IT has emerged that Volkswagen's board member for automotive engineering Dr. Martin Winterkorn was a guest in the F1 paddock at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.
PROST GRAND PRIX has confirmed that its drivers in 2000 will be Jean Alesi and the Formula 3000 Champion Nick Heidfeld.
THE Belgian government's insistence that tobacco advertising should be banned at the Belgian Grand Prix could lead to the disappearance of the event from the Formula 1 calendar next year.
JORDAN GRAND PRIX confirmed at Spa that it has signed Jarno Trulli to be Heinz-Harald Frentzen's team mate in 2000 and the Italian will stay with Jordan for the 2001 season as well.
THERE have been rumors for some weeks that Telefonica and other Spanish sponsors may be on the verge of buying the Minardi team.
HERB FISHEL, the head of motorsport at General Motors, was a visitor to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa last weekend.
AS we exclusively predicted two weeks ago Mika Salo has been confirmed as Pedro Diniz's partner at RedÊBullÊSauberÊPetronas.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is due to be at the wheel of a Ferrari in testing at Monza this week despite the fact that his recent test at Mugello did the German more harm than good.
BRITISH AMERICAN RACING is to have a new commercial director shortly with the expected appointment of Les Olson who spent 18 years with Philip Morris before moving to Imperial Tobacco for which he is currently sales director for NorthÊAmerica.
PEUGEOT SPORT is expected to confirm its continued involvement with Prost Grand Prix within the next few days.
TOM WALKINSHAW and Prince Malik ado Ibrahim are currently negotiating over their shareholdings in the Arrows FormulaÊ1 team - and all the indications are that Walkinshaw will soon buy the Nigerian out of the team.
FORMULA 3000 CHAMPION Nick Heidfeld tested for the Prost team last week at Silverstone.
THERE were three days of testing last week at Silverstone although the British summer weather was once again disruptive with rain interupting activity on Tuesday and Wednesday.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER was back in a Formula 1 Ferrari on Friday for the first time since his accident at the BritishÊGrandÊPrix on July 11.
RALF SCHUMACHER is expected to begin testing with the latest version of the BMW V10 Formula 1 engine within the next six weeks.
ARROWS will announce this week that it is reshuffling its technical staff with Mike Coughlan being promoted to the role of technical director and Egbahl Hamidy being drafted in as chief designer.
JEAN ALESI is expected to be confirmed as Jarno Trulli's replacement at Prost Grand Prix.
BENETTON is to strengthen its engineering staff with the recruitment in recent days of most of the top design engineers from the defunct Honda Racing Developments team in Bracknell.
SIR FRANK WILLIAMS will be in America next weekend to visit the CART event in Chicago and we hear will go on to visit the new Formula 1 circuit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - which will host the United States Grand Prix in SeptemberÊ2000.
NICK HEIDFELD won the International Formula 3000 Championship last weekend in Budapest but the young German does not appear to have much hope of a Formula 1 drive next season.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY President Jac Nasser is rumored to have paid a very quiet trip to Banbury, to have a look at the facilities owned by David Richards of Prodrive.
RUSSIA continues to dream about hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix and recently a Lebanese businessman with the unlikely name of Koueider von Heidebrand und der Lasa announced that he is planning to build a Formula 1 standard racing circuit close to the town of Tula, 80 miles to the south of Moscow.
MIKA SALO's showing at Ferrari in recent weeks has put the Finn into the F1 spotlight and in Hungary he admitted that he had six offers for drives in 2000.
PRINCE MALIK ADO IBRAHIM did not appear with the Arrows team in Budapest last weekend and although the team blamed "visa problems" it is very clear that the Nigerian is unlikely to be around with Arrows for much longer.
BACK in March we suggested that the TAG McLaren empire might be sold to DaimlerChrysler and that the money raised from that sale would then be used to buy the Ojjeh Family and Ron Dennis into Bernie Ecclestone's Formula OneÊHoldings.
THERE was testing last week at Silverstone, Mugello, Fiorano and Lurcy-Levis with the biggest test taking place at the British track.
FIA President Max Mosley last week told the French regional newspaper Nice Matin that the French Grand Prix will move to PaulÊRicard in the future.
EDDIE IRVINE has denied reports that he has signed to be the number one driver with the planned Jaguar Formula 1 team for the next three years.
THE Fondmetal Minardi team will use Supertec V10 engines next year - if an agreement it has made with the French engine company is concluded.
REYNARD MOTORSPORT INC., a 15% shareholder in British American Racing , has called off its planned flotation on the NewÊYorkÊStockÊExchange.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER underwent a second operation over the weekend at a clinic in Geneva, Switzerland, with surgeons removing some of the pins which were inserted into his leg in the operation which took place at NorthamptonÊGeneral Hospital on the afternoon of his crash at Silverstone a month ago.
THE Italian oil company Agip is to return to Ferrari next year as the team's fuel supplier and as a major sponsor.
THERE was a considerable amount of talk in the Hockenheim paddock suggesting that Arrows team owner PrinceÊMalikÊadoÊIbrahim may shortly be bought out of the operation by his partner Tom Walkinshaw.
THE continued failure of British American Racing to score World Championship points is something of a joke within the Formula 1 paddock - given the new team's extravagant claims since this time last year.
ALAIN PROST's relationship with Peugeot remains strained as the two parties wheel and deal to try to decide whether to continue their relationship.
THE agenda for the next Formula 1 Commission which has been circulated to race teams in recent days features a request for a change of team name for Stewart Grand Prix.
MAX Mosley, the President of the international automobile federation (FIA) was delighted last week when the EuropeanÊCommission issued a statement expressing regrets at hostile public statements and leaks made about the FIA by the outgoing Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert and members of his staff.
THE Formula 1 Silly Season is up and running following the announcement in Germany that Mika Hakkinen and DavidÊCoulthard are to stay as McLaren team mates for a fifth consecutive season.
TOYOTA has stopped hiding behind recruitment companies and anonymous post office box numbers and is advertising for Formula 1 staff in the specialist press all over Europe.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER may not be back in action in Formula 1 as quickly as had been expected.