NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2007

MORE ON THE INDIAN F1 BID

More details are now emerging about the bid for a Formula 1 street race in Delhi and a man who is at the centre of the plan is Suhel Seth, an advertising man who these days have interests in image-making and has also been involved in the television industry.

FORMULA 1 BACK IN ACTION AGAIN IN SPAIN

The F1 teams will be in action this week in Barcelona, preparing for the forthcoming Spanish GP. With testing now heavily restricted the teams are tending to all take part in the same tests, although one or two of them having been using up available test days doing aerodynamic mapping tests.

BERNIE GOES TO BRANDS HATCH

Bernie Ecclestone turned up at Brands Hatch over the weekend to take a look at the A1 Grand Prix Series, sparking speculation that the F1 enterpreneur may be considering getting involved with the struggling championship.

HERE AND THERE

It has been a relatively quiet weekend for racing around the world although the Indy Racing League and NASCAR teams were in action in the United States. At the Kansas Speedway Dan Wheldon led 177 of 200 laps to win the Kansas Lottery Indy 300.

27 APRIL 2007

F1 LOOKS FOR GLITTER AT MONACO

Formula 1 has long been a refuge for the suddenly rich and famous, and the latest suggestions coming out of Germany is that Austrian hotelier Gunther Aloys may be on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with the Spyker team, to promote his Rich Prosecco drink.

26 APRIL 2007

MONTY GETS A SPANKING

Juan Pablo Montoya has hit the headlines once again thanks to "an inappropriate gesture" made during practice for the recent NASCAR Busch Series race at Phoenix. NASCAR has fined him $10,000 and placed him on probation until the end of the year for giving one of his opponents the finger while he was unaware that he was being shown live on an in-car camera.

MCLAREN MEN TAKE TO LIFE IN MENORCA

McLaren's visit to the holiday island of Menorca is proving to be popular with the troops and we hear that several of the team are now considering returning to the islands with their families, which will certainly please the locals who came up with the idea of allowing F1 cars to test on the 1.1-mile long airfield at San Luis.

MERCEDES PLANS NEW F1 ENGINE FACTORY

Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines (HPE), formerly known as Ilmor Engineering, the firm that designs, develops and manufactures Mercedes F1 engines is planning to build a new testing facility at its headquarters in Brixworth.

THE DUBIOUS NATURE OF BRIATORE'S CALLS FOR CHANGE

Flavio Briatore has long been the man who has concentrated on the need for Formula 1 to provide entertainment, rather than remaining a sport in the truest sense of the word.

TOMITA TO LEAVE TOYOTA F1

Tsutomu Tomita, the chairman of Toyota Motorsport and team principal of Toyota F1, is to leave the team at the end of June. Tomita was the driving force behind Toyota's decision to enter Formula 1 in 2002 and has been with the team since 2003. He became team principal in January 2004.

25 APRIL 2007

MCLAREN IN MENORCA

The local press thought that our stories about McLaren testing in Menorca were an April Fool, despite the fact that we first mentioned the test in January. On Tuesday the ferry delivered three liveried McLaren tracks which headed for the Sant Luis aerodrome, where they were joined by around 40 mechanics who had flown into Mahon for the occasion.

DOES BOURDAIS HAVE AN F1 DEAL FOR 2008?

Sebastien Bourdais is winning again in America. After three rounds of the Champ Car series Sebastien is leading the championship by three points, having won at both Long Beach and in Houston.

MEANWHILE IN BUCHAREST

Work has now started on the construction of the racing circuit that will circle the Romanian Parliament building. The race, which should take place on the weekend of May 18-20 was to have included the GP Masters but it is interesting to note that there is no sign of the series on the official website and there are no sessions listed in the official timetable.

THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIJAN ALBERS

In Holland the talk has already started that Christijan Albers could be replaced at Spyker by Germany's Markus Winkelhock. The rumours have been denied by all concerned but there is no doubt that Albers is not very happy with the current Spyker car and although Adrian Suttil has had three accidents in three races he seems to have settled in well with the team, leaving Albers looking rather weaker than one might have supposed.

A MASTERPLAN IN BAHRAIN

Major new developments will be launched in Bahrain in around two months with plans for the unveiling of the long-awaited business park alongside the Bahrain International Circuit.

MORE FROM DELHI

The desire to have a Grand Prix in Delhi is likely to rise following the news that the city has given up on its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2016. This followed its failure to land the 2014 Asian Games after a vote last week in which Korea's Incheon beat Delhi in an Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote.

24 APRIL 2007

TOYOTA GOES NUMBER ONE

General Motors has been the world's largest car company since it overtook Ford back in 1931 but this year the reign of Detroit has come to an end with Toyota reporting a nine percent increase in the first three months of the year to record sales of 2.35m compared to GM's 2.26m.

F1 VIEWING FIGURES LOOKING GOOD

Formula 1's viewing figures this year are looking good, despite the fact that two of the three races this year have been at times which are not good for Europe, F1's major market. There was also a relatively poor showing in Bahrain because of the good weather in Europe which saw many viewers choosing to go out for the day rather than watching television.

WHY LIFE SHOULD BE TOUGH FOR THE 11TH AND 12TH F1 TEAMS

It is not easy being at the back of the Formula 1 grid and many a team has failed to survive and been sold on as a result of the problem. The major reason for this is that being outside the top 10 in the Constructors' World Championship means that a team does not get any of the commercial benefits that are on offer from the Formula One group.

FIA TO TIGHTEN FLOOR TESTS

The FIA is to increase the load-testing on the Formula 1 floors, increasing the current 500 Newton test to an impressive 2000 Newtons.

TOYOTA SPIES GUILTY

The long-running case against former Ferrari engineers Mauro Iacconi and Angelo Santini, who were accused of stealing Ferrari secrets and giving them to Toyota, has concluded at the Tribunale di Modena with Santini condemned to nine months in prison for industrial espionage and Iacconi facing 16 months in jail for receiving the information from Santini and passing it on to Toyota.

MOSLEY PUSHES CUSTOMER CAR CONCEPT

Max Mosley was the man who instigated the idea of customer cars in Formula 1 and it is therefore not really a surprise that he is still in support of the idea. The argument that there is not enough money to support 12 constructors has certain merits but there is clearly sufficient cash for 10 and has been for many years.

MOTOGP PULLS OUT OF ISTANBUL

MotoGP seems unlikely to return to Istanbul. The local Zaman newspaper is reporting that the Turkish Motorcycling Federation will be applying to the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) to annul its contract for the MotoGP event because it cannot afford to fund the races any longer.

GUESS WHO HAS POPPED UP IN DELHI

The stories suggesting that Formula 1 has settled on the idea of a street race in Delhi have been underscored by the news that F1 track architect Hermann Tilke was in Delhi on Monday to take a look at the streets of the city to figure out what would be best route for Formula 1 cars to use.

23 APRIL 2007

FIA JOINS CALLS FOR UN CONFERENCE ON ROAD SAFETY

The FIA and the F1 community have joined calls for a United Nations conference on road safety. Every year around 1.2m people die on the roads, 40% of the victims being under the age of 25.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE FRENCH MOTOR RACING INDUSTRY

Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in the first round of the French presidential election, could be good news for France's struggling racing industry as Sarkozy has promised to relax labour laws, lower taxes on business and encourage a more entrepreneurial culture.

AN INTERESTING LIST FOR F1 MARKETERS

The Financial Times has today published the second annual Brandz Top 100 Most Powerful Brands ranking, compiled by the market research firm Millward Brown Optimor. This identifies the most powerful brands measured by their dollar value, based on both financial data and perceptions of the brand.

NASCAR'S FACT-FINDING TOUR OF CHINA

NASCAR is not doing much these days to disguise its international aspirations and the news that chairman Brian France, senior vice president Paul Brooks, international managing director Robbie Weiss and consultant Ken Clapp are all off for a week-long visit to China to discuss possible projects with the government there should set alarm bells ringing in F1 circles.

MALAYSIA NAILS DOWN A NEW DEAL

Perhaps a little spooked by the news that Singapore is getting deadly serious about a Grand Prix, the Malaysian government gave Mokhzani Mahathir, the chairman of the Sepang International Circuit (and the son of former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad), the go-ahead to do whatever was necessary to reach a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone

HERE AND THERE

The Formula 1 circus might have been having the weekend off but there was plenty of racing going on around the world with the Indy Racing League in Japan, Champ Car and ALMS in Houston and the DTM kicking off in Germany.

20 APRIL 2007

TURKISH GP GUARANTEED UNTIL 2021

The Turkish Grand Prix is guaranteed until 2021 under a new deal announced at the Istanbul Park Circuit. A new company formed by F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has taken over the operation of the Istanbul Park circuit for all events, including F1 and the MotoGP.

PURNELL WINS IN COURT

An appeal against the $150,000 award of damages made to Tony Purnell in his claim for libel against BusinessF1 Magazine and its editor Tom Rubython has been rejected.

WORK PUSHES ON AT SPA

The rebuilding work at Spa is pushing ahead with the spring weather helping to speed things up.

THE FUTURE OF RALF SCHUMACHER

Ralf Schumacher's contract expires at the end of the year and already Nick Heidfeld's management has been stirring up rumours that he might be moving across to Toyota to replace Ralf.

BERNIE SURVEYS HIS EMPIRE

Bernie Ecclestone was a visitor at Istanbul Park circuit today in the lead-up to this weekend's Turkish MotoGP race.

19 APRIL 2007

A STREET RACE IN DELHI

We hear from India that Bernie Ecclestone has decided that he prefers the idea of a race around the streets of the capital Delhi, rather than at a purpose-built location in the suburbs of the city.

NO NIGHT RACE FOR MELBOURNE IN 2008

Outgoing Australian Grand Prix chief executive Tim Bamford was on the radio in Melbourne this morning and let slip that there will not be any night racing going on in 2008.

18 APRIL 2007

MEANWHILE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT

With Formula 1 having gone home, the newspapers in the Gulf have now revealed that police foiled 70 attempts by rioters to sabotage the Grand Prix at different locations in Bahrain.

17 APRIL 2007

COULD HAMILTON BE A ROOKIE WORLD CHAMPION?

There is much hyperbole doing the rounds at the moment about Lewis Hamilton's three-race Formula 1 career. The one thing we have learned is that Lewis is not a man who should be underestimated.

NOW IS THE TIME WHEN THE AXE WILL SWING

With the first three Grands Prix out of the way and the teams now settling in back home in Europe, there is time to assess the first three races and it is a traditional time of year for the first changes to be seen in the structure of teams that are not doing very well.

GOMMENDY SHOWS HIS PACE

Tristan Gommendy wanted to be a Formula 1 driver when he was growing up but with money very hard to find in France it was not not easy. He shot to prominence in 2002 by winning the French Formula 3 title and the Macau Grand Prix in 2002 but then did not have the backing to get beyond the Renault World Series until last year when he found the money to do a handful of GP2 races.

A CHANGE IN MELBOURNE

It has been announced that Tim Bamford has stepped down as the chief executive of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, he has been the chief executive officer of the race for the last three years.

MEANWHILE IN JAPAN

The second round of the Formula Nippon series at Suzuka in Japan was an interesting affair with an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale, with the epicentre just 15 miles from the track just before the start.

RED BULL WORRIED ABOUT THEFT OF DESIGNS

For some weeks Red Bull Racing has been looking at legal responses to the recent revelation that Spyker had acquired design documents from Milton Keynes. Spyker revealed the drawings as part of its case against Scuderia Toro Rosso, claiming that Red Bull and Toro Rosso parts are interchangeable.

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING?

The Bahrain Grand Prix is usually a slow one for news. The design of the paddock and the heat means that team people tend to hide away inside air-conditioned boxes, out of the range of lurking pressmen and even when meetings do occur, the heat is such that they are usually kept to a minimum.

16 APRIL 2007

RACE REPORT - SHAKE UP IN THE DESERT

The wind was blowing in Bahrain. The wind of change. With Michael Schumacher gone we expected to go into an era of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. We have had three terrific Grands Prix this year, with the pendulum swinging backwards and forwards between McLaren and Ferrari.

F1 AND THE UNITED NATIONS

The FIA and the United Nations are working together with the launch of the UN Global Road Safety Week (April 23-29), which is designed to raise awareness of the scale of the global road safety problem, especially amongst young people.

AN INTERESTING ASIDE IN THE UNITED STATES

By way of illustration of why Formula 1 has trouble finding promoters in the United States comes from the latest financial returns of the listed Dover Motorsports company, based in Dover, Delaware.

MORE TROUBLE FOR MONTOYA

Juan Pablo Montoya is never far from the headlines and he was back in the spotlight on Sunday in Texas when he spun and took out former champion Tony Stewart, who was none too impressed by the move.

15 APRIL 2007

RACE NOTES - MASSA DOMINATES BAHRAIN GP

Bahrain GP - Race Notes

MARLBORO EXPLAINS TOBACCO LIVERIES

Formula 1 viewers around the world may have noticed that the Ferraris racing in Bahrain featured Marlboro branding, despite the fact that tobacco advertising was supposed to have disappeared from the sport at the end of 2006, as part of an agreement known as the "International Tobacco Products Marketing Standards", signed by Philip Morris (Marlboro's parent), British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco on September 11 2001.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Race Results

FILIPPI'S SEARING PACE IN BAHRAIN

It has been a while since Super Nova Racing ruled the roost in GP2, the celebrated team's last win having come at the end of 2005 but David Sears's team, which won Formula 3000 championships with Vincenzo Sospiri (1995), Ricardo Zonta (1997), Juan Pablo Montoya (1998) and Sebastian Bourdais (2002) is winning again thanks to Luca Filippi's dominant race in Bahrain on Saturday.

14 APRIL 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - WIND, SAND AND LEWIS STARS

Felipe Massa took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix despite difficult conditions with wind and sand making the track very treacherous. But despite the good news for the Brazilian, the F1 spotlight remained firmly fixed on young Lewis Hamilton, who qualified on the front row of the grid for the the first time in his three-race career.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Qualifying Results

THE RETURN OF MARLBORO

Tobacco advertising disappeared from Formula 1 at the end of last year, or so they said. The tobacco companies signed up to the International Tobacco Marketing Standards agreement, signed in New York City on September 11, 2001, which created a common code of advertising and sponsorship standards which included an agreement to end sports sponsorships on December 1, 2006.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - HAMILTON LEADS THE WAY

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the Saturday morning session in Bahrain, beating Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.006secs to set up the possibility that Hamilton could win his first pole position in the qualifying session this afternoon.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 3 Results

RUF AUTOMOBILE PIGGYBACKS ON F1 TO LAUNCH NEW SUPERCAR

German sports car manufacturer RUF Automobile celebrated the opening of its new factory at the Bahrain International Circuit by launching the new RUF CTR3 supercar in front of the F1 world. The factory will be used to build cars for the Middle East and Asia and will operate alongside RUF's traditional home of Pfaffenhausen in Germany. The factory in Bahrain was designed by Hermann Tilke.

RICHARDS APPEARS IN BAHRAIN

David Richards popped up in Bahrain, saying that he was "on holiday" with his family in nearby Kuwait, which is funding his purchase of Aston Martin. Richards says that there the company has decided that there will be no involvement in Formula 1 for at least five years but he does not rule out taking the Aston Martin name back to F1 in the longer-term.

MCLAREN HEADS FOR MENORCA TEST

Our Menorca correspondent reports that McLaren will be running a car on the island, off the coast of Spain, on April 25-26. The venue for the test will be the Sant Luis aerodrome which was once the island's main airport until the tourist boom made it necessary to build a replacement nearby.

13 APRIL 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - KIMI EDGES LEWIS

Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari the top spot in the Friday practice session in Bahrain but he had to work for it as Lewis Hamilton got within 0.013s of the Ferrari in his McLaren-Mercedes.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Bahrain GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - FERRARI MAKES RIVALS EAT DUST

The dusty precincts of Sakhir, out in what is left of the Bahrain deserts, witnessed the beginning of a Ferrari revival on Friday morning after the Maranello team's drubbing in Malaysia. Kimi Raikkonen set the pace with a lap of 1m33.162s, half a second faster than his team mate Felipe Massa.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice 1 Results

12 APRIL 2007

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Thursday Press Conference

BERNIE AIMS FOR ASIAN GP2

Bernie Ecclestone says that he would like to see an Asian version of GP2 in Asia during the winter months, in order to help the sport grow in the emerging markets.

KUWAIT PLANS A RACE TRACK

The surge of interest in motorsport in the Middle East has resulted in a number of race tracks and proposed race tracks in Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar. Abu Dhabi has also jumped on tne bandwagon and now Kuwait says it wants to join the party.

10 APRIL 2007

MANSELL TO RACE FOR FERRARI

Nigel Mansell will race a Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GT car in the FIA GT Championship race at Silverstone on May 6. It is 15 years since Mansell won the Formula 1 World Championship and 12 since he departed F1 after an embarrassing interlude with McLaren.

PROBLEMS IN BUCHAREST

The forthcoming GP Masters event in Bucharest appears to be in danger because the promoter seems to be having second thoughts about fees he needs to pay to the series taking part.

BAHRAIN BUYS INTO GP2

Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa , the Crown Prince of Bahrain, has acquired 30% of ART Grand Prix and its sister operation ASM in Formula 3. The remaining shares in the teams are shared equally between founder Frederic Vasseur and Nicolas Todt, the son of Ferrari team boss Jean Todt, who is also the manager of Felipe Massa.

ENGE ON THE MEND

Former F1 driver Tomas Enge is on the road to recovery after his heavy accident in the recent American Le Mans Series race at St Petersburg. The Czech driver suffered serious elbow injuries which required reconstructive surgery.

TORO ROSSO RUMOURS

There have been a large number of different rumours about the future of Scuderia Toro Rosso with the Austrian media convinced that Dietrich Mateschitz will sell his share in the team.

ACTION HERE AND THERE

Will Power drove to his first Champ Car victory at the weekend on the streets of Las Vegas. The 26-year-old Australian was on pole and despite a bad start was able to get back into the lead to win for Derrick Walker's Team Australia, ahead of rookie Robert Doornbos (Team Minardi USA) and Paul Tracy (Forsythe Racing).

9 APRIL 2007

RACE REPORT - MCLAREN'S 1-2 KNOCKOUT

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro went to Malaysia with a collective spring in its step. The Melbourne win had been dominant and Ferrari was confident that it had a car that was well clear of the opposition. And thus the Italian team got a hell of a shock as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton blitzed the red cars in the race, scoring a solid 1-2 result. The first for McLaren for many a moon.

SINGAPORE CIRCUIT LAYOUT REVEALED

Although a deal has yet to be struck the planning for the street circuit in Singapore is well advanced with Hermann Tilke's engineering team having now come up with a masterplan for the track

8 APRIL 2007

RACE NOTES - ALONSO-HAMILTON 1-2 IN MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

Malaysian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Race Results

7 APRIL 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - FELIP-ING HECK!

Felipe Massa took pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur. It was a perfect lap from the Ferrari driver, who had been overshadowed in Melbourne by Kimi Raikkonen.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 3 Results

HOW THEY GO MOTOR RACING IN JAPAN

At the recent Formula Nippon race at Mount Fuji, the Japanese introduced a new idea to motor racing when a string quartet went to work outside the Mobilecast Team Impul garage.

ZANDVOORT MASTERS OF F3 MOVES TO ZOLDER!

The Zandvoort Masters of Formula 3, the traditional midseason gathering of the Formula 3 teams from around Europe, will take place this year at Zolder in Belgium.

MORE ENTRIES FOR INDIANAPOLIS

Target Chip Ganassi Racing, PDM Racing and Playa Del Racing have all now put in entries for the Indy 500 bringing the number of cars to 32 although there is no word on who will drive the PDM and Playa Del Racing entries.

WHO DRIVES FOR ME?

Both Flavio Briatore and Jean Todt made subconscious errors yesterday during the Malaysian Gp press conferences when they made reference to their drivers. Briatore mentioned "Fernando and Heikki" when saying how happy he was with the current driver line-up, a slip of the tongue that will not be very confidence-inspiring for Giancarlo Fisichella.

SOME INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT SPYKER

The fact that Spyker is a listed company provides an interesting insight into the world of F1 as the company has to go through the elaborate process of proper financial reporting and must reveal all the details which other teams often seek to hide.

6 APRIL 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - FELIPE STAYS AHEAD

Felipe Massa stayed ahead of the pack in Malaysia with a time of 1m35.780s, a tenth faster than the Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella. Confirming that the Renault is much more competitive in Malaysia was Heikki Kovalainen in third place, two-tenths behind his team mate.

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Malaysian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Malaysian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 2 Results

TEAM BOSSES TO DISCUSS CUSTOMER CARS AGAIN

The team principals will meet this afternoon to try to find a solution the problems related to the ongoing dispute over customer cars, both in 2007 and in the future. The teams are split on whether customer teams should be allowed.

STEWARDS RULE NOT TO RULE

The FIA Stewards in Malaysia have said that they will not rule on Spyker's protest against Scuderia Toro Rosso because the matters raised by the protest relate to the Concorde Agreement and there is an outstanding arbitration process under way, involving both Toro Rosso and Super Aguri.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MASSA LEADS THE WAY IN MALAYSIA

Felipe Massa led the way in the first testing session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, lapping the Sepang track two-tenths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Malaysian GP - Practice 1 Results

RAIKKONEN FACING 10-PLACE PENALTY

Kimi Raikkonen may have won the opening round of the World Championship in Australia but it seems that Ferrari may make the decision to switch his engine before the Malaysian Grand Prix and thus Kimi will have to take a 10-place penalty on the grid in Sepang.

HEIDFELD AND TOYOTA?

The 2008 silly season has not really begun as yet but it is not far away as the teams begin to understand their level of performance in 2007 and look for ways to improve the situation.

WILLIAMS LANDS AIRLINE MONEY

The AT&T Williams team has confirmed a new partnership with AirAsia, the most successful low cost carrier in South East Asia. The airline is in competition to other airlines now involved in F1.

VISO TALKING ABOUT TORO ROSSO TEST DEAL

One name missing from the GP2 entry list was Venezuela's Ernesto Viso and we hear that he is conversation with Scuderia Toro Rosso about a deal to become the team's test driver.

IN THE BACKGROUND AT SPYKER

Dutch investor Marcel Boekhoorn has bought a 5.7% interest in Spyker Cars for a reported $10m. This may not seem to be a very significant move unless one puts it into the F1 scenario. Boekhoorn's daughter happens to be the girlfriend of Giedo Van der Garde

5 APRIL 2007

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Malaysian GP - Thursday Press Conference

INDY 500 STRUGGLES FOR ENTRIES

Entries for the Indianapolis 500 close when the US Postal Service delivers the last applications mailed with an April 4 postmark (possibly some time next year) and at the moment there are 27 entries - although seven of them have no drivers yet assigned.

GP2 FIELD IS COMPLETE

With 10 days to go before the first GP2 race of the season in Bahrain, the GP2 field for 2007 is complete with all 26 seats now filled. The field is a mixture of rising stars, pay-drivers and a number of F1 drivers who were not able to sustain their careers in Grand Prix racing and are trying to get back to F1 with success in GP2.

FRENCH COURT REJECTS MICHELIN CASE

The Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris has thrown out Michelin's case against the FIA relating to the appointment of Pirelli as the sole tyre supplier for the World Rally Championship for three years.

4 APRIL 2007

MORE DETAILS ABOUT QUEENSLAND'S F1 BID

More details are now emerging about a bid for a huge new motorsport facility in the Brisbane area. The circuit would be part of a $500m development to be called i-METT, which stands for Integrated Motorsport Education Tourism and Technology.

3 APRIL 2007

A NEW TRACK IN QUEENSLAND?

There are reports in Australia of plans for a new racing circuit to be built in Queensland, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The stories suggest that the facility would be floodlit.

TRYING THE SAME IDEA AGAIN

Back in the autumn of 2001 a new racing series called Premier 1 Grand Prix was launched, the aim being to combine the thrills of motor racing with the millions of soccer fans around the world.

GRAND PRIX SABOTEURS SECOND EDITION IS OUT

"The Grand Prix Saboteurs", written by our own Joe Saward, has gone to a second edition. The new impression gets rid of annoying typos, uses better photographs and includes a map. In addition there is new information that has become available since the first edition was published in January.

CARLIN LAUNCHES CARLIN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Trevor Carlin has long had ambitions to be a Formula 1 team owner. That is not an easy thing to achieve and so he has been quietly building up his empire in recent years.

RACERS PREPARE FOR BRITISH F3 SEASON

The British Formula 3 Championship kicks off this weekend at Oulton Park with a calendar that will take the teams to the usual British tracks but also to the street circuit in Bucharest in Romania, to Monza and to Spa.

2 APRIL 2007

A WILD IDEA FOR BERNIE

Bernie Ecclestone has achieved many things in Formula 1 but the one thing that that has still escaped him is F1 success in the United States. This is largely due to the fact that America has not had an F1 star since Mario Andretti retired back in the early 1980s.

1 APRIL 2007

UPDATE ON ENGE

More details have emerged about Tomas Enge's injuries from his accident on Saturday night at St Petersburg in Florida. The Czech former F1 driver suffered no burns, nor head injuries but has a badly broken elbow, a series of cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

DANGEROUS TALK

Things are beginning to get more serious for the American open-wheeler championships with the Tampa Tribune reporting that Panther Racing boss John Barnes has floated the idea of the Indy Racing League becoming a support event for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

ENGE HURT IN ST PETE

Former F1 driver Tomas Enge had a big accident during Saturday evening's American Le Mans Series race on the streets of St Petersburg, in Florida. Enge was driving a Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Ferrari 430 GT and leading his class when he went off at Turn Four.

WHAT IS NOT HAPPENING...

Today is April 1 and the gullible out there will be shocked to hear that Formula 1 is being split into two categories now that McLaren has acquired Williams.