NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MAY 2007

REPLACING RALF...

There were well-founded rumours in Monaco that Ralf Schumacher may be dumped by Toyota if there is not a sudden and dramatic improvement in his level of performance in the next couple of races.

SPEEDCAR FOR MELBOURNE AND SEPANG?

The new Speedcar series, which is going to be running alongside GP2 Asia, looks like being on the timetable for the Australian and Malaysian GPs in 2008. The NASCAR-based series is being promoted by France's Benoit Lamonerie and Italian Luciano Secchi, but the money is coming from Dubai.

A NICE QUIET ROLE FOR TOMITA

Toyota Racing chairman and team principal Tsutomu Tomita is to become the new chairman of Fuji Speedway. Tomita will stand down from his role at Toyota Motorsport at the end of June and will be replaced by current vice chairman Tadashi Yamashina.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS ROSEMEYER

Elly Beinhorn Rosemeyer, celebrated aviatrix, and wife of Auto Union legendary Grand Prix driver, Bernd Rosemeyer, celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday at her home in Germany.

30 MAY 2007

FUNDING THE RACING IN SINGAPORE

The new Formula 1 race in Singapore is an interesting business model for the sport with the government admitting that it is going to pay about 60% of the annual cost of $99m.

FIA CLEARS MCLAREN

The FIA has cleared McLaren of any problems with team orders following the Monaco Grand Prix. The federation concluded that what McLaren did was entirely reasonable as the team was keen to gain the maximum points and could justify why Lewis Hamilton pitted when he did at the second pit stops.

MICHAEL ANDRETTI CALLS IT A DAY

Michael Andretti has said that he has finally had enough of racing and will not be contesting the Indianapolis 500 again. Michael finished 13th in the race last weekend. Andretti said that trying to race and run the business was simply too much for him to handle.

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX "ILLEGALS" STILL A PROBLEM

The authorities in Bahrain are still tracking down 700 people who are now living illegally inside the country, having entered the Gulf state on Formula 1 visas. More than 9000 visas were issued during the race weekend but when they had all expired, the authorities calculated that around 700 people had not left the country.

A FOOTNOTE OF HISTORY

McLaren boss Ron Dennis revived a curious incident in the course of this week's debates on the question of team orders, referring in passing to the Australian Grand Prix of 1998 when David Coulthard was ordered to let Mika Hakkinen win the race.

29 MAY 2007

A POSITIVE THOUGHT ABOUT THE MONACO INVESTIGATION

The McLaren team says that it has nothing to worry about with regard to an investigation into the possible use of team orders at Monaco.

VALENCIA GETS THE GREEN LIGHT FROM VOTERS

The European Grand Prix in Valencia is no longer conditional on election results. The ruling Partido Popular dominated the polls in the Valencia region winning a landslide victory.

28 MAY 2007

RACE REPORT - ROLLING THE DICE IN MONTE CARLO

Gambling will only get you so far. It is nice to win but a lot of the time luck has nothing to do with it. You win by working at it, doing the homework and not because the cards fell in your favour. Monaco is a city built on a casino, on the foundation that luck can bring you everything you need.

FIA GIVES MORE DETAILS OF 2011 IDEAS

The FIA has sent out a new briefing note to the Formula 1 Manufacturers’ Advisory Committee regarding the technical plans for Formula 1 in 2011 and beyond. The package was dreamed up by Tony Purnell and Peter Wright and reviewed by Professor Neville Jackson, the Technical Director of the Ricardo company.

THE FIA TO INVESTIGATE MCLAREN

The FIA has announced that it has launched an investigation into incidents involving the McLaren Mercedes team at the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix, in light of a possible breach of the International Sporting Code.

27 MAY 2007

RACE NOTES - ALONSO WINS 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 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Race Results

26 MAY 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - ALONSO TOPS THE TIMESHEETS

Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix but with the weather on Sunday uncertain in the Monaco area, it was no guarantee that this would aid the Spaniard as he tries to close the gap on Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - SUTIL HITS THE JACKPOT IN MONTE CARLO

Adrian Sutil is not a name that has made much of an impact thus far in Formula 1 history. The German has had a series of first lap incidents in most of the races this year but has made a favourable impression on the Spyker team. His biggest claim to fame is that he is a mate of Lewis Hamilton from Formula 3 days.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 3 Results

A BAD DAY FOR THE US FANS

A US appeals court has rejected an attempt by US fans to get their money back after the disastrous 2005 Grand Prix at Indianapolis when 14 of thee 20 cars pulled into the pits before the start of the race.

A GREY DAY ON THE RIVIERA

The weather on the Riviera is rather grey this morning as the teams begin preparations for the final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

A QUIET DAY ON THE RIVIERA

After a night of partying on Thursday, the Formula 1 circus was rather muted on Friday with the paddock in Monaco a lot quieter than usual, as the F1 fraternity recovered and quietly did business with the many sponsor representatives who are in town for the biggest event of the year.

24 MAY 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - ALONSO TAKES CONTROL AS LEWIS HITS THE WALL

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the Formula 1 afternoon practice session in Monaco on Thursday, with a best lap of 1m15.940s in his McLaren-Mercedes. The lap was almost three-tenths faster than the best lap recorded by Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari.

THURSDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Thursday Photos

BRITISH GP TURNS TO STARLET FOR HELP

The British Grand Prix has announced that actress Gemma Atkinson will be the Female Face of the Santander British Grand Prix. Atkinson (22) started out as a model but has become wellknown in the UK as a star of the teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. She is also the "sex and relationships columnist" for the magazine Zoo Weekly.

GP2 ASIA IS LAUNCHED

The GP2 Series has launched GP2 Asia, extending the current championship. Beginning in 2008, GP2 Asia will hold races between January and April and will be held in league with the new Speedcar Series.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference

THURSDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Thursday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 2 Results

NETWORKING WILLIAMS STYLE

The Williams team has announced backing for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend from Mappin & Webb, the celebrated British silverware company.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - ALONSO LEADS THE WAY AS HAMILTON HITS TROUBLE

The first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix saw Fernando Alonso set the fastest time with a lap of 1m16.973s. His McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton had been ahead early in the session but was then sidelined with a problem when the shaft of the external starter broke, which that meant the team had to remove the back of the gearbox to extract pieces of debris to avoid further problems.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 1 Results

IN THE PAPERS IN MONTE CARLO

The Business F1 magazine is in the news again - this time in France. The publication and its editor Tom Rubython have featured in "advertisements" in Autohebdo magazine and the L'Equipe sports newspaper as a result of a May 2006 judgement in the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris for having defamed FIA President Max Mosley in a story in the magazine in February 2005.

BUEMI IS AT ART AS AMMERMULLER MISSES ANOTHER GP2 RACE

Sebastian Buemi will make his GP2 this weekend at Monaco, at the wheel of an ART car. The Swiss youngster is leading the Formula 3 Euroseries, although there has been only one meeting thus far this season. In those races Buemi finished first and third in his Red Bull-sponsored Mucke Motorsport Dallara.

23 MAY 2007

WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Wednesday Press Conference

MARLBORO EVERYWHERE IN MONTE CARLO

There is Marlboro signage all over Monaco this weekend with the Ferrari team running the cars with full Marlboro branding, as they did in Bahrain recently. We understand that the cars will also run with full colours in China as well.

NEW FERRARI LIVERY

Ferrari has introduced a new colour scheme at Monaco. The cars will henceforth be seen in a darker red than has been the case in recent years, when the red was changed to get closer to the colour scheme used by Marlboro.

22 MAY 2007

HONDA HEADING FOR MENORCA

The Honda Racing F1 team is to go testing on the island of Menorca after the Monaco Grand Prix, following McLaren to the local aerodrome where the team can conduct some warm weather aero-mapping work.

NEW FACES COMING AT HONDA

There is little doubt that the poor performance of the Honda F1 team this year will result in changes being made to the team. The big question is what these changes are going to be - and what effect this will have on the long-term future of the team.

QUEENSLAND SNIFFING

The media reports suggesting that Melbourne could give up the Australian Grand Prix are rather exaggerated, but that has not stopped the story spreading to Queensland where news-hungry hounds have found a local tourism boss who says that the region should take a look at having a Grand Prix in the future.

21 MAY 2007

BERNIE AND THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Bernie Ecclestone knows how to apply pressure. At the moment Mr E is rather keen for the TV viewing figures of F1 to rise and in order to achieve this without needing to invest any money in better television or promotion of the World Championship.

A HAPPY ENDING FOR FORMER F1 MAN

Tomas Enge's career in racing seemed under threat a few weeks ago when the former F1 racer crashed heavily at the wheel of an ALMS Ferrari and shattered his elbow.

THE AXE FALLS IN SHANGHAI

Yu Zhifei, the man in charge of the Chinese Grand Prix, has been fired by the government for misuse of funds. Yu used company money to pay for a house and indulged in what the government media referred to as "other illegal behaviour". He had been under investigation since last autumn.

HERE AND THERE

There was an upset in the world of rallying at the weekend when World Champion Sebastien Loeb crashed out of the lead on the Rally Italia, leaving victory to Marcus Gronholm. The win also gives Ford driver Gronholm the lead in the Drivers' championship and extends Ford's lead in the Manufacturers' title race.

18 MAY 2007

MOSLEY PUNTS FOR NEW FORMULA 1 RULES IN 2011

According to reports in today's F1 Racing monthly magazine, the FIA is now making the first steps towards the introduction of 2.2-litre V6 turbocharged engines, running on biodiesel fuels, in F1 in 2011.

17 MAY 2007

SPANISH GROUP GRABS F1 TV RIGHTS

The right to broadcast Formula 1 races in Spain has become a useful asset thanks to the efforts of Fernando Alonso and the current rights-holder Telecinco. The interest in F1 has grown dramatically in the last three years and the station now gets an audience of around six million people at each Grand Prix.

DANICA HITS THE TOP SPOT

Danica Patrick set the pace in the opening day of the second week of practice for the Indianapolis 500, lapping the Speedway at 221.189mph, ahead of Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. Patrick's Andretti Green Racing teammates Marco Andretti and Dario Franchitti completed the top runners. Patrick has already qualified eighth for the race.

WINKELHOCK GETS A CALL FROM AUDI

Markus Winkelhock, the Spyker Formula 1 test driver, has been called up by Audi to stand in for injured multiple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, who is still recovering from a huge accident with Alexandre Premat in Hockenheim. Winkelhock competed in the DTM in 2004 with a year-old car in the DTM before trying to break into F1.

A CHANGE AT SPYKER

The Spyker car company has been working its way through some cash-flow problems of late as it tries to get itself organised to meet demand for its road cars and pay for its adventures in Formula 1.

16 MAY 2007

THE WORLD'S FASTEST FORMULA 1 MAGAZINE IS LAUNCHED

Morienval Press, a sister company of Grandprix.com today, launches the world’s fastest F1 magazine, Grand Prix +, a dramatic and exciting new concept in publishing that marks the innovative introduction of the first motorsport e-magazine in Europe designed to cater to all types of race fan.

15 MAY 2007

RACING IN COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is currently conducting a design study into the possibility of a street race in the city.

BOURDAIS, TORO ROSSO AND TODT JR

Sebastien Bourdais is back in a Toro Rosso-Ferrari tomorrow at Paul Ricard - and there is no doubt that the team already has an option on his services for 2008. That option has yet to be taken up but obviously the tests are the next step in the process.

ROSSITER JOINS SUPER AGURI

Honda has switched James Rossiter to the Super Aguri F1 team from his current position as official test driver with Honda Racing F1.

14 MAY 2007

RACE REPORT - A SLEEPY AFTERNOON IN BARCELONA

There was a certain amount of irony to be found lurking in the corridors at the Circuit de Catalunya. During the weekend, rival Valencia announced a new race, which will be called the European GP. The Catalans responded by announcing a new deal for the Spanish GP to take them to 2016.

13 MAY 2007

RACE NOTES - MASSA WINS SPANISH GRAND PRIX

Spanish GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Spanish GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Spanish GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Spanish GP - Race Results

VERSTAPPEN TO TEST FOR SPYKER?

The whisper from Holland is that Jos Verstappen may get to test for Spyker in the course of the next few months. This rather odd move appears to be an attempt to promote the team (using someone other than Paris Hilton) and to spur Christijan Albers into better performances.

12 MAY 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - FELIPE SPOILS FERNANDO'S DAY

Felipe Massa headed into the Spanish Grand Prix with the opportunity to add second victory to his win in Bahrain.

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

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - LEWIS LEADS THE WAY

Lewis Hamilton led the final practice before qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating double World Champion Fernando Alonso by 0.079s. The biggest surprise however was that the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were third and fourth fastest, ahead of David Coulthard's Red Bull-Renault and the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 3 Results

STAFF CHANGES DOWN MARANELLO WAY

The word in the F1 paddock in Barcelona is that there are to be some fairly major changes in the aerodynamic team at Maranello in the next few months with two aerodynamicists on their way to McLaren and the team's chief aerodynamicist John Iley rumoured to be on the move as well.

11 MAY 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - MCLAREN STAYS ON TOP IN CONFUSING SESSION

The dangers of reading too much into testing times on Fridays have been highlighted this afternoon in Barcelona with Fernando Alonso going fastest for McLaren in front of an appreciative local crowd.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Spanish GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Spanish GP - Friday Team Quotes

FIA APPOINTS RICARDO AS TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS

The FIA has appointed automotive technology and engineering specialists Ricardo to provide technical support and advice on the development of future regulations.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 2 Results

SINGAPORE GETS A DATE IN 08

Singapore Minister of State S Iswaran has told reporters in Singapore that the city will be holding a Formula 1 race next year in either late September or early October. It is not expected that the race will be a night event.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - LEWIS SHOWS FERNANDO THE WAY

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first test session for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona with a lap that was four-tenths of a second faster than his team-mate Fernando Alonso. The two McLarens surprised by being ahead of the Ferraris which had been expected to lead the way after some very good testing times last week.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Spanish GP - Practice 1 Results

DIXON AND DANICA GET GOING AT INDIANAPOLIS

With practice winding up at Indianapolis Scott Dixon has moved to the top of the speeds recorded with a fastest lap of 226.473mph in his Target Chip Ganassi car, but he was only a fraction faster than Danica Patrick, who has found more speed in her Andretti Green entry and was the fastest of the five team cars at 226.358mph.

AGATHANGELOU LEAVES RED BULL

Ben Agathangelou, who headed the aerodynamic team at Red Bull Racing before the arrival of McLaren's Peter Prodromou, has left the Milton Keynes team. Agathangelou has spent his entire career in F1, starting in 1994 when he joined McLaren after graduating in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Southampton.

RENAULT TO BUILD NEW CFD CENTRE

Renault has won planning permission to build a new computational fluid design facility at the team's base at the Whiteways Technical Centre in Enstone. The new building will be partially underground and will be linked to the existing facilities.

10 MAY 2007

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Spanish GP - Thursday Press Conference

VALENCIA DEAL IS CONDITIONAL

The deal for Valencia to hold the European Grand Prix for the next seven years is conditional on the regional council president Francisco Camps winning an election later this month. If Camps is successful the race will go ahead next year on a street circuit which will run around the port area and up towards the city centre.

A PRESS CONFERENCE IN VALENCIA

Bernie Ecclestone will be hosting a press conference later today in the city of Valencia, with the president of the regional council Francisco Camps. It is ancipated that this will be the announcement that Valencia has secured the European Grand Prix for 2008.

AN EXPLOSION IN NASCAR

Later today Dale Earnhardt Jr will hold a press conference at which he is expected to announce that he is leaving his late father's DEI organisation at the end of the year.

BERNIE FIRES THE FIRST SALVO IN THE NEXT SILVERSTONE BATTLE

Bernie Ecclestone has opened fire on Silverstone, slightly earlier in the year than usual, by telling Autosport magazine that he is not interested in dealing with the British Racing Drivers' Club because "you get no guarantees with them".

SINGAPORE TO MISS 2008?

There are reports in Asia that Singapore is going to miss the chance to host a Formula 1 race in 2008 because the locals cannot make up their minds how to fund the event.

9 MAY 2007

A EUROPEAN GP IN VALENCIA IN 2008?

There are reports in Spain this morning that the government of the Valencia province in Spain has agreed a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to run a European Grand Prix on a street race in the city in 2008.

DERNIE GETS A NEW JOB

Frank Dernie has been an engineer in F1 and other top levels of motor racing since the late 1970s but. Having recently parted company with Williams, Dernie has decided to look at pastures new and has taken on the job of being a member of the Technical Compliance Committee of the P1 Powerboat World Championship.

8 MAY 2007

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY

On May 8, 1982, Gilles Villeneuve was fatally injured during the final qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He was trying to beat his team mate Didier Pironi's best lap time when he came up to pass Jochen Mass's Rothmans March.

RUSSIAN RISING STAR TO DEBUT IN GP2

Renault World Series frontrunner Mikhail Aleshin will be replacing the injured Michael Ammermuller at ART Grand Prix in the GP2 race in Barcelona. The 19-year-old Russian, who became the first Russian driver to win a major international single-seater race when he won the opening round of this year's World Series, is a Red Bull sponsored driver and is racing this year for Carlin Motorsport.

THE INCREDIBLE HULKENBERG?

Nico Hulkenberg, who showed very well in the A1GP Series, is being heavily promoted at the moment by his manager Willi Weber, the man who managed Michael Schumacher.

7 MAY 2007

HOW CAN FERRARI PULL AWAY FROM THE OPPOSITION?

Ferrari dominated last week's Barcelona testing during which Felipe Massa was quoted, saying that the development of the F2007 was "at least half a second faster than before". This is bad news for the opposition and there have been suggestions that when practice begins in Spain later this week we may see Ferrari as much as a second ahead of everyone. And this has been achieved even with Ferrari having redesigned the floor of its cars to withstand the FIA's flexibility tests.

NASCAR TO GET F1 WINDTUNNEL TECHNOLOGY

NASCAR has been getting an increasing amount of engine technology from F1 in recent years, with a number of firms with F1 experience working closely with teams to develop the old stock block V8 engines that are still being used in the series.

AMMERMULLER AIMS FOR SPAIN

Michael Ammermuller, who drives for the ART Grand Prix GP2 team and is Red Bull Racing's test driver, is currently out of action because of a fracture to the scaphoid bone in his wrist as a result of his accident with Kazuki Nakajima in the first GP2 race in Bahrain.

AMBASSADOR GODDARD

Energy Efficient Motorsport, a programme which is run by Motorsport Development UK, a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry, four regional development agencies, the sport and the industry that supports it, has announced that Geoff Goddard, Professor in Motorsport Engineering Design at Oxford Brookes University, is to be its first EEMS Ambassador. His role will be to help stimulate energy efficiency in motorsport.

LE MANS RACER TO BE FRANCE'S NEXT PRIME MINISTER?

Motorsport in France has been in the doldrums since the days when Guy Ligier had the ear of President Francois Mitterand and his team was supported by a string of government-controlled companies.

NIGEL MAKING PLANS FOR BERNIE

Nigel Mansell returned to racing at the weekend, finishing seventh in a Ferrari (which he shared with Chris Niarchos) in the FIA GT event. This naturally drew some attention and Mansell was happy to expound a little.

ENGE ON THE MEND

Tomas Enge will be back in action on May 19 at the wheel of his Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning ALMS Ferrari in Salt Lake City, a month ahead of schedule. The Czech former F1 driver crashed heavily at St Petersburg on March 31, smashing his left elbow.

HERE AND THERE

It was a quiet weekend for single-seater racing with much of the action being with touring and sports cars. At Indianapolis the first running began for the 500 with rookie and refresher tests led by Michael Andretti lapping the track at 219.871mph ahead of Ryan Briscoe (218.215mph), Davey Hamilton (218.022mph), Jacques Lazier (216.467mph) and Milka Duno (214.128 mph).

5 MAY 2007

KING TO MEET QUEEN?

Richard Petty, who is known in the United States as "The King" thanks to his extraordinary success in NASCAR racing, is flying to Louisville, Kentucky today to attend the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race and to meet the Queen of England.

HILTON BOOKED

Paris Hilton may still be able to turn up at Monaco to represent potential Spyker sponsor Rich Prosecco but she will then have to go home to the United States to go to jail for 45 days.

4 MAY 2007

PETER KERR

Peter Kerr has died at the age of 73. Kerr was a New Zealander who arrived in Britain in 1964 and worked as the chief mechanic with Roy Winkelmann Racing in Formula 2.

WATKINS SETS SAIL FOR ALINGHI

Alistair Watkins, the head of marketing at Honda Racing F1, has been hired to be the marketing chief of Team Alinghi, to work finding sponsorship for the Swiss America's Cup syndicate in the world of yachting.

TAKE OUT FUEL AND IMPRESS

There is no doubt that the Red Bull-Renault is improving all the time, with the arrival of the team's seamless shift gearbox and a number of other aerodynamic modifications which have made the car rather more competitive but David Coulthard's unofficial lap record at Barcelona yesterday should be treated with care.

3 MAY 2007

BAHAR CONFIRMED AT FERRARI

As we reported in February Red Bull's Dany Bahar has been taken on by Ferrari to be the head of a new division of the company which will operate alongside the car business and the sporting department. This department will manage and develop the Ferrari brand around the world. Bahar will report to the company's managing director Jean Todt.

FERRARI MAINTAINS ITS LEAD IN BARCELONA TESTS

Ferrari has dominated the first three days of the Barcelona test with Felipe Massa setting the best overall time of 1m21.506s. Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on the first two days before he handed over the work to Massa.

FERRARI WINS A NEW PRIZE

Ferrari has won the prize for being the best workplace in Europe in 2007. The award, which is made by the Great Place to Work Institute Europe, recognises that the history of Ferrari is in part responsible for the remarkable team spirit that exists inside the Italian team.

2 MAY 2007

A NEW GENERATION FOR ANOTHER FAMOUS NAME

The sons of famous fathers have been flooding into motor racing for years and another hopeful will be joining the fray this weekend at Oschersleben in Germany when 16-year-old Adrien Tambay, son of Grand Prix winner, Patrick, begins his single-seater career in the opening round of the Formula BMW Deutschland championship. Tambay will be racing for current champions JK Racing, the team which launched Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil on their way to Formula 1.

A BAD DAY FOR WILLIAMS

The Barcelona testing has not been kind to Williams. On Monday Kazuki Nakajima had a sizeable crash and damaged the FW27 test car. This was repaired overnight wikth new parts being sent over from Britain but then the rains came and little was achieved on Tuesday.

RBS NAILS DOWN A NEW WILLIAMS DEAL

The Royal Bank of Scotland came into Formula 1 at the start of 2005 as a sponsor of the Williams team. That three-year deal did not result in huge success on the race tracks but the Scottish bank was more than happy with the results of the sponsorship and has now agreed to a three-year extension to the deal.

ILMOR HOPES FOR NEW MOTOGP DEAL

Ilmor Engineering has disbanded its MotoGP racing team in order to focus on the development of the motorcycle racing engine which the company designed. The decision was taken not to race because money was short and work was needed on the Ilmor bike but riders Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt remain under contract to the team for the moment although they are being allowed to race for other teams in the interim.

STUCK ON THE MEND

Former Grand Prix driver Hans Stuck is now out of hospital after a sizeable accident at the weekend during a race on the old Nurburgring. Stuck (56) was at the wheel of a BMW Z4 when he went off the road while passing a slower car and hit a stationary car beside the track.

HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR DRIVER

There is no doubt that 19-year-old German Nico Hulkenberg is a decent prospect for the future. He has impressed this year in the A1 Grand Prix Series, although the opposition has been at best patchy, but it was still a decent achievement in just his third year of car racing.

BIG SHUNTS IN SPANISH TEST

There have been a couple of big crashes in Formula 1 testing in Barcelona in recent days with Spyker newcomer Adrian Valles having a sizeable hit on Monday when he piled the Spyker into the wall at Turn 3.

NOW F1 BECOMES A SPORTS BAR

There is to be a Formula 1 sports bar in Holland following the announcement of a deal between Heineken and Spyker. As part of the deal Heineken will become the official beer supplier of trackside events organised by the Etihad Aldar Spyker team.