NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2001

BAT'S SALES CONTINUE TO GROW

The Formula 1 team may not be doing much but British American Tobacco continues to make big profits, registering a nine percent increase in the sale of its big brands and profits in the first nine months of the year of over $3bn.

EM.TV-KIRCH DEAL QUESTIONED BY BONDHOLDERS

Bondholders of EM.TV are concerned about the plan for the company to swap its remaining stake in Formula One holding company SLEC for Kirch's share in Junior TV.

EU CONFIRMS F1 CLEARANCE DEAL

As we reported exclusively, the European Commission has officially dropped its anti-trust investigation into Formula 1 racing.

LIUZZI IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Vitanonio Liuzzi claimed the 2001 World Karting Championship at Kerpen on Sunday for the CRG team.

RENAULT AND NISSAN STRENGTHEN LINKS

Renault and Nissan have announced a strengthening of their relationship with the French car company increasing its share in the Japanese company to 44.4% and Nissan acquiring 15% of Renault's shares.

THE NEW MEN AT FORD

Jacques Nasser has as expected been replaced as chief executive of the Ford Motor Company by William Clay Ford Jr.

WILLIAMS AND PEPSICO

Pepsico Beverages International is to return to Formula 1 with its 7Up brand.

ZANARDI LEAVES HOSPITAL IN BERLIN

Alex Zanardi has left hospital in Berlin six weeks after the accident at the Lausitzring CART event in which he lost both his legs.

30 OCTOBER 2001

FORMULA ONE AND EUROPE - THE WAR IS OVER

The European Union Competition Commission investigation into Formula One and the rule-making structure of the FIA is finally over, after seven years of uncertainty.

MCLAREN-MERCEDES SWITCH TO MICHELIN IN 2002

As we suggested in August, the McLaren International F1 team has signed a long-term deal to switch from Bridgestone to Michelin tires from the start of the 2002 season.

NASSER OUT!

It is expected to be announced later today that Jacques Nasser has been dropped as president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company.

SILVERSTONE BOOSTS REVENUES WITH MOTORCYCLE RACES

Silverstone is to host rounds of the World Superbike and motorcycle Endurance World Championships next year.

THE DEMISE OF JACQUES NASSER - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The departure from the top of the Ford Motor Company of Jacques Nasser is a massive shake-up for the Detroit giant and the implications of the move will take several months to filter down through the company.

VOLKSWAGEN'S HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTS

Volkswagen is to have a new image-maker at the end of the year, following the announcement that the current head of communications at the Hannover company Klaus Kochs is to leave.

WILLIAMS BMW, 7UP ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Williams BMW and PepsiCo Beverages International (PBI) announced a multi-year partnership agreement Tuesday which will include advertising and promotional activity.

29 OCTOBER 2001

CART IN A STATE OF FLUX AS VANNINI MAKES A MOVE

Jon Vannini is not a well-known figure in international motor racing, but he is one of the biggest shareholders of the CART organization, having invested around $15m in the business.

HOW DID THE STEWARDS SCREW UP IN INDIANAPOLIS?

The FIA International Court of Appeal which met in Paris last week took only a few minutes to decide to accept the appeal of Jordan Grand Prix against the decision of the FIA Stewards to exclude Jarno Trulli from the results of the United States GP in Indianapolis.

RENAULT TO SEEK OUT NEW TALENT

The Renault car company is trying to help France rebuild its shattered image as a supplier of F1 drivers.

WILLIAMS WINS AND LOSES ON F1 TECHNICAL FRONT

The Williams F1 squad scored a victory and incurred a setback today with the news that aerodynamicist Geoff Willis has taken a position as Technical Director of the British American Racing operation.

WILSON LOOKS TO US FOR 2002

Newly crowned F3000 Champion Justin Wilson is looking to the US and the possibility of driving a champcar in 2002 after losing his bid for the second Jordan seat.

27 OCTOBER 2001

CART LOOKING TO SHARE BILLING WITH F1?

The chief executive of CART set tongues wagging in Australia when he remarked that he would like to see CART and Formula 1 cars racing on the same circuit on the same weekend.

JORDAN GETS OFF THE HOOK AND TAKES FIFTH IN CONSTRUCTORS' TITLE

Jordan Grand Prix has won its appeal against the decision by the FIA Stewards at Indianapolis.

PROCEDURAL FAILINGS BY USGP STEWARDS GIVE TRULLI BACK 4TH PLACE

The FIA's International Court of Appeal has upheld the Jordan-Honda team's appeal against Jarno Trulli's exclusion from fourth place in the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

26 OCTOBER 2001

FIA TO ANNOUNCE JORDAN'S FATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON

The International Court of Appeal will announce Saturday afternoon the verdict on the disqualification of Jarno Trulli from the United States Grand Prix in September.

MICHELIN ACCUSES FERRARI OF UNFAIR ADVANTAGE

Michelin boss Pierre Dupasquier accused Ferrari of using chemically treated tires during the final two rounds of the world championship.

RED BULL AND SAUBER SPLIT IS OFFICIAL

Sauber has confirmed that after a seven-year partnership culminating in its most successful season to date in 2001 its relationship with Austrian soft drink giant Red Bull is at an end.

RENAULT TARGETS RISING STARS ON BACK OF BENETTON F1 PROJECT

One of the great benefits of having major car companies involved in the front-line F1 business is the amount of encouragement they offer to promising stars of the future.

25 OCTOBER 2001

BRISCOE TO TEST TOYOTA F1 CAR NEXT YEAR

Ryan Briscoe, the 20-year-old racer from Sydney is due to have his first test of an F1 car shortly. The announcement was made by Toyota's F1 boss Ove Andersson at the Toyota Motor Show.

MORE RUMORS OF MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT FORD

The political snakepit that is the Ford Motor Company has been swirling with rumors in recent days that the current chief executive Jacques Nasser may be eased out of the company before the end of the year.

RUSSIANS CONFIRM 2003 RACE BID

The Russian government has confirmed that it is bidding for a Grand Prix in 2003 although work has yet to begin on the construction of the racing circuit.

SAUBER, RED BULL TO END PARTNERSHIP

The Sauber Petronas team has announced officially that its seven year partnership with Red Bull will end as of 31 December 2001.

SCHUMACHER IS NOT THE RECORD MAN!

Michael Schumacher is supposed to have become the highest scoring driver in the history of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year but it seems that everyone has forgotten that the German driver was officially excluded from the 1997 World Championship.

SILVERSTONE GAMBLES ON REDUCED CROWD

Voluntarily heading off FIA criticism by opting to admit a reduced crowd for next year's British Grand Prix is being seen this week as an audacious bid by race promoters Octagon as a means of investing in future credibility for Britain's round of the F1 world championship.

24 OCTOBER 2001

CAPRIATI HELPS TO PROMOTE FERRARI

The number 1 player in women's tennis, Jennifer Capriati, joined the list of VIP visitors to the Ferrari factory at Maranello this week as she celebrated the latest high on her comeback trail at the top of the world tennis rankings.

EUROPEAN UNION AND F1 - THE FINAL CLEARANCE

The European Commission is expected to announce tomorrow that its investigation into Formula 1 is finally over and that the sport is now cleared of any competition problems which have dogged the business for the last five years.

FATHER RALF

Ralf Schumacher and Cora, his wife of a few weeks, became parents on Tuesday afternoon when Cora gave birth to a son in Salzburg, Austria. The baby boy has yet to be named.

MICHAEL READY FOR MONTOYA

Michael Schumacher has reacted to the growing feeling that he has singled out Juan Pablo Montoya as a challenger to his current pre-eminence in Formula 1.

NASCAR RATINGS DWARF F1 IN THE USA

On Sunday the NASCAR Winston Cup race from Talladega, Alabama, recorded its highest TV ratings ever for a day on which the National Football League was playing games with a 4.4 and a 10 share.

PARKING FEES FOR SILVERSTONE

On top of the dramatic price rise for the 2002 British Grand Prix announced this week, it seems that race goers wishing to attend in their own cars will have to pay another $65.

TOYOTA'S FINAL TEST IS OVER

Mika Salo and Allan McNish finished off their testing this year with a three-day test at Suzuka. The team was developing launch control and engine mapping and learning some of the vagaries of Suzuka.

23 OCTOBER 2001

BRITISH GP PLAN ANNOUNCED

Octagon Motorsports Limited, the promoters of the British Grand Prix, have announced a plan to help the traffic problem that has plagued the event in recent history.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX GOERS SET FOR MASSIVE PRICE HIKE

All those adults thinking of attending the British Grand Prix next year had better be quick - and better be wealthy.

LAUDA PLANS JAGUAR'S INDEPENDENCE

Jaguar boss Niki Lauda told Autocar magazine that his Milton Keynes based team plans to provide its own budget in the near future, rather than rely on its parent company, Ford.

22 OCTOBER 2001

DERNIE'S NEW "F1 DESIGN"

Veteran Formula 1 designer Frank Dernie has been out of Grand Prix racing for a few years now, working mainly on CART designs but the former Williams, Lotus and Ligier designer has recently unveiled the Lola B2-50 which is the car which will be used for the next few years in Formula 3000.

DRAMA AND DISAPPOINTMENT FOR LONG

The Formula Ford Festival ended early for Patrick Long after a thrilling victory in the Semi Final of the most prestigious weekend in junior motor sport.

FERRARI CELEBRATES SUCCESSES

The Ferrari squad was at Monza on Sunday celebrating its twin World Championship success with its fans.

MCNISH GRABS TOYOTA'S F1 LIFELINE

Britain's representation in the 2002 formula one drivers' world championship was boosted to four yesterday with the news that Allan McNish will join fellow Scot David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button on the grands prix grids as a member of the all-new Toyota team.

21 OCTOBER 2001

FRENTZEN IN DEMAND

With Alain Prost's efforts to find finance for his team yet to be successful - and with time running out - the future of Heinz-Harald Frentzen is keeping several team bosses interested at the moment.

KATAYAMA BREATHLESS ON EVEREST

When he left Formula 1 at the end of 1997, Ukyo Katayama said that his ambition was to climb Mount Everest without oxygen.

20 OCTOBER 2001

BENETTON'S GASCOYNE AIMING FOR WINS IN 2002

Benetton technical director Mike Gascoyne says that the newly branded Renault F1 team will be aiming for race victories in 2002.

FORMULA FORD READY FOR HISTORIC WEEKEND

The 30th annual Formula Ford Festival takes place at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England this weekend (October 20-21), the former home of the British Grand Prix playing host to a multitude of young Formula 1 hopefuls.

IRVINE STILL RABBITING ON

Eddie Irvine is not a man given to moderation and his latest attack in his column in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun is yet another attack on a fellow driver.

UNRAVELING ARROWS, RED BULL AND TEAM CHEEVER

The Arrows team has confirmed that Red Bull will continue to be one of its sponsors in 2002.

19 OCTOBER 2001

BRIGHT SPARKS AT BENETTON

Not the first time, it seems that the 'sparks' of the Benetton factory at Enstone have found themselves in the spotlight of the FIA's technical hawks with new regulations being put in place over the winter to limit the advances being made in engine software and driver aids.

JAGUAR SELLS F3 TEAM

Jaguar Racing has sold its Formula 3 team a new consortium made up of John Uprichard of Van Diemen, Roly Vincini of P1 Motorsport and John Sweeney of Sweeney Racing.

JORDAN'S INDIANAPOLIS APPEAL

The FIA International Court of Appeal will meet on October 27 to hear the Jordan team's appeal against the exclusion of Jarno Trulli from fourth place at the recent United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

KIRCH RAISES CASH WITH SOCCER RIGHTS SALES

The Kirch Group has raised more than a billion dollars in the last few days by the sale of the TV rights to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup soccer competition.

PROST GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT

Alain Prost has met with Marie-George Buffet, the French Minister of Youth and Sports in his continuing campaign to secure funds for his struggling team.

SCHUMACHER TO RACE KARTS AT KERPEN

The final round of the World Karting Championship to be held at Kerpen, Germany, on October 28 will feature World Champion Michael Schumacher in action against the top young talents of the day.

18 OCTOBER 2001

F1 GOES ON HOLIDAY

Since the Japanese Grand Prix the Formula 1 circus has exploded across the world with team members and the media taking the opportunity for a much-needed break after nearly eight months on the road.

KAVANAGH IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Irishwoman racer Sarah Kavanagh has been in the news quite a lot since we broke the story last week suggesting that she is about to be named as the second test driver to one of the top four Grand Prix teams.

MCLAREN AND ILMOR

The latest whispers in Northamptonshire are that the TAG McLaren group is in the process of trying to buy into Ilmor Engineering, the engine-building company which designs and manufactures Mercedes-Benz F1 engines.

MCLAREN STILL TO MAKE TIRE CHOICE

McLaren is still to confirm where its tire supply for 2002 will be coming from as the team focuses on creating the MP4/17 challenger with which David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen will bid to stop Michael Schumacher and Ferrari taking a third successive season by storm.

PREMIER 1 CHASSIS - REYNARD BEATS DALLARA TO THE DEAL

The new one-make Formula 1 rival, Premier 1 Grand Prix, has unveiled a new deal with Reynard Motorsport to produce its homogenous chassis design.

SOOTHING WORDS PUT BRAKE ON F1 COMMERCIAL PANIC

Formula 1 may face a commercially bruising time during any economic recession which may be just round the corner, but the doomsayers aren't having it all their own way. Some predict a more moderate impact on the sport, serious though it might be.

STEPNEY TO JAGUAR?

Nigel Stepney, the director of racing at Ferrari, is expected to be announced soon in a new role at Jaguar Racing.

THE CHAMPION'S HOMECOMING

Michael Schumacher has returned to his home in Switzerland after ending his record-breaking championship year with victory at Suzuka in the Japanese Grand Prix - his ninth of the year.

VOLKSWAGEN SNIFFING AT JORDAN

Volkswagen is reportedly looking at Jordan Grand Prix as a possible route into Formula 1 in the future. The story was reported this week in the German business magazine Focus.

17 OCTOBER 2001

JAGUAR F1 TEAM TARGETS TOP RALLY ENGINEER TO EXPAND PROGRAM

The seriousness of the Jaguar F1 team's long term ambitions has become clearer this week, initially with the news that it has clinched a deal to purchase the Arrows wind tunnel.

KIRCH TO OFFLOAD DEBTS

The Kirch Group which now controls the majority of the shares of the Formula One group of companies is to be merged into its subsidiary ProSiebenSAT1 in order to become listed in the stock exchange in Germany.

LOTUS STRUGGLING

There have been rumors from time to time that Lotus, the Malaysian-controlled sports car company with a famous racing name, might be used at some point as the Malaysians gear up for a stronger presence in Grand Prix racing.

THE END OF THE LINE FOR BENETTON

While the Formula 1 circus was concentrating on the departures of Mika Hakkinen and Jean Alesi, there was almost no mention in Suzuka that the Japanese GP was also the last race for the Benetton team - at least in name anyway.

16 OCTOBER 2001

COULTHARD WANTS 2002 MCLAREN TO BE A WINNER

David Coulthard has reaffirmed his belief that he is the man to take the fight to Ferrari and Michael Schumacher in 2002... if he gets the car to do the job.

F1 HOLDS ITS BREATH AS CLOCK TICKS ON PROST TEAM FATE

The F1 community is this week watching apprehensively to see whether Alain Prost's F1 team becomes the sport's first high profile casualty of the current economic downturn.

FERRARI READY TO PARTY

Scuderia Ferrari is returning home to Maranello for a gigantic reception after sealing its third consecutive manufacturers' title and Michael Schumacher's fourth world championship - his second with Ferrari - after beating all comers for the second season in a row.

TRULLI'S INDIANAPOLIS APPEAL PREPARED

The Jordan team's appeal against Jarno Trulli's disqualification from fourth place in the US Grand Prix will be heard at the International Court of Appeal in Paris, France, on Friday 26th October.

15 OCTOBER 2001

IS MONTOYA THE MAN TO PUT THE ZEST BACK INTO F1?

Michael Schumacher's domination of the 2001 world championship may be unreservedly admired by Ferrari devotees and students of motor racing history, but Sunday's Japanese grand prix finally rang down the curtain on a season all too often punctuated by dreary processions rather than compelling on-track battles.

KIRCH MAKING MONEY ON SOCCER WORLD CUP

Kirchgruppe, the German media company that has effective control of 75% of Formula 1's commercial holdings group SLEC, has been busy trying to finalize deals for one of its other interests - the soccer World Cup, taking place in summer 2002.

RON BACKS DC FOR NEXT YEAR'S TITLE RACE

Ron Dennis has stated his belief that David Coulthard can successfully restore McLaren to the top of the world championship table next year - provided that his team can build a competitive car.

SCHUMACHER 'CAN'T SEE' A MAIN CHALLENGER

Four-Time world champion Michael Schumacher claims that he cannot see the man most likely to stand between him and Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world titles when the new season gets underway.

VILLENEUVE'S DANISH RETREAT

Jacques Villeneuve will be spending much of the enforced winter break at his new fiancee's side in Copenhagen, Denmark, he has revealed.

14 OCTOBER 2001

BAR AIMS FOR ANOTHER HONDA GRADUATE

British American Racing is attempting to secure the services of Takuma Sato's 'classmate' from the Honda academy run by popular ex-F1 driver Aguri Suzuki, the French Formula 3 Championship winner Ryu Fukuda.

BRIDGESTONE REVEALS THE SCOPE OF 2001 TIRE WAR

Bridgestone's annual press review in Tokyo was somewhat overshadowed by Jean Alesi's abrupt announcement that this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, the Frenchman's 201st, will be his last.

MONACO GP MOVES FROM TRADITIONAL DATE

In an unprecedented move, the Monaco Grand Prix of 2002 has been moved away from its traditional Ascension Day date.

THE EFFECTS OF HONDA PULLING OUT OF CART

The announcement that Honda is to withdraw from CART at the end of 2002 could lead to an earthquake in United States motor racing.

13 OCTOBER 2001

ALLEN GETS WALKER ROLE

James Allen has been confirmed as Murray Walker's replacement as the lead commentator for the ITV coverage of Formula 1 next year. Walker has retired. Allen will work with former F1 driver Martin Brundle.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER STUNG FOR $66 MILLION EU FINE

The European Commission came down hard on Mercedes-Benz parent company DaimlerChrysler after it found the German giant guilty of price fixing or discriminatory retail practices and levied a $66.05m fine for abusing competition rules.

HAKKINEN MAY NOT RETURN TO F1

Mika Hakkinen says he doesn't know if he will make an F1 comeback in 2003.

HONDA PULLS OUT OF CART

Honda has announced that it is pulling out of the CART series at the end of next year following the decision by the team owners to change the engine formula to 3.5-liter normally-aspirated engines.

KIRCH TO GET THE LAST EM.TV F1 SHARES

The Kirch Group is set to increase its share of the Formula One group of companies by swapping its shares in a childrens' TV channel for EM.TV's shares in F1.

SCHUMACHER DECLARES 2001 HIS BEST YEAR YET

World Champion Michael Schumacher has put his dominant 2001 campaign with Ferrari down as his favorite of the four titles accumulated to date.

THE THORNY QUESTION OF TESTING

The Formula 1 team bosses met on Saturday afternoon in Suzuka in an attempt to figure out what to do about testing.

VALE LEAVING JORDAN

Jordan team manager Jim Vale is to leave the team at the end of the year.

12 OCTOBER 2001

CORONER TO DECIDE SOON ON MELBOURNE DEATH

The Melbourne coroner will decide soon on the outcome of the accident in Melbourne in March which claimed the life of a trackside marshal, who was hit by wreckage from a collision between Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher.

GM BOSS WAGONER WAS AT INDIANAPOLIS

It has emerged that amongst those present at the recent United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis was none other than the president of General Motors Richard Wagoner Jr. who took over the running of the vast American car company a little over a year ago.

SAUBER CONFIRMS MASSA

The Sauber team has confirmed that Felipe Massa will be Nick Heidfeld's teammate in 2002.

SAUBER TO CONFIRM MASSA

The Sauber team is expected to confirm this weekend that Brazil's Felipe Massa will be Nick Heidfeld's team mate next year. Massa will replace Kimi Raikkonen who is leaving Sauber to take up the offer of a drive with McLaren. Massa's deal with Sauber is believed to be for several years.

THE AMERICAN FORMULA 1 TEAM - THE REAL STORY

Following Dietrich Mateschitz's recent announcement that he is taking up an option to buy the Arrows F1 team in order to establish a red Bull-sponsored All-American Formula 1 team we have received word from the United States that Mateschitz is indeed working towards that goal in league with an American marketing company called MSM.

WILLIAMS, BENETTON LOSE MAJOR SPONSORS

Benetton-Renault sponsor Marconi and Williams-BMW sponsor Nortel Networks are expected to pull the plug on their Formula One sponsorship programs after the Japanese Grand Prix.

11 OCTOBER 2001

ARROWS TO SELL WINDTUNNEL?

The big rumor in the paddock in Japan was that Arrows has sold its Bedford windtunnel to Jaguar Racing for $30m.

COONEY LEAVES JORDAN

Chris Cooney has left Jordan and will begin work soon at Benetton.

DC HEADS TRIBUTES TO ALESI

With a party in his honor being planned in to the weekend's activities, we can expect many tributes to Jean Alesi in the coming days as he contests his 201st and final Grand Prix.

POLLOCK GETS TOUGH ON TEAM

Jacques Villeneuve and the rest of the BAR team has apparently felt the wrath of Craig Pollock after a lamentable US Grand Prix, and as the works Honda-powered team arrives in Japan to race at Honda's Suzuka circuit

PREMIER 1 GRAND PRIX GETS THE NOD

The soccer-affiliated Formula 1 rival, Premier 1 Grand Prix, has been given provisional backing by the FIA's World Motorsports Council to continue the buildup towards a projected first round in July 2002.

TOYOTA IN ACTION AT RICARD

The Toyota test team was in action this week at Paul Ricard as it continues its simulation of what it is like to run an F1 team.

10 OCTOBER 2001

A WOMAN F1 TEST DRIVER?

Our spies in England are reporting that one of the top Formula 1 teams is on the verge of signing up a woman racer to be the team's second test driver in 2002.

ALESI ANNOUNCES HE WILL RETIRE FROM F1

Formula One veteran Jean Alesi has announced that Sunday's Japanese grand prix at Suzuka will be his 201st and last as he will be retiring after twelve seasons in the sport's most senior category.

ALESI HIJACKED BRIDGESTONE JUNKET

Jean Alesi's announcement that he is retiring from Formula 1 caused quite a storm, as it came during Bridgestone's annual gathering for the Japanese media.

JORDAN SIGNS TAKUMA SATO

Jordan Grand Prix have announced today that they have signed British Formula 3 Champion Takuma Sato to partner Giancarlo Fisichella in the team next season.

POLLOCK SAYS GOODBYE TO TAKU

BAR boss Craig Pollock has taken the loss of Takuma Sato on the chin, the highly-rated Japanese prospect having been freed from his testing contract to race with Jordan - after winning the British Formula 3 championship with BAR junior team, Carlin Motorsport.

THE SIGNING OF TAKUMA SATO

The news that Takuma Sato has signed a two-year deal to drive for Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda is not really a big surprise.

VOLKSWAGEN DENIES FORMULA 1 AMBITIONS

Klaus Volkert, the head of Volkswagen Group's human resources, has spoken out against the mooted interest in Formula 1 stirred up by the appointment of Bernd Pietchsrieder to the head of the German giant.

WILSON AIMS STATESIDE

Britain's Justin Wilson, the 2001 FIA Formula 3000 champion, has resigned himself to having missed out on Formula 1 for the time being after Jordan opted to sign Japanese driver Takuma Sato over both Wilson and Jean Alesi.

ZANARDI STILL UPBEAT

Double CART champion and former F1 driver Alex Zanardi, who cruelly lost both legs above the knee following a horrific accident in the German Champ Car race on September 15 is almost ready to leave hospital.

9 OCTOBER 2001

JORDAN READY TO GO TO COURT

The first hint of the legal battle to come between Jordan Grand Prix and its sacked driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen has come prior to the Japanese Grand Prix.

NO NEW GIZMOS AT SUZUKA FOR FERRARI

Japan may be the nation most at home with advanced technology but Ferrari will not be using any of the systems it has been devising for 2002 when at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

WALKINSHAW DENIES RED BULL BUY-OUT

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw has flatly denied the claims of Red Bull boss Dieter Mateschitz made to a magazine in his native Austria to have bought into Arrows.

8 OCTOBER 2001

AIRLINES REROUTING FLIGHTS TO ORIENT

The start of air attacks on Afghanistan has led commercial airlines to reroute their flights to Asia although direct flights from Europe to Tokyo should not be affected as they usually fly over the northern parts of Russia.

BAR RUMORS RESURFACE

Yet again the ownership of British American Racing has been the subject of speculation.

JAPAN - THE RACE IS ON

The FIA has today conformed that the Japanese Grand Prix will indeed go ahead on schedule despite the first military reprisals from the US.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX IN DOUBT

Although the Formula 1 cars and equipment are already in Japan it remains to be seen whether the Grand Prix at Suzuka will go ahead following the first retaliatory attacks on Afghanistan following the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

JORDAN HITS A HIGH NOTE

Eddie Jordan likes to keep himself busy away from the Formula 1 circus. Just a few weeks after his £1.4 million investment in Scottish soccer champions Celtic was revealed, the ebullient Irishman was found indulging his passion for music at Britain's MOBO awards.

KIRCH CONFIRMS FORMULA ONE TAKEOVER

The Kirch group has confirmed that is now controls 58.3% of SLEC, the holding company of the Formula One group of companies.

MALAYSIA RACE OF CHAMPIONS CALLED OFF

Prior to the US-led reprisal attacks on Afghanistan, the end-of-season American Le Mans Series sports car race at Sepang had already been called off.

WHAT NOW FOR WEBBER?

Australian Mark Webber appears unlikely to find a Formula 1 berth for 2002 after a year combining his role in Formula 3000 with that of Benetton's test driver.

7 OCTOBER 2001

RED BULL BOSS TO TAKE OVER ARROWS

Dietrich Mateschitz, the boss of Red Bull, has told an Austrian business magazine Format that he is taking over the Arrows Formula 1 team.

6 OCTOBER 2001

F1 STEELS ITSELF FOR 2002

Michael Schumacher has declared himself confident about Ferrari's technological assault on the 2002 world championship already, with the 2001 season yet to draw to a close.

FERRARI TRIES RADAR SYSTEM

Ferrari went testing at Fiorano on Saturday using a brand new radar system which is designed to show drivers whether there are cars ahead of them on the track and whether or not they are running at normal speeds or slowing down.

FIA CONFIRMS ITS MOVE BACK TO PARIS

The FIA has confirmed that it will be moving back to Paris next year. Officially the governing body says it will be back in Paris in January but this will probably depend on rebuilding work which we understand is running slightly behind schedule.

HONDA'S SUZUKA MODEL

If rumors are to be believed there is a new Honda engine being readied for the final round of the 2001 world championship dubbed SS or 'Suzuka Special'.

MOSLEY ARGUES FOR MORE RACES OUTSIDE EUROPE

The newly-re-elected FIA President Max Mosley told journalists after the FIA General Assembly in Cologne, Germany that he thinks that Europe has too many races and says that he wants the World Championship to expand to cover the entire globe.

NEW SENNA EXHIBITION

A display of photographs documenting the late Ayrton Senna's illustrious career is being planned by his great friend, motor sport photographer Keith Sutton.

RALF GETS MARRIED

BMW Williams driver Ralf Schumacher has married his fiancee Cora Brinkmann in a private ceremony at his villa near Salzburg.

WURZ FASTEST AGAIN IN SPAIN

Testing continued at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona, on Friday, the third of four scheduled days of testing prior to the Japanese Grand Prix.

YOUNG DRIVERS RULE AT MUGELLO

F1 hopefuls Justin Wilson and Narain Karthikeyan tested for Jordan on Friday at Mugello, while British F3 driver Anthony Davidson and F3000 driver Darren Manning were behind the wheel for BAR.

5 OCTOBER 2001

CANCER STRIKES THE STEWART FAMILY AGAIN

It is only a couple of years since Paul Stewart, Sir Jackie Stewart's son, was diagnosed as having cancer. He is now in remission and the signs are that he will make a full recovery.

CART VOTES FOR 3.5-LITER NORMALLY-ASPIRATED ENGINES

The CART team owners met in Houston on Thursday and voted that in 2003 the cars should be powered by 3.5-liter normally-aspirated engines.

JACQUES IS ENGAGED!

Jacques Villeneuve has confirmed that he is engaged to his latest girlfriend Elly Green.

JUST HOW MUCH IS HONDA CALLING THE TUNE FOR JORDAN GRAND PRIX?

The Jordan F1 team says that there is no pressure whatsoever from Honda to sign up the 24-year old Japanese driver Takuma Sato as Giancarlo Fisichella's team-mate in 2002.

MASSA'S GOOD SHOWING AT MUGELLO COULD CLINCH SAUBER DRIVE

Felipe Massa's second test with the Sauber should be enough to clinch the rising Brazilian star the second driver with Sauber next season.

MEARS TO REPLACE ZANARDI

Casey Mears, the nephew of multiple CART champion Rick Mears, has been named as the replacement for Alex Zanardi by Mo Nunn Racing.

THE FIA ELECTIONS

Max Mosley has been elected for a third term as President of the FIA, for the third consecutive time.

VERSTAPPEN AND ALESI PERPLEXED

The rumor that Arrows may be bidding to land both Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jean Alesi for 2002, thereby sacrificing Jos Verstappen's contract, has come as a shock to two of the parties.

4 OCTOBER 2001

ELECTRONIC RULE CHANGES IN F1

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has voted to allow radio signals to pass backwards and forwards from cars to pits in the course of races.

F3000 STARS SHINE AT MUGELLO

Two F3000 Champions tested for F1 teams at Mugello on Thursday.

FORMULA 3000 MOVES CLOSER TO F1 SPECIFICATION

IN a very curious move the FIA has decreed that all Formula 3000 cars will now be the same size as Formula 1 cars.

HAKKINEN ANALYSES SCHUMACHER

Mika Hakkinen, bound for a sabbatical year from F1, has told the German racing magazine Auto Moto und Sport that he sees signs that Michael Schumacher may be beginning to consider retirement.

MONTOYA PRAISES NEW BMW V10

Although he has not driven with the engine yet, Juan-Pablo Montoya says that the new 2002 BMW V10 is going to be a step forward from this year's power unit.

NO CHANGE FOR INDIANAPOLIS NEXT YEAR

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway F1 circuit is not going to be changed for next year but IMS President Tony George says he is looking at creating a more exciting track in the longer term.

NO SURPRISES ON 2002 F1 CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

THE 17 race FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar which was published yesterday contains no real surprises and there is as yet no indication of major break with its bedrock European program.

NO TEST LIMITS ON TEAMS

As we reported recently it has been agreed that there will be no bans on testing in 2002 - at least not ones which are enforced by the FIA.

NORTEL SLASHES STAFF AND DUMPS CEO

Canada's Nortel Networks, which in recent years has been a big sponsor of the Williams team, has announced that it is cutting staff by 30% having lost $3.6bn so far this year.

WURZ FASTEST IN BARCELONA

Testing continued in Barcelona on Thursday with four teams participating. McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz set the fastest time of the day, 1m 20.37s, half a second faster than Ralf Schumacher.

3 OCTOBER 2001

ALESI'S ULTIMATUM

Jean Alesi has told Eddie Jordan to clarify whether he is a part of his plans for 2002 before the Japanese Grand Prix on October 14.

ANOTHER AMERICAN TRYING TO MAKE IT IN EUROPE

While American attention was on Indianapolis and on the adventures of Patrick Long in the British Formula Ford Championship, last weekend marked the return to European competition of another US driver with ambitions to make it to F1 one day.

BRITISH GP STILL PROVISIONAL ON 2002 CALENDAR

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been included on the 2002 formula one world championship calendar as a provisional date for the second year running.

FIRST REACTION FROM ZANARDI

Alex Zanardi, the two time CART champion and former Formula 1 driver who lost both legs in a horrific accident at the Lausitzring CART race has spoken to the media for the first time since the accident on September 15.

IT IS DECISION TIME IN GERMANY

The joint FIA and AIT Congresses takes place this week in Cologne, Germany.

MASSA QUICK AT MUGELLO

Felipe Massa was behind the wheel of a Sauber for the second day in a row on Wednesday.

REEMTSMA TO BE FLOATED

Reemtsma, the parent company of McLaren sponsor West, is to be floated although the company is also in talks about a sale to Japan Tobacco.

TESTING UNDERWAY IN BARCELONA

Eddie Irvine posted the fastest time Wednesday at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona during testing in preparation for the Japanese Grand Prix and the 2002 World Championship season.

THE 2002 F1 CALENDAR

A month ago we published the planned Formula 1 calendar for 2002. This was entirely correct.

WHAT WILL HAKKINEN REALLY DO IN 2003?

Mika Hakkinen's brilliant victory in the United States Grand Prix will have left many F1 insiders wondering whether the 33-year old Finn will, after all, return to the business reinvigorated and refreshed in 2003 following his much-publicized sabbatical.

WILSON AND KARTHIKEYAN TEST... BUT NO SATO

The main focus of Formula 1 activity is in Italy this week as Mugello plays host to several teams, and key among them are the movements of the two Honda-powered teams.

2 OCTOBER 2001

FERRARI, SAUBER BUSY TESTING ON TUESDAY

Ferrari and Sauber both tested Tuesday in preparation for the final round of the 2001 World Championship in Japan, as well as for the 2002 season.

FORMULA 1 MAKES ONLY SMALL BLIP ON US TV MARKET

Formula 1 has no major following in the United States of America, despite the fact that 185,000 people showed up for the race at Indianapolis on Sunday.

TOYOTA FINISHES SEPANG TEST

The Toyota Formula 1 team finished its three-day test in Malaysia on Monday night having completed a total of more than 150 laps of the track.

WHERE DOES F1 GO NEXT IN THE USA?

Formula 1 needs to expand its schedule to include two races in the USA if it is to seriously re-establish the benchmark popularity it enjoyed during the 1970s and 80s.

1 OCTOBER 2001

DRIVERS DONATE GEAR FOR US CHARITY AUCTION

The Formula 1 drivers have given some of their racing equipment used at Indianapolis to the Speedway to be put at auction to raise money for charity to benefit the children of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

HONDA HEADING FOR THE STREETS OF TOKYO

THE Honda Motor Company wants to make as much as possible of its Formula 1 program.

JORDAN TO APPEAL STEWARDS DECISION

Jordan Grand Prix has decided to appeal the decision to exclude Jarno Trulli from the United States Grand Prix.

REVIVING FORMULA 3000

There are plans for the FIA International Formula 3000 championship to be given a little more zing with the introduction of mandatory pit stops under discussion.

UNITED STATES GP WAS A BIG SUCCESS

Even before the September 11 terrorist attacks there were fears that the United States GP at Indianapolis this year would be a flop.