NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2001

"BART" ECCLESTONE TO EXPLOIT F1 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

YOU'VE heard of the Simpsons, well here comes "Bart" Ecclestone! F1's commercial rights holder is set to be immortalized in a Simpsons-style television carton series based on Grand Prix racing.

BUTTON LOSING THE LIMELIGHT

JENSON BUTTON's move from Williams to Benetton this season has not only put him down to the back of the grid, but also out of his much loved press attention.

BUTTON SHOULDER PROBLEM OVER

ACCORDING to Jenson Button's manager David Robertson, concerns over the struggling Benetton driver's shoulder problem have been put to an end by his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.

CARMAKERS STILL WANT BREAKAWAY SERIES

PATRICK FAURE, president of Renault Sport, has indicated that the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA) are continuing with plans to start a rival series to Formula One.

COULTHARD EXCELS IN CALM CONTROL

DAVID COULTHARD's mature drive in the Spanish Grand Prix indicated that this could perhaps be the year that he claims his first world championship.

DENNIS QUICK TO CORRECT PR BLUNDER

MCLAREN chief Ron Dennis has been quick to calm a possible internal disagreement at the team after he falsely accused David Coulthard of a failure before the start of the Spanish Grand Prix.

KIRCH AND EM.TV TO TRADE SHARES

THE balance of the 75 percent stake in Formula One holdings company SLEC currently held by German media giants EM.TV and Kirch will change in September.

29 APRIL 2001

BUTTON ALLAYS INJURY FEARS

BENETTON driver Jenson Button has dispelled rumors that he will take a break from Formula One following the Spanish Grand Prix.

TOP STARS AWARDED WITH BERNIES

FORMULA ONE chief Bernie Ecclestone was present at the inaugural awarding of the Grand Prix Bernie awards, named in his honor, at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.

28 APRIL 2001

OBITUARY: MICHELE ALBORETO

I was in the departure lounge at dawn, waiting to get on the plane to Barcelona when the phone rang and I was told that Michele Alboreto had been killed testing an Audi sportscar at the Lausitzring.

TODT STILL EXPECTING FORMULA ONE SPLIT

JEAN TODT believes the deal to hand commercial rights for Formula One to SLEC for the next 100 years will not prevent the carmakers' attempts to form a breakaway championship.

27 APRIL 2001

HAKKINEN AGAINST ELECTRONIC AGE

FORMER world champion Mika Hakkinen is expecting the new electronics to open up a wealth of opportunity for the Grand Prix teams after their introduction at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

IRVINE AND JAGUAR STILL UPBEAT

"I will be very disappointed if I do not stay on with Jaguar beyond the end of next year," he said. "If I do not stay on with them, it would mean that we would have failed as a team."

SCHUMACHER - PEOPLE TOO SCARED TO BE MY TEAM-MATE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER believes that some of his biggest Formula One rivals are too scared to be his team-mate.

SCHUMACHER CRITICIZES MONKEY COMMENTS

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher is disgusted by claims from Jaguar boss and former Grand Prix racer Niki Lauda that monkeys could drive in Formula One.

26 APRIL 2001

ALBORETO'S ACCIDENT

THERE are few clues about what caused the accident which killed Michele Alboreto.

BARCELONA NOT TRUE TEST FOR TRACTION CONTROL

AS the teams continue to discuss whether traction control will or will not have an effect on Grand Prix racing, Michelin motorsport director Pierre Dupasquier has said he is not expecting a shake-up - yet.

BMW BOSS TALKS DOWN CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES

DESPITE the BMW-Williams team's impressive performances in the early races of the season, BMW boss Mario Thiessen believes there is another step to make before they become championship challengers.

JORDAN EXPAND RACE TEAM

JORDAN drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli will have an additional race engineer for the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, the team have said.

MG OPENS COMPETITION DEPARTMENT

THE MG Rover car company has established a racing subsidiary to be known as MG Sport and Racing Ltd.

TOYOTA HAMPERED BY HIGH WINDS

TOYOTA were troubled in testing by high Mistral winds gusting up to 104 kph, which hampered development in preparation for their Grand Prix debut in 2002.

25 APRIL 2001

DE LA ROSA MOVE IS A GOOD ONE - IRVINE

JAGUAR's decision to hand a full drive to Pedro de la Rosa for the remainder of the season is a good one, according to Briton Eddie Irvine.

FRENTZEN - BARCELONA IS LESS OF A CHALLENGE

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has said that the Circuit de Catalunya will provide less of a challenge for the drivers this weekend but conceded that team mechanics will have their work cut out on the demanding Barcelona circuit.

MICHELE ALBORETO KILLED

THE Grand Prix fraternity was left reeling tonight after Michele Alboreto, one of the great Italian Ferrari drivers of the contemporary era, was killed testing an Audi R8 sports car at the Lauzitring, near Dresden.

24 APRIL 2001

FIA CONCLUDE 100-YEAR COMMERCIAL DEAL WITH SLEC

FORMULA ONE's governing body, the Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA), confirmed on Tuesday that they have signed a 100-year agreement with SLEC for the commercial and broadcasting rights to the sport.

MAX MOSLEY GETS HIS $360M. NOW WHAT?

THE confirmation that the FIA and SLEC have agreed a deal which will see the promotional rights to the Formula 1 World Championship leased to SLEC for 100 years means two things: the FIA will soon announce the establishment of its planned FIA Foundation and the action will now switch over to a settlement between SLEC and the Formula 1 teams.

RALF WARY OF TRACTION CONTROL

FRESH from his maiden Grand Prix win, Ralf Schumacher has expressed his concern that his BMW-Williams team's traction control system is not 100 per cent ready as they prepare to introduce it at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

23 APRIL 2001

COULTHARD THE CENTER OF ATTENTION IN BRITAIN

DAVID COULTHARD may expect to be the focus of attention as he is currently joint leader of the world championship but he has received some unwanted attention in the British tabloid newspapers this weekend.

GANASSI LOOKING FOR NEW DRIVERS?

WORD on the street in America is that CART team owner Chip Ganassi has decided that he is not very keen on going to the Indianapolis 500 this year with two rookie drivers: former Williams test driver Bruno Junqueira and Frenchman Nicolas Minassian and is looking to replace them for the race.

RAIKKONEN RACES ON

SAUBER's young star Kimi Raikkonen will continue to race on despite no announcement on his superlicence.

SCHUMACHER CAUGHT SPEEDING IN AUSTRIA

BMW-Williams driver Ralf Schumacher was reportedly caught speeding near his home in Austria this weekend.

SILVERSTONE GETS FOOT AND MOUTH ALL CLEAR

THE British Grand Prix will be unaffected by the foot and mouth epidemic, as the counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire have been pronounced Ôfoot and mouth free' by the British government's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

VERSTAPPEN EXPECTS TRACTION CONTROL TO BRING CHANGE

AS the teams prepare to go head to head on the racetrack with traction control for the first time since 1993, Arrows driver Jos Verstappen is looking forward to a new start.

22 APRIL 2001

COULTHARD POSITIVE ON TRACTION CONTROL DEBATE

DAVID COULTHARD has said that he has been pleasantly surprised by the effect of the electronic traction control systems which will be reintroduced in time for next Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona.

JORDAN TEAM MEMBERS TO RUN LONDON MARATHON

THREE Jordan team members will run this weekend's London marathon, to prove that driver Jarno Trulli is not the only long-distance runner among the Silverstone-based team's ranks.

LAUDA SAYS PROST WANTED DE LA ROSA

NIKI LAUDA, the chief advisor to Jaguar Racing, has said that the Prost team enquired about the availability of test-driver Pedro de la Rosa before signing Luciano Burti.

TOP F1 TEAM OWNERS IN WEALTHIEST UK 1000 PERSONALITIES

THE F1 fraternity needs to think very carefully before blundering into too intense a political battle on the subject of the sport's future beyond the expiry of the current Concorde agreement.

21 APRIL 2001

BAHRAIN CHOOSES CHESS BUT F1 IS STILL IN MIND

BAHRAIN, the Gulf emirate which is hoping to hold a Grand Prix in the next few years, is continuing its policy of presenting the world with a new image and has hit on the idea of a man versus machine chess competition as it latest publicity stunt.

BROADBAND SLUMP THREATENS F1 MONEY SUPPLY

TOM WALKINSHAW has not been very lucky with his recent crop of sponsors for the Arrows team.

FORD SLUGS IT OUT WITH BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE

THE Ford Motor Company is continuing its robust defense of its products in the scandal over accidents involving its Explorer sports utility vehicle and Firestone tires.

HAYES CONFIDENT OF JAGUAR TRACTION CONTROL SUCCESS

COSWORTH chief engineer Nick Hayes is confident that Jaguar will be one of the main beneficiaries of the re-introduction of traction control and said that the driver aid will have a variable effect on all the teams within Formula One.

MOSCOW GETS ITS CIRCUIT

THE proposed race Formula 1-standard race circuit in Moscow's Nagatino floodlands has been given final approval by the 'Moscow Group', a cartel of politicians, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media owners who oversee the banking, trade, transport and construction issues within the city.

20 APRIL 2001

FERRARI TEST HAMPERED BY RAIN

FERRARI tested their full electronic program at Mugello, Italy on Friday but were hampered by rain which disrupted their work during the afternoon.

GENE CHAUFFEURS CATALAN MINISTER AFTER IMPROVEMENT TO F1 CIRCUIT

SPANIARD Marc Gene took time out from his testing duties with Williams on Friday to chauffeur Catalan Culture Minister Jordi Vilajoana around the Circuit de Catalunya to see the new scoreboard that will be on view at the Spanish Grand Prix.

RAHAL REAFFIRMS WARNING TO ECCLESTONE

JAGUAR RACING chief executive officer Bobby Rahal has reaffirmed a warning to Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone that the sport's breakaway manufacturers are serious about their threat to set up a rival series.

SOUTH AMERICAN SHUFFLE

THE shifting sands of the Formula 1 driver market have seen a South American shuffle this week, as Jaguar Racing and Prost Grand Prix have sought to field stronger driver line-ups for the remaining 13 rounds of this season.

19 APRIL 2001

BMW PUT WILLIAMS IN A RACE-WINNING POSITION - HEAD

THE progression of Williams engine supplier BMW, which has helped Williams move into a race-winning position, has impressed the team's technical director Patrick Head.

BUTTON AWARDED BANDINI TROPHY

STRUGGLING Jenson Button has been given something to smile about after being given an award for being Formula One's best newcomer last season.

DE LA ROSA IN AT JAGUAR AS BURTI MOVES TO PROST

PEDRO DE LA ROSA's promotion to a full time member of the Jaguar formula one team has been dramatically accelerated with the announcement that he will replace Luciano Burti as Eddie Irvine's team-mate as from the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona on 29 April.

HAKKINEN FASTEST AT SILVERSTONE

MCLAREN pair Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard topped the final day of testing at Silverstone as changeable weather conditions caused a few problems for the drivers.

SCHUMACHER TOPS TIMES ON SECOND DAY OF MUGELLO TEST

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER topped the times at the end of the second day of testing at the Mugello circuit in Italy as three teams accumulated data on Thursday.

18 APRIL 2001

FERRARI TOP AT MUGELLO

FERRARI's Luca Badoer topped the times at Mugello on Wednesday as the Italian team found itself in the unusual situation of testing with two other teams.

HAKKINEN TOPS TIMES AT SILVERSTONE TEST

MIKA HAKKINEN defied cold and damp conditions, and even a flurry of snow, to post the quickest time in testing on Wednesday at the Silverstone circuit.

JAGUAR DECIDES ITS 2002 LINE-UP

NIKI LAUDA has given the strongest signals yet from Jaguar Racing that it will pair Eddie Irvine with Pedro de la Rosa in 2002.

RAIKKONEN'S LADY ON THE SCENE

ROOKIE of the year so far, Sauber's impressive Finn Kimi Raikkonen, was left extremely disappointed after losing his steering wheel in the San Marino Grand Prix - but at least he had a shoulder to cry on.

SCHUMACHER HEAPS PRAISE ON BROTHER

RALF SCHUMACHER's victory at Imola last weekend has shown his brother Michael that there is another family member in contention for the world title.

SILVERSTONE DEAL UNDER THREAT FROM UK COMPETITION COMMISSION

THE lengthy efforts by the British Racing Drivers' Club to ensure that the British Grand Prix remains at Silverstone for the next 15 years could be jeopardized by news that its deal with Octagon, the leisure company which has the rights to hold the race, could come under critical scrutiny from the Labour government.

STEWART LEADS CALLS OF DISAPPOINTMENT OVER INVESTIGATION

IN the wake of the British government's decision to investigate last year's deal between the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) and Octagon, the club's president Jackie Stewart has led the calls of disappointment at the move and questioned its necessity.

WRAPS ARE OFF FERRARI TROUBLESOME BRAKES

FERRARI's ultra-secret new cylindrical front brake duct is believed to be the cause of Michael Schumacher's early exit from the San Marino Grand Prix.

17 APRIL 2001

ALBERS JOINS MINARDI

EUROPEAN RACING's former Formula 3000 star Christijan Albers will join Formula One outfit Minardi for a test at Italy's Mugello circuit on Wednesday.

COULTHARD HOPES STABILITY IS KEY

DAVID COULTHARD's title attack continued in San Marino as he scored his fourth podium position in four races, and he now hopes that a stable European season could help it to continue.

FERRARI BACK IN ACTION AT FIORANO

AFTER the team's disappointing weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix, Rubens Barrichello was back in action at their Fiorano test track on Tuesday.

FRENZTEN TOPS TIMES AS TEAMS GET TO GRIPS WITH TRACTION CONTROL

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN topped the times by more than half a second for Jordan as six teams returned to testing at a Silverstone circuit filled with sponsors and fans on Tuesday.

MICHELIN WIN DOWN TO TEAMWORK

MICHELIN's Pierre Dupasquier has put his company's dramatic return win after just four races down to a strong partnership with the impressively developing Williams team.

PROST "NOT TOO BAD"

JEAN ALESI has shown the reliability of Prost's AP04 by finishing every race of the season so far, but the pace is clearly not there as he has ended at the bottom end of the top-10 every time.

PROST SIGN COCHET AS TEST DRIVER

PROST GRAND PRIX have announced the signing of Frenchman Jonathan Cochet as the team's official test driver for the 2001 season.

THIRD FORCE ASSERTS ITSELF FOR 2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

IT started as a weekend in which Michael Schumacher was intending to get the defene of his world championship firmly back on course.

16 APRIL 2001

COULTHARD PREDICTS WILLIAMS CAN MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE

DAVID COULTHARD has predicted that Williams will continue to fight for race wins during the rest of the season after Ralf Schumacher's dominant performance at the San Marino Grand Prix.

HEAD - SCHUMACHER WIN REWARD FOR WILLIAMS PATIENCE

WILLIAMS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Patrick Head has said that Ralf Schumacher's win at Imola was a long-overdue reward for team boss Frank Williams' patience during the dark days of 1998.

PRUDENTIAL TO BUILD ON BROOKLANDS

THE world's first ever purpose-built motor racing circuit, Brooklands, is under threat from development as it struggles to overcome the ill effects of the flooding that gripped Britain in late 2000.

RAHAL BACKS IRVINE DESPITE POOR START

JAGUAR CEO Bobby Rahal has backed under-fire driver Eddie Irvine and hit out at critics that have questioned the Ulsterman's commitment to the cause.

15 APRIL 2001

BAT CONTEMPLATE PART SALE OF BAR

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING's majority shareholders British American Tobacco are reportedly ready to reduce their 51 per cent share in the team.

COULTHARD REVEALS EAR OPERATION

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX runner-up David Coulthard revealed on Sunday that he had an operation the evening before the race to remove an abscess from his left ear.

MANUFACTURERS MISSED THE BOAT - ECCLESTONE

FORMULA ONE ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has accused Formula One's breakway manufacturers of "missing the boat" in their efforts to take a stake in the series - but backed them to finally agree a deal that will safeguard the future of Grand Prix racing.

14 APRIL 2001

F1 FUTURE DISCUSSED AT IMOLA

THE future of Formula One was discussed in a hospitality motorhome on Friday night as Bernie Ecclestone made his first appearance at a Grand Prix this season.

TECHNICAL CHIEFS DO NOT FEAR TRACTION CONTROL

FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn and his McLaren counterpart Adrian Newey have both said that traction control will not change the current pecking order in Formula One.

13 APRIL 2001

BRIATORE HINTS AT FISICHELLA FUTURE

FLAVIO BRIATORE has hinted that Giancarlo Fisichella could continue his career at Renault when the French manufacturer makes a full return to the Grand Prix grid next year.

RAHAL ADMITS RIVAL F1 SERIES "A REAL POSSIBILITY"

JAGUAR boss Bobby Rahal has said that a rival series to Formula One is "a real possibility" and that a repeat of the CART/IRL split could be on the cards.

SCHUMACHER LOOKING FOR REPLACEMENT

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher believes Formula One needs to find someone to fill Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone's boots, but must not rush into any decision on his replacement.

12 APRIL 2001

AGIP AND REPSOL TO MERGE?

TWO of the oil companies which have been involved in Formula 1 in recent years - Italy's Agip and Spain's Repsol - are tipped to be discussing a possible merger.

BARRICHELLO HAS MIXED FEELINGS AHEAD OF IMOLA

FERRARI driver Rubens Barrichello has said that he will have mixed feelings in this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix as he puts thoughts of his 1994 crash to the back of his mind to race in front of his team's home crowd.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER EXTENDING ITS FINANCIAL BUSINESS

IN recent years many of the car companies have been moving into financial services to bolster their results and DaimlerChrysler has just announced plans to start an insurance business and ultimately to obtain a full banking licence.

MONTOYA SURPRISED BY START TO THE SEASON

BMW-WILLIAMS driver Juan Pablo Montoya has sent the Formula One paddock into a spin with his impressive performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the Colombian has admitted that he is surprised at the way he has started his debut season in the sport.

11 APRIL 2001

BENETTON SPONSOR SLASHING JOBS

BENETTON's sponsor Marconi is to cut 3000 of its 55,000 workforce around the world in an effort to costs following disappointing results for the telecommunications company in the United States markets.

BERNOLDI LOOKING TO KICK-START FORMULA ONE CAREER IN IMOLA

ENRIQUE BERNOLDI is confident he can get his Arrows to the end of the San Marino Grand Prix and finally register his first Grand Prix finish.

FOOT-AND-MOUTH STILL SPREADING

THE latest British government figures on the spread of foot-and-mouth disease reveal that the outbreak has now spread to a total of 1164 sites, up from 700 two weeks ago.

FOUR CART TEAMS EXPECTED AT INDIANAPOLIS

CART and IRL may still be in conflict in the United States but as the entry list for the Indianapolis 500 closes there are four CART teams which have decided to take part in IRL's biggest event.

MICHAEL SAYS BROTHER RALF IS THE MAIN THREAT FROM WILLIAMS

ON the eve of the San Marino Grand Prix meeting, World Champion Michael Schumacher signalled that his main concern from the Williams-BMW camp was his brother Ralf and not Juan Pablo Montoya, the man who overtook and led him in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

10 APRIL 2001

BRAWN FEELS FERRARI HAS MORE IN HAND

THE next few Grands Prix should see the Ferrari F1-2001 unlocking more of its development potential according to the Maranello team's Technical Director Ross Brawn.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX ORGANIZERS DISMISS SPECTATOR BAN REPORTS

REPORTS in Britain over the last few days have suggested the British Grand Prix could take place in front of no spectators as foot-and-mouth disease spreads throughout the nation.

IMOLA MEETING MAY RECONSIDER TEST BAN

A meeting of F1 team principals at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix has been convened to discuss the possibility of revoking the F1 test ban which, at the present moment, will last from the final race of the season on October 14 until December 31.

NEW MOTORHOME AND TRUCK FOR FERRARI

FERRARI will have a new motorhome and transportation truck at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix for the opening race in the European season.

9 APRIL 2001

BRIDGESTONE PREPARE SOFT COMPOUND FOR IMOLA

BRIDGESTONE have introduced a new softer compound tire for the San Marino Grand Prix as they aim to head-off the challenge of rivals Michelin.

IRVINE CAUTIOUSLY UPBEAT FOR JAGUAR AT IMOLA

JAGUAR team leader Eddie Irvine is cautiously optimistic that the team may show a perceptible upsurge in performance for this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

RAHAL SIGNS UP RICE

JAGUAR RACING boss Bobby Rahal last weekend said that he has taken up an option on the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Champion Buddy Rice for next year.

SCHUMACHER STILL WARY OF HAKKINEN THREAT

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has said that he still believes Mika Hakkinen is his biggest rival in the championship stakes this year, despite his slow start to the season.

SWANKY NEW MOTOR HOME FOR JORDAN HONDA TEAM

THE Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda team is proudly looking forward to unveiling its new, state-of-the-art, two story F1 paddock hospitality unit which will be at this weekend's San Marino GP for the first time.

8 APRIL 2001

ECCLESTONE RIDES TO THE RESCUE IN F1 DISPUTE OVER REVENUES

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has reportedly played what could be his trump card in attempting to resolve the threat by the major car makers to start their own independent racing series from the start of 2008.

7 APRIL 2001

MERCEDES DIRECTOR PRAISES MCLAREN DRIVERS

NORBERT HAUG, motorsport director at Mercedes, has backed David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen in their quest for world championship success.

SCHUMACHER CONFIDENT FOR IMOLA AFTER TESTING

THREE-TIME world champion Michael Schumacher has declared Ferrari's competitive edge will be sharpened by the failure to win at the Brazilian Grand Prix last week.

THE WAY AHEAD FOR FORMULA 1

THERE are times when Formula 1 could do without the media.

6 APRIL 2001

ECCLESTONE WARNS OF COLLAPSE

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has said that he fears Formula One could be ruined by the proposed introduction of a rival series.

FERRARI CONTINUE PREPARATIONS AT FIORANO

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher and Luca Badoer were in action again on Friday as Ferrari completed the fourth day of testing without any problems.

KANE HELPS ARROWS OUT

INDY LIGHTS driver Jonny Kane received a late call-up to join Arrows for a very brief spell as a Formula One test driver on Thursday.

KIRCH POUR OIL ON TROUBLED WATERS

THE Kirch media group has moved quickly in an effort to placate the major car makers in a bid to head off their plans to organize a new racing category from the start of 2008.

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX FACES BISHOP'S WRATH

THE forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix, scheduled for Easter Sunday, has already aroused the wrath of the bishop of Imola due to its clash with Easter Sunday.

5 APRIL 2001

BIG GUNS IN DAMP SQUIB AT SILVERSTONE

MCLAREN and Jordan were left unable to complete their testing and development schedules at Silverstone as the circuit was hit by April showers of the torrential kind.

CANTARELLA EXPLAINS DECISION

FOLLOWING Wednesday's announcement that the European Car manufacturers involved in Grand Prix racing will go ahead with plans to create a new rival series, Fiat CEO Paolo Cantarella has explained the move.

FISICHELLA GIVES BRITS THE BLUES

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA set the fastest time for the second consecutive day at Jerez, putting his Benetton on top of the heap in the three day test.

QUICK NICK PUTS SAUBER TRACTION IN ACTION

FRESH from his podium finish in Brazil, Sauber youngster Nick Heidfeld set the pace on the final of the three days of testing at Magny Cours near Nevers, France, where the weather once again hampered the development of the cars present at the track.

SCHUMACHER COURT CASE OVER

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER's manager Willi Weber has revealed that the Ferrari driver's court case with impersonator Frank Saasen is over.

SCHUMACHER UPBEAT IN FIORANO TEST

WORLD CHAMPION Michael Schumacher joined test driver Luca Badoer as the Ferrari team works to reestablish the supremacy that took Schumacher to six consecutive race victories.

4 APRIL 2001

ALESI FASTEST IN FRANCE

IT was tight at the top in testing at Magny-Cours on Wednesday as Prost's Jean Alesi headed the times just 0.001 seconds faster than Sauber youngster Kimi Raikkonen.

ARROWS IN FINE U-TURN

THE Arrows team have seemingly accepted that Jos Verstappen was to blame for the crash with Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams in the Brazilian Grand Prix after they withdrew their appeal against his $15,000 fine.

ARROWS PROTEST FINE

THE Arrows team confirmed on Wednesday that they have launched an official appeal against Jos Verstappen's $15,000 fine from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

BRAWN MARVELS AT MONTOYA

FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn has been left bemused by the pace of Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya and is in awe of the overtaking move the young Colombian pulled on his team's driver Michael Schumacher.

EUROPEAN CAR MANUFACTURERS THREATEN TO SET-UP RIVAL SERIES

FIVE European car manufacturers have threatened to set-up a rival series to the Formula One World Championship.

FERRARI DEVELOP TRACTION CONTROL

LUCA BADOER put in more work with Ferrari's traction control development car as he ran 79 laps at a sunny Fiorano circuit on Wednesday.

FISICHELLA QUICKEST ON DAY TWO IN JEREZ

Giancarlo Fisichella has given his Benetton team a further boost, following his first point this season in Brazil, by setting the fastest time in testing at Jerez on Wednesday.

MOSLEY SAYS FIA WILL SANCTION NEW SERIES IF IT IS SAFE

FIA President Max Mosley said Formula One's governing body will sanction a proposed rival series as long as it is safe.

NO CHANCE OF CAR MAKERS GOING IT ALONE

IT may be seen by some as a nice idea, but the harsh reality is that there is as much chance of the major car makers' going it alone as there was of Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone getting their pirate World Federation of Motor Sport series off the ground in 1980.

RAIN DELUGE HAMPERS SILVERSTONE TEST

APRIL showers at Silverstone on Wednesday meant the session became another from which to gain more knowledge on wet weather running.

3 APRIL 2001

BADOER STARTS TESTING WORK FOR FERRARI AT FIORANO

FERRARI test-driver Luca Badoer resumed testing for the Italian team at their Fiorano circuit on Tuesday.

BARRICHELLO BAD LUCK NOTHING SPECIAL FOR BRAZILIANS ON HOME GROUND

TIME tends to go quickly when you're having fun, but Rubens Barrichello's misfortunes in the Brazilian Grand Prix were certainly not the first to befall a home-town hero at Interlagos.

BENETTONS FIRST DAY IN JEREZ THWARTED BY WEBBER INJURY

BENETTONS first day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain on Tuesday was ruined after the team's official test-driver Mark Webber sustained an injury.

GENE TOPS TIMES IN MAGNY-COURS TEST

BMW-WILLIAMS test-driver Marc Gene topped the times in the first day of testing at the Magny-Cours circuit on Tuesday.

MOSLEY ISSUES TV DEADLINE

FORMULA ONE holding company SLEC has been given just eight days to conclude a television rights deal before the sport's governing body, the FIA, begins to look for other options.

ZONTA QUICKEST FOR JORDAN ON FIRST DAY OF SILVERSTONE TEST

RICARDO ZONTA boosted the Jordan team's morale by topping the times in the first day of testing at a rain-hit Silverstone circuit on Tuesday.

2 APRIL 2001

A NEW HOME FOR THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX?

THE Interlagos circuit came in for a great deal of criticism over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend because of poor organization, dilapidated facilities and crime.

BARRICHELLO AND RALF WARNED OVER COLLISION

AFTER colliding for the second successive race, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher have been warned over their future conduct.

KIRCH TO NAME THOMA TO SLEC BOARD

THE Kirch Group will shortly announce the appointment of Walter Thoma to the board of SLEC, the trust fund which controls the commercial rights to Formula 1 racing.

LAUDA CALLS FOR BARRICHELLO TO BE BANNED

JAGUAR RACING advisor Niki Lauda believes Rubens Barrichello should be banned for two races for his part in a number of collisions this season.

MCLAREN CHIEF DENNIS ELATED WITH WIN

RON DENNIS branded his McLaren driver David Coulthard's win in the Brazilian Grand Prix as "outstanding" and then took a swipe at world championship leader Michael Schumacher.

SAUBER MAKE THE MOST OF FERRARI LINK

SAUBER's technical director Willy Rampf has stressed the importance of his team's link with the Ferrari team after they learned from the reigning World Champions to earn a podium finish in Brazil.

STODDART LOOKING FOR NEW ENGINES

EUROPEAN MINARDI boss Paul Stoddart has said he is looking for new power units and admitted he is talking to two current Grand Prix engine manufacturers in a bid to replace his current Ford supply.

TOYOTA COMPLETE FIRST TEST

TOYOTA completed the first official testing session of their Formula One challenger at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday.

1 APRIL 2001

DENNIS SUPPORTS INTERLAGOS CIRCUIT

RON DENNIS, the chairman and chief executive officer of the McLaren team, has expressed his concerns that the Interlagos Circuit is being unfairly criticized.

VERSTAPPEN BLAMED BY STEWARDS

ARROWS driver Jos Verstappen has been given a $15,000 fine by the stewards of the Brazilian Grand Prix following his dramatic crash with Juan Pablo Montoya on lap 39 of the race.