NEWS ARCHIVE

30 SEPTEMBER 2001

BUTTON RUMORS FLYING IN PADDOCK

The future of Jenson Button was much under discussion at Indianapolis with rumors circulating that the young British driver is being offered to other teams by Benetton.

CART AND IRL VISITS THE F1 CIRCUS

The Formula 1 paddock in Indianapolis was full of members of the CART and IRL fraternities with the visitors including a dozen Indianapolis 500 winners including this year's winner Helio Castroneves and the current CART and IRL champions Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr.

FORMER CART CHIEF EXECUTIVE HELPING OUT SAUBER

Andrew Craig, who ran the CART series between 1994 and 2000, has started working to help market Sauber team.

HAKKINEN TO START FOURTH?

Mika Hakkinen is expected to start from fourth on grid of the United States Grand Prix despite having qualified second on the grid.

LAUDA CLEARS THE DECKS TO DO THINGS HIS WAY

NIKI LAUDA clearly believes that he can steer the Jaguar F1 ship into calmer and more tranquil waters after the latest round of blood lettering saw former Chief Executive Officer Bobby Rahal relinquish his post in the run-up to the Belgian Grand Prix.

MERCHANDISE SALES BOOMING AT INDIANAPOLIS

The official merchandising operations at Indianapolis reported on Sunday that F1 merchandise was selling faster on Saturday than its has done for the annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR race.

SCHUMACHER PONDERED RETIREMENT

Ferrari technical Ross Brawn revealed on Sunday that Michael Schumacher came close to retiring after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Brawn was talking to BBC Radio.

29 SEPTEMBER 2001

BMW'S NEW SCREAMER TO TEST THIS WEEK

BMW may already have the most powerful engine in F1 - with estimates of the horsepower ranging from 840-860.

CART MEN MUCH IN EVIDENCE AT INDY

CART team owners, drivers and engineers were in the F1 paddock at Indianapolis and some of them were very obviously looking for work.

F1 TEAMS HONOR UNITED STATES

The Ferrari, Jordan, Benetton, Jaguar and Minardi teams are all carrying the United States flag on their cars this weekend.

MASSA THE FAVORITE AT SAUBER

Brazilian youngster Felipe Massa is the runaway favorite to get the Sauber drive which will become available next year when Kimi Raikkonen moves to McLaren.

MINARDI STRENGTHENS TECHNICAL TEAM

Paul Stoddart, the boss of the European Minardi team, has signed up Dr. John Davies, the head of research and development from Arrows to head the Italian team's R&D and be deputy technical director.

PAT LONG ROBBED OF BRITISH FORMULA FORD TITLE AT FINAL CORNER

America's big hope for Formula 1 in the future, Patrick Long was robbed of the British Formula Ford Championship on Saturday at Silverstone where the young American was taken out at the final corner as he overtook championship rival Robert Dahlgren of Sweden.

28 SEPTEMBER 2001

A RACE OF FAREWELLS

The United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis is going to be a poignant event for many reasons but within the F1 community it will have added significance as it marks the end of two extraordinary careers in Grand Prix racing.

BAR ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH ELECTRONIC ARTS

A number of planned sponsor announcements (including a major new Williams backer) were planned to take place at Indianapolis but the current terrorism crisis has resulted in teams deciding not to make their plans public until later in the year.

F1 AND THE WORLD CRISIS

One of the major worries of F1 people in recent days has been that the people and equipment may become stranded in the United States of America if military action begins in response to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

HONDA TO HAVE NEW V10 IN 2002

The Honda Motor Company will have a completely new V10 engine in Formula 1 next year. The engine has already been tested on dynos in Japan and our spies say that it has some radical features but there is currently not hint as to what the vee-angle will be.

MINARDI WHEELING AND DEALING

The European Minardi team has been flat out in recent weeks, putting together deals for next season. The team has announced a deal with the Motor Club of Argentina (MCA) that will see the team helping young Argentine drivers up the ladder towards F1.

SUZUKA READY FOR SEASON FINALE

The Suzuka racing circuit has been undergoing considerable work in the course of the last 12 months to bring it up to modern F1 standards.

27 SEPTEMBER 2001

FIA MAKES LINK WITH GRANDPRIX.COM

GrandPrix.com, one of the leading motorsport websites, has been named as "an official source of information" by the F?d?ration Internationale de l'Automobile, the international automobile federation (FIA).

HAKKINEN SAYS HE WILL RETURN

Mika Hakkinen told reporters at Indianapolis that his intention is to return to F1 in 2003 after a year's sabbatical.

INDIANAPOLIS AND SAP TO RAISE MONEY FOR RED CROSS

Tony George, the boss of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has announced plans to raise money for the Red Cross during this weekend's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

LEEDS UNITED SIGNS UP WITH PREMIER1

The British soccer club Leeds United has become the first UK team to sign up to be part of the planned Premier1 racing series.

WILLIAMS NAMES BARNARD TO TOP JOB!

The headline does not always tell the full story.

26 SEPTEMBER 2001

ANTONIO SABATO JR. SELLING F1 TO THE AMERICANS

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has named actor Antonio Sabato Jr. as "celebrity spokesperson" for the United States GP.

CONFERENCE TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS FACING MOTORSPORT

There is to be a conference to discuss the business aspects of motor sport in Monte Carlo in December.

F1 SPONSOR SHOWS THE WAY IN NEW YORK

Sauber sponsor Credit Suisse yesterday listed itself on the New York Stock Exchange, the first major company to do so since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center two weeks ago.

TOYOTA TO TEST IN MALAYSIA AND JAPAN

Toyota Motorsport is testing in Malaysia and Japan in the course of the next month, which contravenes the ban agreed by the Formula 1 teams and at the same time also flying in the face of the agreement that exists between the teams not to go testing outside Europe (except for an annual test in South Africa).

25 SEPTEMBER 2001

ARROWS SIGNS RINLAND

The Arrows team has signed up former Sauber designer Sergio Rinland as its new chief designer. Rinland has been out of work since being fired by Sauber at the start of the year but in recent weeks has been talking to both Arrows and Reynard, which wanted him to design an IRL car for 2003.

CSS STELLAR REPORTS INCREASED PROFITS

CSS Stellar, the sports and entertainment management group, which is heavily involved in Grand Prix racing has just reported a first half profit of over $1m on a turnover of $10m.

GUCCI, VERSACE... MONTOYA!

Hard on the heels of his first Grand Prix victory, Juan Pablo Montoya is preparing to launch his own clothing range.

INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE AMONG THE TIRE MEN

Michelin must overcome the biggest hurdle of its season at Indianapolis when, for the first time since its Formula 1 comeback.

JAPAN TOBACCO GOES FOR THE EU

Japan Tobacco has launched a new legal attack on the European Union law banning the use of terms such as "mild" on cigarette packets.

LONG WOWS THEM AT SPA

Inside F1 Young Driver of the Year Patrick Long pulled off the most impressive driving feat of his career winning the Formula Ford race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium - from 11th on the grid.

RENAULT SPORT GOES FOR DUTCH TECHNOLOGY

Renault Sport has turned to Holland for some of its latest high-technology software. The French company is to use database technology supplied by the X-Hive Corporation of Rotterdam for the storage of technical information from the cars.

SCHUMI PREPARES TO BRING 'JOY' IN THE US

The Schumacher brothers' manager Willi Weber has explained the apparent reticence of his drivers to race either in Italy two weeks ago or in the forthcoming US Grand Prix.

UNITED STATES GP - IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME

The United States GP at Indianapolis is probably not going to be a huge success this year - at least not in terms of numbers in the grandstands - and that is probably the criterion on which it will be judged.

24 SEPTEMBER 2001

BARRICHELLO BECOMES A FATHER

Rubens Barrichello became a father on Sunday when his wife Silvana gave birth to a son on Sunday in Sao Paulo.

F1 SETS UP SHOP IN INDIANAPOLIS

The Formula 1 teams have now begun gathering in the United States with the first flying out on Sunday, in some cases sharing planes with the CART teams heading home after the Rockingham 500. The racing cars and equipment should be starting to arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.

RACING UNDER A SHADOW

The highest profile events to be run in the wake of the terrorist attacks on America and subsequent movements towards a militarily-enforced justice have been in Formula 1 and CART racing.

23 SEPTEMBER 2001

ALESI JOINS EXCLUSIVE 200 CLUB AT INDIANAPOLIS

Jean Alesi will drive in his 200th Grand Prix at Indianapolis next weekend, thereby gaining access to an exclusive club populated by only three other drivers. Ahead of him in the stakes remain Riccardo Patrese on 256 races, Gerhard Berger on 210 and Nelson Piquet with 204.

CARS, EQUIPMENT EN ROUTE TO US

The Formula 1 teams equipment is on the way to Indianapolis, finally squashing any lingering rumors that the US Grand Prix will be cancelled.

DI MONTEZEMOLO FIGHTS FOR TWO GRANDS PRIX IN ITALY

WITH globalization being the key word at the moment in FIA circles there are an increasing number of questions about why Germany and Italy have two Grands Prix each year while many other countries have no chance of a race.

JORDAN TO FIGHT FRENTZEN WRIT

Jordan Grand Prix says that it will fight a writ served by Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the High Court in London. The writ is claiming damages from the team resulting from the German's firing by the team after the British GP.

MERCEDES TIPPED TO DESIGN A NEW 90-DEGREE ENGINE FOR 2002

The Mercedes-Benz V10 next year is expected to be an all-new engine with the rumors in England suggesting that this will be a 90-degree unit rather than the current 75-degrees.

21 SEPTEMBER 2001

BRITS HEAD FOR INDY RACING LEAGUE

Lola and Reynard, the British chassis constructors who currently rule the roost in US-based CART racing are aiming to be a feature of the rival Indy Racing League in 2003.

CART PREPARES FOR SECOND EUROPEAN RACE

Less than a week after the first ever CART oval race on European soil at the Lausitzring near Berlin, CART prepares for its next race at the new Rockingham oval in Northamptonshire, England.

FERRARI, WILLIAMS AND SAUBER CONTINUE TESTING

Ferrari, Williams and Sauber all continued testing on Friday at different circuits.

ROCKINGHAM OVAL TURNS INTO FIASCO

IT was not rain falling from the sky, rather water bubbling up through the track surface which caused the world's fastest racing cars to stand silent in the pit lane yesterday.

SCHUMACHER CANCELS US VACATION

Michael Schumacher's plans to take a few days out after the US Grand Prix and enjoy the countryside appear to have been cancelled.

WILL SENNA MOVIE GO AHEAD?

The long-discussed movie about the life and times of Ayrton Senna appears to have been given the go-ahead by Hollywood's moguls.

WILSON IMPRESSES JORDAN IN F1 TEST

Sheffield's Justin Wilson is being seriously considered for promotion to formula one by the Jordan-Honda team after an outstanding first test in one of their cars at Silverstone this week.

ZANARDI REGAINS CONSCIOUSNESS

Double CART champion and former Williams F1 driver Alex Zanardi regained consciousness yesterday (Thursday), for the first time since his traumatic accident in the CART race in Germany that led to the amputation of both his legs.

20 SEPTEMBER 2001

ANOTHER WET DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE

Wet weather plagued day two of testing at Silverstone on Wednesday, where many of the teams were preparing for the final two Grand Prix of 2001.

ENGE TO RACE IN THE US

Czech driver Tomas Enge appears set to deputize for the injured Luciano Burti in the second Prost at Indianapolis, just as he did in the Italian Grand Prix.

F1 COVERAGE COULD BE THREATENED BY LOSS OF AD REVENUES

The British ITV television channel will be breathing a major sigh of commercial relief this week that it signed an 80 million pound, four year deal for sponsorship of its World Championship F1 coverage from Toyota.

FRENTZEN FILES JORDAN CLAIM?

According to the German media Heinz-Harald Frentzen has begun the legal action against Jordan Grand Prix that has been promised since his abrupt dismissal prior to the German Grand Prix.

MASSA FLIES FOR SAUBER

Dominant Euro Formula 3000 championship leader Felipe Massa greatly impressed the Sauber team in his first run with them at Mugello.

MONTOYA RAISED GAME TO DISPLAY WINNING EDGE

Juan Pablo Montoya's rookie season in F1 has seen the Colombian ace benefit from the advice offered to him by Frank Williams, Patrick Head and Gerhard Berger.

RALF WILL RACE IN THE USGP

Despite his reservations about the running of the event, Ralf Schumacher will climb aboard the number 5 Williams at Indianapolis and compete in the US Grand Prix.

SAUBER CHASING ALONSO

According to reports in the European press Sauber has been sniffing around Fernando Alonso as a potential replacement for Kimi Raikkonen.

SAUBER PREPARE FOR INDIANAPOLIS

Sauber's Nick Heidfeld tested Thursday at Mugello, replacing young Brazilian Felipe Massa who was behind the wheel Tuesday and Wednesday.

THE LATEST ON ZANARDI

Alex Zanardi remains in a critical condition at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) where he has been since his accident on Sunday at the Lausitzring.

WURZ FASTEST IN DRY CONDITIONS AT SILVERSTONE

The weather decided to cooperate Thursday at Silverstone for the final day of testing before the United States Grand Prix.

19 SEPTEMBER 2001

ALESI FASTEST IN WET AT SILVERSTONE

MANY of the F1 teams were back testing on Tuesday preparing for the final two Grand Prix of 2001 in the United States and Japan.

IT IS D-DAY FOR US FREIGHT

Thursday is the last day which Formula 1 teams have to finish off their packing before their equipment must be ready to bee sent off to Schipol Airport in Amsterdam.

KIRCH GROUPS AGREE TO DEAL

The Pro Sieben Sat 1 Media and Kirch Media companies have agreed to merge.

SAUBER IMPRESSED BY MASSA

Sauber, in search of a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, has been impressed by the speed and feedback of 20-year-old Brazilian Felipe Massa during his first day of testing for the team at Mugello.

THE GLOBALIZATION OF MOTOR RACING

The recent suggestion that by the FIA President Max Mosley that there should be a summit between all the national sporting authorities in the federation to discuss the globalization of motor sport has been greeted favorably by most of the member clubs of the organization.

WILSON GOES WELL FOR JORDAN

Formula 3000 Champion Justin Wilson did a very commendable job in his first test for the Jordan Grand Prix at Silverstone on Wednesday.

18 SEPTEMBER 2001

BERNIE MEETS THE RUSSIANS

Bernie Ecclestone was a man of many meetings at Monza but one which may be significant was with a number of Russians involved in the plans to hold a race in Moscow in 2003.

DESIGNERS ON THE PROWL AT MONZA

FORMULA 1 designers Alan Jenkins and Sergio Rinland were both spotted flitting between the teams at Monza.

SATO AND JORDAN

There are increasing suggestions that Jordan Grand Prix may sign up Takuma Sato to race alongside Giancarlo Fisichella next year.

SCHUMACHER DENIES INTENTION TO MISS US GP

Michael Schumacher has denied speculation that he is considering missing the last two grands prix of the season, in the USA and Japan.

SHANGHAI CITY GOVERNMENT PUSHING FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT

The Shanghai city government, which is pondering a bid to host a Grand Prix in 2003, is very keen to attract international business to the city.

THE HONDA WAY

If you ask around the Formula 1 paddock about the successes and failures of the 2001 season, it is not long before you hear someone say that Honda has been the big disappointment.

TOP SECURITY AT INDY TO ALLAY F1 FEARS

The organizers of the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis are sparing no efforts to ensure that the elaborate security measures they have in place will allay concerns of the visiting F1 fraternity and spectators alike.

TRUST JOINS ARROWS

While the Ferraris went sponsorless at Monza this past weekend, the Arrows team was showing off their newest sponsor.

17 SEPTEMBER 2001

ALESI SAYS BRIATORE IS "OBSCENE"

Jean Alesi has launched a withering attack on Flavio Briatore for the role he played in stopping the drivers from observing a no overtaking agreement in the first two chicanes at Monza on Sunday.

ENGE TO STAY WITH PROST

Tomas Enge is expected to finish the season with Prost Grand Prix following a promising debut at Monza.

MIXED FEELINGS REMAIN OVER INDIANAPOLIS

Juan Pablo Montoya grinned broadly as he sat in the media conference after his maiden formula one victory in the Italian grand prix and said he was looking forward to the US grand prix at Indianapolis in two weeks time.

SCHUMACHER UNCERTAIN FOR INDIANAPOLIS

There were suggestions this morning that Michael Schumacher may decide that he does not want to race at Indianapolis on September 30.

ZANARDI STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Alex Zanardi is still in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) in Marzahn, a suburb of Berlin.

16 SEPTEMBER 2001

DRIVERS SPLIT AS RACE START APPROACHES

Michael Schumacher's exhortation that only one driver would not agreed to no overtaking in the first two chicanes does not appear to reflect the reality of the situation.

DRIVERS WANT NO OVERTAKING ON FIRST LAP AT MONZA

The Formula 1 drivers, clearly rattled by the events in the world in recent days and Alex Zanardi's accident at the Lausitzring, are arguing that there should be no overtaking at the first two chicanes at Monza on Sunday afternoon.

JORDAN TO RUN WITH STARS AND STRIPE LOGOS

Jordan Grand Prix painted US flags on the back of their cars on Sunday morning for the Italian GP. The initiative came about because Deutsche Post decided it would like to make a gesture as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington earlier in the week.

THE US GRAND PRIX

It is now emerging that Bridgestone, Honda and Petronas have not issued instructions that they will not compete in the United States but that they have instructed or suggested to their employees that they do not fly.

15 SEPTEMBER 2001

A NEW THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES GP?

Rumors were circulating late on Saturday night at Monza that three major Asian companies involved in Formula 1 have decided to instruct their racing divisions not to take part in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

SAUBER TO TEST MASSA

The Sauber team is to run Brazilian Felipe Massa next week.

WHAT DID SAUBER GET FROM MCLAREN?

Giving up Kimi Raikkonen was a curious thing for Peter Sauber to have done - but in the world of Formula 1 people do funny things when large checks are on offer.

ZANARDI CRITICAL AFTER LAUSITZ CRASH

Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi has been rushed to the hospital in Germany after a huge accident during the CART race at the Lausitzring.

ZANARDI LOSES LEGS IN LAUSITZ CRASH

Alex Zanardi has lost both his legs after a huge accident in the American Memorial 500 at the Lausitzring in Germany.

ZANARDI TRANSFERRED TO BERLIN

Alex Zanardi, seriously injured in the CART race at the Lausitzring, is being rushed to the hospital in Berlin suffering with serious leg injuries.

14 SEPTEMBER 2001

CLEAR STUCK IN NEW YORK

There have been a number of stories circulating in Monza about F1 people who are stuck in New York.

FERRARI REMOVES SPONSORSHIP LOGOS FROM CARS

Ferrari has decided that as a mark of respect for the American people it will run its cars this weekend without any commercial sponsorship.

HAKKINEN TO TAKE A YEAR OFF, RAIKKONEN TO MCLAREN

Mika Hakkinen is to take a year out of Formula 1 to spend more time with his family.

MOSLEY GIVES US GP GREEN LIGHT

Max Mosley, the FIA president, has said he believes it should be business as usual when it comes to the United States grand prix at Indianapolis on 30 September, despite this week's terrorist attacks.

WILL HAKKINEN COME BACK?

The announcement on Friday morning that Mika Hakkinen is to stand down from the West McLaren Mercedes team was not the announcement of a retirement - or at least not on the surface.

13 SEPTEMBER 2001

FORMULA 1 TEAM MEETING - THE DETAILS

THE Formula 1 team managers met at Monza at midday on Thursday to discuss the matters of the moment in F1 circles and a number of important decisions were taken.

HAKKINEN POISED TO QUIT F1

Mika Hakkinen, who won the world championship at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes in 1998 and 99, is poised to quit formula one at the end of the season.

MANUFACTURERS AGREE TO PUSH AHEAD WITH RIVAL SERIES

THE automobile manufacturers met at the Frankfurt Motor Show yesterday and agreed to push ahead with their plans to establish their own World Championship in 2008 when the current Concorde Agreement expires.

MONZA - A VERY SIGNIFICANT EVENT

THE Italian Grand Prix may not seen to be that important in the wake of what has been happening in the United States of America but this weekend will be seen in the years to come as a very significant one for Formula 1.

PROST AND FERRARI TO MEET AT MONZA

ALAIN PROST and the Ferrari bosses are to meet at Monza to decide what to do about the team's engine supply next year.

THE UNITED STATES GP IS ON

The Formula 1 team managers (excepting Eddie Jordan who is rumored to be stuck in New York) gathered at Monza at lunchtime on Thursday to discuss the matters of the moment and it was agreed that the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis will go ahead in two weeks time unless the United States government decides to stop the event.

12 SEPTEMBER 2001

FIA SAYS RACES TO GO AHEAD

THE international automobile federation has decided that the Italian and United States Grands Prix will go ahead as planned.

GOODYEAR HEADING FOR THE IRL

HAVING apparently given up its plans to get back into Formula 1, Goodyear is now planning to enter the Indy Racing League, hoping to take over the role of exclusive tire supplier from Firestone in 2003.

JAROSLAW STANDS IN FOR ENGE

WITH Tomas Enge driving for Prost Grand Prix at Monza, and possibly until the end of the F1 season, the Coca-Cola Nordic Racing team has been hunting for a replacement for the Czech driver for the final round of the International Formula 3000 title at Monza this weekend.

MARC GENE RETAINED BY BMW WILLIAMS AS TEST DRIVER

MARC GENE will be retained as the BMW Williams team's official F1 test driver in 2002, it was announced today (Wednesday).

MONZA: NO REASON WHY THERE SHOULD NOT BE A RACE

A spokesman at the Autodromo Nazionale at Monza told the German press service DPA that there is currently no reason why the race should not go ahead as planned this weekend.

MOSLEY WILL HAVE NO OPPOSITION

MAX MOSLEY will be re-elected FIA President at the forthcoming FIA General Assembly.

NO DECISION EXPECTED ABOUT ITALIAN GP UNTIL LATER TODAY

NO decision about whether or not the Italian Grand Prix at Monza will go ahead this weekend is likely until tonight as the FIA President Max Mosley is currently on a airplane, returning to Europe from the FIA Congress of the America's in Lima, Peru.

PISCHETSREIDER NAMED AS PIECH REPLACEMENT

ALTHOUGH the announcement was completely overshadowed by the events in New York, Volkswagen AG nominated Bernd Pischetsrieder as the man who will replace Ferdinand Piech when he retires early next year.

RUMORS CIRCULATE OF MONZA CANCELLATION

RUMORS were circulating on Wednesday morning that the Italian Grand Prix at Monza might be cancelled as a result of the attacks on New York and Washington and the subsequent ban of certain kinds of flying.

TEAM PRINCIPALS TO MEET AT MONZA TO DISCUSS INDIANAPOLIS

THE Formula 1 team principals are due to meet tomorrow at Monza although the meeting is likely to be disrupted because of the ban currently in place on all private aviation in Britain.

THE EFFECTS OF THE ATTACKS ON THE US

IT is impossible to predict the long-term effects of the terrorist attacks yesterday in New York and Washington but the unsettling of the world's economy is something which will have a very damaging effect on motor racing, a sport which uses huge sums of investment every year. The general sense of uncertainty which the attacks have left behind have already hit the stock markets of the world.

WHY FORMULA 1 SHOULD RACE AT MONZA

THE decision that the Italian Grand Prix at Monza should go ahead this weekend as planned is the correct one, despite the terrible happenings in the last 24 hours in the United States of America.

11 SEPTEMBER 2001

A BIG WEEK IN FRANKFURT

THE Frankfurt Motor Show this week is one of the biggest events of the automobile year and this year's event will see a record number of new cars being unveiled (57 in total) and a series of major announcements.

ABC NAMES F1 COMMENTARY TEAM

ABC SPORTS has named the men who will commentate on this year's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

ALESI ADMITS THAT HE HAS NO CONTRACT FOR 2002

THERE has been much confusion in recent weeks over the contractual status of Jean Alesi in 2002 but it has now emerged that the French veteran has nothing lined up but is still hoping that a series of strong results in the final races of the year will convince Eddie Jordan to keep him on next year.

BURTI GETS OUT OF HOSPITAL

LUCIANO BURTI has been released from the University Hospital in Liege and is returning to his home in Monaco but the Prost driver will not be racing at Monza this weekend, doctors advising him that it would better if he sat out the event and concentrate on getting back to full fitness after his huge accident at Spa two weeks ago.

PAUL RICARD UNDER THREAT - FROM FIRE

THERE have been some huge fires in the last day and a half in the south of France, one of the biggest being around the Paul Ricard racing circuit at Le Castellet where 400 firemen and Canadair aircraft have been fighting to contain a 2000-acre blaze around the track. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the area.

TOYOTA SIGNS UP ANOTHER YOUNGSTER

THE Toyota Formula 1 team has been out recruiting again and the word on the street is that it has signed a long-term deal with Sweden's Richard Goransson, who is currently third in the British Formula Ford series.

10 SEPTEMBER 2001

A LITTLE SPECULATION

MCLAREN has not yet announced its drivers for the 2002 season and while this is not outrageously strange, it is still much later than all the major teams and the Formula 1 is beginning to ask what is going on.

ARROWS AX3 HITS THE TRACK

SOON-TO-BE IRL racer Johnny Herbert chauffeured media and guests around Silverstone in the three-seater Arrows AX3 before Jos Verstappen spent the weekend with it in his native Holland giving rides around the famous Zandvoort circuit.

BERNIE GOES BIKING

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has enjoyed a relaxing weekend away with his wife Slavica at the Portuguese Motorcycle Grand Prix, even taking a ride on the back of legendary former champion Randy Mamola's bike!

ENGE TO DRIVE FOR PROST AT MONZA

AS we speculated would happen Prost Grand Prix has signed up Tomas Enge to drive for the team at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza this weekend.

KIRCH MAN TO HEAD NEW COMPANY

DIETER HAHN, the man who has been doing all the negotiations between Kirch and the Formula 1 world has been named as the chairman of the new ProsiebenSat1 group, which will include Kirch.

PIERO LARDI FERRARI'S AMBITIONS

ALL of us have dreams of course, but one suspects that Piero Lardi Ferrari's ambition to restore the ownership of the Fiat-owned brand and its all-important race team to the Ferrari family looks a touch optimistic.

9 SEPTEMBER 2001

BURTI ON THE MEND - BUT MISSING MONZA

LUCIANO BURTI's recovery from the injuries sustained in his high-speed accident in the Belgian Grand Prix continues to please the medical team attending to him, but a return to racing at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix has been written off.

MORE CHANGES AFOOT IN BRITISH RACING

THE shake-up of British motor sport under Octagon Motorsport-led British Motorsport Promoters is set to continue in 2002 after the Office of Fair Trading cleared the US-based promoter in its investigation into the control of the domestic sport.

OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING REPORTS ON OCTAGON

THE influence of promoters Octagon Motorsport over all national and international motor racing in Britain has been given an all-clear to continue for at least five years by the British government's Department of Trade and Industry.

STODDART ENTHUSES ABOUT MALAYSIA

EUROPEAN MINARDI team principal Paul Stoddart is eager to further link his team to south east Asia following the signing of Malaysian driver Alex Yoong, who will join the race team at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

TOYOTA HEDGES ITS F1 BETS WITH BACKING FOR BRITISH TV PACKAGE

TOYOTA's F1 test car may have been six seconds off the pace during testing at the Hungaroring, but the prospect of too much in the way of overt criticism being aimed in the Japanese team's direction next season may have been subtly defused by a new deal to sponsor the British ITV network's coverage of the 2002 Championship.

8 SEPTEMBER 2001

2002 CALENDAR A SPOOF

THE provisional calendar released earlier this week detailing the order of next year's Formula 1 world championship has been declared a spoof by the FIA.

CHINA MUST BE PATIENT

AS Formula 1 looks further afield for new venues to replace existing European events on its calendar, China has been ordered to be patient as it bids for Grand Prix status.

MCNALLY'S SWISS FIRE

PADDY MCNALLY, commander in chief of Allsport the Formula 1 marketing and hospitality business, encountered a little misfortune this week when the 19th Century Chateau Fazy, under refurbishment for the rumored occupancy of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, caught fire.

MORE UPHEAVAL AT PROST?

IT has been reported that Jean-Luc Gripond, financial director of the Prost Grand Prix team has parted from the outfit as Prost continues to seek new investment for the 2002 season.

PREMIER 1 CHASES AVON RUBBER

THE proposed Formula 1-style race series Premier 1 Grand Prix is understood to be chasing a supply of control tires from Avon.

TOYOTA POUNDS ROUND HUNGARY

THE nascent Toyota Formula 1 operation has spent most of the week in Budapest, trying out its test hack with a host of new systems and a much revised powerplant.

WILLIAMS DRIVERS FASTEST AT MAGNY-COURS

WILLIAMS-BMW drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gene were fastest Friday during the third and final day of testing at Nevers Magny-Cours. Montoya ran the fastest lap of the day at 1m13.896s, while Gene, the teams test driver, was half a second off the Colombian's time.

7 SEPTEMBER 2001

MAGNY-COURS TESTING

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA set the pace in Michelin's Magny-Cours testing on the opening day but on day two it was the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld that set the pace.

MUGELLO TESTING CONTINUED

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER took over the reins at Ferrari to continue the team's presence at the top of the timing screens during the Bridgestone testing at Mugello, some 1.4s ahead of Olivier Panis in the BAR.

WATCH MY LIPS, NO NEW DRIVERS. WELL, NOT UNTIL NEXT YEAR. PERHAPS!

ALL the warning lights will have flashed on for Jenson Button and his management team this week after Benetton team principal Flavio Briatore warned that the young British driver needs "to pull himself together" in the wake of a disappointing Belgian GP outing where he crashed on the same afternoon as team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella finished a strong third.

WILLIAMS DEFENDS TEAM

AFTER an ignominious Belgian Grand Prix that saw spirited debate over the tire choice in qualifying, Juan Pablo Montoya's pole sitting FW23 stall on the grid, Ralf Schumacher's car left up on blocks on the grid, rear wing problems, an engine failure and a delayed pit stop Sir Frank Williams has weighed in to defend his team manager, Dickie Stanford.

6 SEPTEMBER 2001

2002 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR ANNOUNCED

THE provisional calendar for the 2002 Formula One World Championship has been released and it is almost unchanged from this year's schedule.

BRITAIN'S MSA CALLS INVESTIGATION INTO GP TRAFFIC

THE governing body of British motor sport, the Motor Sport Association (MSA) has taken action to stymie the threat to the British Grand Prix's existence caused by complaints over the traffic system.

BURTI WANTS TO MAKE MONZA COMEBACK

WITH drivers lining up to step into his car, Luciano Burti is keen to be cleared fit in time for the Italian Grand Prix.

ENGE TO PROST

CZECH Formula 3000 front runner Tomas Enge has signed up to Prost as test driver for the remainder of the 2001 season, putting himself in pole position in 2002 and perhaps, should Luciano Burti not make it back to fitness, before the end of this season.

SATO PRESSES RUBINHO AT MUGELLO

AFTER his Formula 3 team mate Anthony Davidson wrecked his BAR on the opening day of testing at Mugello, Japanese ace Takuma Sato, the newly crowned British Formula 3 champion, set the second fastest time of the day at Mugello, hard on the heels of Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello.

5 SEPTEMBER 2001

BADOER'S BUSY SEASON CONTINUES

AMID rumors that he may be called on by the Ferrari-powered Prost team to sub for Luciano Burti at Monza next weekend, Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer continued to fettle the championship-winning F2001's electronics software at Fiorano yesterday.

BENETTON WORKS ON FURTHER AERO TWEAKS

FORMER Benetton test driver Oliver Gavin rejoined the Renault-owned team at the Danielson facility as the team tries out further aerodynamic enhancements on its B201 chassis.

BRITISH CART RACE TO BE SCREENED NEXT DAY

THE first CART Champ Car oval race at the new Rockingham Speedway has netted the all-important terrestrial TV coverage it needs if it is to have any impact at all - but it won't be screened until the following day.

BRITISH GP ORGANIZERS MOVE TO PRE-EMPT FIA CRITICISM

THE Motor Sports Association, Britain's national sanctioning authority, is to initiate its own investigation into the traffic flow problems experienced at the British Grand Prix in a bid to head off excessive criticism of the race which many expect to flow from next month's FIA World Council meeting.

BURTI TO BE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

PROST driver Luciano Burti is due to be released from the hospital in Liege today following his monumental accident in last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

MUGELLO TESTING

RUBENS BARRICHELLO opened the latest Mugello test by topping the timesheets for Ferrari, but an altogether bigger impact was made by young Briton Anthony Davidson in the BAR.

PROST ACCEPTS HIS FATE

ALAIN PROST's place in the annals of Formula 1 has been surpassed by Michael Schumacher, who has not only equaled his tally of four world championships but beaten his outright record of 51 wins so it's understandable that 'le Professeur' is feeling a little reflective.

4 SEPTEMBER 2001

BMW ABANDONS EUROPEAN TOURING CARS

THE plans to revive the European Touring Car Championship from its current low-key status have taken a knock with the news that BMW is to abandon the series.

COMPAQ TO MERGE WITH HEWLETT-PACKARD

WILLIAMS's title sponsor Compaq is being taken over by rival Hewlett-Packard in a $25bn deal which will see the creation of a new company the size of IBM.

F3000 MEN GET THEIR CHANCE

NEWLY crowned FIA Formula 3000 champion Justin Wilson and his Coca-Cola backed team mate Tomas Enge are to test for Jordan and Prost respectively this week.

FERRARI PARANOIA PREVENTS FASSLER FROM HAVING F1 SAUBER TEST

MARCEL FASSLER, the DTM Mercedes driver, has been prevented from testing an F1 Sauber C20 because he is also getting the chance of driving a McLaren MP4/16. And Ferrari, who supplies Sauber's Petronas-badged V10 engines, is worried that McLaren and Mercedes would thereby gain an insight into the comparative performance of the two power units.

MCLAREN BID FOR HAKKINEN'S SUCCESSOR

THE McLaren-Mercedes team has made a bid to hire 21-year old formula one prodigy Kimi Raikkonen as a long-term successor to fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen who is expected to retire at the end of next season.

MUCH ADO ABOUT JENSON

WITH Giancarlo Fisichella's allegedly underpowered, ill-handling Benetton holding off David Coulthard's McLaren for much of a Grand Prix, you might expect the Benetton to have been lapping Monaco or the Hungaroring but certainly not Spa, Formula 1's ultimate driver's circuit.

SATO CROWNED BUT WHAT IS HIS FUTURE?

TAKUMA SATO wrapped up the British Formula 3 title last weekend at Thruxton and is this week testing for three days with BAR at Mugello.

3 SEPTEMBER 2001

A CHANCE FOR ENGE?

WITH Luciano Burti still in the hospital in Liege on Monday night, there is a distinct possibility that he will not be fit to race at the Italian Grand Prix in 10 days from now.

BURTI SURVIVAL ANOTHER ENDORSEMENT FOR F1 SAFETY STANDARDS

LUCIANO BURTI's terrifying high speed accident in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix served as a heartening reminder of the progress which continues to be made behind the scenes on motor racing safety.

2 SEPTEMBER 2001

BURTI SURVIVES HUGE ACCIDENT

LUCIANO BURTI survived an horrific looking accident on the fifth lap of the Belgian Grand Prix after the Prost driver tangled with Eddie Irvine's Jaguar at the flat out Blanchimont corner at historic Spa-Francorchamps.

1 SEPTEMBER 2001

ASIATECH CONFIRMS MINARDI DEAL

THE Asiatech organization has confirmed that it will be supplying Minardi with engines next year.

MCLAREN PRESSES FOR CLARIFICATION OVER YELLOW FLAG RULES

THE McLaren team lodged a protest against 17 of the competing cars after qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on the basis that they had ignored the rule which requires one to slow down for a waved yellow warning flag.

RON'S FUSS ABOUT NOTHING

SIX hours after the end of qualifying, nobody knew exactly what the grid positions were for tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix. The reason? Ron Dennis.