NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Thursday Press Conference

KOVALAINEN STAYING AT MCLAREN

It is no great surprise but Heikki Kovalainen has agreed to stay on at McLaren as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate in 2009. The Finn has done a decent job this year and will get stronger as he gets to know the team better.

SILVERSTONE GETS PLANNING - MINUS HOUSES

The British Racing Drivers’ Club has been granted planning permission to go ahead with its rebuilding at the northern end of the circuit. The only problem is that in order to get the agreement the circuit has had to drop the plans to build housing in Silverstone village.

MONTEZEMOLO HEADS FOTA

Getting Ferrari to join an association of Formula 1 teams was obviously not an easy thing to achieve and so it is not really a surprise to hear that the president of the new Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), will be Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

MICHAEL IN ROAD ACCIDENT IN ENGLAND

Michael Schumacher was involved in a road accident in England on Sunday, after attending the Silverstone Classic event. He was on his way to Lydd Airport in Kent at the wheel of a Fiat van (odd, but true) when he rounded a corner in Lydd-on-Sea and collided with a garage door, while overtaking another car.

A NEW BEGINNING

What goes around comes around. Back in the early 1970s the Formula 1 teams established an association to represent their interests in discussions with the governing body of the sport. That association became the Formula One Constructors Association.

29 JULY 2008

F1 TEAMS IN NEW ASSOCIATION BID

The Formula 1 teams had a meeting today in Maranello, Italy, and have agreed to set up a new association called the Formula 1 Teams Association, that will negotiate with the FIA and Formula One Management to agree on a new Concorde Agreement.

RUMOURS ABOUT ALONSO

We reported some months ago that we believed that Fernando Alonso had signed a deal to race for Ferrari in 2010. This has been consistently denied by all concerned, but the rumours do not go away and the latest is that the Spaniard is looking at buying a house in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, which would be close enough to get to and from Maranello without too much drama.

A MEETING IN MARANELLO

The Formula 1 world is going through a quiet patch at the moment but today in Maranello the team principals will meet to discuss their response to the FIA's demand for proposals for new regulations.

25 JULY 2008

CONSEQUENCES

Max Mosley has today issued proceedings against the News of the World for libel. Following his privacy claim, Mosley is now pursuing a claim for damages and aggravated damages in relation to defamatory allegations in the April 6 edition of the News of the World.

MULLER GETS INTO TROUBLE

Victor Muller, once the boss of the Spyker F1 team, has been fined $150,000 for insider trading when he was in charge of the team. The case relates to a bank loan that Muller had negotiated, using Spyker shares as the collateral.

24 JULY 2008

NO NAZI PARTY SAYS JUDGE, JUST STRAIGHT S&M

Max Mosley has won his privacy action against the News of the World newspaper for printing pictures and publishing videos of a five-hour sadomasochistic sex sessions with prostitutes in a cellar in Chelsea.

22 JULY 2008

RYAN GETS A PROMOTION

McLaren team manager Dave Ryan has been with the team since 1974 and has played a big role in turning McLaren into what it is today.

MICHELIN JOINS A1GP

Michelin is to become the exclusive tyre supplier to A1GP, beginning this autumn. The deal is for three years. The tyres have been tested on the new Ferrari-built cars and have clocked up 2500 miles of running in the hands of Andrea Bertolini, Patrick Friesacher and Marc Gene. The design of the tyres stem from technologies developed in F1.

THE GLOCK ACCIDENT

Timo Glock suffered a rear suspension failure at Hockenheim on Sunday and crashed heavily into the pitwall. The rearward impact had little in the way of deflection and so the driver took a lot of the force of the shunt.

21 JULY 2008

RACE REPORT - LEWIS THE DOMINATOR

Thank you Timo Glock. It is true that the substantial impact that you had with the pit wall may have been a little painful and, despite the rather eccentric method by which you were extracted from your wrecked car, you did everyone a favour. Before the impact the German Grand Prix had been a rather dull affair. The crash lit the race up.

20 JULY 2008

RACE NOTES - HAMILTON WINS GERMAN GP

German GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

German GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

German GP - Race Results

19 JULY 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - LEWIS'S SMASH AND GRAB

Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position at the end of the qualifying session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. The McLaren star edged out Felipe Massa by two-tenths of a second in the final seconds of the session, while his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen bounced up to third.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

German GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - HEIKKI LEADS THE WAY

Heikki Kovalainen set the fastest time of the Saturday morning session in sunny but windy conditions at Hockenheim.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 3 Results

18 JULY 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - HAMILTON STAYS ON TOP

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the second practice session for the German GP, lapping the Hockenheim track in 1m15.025s, a time that was seven-tenths clear of the best recorded in the session by Felipe Massa

FRIDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Friday Photos

F1 IN AMERICA

Yesterday Windshear Inc. held "a grand opening" for the world's first commercially available full-scale, single-belt, rolling road wind tunnel. This is located in Concord, North Carolina, in the heart of NASCAR country.

BMW SAUBER RUNS KERS SYSTEM

BMW Sauber conducted its first track tests of its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) at the company's Miramas test track in France last week. The work was done with a F1.07 with Marko Asmer doing the driving.

HOW FORMULA 2 CAN WORK

There has been much doubt expressed about the FIA's plans to reintroduce Formula 2 racing. The criticism has centred on the fact that there will be no promotion, no television and the price is so low that teams believe that the chassis will not be very sophistocated.

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 2 Results

NO CHANGE AT HONDA?

Honda's Ross Brawn says that he is not looking to change the driver line-up next year. Brawn says that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will stay on with the team in 2009 and that the team's priority is to build a better car to help the drivers produce results.

PEUGEOT SNOOPING AROUND F1?

Peugeot Sport's director of communication Jean-Claude Lefebvre appeared in the paddock at Hockenheim, saying that he was "on holiday". This was much the same answer he gave 15 years ago when he appeared in the paddock prior to Peugeot's entry into F1 as an engine supplier in 1994.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MCLAREN 1-2 IN FRIDAY PRACTICE

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen set the pace in Hockenheim for the McLaren-Mercedes team, on a damp circuit.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 1 Results

17 JULY 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Thursday Press Conference

VETTEL MOVES TO RED BULL FOR 2009

Red Bull has announced that Sebastian Vettel will move from Toro Rosso to drive for the Red Bull team starting in 2009, to replace David Coulthard, who will retire at the end of this season.

15 JULY 2008

BUTTON TO JOIN RACE OF CHAMPIONS

Jenson Button has signed up to compete in the Race of Champions event at Wembley stadium on December 14.

DPR BUILDS UP ITS BUSINESS

The demise of the Super Aguri F1 team has resulted in a number of engineers coming on to the market and the Dave Price Racing organisation has moved quickly to snap up Gerry Hughes, the former chief race engineer of the team. Price says that he now intends to develop an aerodynamic research consultancy, with the focus being on simulation technology and 7-post rig testing.

A BIG CHANGE IN THE BEER WORLD

The Belgian brewery firm InBev has acquired the US beer firm Anheuser-Busch for $52bn. The purchase creates the world's largest beer company. The new company, which will be the number one beer company in the world, will be called Anheuser-Busch-InBev and will control brands such as Stella Artois, Bass, Beck's, Boddingtons, Brahma, Labatt, Lowenbrau, Budweiser, Busch, Michelob and Rolling Rock.

13 JULY 2008

F1 ON THE STREETS OF MOSCOW

Hundreds of thousands of Russians turned out on Sunday to see a street demonstration put on by Holland's Rotterdam Racing and featuring Formula 1 cars from Williams and Red Bull Racing.

11 JULY 2008

AN INTERESTING SETTLEMENT

Ferrari and McLaren have announced that they are bringing to an end the various legal disputes between them. McLaren has agreed to pay Ferrari's legal costs arising from the actions, which relate to the spying scandals of 2007.

VOLKSWAGEN AND F1

Hans-Joachim Stuck, the man who is in charge of all Volkswagen group motorsport activities, has told the Austrian newspaper Vorarlberger Nachrichten that the Wolfsburg conglomerate will not be entering Formula 1 in the next three years.

GREAT NEWS FOR F1

With all the hullabaloo surrounding the British Grand Prix last week one event was rather overlooked, although it is worth a mention for its is very good news for the F1 world.

10 JULY 2008

BERNARD CAHIER 1927-2008

Bernard Cahier, one of the leading photojournalists in the history of Formula 1 has died at the age of 81. Cahier began photographing F1 in 1952 and developed strong friendships ith many of the stars of the era, notably Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi. In 1968 he was one of the founders of the International Racing Press Association (IRPA) which began the process of organising the media in F1, the famous red IRP armband becoming the F1 press pass for many years.

NEWS OF THE WORLD LOSES STAR WITNESS

The leading witness for The News of the World in the case against Max Mosley has withdrawn from giving evidence because her "emotional and mental state was such that it would not be fair or reasonable to call her to give evidence".

GARRETT TO LEAVE WILLIAMS

Scott Garrett, the head of marketing at Williams, has resigned from the team and is to become chief executive and a shareholder in KHP, a sports marketing agency which is close to the Formula One group.

9 JULY 2008

FRANCE GOES TO WOKING

Jim France, vice chairman of the board of directors and executive vice president of NASCAR and the chief executive officer of International Speedway Corporation, was a visitor to the McLaren technical centre in Woking, Surrey, to day. It is not clear what France was doing in Woking but it seems that he was impressed by what he saw.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FORUM

With five months to go before the fourth annual Motor Sport Business Forum in Monaco the leading lights in the motor racing world have already signalled their intention to play a major role in this year's event.

8 JULY 2008

PLANNING PERMISSION IN ENGLAND

Donington Park says it will be the home of the British Grand Prix by 2010, but there are many obstacles to be got over before that announcement becomes a reality.

ANOTHER IDEA FOR ST PETERSBURG

There has been talk of a Grand Prix in St Petersburg for some time, but thus far no deal has yet been agreed. It is thus interesting to hear that Valentina Matviyenko, the governor of St Petersburg, has told the Ekho Moskvy radio station that St Petersburg will bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics. She also said that if the city did not win the 2020 bid then it would bid again for 2024.

SUPER AGURI ASSETS ON SALE

The assets of the Super Aguri F1 team, will be sold in an online auction later this month. Auctioneers SHM Smith Hodgkinson have been instructed by administrators PKF to sell the assets between July 29 -31.

7 JULY 2008

RACE REPORT - LEWIS SHOWS HIS CLASS

In the days when Mr Kipling was a celebrated poet, rather than a man who makes cakes, he wrote a poem by which many young men of the age tried to live their lives. It typified the attitude that built the British Empire.

WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE?

FIA President Max Mosley was revealed in March as having been involved in a sado-masochistic orgy, with five prostitutes. He has refused to resign his position, arguing that what he does in private is his own business and that the world does not need to know.

6 JULY 2008

RACE NOTES - HAMILTON DOMINATES BRITISH GP

British GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Sunday Team Quotes

DONINGTON BOSS SAYS FANS WILL PAY FOR RACE

Donington Park boss Simon Gillett has astonished the F1 world by announcing that the circuit does not have a secret backer, nor planning permission. And he says that the rebuilding work will be achieved by selling debentures on seats at the British GP - or by a bond issue.

RACE INCIDENTS

British GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

British GP - Race Results

5 JULY 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - HEIKKI'S SILVER BULLET?

In recent years Ferrari has led a charmed life in Formula 1. Everyone else has been looking for a means to slay the mystical Ferrari beast. At Silverstone the McLarens looked like silver bullets - and the folk at Ferrari looked rather worried.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

British GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - ALONSO FASTEST

In a wet/dry session at Silverstone on Saturday morning, Fernando Alonso set the pace in his Renault with Mark Webber second quickest in his Red Bull-Renault.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 3 Results

4 JULY 2008

BRITISH GP FOR DONINGTON!

The British GP will be at Donington from 2010, at least according to a press release this morning from the FIA. The announcement says that a contract has been signed. There are a number of very odd aspects to the announcement, not least that it has been made by the FIA, which is not supposed to be involved in this sort of thing.

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - HEIKKI HEADS THE LIST

Heikki Kovalainen was fastest in the second session for the British Grand Prix, but the timesheets revealed that there was not much to be taken seriously in the session.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Friday Team Quotes

DONINGTON HAS PLANNING PERMISSION?

The word in the paddock at Silverstone is that Donington Park already has planning permission for a major rebuild to create a new F1-standard facility by 2010.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 2 Results

BP JOINS THE OLYMPICS

BP has been a major supporter of motorsport over the years dating back to the early days of the sport. At the end of the 1960s the company quit F1 and concentrated on other formulae, but returned to F1 in 1983 with the Toleman team.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MASSA A BIG HIT

Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the first session for the British GP at Silverstone, but the Brazilian's morning was ruined when he hit oil and spun heavily into the wall at Stowe, causing considerable damage to the rear end of his car.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 1 Results

HEAD STRONG ON TODT

Patrick Head is not a man who minces words and this week he has told The Independent exactly what he thinks of the idea of former Ferrari boss Jean Todt becoming the next FIA President.

A MOMENT OF PEACE?

The last few months have seen a deal of stress and strain between Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, although it has been very difficult towork out whether they were really at odds or whether they were (as usual) working together. The one thing on which everyone agreed was that a division between the two made little sense.

AUSTRALIA CONFIRMS DEAL UNTIL 2015

The Australian Grand Prix has been secured for another seven years. The Victorian government and Bernie Ecclestone have agreed to a new deal, with the races starting at 5pm.

3 JULY 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Thursday Press Conference

MARK WEBBER RE-SIGNS FOR RED BULL RACING

Red Bull Racing has announced that Mark Webber will stay with the team until at least the end of the 2009 season.

MOSLEY TALKS RULES

Max Mosley has written to all the F1 teams with his latest ideas about the Formula 1 rules and, in keeping with his current policy of winning friends, he has "invited" the teams to come up with proposals for new rules, rather than telling them how things are going to be.

COULTHARD TO RETIRE

David Coulthard has announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the season. The news is not a surprise.

A CELEBRATION OF NOTE

Motor Sport magazine celebrated its 1000th edition in London this week with a pary in its new offices in Chelsea. Motor Sport was founded in 1924 as the Brooklands Gazette, but changed its name two years later.

1 JULY 2008

F1 KNOWLEDGE TO HELP DRAG RACERS

The death of Scott Kalitta, one of the stars of the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) biggests stars a week ago at Englishtown, New Jersey, has called for changes in safety measures in the sport and the NHRA is now looking at ways to improve its safety with the specific aims being to stop engine explosions, find better ways to employ parachutes, develop brakes to more effectively stop the cars and to examine better run-off areas and catch nets.

ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE FOR SILVERSTONE

Grand Prix racing is not a favourite of British politicians, although this was not always the case. Back in 1996, the soon-to-be Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the British GP as a guest of the FIA. There were six other MPs present at the event that year.

GURDJIAN CONCENTRATES ON ABU DHABI

Philippe Gurdjian, the man in charge of the Circuit Paul Ricard for the last nine years, is standing down from his role in order to concentrate on getting the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit finished in time for the Grand Prix at the end of next year.