NEWS ARCHIVE

29 MAY 2000

BRIATORE DENIES THAT HE PLANS TO DUMP WURZ

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.

FISICHELLA HAS A BIG ONE

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA slightly injured his thumb when he was involved in a spectacular accident while testing at the CircuitÊRicardoÊTorma in Valencia last week.

FRENCH GP UNTIL 2005

THE French Grand Prix is to stay at Magny-Cours for the next five years.

JENSON INTERCEPTED

BMW WILLIAMS F1 driver Jenson Button was stopped by French police over the weekend for speeding on the A9 autoroute near Montpellier.

LAWYERS GET RICH, F1 TEAMS GET POLITICALLY-CORRECT

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.

ORANGE TO BE SQUEEZED OUT?

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 DECISION DUE AT FRENCH GRAND PRIX

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.

RENAULT TO GET TEST CAR FOR 2001?

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.

THE IMPRESSIVE PIZZONIA

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.

22 MAY 2000

A DEAL CLOSE WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION?

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.

ALLIANZ, WILLIAMS AND THE FIA

THE Williams team announced a major sponsorship deal last weekend with the Allianz Group.

AN OUTBREAK OF TEST DRIVERS IN F1

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.

MICHELIN AND FERRARI

THERE are rumors that Ferrari may take a risk at the end of this season and switch to Michelin tires next year.

PROST AND DAIMLERCHRYSLER

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 FUTURE OF JACQUES VILLENEUVE

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.

WHITAKER IN DEMAND?

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.

WILL MONTOYA RETURN TO FORMULA 1 IN 2001?

THERE is increasing speculation that Colombia's Juan-Pablo Montoya will return to Europe next season to take over JensonÊButton's drive at Williams.

15 MAY 2000

...BUT WILL WEBBER REPLACE WURZ?

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.

FORMULA 1'S WALKING WOUNDED

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FORMULA 1

THE FIA Formula 1 World Championship was 50 years old on Saturday.

MINARDI AND AUDI RUMORS

THERE were rumors after the Spanish Grand Prix that Volkswagen's Audi subsidiary is looking at buying the little Italian team.

PANTANO TRIES A BENETTON

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.

VILLENEUVE DELAYS DRIVER MARKET DECISIONS

JACQUES VILLENEUVE's decision whether to stay at British American Racing is currently holding up progress on the driver market for the 2001 season.

WILLIAMS DRIVERS IN 2001

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.

8 MAY 2000

COULTHARD'S NEAR-MISS

DAVID COULTHARD emerged unscathed last week when the chartered executive jet in which he was travelling crashed at Satolas airport in Lyons, France.

JAGUAR CONFIRMS RESSLER

AS we predicted exclusively, Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Neil Ressler is to be the new chief executive of the team.

MICHAEL TO BE CHIEF DESIGNER AT JORDAN

AUSTRALIAN engineer Sam Michael is expected to become chief designer of Jordan Grand Prix at the end of the year.

MOVEMENT AT BAR

THERE was much talk in Barcelona about the future of British American Racing.

SYRACUSE BUILDING F1 TRACK

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 FIA AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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.

THE FUTURE OF ALEXANDER WURZ

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.

YAMAHA, TOYOTA AND PEUGEOT

THE future of Peugeot in Formula 1 appears to be close to being settled.

1 MAY 2000

BMW STILL STRUGGLING WITH ROVER

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.

GEORGE PREDICTS 2000 UNITED STATES GP WILL BE PROFITABLE

TONY GEORGE, the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, says that the United States Grand Prix in September will make a profit this year.

ORANGE SALE GOES AHEAD

ORANGE, the company which is sponsoring the Arrows F1 team this year, is as expected to be sold.

SALO AND BAR

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 BRITISH RACING DRIVERS' CLUB PLANS RESTRUCTURING

THE steering committee of the British Racing Drivers Club has revealed proposals to restructure the club's involvement with the Silverstone racing circuit.

THE FUTURE OF PEUGEOT IN F1

IN recent weeks there has been increasing speculation about what Peugeot intends to do in Formula 1.

THE REVOLUTION BEGINS AT BENETTON

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.

WHO REPLACES GASCOYNE AT JORDAN?

THE planned departure to Benetton in the middle of next year of Jordan's Mike Gascoyne is a major blow to the Silverstone team.