NEWS ARCHIVE

26 JUNE 1995

AUSTRALIA GETS MARCH DATE

THE 1996 Australian Grand Prix will take place on March 10 next year in Albert Park, Melbourne, kicking off the new Formula 1 season a fortnight earlier than in recent years.

BLUNDELL GETS THE MCLAREN

MCLAREN has announced that Mark Blundell will be its driver for the next two Grands Prix - in France and Britain - and will probably race with the team for the rest of the season.

EXPECT ITALIAN HYSTERICS THIS WEEK

THE FIA World Council meets on Wednesday and one of the major items on the agenda will be the Italian Grand Prix - and whether it will happen in September or not.

MONACO AND MONTREAL FACE THE MUSIC

THE Grand Prix organisers of Monaco and Montreal are going to be in trouble this week with the FIA World Council meeting to consider what to do about the Monte Carlo course car accident and the Canadian track invasion.

SIMTEK UP FOR SALE

THE collapse of Formula 1 team Simtek Grand Prix has been rather more dramatic than originally expected with its sister company Simtek Research also being dragged into bankruptcy.

VANWALL TO MAKE F1 COMEBACK?

WE hear strange rumors from England of an attempt to revive the Vanwall name in Formula 1.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MAGNY-COURS

THE first racing circuit at Magny-Cours was built 35 years ago by local farmer Jean Bernigaud on land attached to his farm.

ZHUHAI BIDS FOR 1997 GRAND PRIX

AS reported in F1 FOREIGN REPORT in April, Zhuhai is to bid for a Chinese Grand Prix in 1997.

19 JUNE 1995

AUSTRIA JOINS THE CROWD

THE pressure to get a place on the 1996 Formula 1 calendar continues to increase with yet another country declaring itself interested in holding a race.

FRENCH GP - LE MANS PULLS OUT OF THE RACE

THE Le Mans circuit has announced that it has shelved plans to bid for the next French Grand Prix contract - which will run from 1997-2001.

GITANES BLONDES - HAVING MORE FUN?

ONE of F1's most loyal sponsors - the French Societ? d'Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et Allumettes (SEITA), which owns the Gitanes cigarette brand - will shortly decide its future in Grand Prix racing.

MORE ON LAS VEGAS

THE details of plans to hold a United States Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996 are beginning to come to light, with all the indications being that a circuit will be laid out at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard - known as "The Strip" - with the race track being centered on the intersection between Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

NO RESPITE FOR THE BIG TEAMS

THE major flights from Montreal to Europe did not take off until the Monday evening after the Canadian Grand Prix.

SIMTEK GOES TO THE WALL

NICK WIRTH'S Simtek Grand Prix has gone into voluntary liquidation and will take no further part in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

VERSTAPPEN LOOKS FOR WORK

SIMTEK'S number one driver 23-year-old Dutchman Jos Verstappen finds himself out of work after the closure of the team - but he should be back in action shortly.

VICTORY FOR RON - BUT PROBLEMS TOO

MCLAREN dominated the Le Mans 24 Hour sportscar race in France last weekend with its customer F1 GT cars finishing 1-3-4-5 in the classic endurance event. Victory went to former Grand Prix drivers Yannick Dalmas (his third Le Mans win) and JJĂŠLehto, partnered by Japanese driver Masanori Sekiya.

WATCH OUT FOR HIRINGS AND FIRINGS

TRADITIONALLY this is the time of year when F1 team bosses have the chance to take a step back and assess how the first part of the season has gone and make the changes they feel are necessary to improve their level of competitiveness.

12 JUNE 1995

BRANDY STATION REFUSES TO QUIT

LAS VEGAS might suddenly have emerged as the favorite in the battle to host an American Grand Prix in 1996 but the Brandy Station circuit in Virginia will still be bidding for a race at some point in the future.

CONTRACTUAL CONJECTURE

THE coming months will be very busy on the F1 driver market as this year we have a most unusual situation in as much as none of the top drivers currently have a contract for 1996.

LIGIER DROPS SUZUKI

THE Ligier team has announced that Martin Brundle will drive alongside Olivier Panis in the French and British Grands Prix in July.

MCLAREN CHASES FRENTZEN

MCLAREN wants German rising star Heinz-Harald Frentzen - with immediate effect - according to paddock rumors in Montreal but it seems that "HH" cannot get out of his Sauber-Ford contract this year.

MINARDI'S MORAL VICTORY

THE Minardi team has won its law suit against Mugen and Ligier, claiming that it had an exclusive deal to race the Mugen Honda V10 engine.

THE TRACK INVASION IN MONTREAL

JEAN ALESI'S popular victory in Montreal yesterday sparked a track invasion by over-enthusiastic race fans which will cause problems for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the months ahead.

VEGAS PLANS FREE GRAND PRIX

THE promoter of the proposed United States Grand Prix in Las Vegas says that all spectators will be admitted to the circuit free of charge - if they are staying in a hotel in the city.

VILLENEUVE - WILL HE, WON'T HE?

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone spent a lot of time last weekend trying to convince Ferrari boss Jean Todt that a Michael Schumacher/Jacques Villeneuve combination is what the Ferrari team needs to win the World Championship in 1996, but Todt showed no signs of agreeing with Ecclestone.

5 JUNE 1995

BERNIE'S 1996 DIARY

THE 1995 Formula 1 calendar is not yet fully sorted out and already the pressure is on for a 1996 list of race dates - both from the teams and from circuits interested in hosting races.

CHANGES COMING AT FERRARI?

UNLIKELY though it may seem - with the Ferrari team riding on the crest of a wave at the moment - there are murmurs in Italy that there might be technical changes at Ferrari with Austrian engineer Gustav Brunner rumored to be the man on the way out.

DON'T FORGET SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH Africa has had a long history with Formula 1 and the South Africans still hope to re-establish a regular South African Grand Prix.

FORD LOOKING HARD AT F1 AGAIN

FORD, which last year powered Michael Schumacher to the Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship, is believed to be taking a good hard look to decide whether it wants to continue to be involved in Grand Prix racing.

FORREST GUMP TO SAVE SIMTEK?

THE MTV Simtek Ford team will not be at the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend - but the team should be back in action in France in a month, particularly if Forrest Gump comes to the team's rescue!

HILL BACK ON TOP IN TESTING

THE rapidly changing battle between World title rivals Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill continued at Silverstone in England last week in testing with Hill beating the German on both days of the test.

STRATEGIC ISSUES

THE pit stop strategies in Formula 1 racing are all-important and this year it seems Benetton is getting it right - and Williams is getting it wrong.

VILLENEUVE - F1 MUST COME NEXT

WHEN he crossed the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500, Canadian rising star Jacques Villeneuve achieved the ultimate in American motorsport.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT MONTREAL

AT the end of 1977 it was announced that the Canadian Grand Prix would be leaving Mosport Park, near Toronto, Ontario to move to a new circuit - not then built - in Montreal.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DAEWOO?

BACK in December last year South Korean car-maker Daewoo announced that it was on the verge of entering Formula 1 racing - but then the project went quiet and seemed to disappear without trace.