NEWS ARCHIVE

28 FEBRUARY 2001

BENETTON FEELING UNDER-TESTED

THE Benetton Formula One team has undergone big changes during the off-season, and their late preparations may cost them dear in Melbourne, according to technical director Mike Gascoyne.

BERNIE LAUNCHES NEW F1 MAGAZINE

ONE of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's lesser-known sidelines is in publishing. Ecclestone is the owner of a company called European Press which publishes a business magazine called Eurobusiness.

CAR BOSSES MEET AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

THE leading lights of the European Automobile Constructors Association are meeting this week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland and there is no doubt that one of the subjects which will be discussed is the plan for them to be involved in an agreement to buy into SLEC, the company which owns the promotional rights to Formula 1.

EUROPEAN MINARDI LAUNCHES IN MELBOURNE

PAUL STODDART, the new owner of Minardi, used the state parliament building in his home town of Melbourne to launch the Minardi-European PS01 chassis.

HILL TURNS CAR DEALER

FORMER world champion Damon Hill has joined an ever-growing band of ex-Formula One stars to join the car sales business.

MONTI APPLAUDS FIA REORGANIZATION

THE European Commissioner for Competition Mario Monti has applauded the efforts of the FIA, the governing body of world motor sport, to reorganize itself in line with Europe's complicated competition regulations.

PROST LAUNCHES CAR IN AUSTRALIA

PROST GRAND PRIX officially launched their 2001 challenger at Albert Park on Wednesday with the promise the new Prost Acer AP04 will impress in the opening races of the season.

SCHUMACHER MAY HAVE TO PAY MAJOR COMPENSATION OVER HELMET SAGA

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER will find out if he will be penalized for switching helmets on Thursday, when a court ruling is expected in Belgium.

TOYOTA BUILD YOUNGSTERS PROGRAM

TOYOTA have continued signalled their plans to build a top motorsport development program by signing young Australian Ryan Brisco.

WILL BERNIE SELL OUT TO THE CAR COMPANIES?

THE TIMES newspaper in London, once an impeccable source of information but of late rather less reliable, has reported that Bernie Ecclestone is selling his family's shares in SLEC to a consortium of automobile companies which includes Renault, BMW, Fiat, Ford and Mercedes.

27 FEBRUARY 2001

ADELAIDE DROPS RACE

ADELAIDE has ditched its "Race of a Thousand Years", the sportscar event which was introduced to revive the old street circuit on which the Australian Grand Prix was held between 1985 and 1995.

HAKKINEN HOPES TO FEEL LESS PRESSURE IN 2001

MIKA HAKKINEN is looking forward to competing in the 2001 championship and challenging for the title with less pressure than last year.

MINARDI TO LAUNCH CAR AT VICTORIA PARLIAMENT

EUROPEAN MINARDI will officially launch their 2001 challenger on the steps of Victoria Parliament's House in Melbourne on Wednesday, it has been revealed.

26 FEBRUARY 2001

BRIDGESTONE DIRECTOR OF MOTORSPORT YASUKAWA PLAYS DOWN TIRE WAR

BRIDGESTONE's director of motorsport Hiroshi Yasukawa has played down the potential tire war that is set to engulf the Formula One world championship this year with the re-introduction of Michelin.

MONTOYA BIDS TO CHALLENGE FERRARI AND MCLAREN AHEAD OF HIS F1 DEBUT

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA is aiming to challenge the top two teams - Ferrari and McLaren - as he prepares for his debut race in Australia this weekend.

SCHUMACHER'S HELMET COURT CASE ADJOURNED

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher must wait until Wednesday to discover if he will be forced to pay around $1.5 million costs to helmet distributors Sports Europe.

TOYOTA JOIN FORCES WITH INFORMATION SYSTEM EXPERTS EMC

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT announced on Monday a collaboration with information system experts EMC that will boost their testing program this year.

25 FEBRUARY 2001

ARROWS NEW-BOY IS RARING TO GO IN MELBOURNE

ENRIQUE BERNOLDI, the new Arrows driver, has expressed his eagerness to get onto the track for the Australian Grand Prix, where he hopes to start his Formula One career in style.

24 FEBRUARY 2001

FERRARI REPORTED TO BE WORKING ON NEW TITANIUM GEARBOX

FERRARI are reported to be working on a titanium gearbox, which will be this year's major innovation for the championship-winning team.

KIRCH TIPPED "CLOSE TO CONTROL OF F1"

ONE is bound to speculate whether Kirch, the German media group, have somehow acquired the rights to the late Margaret Mitchell's epic Gone With The Wind.

MINARDI SIGN CONTRACT WITH ALBERS

EUROPEAN MINARDI have signed a contract with Christijan Albers that could see the young Dutchman become a test and reserve driver -- and even land a full-drive in the future.

PRE-SEASON TESTING ENDS AS MCLAREN COMPLETE WORK AT BARCELONA

FORMULA ONE pre-season testing came to a close on Friday as McLaren completed an indifferent day of work at the Circuit de Catalunya.

SCHUMACHER TAKEN TO COURT

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER will appear in a Brussels court on Monday after Sports Europe, the distributor for Bell Helmets, accused the world champion of a breach of contract.

23 FEBRUARY 2001

FIA CONFIRM TECHNICAL CHANGES

THE Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) have confirmed the introduction of various new technical changes including speed limits during accidents and the use of a traction control system during the next two years.

MELBOURNE SET TO BE PAINTED DEEP PURPLE

LEADING rock/metal band Deep Purple have confirmed that they will be performing at this year's Formula One curtain-raiser in Australia.

MOSLEY DETERMINED TO MAKE HIS MARK ON ROAD SAFETY

ANYBODY doubting that FIA president Max Mosley's determination to create a legacy of enhanced European road safety - and harnessing the F1 world championship as his means to that end - will be irrevocably persuaded that this is the case by the governing body's latest official edict.

TRULLI FUTURE WITH JORDAN

JORDAN driver Jarno Trulli said on Thursday that he wants to stick with the team until he wins his first Grand Prix.

22 FEBRUARY 2001

ECCLESTONE IN INDIA

FORMULA 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is in India this week to see how the Indian Grand Prix project is progressing.

IRVINE FACES WRATH OF RAHAL

JAGUAR RACING boss Bobby Rahal is concerned that Eddie Irvine's negative attitude will not help to pull the team together in its hour of need.

LAUDA AND RAHAL SPEAK OUT AGAINST ELECTRONIC DRIVER AIDS

JAGUAR F1 supremos Bobby Rahal and Niki Lauda stood shoulder-to-shoulder yesterday when it came to roundly condemning the FIA's decision to reintroduce electronic driver aids in time for the fifth race of the 2001 World Championship season.

MCLAREN ON TOP IN BARCELONA

LAST season's world championship runner-up Mika Hakkinen showed he is in good form for Australia by topping the times during testing at the Barcelona circuit on Thursday.

NEW MINARDI TESTED FOR THE FIRST TIME

EUROPEAN MINARDI drivers Fernando Alonso and Tarso Marques tested the team's new car for the first time at Vairano on Wednesday.

NO SAFETY CAR AFTER 2003

FIA President Max Mosley says that there will no longer be any need for a Safety Car in Formula 1 from the start of 2003 as the teams have all agreed to run intelligent speed limit systems instead.

PROST NAME ENGINE ACER

THE Prost Grand Prix team announced on Thursday that their Ferrari power units will now be re-badged as an 'ACER' engine for 2001.

RENAULT NO TO PAY-PER-VIEW

CAR giant Renault could leave the sport if a threatened move onto pay-per-view television goes ahead.

SCHUMACHER FUTURE SEALED BY MARLBORO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's future at Ferrari has been boosted by the announcement that the team's principal sponsor Marlboro will continue with the team until the end of 2006.

21 FEBRUARY 2001

COULTHARD HITS TROUBLE IN BARCELONA

MCLAREN's David Coulthard failed to post a competitive lap time during testing at Barcelona on Wednesday, whilst his team-mate Alex Wurz was fastest.

DE LA ROSA SAYS THAT THERE WAS NO DEAL WITH PROST

PEDRO DE LA ROSA says that he did not sign any deal with Prost Grand Prix and that he was negotiating the terms of an agreement when he received a better offer from Jaguar.

EM.TV DEAL MAY NOT BE PASSED THROUGH - MOSLEY

THE proposed deal for German media groups EM.TV and Kirch to buy a further stake in Formula One may not be approved, FIA president Max Mosley said on Tuesday.

EUROBET CONFIRMS WITHDRAWAL FROM ARROWS

ARROWS sponsor Eurobet, a subsidiary of the Morgan Grenfell-owned Coral betting company, has confirmed that it will not be supporting the Arrows team this year.

FIA TO MOVE BACK TO PARIS

FIA President Max Mosley says that the international automobile federation will be returning to Paris in January 2002 after a couple of years being headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

FOSTER'S ANNOUNCES MARKETING PUSH FOR BERINGER

AUSTRALIAN brewery Foster's has just announced plan for a major push into Europe with its Beringer wine subsidiary.

JORDAN GO WELL AGAIN AT SILVERSTONE

JORDAN topped the times for the second consecutive day in Silverstone testing on Wednesday, as Benetton's Jenson Button failed to match their pace.

MINARDI ANNOUNCE MARQUES AS SECOND DRIVER

EUROPEAN MINARDI announced on Wednesday that Brazilian Tarso Marques will partner Fernando Alonso for the 2001 season.

MINARDI ON SCHEDULE TO DEPART

THE first Minardi-European PS01 was finished during Tuesday night and the team is on schedule to have all its cars and equipment ready in time for the departure of the F1 freight to Australia on Friday.

MOSLEY TO STAND FOR THIRD TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE FIA

MAX MOSLEY said on Tuesday that he will stand for a third-term as president of the FIA in October.

PROST THREATEN LEGAL ACTION OVER DE LA ROSA MOVE TO JAGUAR

PROST GRAND PRIX threatened Jaguar with legal action on Tuesday after claiming they had already signed a deal with Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa.

RACE PREPARATIONS FOR FERRARI AT FIORANO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER continued to test the new F2001 at the Italian circuit of Fiorano on Wednesday as the team concluded preparations for the first race of the season.

WHY PEDRO DE LA ROSA SWITCHED TEAMS

THE announcement that Pedro de la Rosa has switched from being the Prost Grand Prix test driver to being the number three driver at Jaguar Racing is a bit of a surprise, not least for Alain Prost who thought he had the Spanish driver under contract for two years.

20 FEBRUARY 2001

CRASH TEST WORRIES

ALTHOUGH the majority of the Formula 1 teams have now cleared the hurdle of the FIA crash tests we hear that at least one team - and possibly two - are in serious trouble.

FRENTZEN ON TOP ON OPENING DAY AT SILVERSTONE

JORDAN's Heinz Harald Frentzen topped the times on the opening day of testing at Silverstone as he outpaced his rivals.

GEARBOX PROBLEM ENDS SCHUMACHER'S DAY EARLY

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher tested Ferrari's F2001 for the final time before the Australian Grand Prix, but had his day cut short by a gearbox problem.

JAGUAR CONFIRM DE LA ROSA SIGNING

JAGUAR RACING have confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa will drive for the team as a second test driver in 2001.

MAJOR FORMULA ONE CHANGES TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT YEAR

FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE (FIA) President Max Mosley on Tuesday revealed that Formula One will feature dramatic changes next year - with speed limits being put in place to increase safety.

SCHECKTER SURPRISED BY DE LA ROSA APPOINTMENT

JAGUAR test driver Tomas Scheckter said on Tuesday that the appointment of Pedro de la Rosa alongside him as an official tester had come as a surprise.

THE SHOWS GETS UNDERWAY

THE first of the seven Boeing 747 "Jumbo" jets arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday evening and two more were due to arrive on Wednesday.

WALKINSHAW NO COMMENT ON ALLEGATIONS

ARROWS GRAND PRIX boss Tom Walkinshaw declined to comment on Monday about newspaper reports alleging he faces High Court action from two former employees.

19 FEBRUARY 2001

BARRICHELLO BREAKS LAP RECORD AT MUGELLO

RUBENS BARRICHELLO broke the Mugello lap record on Monday as he completed his last test before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

BARRICHELLO TAKES OVER AT MUGELLO

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello replaced Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of the second F2001 at Mugello on Sunday and enjoyed a trouble-free day.

CHANNEL 4 LANDS RALLY DEAL

THE British Broadcasting Corporation may have recently landed the radio rights to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship but it has been outbid for the World Rally Championship by rival station Channel Four.

IS THE PROST REALLY THIS QUICK?

THE big question in Formula 1 circles at the moment is whether the new Prost-Ferrari AP04 is really as quick and reliable as it appears to be - or whether the French team is running the cars very light in an effort to attract headlines and sponsors before the start of the new season in Melbourne.

JAGUAR DENY IRVINE WILL BE AXED

JAGUAR RACING have denied that Eddie Irvine will be replaced by Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa for the 2001 season.

MCLAREN GO TO ALL LENGTHS IN HIGH TECH HQ

THE McLaren team are aiming to make sure their new Paragon facility is the most high tech in Formula One, after a new deal was announced on Monday.

NASCAR CHAMPION EARNHARDT DIES IN DAYTONA 500

INSIDE F1 is sad to report the death of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

NASCAR MOURNS DALE EARNHARDT

THE death of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt in a crash during the Daytona 500 on Sunday is likely to cause a major review of safety in the popular stock car series.

SCHUMACHER AGAINST PAY TELEVISION MOVE FOR F1

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher revealed that he is keeping a close eye on Bernie Ecclestone's proposed sale of another 25 per cent of SLEC - because he feels it could affect his future.

18 FEBRUARY 2001

FERRARI TO DISPLAY ALL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CARS

FERRARI have displayed all ten of their Formula One World Championship winning cars together for the first time in an exhibition at Galleria Ferrari at Maranello.

JAGUAR TO AXE IRVINE?

EDDIE IRVINE is set to be axed by Jaguar Racing and Pedro de la Rosa will replace him, according to reports in Spain.

SCHUMACHER RUNS INTO PROBLEMS AT MUGELLO

FERRARI's Michael Schumacher ran into problems on his second day of testing at Mugello on Saturday when the second F2001 chassis suffered engine trouble.

17 FEBRUARY 2001

ALONSO BACK IN F3000

EUROPEAN MINARDI Formula One driver Fernando Alonso made a surprise return to the wheel of a Formula 3000 car at a test in Imola this week.

BERNIE MEETS THE RUSSIANS

BERNIE ECCLESTONE last week met with Grigorij Antjufeev, one of Moscow's deputy mayors to discuss the possibility of a Grand Prix in Moscow.

EM.TV'S BECKER RESIGNS OVER KIRCH AGREEMENT

NICKOLAUS BECKER, the chairman of EM.TV's supervisory board, resigned from his position on Friday over a proposed rescue package aimed at preserving the companies share in SLEC, Bernie Ecclestone's family trust.

MAGNY-COURS ANNOUNCES NEW FACILITY PLANS

THE Magny-Cours circuit have announced radical new redevelopment plans to be completed in time for the French Grand Prix on July 1.

SCHUMACHER FACING FURTHER LEGAL ACTION

TRIPLE World Champion Michael Schumacher is facing further legal problems, just two weeks before he begins the defence of his title in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

SCHUMACHER TESTS SECOND F2001

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER tested a second F2001 chassis for the first time at Mugello on Friday as Ferrari's preparations for the defence of their double world championship stepped up another gear.

16 FEBRUARY 2001

BRIDGESTONE CONFIDENT FOR MELBOURNE

BRIDGESTONE's new technical manager Hisao Suganuma has declared himself pleased with the company's preparations as they prepare for the first race in of the season in Australia.

IRVINE UNHAPPY WITH JAG STAFF

OUTSPOKEN Ulsterman Eddie Irvine has slammed his Jaguar team as they prepare for the first race of the season in Melbourne on March 4.

MINARDI RELIEVED TO BE ON THE GRID

GIANCARLO MINARDI is looking forward to the new season now that stability has returned to the team -- and said securing the team's future has been the hardest job he has had.

PROST F3000 TO RACE IN 2001 FIA INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

PROST GRAND PRIX have confirmed the name of their F3000 Championship team as Prost F3000 Junior Team.

WHITMARSH CONCERNED OVER PERFORMANCE

MCLAREN's managing director Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that he is concerned about the reliability of the team's new MP4/16 car.

15 FEBRUARY 2001

ARROWS INVESTS IN AERODYNAMICS

ARROWS technical director Mike Coughlan believes in the power of positive thinking going into the 2001 season, as he aims to bring the team's 23-year bid to get on terms with the big names in Formula 1 a step closer to fruition.

BERNIE POISED FOR F1 DEAL OF THE CENTURY

FORMULA 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone is poised to clinch another business coup today with the news that, after all, he will be selling another 25 per cent shareholding in his SLEC empire for an estimated billion dollars.

BMW-WILLIAMS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR HEAD EXPRESSES BUTTON CONCERNS

BMW-WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has indicated that Jenson Button's future in the sport will not be easy to resolve.

BUTTON COMPLETES BENETTON TESTING AT ESTORIL

JENSON BUTTON completed Benetton's nine-days of testing at the Estoril circuit on Thursday as he drove alone for the final day.

HERBERT MAKES SHOCK RETURN AS ARROWS DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING DRIVER

JOHNNY HERBERT has made a shock return to Formula One after being confirmed as the Arrows team's development and testing driver at their launch on Thursday.

MORBIDELLI EXPECTS TO HEAR FUTURE ON FRIDAY

GIANNI MORBIDELLI will find out if he is in line for a Formula One return with Minardi on Friday.

14 FEBRUARY 2001

BARRICHELLO REPORTED TO BECOME A FATHER

FERRARI driver Rubens Barrichello is reportedly set to become a father for the first time.

COULTHARD SCORES A TESTING HAT-TRICK

MCLAREN's David Coulthard topped the times for the third successive day as wet weather marred testing at Valencia on Wednesday.

FERRARI IN ACTION AT FIORANO

FERRARI's Luca Badoer completed a successful three-day test for the team at the Fiorano circuit in Italy on Wednesday.

HERBERT NEARS INDY 500 DEAL

EXILED Formula One star Johnny Herbert is close to sealing a deal to race in this year's Indianapolis 500 race, he said on Wednesday.

MANSELL TO DRIVE EUROPEAN TWO-SEATER

NIGEL MANSELL has signed a contract with European Minardi but he will not make an astonishing racing comeback, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

PROST RUN WELL AGAIN IN ESTORIL

JEAN ALESI put the Prost team on top of the times in the eighth day of testing at the Portuguese circuit of Estoril on Wednesday.

SAELENS THE MAN FOR MINARDI F3000

EXPERIENCED Formula 3000 runner David Saelens has been announced as the second driver for European Minardi's F3000 assault this season.

TOYOTA SECURE TRACK DEAL WITH CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD

THE Toyota Formula One team announced on Wednesday that they will base their testing work in 2001 and will launch their new car at the Circuit Paul Ricard, near Marseille in France.

13 FEBRUARY 2001

AFTER THE OSCAR COMES "THE BERNIE"

LAST night in London's Royal Albert Hall four "Bernie" awards were made to big names in Formula 1 in the course of a charity Grand Prix ball in aid of Professor Sid Watkins's Brain and Spine Foundation.

ANOTHER LAP RECORD FOR FLYING COULTHARD

DAVID COULTHARD broke the lap record at the Valencia track for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

BADOER TO RETURN TO TESTING TODAY

ITALIAN Luca Badoer will return to testing duties with Ferrari on Tuesday after three weeks on the sidelines, it has been confirmed.

BAT TROUBLES

FOR some time the management of British American Tobacco has been under investigation for an involvement in international cigarette smuggling in Asia and Latin America.

BRIDGESTONE MAKE A CHANGE

AS Formula One builds up for a tire war, Bridgestone has changed one of its senior technical men, less than three weeks before the first race of the season.

FERRARI TESTER BACK IN ACTION

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer returned to the car on Tuesday after last month's massive testing accident as Ferrari undertook a twin-track test program.

KEY MORGAN GRENFELL MAN QUITS OVER F1 ISSUE

SCOTT LANPHERE, the American executive who took Morgan Grenfell Private Equity into the F1 business, is quitting the venture capitalist organization after a major row with the rest of the board.

PROST TOP TIMES IN ESTORIL

THE Prost and Benetton teams continued testing at Estoril on Tuesday, with the French team's tester Pedro De La Rosa fastest of the day on his debut.

WILLIAMS COMPLETE KYALAMI TESTING

FORMULA ONE testing in Kyalami came to an end on Tuesday, with a successful final day for the Williams team despite some heavy showers.

12 FEBRUARY 2001

BBC WIN RADIO RIGHTS TO F1

THE BBC has fought off stiff competition to win the exclusive radio rights to Formula One for the next five seasons.

FOSTER'S AND MINARDI?

AUSTRALIA's largest beer maker Foster's has just reported a 10% increase in its profits and a leap of 21.6% in sales despite slow demand for beer in Australia at the moment.

HAKKINEN STILL ON TOP AT VALENCIA

MCLAREN's Mika Hakkinen was quickest for the second successive day in testing at Valencia on Sunday as he demonstrated his intent to regain the Formula One world crown.

KIRCH UNDER MORE PRESSURE

LEO KIRCH, the man who is trying to get control of the promotional rights to Formula 1, has other things to worry about in addition to the battle over shares in SLEC, the holding company of the Formula One group of companies.

LONELY BUTTON WORKS ALONE

BENETTON driver Jenson Button endured a lonely day of work in testing at Estoril on Monday when he ran alone after Prost ended their work at the Portuguese circuit on Sunday.

MARLBORO'S FUTURE IN F1

THERE have been reports from Germany suggesting that Marlboro is contemplating an end to its involvement in Formula 1.

MCLAREN DOMINATE TESTING AT VALENCIA

MCLAREN dominated testing at the Valencia circuit on Monday as David Coulthard topped the times, closely followed by the team's test driver Alexander Wurz.

ORANGE FLOAT PRICE SINKS BUT F1 SPONSORSHIP OK

THE flotation of Orange is going ahead but the price of the shares has been cut several times in recent weeks with the shares expected to be offered at around $10 each.

SCHUMACHER BACK ON TOP AT KYALAMI

BMW-WILLIAMS driver Ralf Schumacher returned to the top of the timesheets at Kyalami on Monday as he enjoyed another trouble-free day in South Africa.

SCHUMACHER PRESENT AT STREET CEREMONY

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's name is literally on the road to success after it was given to a street that leads to his family's karting circuit.

11 FEBRUARY 2001

BARRICHELLO PLEASED WITH MUGELLO PROGRESS

BRAZILIAN Rubens Barrichello finalized Ferrari's seven-day test at Mugello as he finally performed the long-distance run planned for Saturday.

CAR MAKERS EDGE EVER CLOSER TO A DEAL WITH BERNIE

A consortium of the world's top car makers took another step closer to buying a stake in the Formula 1 business last Friday when the trustees of SLEC, the Ecclestone family trust which controls 50 per cent of F1, held a board meeting to consider such a sale.

EUROPEAN MINARDI TO BE FIFTH MICHELIN-SHOD TEAM

EUROPEAN MINARDI will become the fifth Formula One team to sign a deal to run on Michelin tires for the 2001, owner Paul Stoddart has confirmed.

HAKKINEN ON TOP IN VALENCIA

MCLAREN driver Mika Hakkinen topped the times in Saturday's testing at Valencia as he familiarized himself with the team's new MP4/16 chassis.

10 FEBRUARY 2001

ARROWS CHANGE TESTING VENUE

THE Arrows team have decided to change testing venues after adverse weather conditions hindered testing at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

BARRICHELLO GETS FIRST RUN

RUBENS BARRICHELLO experienced his first taste of Ferrari's 2001 machinery at Mugello on Friday.

FERRARI UNABLE TO PERFORM LONG-DISTANCE WORKOUT

FERRARI were forced to abandon their proposed schedule for Saturday's testing at Mugello and work on settings for the F2001.

MOSLEY HINTS AT BEIRUT GP INTRODUCTION

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, has hinted that Beirut could host a Grand Prix in the future.

RENAULT BOSS ENDORSES F1 FUTURE

FORMULA 1 is an absolutely crucial marketing tool for Renault and the company's acquisition of the Benetton team is a crucial step in further enhancing the French car maker's international profile.

SILVERSTONE TO CUT WORKFORCE

THE first effects of the BRDC's 15-year lease of Silverstone Circuit to Octagon have been felt with the internal announcement that the Northamptonshire venue's workforce is to be cut by 31% through the duplication of roles between the two companies.

9 FEBRUARY 2001

ESTORIL TESTING FAILS TO GET OFF THE GROUND

TESTING plans for three of Formula One's 11 teams were put on hold on Friday when running was forbidden on the Estoril circuit.

IF THEY STAY, THEN I STAY, HINTS SCHUMACHER

FERRARI's Michael Schumacher has hinted that Wednesday's confirmation that Jean Todt and the Ferrari design team will remain at Maranello until 2004 has strengthened the chances of him remaining with the Italian marque.

MINARDI SIGN UP TESTER

THE European Minardi Formula One team took another step in building its new team for the coming season by signing Italian Andrea Piccini as official test driver on Thursday.

MONTOYA PUSHES TOO HARD IN SOUTH AFRICA

FORMULA ONE rookie Juan Pablo Montoya damaged his Williams FW23 when he suffered an off-track excursion in testing at Kyalami on Friday.

MORBIDELLI FOR MINARDI?

THERE is speculation that Gianni Morbidelli may be on the verge of a Formula 1 comeback with the European Minardi team.

PROST BUILD FOR THE FUTURE

PROST GRAND PRIX confirmed their plans to find and develop drivers for the future when they announced allegiances with a British Formula Three and Formula Renault teams.

VOTING DRIVERS IN IS WRONG SAYS MOSLEY

MAX MOSLEY, president of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, has spoken out against the voting system that saw inexperienced driver Kimi Raikkonen granted a superlicence.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE COMMERCIAL RIGHTS TO FORMULA 1?

THE last few days have seen any number of reports in the financial newspapers about the future exploitation of the promotional rights of Formula 1 racing with the FIA seeming to have fallen out with Bernie Ecclestone.

8 FEBRUARY 2001

BENETTON SUFFER PROBLEMS IN ESTORIL

THE new Benetton B201 suffered a setback on Thursday when an engine problem and resultant engine change ended Giancarlo Fisichella's running with the car after 34 laps.

CAR MANUFACTURERS WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE SPORT - MOSLEY

FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE (FIA) president Max Mosley has said moves by five leading car manufacturers to secure a stake in Formula One would be good for the sport.

DE LA ROSA ON TRACK ON FRIDAY

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa, who joined Prost Grand Prix as a test and reserve driver on Tuesday, will begin testing for the team on Friday at Estoril.

DENNIS WARNS THE FIA

MCLAREN chairman Ron Dennis has warned that the outcome of this year's world championship could be decided in the opening three races if the ruling body, the FIA, is not vigilant in clamping down on any technological cheating.

EUROPEAN-MINARDI BOSS DETERMINED TO SHINE IN AUSTRALIA

PAUL STODDART is as direct as you would expect from a forthright, astute businessman who has a gift of getting from A to B with the minimum of fuss or diversion.

FORMER JAG MAN MOVES TO REYNARD

FORMER Jaguar and Jordan technical director Gary Anderson has finalized his future by joining Reynard, scotching rumors that he may join Sauber or Arrows.

JORDAN CUT SILVERSTONE TEST SHORT DUE TO BAD WEATHER

JORDAN cut their private testing session at Silverstone short after cold and dismal weather conditions hindered their work.

KYALAMI TESTING BEGINS WITH WILLIAMS ON TOP

RALF SCHUMACHER demonstrated the potential of the BMW-Williams FW23 when he topped the times on the opening day of testing in Kyalami, South Africa, on Thursday.

7 FEBRUARY 2001

BERNOLDI THE STAR ON OPENING DAY AT ESTORIL

ARROWS new-boy Enrique Bernoldi underlined his growing reputation when he topped the times on the opening day of testing at Estoril, Portugal, on Wednesday.

BERTELSMANN INCREASES STAKE IN F1 BROADCASTER

THE German media company Bertelsmann has become Europe's biggest free-over-air TV company by acquiring an extra 30% in the RTL company, which holds the terrestrial TV rights for Formula 1 in Germany.

COULTHARD PUTS MARRIAGE PLANS ON HOLD AS HE BIDS FOR TITLE

DAVID COULTHARD has postponed his plans to marry top model Heidi Wichinski in a bid to focus his entire efforts on winning the 2001 World Championship in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/15 which was unveiled at the Valencia circuit here today.

FERRARI REVEAL TOP TRIO WILL STAY

FERRARI's sporting director Jean Todt and all the key members of Ferrari's design team will remain with the Italian outfit until the end of 2004, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

GARY ANDERSON REAPPEARS

DUMPED by Jaguar Racing in December, Gary Anderson has been keeping a low profile in recent months, taking a much-needed rest after a difficult 2000 season with the team.

HAKKINEN'S SPA MANEUVER NAMED "PRICELESS MOMENT" OF 2000 SEASON

MIKA HAKKINEN's daring overtaking move at the Belgian Grand Prix has been selected as the "MasterCard Priceless Moment of the 2000 F1 season."

INDIA MOVES TO BAN TOBACCO SPONSORSHIPS

THE plans for there to be a Grand Prix in India within five years could be hit badly by news from Delhi that the government has drawn up a new bill which will ban smoking in public places and stop all tobacco advertising and sponsorships.

MICHELINS FOR MINARDI

ALTHOUGH it is yet to be confirmed it is expected that the European Minardi team will run on Michelin tires this year.

NEIL RESSLER'S LEGACY AT JAGUAR

THE news that Neil Ressler is to retire from the Ford Motor Company is not really a surprise.

NEWEY HAS HIGH HOPES FOR NEW MCLAREN-MERCEDES

MCLAREN technical director Adrian Newey is today keeping his fingers crossed that the team's aerodynamic know-how will be about to pay off with a significant performance advantage as the latest McLaren-Mercedes MP4/16 is unveiled at Spain's tight little Valencia circuit.

SCHUMACHER STAYS ON TRACK AT MUGELLO

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER ensured Ferrari's problems on the new F2001 were temporary as he continued development work on the car at Mugello on Wednesday.

WHAT NOW FOR EUROPEAN MINARDI?

WITH Pedro de la Rosa having signed for Prost Grand Prix and Enrique Bernoldi under contract to Arrows, Paul Stoddart needs to find a second driver for the European Minardi team to partner F1 new boy Fernando Alonso.

6 FEBRUARY 2001

ALONSO JOINS MINARDI FOR 2001

FERNANDO ALONSO has been confirmed as a European Minardi driver for the 2001 season, by his manager Adrian Campos.

BAR AND KEN CLARKE

ONE has to be impressed by the skill with which Craig Pollock and Adrian Reynard run British American Racing from their respective home addresses in Monaco (in the case of Pollock) and the chic Swiss resort of Chesieres (in the case of Reynard).

BIGOIS LEAVES PROST

PROST GRAND PRIX's former chief designer Loic Bigois has departed the team.

BOUDY LEAVES PEUGEOT SPORT

JEAN-PIERRE BOUDY, the technical director of the old Peugeot Sport, has left the company, which has now been reorganized by its new owner Asiatech.

FIA TO SELL F1 COMMERCIAL RIGHTS TO CAR COMPANIES?

THE FINANCIAL TIMES in London is reporting that Bernie Ecclestone may lose the rights to the Formula 1 World Championship after 2010 unless he pays the $360m he has agreed to pay to the federation.

GASCOYNE CAUTIOUSLY UPBEAT OVER BENETTON B201

BENETTON technical director Mike Gascoyne believes that the new B201 challenger, unveiled in Venice today (Tuesday), will develop into a car capable of challenging for third place in the Championship by the middle of the season.

HOW STRONG IS MAZZACANE'S CONTRACT?

THE rumor at the Michelin launch in Paris yesterday was that Alain Prost may be looking at ways of getting Pedro de la Rosa to drive for him in place of signed driver Gaston Mazzacane.

LAUDA CONFIRMED AS CEO OF PREMIER PERFORMANCE DIVISION

NIKI LAUDA was confirmed as the new chief executive officer of the Premier Performance Division of the Premier Automotive Group in London on Tuesday.

MORE MONEY TROUBLE FOR ARROWS

NO sooner has Repsol-YPF left Arrows than word comes from the City of London that Eurobet is unlikely to continue supporting Arrows next year.

PROST PREDICTS IMPROVEMENTS IN 2001

ALAIN PROST has praised the design of his new car, declaring: "This year will be completely different to 2000 for Prost."

PROST SIGN DE LA ROSA AS TEST DRIVER

PROST GRAND PRIX announced on Tuesday night they have signed Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa as the team's reserve and test-driver next season.

TOYOTA AND EXXON MOBIL

THERE was a big surprise on Tuesday when Toyota announced that a "basic agreement" has been reached with Exxon Mobil for a technical partnership in Formula 1.

5 FEBRUARY 2001

BENETTON SETS SIGHTS ON 2002

ONE day before the launch of the new Benetton car, the team's managing director Flavio Briatore has admitted they are looking to success in 2002, with this year being more for development.

LAUDA TO GET SENIOR JAGUAR F1 JOB

NIKI LAUDA, the retired triple world champion, is expected to be confirmed tomorrow (Tuesday) in a senior management consultancy position with the Jaguar formula one team.

MICHELIN NOT EXPECTING A WIN IN 2001

MICHELIN have said that they do not expect a win in their first season back in Formula One as a tire supplier.

SCHUMACHER SET TO BE HONORED IN MODENA

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher is set to be given honorary citizenship of the Italian town of Modena.

SCHUMACHER SUFFERS TROUBLE IN TESTING

TRIPLE World Champion Michael Schumacher completed only six laps of testing at the Mugello circuit on Monday as a problem with the engine injection system hindered the new Ferrari F2001 car.

TOYOTA SET TO START TESTING IN MARCH

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT president Ove Andersson has indicated that the team is set to start testing their new Formula One car in March.

4 FEBRUARY 2001

BUTTON TO TAKE CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO TITLE

BRITON Jenson Button has said he will err on the side of caution in his bid to become a Formula One world champion - but promised it will definitely happen.

ORANGE FLOAT BEGINS ON MONDAY

ARROWS sponsor Orange is not worth as much as parent company France Telecom had hoped. The French telecommunications giant bought Orange a year ago for $51bn.

TODT HONORED IN PARIS

FERRARI's sporting director Jean Todt was honored with the Cross of a Knight of the Legion of Honor at a special ceremony in Paris on Saturday.

WE'LL SEE PROGRESS THIS YEAR - FRENTZEN

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen is convinced that Jordan will regain the 'best of the rest' spot in third position this year and has backed his boss to take the team to the top of Formula One.

3 FEBRUARY 2001

BARRICHELLO ENDS FERRARI'S TEST AT BARCELONA BY TOPPING THE TIMESHEET

RUBENS BARRICHELLO ended Ferrari's three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, by topping the timesheet with a lap time half-a-second quicker than any other driver at the track on Saturday.

FRANCE WATCHES NERVOUSLY AS FUGITIVE ELF EXECUTIVE RETURNS

THE Elf oil company, which will shortly be announced as a major sponsor of the Benetton team, is looking over its shoulder at deals which were done in the early 1990s when the firm was a state-owned company.

HONDA MANAGING DIRECTOR HOSAKA BACKS SATO TO BE FUTURE F1 CHAMPION

HONDA managing director Takefumi Hosaka believes British American Racing development driver Takuma Sato can one day become Formula One world champion.

SCHUMACHER COMPLETES TESTING AT FIORANO

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher completed the third and final day of testing for Ferrari at Fiorano, Italy on Saturday after continuing the development of the new F2001 car.

TOYOTA APPOINTS TEAM COORDINATOR

TOYOTA MOTORSPORT is continuing to build up its infrastructure in Cologne and has just hired Italian Gianfranco Fantuzzi to be the team coordinator, working with team manager Ange Pasquali.

VILLENEUVE HAPPY WITH NEW BAR AT BARCELONA TEST

JACQUES VILLENEUVE has praised British American Racing's new car as he puts it through its paces in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.

WE'RE READY TO GO - STODDART

NEW Minardi owner Paul Stoddart has said the team's 2001 car is finished and ready to go in the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Australia on March 4th.

2 FEBRUARY 2001

ARROWS A22 HAS SHORT-LIVED DEBUT

ARROWS new A22 chassis had a short-lived debut at Silverstone on Friday -- when it lasted just one lap.

BENETTON TESTER WEBBER SIGNS F3000 ROLE

BENETTON test driver Mark Webber has signed a contract to drive for F3000 team Super Nova, ending speculation that he could be on his way to Minardi.

COMPLIMENTS ALL ROUND FOR F2001 FROM SCHUMACHER

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher heaped praise on the Ferrari team after he completed another trouble-free day of testing in the F2001 at Fiorano on Friday.

DE LA ROSA COULD TAKE TEST DRIVE ROLE FOR 2001

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa has said he will take a role as a test driver for the new season, providing he is promised a full drive for 2002.

ECCLESTONE NOT QUITTING FOR CAR MANUFACTURERS

FORMULA ONE ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has said he has no intentions of selling his controlling stake in the sport to car manufacturers.

MINARDI MONOCOQUE PASSES TESTS

MINARDI tested their 2001 monocoque this week and are on course to take to the grid in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 4 after it passed crucial examinations.

PANIS TOPS TIMES FOR SECOND DAY RUNNING

FRENCHMAN Olivier Panis topped the times for the second successive day at Barcelona as he outpaced his nearest rival by over half-a-second at the Circuit de Catalunya.

PANTANO IMPRESSED WITH MCLAREN SET-UP

YOUNG Italian driver Giorgio Pantano has praised McLaren's Formula One operation after he took part in a two-day private test at Jerez this week.

1 FEBRUARY 2001

DE LA ROSA LEFT WITH LITTLE TIME

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa has been left with a rush to find a race drive for the 2001 season after being dropped by Arrows on Wednesday.

ECCLESTONE KEEN TO CLINCH DEAL WITH CAR MAKERS

BERNIE ECCLESTONE is now poised to complete the sale of a stake in his business to the major car makers who help bankroll the top grand prix teams.

GIOVANARDI ENJOYS FERRARI EXPERIENCE AT VAIRANO

ITALIAN driver Fabrizio Giovanardi said he enjoyed his first experience in a Formula One car after he tested Ferrari's F12000 car at Vairano, Italy, on Thursday.

MOSLEY TO SPEAK AT SPORT CONFERENCE

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, will speak at "The Rules of the Game" conference in Brussels later this month it has been confirmed.

PANIS RETURNS TO TESTING AT BARCELONA AND TOPS TIMES

OLIVIER PANIS returned to testing for British American Racing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday and proceeded to set the quickest lap time of the day.

SCHUMACHER IMPRESSED BY NEW FERRARI ON ITS DEBUT

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher expressed his delight with the performance of Ferrari's new F2001 car after he tested it for the first time at Fiorano, Italy, on Thursday.