NEWS ARCHIVE

24 JUNE 1996

...AND OTHERS

RENAULT's decision to quit F1 is not indicative of an impending engine crisis in Grand Prix racing - as some of the more sensationalist elements in the European press have suggested.

...SO IT IS A FIGHT FOR HONDA

RENAULT's decision to quit Formula 1 at the end of 1997 is likely to focus attention on the battle going on over which team will use Honda engines in 1998.

MCLAREN'S BASE - PROBLEMS

THE saga of McLaren's new factory continues.

PRODRIVE'S F1 AMBITION?

DAVID RICHARD's Prodrive team is currently in the process of expanding its factory at Banbury, England, and it is not surprising that this has led to intense speculation as to what the space will be used for.

RENAULT TO QUIT F1 AT THE END OF 1997

AS predicted in these pages in January, Renault Sport has announced that it is pulling out of Formula 1 racing when its current contracts expire at the end of 1997.

TYRRELL WORRIED

THE Tyrrell team is obviously worried that a rival team is going to try and steal its lead driver Mika Salo in 1997.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THERE has been motor racing in the sleepy village of Magny-Cours since 1960 when a local farmer Jean Bernigaud built a 1.2-mile track on some of his land.

WILLIAMS PUSHES AHEAD

WILLIAMS kept the pressure on the opposition in testing at Silverstone last week when it outran the opposition both in terms of mileage and speed.

17 JUNE 1996

...AND TALKS TO CHRYSLER

IN Montreal Tom Walkinshaw held discreet talks with the man who designed Chrysler's Lamborghini F1 engines in the early 1990s to see if the American company might be interested in being involved with the TWR V10 engine.

A CURIOUS CALENDAR

THE FIA WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL - which met on Tuesday of last week in Paris - issued a rather strange provisional calendar for the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship. It included only 13 races and some of the dates were decidedly odd.

ARROWS TO TEST BRIDGESTONES AT SILVERSTONE

FOLLOWING a successful test in a plain white 1995 Ligier-Mugen Honda at Suzuka last week, Jos Verstappen is expected to test Bridgestone tires on an Arrows-Hart at Silverstone within a few days.

HAKKINEN TO BENETTON?

THERE were whispers in the paddock in Montreal suggesting that McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen may be leaving the team at the end of the season to join Benetton in 1997.

HOW MANY US GRANDS PRIX WILL THERE BE?

IT is now clear that there are two major well-funded bids by groups wanting to host the United States Grand Prix: one in LasÊVegas, Nevada and the other in Walt Disney World in Florida.

NEWEY ON THE MOVE?

WILLIAMS's chief designer Adrian Newey is once again the target for rival Formula 1 teams - which would like to snatch Grand Prix racing's star designer.

SAN MARINO'S WRIST-SLAPPING

THE San Marino Grand Prix organizers have been fined $250,000 and threatened with being expelled from the FormulaÊ1 World Championship and fined another $750,000 if there is another track invasion.

WALKINSHAW WINS LE MANS...

TOM WALKINSHAW RACING won its third Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend with the Joest Racing-run Porsche, which was designed and built by TWR.

10 JUNE 1996

...BUT QUICKEST AT SILVERSTONE

MARTIN BRUNDLE emerged fastest during last week's two days of testing at Silverstone.

AS VILLENEUVE TOPS BARCELONA TEST

CANADIAN hero Jacques Villeneuve had a day and a half of testing at Barcelona last week as he prepared for his "home" Grand Prix this weekend in Montreal - at the circuit which is named after his father.

BELGIANS TO BAN TOBACCO SPONSORSHIP

THE Belgian parliament is expected to vote later this month to ban all tobacco advertising from January 1, 1999.

BRUNDLE UNDER THREAT...

MARTIN BRUNDLE's career with the Jordan Peugeot team is rumored to be under threat - because of lack of results.

DISNEY - MORE EVIDENCE

IT may be a coincidence but last week the ABC Television Network launched a campaign designed to win back ratings and take ABC back to the top in the network war.

F1 - AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY?

FORMULA 1 team owners are poised to make vast profits in the next few years as a series of new commercial arrangements are finalized by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and the team bosses.

GOTO TO GO TO FORD

FERRARI's head of engine research and development Osamo Goto is tipped to be leaving Maranello to take up a new position, helping Cosworth Engineering to develop the new Ford V10 engine.

MINARDI AND FERRARI TALKING

GIANCARLO MINARDI is once again trying to convince Fiat management that he should be sold old Ferrari engines.

QANTAS TO SPONSOR AUSTRALIAN GP

THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX is to be sponsored by Australia's airline Qantas for the next five years.

WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS WEEK?

THE arrival in Formula 1 in 1977 of French-Canadian Gilles Villeneuve precipitated a hurried search in Quebec for a circuit to host the Canadian Grand Prix. The race had previously been held at Mosport Park, in English-speaking Ontario.

3 JUNE 1996

BENETTON AND HONDA

THERE were suggestions in Barcelona that Benetton is already beginning to make moves towards Honda for the 1998 season, because there is a strong possibility that Renault will announce in the beginning of July that it is going to pull out of F1 and go Indycar racing instead.

BERGER AND SHEENE OFF THE HOOK

GERHARD BERGER and Barry Sheene have resolved their legal problems in Australia.

BRIDGESTONE TESTING BEGINS

ON Tuesday at Suzuka, Bridgestone will begin its Formula 1 track testing using up-to-date machinery.

CASTROL RETURNS TO F1

TWR has announced a sponsorship deal with oil company Castrol.

COULTHARD STAYS AT MCLAREN

TO no-one's great surprise it has been confirmed that David Coulthard is to stay with McLaren next year and is not going to join the new Stewart Grand Prix as rumors had suggested.

FERRARI TO TEST A RAISED NOSE F310

FERRARI is not staying at Barcelona this week to test but is going instead to Imola where Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine will continue their development work on the F310 chassis and the Ferrari V10 engine.

SAUBER-FORD DECISION DUE SOON

FORD MOTOR COMPANY top management will meet in Detroit next Monday - the day after the Detroit Indycar race - to discuss whether or not the company wants to supply Sauber with its V10 engines next season.

SHANNON ARRIVES EARLY!

THE mysterious Shannon Racing Team - which was expected to enter F1 in 1998 - took everyone by surprise by turning up at the Spanish Grand Prix as sponsors for the Forti team.

TEAM PROST REVIVES

OLIVIER PANIS's victory at Monaco seems to have had a curious knock-on effect for Ligier.

THE FIA'S TIRE PROPOSALS

IN an effort to avoid qualifying tires and keep increasing speeds under control in a tire war, the F1 Commission has agreed to propose a series of changes to the FIA World Council which meets in Paris on June 11.

TOM'S V10 ACCELERATING?

WITH his hopes of landing a Honda factory engine deal in 1998 looking less than certain, Tom Walkinshaw is believed to be considering accelerating the development of his own V10 engine, which has already been designed by former Cosworth engine wizard Geoff Goddard at TWR's Leafield base.

VEGAS SUPPORT GROWS

THE plans to hold a Grand Prix on the streets of Las Vegas, Nevada, received a new boost this week with the announcement that Mirage Resorts - the casino group which is keenest to run a race - has gone into partnership in Atlantic City with rival Las Vegas group Boyd Gaming.

WORLD HEALTH AUTHORITY ATTACKS MOTOR RACING

THE World Health Authority had launched an attack on motor racing which it claims is a "non-stop commercial" for cigarettes with races being "venues for the recruitment of new smokers".