NEWS ARCHIVE

29 NOVEMBER 1999

BRANDS HATCH MEETS THE GREENS

IT has been a long time in coming but there is no surprise that Brands Hatch Leisure has run into problems from environmentalists over its application for planning permission to develop the circuit into a Formula 1 standard facility.

BURTI CONFIRMED AT JAGUAR RACING

JAGUAR RACING has confirmed that Brazilian Luciano Burti will be its test driver for their 2000 season, supporting EddieÊIrvine and Johnny Herbert.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER ON THE PROWL - F1 HOLDS BREATH

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG continues to insist that it is not shopping for new partners at the moment but that has not stopped a variety of rumors about the company in recent days.

MINARDI AND DAEWOO

MINARDI and Daewoo have one thing in common: they are both struggling.

OLIVIER'S FIGHTING SPIRIT

OLIVIER PANIS is in line for the second Williams drive because of his fighting spirit and evidence of this was given in court in Nevers at the end of last week when the Frenchman came before the local magistrates to answer charges relating to an incident at Magny Cours in May when Panis and some of his friends had gone to the circuit's kart track to have a little fun.

PANIS - A DECISION THIS WEEK

A decision over the future of Olivier Panis is expected this week as the Frenchman is scheduled to begin testing for McLaren and if Williams wants to sign him up as a replacement for Alex Zanardi the team now needs to move quickly.

SENNA APPEAL FLOPS

PATRICK HEAD and Adrian Newey have finally been acquitted of all charges relating to the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola in May 1994.

THE DIMINISHING ATTRACTION OF THE LE MANS 24 HOURS

THE classic 24 hour endurance sportscar race at Le Mans is not as attractive as once it was to the major motor manufacturers.

22 NOVEMBER 1999

...AND AT SAUBER

AS expected for some time there has been a technical reshuffle at Sauber.

BURTI TO BE NAMED JAGUAR TEST DRIVER

LUCIANO BURTI, runner-up in the British Formula 3 Championship, will be nominated as Jaguar Racing's test driver this week.

MONTOYA STAYING IN AMERICA - PANIS FOR WILLIAMS?

JUAN-PABLO MONTOYA told Colombian television last week that he is definitely staying in the United States of America for the 2000 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

RICHARDS TALKS FORMULA 1

DAVID RICHARDS has announced that he has sold 49% of Prodrive to venture capitalist company Apax Partners with the intention of using the money raised to expand the company's activities to create a more stable business.

TECHNICAL RESHUFFLE AT BENETTON

THE long-awaited reshuffle of engineers at Benetton Formula happened last week with the resignation of chief designer NickÊWirth and the announcement that Wirth deputy Sergio Rinland is to join Sauber.

THE ITALIANS ATTACK WILLIAMS AGAIN

ITALIAN prosecutors returned to court last week to appeal against the acquittal two years ago of Adrian Newey and PatrickÊHead on charges of "culpable homicide" related to the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola in May 1994.

VILLENEUVE TO STAY AT BAR - AT LEAST FOR 2000

JACQUES VILLENEUVE says that he will see out his contract with British American Racing - even if his mentor and manager CraigÊPollock is dumped as the team chairman and chief executive.

15 NOVEMBER 1999

BARRICHELLO AT MARANELLO

RUBENS BARRICHELLO paid a visit to the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello last week to meet the major players in the team and have a seat fitting.

BERNIE AND DUBAI

IN April, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that he was talking to the government of Dubai about a Grand Prix and in recent days Dubai's most famous motorsport personality Mohammed Bin Sulayem confirmed that those talks are now very advanced with the government taking them "very seriously".

BRANDS HATCH SOLD TO INTERPUBLIC

BRANDS HATCH LEISURE PLC, the company which owns and operates most of the racing circuits in Britain, notably BrandsÊHatch itself, has been bought by the Octagon sports marketing and entertainment group, a division of the huge American advertising firm Interpublic.

HYNES HOPES FOR F1 TEST DRIVE

BRITISH Formula 3 Champion Marc Hynes says that he is close to signing a deal which will see him racing in the International `Formula 3000 series and testing for a Formula 1 team.

MERCEDES REBUILDS IN THE UNITED STATES

DESPITE losing most of its customer teams in CART this year, Mercedes-Benz is redoubling its efforts to be successful in the series and is expected to announce shortly that it will run its own factory operation alongside Bruce McCaw's PacWest team.

NISSAN PULLS BACK

TOM WALKINSHAW's hope of a long-term deal with Nissan in F1 took a dive last week when the Japanese car company announced that it was cancelling its Le Mans 24 Hours program.

THE FUTURE OF ARROWS

TOM WALKINSHAW has vehemently denied stories that he is negotiating the sale of Arrows to David Richards of Prodrive, but most Formula 1 sources do not seem to believe the Scotsman.

WILL BMW TROUBLES AFFECT WILLIAMS?

THE German car manufacturer BMW continues to struggle with its Rover Group subsidiary with reports in the German papers in recent days suggesting that the Quandt Family, which controls around 45% of BMW's shares, are beginning to lose patience with the company and may decide to sell out to one of the car companies interested in buying BMW.

8 NOVEMBER 1999

BRDC TO BACK BRITISH DRIVERS

THE British Racing Drivers' Club has announced plans to promote young British drivers in the hope of finding replacements for the current generation of British F1 racers, who are getting old.

DENNIS DENIES FOH BID

MCLAREN boss Ron Dennis has finally denied suggestions that he is trying to buy out Formula 1 boss BernieÊEcclestone.

GM REVEALS NEW GLOBAL MOTORSPORT POLICY

GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, the world's biggest car manufacturer, last week revealed plans for a new motorsport strategy which will focus the company's worldwide expertise to help the individual brands increase their sales in different markets.

GREG MOORE

IT has been only a few weeks since the CART series had to face the death of Gonzalo Rodriguez at Laguna Seca.

LOTUS AND MALAYSIA

OVER the weekend Malaysian newspapers ran stories suggesting that there is a convoluted deal going on which will see Lotus Engineering becoming involved in Grand Prix racing once again.

MONTOYA AND WILLIAMS

THE future of Juan-Pablo Montoya in the United States of America remains clouded following his title victory at Fontana.

VILLENEUVE TO QUIT BAR?

JACQUES VILLENEUVE is reportedly threatening to quit British American Racing if Adrian Reynard replaces Craig Pollock as the team's chairman and chief executive.

1 NOVEMBER 1999

BERNIE'S MIDDLE EASTERN TOUR

FORMULA 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone took his children off for a short holiday in the Middle East last week but spent a little time chatting with governments about the possibility of holding Grands Prix in the region in the future.

DEVELOPMENTS AT BENETTON

THINGS are finally happening at Benetton.

GOODYEAR RECONSIDERING F1?

THE Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced that it is withdrawing from CART and IRL at the end of the year because it is impossible to justify the costs in the light of the poor viewing figures which have resulted from the split in American open-wheeler racing between CART and IRL.

HIGH NOON AT BAR

AS we were closing for press a power struggle was taking place within British American Racing with Adrian Reynard trying to convince the shareholders of the team that Craig Pollock should be removed as chairman and that Reynard should replace him.

MORGAN GRENFELL BUYS INTO FOH

MORGAN GRENFELL PRIVATE EQUITY, a subsidiary of Germany's vast Deutsche Bank, has agreed to pay Bernie Ecclestone $325m for a 12.5% share in SLEC Holding, the parent company of Formula One Holdings, the company which controls the commercial exploitation of Formula 1 racing.

THE FINAL 2000 CALENDAR

THE FIA has issued the definitive World Championship calendar for 2000 with the dramatic news that the British Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone on Easter Day - April 23.

THE FUTURE OF ALEX ZANARDI

ALTHOUGH at the moment everyone involved is saying there are no problems, we hear that the relationship between AlexÊZanardi and Williams F1 may not continue next year.