looks like that is going to happen at Hockenheim with Robert Doornbos almost certain to be named as the replacement for impecunious Austrian Patrick Friesacher alongside Christijan Albers.
Olivier Panis gave the Toyota V8 its first shakedown runs at Jerez this week, the RVX06 proving to be reliable if around 200 horsepower down on the current V10 engines.
Michelin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have announced details of the ticket refund process for ticket holders to the 2005 United States Grand Prix. All tickets purchased for race day are eligible for the Michelin ticket refund.
Patrick Friesacher will probably not be in the second Minardi next week, unless his sponsors come up with money which is needed to keep the young Austrian in the car.
Williams F1 primary sponsor Hewlett-Packard will soon announce a restructuring plan that could lead to major job cuts as the computer company cuts costs. This could have an effect on the company's F1 sponsorship.
Following the FIA Survey of Formula 1 fans, the Grand Prix world has woken up to the idea that it is a good idea to ask the customer what they would like to see in F1.
There have been some rumours in recent days linking former Benetton and BAR boss David Richards with a deal to acquire the struggling Jordan F1 team as the current owners Midland seem to be going nowhere in no particular hurry.
A slightly worrying story has been reported by the Turkish Ikhlas news agency which quotes Turkish security sources as saying that 15 barrels of suspect materials were discovered in a field not far from the Istanbul Otodrom racing circuit.
Compromise has broken out across Formula 1 and that is not a bad thing given the level of tension that has existed in the last few weeks. Suddenly everyone is agreeing with one another and it is just down to ironing out the few remaining problems of the 2008 rules.
As we exclusively predicted yesterday, triggering leaks from those involved to other media organisations, the Michelin teams and the FIA have found "new evidence" that means that the recent FIA World Council guilty verdict is to be reconsidered and the FIA Senate is recommending that the verdicts be cancelled.
The rumour mill in Formula 1 circles started whirring recently after the announcement that David Coulthard was to re-sign for Red Bull Racing in 2006.
This weekend Alain Prost, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Jody Scheckter, Mick Doohan and Johnny Cecotto will take part in the Race of Legends.
The current to-ing and fro-ing in Formula 1 politics is a necessary evil before a new commercial structure is established for the future. The situation is not dissimilar to the challenge that faced British soccer in the early 1990s.
The British Grand Prix weekend must have resulted in some serious heart-to-hearts in the Formula 1 world because ever since everyone has been talking about compromise. The latest release from the FIA is a typically clever document which is advocating some interesting new technologies.
The meeting of FIA President Max Mosley and F1 team principals Ron Dennis and Christian Horner tomorrow in Monaco is obviously related to the decision of the FIA World Council to find the teams guilty of "acts prejudicial to the interests of a competition". If it were related to any other subject, Horner would not be there.
Formula 1 is a fickle world. Back in March 1998 the FIA formally banned regenerative electrical motors, thus closing a loophole after rumours that McLaren had used such devices to run auxiliary pumps of the engine at certain places on each lap, which in effect gave the drivers a boost button.
The new A1 Grand Prix series has announced its major international TV deals which mean that the races will be broadcast live into 290m households in 50 countries.
Flavio Briatore's vision of the future of Formula 1 is interesting. The Renault F1 manager says that the Grand Prix teams, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA should combine to start a new championship, thus cutting out the three banks which own 75% of Ecclestone's company.
The debacle at Indianapolis and the subsequent FIA World Council meeting and penalty have done nothing to improve the already-strained relationship between the Formula 1 team bosses and FIA President Max Mosley.
Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso fought a cat-and-mouse battle for victory in the British Grand Prix, with the deciding factor being the traffic on the road. In a straight fight the McLaren was probably quicker.
There may be an engine deal done by the Williams team for 2006 but that does not mean that the final plan is yet decided. Our spies tell us that the team could have Cosworth V8 engines in 2006 and will then switch to Lexus-badged Toyota engines in 2007 and beyond.
British GP - Race Notes
Justin Wilson won his first victory in Champ Car in Toronto, beating Newman Haas Racing's Oriol Serviia in the closing stages of the race. The race ended under a Safety Car after Wilson's RuSport team mate AJ Allmendinger crashed as he tried to challenge Servia for second.
British GP - Sunday Photos
British GP - Sunday Press Conference
British GP - Race incidents
British GP - Sunday Team Quotes
British GP - Race Results
British GP - Starting Grid
Fernando Alonso took pole position for the British Grand Prix after a blown engine on Saturday morning ruined Kimi Raikkonen's chances once again. It was the second consecutive race in which the Finn has had the same problem, which means that he must take a 10-place penalty of the grid on Sunday.
BAR-Honda is set to go to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in October to see what ultimate speed an F1 car can achieve in a straight line. A 2005 007 will be driven either by James Rossiter or Adam Carroll (probably the former).
The FIA has announced that the International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on Thursday September 28 to consider the appeal of the seven teams which were found guilty of "acts prejudicial to the interests of a competition" recently by the FIA World Council.
British GP - Saturday Photos
British GP - Saturday Press Conference
Jenson Button is being linked to a drive at Ferrari. The news was first rumoured in the Red Bulletin magazine, which is available only in the F1 paddock, and then popped up in the Daily Mirror.
British GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Nick Hayes has been named as the engine research and development director of Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup. The former F1 engine designer left Cosworth last year after a decade as the chief designer of F1 engines.
British GP - Qualifying Results
Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap of the morning at Silverstone on Saturday, edging out McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya but the big news of the morning was that Kimi Raikkonen had again run into trouble with another engine failure.
British GP - Practice Session 4 Results
British GP - Practice Session 3 Results
FIA President Max Mosley made an appearance at the British Grand Prix, his first since Monaco seven weeks ago, and admitted that some of his recent decisions have not pleased the Formula 1 teams.
Pedro De la Rosa and Ricardo Zonta remained the two fastest men on Friday afternoon with laps in the 1m18s. These were way quicker than the regular racers led in the afternoon session by Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen in their McLarens.
British GP - Friday Photos
British GP - Friday Press Conference
British GP - Friday Team Quotes
British GP - Practice Session 2 Results
The BAR Honda F1 team has signed up youngsters Adam Carroll and James Rossiter to join the driver line-up alongside Jenson Button, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi.
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association has a meeting planned for Silverstone and has issued a new invitation to FIA President Max Mosley to attend and discuss safety issues with regard to testing.
Pedro de la Rosa set the pace in the first session at Silverstone on Friday morning, lapping nine-tenths of a second quicker in his McLaren than Ricardo Zonta's Toyota. The two test drivers were as usual at an advantage as the race drivers were saving their engines.
British GP - Practice Session 1 Results
There was a big crowd at Silverstone on Friday for the first practice for the British Grand Prix.
The greatest weapon that the civilised world has against the sort of people who perpetrate acts of violence such as were seen yesterday in London is normality.
British GP - Preview
The FIA has announced details of its survey of race fans, which took place before the recent debacle at Indianapolis. The survey attracted 93,000 answers and revealed pretty much what one expect to see from fans.
An Indianapolis lawyer is advising fans that they should not accept Michelin's offer to refund tickets from this year's United States Grand Prix - lest it affect their rights to claim damages.
The details of what happened in Munich on Wednesday are a closely-guarded secret but our spies suggest that the focus of the F1 teams was very much on the longterm future rather than getting too much involved with politics.
Today in Munich there is another meeting of the Formula 1 teams which are opposed to the current way in which the sport is being run.
Safety, according to Max Mosley's letter to David Coulthard this morning, is "of paramount importance" to the FIA. This is an admirable statement but clearly 22 drivers do not agree that this was in the forefront of Mosley's thinking last week when he was on the telephone to David Coulthard.
Mark Webber has launched an attack on F1's qualifying format because he says he had to suffer burns into order to finish the French Grand Prix so as to avoid running early in the qualifying session at the next race.
Red Bull Racing is to appeal the FIA World Council decision which found the team guilty of "acts prejudicial to the interests of a competition".
Max Mosley earlier today cancelled a meeting planned for Friday meeting with the Formula 1 drivers to discuss safety measures with drivers. The FIA President called off the meeting because of remarks made by David Coulthard in an interview in The Times.
Max Mosley and his troops like to make fun of Paul Stoddart, calling him "a sad case" and trying to laugh him off as being a ridiculous figure. But the Minardi team boss is a danger to the FIA President - as he showed earlier this year in Australia.
Red Bull Racing has announced that David Coulthard has extended his contract and will stay with the team in 2006, when he will be driving a Ferrari-powered RB2. Coulthard will probably be joined by Tonio Liuzzi but that decision has yet to be confirmed.
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association has blown the lid off the rumours that have been doing the rounds in recent days about what Max Mosley said to GPDA chairman David Coulthard in a telephone conversation on Tuesday June 28
The proposed FIA regulations for 2008 are much as expected but they do include two very interesting items: a restriction on testing to no more than 30,000 km in a calendar year and the introduction of a control tyre.
David Coulthard was under pressure at Magny-Cours. He told his fellow drivers about conversations which he had had with FIA President Max Mosley. This upset the majority of the drivers.
The FIA yesterday published a draft of the technical regulations it wants for 2008 and beyond - and an explanation of why it wants them. The primary aim is to cut costs by reducing the technology involved.
There are two ways of looking at what happened at the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours. There was the French way. "Eh bah, voila! Quelle victoire! Vive la France! etc etc etc." A massive win for Renault and Michelin. A defeat for the Anglo-Saxons. Fantastique. Or there was the Ango-Saxon way to look at the story.
Ferrari boss Jean Todt has told reporters that he supports FIA President Max Mosley. This is not a surprise. The views underline once again that Ferrari is completely isolated from all the other Formula 1 teams of note.
French GP - Race Notes
French GP - Sunday Photos
The Formula 1 drivers spent a lot of time talking to one another last weekend at Magny-Cours with a series of meetings taking place over the course of the weekend. There was also a lot of action with documents flying around, some of which required signatures.
French GP - Sunday Press Conference
French GP - Race incidents
French GP - Sunday Team Quotes
French GP - Race Results
Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George says that Formula 1 is wasting its time talking about a non-championship race in October.
It has been known for several days that a row was brewing following conversations between Max Mosley and David Coulthard about the statement made by the drivers as part of the Michelin teams' defence at the FIA World Council meeting on Wednesday, but up to now no driver has been willing to say anything on the record.
Fernando Alonso was able to overcome an early qualifying run to grab pole position for the French Grand Prix for the home team Renault. The Spaniard ran 10th in the session and took two-tenths of the pole, which had been set by Takuma Sato, and then had to sit and watch 10 other cars running.
The seven Michelin teams who withdrew from the US Grand Prix have offered to race for free at Indianapolis after the end of the season. The idea has been put to Bernie Ecclestone and he will be talking to Tony George about the idea.
French GP - Saturday Photos
French GP - Saturday Press Conference
French GP - Saturday Team Quotes
French GP - Qualifying Results
The track was damp at Magny-Cours this morning when the F1 teams went out for practice for the French GP and Giancarlo Fisichella set the pace
French GP - Practice Session 4 Results
Bernie Ecclestone says that there may be 20 dates listed for next year but he will not be putting on 20 races next year, although he will not be drawn over whether the calendar will have 17, 18 or 19 races.
French GP - Practice Session 3 Results
The Boy Scouts of America gave Ferrari a scare on Friday night at Magny-Cours in the French GP "Pinewood Derby".
The seven Formula 1 teams which use Michelin tyres held a press briefing outside the Michelin motorhome on Friday at Magny Cours, to restate the facts of what happened at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis
Pedro de la Rosa continued to set the pace at Magny Cours on Friday afternoon with a best lap of 1m14.460s. This was nearly seven-tenths quicker than his McLaren team mate Juan Pablo Montoya.
French GP - Friday Photos
French GP - Friday Press Conference
French GP - Friday Team Quotes
French GP - Practice Session 2 Results
The Grand Prix de France was designed to bring economic welfare to the Nievre departement of France. It is not really been very successful in this respect but it is ironic that this weekend the event is going to be attacked by anti-consumerism campaigner Francois Schneider and his donkey Jujube.
Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time of the first session at Magny-Cours on Friday half a second faster than the Renault of Fernando Alonso and his team mate Giancarlo Fisichella.
French GP - Practice Session 1 Results
The Grand Prix Drivers Association is to meet this afternoon in Magny-Cours and the word in the paddock on Friday morning was that there is likely to be trouble between the majority of the members and Michael Schumacher, one of the directors of the organisation.
The list of Grand Prix dates for next year has led, not surprisingly, to a number of attempts to work out which races will take place when
When the Formula 1 press gathered outside the FIA in the Place de la Concorde the other day, it caused more than a few heart flutters next door in the Hotel Crillon.
The Formula 1 world may think that the problems at the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis are now blowing over, but it does not look that way in other respects, as the notification of legal actions are now beginning to arrive in the mailboxes of those involved.