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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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'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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FIA is to increase the load-testing on the Formula 1 floors, increasing the current 500 Newton test to an impressive 2000 Newtons.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The rebuilding work at Spa is pushing ahead with the spring weather helping to speed things up.
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 Ecclestone was a visitor at Istanbul Park circuit today in the lead-up to this weekend's Turkish MotoGP race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bahrain GP - Race Notes
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.
Bahrain GP - Sunday Photos
Bahrain GP - Sunday Press Conference
Bahrain GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Bahrain GP - Race Results
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.
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.
Bahrain GP - Saturday Photos
Bahrain GP - Saturday Press Conference
Bahrain GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Bahrain GP - Qualifying Results
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.
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.
Bahrain GP - Practice 3 Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bahrain GP - Friday Photos
Bahrain GP - Friday Press Conference
Bahrain GP - Friday Team Quotes
Bahrain GP - Practice 2 Results
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.
Bahrain GP - Practice 1 Results
Bahrain GP - Thursday Press Conference
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Malaysian GP - Race Notes
Malaysian GP - Sunday Photos
Malaysian GP - Sunday Press Conference
Malaysian GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Malaysian GP - Race Results
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.
Malaysian GP - Saturday Photos
Malaysian GP - Saturday Press Conference
Malaysian GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Malaysian GP - Qualifying Results
Malaysian GP - Practice 3 Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malaysian GP - Friday Press Conference
Malaysian GP - Friday Photos
Malaysian GP - Friday Team Quotes
Malaysian GP - Practice 2 Results
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.
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.
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.
Malaysian GP - Practice 1 Results
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Malaysian GP - Thursday Press Conference
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.