NEWS ARCHIVE

29 SEPTEMBER 1997

DOWE LEAVES ARROWS

TONY DOWE, who switched from the role of operations manager to that of marketing manager at Arrows a few months ago, has quit Tom Walkinshaw's team and is rumored to be returning to the United States of America to work for PanozÊMotorÊSports in Atlanta, Georgia.

F1 COMMISSION - NOTHING MAJOR

THE FIA Formula 1 Commission met at the Nurburgring to discuss a number of issues for the 1998 season.

LET'S GET LEGAL!

WE understand that the three "rebel" teams - McLaren, Williams and Tyrrell - which last year refused to sign the 1997-2001 Concorde Agreement, have lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the agreement, claiming that the agreement is in violation of Articles 85 and 86 of the Treaty of Rome, which prohibit cartels and the abuse of a dominant position.

NEW MONEY FOR FERRARI

WE hear that Ferrari is to end its associations with the clothing company Cerruti and with the Japanese electronics firm Pioneer.

RICHARDS CONFIRMED AT BENETTON

IT was no great surprise when Benetton finally announced that Flavio Briatore is to leave the team and that David Richards has been appointed chief executive.

SPANIARDS EYEING F1

RUMORS in the Luxembourg Grand Prix paddock suggested that Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa, who has recently clinched the Formula Nippon Championship in Japan, will be moving into F1 next season with backing from the Spanish oil company Repsol.

TOM AND YAMAHA

WITH Benetton having finally admitted that it has a deal to run Mecachrome V10 engines in 1998, Tom Walkinshaw is almost certain to put the finishing touches to another deal with Yamaha - despite a string of engine problems this season.

TRULLI IN FOR NAKANO AT JEREZ

THE word in the paddock at the Nurburgring was that Jarno Trulli will be back in a Prost-Mugen Honda at the season-closing European Grand Prix at Jerez on October 26.

VILLENEUVE AND FRENTZEN STAY AT WILLIAMS

FRANK WILLIAMS was due to announce as we were closing for press that he is retaining Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen for the 1998 season.

22 SEPTEMBER 1997

ALBORETO ATTACKS WILLIAMS

MICHELE ALBORETO was back in the witness box at the Senna trial in Imola last week claiming that mechanical failure caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash in 1994.

ALESI AT SAUBER, SALO AT ARROWS

THE Formula 1 silly season died a quick death in the days before the Austrian GP as the 1998 driver combinations fell into place.

F1 AND INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS bosses Tony George and Leo Mehl flew to London last week to have talks with Bernie Ecclestone about the possibility of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosting a Grand Prix in the future.

FISICHELLA AND WURZ AT BENETTON

THE Benetton team has announced that it will be running Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz next year, following a decision of the High Court in London last week that Fisichella was bound by a Benetton contract.

FRANCE OUT OF F1 CALENDAR

THERE does not seem to be a place for the French GP in the Formula 1 World Championship next season.

GOODBYE FLAVIO

FLAVIO BRIATORE has told the staff of Benetton Formula that he is leaving the team in the near future.

GOODBYE GERHARD

GERHARD BERGER seems to be the man left standing after the annual round of F1 musical chairs and he is now having to face up to the fact that he will almost certainly not be racing in F1 next year.

HELLO BAT MEN

THE much talked about British American Tobacco Formula 1 project is apparently back on track after a couple of rocky weeks during which it was rumored that the money would be going to David Richards to support his efforts to take over the Benetton team. These were apparently rather wide of the mark.

HILL SIGNS FOR JORDAN

DAMON HILL has signed a two-year deal to drive for Benson & Hedges Jordan for a rumored $10m a year.

MASERATI MUTTERINGS

WE hear that Maserati is planning to return to high profile motor racing.

PROST LEFT IN THE LURCH

ALAIN PROST was very unhappy when he discovered on Wednesday last week that he did not have Damon Hill for 1998.

15 SEPTEMBER 1997

ALESI AND SAUBER

THE French daily newspaper La Figaro last week reported that Jean Alesi had agreed to drive for the Sauber Petronas team in 1998 although a contract is still to be signed.

BENETTON QUICK AT SILVERSTONE

BENETTON topped the time sheets during last week's Formula 1 testing at Silverstone with Gerhard Berger setting a fastest lap of 1m22.29s during his two days of engine testing for Renault.

BMW FOR WILLIAMS

AS exclusively predicted by INSIDE F1 in October 1995, BMW is to return to Grand Prix racing with WilliamsÊGrandÊPrixÊEngineering.

BOULLION FOR POLLOCK AND JAKOBI?

FRENCH racer Jean-Christophe Boullion, who been the Williams team's test driver for the last three seasons, is looking for a way to break into Formula 1 next year and has been talking in recent weeks with Craig Pollock and Julian Jakobi about a possible management deal.

BRUNDLE TRIES AN ARROWS

WITH Damon Hill busy at the Frankfurt Motor Show and test driver Jorg Muller still recovering from breaking his leg in a recent accident while testing the TWR Nissan Le Mans sportscar, the Arrows team turned to F1 veteran Martin Brundle at Silverstone last week.

JORDAN AT MIREVAL

THE Jordan Peugeot team ran two simultaneous tests last week with one team at Silverstone running Ralf Schumacher for a day of testing while another did two days of running at the Goodyear test track at Mireval, near Montpelier with GiancarloÊFisichella.

LUCKY EMERSON

DOUBLE World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who has not raced since he fractured a vertebrae in his neck during a crash at MichiganÊInternational Speedway in July 1996, was seriously injured last week when he crashed a light aircraft he was piloting near a citrus fruit farm he owns outside the town of Araraquara in Brazil.

PANIS BACK IN ACTION

OLIVIER PANIS made a successful return to F1 last week at Magny-Cours, lapping the track in a time which was faster than Michael Schumacher's pole position at the French Grand Prix in June.

PORTUGAL ON FOR 1998

FIA President Max Mosley met the Portuguese Minister of the Economy last week in Lisbon and confirmed that there is no longer any reason why Estoril should be excluded from the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship.

PROST'S TECHNICAL TEAM

ALAIN PROST has been quietly building up his technical team in recent weeks with the hiring of a number of new young designers for his drawing office at Magny-Cours which is run by veteran Ligier engineer Claude Delbet under the instructions of chief designer Loic Bigois.

THE BRABHAM SAGA DRAGS ON

TED BALL, the man who funded both the Brabham and Lotus F1 teams in the early 1990s, went on trial last week at the OldÊBailey in London facing charges of conspiracy to defraud and accepting bribes.

TUERO TESTS FOR MINARDI

MINARDI last week tested nineteen-year-old Argentine driver Esteban Tuero at Mugello.

8 SEPTEMBER 1997

A PROVISIONAL CALENDAR

A provisional Formula 1 calendar for the 1998 season was doing the rounds in the paddock at Monza.

BAT CHANGES DIRECTION

AFTER months of talk about a new Formula 1 super team involving Adrian Reynard, Craig Pollock and British American Tobacco, it seems that BAT has decided to look at other possibilities.

CHANGES AT BENETTON

FLAVIO BRIATORE is expected to leave Benetton Formula at the end of the season.

FORMULA 1 - THE MOVIE

AS we suggested in June, Sylvester Stallone is planning to make a blockbuster film about Grand Prix racing.

HAKKINEN LOSES SPA POINTS

THE FIA International Court of Appeal last week ruled that the fuel in Mika Hakkinen's McLaren-Mercedes in qualifying for the recent Belgian Grand Prix was illegal and that he should be deprived of his third place finish as a result.

HILL AND PROST

DAMON HILL is rumored to be close to signing a deal to drive for Prost Grand Prix next season - but the deal has yet to be confirmed and there are a number of sticking points in the negotiations.

PANIS BACK IN ACTION

OLIVIER PANIS was back in racing car last week and will begin testing a Prost-Mugen Honda on Tuesday.

ROAD ATLANTA IS GO

AS we reported a month ago Don Panoz is planning to host the United States Grand Prix at Road Atlanta, starting in 1999 and running for a minimum of five years.

SALO TO JOIN TOM?

TOM WALKINSHAW and Mika Salo have been in heavy negotiation in the last few days as it has become clear that Damon Hill is not likely to be staying at Arrows next season.

THE FIGHT FOR FISICHELLA

THE battle between Benetton and Jordan for the services of Giancarlo Fisichella goes to the High Court in London this week.

TYRRELL'S WINDTUNNEL PLANS

THE Tyrrell team's plan to build its own half-scale rolling-road windtunnel is to be unveiled later this week, as part of the team's Racing Towards the Millennium program.

1 SEPTEMBER 1997

ARROWS AND STEWART TRY SILVERSTONE

RATHER than join the party at Monza, Arrows and Stewart both decided to stay in England and test at Silverstone in the hope that the British summer would give them a little sunshine without all the problems needed to get to Monza.

BERGER'S FUTURE

WITH Williams having closed the door on Gerhard Berger - who was offering to drive for the team for very little money - and the announcement from McLaren that it is sticking with the same two drivers next year, Gerhard Berger's future in F1 is decidedly uncertain.

FEDEX AIMING FOR CART?

WE hear stories from the United States that Benetton's big new backer Federal Express is about to be named as the title sponsor for the CART World Series and may not continue its involvement in Grand Prix racing beyond the end of this season.

GIGI VILLORESI

LUIGI "GIGI" VILLORESI died on August 24 at the age of 88.

JORDAN DOMINATES MONZA TESTING

THE Jordan-Peugeots of Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher dominated the pre-Italian Grand Prix testing at Monza last week - at which 37,000 spectators were present.

JORDAN STILLS WANTS FISICHELLA

EDDIE JORDAN says that he is going to keep Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher next season and intends to continue his policy of employing young drivers, which he says is "a key element to the Jordan success story".

MCLAREN UP BEFORE THE JUDGES

THE FIA International Court of Appeal meets in Paris on Wednesday to consider McLaren's appeal against the decision of the Belgian Grand Prix stewards which stated that the fuel used by Mika Hakkinen in qualifying for the event "was not the same as the one which had been approved for use by the competitor prior to the event".

PROST AND HIS DRIVERS

ALAIN PROST is currently deciding what to do about his second drive next season.

PROST AND THE GOVERNMENT

ALAIN PROST's three-year deal with Peugeot may be affected by the new French government's plans to hike the price of diesel fuel in France.

TYRRELL RACING TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM

AS expected, Tyrrell has announced its deal to run Ford V10 engines in 1998 and has launched a plan called "RacingÊTowardsÊtheÊMillennium", a comprehensive program to make Tyrrell competitive in F1 by the year 2000.

WILLIAMS HINTS AT DRIVER CONFIRMATION

FRANK WILLIAMS has given a clear indication that he will be using the same drivers next season - as we predicted last week.