NEWS ARCHIVE

24 NOVEMBER 1997

A GRAND PRIX IN HAVANA?

ONE country which may have appeared on Max Mosley's list of countries keen to host a Grand Prix was Cuba.

AGNELLI HOSPITALIZED

GIANNI AGNELLI, the man who controls Ferrari, fell and fractured his left thigh last week at his home near Turin.

BERNIEGATE RUMBLES ON

THE political scandal in Britain resulting from the announcement by the Labour government that Formula 1 will be exempt from a European ban on tobacco advertising continues to make headlines with Public Health Minister Tessa Jowell being summoned by the powerful all-party House of Commons European Legislation Select Committee.

BOULLION FOR TYRRELL?

WILLIAMS test driver Jean-Christophe Boullion is not expected to continue with the World Champions next year.

COSWORTH WAITS AS BIDDERS LINE UP FOR ROLLS ROYCE

THE future of Ford's Formula 1 engine program continues to be uncertain as Vickers PLC fights to defend itself from takeover and bidders for a sister company Rolls Royce make themselves known.

GOODYEAR TO QUIT F1!

GOODYEAR shocked the F1 world last week with the announcement that it is to withdraw from Grand Prix racing at the end of 1998.

NO TESTING FOR DAMON

DAMON HILL will not be testing for Jordan until January because Arrows team boss Tom Walkinshaw is refusing to release him from his contract.

SUMMING-UP AT IMOLA

ORESTE DOMINIONI, the chief defense lawyer representing Williams in the Senna manslaughter trial in Italy, last week summed up the defense case and called on Judge Antonio Costanzo to drop charges against engineers Patrick Head and Adrian Newey.

17 NOVEMBER 1997

A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

IF the bad publicity surrounding F1's involvement in the Labour Party was not enough, last week Grand Prix racing made itself look ridiculous when the FIA World Council decided that Michael Schumacher would not face any serious punishment as a result of his cynical attempt to take Jacques Villeneuve out of the Grand Prix of Europe at Jerez and thus assure himself of the World Championship.

A DECENT DECISION

IF the FIA World Council disgraced itself in the eyes of the world over its punishment of Michael Schumacher, at least it made the right decision over the ridiculous charges leveled against Williams and McLaren of race-rigging.

BAT WITH RENAULT AND TYRRELL?

AS we exclusively predicted in October the British American Tobacco Reynard Formula 1 team is to be launched in London on December 2.

FORMULA 1 BECOMES A POLITICAL ISSUE

THE last week has been an extraordinary one for Grand Prix racing with the sport becoming a major issue in parliament and claiming front pages in most of the British newspapers.

MCLAREN DECRYPTED

ONE interesting piece of information which emerged from the FIA World Council meeting was that McLaren's pit-driver messages - which are encrypted to ensure that other teams do not listen in - have been decoded by rival teams.

PROST'S F3000 PLANS

ALAIN PROST has confirmed that he is to work in association with Formula 3000 team Apomatox to try out a series of up-and-coming drivers.

THE FIA IGNORES ITS OWN RULES

ONE aspect of the Schumacher Affair which the mainstream media failed to appreciate is that the FIA chose to ignore its own rules in the judgment. Article 123 of the FIA International Sporting Code states that "the entrant shall be responsible for all acts or omissions on the part of the driver".

10 NOVEMBER 1997

A SPY IN THE F1 CAMP

A member of the commercial department at Stewart Grand Prix in Milton Keynes has been arrested under Britain's Official Secrets Act.

BRITAIN TORPEDOES EUROPEAN TOBACCO BAN

THE British government has destroyed all hopes of a European tobacco sponsorship ban in the face of threats from the FIA that it will pull Grand Prix racing out of the European Union if a ban goes ahead.

DEAL CLOSE ON CONCORDE AGREEMENT

THE Formula 1 teams and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone are close to concluding a deal which will enable the flotation of FormulaÊ1ÊHoldingsÊ(FOH) to go ahead in March - probably to coincide with the start of next year's series.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX - COMPROMISE COMING

FIA President Max Mosley and the French Minister of Sport Marie-George Buffet met last week to discuss the problems over the French Grand Prix.

MORE ACTION AT VICKERS

THE future of Cosworth Racing remains uncertain with rumors that the car components firm Mayflower is to launch a hostile takeover bid for Vickers, Cosworth's parent company.

PASSARINI CHANGES TACK

ITALIAN state prosecutor Maurizio Passarini surprised everyone as he began his summing up in the manslaughter case related to the death of Ayrton Senna in May 1994.

PAUL RICARD

DRINKS magnate and the inventor of the Paul Ricard anisette-flavored pastis, died in his home village of Signes last weekend at the age of 88.

PROST SIGNS TRULLI

PROST GRAND PRIX has confirmed that it has signed Jarno Trulli as Olivier Panis's team-mate for the next two years.

RACE-RIGGING OR PRESS MANIPULATION?

THE TIMES newspaper in London on Saturday accused Williams and McLaren of colluding to arrange the finishing order at the end of the Grand Prix of Europe at Jerez.

3 NOVEMBER 1997

DAMON'S REVENGE

DAMON HILL was among Michael Schumacher's critics in the wake of the German's attempt to take Jacques Villeneuve out of the race at Jerez. The 1996 World Champion remembered Adelaide 1994 when a collision with Schumacher destroyed Hill's hopes of the World title.

FACE-SAVING AT THE FIA

IN what is likely to be an exercise in damage-limitation the FIA announced on Monday after Jerez that it has called MichaelÊSchumacher to appear before an extraordinary session of the World Council on November 11, in response to comments made in the report of the Race Director Charlie Whiting.

IN COURT IN IMOLA

THERE was a rush of activity in the Ayrton Senna trial at Imola last week with David Coulthard, Patrick Head, Adrian Newey and Frank Williams all appearing in quick succession.

MORE CONCORDE TALKS

THE Formula 1 team owners met last Thursday in London for the latest round of talks about a Concorde Agreement for 1998-2008.

MOSLEY UNDER ATTACK

THE powerful anti-tobacco lobby launched an attack on FIA President Max Mosley last week, claiming that his comments suggesting that tobacco bans increase smoking were distorted.

RALF IN UNIFORM

RALF SCHUMACHER will not be seeing much of Grand Prix racing for the next two months. The 22-year-old Jordan driver finished his Formula 1 season in Spain and promptly went into uniform to do his compulsory national service.

SUPER NOVA PLANNING FOR FORMULA 1

THE Super Nova Formula 3000 team is in the middle of an in-depth feasibility study to establish how it can put together the necessary financial and technical resources to enter Grand Prix racing at some point in the future.

THE GRIM REAPER OF DEARBORN STRIKES AGAIN

THE Ford Motor Company has axed Bruce Cambern, its director of Special Vehicle Operations, after less than a year in the job.

THE LOST HONOR OF MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has not enjoyed the last week - and it is likely to take some years for the German to rebuild his shattered reputation following his cynical attempt to take Jacques Villeneuve out of the Grand Prix of Europe and by doing so secure a third World Championship title for himself.

THE ROAD TO MOROCCO

THE feasibility study for holding a Grand Prix in the Moroccan town of Marrakesh, the major city in the south of the country, is believe to have concluded that a Formula 1 race is exactly what the city needs to help it increase the city's tourist industry and enhance the worldwide image of Morocco.

TWR YAMAHA - AN ANNOUNCEMENT SHORTLY

THE Yamaha Motor Company is expected to announce within days that it is continuing its relationship with Tom Walkinshaw's Arrows team in Formula 1 and that there will be a completely new V10 engine for the 1998 season.

VICKERS TO KEEP COSWORTH?

VICKERS, the company which owns Cosworth, has announced that it is selling off the luxury Rolls-Royce automotive company, which it has owned since 1979.

WELCOME WINFIELD WILLIAMS

THE Williams team is to have a new sponsor in 1998 and 1999.