NEWS ARCHIVE

29 MAY 1995

BOULLION'S BIG BREAK

WILLIAMS test driver Jean-Christophe Boullion has been loaned out by Frank Williams to drive for the Sauber-Ford team for the rest of the season.

JEAN RAGNOTTI'S CRASH COURSE CAR

SATURDAY morning practice in Monaco was disrupted by a bizarre incident when French rally driver Jean Ragnotti crashed into Takachiho Inoue's Footwork - when it was being towed back to the pits.

LAS VEGAS GAMBLING ON A GP AGAIN!

IT seems that suddenly there are plenty of American promoters interested in Grand Prix racing at the moment.

MAGNY-COURS GETS ANOTHER YEAR

THE 1996 French Grand Prix will take place at Magny-Cours, the circuit's five-year deal between 1991-95 having been extended by one year.

MANSELL GETS THE BULLET

AS suggested two weeks ago in F1 FOREIGN REPORT, Nigel Mansell's F1 career has come to an end with the announcement just before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend that the British driver - World Champion in 1992 and Indycar Champion in 1993 - would not be continuing with the McLaren team.

MARLBORO SOUNDS ALARM BELLS

WALTER THOMA, boss of Philip Morris EEC, warned Formula 1 that it must put the sport back into Grand Prix racing if it wants the big sponsors to stay involved.

MONZA IS ON!

THE Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 10 is on - if the Italian authorities can get the necessary safety work at the track done in the time available.

SAUBER WINS PETRONAS BATTLE

PETER SAUBER has won the battle to secure sponsorship from the Malaysian national oil company Petronas. At Monaco the Sauber-Fords carried Petronas backing on their rear wings in a deal which is believed to be worth $4 million over the next two seasons.

SIMTEK IN CRISIS

AS the other F1 teams were packing up to leave Monaco on Sunday night, team boss Nick Wirth was having crisis meetings to decide the future of the team - and if he cannot get the backing of a couple of potential sponsors Wirth is threatening to shut the team down, rather than continuing to mount up debts.

THE "SILLY SEASON" BEGINS

EACH year at about this time, Formula 1 begins what is known as "the silly season" when teams and drivers begin talks about who will drive where next year.

THE FABULOUS FADING MR. PROST

QUADRUPLE World Champion Alain Prost seemed to be well-placed to put together a deal to start his own Formula 1 team in 1996 - with Renault engines and backing from French sponsors Elf and Gitanes Blondes - but the word on the street in France is that Alain has failed to convince Renault to give him engines and is now losing interest in the project.

22 MAY 1995

...BARCELONA TESTING

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER set the fastest time in the week of testing in Barcelona, which followed the Spanish Grand Prix.

FILLING HOTEL ROOMS IN MALAYSIA

THE demand for Formula 1 races seems to be constantly on the increase, and we hear from the Far East that Malaysia is the latest country planning to build its own Grand Prix Circuit.

FOR WENDLINGER READ BOULLION OR COLLARD

KARL WENDLINGER will not be racing for Sauber this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix - although the team has yet to make an official announcement.

STATEN ISLAND ISN'T MONACO, BUT...

THE Borough Board of Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, met last week to discuss a proposal for an international racing circuit to be laid out on the docks of the abandoned US naval base at Stapleton.

THE LAW SUIT THAT WON'T GO AWAY

GIANCARLO MINARDI and his Minardi Scuderia Italia partner Giuseppe Lucchini are proving to be a thorn in the side of Ligier and Mugen.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MONTE CARLO

THE Monaco Grand Prix is probably the most famous motor race in the world and it has been a major event for Grand Prix cars since 1929.

WILL SCHUMACHER DOMINATE THIS YEAR?

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S domination in the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona has led to the usual bleating and wailing among less well-informed F1 observers.

15 MAY 1995

DUTCH DOLLARS FOR SIMTEK

Nick Wirth's Simtek team nearly didn't make it to Barcelona because of a shortage of cash, and the team is now desperately trying to put together a deal to keep the funding flowing this year.

GODDARD LEAVES COSWORTH

Geoff Goddard, Cosworth Engineering's chief Formula 1 engine designer, has quit the company after 21 years.

HAPPY ALAIN PROST

Alain Prost's ambition to become a Formula 1 team owner took a huge step forward last week when Jacques Chirac was elected president of France.

HAPPY JACQUES LAFFITE

French racing star Jacques Laffite has been brought back to Formula 1 racing to act as a public relations man for the Ligier team.

KISS GOODBYE TO KARL

Karl Wendlinger's future as a Formula 1 driver is bleak because of his lack of performance this year for the Sauber-Ford team.

KISS GOODBYE TO MONZA

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza is virtually certain not to happen this year because of an increasingly complicated web of problems around the classic event.

MANSELL DISAPPOINTS MCLAREN

Nigel Mansell's decision to retire from the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona last weekend has done nothing for the $15million man's relationship with McLaren team boss Ron Dennis.

REFUELING FIRE FEARS RE-IGNITED

The much-maligned Formula 1 refueling machines came in for heavy criticism in Barcelona once again after two separate incidents during the Spanish Grand Prix.

THE FIGHTING OVER ENGINES BEGINS

The Formula 1 teams have started their annual battle to secure the best possible packages for next season.

WHIPPING SAUBER INTO SHAPE

As mentioned in F1 FOREIGN REPORT a month ago, Swiss racing manager Max Welti has been talking with a variety of F1 teams in recent weeks.

8 MAY 1995

... AND DIGITAL DRAMAS AHEAD?

Formula 1 bosses are beginning to worry that the revenue generated by the Grand Prix circus is going to take a plunge because of the advent in the next couple of years of digital television.

BARBAZZA GETTING BETTER

Former F1 racer Fabrizio Barbazza remains in hospital in Gainesville, Georgia, recovering from a dreadful accident last week during an IMSA race at Road Atlanta.

BERGER TOPS IMOLA TESTING

Gerhard Berger took his Ferrari 412 T2 to the fastest time in last week's four-day test at Imola, Italy.

COLLARD TESTS FOR BENETTON

The Benetton team sometimes has the strangest ideas about public relations.

F1'S MONEY SUPPLY UNDER PRESSURE...

World events barely register with Formula 1 racing teams - unless they cause the cancellation of events - but there are times when the world shakes F1 out of its reverie.

FISICHELLA TRIES A MINARDI

Another man expected to have a big F1 future is Minardi's test driver Giancarlo Fisichella, who had his first test with the Italian team last week at Imola.

MELBOURNE F1 PROTESTERS THREATEN SABOTAGE

Protesters trying to stop the Australian Grand Prix taking place in Albert Park, Melbourne, in March next year are now threatening to invade the track on race day or pour oil onto the road surface.

RINLAND LEAVES FORTI?

Reports from Italy suggest that Argentine engineer Sergio Rinland has left the Forti Corse F1 team - just a few weeks after he joined the new Grand Prix team.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT BARCELONA

The area around Barcelona has been the home of Spanish motor racing since the first international races in that country in 1908.

WILL MONZA HAPPEN?

Italy's high profile in Formula 1 may have waned in recent years, but the Italian Grand Prix has been one of the mainstays of the Formula 1 World Championship since the series began in 1950.

1 MAY 1995

F1 BOSSES WOO VILLENEUVE

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone wants Indycar's new star Jacques Villeneuve to try his hand at Grand Prix racing in 1996, because he reckons the Villeneuve name could be big box office.

FIA PLANS NEW SAFETY INITIATIVES

The FIA is investigating a range of new safety measures for Formula 1 in the years ahead.

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

Flavio Briatore did not have a good weekend at Imola.

LEGAL ACTION ALL OVER THE PLACE.

There is a real bonanza at the moment for Formula 1 lawyers as the Grand Prix teams are busy suing one another.

LOLA F1 GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

British racing car builder Lola is going ahead with its plan to enter Formula 1 with a factory team in 1996.

MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT TYRRELL

Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha is about to announce a major switcharound of personnel with team manager Rupert Manwaring switching to the marketing department after five years in the job.

MONTERMINI'S ONBOARD CAMERA

Andrea Montermini amazed Italian doctors with his powers of recovery last week when he suffered an appendicitis on the Tuesday before Imola.

MOSLEY TELLS F1 TO GROW UP

FIA President Max Mosley spoke out at Imola, saying that "the time has come when Formula 1 needs a more adult approach from the participants.

ROBBERY ITALIAN STYLE

The Imola tourist board will not have appreciated the publicity the region received last weekend when both Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi had their road- going Ferraris stolen by car thieves while in town for the San Marino GP.