NEWS ARCHIVE

27 MAY 1996

...WITH LOLA AS A POSSIBLE CLIENT

LOLA CARS is negotiating with engine manufacturers which are new to F1, hoping to convince them to support the company's planned Grand Prix team in 1997.

CHRYSLER - PATRIOT GAMES OVER

SINCE the collapse of its plans in Formula 1 in 1993, the Chrysler Corporation has been concentrating its best and brightest engineers on the development of a racing car powered by a gas turbine engine - the Patriot.

FORD TO STOP CUSTOMER ENGINES IN 1997

FORD MOTOR SPORT bosses have decided that there will be no customer V8 engines in 1997, although the Sauber team is being offered the chance to run the Zetec-R V10 engine alongside the new Stewart Grand Prix operation.

HILL FASTEST AT SILVERSTONE

THE top F1 teams were testing last week at Silverstone, although bad weather in England made life difficult.

KOREANS EYE GRAND PRIX RACING

IT is inevitable that there will soon be a significant South Korean attack in Grand Prix racing with several of the country's automobile makers understood to be considering F1 as a means of attracting attention to their products.

REYNOLDS TO BUILD F1 ENGINES?

WE hear that the Reynolds Metals Co. of Richmond, Virginia is considering funding the construction of a Formula 1 engine in an effort to publicize the company's expansion plans.

SCHUMACHER JUNIOR TO TEST F1?

RALF SCHUMACHER, Michael Schumacher's younger brother, is expected to test a Formula 1 car before the end of this season.

SILVERSTONE GETS ITS MONEY BACK

SILVERSTONE CIRCUITS LTD. has won a $5m law suit against its former legal advisors for their negligence in 1992 when Silverstone paid $8m for 50% of Tom Walkinshaw Racing's retail garage operations to form what was known as the Silverstone Motor Group.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THE Circuit de Catalunya, at Montmelo, 15 miles north of Barcelona, is the latest in a long line of race tracks in Catalonian, dating back to the Catalan Cup of 1908 and 1909.

20 MAY 1996

...AS DE ROUVRE GOES ON TRIAL

IN an ironic twist of fate, former Ligier team boss Cyril de Rouvre went on trial in Paris last week facing fraud charges relating to his ownership of the French team.

AUSTRALIA TO OPEN 1997 SEASON

IT will be several months before the FIA gets around to publishing a Formula 1 calendar for the 1997 season, but already the minister of tourism for Victoria state in Australia has announced that the Australian GP will again open the season next year - with the race in Albert Park scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 9.

BUT WATCH OUT FOR DISNEY

WE believe that the Walt Disney Company will make a major announcement about hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Walt Disney World, in Florida, on October 1 of this year.

ECCLESTONE AIMS FOR MANSELL-PROST SHOW

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is trying to get Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell to agree to a head-to-head showdown race as a support event to a Grand Prix later this season.

GERHARD'S SEX SCANDAL!

BENETTON star Gerhard Berger and former World Motorcycling Champion Barry Sheene could run into legal problems in Australia following allegations made to police by 20-year-old Melanie Hilzinger that she was sexually assaulted by the two men in a restroom at a Queensland shopping center.

LIGIER'S FUTURE UNCERTAIN DESPITE PANIS'S WIN

OLIVIER PANIS's remarkable victory at Monaco will have done Ligier no harm at all - but the future of the team is still far from settled, and there were even rumors at Monaco that the Magny-Cours-based team might be facing closure unless something positive happens very quickly.

PORTUGAL - ON OR OFF?

THERE were rumors at Monaco that the Portuguese GP - scheduled to take place at Estoril on September 22 - may be canceled because the track authorities have not carried out work which the FIA insisted had to be done before the race got an official go-ahead.

SHANNON PLANS MOVE TO F1 IN 1998

THE Shannon Racing Team - which competes in both Formula 3 and Formula 3000 around Europe - is understood to be planning to enter Formula 1 in 1998, and rumors in the paddock at Monaco suggest that the intention is to form an alliance with Minardi.

TEAMS CONSIDER REFUELING CHANGE

THE Formula 1 teams are currently considering a change to the refueling equipment which is supplied to them by the French aerospace company Intertechnique.

TIRE WAR AHEAD!

THERE is definitely going to be a tire war in 1997 and beyond, and the International Automobile Federation is not planning to stop it happening.

VEGAS HEAVY-HITTERS VISIT MONACO

THE Monaco Grand Prix is traditionally the venue for high-rollers to visit the Formula 1 scene and last weekend was no exception, with five representatives of Las Vegas casinos being squired around the paddock by Tommy Baker, who is trying to put together a deal to run an F1 race on a street circuit at the southern end of Vegas's famous Strip.

13 MAY 1996

AGIP FIGHTING FOR A PLACE IN F1

AGIP is in the process of deciding on its future F1 plans.

CHRIS MURPHY REJOINS LOLA

AS we suggested in February, former Team Lotus chief designer Chris Murphy has returned to Lola Cars to head the F1 design team.

FERRARI JOINS FORCES WITH GENERAL ELECTRIC

FERRARI has signed a technical agreement with the aircraft engine division of General Electric.

IMOLA IN TROUBLE AGAIN

NOT only is Imola facing the possibility of legal action from the Italian authorities over the death of Ayrton Senna at the track in 1994, but it is now in trouble with the FIA as well following the post-race track invasion at the recent SanÊMarinoÊGrand Prix.

JORDAN GOES FOR GOLD

HAVING raced so far this year in mustard yellow colored cars the Jordan team has taken the opportunity since the SanÊMarinoÊGrandÊPrix to undergo a complete facelift, with the cars and all the team equipment being repainted in metallic gold - the colors of sponsor Benson & Hedges.

MCLAREN AND JORDAN BLOCK FOOTWORK NAME CHANGE

WHEN Tom Walkinshaw bought a controlling interest in the Arrows team and launched "TWR F1" he hoped that he would be able to change the name of the cars from Footworks to Arrows - or perhaps another name

SCHUMACHER FAST BUT WILLIAMS PERSISTENT

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER set the fastest time of the four-day Imola test last week in his Ferrari F310 - but whether this is significant remains to be seen as the Williams domination in racing trim seems to be pretty much undented by progress being made by the opposition in qualifying.

SILVERSTONE - BROADCASTING TO THE FANS

THE Silverstone racing circuit - home of the British Grand Prix - has announced plans to provide spectators with live television programming - at the race track.

WALKINSHAW AND VOLVO

THERE have been rumors across Europe in recent days that Tom Walkinshaw and Volvo are planning a Formula 1 program for 1997 and beyond.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

IT is ironic that Monaco is the race on which much of Formula 1's glamorous image is founded and yet it is the race which the F1 circus enjoys the least.

6 MAY 1996

...AND A RACE IN JORDAN?

WE hear that Jackie Stewart is trying to convince King Hussein of Jordan that he should build a racing circuit near Amman in Jordan.

ANOTHER REFUELING NEAR-MISS

THE Arrows team had a near-miss at Imola when Jos Verstappen was waved out of his pit during a refueling stop with the refueling gear still attached to the car.

F1 BOSSES PONDER THE FUTURE

THE major Formula 1 team principals met with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone on Friday afternoon at Imola to discuss the problem of what happens to Grand Prix racing after Ecclestone.

F1 LOOKING EAST

THE importance of the Far East in the future of F1 is becoming more and more pronounced with the news that there are plans to hold a Grand Prix in South Korea in 1998.

OLD BOYS REUNION

THE Imola paddock was full of former F1 drivers, notably Riccardo Patrese, Andrea de Cesaris, Pierluigi Martini, Luis Sala, Rene Arnoux and Paul Belmondo.

SENNA INQUIRY - THE WAIT GOES ON

TWO years have passed since the death on May 1, 1994 at Imola of Brazilian Ayrton Senna, and there has still been no official word from Italian investigators as to what they think caused the accident and what action should be taken as a result.

STEWART TO WORK WITH DAVE PRICE?

STEWART GRAND PRIX technical director Alan Jenkins last week visited the headquarters of Dave Price's DPS composite company to discuss the possibility of Price's company building chassis for the Stewart F1 team.

THE TV REVOLUTION TAKES ANOTHER STEP

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has announced an agreement to launch the first digital broadcasting of Formula 1 racing at the German GP at Hockenheim in July.

THIS WEEK AT IMOLA

AS the F1 big rigs were rolling out of Imola on Sunday night, the F1 test teams began arriving for a four-day test which is due to start on Tuesday.

WALKINSHAW HIRING

TOM WALKINSHAW, the boss of the Arrows F1 team, is in the process of hiring new design engineers to strengthen his team at the new TWR F1 headquarters at Leafield, in England.