NEWS ARCHIVE

29 JANUARY 1996

BENETTON FALLS INTO BED WITH FONDMETAL

BENETTON FORMULA has just announced a new relationship with aerodynamics company Fondmetal Technologies.

FOSTER RETURNS TO JORDAN

TREVOR FOSTER, one of the most respected managers in F1, has returned to Jordan Grand Prix.

JORDAN AND CAMEL - PART TWO

THE new Jordan-Peugeot 196, revealed recently in Portugal, is a pretty standard F1 car - except that there is an awful lot of white space on the bodywork.

ONLY TWO F1 SEATS AVAILABLE

ALTHOUGH Arrows is yet to confirm that it has signed Jos Verstappen and Ricardo Rosset, it seems there is little doubt that these will be the team's drivers and that means that - with six weeks to go before the start of the new F1 season - there are only two drives still up for grabs.

STEWART LOOKING FOR CASH IN ASIA

JACKIE STEWART has begun his hunt to find the money he needs to launch Stewart Grand Prix into F1 in 1997.

WAITING FOR VEGAS

IT seems now to be only a matter of time before it is announced that there will be a United States Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada at the end of 1997.

WEST GOES WEST

WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING has lost its director of sponsorship and marketing, Richard West. West is one of F1's top marketing men.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOLA'S F1 PLANS?

LOLA CARS has been planning to return to Grand Prix racing ever since its disastrous involvement with Scuderia Italia came to an end in 1993.

WILLIAMS AND HEAD TO STAND TRIAL?

THERE are increasing suggestions that Frank Williams, Patrick Head, other members of the Williams team and officials from the Bologna-based SAGIS SpA company - which runs Imola and promotes the San Marino Grand Prix - are to be charged by the Italian authorities in connection with the death of Ayrton Senna at the track on May 1, 1994.

22 JANUARY 1996

...BUT GETS RICHER

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER may be facing a year of struggling with Ferrari on the race tracks, but he is not suffering when it comes to money.

ANDERSON'S RAISED-NOSE JORDAN

THE new Jordan-Peugeot 196, unveiled last week at Estoril, continues Gary Anderson's tradition of producing good-looking cars.

ARROWS TO NAME VERSTAPPEN AND ROSSET

ARROWS GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL is expected to announce on February 7 that it has signed Jos Verstappen and Ricardo Rosset for the coming season.

BLUNDELL JOINS PACWEST

THE announcement that Ukyo Katayama was to be retained by Tyrrell put paid to Mark Blundell's hopes for a Grand Prix drive in 1996, and the Englishman has decided not to wait around to see if there is any chance of staying at McLaren for another season.

DERNIE TO LEAVE LIGIER?

LIGIER technical director Frank Dernie has yet to decide if he intends to stay with Ligier for another season.

FIA TO TIGHTEN SUPERLICENCE RULES

THE FIA is planning to introduce new regulations covering the issuing of the Formula 1 Superlicense.

LAMY CONFIRMED AT MINARDI

PEDRO LAMY has signed to stay with Minardi this year.

MORE TROUBLE IN MELBOURNE

WITH seven weeks to go before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, protests against the race continue, despite legislation which bans protesters from the site of the Albert Park race.

SAUBER WINS RACE TO BUILD FIRST 1996 CAR

ALTHOUGH the Jordan-Peugeot 196 briefly ran for the first time in a shakedown test at Silverstone eight days ago, it was the Swiss Sauber team which won the race to be the first F1 team to officially unveil its 1996 challenger.

SCHUMACHER SHUNTS AT FIORANO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER walked away unscathed from a sizable crash last Tuesday morning at the Ferrari test track in Fiorano, Italy.

SHADOW TO MAKE A COMEBACK

SHADOW - an American racing team which was involved in Formula 1 racing throughout the 1970s - is planning to return to racing - aiming to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.

WILLIAMS CONFIRMS BOULLION

AS predicted last week, Jean-Christophe Boullion has been named Williams test driver for the second consecutive year.

WILLIAMS DOMINATES AT ESTORIL

WILLIAMS continues to dominate winter testing with Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Jean-Christophe Boullion all outpacing the opposition with ease at Estoril last week.

15 JANUARY 1996

AUDETTO JOINS TWR-LIGIER

TOM WALKINSHAW RACING - which runs the Ligier Formula 1 team - has hired Italian Daniele Audetto to help the operation improve its commercial structure.

BUT WILL BMW JOIN THE PARTY?

BMW top management have still to make a final decision as to whether they intend to re-enter Formula 1 racing.

FIVE DRIVERS BIDDING FOR MINARDI

LUCA BADOER, Pedro Lamy, Giancarlo Fisichella, Tarso Marques and Ricardo Rosset are all trying to secure drives with Minardi for the coming season.

JORDAN TO GET CAMEL BACKING?

WORD on the street in Formula 1 sponsorship circles is that Jordan will reveal backing this week from Camel cigarettes.

KATAYAMA AT TYRRELL AGAIN

UKYO KATAYAMA has re-signed for Tyrrell for what will be his fourth season with the team.

NEW ENGINEERS AT BENETTON

BENETTON continues to add to its engineering staff at Enstone with the hiring in recent weeks of former Pacific Grand Prix technical director, Frank Coppuck.

NODA CLOSE TO FORTI

JAPANESE driver Hideki Noda is understood to be closed to concluding a deal with Forti to partner Andrea Montermini.

RENAULT CONSIDERING 1997 PULLOUT?

THERE are strong rumors in F1 circles that Renault is considering withdrawing from Grand Prix racing at the end of 1997.

TESTING IN FRANCE AND PORTUGAL

FERRARI and McLaren - two teams with high expectations for the coming F1 season - were both testing last week.

WHO IS RICARDO ROSSET?

TWENTY-SEVEN year old Brazilian Ricardo Rosset has only recently made an impact on the international motor racing scene, although he has in fact been racing in Europe since 1992.

8 JANUARY 1996

... AS DO 28% OF LIGIER'S FRENCH CREW

ALTHOUGH they have been expected for some time, the cutbacks at Ligier announced last week left the motor racing community at Magny-Cours reeling as 28% of the work force was told that it was out of work.

ALAN JENKINS TO JOIN STEWART GRAND PRIX?

ARROWS Technical Director Alan Jenkins is understood to have re-signed and is expected to take up the role of technical director and chief designer for the new Stewart Grand Prix operation.

JABOUILLE GETS THE BULLET...

PEUGEOT SPORT's Jean-Pierre Jabouille has been dropped after two years as head of the company's disappointing F1 program.

LIGIER GRABS CASTROL - AND ELF!

CURIOUS goings-on are not unusual at Ligier these days, although rumors in France this week have confounded everyone because it seems that the team is to have backing from not one but two competing oil companies in 1996: longtime Ligier sponsor Elf and Castrol.

PORSCHE'S BIG MOBIL DEAL

MOBIL, McLaren's fuel and oil supplier in F1, has just announced a major new partnership with Porsche, a strange alliance given Mobil's role as a "technology partner" with the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes team.

STEWART GETS FORD

AMID a flurry of kilts and bagpipes at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, the Ford Motor Company announced that it is to terminate its relationship with the Sauber F1 team at the end of the year and begin an exclusive five-year deal with Jackie Stewart, who is to establish a new F1 team - Stewart Grand Prix. This will grow out of the existing Paul Stewart Racing operation in Milton Keynes, England.

WHAT NOW FOR SAUBER?

THE decision by Ford to join forces with Stewart Grand Prix in 1997 is a disappointment for Peter Sauber.

1 JANUARY 1996

HONDA CONFIRMS F1 PLANS

AS we predicted in October, the Honda Motor Company is considering a return to Grand Prix racing.

NO NEWS IS BIG NEWS!

FORMULA 1 racing is a world in which it is big news if there is no news.

WILL BENETTON'S NATIONALISM CAUSE PROBLEMS?

BENETTON'S desire to become an Italian team may have implications which the team had not previously considered. According to Article 93 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, the team is not allowed to test at a circuit where a Grand Prix is to be held - except in the country where the team holds its license.