NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JANUARY 2000

...AS JAGUAR LANDS EXTRA BACKING

AS we suggested as long ago as September the German beer company Brauerie Beck & Co. is entering Formula 1 this year with Jaguar Racing.

...BUT THERE IS TROUBLE IN MUNICH

THE departure of Andy Cowell from BMW Motorsport in Munich may not seem like big news but it is likely to have a dramatic effect on the German company's ability to produce a competitive Formula 1 engine in 2001.

ANOTHER WEEK OF TESTING

THE Formula 1 teams continued their work last week with tests at Barcelona, Silverstone, Fiorano, Magny-Cours and Lurcy-Levis.

ARROWS CONFIRMS JOS VERSTAPPEN

TOM WALKINSHAW's newly-named Arrows F1 Team has announced that it has signed Jos Verstappen to be PedroÊdeÊlaÊRosa's partner in 2000.

BAR TAKES ON JAPANESE LOOK

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING's launch in London last week was largely overshadowed by the announcement in Spain that JensonÊButton had been signed by Williams, but the Brackley team hopes that in the course of the season it will get the better of Williams with its new Honda V10 engines.

BUTTON SIGNS FOR WILLIAMS

AS we exclusively predicted on January 1, BMW Williams F1 has signed up 20-year-old British racer Jenson Button to be RalfÊSchumacher's partner this season.

EXIT JACKIE STEWART

JACKIE STEWART confused the assembled Formula 1 media last week in London by announcing that he was standing down as chairman and chief executive of the new Jaguar Racing team but then said that he will not be going away.

PROST AND YAHOO

PROST GRAND PRIX launches its 2000 challenger on Tuesday this week in Barcelona - although the new Prost-PeugeotÊAP03 actually ran for the first time in a private test last Thursday at Magny-Cours - and we hear that the team has signed a major multi-year sponsorship deal with the Internet Search Engine company Yahoo Inc.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX?

THE new owners of Brands Hatch are beginning to understand the problems facing the Kentish racing circuit if it wishes to host the British Grand Prix in 2002 and this has led to suggestions in recent days that Interpublic may try to hire the Silverstone circuit from the British Racing Drivers' Club.

24 JANUARY 2000

BENETTON: MARCONI AND MITSUSADA

BENETTON launched its new Benetton-Playlife B200 car last week in Barcelona and says that it is looking ahead to a revival after a string of seasons which have produced poor results.

BUTTON WOWS AND WINS WILLIAMS

AS we were closing for press, the BMW Williams F1 team was making a final decision as to who will be its second driver in 2000.

BYE-BYE ALEX

WILLIAMS and Alessandro Zanardi have finally confirmed that their relationship has come to an end.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES FLOOD INTO F1

AS Grand Prix racing faces up to a future without tobacco advertising, the sport seems to have found a new source of income in the high technology worlds of telecommunications, information technology and computers.

JORDAN RUNS THE EJ10 AT SILVERSTONE

THE new Jordan Mugen-Honda EJ10 ran for the first time last week on the Club Straight at Silverstone circuit, Heinz-HaraldÊFrentzen giving the new machine its first shakedown tests.

TESTING INTENSIFIES AS NEW CARS APPEAR

WITH the new generation of Formula 1 cars now beginning to appear, there has been an increase in testing with a major session last week at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona.

TOYOTA GIVES MORE F1 DETAILS

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT last week laid the foundation stones for its new Formula 1 facilities in Cologne.

VERSTAPPEN AND ARROWS

REPORTS in Holland suggest that Jos Verstappen has now signed for Arrows - as we have been predicting for some weeks.

17 JANUARY 2000

...WHILE RICHARDS WATCHES AND WAITS

WHILE British American Racing goes through another reshuffle, we hear that David Richards of Prodrive is positioning himself for a bid for a shareholding in BAR if things do not go according to plan this year.

ARROWS BUYOUT ON ROCKY GROUND

PLANS for a consortium of European technology and media companies - fronted by former Tyrrell marketing director RupertÊManwaring - to buy the Arrows team may require more money than the group currently has available.

CHANGES AHEAD FOR MONZA

THE Autodromo Nazionale at Monza is going to make big changes to the layout of the circuit in an effort to keep up with the constant need for more safety in Formula 1.

CURRENT ACTION INTENSE AS TEAMS MULL OVER DECEMBER TESTING BAN

THE FIA World Motorsport Council has decided to ban all Formula 1 testing between the end of the season and DecemberÊ31,Ê2000 - thus extending the current ban to two months.

F1 RULES - MEETINGS THIS WEEK

THERE are to be a series of important technical meetings in the next few days as the Formula 1 teams try to agree on a new set of technical rules for the 2001 season.

FOH SALE HITS THE COURTS

BERNIE ECCLESTONE's sale of 50% of SLEC Holding - the parent company of Formula One Holdings - to the venture capital company Morgan Grenfell Private Equity Ltd. has run into unexpected problems.

FONDMETAL BUYS RIGHTS TO OLD FORD ENGINES

THE Minardi team has finally given some details about its plan for the 2000 season with the announcement that the team has been renamed Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal.

FOULSTON LEAVES BRANDS HATCH

NICOLA FOULSTON has resigned from Brands Hatch Leisure "for personal reasons" and will no longer be involved in the running of the empire she has carefully built up since she inherited the business from her father in 1987.

MICHELIN PLANS TEST TEAM

MICHELIN is looking at running a testing team this year.

VILLADELPRAT FOR BAR?

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING has confirmed that it has had yet another management reshuffle with Don Brown - the chief executive of Imperial Tobacco in Canada - becoming chairman of the board of BAR's holding company.

WILLIAMS AND COMPAQ

WILLIAMS and BMW showed off their new colors last week in Munich but failed to name the team's big new sponsor.

10 JANUARY 2000

BUTTON TO PROST - OR COULD IT BE WILLIAMS?

REPORTS that British Formula 3 star Jenson Button is to sign a long-term deal to test for Prost Grand Prix should be treated with caution.

JOHN WALTON GOES TO PROST

FORMER Jordan and Arrows team manager John Walton is to work for Prost Grand Prix this year.

NEW CARS IN ACTION

SAUBER and Jaguar Racing have both run their new cars in recent days and the next two weeks will see the unveiling of mostÊofÊthe other 2000 Formula 1 cars.

SAN FRANCISCO STILL WANTS A GRAND PRIX

THE recent re-election victory of San Francisco's Mayor Willie Brown - with a landslide majority - gives the Californian politician a mandate until the end of 2003 and, with the city booming, the controversial Brown is aiming to build on his success while things are going well.

TAKAGI GIVES UP FORMULA 1

THERE will be no Japanese drivers in Formula 1 in 2000 following the decision by Tora Takagi to race in the FormulaÊNipponÊchampionship this year.

WHISPERS FROM THE UNITED STATES...

FURTHER details are beginning to emerge about a second mysterious bidder for the Minardi team in early December.

WILLIAMS TALKS TO THE CITY OF LONDON

SIR FRANK WILLIAMS is talking to investment banking company Warburg Dillon Read about the financial future of his Formula 1 team.

1 JANUARY 2000

ENGINEERING SHAKE-UP AT MARANELLO

THERE is to be a switch around of Ferrari's race engineering team this year with Michael Schumacher's engineer IgnazioÊLunetta being promoted to become chief engineer after four years working with the German.

JOSH REHM IS INSIDE F1 YOUNG DRIVER AWARD WINNER

INSIDE F1 has named rising American racer Josh Rehm as the inaugural winner of a new scheme designed to help American drivers on their way to Grand Prix racing.

MANNING JOINS BAR

HAVING been told that Williams F1 would not be needing him in 2000, Darren Manning signed for BritishÊAmericanÊRacingÊHonda shortly before Christmas.

MANWARING FRONTS BID FOR ARROWS

FORMER Tyrrell and Honda team director Rupert Manwaring is fronting a bid to buy the Arrows team.

SALO TO TEST FOR FERRARI

SAUBER PETRONAS driver Mika Salo will do development work for Ferrari this year, in addition to his work with the Swiss team.

SIR STIRLING MOSS

STIRLING MOSS, the most successful Grand Prix driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship, has been knighted for his services to the motor racing industry.

TOYOTA CONFIRMS FIA DEAL

TOYOTA has confirmed that it has an agreement with the FIA to become the twelfth Formula 1 team.

VILLADELPRAT GOES...

THE long-expected resignation of Benetton Formula's Operations Director Joan Villadelprat has been confirmed by the team.

WILLIAMS TO TRY BUTTON?

THE BMW Williams team is due to unveil its new car and driver line-up on January 10 in Munich and although there is speculation that the team may decide to keep Alex Zanardi for another season, our sources suggest that this is not very likely and that the team is still looking at signing up a young driver as partner to Ralf Schumacher.