FLAVIO BRIATORE, the boss of the Benetton Formula 1 team, says that the team will stick with Alexander Wurz for the rest of the season.
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA slightly injured his thumb when he was involved in a spectacular accident while testing at the CircuitÊRicardoÊTorma in Valencia last week.
THE French Grand Prix is to stay at Magny-Cours for the next five years.
BMW WILLIAMS F1 driver Jenson Button was stopped by French police over the weekend for speeding on the A9 autoroute near Montpellier.
THREE tobacco firms went to the House of Lords, the highest court in Britain, last week to stop the British government introducing a ban on cigarette advertising before the planned European legislation.
THERE is expected to be an announcement later this week that the giant France Telecom has bought the Orange mobile phone company from current owner Vodafone AirTouch Plc for nearly $45bn.
PEUGEOT SPORT bosses say that no decision has yet been taken about the company's future (or lack of it) in Formula 1 and that there will be an announcement once the firm knows where it is going.
WHILE rival Peugeot is trying to decide on its future in Formula 1, Renault seems to know exactly what it is doing in GrandÊPrix racing and we hear that there are plans for the French car company to run a testing program this winter and throughout the summer of 2001 in preparation for its official return to F1 in 2002 with the Benetton team.
AFTER a certain amount of negotiation, the young Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia finally had his first runs for Benetton last week in Valencia, Spain, and the 19-year-old was immediately impressive, recording a best time on his first day which was less than a second slower than Giancarlo Fisichella.
THE appearance of European Commission President Romano Prodi at the European Grand Prix last weekend sent a very clear signal that relations between the Commission and Grand Prix racing have improved dramatically in recent months and that a deal may be close in the battle over whether or not Formula 1 is exploiting a monopoly situation.
THE Williams team announced a major sponsorship deal last weekend with the Allianz Group.
THERE was a rash of action on the test driver market in Germany last weekend with Jaguar Racing announcing the appointment of Andre Lotterer, an 18-year-old Formula 3 driver.
THERE are rumors that Ferrari may take a risk at the end of this season and switch to Michelin tires next year.
MERCEDES-BENZ's motorsport chief Norbert Haug said at the Nurburgring that the company will not be giving its FormulaÊ1 engines to Alain Prost next year.
THE BAR-Honda relationship remains at the center of much rumor-mongering at the moment with British American Tobacco's interest in the program apparently on the wane and Honda keen to keep hold of Jacques Villeneuve rather than losing him to a rival operation.
MARTIN WHITAKER, who was in charge of Ford's F1 plans until the end of last year, appears to be in the process of trying to get back into Formula 1 having spent the last few months in charge of the Ford World Rally Championship program.
THERE is increasing speculation that Colombia's Juan-Pablo Montoya will return to Europe next season to take over JensonÊButton's drive at Williams.
SUCH was the speculation last week that Benetton boss Flavio Briatore decided to put out a press statement denying stories that Alexander Wurz would be replaced for the European Grand Prix.
THE exact details of David Coulthard's injuries received in his plane accident two weeks ago have finally been made public by the McLaren team and it seems that contrary to earlier suggestions, the Scotsman did suffer three cracked ribs in the accident at Lyons Satolas airport.
THE FIA Formula 1 World Championship was 50 years old on Saturday.
THERE were rumors after the Spanish Grand Prix that Volkswagen's Audi subsidiary is looking at buying the little Italian team.
GIORGIO PANTANO was testing for Benetton last week in Jerez de la Frontera. The 21-year-old Italian is one of the most highly-rated kartist of all time, having won a string of victories at international level.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE's decision whether to stay at British American Racing is currently holding up progress on the driver market for the 2001 season.
THERE is already beginning to be speculation about what Frank Williams and Patrick Head are going to do at the end of this season about their drivers for 2001.
DAVID COULTHARD emerged unscathed last week when the chartered executive jet in which he was travelling crashed at Satolas airport in Lyons, France.
AS we predicted exclusively, Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Neil Ressler is to be the new chief executive of the team.
AUSTRALIAN engineer Sam Michael is expected to become chief designer of Jordan Grand Prix at the end of the year.
THERE was much talk in Barcelona about the future of British American Racing.
WE hear that the city of Syracuse in south-eastern Sicily is planning to build a Formula 1 standard racing circuit, backed by the local government but funded by private enterprise.
THE European Commission announced at the end of last week that its planned hearing of the issues involved in its dispute with FormulaÊ1 has been delayed following "innovative and constructive" new proposals which have been made by the FIA President Max Mosley.
THERE has been considerable speculation in recent days about the future of Alexander Wurz at Benetton and there have even been hints that the Austrian may not survive with the team until the end of the season.
THE future of Peugeot in Formula 1 appears to be close to being settled.
BMW'S desire to rid itself of the lame duck Rover Car company has hit trouble, with the venture capital company Alchemy withdrawing its offer last week when it failed to agree terms with BMW on which group would pay for redundancies.
TONY GEORGE, the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, says that the United States Grand Prix in September will make a profit this year.
ORANGE, the company which is sponsoring the Arrows F1 team this year, is as expected to be sold.
BRITISH AMERICAN RACING and Sporting Elite, the company which manages Mika Salo, are in legal action over the Finn's release from a BAR contract last year which enabled him to drive for Ferrari.
THE steering committee of the British Racing Drivers Club has revealed proposals to restructure the club's involvement with the Silverstone racing circuit.
IN recent weeks there has been increasing speculation about what Peugeot intends to do in Formula 1.
AS we suggested last week, change is afoot at Benetton and the first sign of that came with the announcement that Jordan's chief designer Mike Gacoyne will move to the Enstone team in July 2001.
THE planned departure to Benetton in the middle of next year of Jordan's Mike Gascoyne is a major blow to the Silverstone team.