NEWS ARCHIVE

30 JUNE 2000

COULTHARD SIGNS NEW ONE-YEAR DEAL AT MCLAREN

BRITON DAVID COULTHARD has signed a new one-year deal to remain with McLaren Mercedes-Benz, the team announced on Friday.

FRANCHITTI POISED FOR JAGUAR DRIVE

JENSON BUTTON's hopes of clinching a front line formula one drive next season were fading here yesterday after it emerged that US Champcar star Dario Franchitti is being tipped to replace Johnny Herbert in the Jaguar team next season.

MICHELIN BOSS WARNS OF TIRE WARS

MICHELIN motor racing boss Pierre Dupasquier has urged the FIA to clarify tire regulations when the French manufacturer enters the sport next season.

TOYOTA OFFICIALLY CONFIRM 2002 ENTRY

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) officially confirmed its 2002 entry into the Formula One world championship on Friday.

29 JUNE 2000

ALESI STICKING BY PROST

FRENCHMAN JEAN ALESI has vowed to quit the struggling Prost team unless they can provide him with a car capable of challenging for honors.

HUMBLE SCHUMACHER

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is continuing to play down suggestions that he has already sewn up this year's Formula One world championship crown.

JORDAN ANNOUNCE HONDA ENGINE DEAL

JORDAN will use works Honda engines in Formula One next season, the Silverstone-based team announced on Thursday.

STEWART BLASTS JAGUAR'S IRVINE

JAGUAR DIRECTOR JACKIE STEWART has hit out at driver Eddie Irvine after claiming he is not focussed on the job in hand.

TEAM BOSS CONCERNED OVER BRANDS HATCH AND FORMULA ONE FUTURE

BMW-WILLIAMS' team boss Frank Williams says he is concerned over the future of the British Grand Prix with Brands Hatch as its host, and the sport in general.

28 JUNE 2000

TOYOTA HIT OUT AT THE FIA OVER F1 ENTRY

TOYOTA today hit out at Formula One's governing body, the FIA after being forced to delay their entry into the sport.

27 JUNE 2000

GREEN LIGHT FOR BRANDS HATCH

BRANDS HATCH took another step towards regaining the British grand prix when Sevenoaks and District council affirmed their support for plans to upgrade the Kent circuit to current FIA safety standards at a meeting on Monday evening.

SCHUMACHER PLAYS DOWN THE PRESSURE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is ignoring the hype surrounding his attempt to equal the late Aryton Senna's record of 41 career victories at this weekend's French Grand Prix.

VOICE OF F1 ABSENT AT FRENCH GRAND PRIX

THE world-renowned voice of Formula One, Murray Walker, will miss this weekend's French Grand Prix because he has dislocated his hip.

26 JUNE 2000

A DEAL CLOSE FOR MINARDI?

S we suggested as long ago as January, the American millionaire Tony Johnson is keen to become involved in Grand Prix racing as part of his global expansion of Hidden Creek Investments, the company which controls the automotive component companies Tower Automotive, Dura Automotive and Heavy Duty Holdings.

BRANDS HATCH WAITS FOR A RULING

BRANDS HATCH LEISURE will discover this week whether or not the Sevenoaks Council will agreed to grant it planning permission for a huge rebuilding program needed to bring the circuit up to Formula 1 standards.

FRANCHITTI TO TEST FOR JAGUAR RACING

CART racer Dario Franchitti is to test for Jaguar Racing later this year with the intention of getting a drive in Formula 1 in 2001.

HERBERT ON THE WAR PATH

OHNNY HERBERT knows that his Formula 1 career is coming to an end and he has nothing to lose - except his job with JaguarÊRacing.

MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT MCLAREN

RON DENNIS, the boss of the McLaren Formula 1 team, has been moved further up in the growing TAG McLaren empire.

THE 2001 CALENDAR

THE FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Warsaw, Poland, last week and agreed a 17-race schedule for the 2001 FormulaÊ1 World Championship.

THE NEW RULES FOR 2001

THE FIA has announced a number of new technical regulations for the 2001 season.

24 JUNE 2000

LAUSITZRING IN TALKS TO REPLACE HOCKENHEIM

Officials from the newly-built Lausitzring circuit are in talks with the FIA over replacing Hockenheim as the host of the German Grand Prix.

23 JUNE 2000

HAKKINEN TOPS THE TIMES AFTER TAKING OVER TESTING DUTIES AT MAGNY-COURS

Mika Hakkinen topped the times on the final day of pre-French Grand Prix testing at Magny-Cours after taking over the driving duties for McLaren.

MINARDI UNVEIL NEW TEST-DRIVER

Minardi have unveiled new test-driver Giorgio Vinella after missing out on a scheduled test session at Magny-Cours due to an Italian transport strike.

22 JUNE 2000

SCHUMACHER AND COULTHARD RESUME BATTLE AT MAGNY-COURS

McLaren driver David Coulthard beat rival Michael Schumacher as the two resumed their battle for supremecy in testing at Magny-Cours on Thursday.

21 JUNE 2000

FIA ANNOUNCE TECHNICAL REGULATION CHANGES FOR 2001 SEASON

Formula One's governing body, the FIA, have announced several new technical regulations that all teams must adhere to in the 2001 season.

MALAYSIA THE MAIN MOVER AS FIA RELEASE PROVISIONAL 2001 CALENDAR

Formula One's governing body, the FIA, on Wednesday announced the provisional calendar for the 2001 World Championship, and the Malaysian Grand Prix was the only major mover.

STEWART INFURIATED BY BRITISH GP RESCHEDULING

The provisional re-scheduling of the 2001 British Grand Prix for May 13, rather than the hoped-for return to a July date, has infuriated Jackie Stewart who is expected to take over from Ken Tyrrell as president of the BRDC at next month's annual general meeting.

VERSTAPPEN INJURES NECK IN TESTING CRASH

Jos Verstappen has injured his neck in a testing accident at Magny Cours on Wednesday.

19 JUNE 2000

BENETTON TO USE RENAULT ENGINES IN 2001

THE Benetton team currently uses V10 engines which were designed by Renault Sport but are marketed by Supertec for Mecachrome under the Playlife banner.

BIG TOBACCO FIGHTS BACK

LAST week was a significant one in the fight over tobacco legislation in Europe.

JAGUAR PICKS SILVERSTONE

THE management of Jaguar Racing has finally settled on Silverstone as the location for its new Formula 1 headquarters.

JORDAN'S ENGINES

The future of Jordan Grand Prix's engine supply was the topic of some discussion in the Montreal paddock with Eddie Jordan admitting that he was in discussion with "a number of manufacturers" about possible engine supplies in the future.

RON GETS A GONG

McLaren Formula 1 boss Ron Dennis has finally been rewarded for his services to the motor racing industry with the announcement that he has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

THE FUTURE OF JACQUES VILLENEUVE

The major talking point at the Canadian Grand Prix was the future of Jacques Villeneuve.

12 JUNE 2000

BUTTON AND WILLIAMS

IT was a slow week for news in Monaco and so there were quite a lot of speculative stories flying around after the event, notably one which was run in AUTOSPORT magazine in London which suggested that Frank Williams and Patrick Head have already decided that Jenson Button will be replaced by Juan-Pablo Montoya at the end of the season.

FORMULA 1 AND THE FIA

THERE are rumors in Formula 1 circles that the forthcoming FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on June 21 could produce some radical proposals for the future organization of Grand Prix racing.

MORE ON BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

AS we suggested a month ago British American Tobacco subsidiaries have now raised their shareholdings in BritishÊAmericanÊRacing to 80% and while paddock rumor says that this was a deal so that the team could top up its budget, it seems more likely that it is part of the process by which the team splits away from Jacques Villeneuve and his manager CraigÊPollock.

PROST CONFIRMS GOUSSET

ALAIN PROST has confirmed that his technical director Alan Jenkins has left the French team and that the technical coordination will be looked after by the team's head of design Jean-Paul Gousset.

RALF CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL RACE IN CANADA

RALF SCHUMACHER will not decide until the last minute whether or not he will be fit to race in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

SILVERSTONE MOVES FORWARD

THE BRITISH RACING DRIVERS' CLUB last week voted to establish a company called Silverstone Operations Ltd. with the main aim of winning back the British Grand Prix to Silverstone while at the same time creating a more effective commercial structure which is not directly influenced by the BRDC and thus can operate independently to increase income from the track.

5 JUNE 2000

EGYPT COMES TO MONTE CARLO

THE man behind the plans for an Egyptian Grand Prix appeared at Monaco this weekend in the company of BernieÊEcclestone.

ORANGE SOLD TO FRANCE TELECOM

THE future of the Arrows team's sponsorship from Orange remains uncertain following the announcement that the mobile phone company has been bought by France Telecom for $51bn.

PROST AND JENKINS

ALAN JENKINS, the technical director of Prost Grand Prix, has departed the team following a power struggle between the Englishman and a group of Prost's managers in France.

SALO FOR TOYOTA?

THERE were rumors in Monaco that Finland's Mika Salo is close to signing a contract to drive for the new Toyota Motorsport Formula 1 team in 2002.

SAP TO SPONSOR UNITED STATES GP

THE German software company SAP has agreed a multi-year deal to sponsor the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

TEAMS FOR SALE

EVER since the announcement that Williams had landed sponsorship from the Allianz Group the F1 community has been going through a turbulent phase as other big financial institutions look at buying into the sport.

WILL RALF SCHUMACHER BE IN MONTREAL?

BMW WILLIAMS F1 driver Ralf Schumacher crashed heavily while running fourth in the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend and the German youngster may have to miss the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

WORRIES FOR MONTREAL

THE city of Montreal faces serious problems at the Canadian Grand Prix if unions go ahead with a threat to disrupt the city's public transportation system.