NEWS ARCHIVE

28 JUNE 2008

PRIAULX TO DRIVE BMW SAUBER F1 AT BRANDS HATCH

Triple FIA World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx is to demonstrate a BMW Sauber F1 car at Brands Hatch on July 26-27 when the WTCC comes to Britain. Priaulx, who did occasional F1 tests with Williams-BMW in 2005 and 2006, will be racing as usual with Bart Mampaey's team from Mechelen in Belgium, which is competing this year as BMW Team UK.

27 JUNE 2008

SPORTING POWER IN INDIA.

Nazir Hoosein has long been a controversial figure in motorsport circles. The Indian was an FIA steward in F1 for many years and was responsible for some very controversial decisions, notably at Silverstone in 1998 after which he "voluntarily" handed in his steward's licence for a year.

SENNA AND BMW

The word in F1 circles is that GP2 frontrunner Bruno Senna is in talks to become the BMW Sauber test driver next season.

SOME MORE BACKGROUND TO THE MOSLEY SCANDAL

In recent weeks The Times has become the conduit for the thoughts of Bernie Ecclestone, while Max Mosley has generally kept quiet and said nothing, hoping that silence, coupled with some populist policies, will come across as presidential behaviour and help to rebuild his damaged image.

26 JUNE 2008

FRENCH GP A SUCCESS, FFSA GOES AHEAD

The General Assembly of the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA), the national sporting authority in France, and the promoter of the French GP, met today and having reviewed the results of this year's race, agreed that they would continue to promote the race at Magny-Cours in 2009.

BMW SAUBER RESTRUCTURES F1 TEAM

Willy Rampf, the Technical Director of the BMW Sauber F1 team, is to have a slight change of job at the end of the current season. From November 1 Rampf will become Technical Coordinator and will continue to be responsible for the vehicle concept and to lead the team at the race track, but his management of the manufacturing side of the operation is to be handed over to Walter Riedl (48), the current managing-director of the team.

25 JUNE 2008

ANALYSING THE WORLD COUNCIL

The FIA World Motorsport Council did not produce the fireworks that had been suggested might happen. However there are clear indications that Max Mosley is pushing ahead with his strategy to improve his historical reputation by creating the sport as it ought to be - rather than the sport he had fashioned before the scandal began.

NINETEEN RACES FOR 2009

The FIA has issued its first draft calendar for the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship.

WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL DECISIONS

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met today in Paris, and a number of decisions were announced, including the provisional 2009 F1 calendar.

24 JUNE 2008

BERNIE DENIES

Bernie Ecclestone has told The Times that he had nothing to do with the revelations about FIA President Max Mosley's sex life, as revealed in March by the News of the World.

INTERESTING TALK FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

It has been reported for some time that Mohammad Bin Sulayem, the UAE's representative at the FIA, was largely responsible for Max Mosley's recent victory in a vote of confidence by the FIA General Assembly. Bin Sulayem is now admitting what he did, telling the Gulf News that he organised 41 of Mosley's 103 votes.

FIA WANTS $755,000 FEES FROM EACH F1 TEAM

The FIA World Council will consider a proposal to make teams pay for various "services and equipment at every F1 race" and intends to add the cost to the entry fee.

23 JUNE 2008

RACE REPORT - SOME VERY GOOD RED

The area to the north of Nevers is known for its sensational white wines. The reds are average. Down at Magny-Cours the reds were exceptional - the rest were just old plonk...

22 JUNE 2008

RACE NOTES - MASSA LEADS FERRARI 1-2 AT FRENCH GP

French GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

French GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

French GP - Race Results

RUBENS TO THE BACK

Rubens Barrichello has dropped five places on the grid because of a gearbox change. The Honda driver will thus start last on the grid, having qualified 17th. This moves Giancarlo Fisichella, Adrian Sutil and Nico Rosberg up a place.

A FEW MORE DAYS OF CALM

The FIA World Motor Sport Council will meet in Paris on Wednseday and we anticipate that there will be discussions over a proposal that will, if agreed, spark a major fight for the control of Formula 1.

21 JUNE 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - OH ROUGE!

Ferrari looks set to run away with the race on Sunday in Magny-Cours after a dominant performance in qualifying for the French Grand Prix.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Saturday Team Quotes

HEIKKI'S PENALTY

Heikki Kovalainen has been given a five-place grid penalty for getting in the way of Mark Webber while driving slowly on a one of his OUT laps during the qualifying session. This means that he will start 10th, unless there are other penalties between now and the start of the race.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

French GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - ADMIRABLE, LAUD NELSON?

Nelson Piquet set the fastest time of the Saturday morning session at Magny-Cours in his Renault, a rather surprising result given that the Brazilian has shown no pace at all this year.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 3 Results

MCLAREN LAUNCHES BOOK

McLaren has launched a new book called "McLaren - The Cars 1964-2008", a large-format 304-page hardback book chronicling every McLaren ever built in exhaustive detail. The book includes a foreword was written by Ron Dennis and a postscript by Martin Whitmarsh.

20 JUNE 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - RENAULT'S FRIDAY DREAM

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in the Friday afternoon session for the French Grand Prix in his Renault, suggesting that the French company is keen for a bit of publicity in its home race.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 1 Results

NEWS FROM THE PLANET ZOG

The annual British Grand Prix controversy kicked off on schedule at the French GP with the unlikely tale that Formula 1 will once again be going to Donington Park. This is about as likely to happen as a French Grand Prix in Rouen.

19 JUNE 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Thursday Press Conference

F1 GOES TO MANCHESTER

Formula 1 will be in Manchester in on the weekend of the British GP with the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park at the Trafford Centre. The mobile F1 theme park will be open to all visitors, free of charge and offers unrivalled access to the sounds, power and dynamics of the world's most exhilarating and high-tech sport.

ROUEN TO BID FOR THE FRENCH GP

Rouen says it will bid for the French Grand Prix. The city held five French Grands Prix between 1952 and 1968 but continued to hold races on the Les Essarts road circuit until 1993.

MAGNY-COURS TO GET A FACELIFT

As we suggested yesterday, there is a project to be funded by the partners in the Magny-Cours circuit to upgrade the facility to meet the demands of the Formula One group.

A LICENCE TO PRINT MONEY?

There is talk of a drivers' strike ahead in Formula 1, but these things have never been successful in the past and are unlikely to be so in the future. Unity amongst racing drivers is a rare thing, indeed not all the current drivers are member of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, and so there is even less pressure on them to conform.

18 JUNE 2008

INTERESTING GOINGS-ON IN FRANCE

The French News is an English language publication, produced in English for those who live in France, but prefer their mother tongue. This week it is reporting from Burgundy, the region in which Magny-Cours in located, that it has been agreed that $46m is to be pumped into keeping the French Grand Prix going for a few more years to come.

JARNO GOES TO CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION

Between Detroit and Chicago, in what they call the Irish Hills, is a settlement called Cambridge Junction, home of an old tavern where stagecoaches used to stop. It is this crossroads that led to the construction nearby of Michigan International Speedway in 1968, a two-mile high-banked oval which has long been one of the most challenging tracks in the United States, with a crowd capacity of around 80,000.

17 JUNE 2008

RENAULT AND TOSO PART WAYS

Renault announced the departure of Director of Aerodynamic Technology Dino Toso from the team today. Toso has spent the last eight years with the team working in the aerodynamics department.

16 JUNE 2008

ANOTHER SECOND HONDA TEAM?

There are stories doing the rounds in Europe that there might be a second Honda team again in F1 in 2009. This sounds rather unlikely given that Honda is still nursing the tips of its fingers, which were well heated by Super Aguri.

ECCLESTONE ON THE ATTACK AGAIN

Last week Bernie Ecclestone seemed to be relatively conciliatory towards the FIA, but this week he is back on the attack again, banging on the drum of a breakaway Formula 1 series.

15 JUNE 2008

AUDI SEES OFF PEUGEOT CHALLENGE AT LE MANS

Audi Sport North America fought off a strong challenge from Peugeot Sport to win Audi's eighth win in nine years with Tom Kristenson winning his eighth Le Mans victory, Rinaldo Capello his third and Allan McNish his second.

14 JUNE 2008

GOVERNMENT SOURCE SAYS AUSTRALIAN GP DEAL DONE

Australian newspapers are reporting that a new deal has been done to keep the Australian GP in Melbourne until 2015. The deal is reportedly a verbal agreement at the moment but it is anticipated that it will be signed off shortly.

QUEENS RECOGNISES RACING CHAMPIONS

Queen Elizabeth II"s annual Birth Honours List in Britain has rewarded John Surtees, the former F1 World Champion and multiple motorcycle racing champion with the status of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Surtees won his title back in 1964 but has had to wait until the age of 74 for recognition. Surtees ran his own Formula 1 team and more recently ran the British team in the A1GP Series.

MELBOURNE EXTENDS F1 CONTRACT UNTIL 2015?

We are hearing rumours from Australia that the Australian GP contract with Melbourne has been extendede until 2015. This is great news for Australia as there had been fears that the race would fall victim to higher bids coming from elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.

13 JUNE 2008

WHAT MAKES SENSE AND WHAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE

There have been a series of denials regarding rumours that there have been talks between CVC Capital Partners and News Corp about the possible sale of the Formula One group of companies.

DENNIS GETS A GONG

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis's contribution to engineering has led to the award of the Prince Philip Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The gold medal is "awarded periodically to an engineer of any nationality who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education".

DUTCHMAN GOES TO COURT

Dutch racing driver Giedo van der Garde has launched a legal action in Breda, Holland, against the Force India F1 team, aiming to recoup $3m which, he argues, was paid to the team in order to guarantee 6000km of testing. The deal was done when the Silverstone team was under previous ownership and was known as Spyker.

BUDGET-CAPPING ADVICE FOR THE FIA

Kelvin O'Reilly, the former boss of the Touring Car Entrants Group of Australia (TEGA) is in England this week to advise FIA consultant Tony Purnell about budget-capping.

12 JUNE 2008

THE F1-FIA PLOT THICKENS - OR DOES IT?

Bernie Ecclestone has written to all the FIA club presidents saying that he wishes to clarify the current situation, blaming confusion on the media - a regular thing in F1 circles.

MONACO ON THE MOSKVA

For years Formula One has dreamed of hosting a race in Moscow, but a deal has never been done and event organiser Rotterdam Racing is going to beat the F1 circus to Russia in July with a display around the Kremlin on Sunday July 13. This will be the first foreign edition of Rotterdam Racing's concept, which has proven to be very successful in the Dutch city in recent years.

11 JUNE 2008

OVE ANDERSSON 1938-2008

It is with great regret that we must report the death of one of motorsport's most extraordinary characters Ove Andersson, a legend in the rallying world who went on to become the force behind Toyota's motorsport activities for more than 30 years. He was the Toyota F1 team principal until his retirement. He was 70 years of age.

10 JUNE 2008

TORO ROSSO - THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION?

There are reports that the British Formula 3 team Ultimate Motorsport is negotiating to buy a shareholding in Scuderia Toro Rosso, with funding for the project coming from the Angolan oil company Sonangol. Ultimate was formed in 2006 by Barry Walsh, a former racer.

FORTY YEARS OF WINNING FOR MCLAREN

Monday was the 40th anniversary of McLaren's first Grand Prix victory, although Bruce McLaren did win the non-championship Race of Champions prior to his victory at Spa on June 9 1968. Forty years on the team had little to celebrate at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton not only crashing out of the race but also being landed with a 10-place grid penalty that will hurt his race in France in two weeks.

9 JUNE 2008

RACE REPORT - BIMMER FEST

Robert Kubica is happy to admit that he does not have the car to do the job this year, but if the rest of the F1 frontrunners want to hand him a victory, he is not going to turn it down. In Montreal they did exactly that.

8 JUNE 2008

RACE NOTES - KUBICA TAKES FIRST WIN IN CANADIAN GP

Canadian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

HAMILTON AND ROSBERG PENALISED FOR PITLANE INCIDENT

Following the stewards investigation into the pitlane accident which took out Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton from the Canadian Grand Prix, both Hamilton and Rosberg will lose ten grid positions in the French Grand Prix.

RACE INCIDENTS

Canadian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Canadian GP - Race Results

7 JUNE 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - LEWIS PLAYS MARBLES

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, finding his way around a crumbling track to record a time that was six-tenths of a second faster than his nearest rival. Six-tenths of a second in modern Formula 1 is a huge margin and the underlying story was clearly that Lewis had figured out something that the others had not worked out.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Canadian GP - Qualifying Results

THE IDEA OF A BREAKAWAY SERIES

There has been much talk overnight about the possibility of a breakaway Formula 1 series without the FIA being involved. Those who were talking it up yesterday are now denying that there is anything to the story.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 3 Results

6 JUNE 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - HAMILTON GOES TO THE FRONT

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the second practice session for the Canadian GP in overcast conditions in Montreal. The McLaren driver was three-tenths faster than Robert Kubica's BMW, but Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari was right with them.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 2 Results

AFRICAN CLUBS OBJECT TO ECCLESTONE REMARKS

The aftermath of the FIA General Assembly has been fairly messy for the FIA, with a lot of negative criticism about the federation. This has not pleased all concerned and the FIA African Council, a new body that involves the clubs of the African continent, which grew out of the old Sub-Saharan African Touring and Automobile Clubs (SATAC), has written to the F1 Commercial Rights Holder Bernie Ecclestone complaining about remarks he made to Britain's Daily Express about what happened in Paris.

F1 AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

The Formula 1 world is not much associated with gardening, except when cars go flying off and go lawn-mowing across run-off areas. The Williams F1 team, often a pioneer in F1 marketing, has just launched the first F1-branded lawnmower, manufactured by Countax Ltd.

STEWART TO HONOUR LESLIE

Sir Jackie Stewart is to give an address at the forthcoming memorial celebration for the life of racer David Leslie to be held at the BRDC Farm at Silverstone at 6pm on Thursday, July 24.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MASSA LEADS THE WAY IN MONTREAL

The first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix resulted in the fastest time going to Felipe Massa in his Ferrari, two-tenths of a second ahead of the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 1 Results

A VIEW FROM THE MARKETING WORLD

Marketing Week in London has looked at the effects of the Mosley Scandal on Formula 1, drawing a parallel between Mosley and Hillary Clinton.

WORRYING SIGNS FROM RENAULT F1

There are worrying signs that Renault's lack of success in Formula 1 in recent years - and the rules changes - are finally beginning to have an effect on the team.

SPA EXTENDS GRAND PRIX CONTRACT TO 2012

The Belgian Grand Prix dropped off the F1 calendar in 2006 but returned last year on a short-term deal, based on getting the finance sorted out. That now seems to be sorted out as the Belgian newspaper Le Soir is reporting that a new deal has been done to secure the future of the race until 2012.

5 JUNE 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Thursday Press Conference

4 JUNE 2008

VILLENEUVE AND NASCAR

There are reports in Canada that Jacques Villeneuve has teamed up with IRL team owner Barry Green and Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault to find the money to race in NASCAR.

3 JUNE 2008

THE JUDGEMENT OF HISTORY

The decision by the FIA General Assembly to support Max Mosley paints the federation in a very poor light, at least in the eyes of the general public. A large number of people in this world believe that married men should not break their vows and involve themselves with lurid sexual games, involving professional uniformed dominatrices.

MOSLEY WINS VOTE - NOW WHAT?

Max Mosley has won a vote of confidence from the FIA General Assembly and the federation is waiting nervously to see the reaction to the decision. Mosley won by 103 votes to 55, with seven abstentions and four invalid votes.

EIGHTY-NINE TO WIN

The FIA General Assembly gathers today in Paris and it has emerged that there will be a total of 177 votes cast today in the confidence motion for Max Mosley. Nineteen of these votes will be by proxy.

2 JUNE 2008

THE FIA STANDS ON THE LEDGE

This week will be of huge importance to the international automobile federation as it decides what to do about its disgraced president Max Mosley. Mosley was caught in a sordid sex scandal six weeks ago.

BRISCOE WINS PENSKE'S 300TH

Ryan Briscoe won the Indy Racing League race at the Milwaukee Mile, scoring his first win in the series and the 300th victory in motorsports for team owner Roger Penske.