NEWS ARCHIVE

29 APRIL 1996

...IN A STORMY F1 COMMISSION

THE FORMULA 1 COMMISSION meeting at the Nurburgring was stormy affair, not only because of the tire issue but also because the F1 teams and the governing body failed to agree on several points under discussion.

BRIDGESTONE FOR F1 IN 1997

ALTHOUGH Japanese tiremaker Bridgestone has announced that it is planning to enter Grand Prix racing in 1998, we believe that there is a plan for the company to start racing a year earlier than announced - in what appears to be an attempt to catch Goodyear and Michelin unprepared.

F1 COMMISSION DEBATES CONTROL TIRES

THE FIA F1 COMMISSION met on Saturday at the Nurburgring to discuss the matters of the moment in Grand Prix racing and top of the list was the issue of tire supply.

GOODYEAR PULLS BACK

GOODYEAR is already pulling back its F1 involvement in preparation for the arrival in F1 of Bridgestone in 1997 - and the possibility that Michelin will soon follow suit and announce its intention to be in Grand Prix racing.

LIGIER GETS THE BLAME

THE FIA announced details of its investigation into the fire which engulfed Pedro Diniz's Ligier during the Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires recently.

MORE RACES AHEAD?

THE worldwide demand for Formula 1 races, particularly in the Far East, could lead to the teams accepting a bigger calendar if the race meetings are reduced to just two-day events.

MR DENNIS GOES TO STUTTGART

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis, Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug and Ilmor engine designer Mario Illien left the Nurburgring on Friday afternoon to fly down to Stuttgart for a meeting with Mercedes-Benz top management to discuss the current state of the McLaren-Mercedes relationship.

SAUBER TO KEEP FORDS IN 1997?

THE Sauber team looks like keeping its Ford V10 engines in 1997, despite the fact that Stewart Grand Prix continues to suggest that it has an exclusive deal to run the Zetec-R units.

STEWART DENIES IKUZAWA DEAL

STEWART GRAND PRIX has denied that it is to use the design of abortive Ikuzawa F1 team as the basis of its 1997 chassis, but admits that it has recently hired the aerodynamicist from the Ikuzawa F1 project - who did several hundred hours of windtunnel work on the Ikuzawa design.

WALKINSHAW LAUNCHES TWR F1

TOM WALKINSHAW last weekend unveiled the revamped Arrows team under the "TWR F1" banner, although at the moment the cars are still called Footworks and the team's official entrant is still Arrows.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

IMOLA, 20 miles to the south-east of Bologna, in northern Italy, is the home of the San Marino Grand Prix.

22 APRIL 1996

BERNIE IS VERY RICH

THE SUNDAY TIMES in London last week published a list of the 500 richest people in Great Britain and a few well-known names in motor racing figured strongly on the list, which was compiled using company records available to value assets.

BRIDGESTONE MEN TOUR ENGLAND

TWO representatives of Bridgestone Motorsport spent last week touring Britain, visiting a variety of different Grand Prix teams to discuss Formula 1 tire supply in 1998.

EARLY SILLY SEASON RUMORS

WE may be only three races into the 1996 season but already there is gossip about who will be driving where in 1997.

FORMER MARCH F1 BOSS ARRESTED

HENNY VOLLENBERG, boss of March F1 between January 1992 and April 1993, has been arrested by the Dutch police.

GILLITZER GETS THE BULLET

FORD's Director of European Motorsport Peter Gillitzer has been dumped in a reshuffle which puts Martin Whitaker in charge of the company's motorsport programs, notably in F1, World Rallying, British Touring Cars and Formula Ford.

SAN FRANCISCO JUMPS ON THE BANDWAGON

RUMORS in Europe suggest that a group of Americans are trying to float the idea of a Formula 1 Grand Prix in SanÊFrancisco.

SCHUMACHER ATTACKS HILL (AGAIN)

LAST week in Vienna, Michael Schumacher launched another childish attack on Damon Hill.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

AFTER six consecutive intercontinental races (Pacific, Japan, Australia, Australia, Brazil and Argentina) the F1 circus will gather in Europe once again - with the familiar traveling circus of motorhomes and trucks.

WILLIAMS FLIES - FERRARI STALLS

WILLIAMS continues to dominate F1 this year with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve setting the fastest times during last week's four-day test at Jerez in Spain.

WILLIAMS WINDTUNNEL MOVE

THE Williams Grand Prix Engineering windtunnel - one of only three 50% rolling road windtunnels in the world - is on the move next weekend in a vast operation to relocate it from Didcot to the team's new base at Grove.

15 APRIL 1996

...ACTION AT JEREZ

WILLIAMS, Benetton and Sauber will all be in action this week at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain, looking for good weather as England continues to be wet and cold.

...AND AT FIORANO

FORTI GRAND PRIX RACING is expected to have its first FG03/96 chassis ready to be raced at the European Grand Prix.

...AT NOGARO

ALTHOUGH the team is still reeling from the departure of TWR personnel, Ligier will be out testing for three days this week at the Circuit Paul Armagnac at Nogaro, which is lost in the countryside of the south-west of France.

...AT SILVERSTONE

MCLAREN, Tyrrell, Arrows and Jordan will all be in action this week at Silverstone - although there is a slight risk that the test could be delayed as work on the new Stowe Corner is not expected to be finished until the early part of the week and the weather in England is currently not very good.

DURANGO EQUIPE CONFIRMS F1 PLANS

IVONE PINTON's little-known and largely unsuccessful Formula 3000 team - Durango Equipe - says it will be entering F1 in 1997.

FERRARI AT MUGELLO...

WITH the Italian press baying for blood, and rumors flying around of personnel changes, Ferrari began work trying to fix the problems of the F310 last week at Monza.

MINARDI STAYS HOME

MINARDI looks like being the only F1 team which will not be testing between the South American races and the first European events.

POLLACK TO FILM ENZO'S LIFE

WE understand that Oscar-winning film director Sidney Pollack is starting work on a film about the life of Enzo Ferrari.

TEAMS MUTTER ABOUT REFUELING

PEDRO DINIZ's fire in Argentina has once again raised the question of the dangers of refueling in Formula 1 racing.

TWR ARROWS REVAMP FOR GERMANY

YOU may not recognize the Arrows team at the European Grand Prix.

8 APRIL 1996

...BUT PEUGEOT SAYS NO

LIGIER'S hopes of landing a French engine supply next year took another knock with Peugeot sources revealing that they will not be involved in supplying Flavio Briatore's team with V10 engines in 1997.

BOOK NOW FOR AUSTRIA

THERE will be an Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring in 1997, and a contract is in place for the race to be held at the Zeltweg circuit until after the event in 2002.

BREAK-IN AT MCLAREN

THE McLaren garage in Buenos Aires was broken into last week and one of the Mercedes V10 engines was tampered with by someone who knew exactly what it was they were looking for.

BUMPING AND GRINDING IN BA

THERE were serious problems in Buenos Aires with bumps on the track, and many of the F1 drivers complained that the bumps - in the first corner and in the high-speed Ascari turn - were causing not only extreme discomfort but also unnecessary dangers.

DOME IN ACTION

THE Japanese Dome F1 prototype chassis tested for the first time last Friday at the Suzuka circuit in Japan, with Italian driver Marco Apicella completing laps on both the full length track and the much shorter "Eastern" circuit.

ECCLESTONE TO PROMOTE CANADIAN GP

BERNIE ECCLESTONE is to take over the promotion of the Canadian Grand Prix from the Molson Breweries-backed organization which currently does the job.

LIGIER RESTRUCTURES...

THE TWR Ligier alliance has been terminated with immediate effect and Tom Walkinshaw will pull the remainder of his staff out of the French team before the European Grand Prix.

RENAULT INDYCAR BOUND IN 1998?

RENAULT Sport boss Patrick Faure said in Brazil 10 days ago that he did not know the company's plans in F1 after 1997 - although most of the F1 circus is assuming that Renault will stay on in Grand Prix racing where it has enjoyed a dominant position since 1992.

THE TESTING RACE BEGINS

FORMULA 1 teams do not stay idle for long.

1 APRIL 1996

F1'S BUILDING BOOM

THE Formula 1 teams are constantly expanding their facilities and, at the moment, there seems to be more expansion than ever before.

RYTON TO FORTI

GEORGE RYTON, who has been running the Ferrari drawing office in Maranello in recent years, is to leave the company to become Technical Director of Forti Grand Prix.

STEWART BUYS IKUZAWA DESIGN

WE understand that Stewart Grand Prix has decided to buy the Formula 1 chassis design which was to have been used by the now-defunct Ikuzawa International team.

THE DRIVERS CHALLENGE MOSLEY

THE Grand Prix Drivers Association tried to re-establish its bruised reputation in Brazil, issuing a statement announcing its incorporation in London with a formal constitution, elected officers and permanent offices in Monaco.

THE FIGHT FOR RENAULT BEGINS

THE moves by the French government to turn Ligier back into a French racing team have begun a battle of influence to see who will use Renault engines in 1998 and beyond.

WALKINSHAW'S DEPARTURE LEAVES LIGIER EXPOSED

TOM WALKINSHAW's top managers at Ligier are leaving the team this week.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THE Autodromo Municipal Oscar Alfredo Galvez in the Parque Almirante Brown in the suburbs of Buenos Aires was the first truly international standard racing circuit in South America.

WIGGINS AND LOLA PUSH AHEAD

LOLA CARS is accelerating its plans to enter F1 in 1997 with Pacific Racing boss Keith Wiggins now having an office from which to coordinate the team at Lola's Huntingdon base.