NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MAY 2006

MCLAREN OUT OF F1 COMMISSION

The FIA has now confirmed the leak of yesterday which suggested that McLaren and Toyota would not get representation on the new Formula 1 Commission in 2008.

SPECULATION ABOUT THE F1 COMMISSION

The new FIA Formula 1 Commission is being chosen at the moment. This body has been designed to streamline the decision-making processes in F1 and reduces the power of the teams and the racing circuits in F1.

JOHNNY SERVOZ-GAVIN

Georges-Francis Servoz-Gavin, better known as "Johnny", has died in his native Grenoble at the age of 64. He was a celebrated French driver in the 1960s, as famous for his good looks as for his racing.

AN IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE IN AMERICA

The Michael Schumacher furore in Europe has taken up much of the coverage of motorsport in recent days and has eclipsed a very impressive performance in the Indianapolis 500 by 19-year-old rookie Marco Andretti.

GHOSN TALKS ABOUT F1

Renault boss Carlos Ghosn was in Monaco and had some interesting things to say about the sport.

30 MAY 2006

MICROSOFT HAS A SNIFF AT NASCAR

Microsoft is famous for not getting involved in big sponsorships but at the forthcoming Next Cup race in Dover, Delaware, the Haas CNC team's driver Jeff Green will be racing in the colours of Windows Live OneCare.

ENGINE GAMES

It is expected that a deal between Williams and Toyota will be signed within the next few days. This will mean that MF1 Racing will have to look for a new engine supplier next year.

THE FUTURE OF MF1

The future of the MF1 Racing team was in discussion at Monaco with a group of Dutch investors and bankers bidding to buy the team.

WHY SCHUMACHER IS IN TROUBLE IN THE TITLE RACE

Fernando Alonso's win in Monte Carlo is a significant moment because it takes the Spaniard to 21 points ahead in the Drivers' World Championship.

29 MAY 2006

RACE REPORT - ON THE WATERFRONT

In Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning movie "On the Waterfront" in 1954, Marlon Brando delivered a classic line: "I could have been a contender," he said. "I could have had class and been somebody. Real class."

28 MAY 2006

RACE NOTES - ALONSO DOMINATES MONACO GP

Monaco GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Monaco GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Monaco GP - Race Results

MICHAEL MUGGED BY MEDIA

Media reaction to Michael Schumacher has been almost universal with all the major newspapers giving the Ferrari ace a bad time.

FERRARI REACTS

Ferrari has reacted as one would expect to the decision of the FIA Steward at Monaco. The reaction underlines the odd belief that seems to exist that Ferrari is somehow above the law in F1.

27 MAY 2006

A LANDMARK DECISION

It took seven and a half hours but finally the FIA stewards did the right thing. Michael Schumacher has been dumped to the back of the grid after the incident at the end of qualifying at Monte Carlo. For many in F1 this is a landmark decision.

QUALIFYING REPORT - MICHAEL'S DODGY POLE

Monaco GP - Qualifying Report

A DEAL ON ENGINES?

The F1 engine manufacturers are close to an agreement on a plans for 2008 and beyond. The proposals agreed will now be put to the FIA and hopefully the solution will be sorted out in the next few weeks, allowing everyone enough space to be able to continue to justify an involvement in the sport.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Saturday Photos

A GRAND PRIX IN INDIA?

India is once again moving towards hosting a Formula 1 race. There have been several projects in recent years, notably in Calcutta and in Hyderabad but both plans ran into trouble at the political level and disappeared.

HAMILTON DOES IT AGAIN

Lewis Hamilton took an impressive GP2 victory on the streets of Monaco to record his third victory of the year, eight seconds clear of his nearest challenger Franck Perera of DAMS. Hamilton's team-mate Alex Premat was outdriven once again and ended up third.

FISICHELLA BACK TO 10TH

Giancarlo Fisichella has been docked his three fastest laps in qualifying for getting in the way of David Coulthard and that means that the Italian will start the Monaco Grand Prix from 10th on the grid. The F1 world is now waiting to hear what the FIA Stewards will decide about Michael Schumacher's incident.

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Saturday Team Quotes

GPDA RUMBLINGS

Within minutes of the end of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, there were rumblings in the paddock that a number of the F1 drivers are so unahppy about what happened to Michael Schumacher that the Grand Prix Drivers' Association is going to demand Schumacher's resignation from the board of directors

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - FERNANDO STILL ON TOP

Fernando Alonso stayed ahead of the pack at Monte Carlo on Saturday morning with a best lap of 1m13.823s, which was within two-tenths of pole position from last year, despite the fact that V10s have been replaced with V8s.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 3 Results

THE FLYING FRENTZEN

Former Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen has been stopped for speeding by the French police on a motorway south of Avignon in France. The German was clocked at 133mph in an 80mph zone.

THE SUCCESSION AT MICHELIN

The death of Edouard Michelin in a fishing accident off the coast of Brittany has been a huge shock to the French tyre giant.

26 MAY 2006

EDOUARD MICHELIN

Edouard Michelin, the boss of the Michelin tyre company, has drowned in an accident in Brittany. Michelin was spending the weekend at the l'Ile de Sein in Brittany and was involved in a boating accident.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Merchandising is a concept which Formula 1 has never grasped with much enthusiasm but Renault has now come up with a novel idea, to licence a British company to produce bespoke furniture and objets d'art, based on parts of Renault F1 cars.

CHANGES AT SPA

The Societe Wallonne de Gestion et de Participations (SOGEPA), a company owned by the regional government of the Belgian region of Wallonia, has announced a restructuring of the company that runs the Spa Francorchamps racing circuit.

A1GP TO FLOAT

The A1 Grand Prix Series has announced plans to float, with the goal of securing full funding for the next few years.

MOTOR SPORT BUSINESS FORUM GOES FRONT STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

The Motor Sport Business Forum, which will take place in Monaco in December, has attracted a number of major players from the F1 world.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference

THURSDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Thursday Photos

25 MAY 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - WURZ SETS THE PACE

Monaco GP - Practice 2 Report

THURSDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Thursday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - RENAULT LOOKS STRONG

The first practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend ended in tears for Kimi Raikkonen with his McLaren-Mercedes grinding to a smoky halt after just a couple of laps at the end of the session.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 1 Results

NO ROSSI, NO SURPRISE

Valentino Rossi has been pondering a switch to Formula 1 in recent months but despite a handful of tests with Ferrari, it never looked very likely that the motorcycle ace would be able to jump from one World Championship to another.

FORTY YEARS OF MCLAREN

In May 1966 Bruce McLaren arrived at Monaco with the first McLaren Formula 1 car. Designed by Robin Herd, it featured innovative aerospace materials called Mallite and an Indianapolis 500-winning four-cam Ford V8 which had been modified from 4.1-litres to 3-litres.

MONTAGNY EXTENDS SUPER AGURI DEAL

Franck Montagny will continue to race for Super Aguri at the British, Canadian and US Grands Prix.

TONY KANAAN AT MONACO?

Rubens Barrichello will be racing this weekend at the Indianapolis 500 and Tony Kanaan will be seen on the streets of Monaco. At least that is what it will look like.

THE STRANGEST SHIP IN THE HARBOUR

The Red Bull Energy Station is an amazing construction at the best of times. It travels from race to race being built and taken down at amazing speed and rushed around Europe in a fleet of 25 trucks.

KANGAROO LET LOOSE IN F1

Kangaroo Media Inc. and Formula One Management have announced a six-year deal to provide fans at races with live race video, audio and data on Kangaroo Media's unique KangarooTV hand-held device.

THE BIG PARADE

The Federation Française du Sport Automobile will be celebrating 100 years of Grand Prix racing with a display of historic Grand Prix cars on the streets of Paris on the weekend of June 3-4.

FERRARI IN WONDERLAND

As we predicted back in December last year, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has signed a deal with Alice to replace Vodafone in 2007. The deal is believed to be worth $25m a year for at least three years.

24 MAY 2006

WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Wednesday Press Conference

FERRARI ANNOUNCE ALICE SPONSORSHIP

Ferrari have announced a three year sponsorship deal with Italian broadband company Alice.

RED BULL HOPES FOR A BIG LEAP AT SILVERSTONE

Red Bull Racing has been very disappointing this year, not only for observers but also for the team, that had hoped for much more following the switch to Ferrari engines.

23 MAY 2006

A CHANCE FOR THE TYRE COMPANIES

The announcement yesterday that the FIA has started the tender process for a tyre supplier for Formula 1 for 2008-2009-2010 opens up interesting possibilities. Companies wishing to bid for a deal have until June 23 to make an application.

OH, RUSSIA AGAIN

There is no doubt that Formula 1 teams want to try to get Russia on the calendar at some point in the future.

RECOGNITION FOR RENAULT

The Renault F1 Team has won the award for the Team of the Year at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards, held this year in Barcelona in Spain. The awards were voted for by a panel of 42 sporting legends.

WILLIAMS AND TOYOTA

Williams and Toyota have been talking for the best part of nine months. Rumours have circulated with the stories really depending on the sources involved.

WHO LOSES ITS DIRECTOR-GENERAL

The World Health Organization, the organization that has led the fight against tobacco sponsorship in motor racing, has lost its director-general Lee Jong-Wook. The Korean died at Geneva's University Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.

22 MAY 2006

WALKER IS A BUSY BOY

Ron Walker, the boss of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, has been in London in recent days to try to make sure that the event regains its position as the first race when the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship calendar is put together.

A BUSY WEEKEND

It was a busy weekend of racing around the world with Sebastien Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena winning a 25th World Rally Championship event. It was the pair's fifth win in a row and Elena now becomes the most successful co-driver of all time.

A NICE IDEA IN FRANCE

There is talk in France that Sebastien Bourdais might come back from the United States next year to drive for the Renault F1 team - if the team does not sign a deal with Michael Schumacher.

19 MAY 2006

ECCLESTONE AND CVC SIGN UP WITH THE GPMA

Bernie Ecclestone and CVC Capital Partners have now signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Grand Prix Manufacturer Association teams and so the potential for a split in Formula 1 is now officially over.

18 MAY 2006

WIN A WALK ON THE F1 GRID WITH MR E

Bernie Ecclestone has offered a fantastic package for a race fan as part of a charity auction in aid of the Oxford Children's Hospital. The British Grand Prix race day package (June 11) will include a personal invitation from Bernie Ecclestone to join him on his pre-race grid walk.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DANICA FACTOR?

Although practice for the Indianapolis 500 has been disrupted severely by heavy rainfall in Indiana, the coverage of the event is also suffering because America's darling racer Danica Patrick is not making a huge impression on this year's race.

RECOGNITION FOR GURDJIAN

Philippe Gurdjian is a man who likes to work in the shadows of Formula 1. He decided in 1985 to establish a promotional company called PHG Developement and in 1990 signed a deal to be the promoter of the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

AN HISTORICAL NOTE

The Bundesverfassungsgericht, Germany's highest court, has ruled that Thomas and Florian Haffa are guilty of charges of issuing false sales figures for EM.TV company, a company which once owned a 50% stake in the Formula One group.

EX-MARCH F1 BOSS LINKED TO LIVERPOOL FC BID

Robin Herd, Max Mosley's partner in March Engineering, has been more involved in soccer since selling the team for the last time in 1990. He bought Oxford United in 1991 but eight years later sold the team when plans to build a new stadium ran into trouble.

A MEDITERRANEAN GRAND PRIX?

With teams baulking at doing more races and circuits complaining about increasing race fees, the Formula One group is rumoured to be looking at deals that would allow circuits to host races on a less regular rotational basis.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN PARIS

Longtime Formula 1 photographer Bernard Asset will have an exhibition of his work, entitled "Renault F1 Bodywork" on display at the Maison des Photographes, 121 rue Vieille du Temple in Paris between July 3 and July 28.

17 MAY 2006

MF1 HIRES A WILLIAMS MAN

The MF1 team has hired Tony License to be one of its wind tunnel design engineers.

MORE BLEATING FROM RENAULT

Formula 1 team principals with lots of money never make much noise. It is only when things are not looking so good that they start demanding technology freezes, standard parts and so on, as they seek to hold on to their advantage without having to spend more money.

BIG MAX GETS A RUN AT INDY

Max Papis, the former F1 driver, has been hired to drive a second Cheever Racing entry for the Indianapolis 500. The 36-year-old Italian tested for Lotus in 1994 and raced with Arrows in 1995 before heading off to the United States where he was immediately successful in IMSA and moved on to race Champ Cars.

LET'S TALK NUMBERS

If the current commercial deal on the table for Formula 1 teams goes ahead, it will mean a significant increase in revenues for the teams. At the moment the top 10 teams share 47% of the money that is generated from the TV coverage and a smaller percentage from the fees paid by the race promoters.

COSWORTH MEN AT THE FOREFRONT

Former Cosworth executives Brendan Connor and Graham Shemeld have been appointed to leading roles in Cenex, an industry-led public-private partnership which is the UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies.

CHANGE NEEDED IN BARCELONA?

The rather dull Spanish Grand Prix has led to rumblings that Formula 1 would like to see some changes made to the track to facilitate overtaking in order that the track puts on a better show in the future.

16 MAY 2006

HAS ANYONE NOTICED VOLKSWAGEN'S SPONSORSHIPS?

Red Bull Racing is due to use Ferrari V8 engines in 2007 and Scuderia Toro Rosso will presumably switch over to Cosworth V8s, the two Red Bull teams will not go on leading separate lives forever, particularly when the rules for 2008 will allow them to share chassis and engines.

PIQUET CLINGS ON TO GP2 CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Nelson Piquet Jr has kept the lead of the 2006 GP2 series after taking pole position, a third and a fourth in Barcelona.

15 MAY 2006

RACE REPORT - FIESTA OR SIESTA?

For 131,000 Spaniards at Montmelo on Sunday there was much to cheer about by the end of the race and, no doubt, across the country millions were busy dancing in the streets but around the world millions more were probably enjoying a little shut-eye as the excitements of recent races were not repeated.

RUMINATIONS ON DEMOCRACY

When he was writing the rules for 2008 and beyond, FIA President Max Mosley said that he wanted all the Formula 1 teams to have an equal voice in decision-making. The result of this desire was a new body called the Sporting Working Group that would decide on rule changes with the majority winning the day.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Spanish GP - Sunday Photos

14 MAY 2006

RACE NOTES - ALONSO WINS SPANISH GP

Spanish GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Spanish GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Spanish GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Spanish GP - Race Results

RENAULT LOOKS AHEAD

Alain Dassas, the boss of Renault F1, has taken the opportunity of the GPMA-FOA settlement to give more details about Renault's future in F1.

PEACE BREAKS OUT IN F1

As we exclusively predicted last week, the GPMA and the Formula One group have agreed a document that they hope will form the basis of a wide-ranging treaty for Formula 1.

RENAULT F1 COMMITS TO FORMULA 1 IN 2008

Renault has committed to the Formula 1 World Championship for 2008 and beyond following an agreement to sign a contract with Formula One Administration.

THE BIG DEAL

Formula 1 is on the verge of announcing a commercial agreement to take the sport from now until 2012. The deal is expected to give the teams 50% of all revenues from F1, a settlement that will, in effect, double the money that the teams get from the commercial rights holder.

F1 GOES TO THE MOVIES

The Formula 1 world is getting into bed with the movies in the next couple of weeks as the film world gathers at Cannes between May 17-28 and will be a big presence at the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix with Red Bull Racing expected to do a deal to promote one of the movies at the festival.

US TV PROGRAMMING NOTE

We want to remind all American television viewers that the Spanish GP this Sunday will be broadcast on tape delay at Noon on CBS.

13 MAY 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - FERNANDO'S HOMAGE TO CATALUNYA

The Spaniards headed out of the Barcelona circuit on Saturday afternoon happy with what they had seen. Their hero Fernando Alonso was on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

MCLAREN BIDDING FOR RENAULT PEOPLE

The latest whisper in the paddock in Barcelona is that McLaren is offering some interesting deals to a number of Renault engineers.

KIMI AND FERRARI

The stories about Kimi Raikkonen moving to Ferrari in 2007 have been knocking around for months in Formula 1 circles but there are increasing signs that the deal has been done and that the announcement is being delayed to allow Michael Schumacher to make up his mind about what he wants to do.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Spanish GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Spanish GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Spanish GP - Qualifying Results

F1, WATCH OUT!

The Formula One group has launched a new range of official watches, as part of a global license agreement with the Swiss watch manufacturer, Jacques Lemans.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - GRIDS BECOME MORE FLEXIBLE?

Formula 1 is in a state of flux at the moment as the teams take tentative steps into the complex world of flexible wings which are now legal if the cars meet the requirements demanded in the scrutineering bay.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 3 Results

A LITTLE TO SPARE

Formula 1 folk like to look at the Toyota team as an organisation that is not making the most of the investment being made by the company and some of the spin merchants in the paddock would have you believe that Toyota worries about the costs of F1.

TEAM BOSSES HAIL SUCCESSFUL MEETING

Team bosses Nick Fry and Ron Dennis have reacted to the meeting on Wednesday of the Formula 1 Sportring Working Group, that decided to propose the abolition of the idea of engine homologation.

12 MAY 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - DAVIDSON TOPS THE BILL

The Friday practice sessions were a chance once again for the test drivers to have their moments of glory as the main runners kept down their mileage, particularly given the fact that the track was damp in the morning.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Spanish GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Spanish GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 2 Results

A VERY POSITIVE MEETING

The first meeting of the FIA's new sporting working group took place on Wednesday in Barcelona with the meeting involving Charlie Whiting and representatives from the various teams.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 1 Results

TOO MUCH TOO SOON?

It appears that moves are afoot to push Bruno Senna, the 22-year-old nephew of the late Ayrton, into Formula 1 for 2007.

11 MAY 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Thursday Press Conference

ALONSO AND THE PUBLIC

A few days ago Bernie Ecclestone said that the Formula 1 drivers do not do enough to promote Formula 1 and specifically complained that Fernando Alonso does not do much.

BMW DROPS THE ENGINE

Jacques Villeneuve will have to drop 10 places on the grid in Spain this weekend after BMW damaged his engine in transportation from the Nurburgring to Barcelona.

LOLA AND FORMULA 1

There are stories knocking around that Lola might want to get back into the business of building Formula 1 chassis for teams in the brave new world of F1 in 2008.

10 MAY 2006

HONDA PROMOTES MARIANO ALPERIN

The Honda Racing F1 team has promoted Mariano Alperin to be its new chief aerodynamicist. The 40-year-old Argentine engineer has been with the team since it was established as BAR in 1998.

MCLAREN'S DEBT - RUMOURS AND REALITIES

The French magazine Autohebdo ran story in this week's issue suggesting that McLaren has debts of $675m as result of the construction costs of the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

IDE LOSES HIS SUPERLICENCE

The Permanent Bureau of the Formula 1 Commission has decided to withdraw Yuji Ide's Superlicence with immediate effect.

THE F1 WORLD DISCOVERS LEWIS HAMILTON

Social observers sometimes remark that F1 is not a truly global sport because it features no black drivers and no Chinese but the fact is that it does not matter if you are an eskimo or a Navajo as long as you are one of the fastest men in the world.

TEAMS TIDY UP

There has been a little bit of tweaking going on at Ferrari and Toyota as the two teams shuffle people around to fit the new circumstances in which they find themselves.

8 MAY 2006

RACE REPORT - BRIDGESTONE'S RUBBER RING

Formula 1 teams like to leave race meetings with something positive to say about their performance. There are times when that involves a lot of imagination and public relations "spin". But at the Nurburgring almost everyone had a good hard luck story.

THOSE CLEVER NASCAR FOLKS

Many sponsors these days are looking for more than just exposure from their racing involvements and hope to engage with the public so that they feel good about the product and thus go out and buy more.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Sunday Photos

7 MAY 2006

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX

European GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

European GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

European GP - Race Results

THE FUTURE OF LEWIS HAMILTON

Ron Dennis has admitted that GP2 driver Lewis Hamilton he is a possible candidate for an F1 drive with McLaren next year although Dennis said he is far too busy worrying about this year to be thinking about 2007 just yet.

A PIG'S EAR OF A STORY

Thirty years ago Niki Lauda crashed at Bergwerk during the German Grand Prix. The Austrian was trapped in the flaming wreck and had to be rescued by fellow drivers Arturo Merzario, Brett Lunger, Harald Ertl and Guy Edwards, who stopped and pulled Lauda from the remains of his car.

JACQUES VILLENEUVE LOSES A PLACE

BMW Sauber driver Jacques Villeneuve was docked his three fastest lap in the qualifying session by the FIA Stewards on Saturday evening after they decided that he had impeded the progress of Giancarlo Fisichella at a vital moment during the Q2 session.

6 MAY 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - SCHUMACHER TAKES HIS OWN MEDICINE

Michael Schumacher's amazing form in recent weeks looked like it was going to continue at the Nurburging on Saturday until the final minutes of the final qualifying session when Fernando Alonso gave the Ferrari star a little of his own medicine.

THE MEETING AT THE NURBURGRING

There was a meeting on Saturday morning involving BMW's Burkhard Goeschel, McLaren's Ron Dennis, Renault's Alain Dassas and Bernie Ecclestone, who talked about possible solutions to the current negotiations. According to GPMA sources this did not result in any change of position.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

European GP - Qualifying Results

PEACE ABOUT TO BE DECLARED?

The whisper on Saturday at the Nurburgring was that there was a meeting on Saturday lunchtime at which the major teams informed Bernie Ecclestone that they are now in a position to agree to the new F1 regulations for 2008 and to a commercial deal.

WILLIAMS TO CHANGE BOTH ENGINES

The two Williams-Cosworths are to have their engines changed, which means that Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg will both have to take a 10-slot drop on the grid for the European Grand Prix.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - ITALIAN HORSE STILL PRANCING

Practice on Saturday morning at the Nurburgring produced a rather odd list of runners with Ferrari seemingly having continued to accelerate away from the opposition.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 3 Results

REAR VIEW MIRRORS IN FORMULA 1

The Formula 1 teams are each undergoing tests at the Nurburgring because of recent problems with rear view mirrors. The FIA scrutineers set up a "sight test" in the scrutineering bay and required drivers to sit in their cars and read various numbers and letters that were put up on the wall behind them.

FERRARI'S IMPRESSIVE LEAP FORWARD

Ferrari's engine performance at Imola raised a few eyebrows and some of the other teams rushed off to calculate how many horsepower would have been needed to achieve such a leap forward.

IS ANYONE CHEATING IN FORMULA 1?

The FIA press conference yesterday saw five technical directors assembled for the F1 media to grill but they seemed rather reticent when it came to the question of flexible wings: Ferrari's Ross Brawn, Red Bull's Mark Smith, Toyota's Pascal Vasselon and BMW Sauber's Willi Rampf all declined to answer.

5 MAY 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - WURZ DOES IT AGAIN

Alexander Wurz remained the fastest man of the day at the Nurburgring on Friday in his Williams-Cosworth.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Friday Team Quotes

AN APOLOGY

We would like to apologise the our readers today for a lack of news from the Nurburgring. This is because of difficulties encountered with communications as the circuit feels the need to charge each member of the international media $380 to get access to high-speed Internet services.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - WURZ LEADS THE WAY IN GERMANY

The F1 test drivers had it all to themselves on Friday morning with Alexander Wurz ending the first session at the top of the timesheets. He was three-tenths ahead of Honda's Anthony Davidson with BMW's Robert Kubica third fastest ahead of Michael Schumacher and Red Bull Racing's Robert Doornbos.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 1 Results

OUCH!

Business F1 magazine has taken another major hit in the High Court in London with Tony Purnell having been awarded damages of $138,000 (£75,000) and legal costs of $243,000 (£132,000). The former Jaguar team boss took the magazine to court claiming that he had been libelled.

4 MAY 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Thursday Press Conference

AN ODD BUSINESS

The FIA says it has nothing to add to the Super Aguri press release earlier today that revealed that the team had been "offered" advice by the federation to switch Yuji Ide to a testing role and put Franck Montagny in the second Super Aguri.

MONTAGNY REPLACES IDE AT SUPER AGURI

Super Aguri F1 have announced that Frenchman Franck Montagny will replace Yuji Ide in the race team starting at the European Grand Prix this weekend.

BELLM GETS BACK ON THE BOARD

Ray Bellm is one of three new directors of the British Racing Drivers' Club. Bellm was previously chairman of the board of the club but was ousted in a power struggle with the club president Sir Jackie Stewart.

3 MAY 2006

A SERIOUS LOOK AT F1

Sport Business has launched a new industry report into "The Business of Formula One". The two-volume report is designed to be a guide to anyone who is interested in getting involved in the sport and looks at all aspects of the Grand Prix world.

CHANGING TIMES FOR BAHRAIN

These are not easy times for Bahrain, despite the efforts being made by the authorities to create a tourist paradise in the years ahead. The Formula 1 Grand Prix is an important part of that process along with massive construction projects which are either underway or now being planned.

GOOD SENSE IN MONTREAL

The Canadian Grand Prix weekend has always been a busy one for Montreal retailers but this year the shift of date created some problems in the city as the race will now fall on the St Jean Baptiste holiday weekend rather than its usual date in mid June.

PISCHETSRIEDER GETS ANOTHER FIVE YEARS

Volkswagen chief executive officer Bernd Pischetsrieder has won a five-year extension to his contract. This means that he will remain in charge of Europe's biggest car company until April 2012.

REGIS PLAYS DOWN ACCIDENTS

Jacques Regis, the president of the French motor sport federation and an FIA Vice President has played down the impact of accidents which hit the sport over the weekend.

AN INTERESTING CASE IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has moved to end its naming dispute with A1 Grand Prix. Lawyers representing the AGPC and A1 have been meeting in Melbourne to try to settle the disagreement out of court.

LITTLE AL DRIVES FOR A1 TEAM USA IN THE 500

Al Unser Jr has been named as the driver for A1 Team USA at the Indianapolis 500. The A1 Team USA organisation will join with Geico to fund the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-prepared Dallara-Honda which Unser will race in the 500 on May 28.

2 MAY 2006

POOR JENSON

Jenson Button gets a great deal of criticism that he really does not deserve.

THE QUESTION OF SAFETY

It is 12 years yesterday since Ayrton Senna became the last F1 driver to die in an accident. It is five years since the death of a trackside marshal during the Australian Grand Prix. This is a great safety record for F1 but, quite rightly, the FIA continues to look at ways to maintain and improve safety standards in Grand Prix racing.

CLOUDS OVER THE NURBURGING

With Ferrari saying its car is legal and that it will protest all the other cars if it is protested and the FIA seeming to agree that the Ferrari is legal, the scene is set for a scrutineering bloodbath at the European Grand Prix this weekend at the European Grand Prix.