NEWS ARCHIVE

27 MARCH 1995

ARROWS TO HIRE MAX PAPIS

The Arrows team is shortly expected to name Italian Formula 3000 driver Max Papis as its test driver.

BERGER WINS IN BRAZIL

Gerhard Berger won the Brazilian Grand Prix five hours after the race ended.

BOOK NOW FOR HUNGARY!

The word on the street in Brazil was that the Pacific GP, rescheduled to take place just a week before the Japanese Grand Prix in October will not be taking place - despite the fact that the organizers at Aida have just announced that everything is going ahead.

F1'S WEIGHT PROBLEMS

Formula 1 drivers have astounded the F1 fraternity by all putting on large amounts of weight during the winter months.

MORE WORRIES OVER REFUELING

A lot of F1 teams expressed fears about refueling once again, following news that McLaren had a major spillage when testing the system at its factory in England.

RINLAND JOINS FORTI

Argentine Formula 1 designer Sergio Rinland has quit Dan Gurney's Eagle Toyota Indycar project and has joined the new Forti Corse Grand Prix team.

THE BATTLE OF NOKIA

Our spies in F1's commercial circles tell us that there was a spectacular marketing brawl between at least four teams to get their hands on sponsorship money from Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia.

TOM'S MEN MOVE IN AT LIGIER

Tom Walkinshaw is beginning to assert his control over the Ligier team, despite the fact that it has never been made clear exactly who now owns the team.

WILL MANSELL BE IN ACTION AT IMOLA?

There is a chance that Marlboro McLaren Mercedes driver Nigel Mansell will miss not only the Brazilian and Argentine Grands Prix but also the San Marino GP at Imola at the end of April.

20 MARCH 1995

FRENCH THREATEN F1 TV COVERAGE

The French government is making life very difficult for tobacco and alcohol sponsors and, if this policy continues, it could have a profound effect on the Ligier F1 team, which is largely funded by the Gitanes Blondes cigarette brand.

HILL'S ESTORIL RECORD NEGATES FIA SAFETY WORK

Damon Hill last week set the fastest time of the winter testing in Estoril, Portugal, taking his Williams Renault FW17 around the circuit in a lap of 1m20.95s - just three tenths of a second slower than Gerhard Berger's pole position lap in September last year - and 0.3s faster than the previous best recorded by Michael Schumacher in his Benetton-Renault.

LARROUSSE TO MISS OPENING GPS

The Junior Team Larrousse F1 operation will not be in Brazil this week and is also likely to miss the Argentine GP in a fortnight.

MANSELL TO MISS THE FIRST TWO GPS

Nigel Mansell will miss the first two Grands Prix of the season with the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes team because he cannot fit into the new McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 chassis.

MONTERMINI SIGNS FOR PACIFIC

Italian Andrea Montermini has signed a season-long deal to race with Pacific Team Lotus.

MORENO RETURNS TO F1

Roberto Moreno is back in Formula 1 after two seasons in the motor racing wilderness.

TYRRELL CONFIRMS SALO AND NOKIA

The Tyrrell Racing Organization has finally confirmed that Ukyo Katayama's partner this year will be Mika Salo, and that it has finalized a title sponsorship deal with Finnish telecommunications company Nokia.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT INTERLAGOS

The 1995 FIA Formula 1 World Championship kicks off this weekend at Interlagos in Brazil.

13 MARCH 1995

F1 UPDATES ITS REFUELLING EQUIPMENT

Grand Prix racing will have completely new refuelling machinery this season.

MCLAREN'S COCKPIT COCK-UP

There were dramas at Estoril - just after we closed for press last week - when McLaren drivers Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen began complaining that their new car is too small for them and that they cannot drive without bashing their hands and elbows against the sides of the cockpit.

MINARDI'S MIRACLE CAR

The unveiling last week of the Minardi-Ford M195 was treated as a victory by Giancarlo Minardi and his team from Faenza, Italy.

MORE DITHERING AT TYRRELL

The Tyrrell team has still not decided whether to hire Finn Mika Salo or Portuguese driver Pedro Lamy.

NO TAX MONEY FOR LARROUSSE

Gerard Larrousse has confirmed that the F1 team which bears his name will be at the first race in Brazil in 10 days time, but the Frenchman still needs a lot of money if the team is to make it to the end of the 1995 season.

POLITICAL POSTURING

Formula 1 cannot survive without constant crises; and while several middle-ranking teams are furious about the appearance of the new Ligier - which looks alarmingly like a Benetton - another potential problem is developing between the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.

SCHUMACHER FASTEST IN PORTUGAL

World Champion Michael Schumacher set the fastest time in last week's Estoril testing with a best lap of 1m21.29s.

THE EASIEST WAY TO BECOME AN F1 DRIVER

Have you ever dreamed of being an F1 driver? Well, now you can.

WHEN IS A BENETTON NOT A BENETTON?

You can also expect to hear of more controversy about the new Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41 in the weeks ahead.

WHO IS DAVID BROWN?

If your name is David Brown, there is a career for you somewhere in Formula 1 racing.

6 MARCH 1995

ALL ABOUT ALBERT PARK

The 1996 Australian Grand Prix will take place in March next year in Albert Park, Melbourne.

ARROWS ON TARGET

Arrows Grand Prix International will tomorrow unveil its 1995 Formula 1 package and the new Footwork-Hart FA16 design.

LARROUSSE POLITICS

The future of the Larrousse team remains in doubt, despite team owners Gerard Larrousse, Jean Messauodi and Laurent Barlesi insisting that the team will be racing this year.

NEW LIGIER CAUSES CONTROVERSY

The Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41 - launched at Magny-Cours last Thursday - has stirred up discontent among rival Formula 1 teams, which claim that the car is a Benetton with Gitanes sponsorship.

PLAYING POKER IN PORTUGAL

The Autodromo Fernanda Pires da Silva at Estoril, Portugal has reverberated to the sound of F1 engines all week as Formula 1 teams get ready for the fast-approaching new season.

TYRRELL - WILL IT BE SALO OR LAMY?

It's nearly a month since Tyrrell and Lotus went to the FIA Contract Recognition Board to argue over which of them had the right to sign Finnish driver Mika Salo.

WHAT DOES IT ALL COST?

Formula 1 teams don't like to talk about their budgets, but our spies have dug up what we believe is a pretty close approximation to the Benetton F1 budget for the 1995 season.