NEWS ARCHIVE

31 AUGUST 2009

RACE REPORT - KIMI PUSHES THE RIGHT BUTTONS

Belgian GP - Race Report

30 AUGUST 2009

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN TAKES BELGIAN GP FOR FERRARI

Belgian GP - Race Notes

FIA INVESTIGATES CLAIMS

The FIA has confirmed that there is an investigation under way regarding, what the spokesperson called "alleged incidents at a previous FIA Formula 1 World Championship event".

ALLEGATIONS FLY OVER SINGAPORE 2008

The Brazilian TV station Globo has claimed that Nelson Piquet was ordered to crash by the Renault team during the Singapore GP last year. The accident resulted in a Safety Car which played into the hands of Fernando Alonso, who had pitted just before the accident occurred.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Belgian GP - Race Results

29 AUGUST 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - FISICHELLA ON POLE!

If one had been mad enough to put $1000 on Giancarlo Fisichella for pole position at Spa, one would be going home tonight with $150,000 in one's pocket. How did it happen? "I don't know," said Fisichella.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Belgian GP - Qualifying Results

FOTA BOSSES TO MEET ARI VATANEN

The Formula One Teams' Association will meet with Ari Vatanen this afternoon in Spa, to see what is planning for Formula 1 in the long term. A similar meeting is planned for Jean Todt in Singapore.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - HEIDFELD TOPS AT SPA

Nick Heidfeld set the fastest time of the Saturday morning session at Spa in cool conditions.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice 3 Results

FRANK GARDNER 1930-2009

Frank Gardner, one of motor racing's great all-rounders, has died at the age of 78. Gardner was an all-round sportsman in his youth, boxing, swimming and racing motorcycles. He switch to car racing in 1956.

28 AUGUST 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - LEWIS ON TOP

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the second session at Spa on Friday afternoon, a fraction ahead of Timo Glock's Toyota and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

AN EVENING IN ABU DHABI

The inaugural Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be starting at 5pm, which means that it will end in darkness.

THE F1 CALENDAR FOR 2010

There has been much talk in Belgium on the subject of the Formula 1 calendar for 2010 but there does not yet appear to be a solid list of dates, despite one or two versions that have appeared on the Internet.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - A WET DAY AT SPA

In the finest traditions it rained at Spa, making the first practice session for the Belgian GP a relatively meaningless business.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice 1 Results

27 AUGUST 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Thursday Press Conference

25 AUGUST 2009

THE FUTURE OF VALENCIA AS AN F1 VENUE

The European Grand Prix at Valencia was not a success in 2008. Spain is supposed to be F1's boom market so the results can only be described as disappointing.

INDIAN GOVERNMENT RULES THAT FORMULA 1 IS NOT A SPORT

The Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport has vetoed a payment from Indian Grand Prix promoter JPSK Sports to Formula One Administration, saying that Formula 1 is not a sport.

CAMPOS AND PETROV

Adrian Campos was supposed to name his drivers during the Valencia weekend but he was unable to do so. The latest stories suggest that this was because the team's planned number one driver is Pedro de la Rosa - who is currently McLaren's test driver.

24 AUGUST 2009

RACE REPORT - A HANDOUT FOR RUBENS

European GP - Race Report

23 AUGUST 2009

RACE NOTES - BARRICHELLO WINS EUROPEAN GP

European GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

European GP - Race Results

22 AUGUST 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - HAMILTON LEADS A MCLAREN 1-2

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the European Grand Prix in Valencia, and It was confirmation that the team's performance in Hungary was not a one-off result and put the Brawn and Red Bull Racing teams into the shade.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

European GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 3 Results

21 AUGUST 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - ALONSO GRABS THE HEADLINES

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time on Friday afternoon in Valencia, seven-tenths of a second clear of the rest of the field - but there was a strong sense in the F1 paddock that the speed was due to a light fuel load and a desire to get headlines.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

European GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

European GP - Friday Team Quotes

MCLAREN APPLIES TECHNOLOGY IN ATHLETICS

McLaren Applied Technologies has announced an involvement in a not-for-profit partnership with UK Sport, to supply Formula 1-style technology to British coaches and athletes in future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

THE JEAN TODT FAN CLUB

Jean Todt has issued a series of statements of support for his candidacy in the FIA presidential election from politicians. This is a double-edged sword.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - PASS THE PORT...

The Formula 1 cars were back on the streets of Valencia on Friday for the first practice session for the European Grand Prix.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

European GP - Practice 1 Results

VETTEL TO STAY AT RED BULL UNTIL 2011 OR 2012

Red Bull Racing has announced that it has extended its contract with Sebastian Vettel until the end of 2011, with an option for 2012.

VATANEN AND TODT PUT FORWARD IDEAS

Ari Vatanen has told the presidents of the FIA clubs that the organisation needs more transparency.

20 AUGUST 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

European GP - Thursday Press Conference

NEW TEAMS?

The word on the street in Formula 1 circles is that the FIA will shortly announce two teams to be added to the 2010 entry list.

18 AUGUST 2009

GROSJEAN AT RENAULT

Renault F1 has announced that Swiss-French driver Romain Grosjean has been appointed as its second driver for this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia and for the remainder of the 2009 season.

17 AUGUST 2009

RENAULT GETS AWAY WITH $50,000 FINE

The International Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the FIA Stewards in Hungary, replacing a one-race ban with a fine of $50,000. In Formula 1 terms this is nothing at all.

15 AUGUST 2009

MASSA BACK IN ITALY?

According to reports in Italy's Corriere dello Sport, Felipe Massa may return to the Formula 1 cockpit at the Italian GP at Monza, if his recuperation goes well. This would be seven weeks after the accident in Budapest.

14 AUGUST 2009

TODT TALKS ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN

Jean Todt has been talking about about his campaign to be FIA President.

13 AUGUST 2009

VATANEN ANNOUNCES

Ari Vatanen has announced the three members of his cabinet who support him in his candidacy for the presidential elections of the FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, due to take place on October 23.

12 AUGUST 2009

FRANCK GETS A SHOT IN AMERICA

Franck Montagny is one of those drivers who never got a proper chance in Formula 1. His CV was good enough. He grew up in a small town near St Etienne, watching local hero Alain Prost winning in F1.

11 AUGUST 2009

GOOD NEWS FOR TOYOTA

The Toyota Motor Company is losing a lot of money at the moment as a result of the economic downturn. The company has a new boss in Akio Toyoda. He is instituting a relentless cost-cutting plan to try to get the company back into profit.

NO COMEBACK FOR MICHAEL

Michael Schumacher has concluded that his neck is not up to racing in Formula 1.

10 AUGUST 2009

HERBERT TO MOVE TO BTCC

Johnny Herbert is expected to be named as the new driver of the Team Dynamics Honda Civic in the British Touring Car Championship.

7 AUGUST 2009

TORO ROSSO SETTLES WITH BOURDAIS

Scuderia Toro Rosso has done a deal with Sebastien Bourdais to avoid legal action with the French racer. It is believed that the team has agreed to pay him his salary plus damages reported to be for $2.1m.

SANTANDER, ALONSO AND FERRARI

One of the enduring rumours of recent months has been that Fernando Alonso will move to Ferrari next year with sponsorship coming from the Spanish financial services company Grupo Santander.

5 AUGUST 2009

TODT CALLS FOR THE COMMISSIONER

Jean Todt is proposing that each FIA World Championship should have its own commissioner, responsible for the federation's day-to-day management and governance of the championship.

MCLAREN'S NEW FACTORY GETS LOCAL CONSENT

The plans for the new McLaren Production Centre have been cleared by the Planning Committee of Woking Borough Council.

F1 TRIES A NEW MARKETING IDEA

The F1 Rocks concept has been launched by Formula One Management and Universal Music Group with the first big event being in Singapore. LG, F1's official timing sponsor, is sponsoring the event, which will take place in Singapore's Fort Canning Park.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

The America's Cup is moving to the Middle East. The venue chosen is the little known emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, one of the United Arab Emirates.

4 AUGUST 2009

BMW TAKES ANOTHER HIT

BMW has reported a 76% decline in second-quarter profit as a result of the recession. The company reported that Q2 revenues dropped 11% but profits were down to $174m, compared to four times that figure a year earlier.

3 AUGUST 2009

PIQUET DEPARTS RENAULT - CALLS BRIATORE "EXECUTIONER"

Nelson Piquet has confirmed his departure from the Renault F1 team, but he has not gone quietly... Team boss Flavio Briatore has come under considerable fire.

MASSA LEAVES HOSPITAL, GIVES INTERVIEW

Felipe Massa has gone home to Brazil, nine days after the accident in qualifying in Hungary left him in hospital.

WILLIAMS SAYS NO TO SCHUMACHER TEST

Williams F1 says that it will not agree to let Michael Schumacher test a current Ferrari before his return to Grand Prix racing in Valencia.

SERBIANS GO TO EU OVER F1 SELECTION PROCESS

There has been a rather odd story knocking about in recent days regarding a Serbian engineering company which says it is making a complaint to the European Union after its bid for an F1 entry was rejected by the FIA.

1 AUGUST 2009

THE CONCORDE AGREEMENT IS DONE

Following approval by the World Motor Sport Council, late last night FIA President Max Mosley has signed the 2009 Concorde Agreement.