Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlement! Willkomen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the Michael Schumacher Cabaret at Hockenheim - with a supporting cast of Felipe Massa and, um, well that's about it really.
It has been announced in Australia that the V8 Supercars will not be supporting the Australian Grand Prix next year. The Grand Prix Corporation is blaming a clash of TV stations as the V8s recently did a new deal with Channel Seven, while the Grand Prix is covered by Network 10.
There was a busy weekend of action away from Formula 1 last weekend with Helio Castroneves winning another victory for the Penske team in the Indy Racing League race at Michigan International Speedway.
The question of mass dampers is in the spotlight this week after the appallingly poor showing of the Renault team in Hockenheim. Much of this loss of performance has to be put down to the decision not to run mass dampers.
ART driver Alexandre Premat has been given a 10-place grid penalty in Hungary for crashing into Hiroki Yoshimoto in the GP2 race at Hockenheim on Sunday. Premat had a poor race on Saturday and started only 19th on the grid on Sunday and found himself fighting with Yoshimoto.
Adam Carroll has announced that he is not going to continue with the Honda F1 team. Carroll asked to be released from his deal with Honda and the team did not try to stop him leaving - which is an interesting reflection on attitudes within the operation.
For some weeks now, Formula 1 has been assuming that Alex Shnaider was on the verge of selling his MF1 Racing operation to a Dutch consortium. With each passing week, however, that sale seems less and less likely.
Our spies at Red Bull tell us that the Austrian drinks company has signed deals with all four of its current drivers for the 2007 season. There is still some work to be done with the test drivers.
The Williams team has decided not to take up the option it had on Mark Webber. The option had to be taken up by the end of July but it seems that the team and the Australian driver decided that it would be a good idea to give one another a little bit of space and see what opportunities are available.
German GP - Race Notes
The two Midland-Toyotas have been excluded from the German Grand Prix for running flexible rear wings. The cars were found to have "excessive flexibility" in the lower rear wing elements.
German GP - Sunday Photos
German GP - Sunday Press Conference
German GP - Sunday Team Quotes
German GP - Race Incidents
German GP - Race Results
Timo Glock won a super victory in the GP2 race on Sunday morning at Hockenheim, stealing the win from a dozy Jose-Maria Lopez on the last lap of the event. Lopez had taken the lead at the start after poleman Clivio Piccione made a mess of the first lap and ended up parked in the wall
Kimi Raikkonen surprised everyone with pole position at the German Grand Prix, the first such achievement this year by a McLaren, and while it would be logical to suggest that perhaps this had something to with the fact that Hockenheim is not a million miles from Mercedes-Benz headquarters.
Lewis Hamilton started eighth on the grid for the GP2 race at Hockenheim but thanks to mistakes by his competitors was able to finish second and extend his lead in the championship after another impressive drive.
German GP - Saturday Photos
German GP - Saturday Press Conference
German GP - Saturday Team Quotes
German GP - Qualifying Results
German GP - Practice 3 Report
German GP - Practice 3 Results
The Financial Times is reporting that Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn would like to see Renault and Nissan take stakes in General Motors if the three-way deal under discussion is to go ahead. He would also like to see GM taking a shareholding in Renault and in Nissan to cement the alliance.
German rising star Sebastian Vettel is out of action after a big crash in the World Series by Renault race at Spa yesterday. Vettel crashed in Raidillon (the top of Eau Rouge) while running second in the first of the two races.
Porsche AG has opened a new motorsport centre at its Weissach research and development facility in Germany.
FIA President Max Mosley has written to all the Formula 1 team principals about the ongoing situation over engines in 2007.
Renault is playing it safe over the question of mass damping, despite the fact that the FIA Stewards say the systems are legal.
Robert Kubica showed Michael Schumacher the way on Friday afternooin at Hockenheim, lapping the German track two-tenths of a second faster in his BMW than Schumacher could go in his Ferrari.
German GP - Friday Photos
German GP - Friday Press Conference
German GP - Friday Team Quotes
Professor Gerard Saillant has been invited to become Deputy President of the FIA Institute. He will replace the late John Large. He is already a fellow the Institute.
The Grand Prix Drivers Association is supporting the publication of a new safety handbook created by the FIA Institute for all new motor racing drivers. The handbook aims to educate the younger drivers and remind the more experienced drivers about all aspects of safety in motor sport.
German GP - Practice 2 Results
Idle Internet surfers might be interested to see that the Mercure Hotel in Nevers, France, usually asks $108 per night for a room in the summer months. That is what you will pay if you visit this tranquil backwater on the banks of the Loire on June 1 next year or indeed on August 1.
The FIA is to appeal against the decision of the stewards of the German Grand Prix to allow Renault to continue to use a mass damping system in the nose of the cars.
The FIA stewards at Hockenheim that the mass dampers used by Renault are legal, despite a ruling from the federation's technical department since the French Grand Prix.
The FIA has acted to stop the use of infrared devices to heat tyres
Alex Wurz set the fastest time of the first practice at Hockenheim with a best lap of 1m16.349s in his Williams-Cosworth FW28.
German GP - Practice 1 Results
Jarno Trulli and Toyota have announced that they are to stay together until the end of the 2009 season.
The Australian Grand Prix says it will open next year's FIA Formula 1 World Championship on March 18. This makes no sense at all.
For several months now it has been an open secret that Williams and Toyota were on the verge of an engine supply deal, the British team having set out to find a new partner after its partnership with BMW fell apart at the end of last year.
German GP - Thursday Press Conference
There are widespread reports in Australia today that Melbourne will get the opening round of the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship on March 18. This is odd for a number of reasons, not least because it is a very late start for the championship.
While Ralf Schumacher smiled cheerfully through gritted teeth at today's FIA press conference, and agreed that Toyota supplying Williams with engines for the next three years could only be a good thing for the Cologne-based manufacturer, there are signs behind the scenes that Toyota has already started to ramp up its technical effort.
Ferrari's boss Jean Todt seems to be staying with Ferrari for another year - at least that is what Fiat boss Luca di Montzemolo has been telling Italian pressmen. The news has yet to be officially announced.
Former F1 driver Max Papis is to become a NASCAR driver when he joins McGill Motorsports to race a Chevrolet in the forthcoming Busch Series race at Watkins Glen.
General Motors has reported a net loss of $3.2bn for the second quarter of 2006. This was described by GM officials as "significantly improved" because the company's automotive operations are doing rather better than has been the case of late.
The idea that Hockenheim and Nurburgring are going to share the German Grand Prix in the future makes little economic sense. The news, if confirmed, will mean that each track will have to pay the Formula One group once every two years rather than once a year.
Indy Racing League boss Tony George has had a lot of things to worry about of late with no deal yet with Bernie Ecclestone over the United States Grand Prix, no compromise with Champ Car over the future of open-wheeler racing in the United States and the fear that Danica Patrick was about to take off to NASCAR.
Fernando Alonso has laughed off rumours that he is not really going to move to McLaren next year but the Spanish driver is on the move nonetheless. The word on the street in Switzerland is that Fernando Alonso will shortly become a resident of the country.
The failure of the Japanese firm Direxiv to meet its commitments in GP2 has resulted in DPR having to change drivers with Russia's Vitaly Petrov coming in to replace Olivier Pla.
Jarno Trulli and Toyota have been in discussion about the future in recent weeks but the word on the street is that the 32-year-old Italian will stay with Panasonic Toyota Racing again next season.
On Friday a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the Norisring on the site of Pedro Rodriguez's fatal accident in an Interseries race in July 1971.
Justin Wilson has always enjoyed a low profile and in this year's Champ Car Series he is still in then hunt while Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Allmendinger have been the ones getting all the publicity.
The Automobile Club of Bologna is offering its controlling interest in the Societa Allestimento Gestione Impiante e Servizi (SAGIS) for sale.
The Honda Racing team completed its Bonneville 400 challenge on Friday but narrowly failed to hit the 400kph mark it was hoping to reach on the salt flats of Bonneville in Utah.
The impending retirement of Burkhard Goeschel as head of BMW's research and development means that Dr Mario Theissen will now have to answer to a new boss about the company's Formula 1 programme.
For some time, Formula 1 people have been wandering around talking about having races in Las Vegas - although there has never been much evidence that there was any serious bid for F1.
The Formula 1 rules about chassis are complicated - and secret.
Ferrari and Renault have been informed in recent days that they have to change their front damping systems because they have moving parts inside the dampers and these are banned under Article 3.15 of the FIA Formula 1 Technical Regulations for 2006.
There has been a big shake-up at BMW with the announcement that the company's current boss Helmut Panke will retire on September 1.
The departure of Burkhard Goeschel from BMW at the end of August creates an interesting situation for the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association as Goeschel is leading the talks in F1.
Former Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart has confirmed that he is looking at running a Champ Car team in 2007 but he says that "no decisions are made". There is no doubt that Dutchman Harry Muermans, a Minardi sponsor, is keen on the idea.
There are reports in Australia that the Grand Prix in Melbourne is going to run into more trouble next year when it is announced that the event will clash with the World Swimming Championships.
While much attention has been given to who will drive where and whether or not Renault will re-sign Flavio Briatore as its team principal, it is worth mentioning that Ferrari team boss Jean Todt is also still to agree a contract to stay on with the Italian team in 2007.
There has been much speculation in Formula 1 in recent weeks about who will be driving for Ferrari next year - with our sources saying that both Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher have contracts to race for the team next year.
There is much talk at the moment about a deal between Red Bull Racing and Renault in 2007.
The new Super Aguri SA06 made its first appearance on Wednesday at Silverstone with Takuma Sato doing the first shakedown tests of the new car.
For some days a press release has been expected from the Belgian authorities regarding the future of the Belgian Grand Prix. The authorities originally tried to get Bernie Ecclestone to agree to promote the race but no deal could be found and so a new promotional company has been established.
CVC Capital Partners, the venture capital company that owns the Formula One group but, disappointingly, seems to have had little influence beyond that, has now sold its stake in MotoGP promotion company Dorna.
As we suggested would happen a couple of days ago, the FIA has invoked Article 7.5 of the Concorde Agreement and has instructed the Technical Working Group to examine ways in which the increased cornering speeds can be reduced next year.
After all the political action at Magny-Cours either the two sides involved are having a few days off or they have decided to go on talking quietly in an effort to find the right solution.
Michael Schumacher won the French Grand Prix - his 88th victory and his eighth win in France (a new record). There were 84,000 people in the grandstands, a good effort for a race in the middle of nowhere. But after that there was not much to say. The race was ultimately dull.
French GP - Race Notes
French GP - Sunday Photos
French GP - Sunday Press Conference
French GP - Sunday Team Quotes
French GP - Race Incidents
French GP - Race Results
As the Formula 1 cars were on their final parade lap for the French Grand Prix, the FIA issued a reaction to the earlier GPMA statement.
The Grand Prix Manufacturers Association has issued a statement concerning the future engine rules of Formula 1, saying that all six car manufacturers involved in Formula 1 have unanimously agreed on the rules they want but that getting the agreement of all the teams has been impossible.
What is the Indianapolis Proposal?
Tonio Liuzzi has been sent to the back of the grid of the French Grand Prix because the team needed to change an engine for the second consecutive race.
Most people in Formula 1 go to motor races to watch the action on the race track but at Magny-Cours it seemed that more action was going on in the paddock as the team principals, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA tried to find a compromise over engines in 2007 and 2008.
Michael Schumacher led Felipe Massa to a Ferrari 1-2 in qualifying for the French Grand Prix, outpacing Fernando Alonso's Renault.
French GP - Saturday Photos
French GP - Saturday Press Conference
French GP - Saturday Team Quotes
French GP - Qualifying Results
Pedro de la Rosa is driving for McLaren at the moment and the team looks set to keep him for the next few races and see how things go, but that does not mean that the Spanish driver will remain in the car for the rest of the year.
The Belgian Grand Prix is edging closer to a deal that will guarantee the race next season.
Jacques Villeneuve has ambitions to become a successful rock singer but at Magny-Cours he had to make do with being top of the time charts in the morning session on Saturday.
French GP - Practice 3 Results
General Motors, Renault and Nissan have confirmed that the two companies are moving foward after their exploratory talks about creating a three-way alliance.
There was much coming and going in the paddock in Magny-Cours concerning the 2007 and 2008 engine regulations.
A year ago the Boy Scouts of America in Paris took on a number of Formula 1 teams in a Pinewood Derby competition at Magny-Cours. The competition was repeated this year with more teams getting involved.
Robert Kubica ended the second practice session for the French Grand Prix with the fastest time, repeating his performance in the morning session, setting a time that was six-tenths of a second faster than World Champion Fernando Alonso.
French GP - Friday Photos
French GP - Friday Press Conference
French GP - Friday Team Quotes
Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has been a busy man of late with negotiations beginning with General Motors about a possible merger between the Renault-Nissan.
The word in the F1 paddock at Magny-Cours is that there are problems with the Japanese sponsor Direxiv, a McLaren backer and the funding behind the DPR GP2 team.
French GP - Practice 2 Results
Robert Kubica gave BMW a good start to the Magny-Cours weekend with the fastest lap in the Friday morning qualifying session, setting a lap time that was three-tenths of a second faster than the Honda of Anthony Davidson.
French GP - Practice 1 Results
The French Grand Prix is this year celebrating 100 years of Grand Prix racing, but there is a slight problem with the French law.
There are reports in the British newspapers that David Coulthard has signed a deal to race for Red Bull Racing again next year.
There are rumours coming out of Holland that former Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart is joining forces with his former sponsor Harry Muermans to run a Champ Car team.
French GP - Thursday Press Conference
Juan Pablo Montoya may think he is the fastest thing in NASCAR, but Russ Wicks knows he is after setting a new record for world stockcars at the Bonneville Salt Flats last week.
The return from the Americas is traditionally a time at which Formula 1 teams introduce major updates to their cars and, as a result, we often see a change in the hierarchy as a result.
With Nicolas Lapierre having been refused permission to race GP2 by his doctors, the Red Bull-sponsored Arden International team has once again called on Scuderia Toro Rosso third driver Neel Jani.
Franck Montagny will remain as the second Super Aguri F1 driver at the French Grand Prix. According to Japanese sources,
As we predicted yesterday, McLaren has announced that Juan Pablo Montoya is out of McLaren with immediate effect. Pedro de la Rosa will take over at Magny-Cours.
Juan Pablo Montoya was a visitor to the NASCAR race at Chicagoland last weekend to announce his deal to race in the Nextel Cup next year, but also there in the background was TJ Patrick, father and manager of Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick.
Ryan Briscoe was hanging out in the F1 paddock in Indianapolis, trying to talk his way into a drive but the sometime Toyota test driver has now reached an agreement with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to race in three of the remaining six events this year.
Toyota and Williams have yet to confirm their new relationship but there are signs that MF1 Racing is now busy looking for an alternative engine supplier for 2007. The team has shown some improvement in recent weeks but has yet to score any points and attention is turning to next year.
The Spanish TV station Tele 5, which broadcasts F1 races is reporting that Juan Pablo Montoya may be dropped by McLaren and replaced for the rest of the year by Pedro de la Rosa.
Markus Duesmann, formerly the head of Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, will take over as head of BMW's F1 powertrain operations at the beginning of January next year. He will replace Heinz Paschen, the current engine designer who is leaving the company.
AJ Allmendinger can do no wrong at the moment, since leaving Rusport to join Forsythe Racing. The young American won his third consecutive victory in Champ Car at the weekend in Toronto, leading home his team mate Paul Tracy and championship leader Sebastien Bourdais.
Juan Pablo Montoya has gone to NASCAR next year because he could not get a decent drive in Formula 1 but that will not stop stories about how NASCAR is becoming a threat to Formula 1.
Adrian Newey emerged unscathed from a sizeable crash at Le Mans over the weekend, while taking part in the Le Mans Classic event in a Ford GT40 which he owns. The Red Bull Racing chief technical officer reportedly went off at the second chicane but walked away unhurt from what was, by all accounts, a large accident.
Juan Pablo Montoya is out of Formula 1 - and he's going back to the United States to drive in the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
The announcement that Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Formula 1 to go to race in NASCAR does not change much in the F1 driver market.
The FIA chose the rather bizarre time of a Friday afternoon to announce that it is planning to get rid of third cars next year.
The Belgian Ministry of Finance is offering incentives for Bernie Ecclestone to become the promoter of the Belgian Grand Prix.
The MF1 Racing team has been busy looking for sponsorship in recent months and with results improving a little the team is in a better position now to land a big sponsor.
With Audi having now become the first automobile manufacturer to win the Le Mans 24 Hours with a diesel engine, the next big target for the car manufacturers is to win the French endurance classic with a hybrid car.
The European Tour Operators Association, the pan-European trade association for tourism companies in Europe, has just issued a report examining the effect of the likely effect of the Olympic Games on London's tourist trade in 2012, using data from previous Olympic competitions.
Formula 1 has been suffering in recent days from interest being centred on the World Cup soccer competition in Germany and on the Wimbledon tennis championships.
The F1 Commission did achieve one small thing today in Paris, agreeing to reduce the final qualifying session in F1 from 20 minutes to 15 minutes.
The Formula 1 Commission met in Paris today and we hear that little was decided. The question of running 2008 engines in 2007 seems to have been avoided with teams given another chance to sort out what they want.
Yuji Ide, who was forced out of Formula 1 when the FIA decided to take away his superlicence, is to return to racing this weekend in the Formula Nippon. He will be driving for the DoCoMo Dandelion team for the remaining six races of the year.
Tomorrow in Paris the FIA Formula 1 Commission will meet to discuss matters of the moment in Formula 1. Traditionally the F1 Commission meets in the days before a World Council so that its decisions can be then be ratified by the more senior body, but on this occasion the World Council has already met.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on Wednesday to make decisions about the sport but there was no indication from the federation about a deal concerning Formula 1 engines.
A1 Grand Prix has announced its calendar for the coming series that will start in October 2006 and will run through until April 2007. There are 13 events, only three of which will be in Europe.
Red Bull has now confirmed rumours that America's Colin Fleming has left the Red Bull Young Driver programme after a difficult start to the season in the World Series by Renault.
Germany's Sebastian Vettel is to have a second test in F1 in Jerez. The BMW protege had a run last year with Williams and will now be seen at the wheel of a BMW Sauber.
The mayor of Indianapolis Bart Peterson says that the city is "open to getting involved" if Indianapolis Motor Speedway asks for financial help to secure the United States Grand Prix at the venue.
The Americans love Ferrari. Perhaps it is because it is the car company for the self-made man. Perhaps because overt displays of wealth are normal. Ferrari is considered to be a special brand. One of the results of this is that Ferrari has huge numbers of fans in the United States.
FIA President Max Mosley is due to meet with GPMA chairman Burkhard Goschel in Munich later today to discuss the ongoing issues in the disputes between the federation and the car manufacturers.
The Hockenheim track, the home in recent years of the German Grand Prix, has a contract until the end of 2008.
Renault has issued a statement confirming that it is interested in discussing the possibilities of a deal with General Motors.
Jacques Villeneuve has done a decent job this year with BMW Sauber but at 35 years of age, Jacques knows that the chances are that his future in F1 is limited and that the team's test driver Robert Kubica has done well this year in Friday practice and is 14 years younger and his salary is cheaper.
United States GP - Race Notes
United States GP - Sunday Photos
United States GP - Sunday Press Conference
United States GP - Sunday Team Quotes
United States GP - Race Incidents
United States GP - Race Results
Sunday morning in Indianapolis witnessed the Formula 1 engine manufacturers finishing off the details of what is called the Indianapolis Proposal, a new attempt to solve the current problems with the FIA over the plans to freeze engines.
McLaren is to a test with Lewis Hamilton and Jamie Green in Spain next week, filming for an advertisement which will be used next year.
A year ago Michael Schumacher dominated the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. There were only five other cars in the race and the crowds quite rightly got rather uppity about that. But the crowds were back this year and so was Michael.
Tonio Liuzzi has been dropped to 21st on the grid as the team has decided to change the engine on his Toro Rosso.
Nico Rosberg was having a bad day even before the FIA Stewards met to discuss the fact that he ignored a signal to stop to have his car weighed during the qualifying session.
United States GP - Saturday Photos
United States GP - Saturday Press Conference
United States GP - Saturday Team Quotes
United States GP - Qualifying Results
The FIA and the Formula 1 teams did not manage to find a solution to the engine discussions about 2008 before the deadline of June 30. Thus in theory the rules are now set unless there is unanimous agreement to change them.
The Formula 1 team bosses gathered on Saturday morning at Indianapolis to discuss the plans for the 2007 Formula 1 calendar. The big question at the moment is what happens at the start of the year as this year's calendar worked very well and increased the viewing figures.
The practice sessions for the United States Grand Prix continued with a decent crowd at the speedway and Ferrari coming to the fore with Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa dominating the times, a second clear of the rest.
United States GP - Practice 3 Results