NEWS ARCHIVE

25 MARCH 1996

BMW DELAYS F1 DECISION

GERMAN car-maker BMW will not be entering F1 in 1998 as had been rumored.

CALENDAR CONGESTION IN 1997

IT will be many months before we see an F1 calendar for 1997, but already there are indications that demand for races is going to outstrip the availability of the racing teams.

F1 AND DISNEY - A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN?

BERNIE ECCLESTONE and the Formula 1 teams are in the process negotiating a vast merchandising deal with the WaltÊDisneyÊCompany which could result in a chain of Formula 1 shops being established around the world, selling memorabilia and team clothing.

F1 TO HAVE A TEST-BAN?

THE Formula 1 teams have recently been discussing introducing a testing ban for one month after the season ends in October.

FIORIO CONFIRMED AT FORTI

AS predicted last month, Cesare Fiorio has finally been confirmed as a consultant with the Forti Formula 1 team.

FORGET THE COCKPIT CRISIS

THE rules about F1 cockpits are not going to be changed - and that is bad news for Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari which will now have to modify their existing machinery.

MARQUES JOINS MINARDI

BRAZILIAN 20-year-old Tarso Marques is set to join the Minardi team in Brazil and Argentina.

TOBACCO - DANGER AHEAD?

FORMULA 1 bosses are beginning to worry about the effects of the legal onslaught on the tobacco industry currently going on in the United States.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THE Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace at Interlagos is in the suburbs of the vast sprawling Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.

18 MARCH 1996

...BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO LIGIER?

WITH Tom Walkinshaw pulling out of the Ligier operation, the French team finds itself in a difficult situation for the year ahead and current owner Flavio Briatore is going to have to spend a lot of his time finding someone to run the team on his behalf.

BRANDY STATION - IT'S ALL OVER

THE Brandy Station racing circuit project in Virginia has flopped after two and half years of legal battles with preservationists who wanted the land left untouched because it marked the site of the 1863 Battle of Brandy Station - the largest cavalry battle in North American history.

RINLAND TO BENETTON

THE current wave of engineer movements in Formula 1 continues with the news that Argentine designer Sergio Rinland is to join the ranks of engineers at Benetton.

WALKINSHAW BUYS ARROWS!

F1 FOREIGN REPORT can exclusively reveal that Tom Walkinshaw has bought a controlling interest in Arrows Grand Prix International - and will take over the running of the team from current owners Jackie Oliver and Alan Rees.

WHAT ABOUT CHINA?

LAST week's low-key announcement that the Hong Kong-Beijing Rally is to be reduced in size may be rather more significant than immediately meets the eye.

WHAT IS THE SECRET OF YAMAHA'S V10 ENGINE?

HAVING seen all the new cars in action together for the first time in Melbourne, F1's engine-builders are asking themselves how it is that Yamaha has managed to build a V10 engine which is 60 lbs lighter than all the others.

WHO DRIVES FOR MINARDI IN SOUTH AMERICA?

WITH Japanese rent-a-driver Takichiho Inoue still trying to find the money to replace his missing Unimat sponsorship at Minardi, the little Italian team has been forced to continue to search for a driver who can supply the necessary finance.

11 MARCH 1996

A TWR TEAM IN 1997?

THE announcement that Tom Walkinshaw is to stop working with Ligier opens the way for the Scotsman to field his own Formula 1 team.

DOME TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK

THE Dome Formula 1 team is being launched next Monday at the Spiral Event Hall in Tokyo, and testing of the prototype F105 will begin next month in Japan with Italian Marco Apicella - who won the Japanese Formula 3000 title with Dome in 1994 - expected to do most of the work, although he will be joined by Dome's current F3000 drivers Shinji Nakano and Katsumi Yamamoto on occasion.

ENGINE POLITICS

THE political changes going on at Ligier are going to have a dramatic effect on the distribution of engines in F1 in 1998.

ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE

THE start of the new season has seen a surprising burst of engineers moving from team to team, with the most notable transfer being that of James Robinson, who is leaving McLaren to join Williams.

FRENCH GP STAYS AT MAGNY-COURS

THE French Grand Prix is to stay at Magny-Cours until after the 1999 event.

GOODYEAR TO RACE QUICKER TIRES THIS YEAR

GOODYEAR engineers are planning to supply quicker tires at certain circuits this year in an effort to ensure they are well-prepared for the planned entry into Formula 1 of rival tire company Bridgestone in 1998.

LAS VEGAS HIGH ROLLERS IN MELBOURNE

AMID the throng of people in the F1 paddock last weekend in Melbourne was United States Grand Prix promoter TommyÊBaker, who is in the process of finalizing details for a race in Las Vegas in 1997.

MARTIN BRUNDLE'S MELBOURNE CRASH

IN a race which saw Williams driver Damon Hill being handed the victory after his Canadian team mate, Jacques Villeneuve, was forced to slow in the closing stages with engine trouble, British driver Martin Brundle was lucky to emerge unscathed from a terrifying accident on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.

WALKINSHAW TO LEAVE LIGIER

TOM WALKINSHAW is to quit the Ligier team at the end of this season.

4 MARCH 1996

...AND TESTS MORBIDELLI

THE Benson & Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot team completed its final test before Australia at Silverstone on Thursday with Gianni Morbidelli shaking down the three cars to be used in Melbourne - in their new gold livery.

ARROWS SPONSORSHIP LAUNCH HIT BY IRA

ARROWS GRAND PRIX was planning to launch its sponsorship package last Friday with the novel idea of inviting the press to go to Heathrow Airport and see the cars in their new livery as they were being loaded onto a plane bound for Melbourne. The event had to be called off because it was impossible to organize as a result of increased security at Heathrow, which has resulted from the IRA bombing campaign in London.

BRIDGESTONE TO ENTER F1 IN 1998.

AS predicted in these pages in August last year, the world's biggest tire company, Bridgestone-Firestone, is planning to enter Formula One in 1998.

COULTHARD THROWS COLD WATER ON MCLAREN HOPES

DESPITE some promising testing times from Mika Hakkinen at Estoril, the McLaren Mercedes team is unlikely to be a World Championship challenger this year - according to driver David Coulthard.

FERRARI HEADS FOR MELBOURNE TEST SESSION

THE Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend will be little more than a test session for the Ferrari team.

JORDAN LANDS BENSON & HEDGES

AS expected, Jordan Grand Prix has landed a major new sponsorship deal but it is not with Camel cigarettes, but rather with Benson & Hedges.

MELBOURNE PROTESTERS THREATEN TEAMS

THE opposition to the Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park next weekend has been little more than an irritation to date.

MINARDI TO GET FISICHELLA?

MINARDI is expected to arrive in Melbourne this week with a new driver line-up: Pedro Lamy and Italian youngster Giancarlo Fisichella.

THE NEW RULES FOR 1996

THERE are a selection of new regulations for the 1996 season, the most dramatic being the new cockpit regulations which have changed the shape of this year's cars.