NEWS ARCHIVE

28 OCTOBER 1996

A QUESTION YOU MAY WANT ANSWERED... IS DAMON A WORTHY CHAMPION?

DAMON HILL winning the Formula 1 World Championship will lead to a whole new series of disputes among race fans. Was it just the car? How does he compare to the World Champions of the past? Do the statistics give a false impression?

BARRICHELLO CONFIRMED BY STEWART

AS we predicted two weeks ago (INSIDE F1, Week 42) Rubens Barrichello has been confirmed with a three-year contract at Stewart Grand Prix.

BRIDGESTONE LOOKING GOOD

RICARDO ROSSET's speed in the recent Arrows-Bridgestone test at Suzuka, in which the Brazilian lapped nearly four seconds faster than he had done in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix on Goodyear tires, suggests that Bridgestone rubber is going to be very competitive next season.

FRENTZEN TRIES A WILLIAMS

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN did not waste much time after the end of the Formula 1 season before getting into a Williams-Renault FW18.

LOLA GOING AHEAD?

THERE are rumors in Europe that Lola Cars is going ahead with its Formula 1 program in 1996.

LOTUS AND MALAYSIA

IT could be just a coincidence but the rumored takeover of Group Lotus by the Malaysian government-owned Proton car company may prove to be a significant development for the Sauber Formula 1 team.

NUMBERING LOGIC

IF the FIA keeps to its Formula 1 numbering system, adopted last year, the new season will see a major switch around of the numbers in Grand Prix racing.

PROST AND LIGIER

THERE has been much excitement in recent days about a possible announcement about the future of Ligier from Alain Prost.

SO WHAT IS LEFT?

WITH Rubens Barrichello being confirmed at Stewart there are only a handful of drives left open in Formula 1 for next season.

21 OCTOBER 1996

...BAD NEWS FOR WILLIAMS, BENETTON AND TWR

WITH Honda saying that it is not going to enter Grand Prix racing in 1998 Williams, Benetton and TWR Arrows are going to have to look elsewhere for engine deals.

DAMON HILL - NATIONAL HERO

WORLD CHAMPION Damon Hill has been bowled over by the reaction in England to his title victory in Japan.

F1 CARS TO GET ACCIDENT RECORDERS

THE FIA World Council has decreed that all F1 cars must in future be fitted with an accident data recorder "black box".

FIA DELAYS 1997 ENTRY LIST AND CALENDAR

THE FIA World Motor Sports Council, which met last week in Paris, has delayed the publication of the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship entry list - which was due to be revealed on November 4.

HONDA NOT READY FOR 1998

HONDA MOTOR COMPANY President Nobuhiko Kawamoto has said that there are no plans for an official Honda comeback in F1 in 1998.

JORDAN SEARCHES FOR A STAR

THESE are crucial weeks for Eddie Jordan as he tries to find a way of attracting an established F1 star driver to his team.

TESTING CUTS

THE FIA World Council has confirmed its plans to introduce major restrictions for Formula 1 testing in 1997.

TIRE TALKS

THE FIA World Council also announced its new Formula 1 World Championship tire supply rules which will come into effect on January 1, 1997.

14 OCTOBER 1996

...AND GOODYEAR

GOODYEAR has confirmed that it is looking for a seventh Formula 1 team in order to fall into line with the FIA's regulations which state that if there are two tire companies present in Grand Prix racing each of them must "if called upon to do so" be prepared to supply up to 60% of the field.

...AND NAKANO

THE departure from Ligier of Pedro Diniz and his Parmalat millions leaves team owner Flavio Briatore with a serious budget problem.

...TOM'S TECHNICAL TEAM

TOM WALKINSHAW has long been rumored to be looking for a new technical director for the TWR Arrows team, but for the moment he has placed his trust in Frank Dernie, giving the Englishman the go-ahead to hire anyone he wants to get the job done.

BARRICHELLO FOR STEWART

RUBENS BARRICHELLO has signed to join the Stewart Grand Prix team.

BRAWN TO FERRARI, BYRNE TO RETIRE

BENETTON is rumored to be facing a major reshuffle of its engineering staff with technical director Ross Brawn and chief designer Rory Byrne both rumored to be leaving the team.

FERRARI'S AERODYNAMIC AMBITIONS

FERRARI's new windtunnel at Maranello, which is due to be opened next Spring, may take F1 by surprise.

GOTO AND SAUBER

SAUBER is on the verge of signing a deal to run Ford's customer V8 engines in 1997 but is concentrating on its plans for 1998 when the Swiss team hopes to run a new Petronas V10 engine.

KATAYAMA FOR INDYCARS?

UKYO KATAYAMA's Formula 1 career seems to be coming to a close with Japan Tobacco (JT) - owner of the Mild Seven cigarette brand - apparently looking to change its driver strategy next year and drop Katayama in favor of one of a new generation of Japanese racers.

LIGIER AND PROST

SINCE Ligier boss Flavio Briatore bought out Guy Ligier's remaining shares in the team in August it has been fairly clear that the Italian has been trying to sell the French team and that Alain Prost is the man who is going to take over.

TOM TAKES BRIDGESTONE, YAMAHA AND DINIZ

IN a series of announcements in the days leading up to the Japanese Grand Prix, Tom Walkinshaw revealed his expected deals for 1997 with Bridgestone, Yamaha and Pedro Diniz. Walkinshaw's package for next year is now in place and work is advancing on the design of the TWR Arrows team's new car.

7 OCTOBER 1996

...BUT SAYS YES TO CUSTOMER V8S

FORD has finally decided to go ahead with a customer V8 engine program for 1997 and a team of engineers is now pushing ahead with development of what will be called the ED3 engine.

FORD SAYS NO TO SECOND V10

FORD'S motorsport bosses have finally decided that the company will not be supplying a second team with its Zetec-R V10 engines in 1997 - and that is disastrous news for the Sauber team.

JUDD ON THE MARKET?

WITH Yamaha and Tyrrell having decided not to renew their contracts for 1997, and Yamaha tipped to be entering into a new relationship with Tom Walkinshaw's Arrows operation, it seems likely that the development contract between Yamaha and John Judd's Engine Developments company in Rugby will also be coming to an end.

LOLA ANNOUNCES ENGINE PLANS

AS we revealed at the end of July (INSIDE F1, Week 31) Lola as planning to build its own F1 engine.

MAGNUSSEN FOR STEWART

STEWART GRAND PRIX has just announced that it has signed a four-year contract with rising Danish star Jan Magnussen.

MINARDI-BRIATORE - THE DEAL IS DONE

MINARDI is expected to announce in Japan that the restructuring of its shareholdings has now been completed and that the team is effectively owned by Flavio Briatore, managing-director of the Benetton F1 team and owner of Ligier.

NANNINI TO TEST FOR MINARDI

SANDRO NANNINI is expected to test a Minardi this winter, but the 37-year-old Italian is only having fun and has no plans of trying to make an F1 comeback.

RENAULT TAKING RISKS

RENAULT SPORT boss Patrick Faure has revealed that Bernard Dudot and his design team at Viry-Chatillon are to make a dramatic change to it's F1 engines in the company's final year in Grand Prix racing.

RIVALRIES IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX promoter Tommy Baker formally presented his plans to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last week and met with strong opposition to the idea from the Hilton Hotels Corporation.

TOM AND HONDA?

TOM WALKINSHAW will announce his complete 1997 program at the Bridgestone headquarters in Kyobashi, Tokyo, on Wednesday evening and while everyone in Formula 1 is expecting a long-term engine deal with Yamaha there are one or two normally-reliable sources suggesting that Tom is about to surprise the F1 world again by revealing a long-term contract with Honda.

TYRRELL SIGNS UP

TYRRELL will use Ford's V8 ED3 customer engine next year, having lost its Yamaha engine supply to the TWR Arrows team.