NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JANUARY 2001

ALESI TOPS THE TIMES AGAIN IN TESTING AT THE CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA

JEAN ALESI topped the times for the second successive day in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, as he completed Prost's four-day workout in Spain.

ARROWS CONFIRM DRIVER LINE-UP

ARROWS confirmed on Wednesday that Pedro de la Rosa has been dropped from the team and will be replaced for the 2001 season by the up-and-coming Brazilian driver Enrique Bernoldi.

BAT STRENGTHENS ITS HAND IN BAR

THERE has been yet another reshuffle in the management of the British American Racing hierarchy with parent company British American Tobacco quite clearly strengthening its position with the appointment of BAT main board member the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke as chairman of British American Racing (Holdings) Ltd.

MONTOYA GETS FIRM BACKING FROM HEAD

BMW-WILLIAMS technical director Patrick Head has backed the decision to bring Juan Pablo Montoya to the team in replace of Briton's Jenson Button.

RAIKKONEN COULD BE KICKED OUT OF F1

SAUBER new-boy Kimi Raikkonen could be kicked out of Formula One after the fourth round of the series in Imola in April, said a report in Swiss magazine Motorsport Aktuell.

THE THINGS THAT F1 CYNICS WILL SAY...

THE recent spate of fast laps from Jean Alesi in the new Prost-Ferrari AP04 is good news for the French team but there are more than a few people in the cynical F1 community who feel that the remarkably quick laps being produced are probably more to do with an impending sponsorship deal than the actual speed of the new car.

WHY HAS SAUBER PICKED STEPHEN TAYLOR AS NEW CHIEF DESIGNER?

IT is rare that a major position in Formula 1 goes to an engineer with an unknown name, but last week Sauber announced that it had signed up 37-year-old British engineer named Stephen Taylor to be its new chief designer.

30 JANUARY 2001

ALESI BLASTS BARCELONA CIRCUIT LAP RECORD

FRENCHMAN Jean Alesi blasted the lap record at the Circuit de Catalunya as he demonstrated the potential of Prost's new Ferrari-powered AP04.

BERNOLDI AND ARROWS

THE Arrows team has been running Brazilian youngster Enrique Bernoldi in recent days in Barcelona and this has led to speculation that the team may decide to take on the Formula 3000 graduate.

BERNOLDI SIGNS FOR ARROWS!

SOURCES in Brazil tell us that Enrique Bernoldi has signed to be Jos Verstappen's team mate with the Orange Arrows team - leaving the more experienced Pedro de la Rosa out of work unless he agrees to drive alongside fellow countryman Fernando Alonso at Minardi.

ECCLESTONE COULD FACE $20 MILLION LAW SUIT

NO sooner has Bernie Ecclestone apparently emerged successful from his tussle with the European Union regulators over the manner in which he runs his F1 business than he now faces the prospect of a new legal battle in the USA.

FERRARI PRESIDENT VOWS TO KEEP WINNING TEAM

FERRARI president Luca de Montezemolo vowed to do everything possible to keep the title-winning team together for years to come, at the launch of the team's F2001 challenger at Fiorano on Monday.

FERRARI TO USE GIOVANARDI IN BADOER'S ABSENCE

FERRARI have appointed Fabrizio Giovanardi as a temporary test driver following injuries sustained by Luca Badoer in an accident during a testing session at the Circuit de Catalunya.

RESIDENTS SUPPORT HOCKENHEIM REDEVELOPMENT

THE residents of the town of Hockenheim have voted in favor of work to redevelop the track in order to keep hold of the German Grand Prix.

SCHUMACHER AIMS TO REMAIN ON TOP

REIGNING world champion Michael Schumacher on Monday warned title rivals Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard that they will be second best again this year.

STODDART BUYS MINARDI

AS we have been predicting for some time, Australian businessman Paul Stoddart has bought the Minardi team.

WEBBER GETS FITNESS HELP FROM OARSOME FOURSOME'S TOMKINS

BENETTON test driver Mark Webber has taken an unusual step to prove he is fit enough for Formula One - by turning to Australia's Oarsome Foursome for help.

29 JANUARY 2001

BERNOLDI PRESSES ARROWS CLAIMS AS MONTOYA GOES QUICKEST

BRAZILIAN driver Enrique Bernoldi pressed his claims for a drive with Arrows after he produced an impressive performance in the ninth consecutive day of testing in Barcelona on Monday.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER PUTS THE BOOT INTO THE US

DAIMLERCHRYSLER - the parent company of Mercedes-Benz - is reported to be planning to slash 20% of its US workforce in the next three years.

KIRCH UPS EM.TV BID AS RIVALS GATHER

THE Kirch media empire has decided to improve its bid to get control of the struggling EM.TV company, owner of 50% of Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One group of companies.

MOUNT FUJI MAY NOT BE SUCH A GOOD INVESTMENT

TOYOTA recently bought the Mount Fuji International Speedway with the intention of rebuilding the facility to use as a test track for its Formula 1 program and as a future home of the Japanese Grand Prix.

NEW FERRARI F2001 THE TOOL FOR SCHUMACHER TO RETAIN TITLE

FERRARI may be poised to offer Michael Schumacher an inflation-busting five year extension to his F1 contract, but his enthusiasm to ink such a deal could depend on the competitive success of the new F2001 contender which broke cover at the Italian team's Fiorano test track this morning.

28 JANUARY 2001

BRIDGESTONE -- MICHELIN HAS MADE US QUICKER

BRIDGESTONE technical manager Yoshihiko Ichikawa has admitted that the introduction of tire rivals Michelin into Formula One this season has made them produce a better product.

F1 DRIVES MORGAN GRENFELL TO VERGE OF MAJOR PROBLEMS

THERE is blood on the carpet at Morgan Grenfell Private Equity this week, according to London financial sources - and much of it is due to the venture capital company's controversial dabbling in Formula 1 investments over the past couple of years.

SAUBER DUO RUBBISH YOUNGSTERS TAG IN TESTING

YOUNGSTERS Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen rubbished suggestions that Sauber have taken a gamble on them as they left their rivals for dead in the eighth day of testing at Barcelona on Sunday.

SCHUMACHER -- TOO MANY QUESTION MARKS FOR TITLE CHALLENGE

BMW-WILLIAMS driver Ralf Schumacher insisted on Saturday that there were too many question marks hanging over the team to mount a realistic title challenge this season.

27 JANUARY 2001

CREDIT SUISSE JOINS FORMULA 1 'BATTLE OF THE BANKS'

ONE of the main announcements surrounding the launch of the Red Bull Sauber Petronas C20 was that financial giant Credit Suisse has come on board as a major backer of the team, joining such institutions as HSBC and MasterCard in Formula 1's own battle of the banks.

F1 CHIEFS OFFER KEY CONCESSIONS TO EU CRITICS

MOTOR RACING's governing body yesterday reached what it hopes is the end of a tortuously confrontational battle with the European Union with a raft of measures it believes will satisfy competition commissioner Mario Monti.

GENE QUICKEST IN BARCELONA TESTING

SPANIARD Marc Gene topped the times on the sixth day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday and then labelled it the best day he has had with BMW-Williams.

WILLIAMS HAPPY WITH DRIVER FRICTION

TEAM BOSS Sir Frank Williams admitted on Saturday that the friction between Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya would spur Williams up the Formula One grid this year.

WILLIAMS LAUNCHES FW23

THE clear, crisp, sunny surroundings of Silverstone's national circuit echoed to the metallic rasp of the new 90-degree BMW V10 engine today as Ralf Schumacher shook down the new Williams FW23 prior to the car's departure for testing at Barcelona.

26 JANUARY 2001

EUROPEAN ANTI-TRUST CASE TO BE SETTLED

THE European Union and the FIA today disclosed that the two sides are close to settling the anti-trust investigation against the FIA and the Formula One Administration.

HOW THE EU-F1 DEAL WAS DONE

THE battle between the Formula 1 authorities and the European Commission is over but the full details of the deal have yet to emerge.

POLLOCK AIMS HIGH AT BRITISH AMERICAN RACING LAUNCH

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING managing director Craig Pollock has urged his team to aim for third place in this season's manufacturers' championship.

SAUBER CONFIRM CHIEF DESIGNER APPOINTMENT

SAUBER announced on Friday that Briton Stephen Taylor has joined the team as chief designer.

VILLENEUVE BACKS PANIS TO SHOOT BAR TO FRONT OF GRID

JACQUES VILLENEUVE has backed new British American Racing team-mate Olivier Panis to shoot the team to the front of the grid.

25 JANUARY 2001

FRENTZEN - IT'S HARD TO ASSESS EJ11

GERMAN Heinz-Harald Frentzen has said that it is impossible to analyse the true performance of Jordan's new EJ11 car, because all of their rivals are still running last year's challengers.

MAZZACANE IMPRESSED AFTER DEBUT IN AP04

ARGENTINE driver Gaston Mazzacane said he was impressed with Prost's new AP04 car after he sampled it for the first time at Barcelona on Wednesday.

OFFICIAL F1 GAME LAUNCHED

AN F1-endorsed "F1 World Grand Prix II" computer game has been released on the Sega Dreamcast -- which is set to rival the forthcoming Sony Playstation II World Rally game.

PANIS UPSTAGES SCHUMACHER IN BARCELONA TEST

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING test driver Olivier Panis upstaged Michael Schumacher as the Frenchman pipped the German three-time world champion to the fastest time in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on Thursday.

SAUBER BULLISH AS IT UNVEILS 2001 CHALLENGER

A clear determination exuded from the Red Bull Sauber Petronas combination yesterday (Wednesday), at the launch of the team's new challenger for the 2001 season, the C20.

SCHUMACHER BECOMES BULLET-PROOF FOR NEW SEASON

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER will wear a bullet-proof helmet as he attempts to regain his world drivers' title this season.

24 JANUARY 2001

MINARDI SALE DRAWS CLOSER

AS we have been predicting for some days Minardi will be sold to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart of the European Aviation Group, probably after the weekend.

RAIKKONEN TO BE GUIDED BY EECKELAERT IN 2001

FORMULA ONE new-boy Kimi Raikkonen will be guided in his rookie season by chief engineer Jacky Eeckelaert -- one of the most accomplished backroom members on Formula One.

RINLAND ON THE MOVE

SAUBER team chairman Peter Sauber confirmed on Wednesday that the Swiss team's chief designer Sergio Rinland will leave the team before the start of the 2001 season in March.

SCHUMACHER TOPS THE TIMES IN SECOND DAY BACK TESTING

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER topped the times in his second day of testing for Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on Wednesday.

US INVESTMENT BANK SET TO STEP IN KIRSCH VOID

AMERICAN investment bank Hellman & Friedman are holding talks with EM.TV about buying a 50 per cent stake in F1 holding company SLEC, according to reports.

23 JANUARY 2001

CART GOES TO MONTREAL

THE CART racers will be competing on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in August 2002.

IRVINE STARS IN BECKS ADVERT

JAGUAR RACING driver Eddie Irvine has turned his attentions to acting after starring in a commercial for Becks at Silverstone on Monday.

JAGUAR LABEL LAUDA MOVE AS "PURE SPECULATION"

JAGUAR RACING said on Tuesday that rumors claiming former world champion Niki Lauda is to join the team are "pure speculation".

MINARDI ANNOUNCEMENT IMMINENT

AN announcement is expected within days that Australian Paul Stoddart has bought the Minardi team and Australia will have a Formula 1 team to support for the first time in nearly 20 years.

MUCH MANEUVERING AROUND EM.TV

THE deal between Leo Kirch and EM.TV which was designed to rescue Thomas Haffa's ailing media company looks to have come unstuck and now various groups are circling the stricken company - which owns 50% of the Formula One group of companies - trying to decide what to do next.

PROST TARGETS GOOD START TO THE SEASON AS MAZZACANE PREPARES TO TEST

ALAIN PROST has said that he expects his team to make a good start to the 2001 season and to score the championship points that eluded his outfit last year.

SCHUMACHER ACQUAINTS HIMSELF WITH NEW FERRARI PERSONNEL IN TESTING

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER admitted he was "happy" after he made his first testing appearance for Ferrari since completing last year's World Championship winning season in Malaysia in October.

TIRE WAR CONTROVERSY BREWS UP AS MICHELIN FLEXES ITS MUSCLES

IT is ironic that at a time when grand prix racing has become one of the great international televised sporting spectaculars, the outcome of the 2001 world championship could be decided simply by what tires the winning car is contracted to race on.

22 JANUARY 2001

BADOER RULED OUT OF ACTION FOR TWO WEEKS

FERRARI confirmed on Monday night that test driver Luca Badoer will be forced out of action for two weeks following his horror crash in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

BADOER TO UNDERGO FURTHER TESTS

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer will undergo further tests in Italy this afternoon (Monday) after being released from the hospital following a horrific crash at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

COULTHARD ON TOP AT BARCELONA

BRITON David Coulthard topped the times on the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday as he stepped up his preparations for the 2001 season.

F1 STAKE NOW AT THE CENTER OF POTENTIAL MAJOR LEGAL DISPUTE

THOMAS HAFFA's EM.TV organization was the center of a potential major legal confrontation yesterday after Morgan Grenfell Private Equity, the London-based equity house, threatened possible action after the deal involving shares in Bernie Ecclestone's F1 holding company "went badly wrong."

INSIDE F1 ANNOUNCES YOUNG DRIVER OF THE YEAR

INSIDEF1.COM has announced that 19 year-old Californian Patrick Long is the man most likely to take the United States of America back to the top of the Grand Prix racing world by electing him its 2001ÊYoungÊDriver Award recipient.

MCLAREN CONFIRM LAUNCH DATE

THE West McLaren-Mercedes team announced on Monday that the wraps will be pulled off their new MP4/16 car at the Valencia circuit, Spain on Wednesday, February 7.

21 JANUARY 2001

BADOER ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY

FERRARI test-driver Luca Badoer escaped serious injuries after being rushed to hospital following a freak accident during a testing session at the Circuit de Catalunya circuit in Spain.

BAR TO LAUNCH REPLICA AFTER VILLENEUVE ACCIDENT

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING will not launch their 2001 challenger on Friday as planned -- because Jacques Villeneuve pranged the only new car the team have.

DENNIS SPEAKS OF REVOLUTIONARY NEW MCLAREN FACTORY

MCLAREN team-boss Ron Dennis has spoken for the first time of his plans for a new £400 million factory, which he confidently predicts "will be an industrial utopia for my workers".

I'D TAKE PAY-CUT TO RACE IN F1 - SAYS MONTOYA

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA admits he would race in Formula One for half the money than what he was earning in America.

MR. AND MRS. E TAKE SIXTH PLACE IN WEALTH TABLE

BERNIE ECCLESTONE and his wife Slavica take sixth place in a survey of Britain's top 300 millionaires published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper this week.

STODDART CONFIRMS MINARDI TALKS

EUROPEAN AVIATION chairman Paul Stoddart has confirmed that he is set to secure the future of ailing Minardi by buying into the team.

TRULLI BACKS RAIKKONEN TO MATCH BUTTON

ITALIAN Jarno Trulli has backed Kimi Raikkonen to match Jenson Button's debut season and become an instant success in Formula One.

20 JANUARY 2001

BAR STILL SET FOR BARCELONA TEST DESPITE VILLENEUVE CRASH

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING confirmed on Friday that they will still test in Barcelona next week, despite Jacques Villeneuve's crash at Jerez this week.

ECCLESTONE AND HAFFA TO MEET IN AUSTRIA

THIS weekend Bernie Ecclestone and Thomas Haffa, his partner in the Formula One group of companies, are due to meet in Austria, probably during the annual Hannenkamm ski racing festival at Kitzbuhel.

FORMULA ONE TO ROCK AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL

FORMULA ONE analyst Tony Jardine has been confirmed as the host of The Grand Prix party next month, and will be joined by British television presenter Carol Vorderman.

JORDAN QUIT SILVERSTONE AND HEAD TO BARCELONA

JORDAN have confirmed that were forced to abandon testing at Silverstone after the snow forecasted for the weekend began to fall early on Friday morning.

19 JANUARY 2001

INFINEON TEAM UP WITH JORDAN

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG announced on Thursday that they have extended their involvement and profile in Formula One by sponsoring Jordan.

JORDAN LAUNCH HIJACKED BY THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

EDDIE JORDAN realized that things had gone awry immediately after the roguish, playful New Year greetings in the little media soiree.

MAJOR RESHUFFLE AT MARANELLO

THERE has been a major reshuffle of the staff of Ferrari with Britain's Nigel Stepney moving into a new role as racing manager.

MERCEDES RUMORS

THERE has been speculation in recent days in The Sunday Times in London that a number of car companies will bid for Mercedes-Benz if Jurgen Schrempp, the chairman of the German automobile firm's parent company DaimlerChrysler, is ousted.

RAIKKONEN IS A FUTURE WORLD CHAMPION - SAYS SCHUMACHER

FERRARI driver Michael Schumacher believes Sauber's new recruit Kimi Raikkonen has the pedigree to become a future world champion in Formula One.

18 JANUARY 2001

BAR DEVELOPMENT HURT BY NEW CRASH

THE British American Racing team has suffered a number of serious accident overs the years because of suspension failures but the timing of the latest crash at Jerez de la Frontera could not have been worse for the team.

BENETTON CONTINUES RESTRUCTURING

THE Benetton team - which will soon become known as "Renault Sport UK" - has been restructuring in recent weeks with the arrival of new engineers and new administrators.

FERRARI INVITED TO THE U.S.

PIERO FERRARI, the son of the Italian company's founder Enzo, has received a personal invitation from George Bush Junior to take part in the newly-elected US President's inauguration ceremony on Saturday in Washington.

I'LL TRULLI ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH

ITALIAN Formula One driver Jarno Trulli has vowed only to speak English around his Jordan team-mates, despite being reunited with race engineer and compatriot Gabriele Delli Colli.

IRVINE TO GET NEW RACE ENGINEER FOR 2001

JAGUAR driver Eddie Irvine will have a new race engineer for the 2001 season when Bobby Rahal finalizes negotiations with Prost's Humphrey Corbett.

STODDART TO BUY MINARDI?

PAUL STODDART, the Australian multimillionaire who runs the European Formula F3000 team, is rumored to be on the verge of buying Minardi.

WILL HUGO FASTER MIKA?

DOUBLE world champion Mika Hakkinen has declared that the birth of his son Hugo will enable him to drive even faster in the forthcoming 2001 season -- because he is more confident as a person.

17 JANUARY 2001

ANDERSON ON WAY TO ARROWS

FORMER Jaguar technical director Gary Anderson is to join Arrows for the 2001 Formula One World Championship.

BUZZIN HORNETS LOGO REPLACED BY SHARK AT JORDAN

THE old days of the Buzzin Hornets appear to be over for the revamped and newly-named Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda team - as they are being replaced by a new shark replica on the nose of the new EJ11 car.

HAKKINEN FINISHES ON TOP IN VALENCIA, AS IRVINE CRASHES

MCLAREN's Mika Hakkinen demonstrated his intent to regain his world championship crown as he topped the times for the second successive day on the final day of testing at Valencia on Wednesday.

IRVINE SMASH SETS JAGUAR BACK

JAGUAR's early advantage as the first F1 team to unveil its new 2001 challenger encountered an unwelcome setback yesterday when its number one driver Eddie Irvine seriously damaged the new car in a high speed smash.

JEREZ TEST ENDS WITH BADOER ON TOP

FERRARI test driver Luca Badoer narrowly outpaced British American Racing's Olivier Panis to top the times on the final day of a three-day test at Jerez on Wednesday.

JORDAN TEST NEW EJ11 CAR AT SILVERSTONE

AFTER the hype of their launch on Tuesday, Jordan ran their new EJ11 car for the first time at a cold Silverstone on Wednesday.

JORDAN TO DELIVER THE FINANCES FOR TITLE GLORY

JORDAN chairman and chief executive Eddie Jordan has promised to devote more finances than ever in a bid to see his team crowned world champions.

PANIS ON TOP AT JEREZ AS BECKHAM VISITS

FRENCHMAN Olivier Panis impressed the onlooking David Beckham as he topped the times on the second day of testing at Jerez on Tuesday.

PROST COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL SECOND DAY

FRENCHMAN Jean Alesi completed the second of two days testing at Magny-Cours for Prost and team principal Alain Prost admitted he was impressed with the car's performance.

SAUBER SIGN NEW PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH CREDIT SUISSE

SAUBER announced on Wednesday a new partnership deal with leading financial services company Credit Suisse.

16 JANUARY 2001

FISICHELLA NAMED ITALIAN DRIVER OF THE YEAR FOR FOURTH TIME

BENETTON's Giancarlo Fisichella has received the award for the best Italian driver in Formula One for the fourth successive year.

HAKKINEN BACK AT VALENCIA AS VERSTAPPEN TOPS TIMES

DOUBLE world champion Mika Hakkinen returned to the cockpit of his McLaren Mercedes-Benz at Valencia on Monday when he tested the car for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix in October.

JORDAN GETS HAMIDY

EDDIE JORDAN has announced that Arrows chief designer Egbahl Hamidy is to join the Silverstone team bat the end of February.

MICHELIN SIGN DEAL TO BRANCH OUT FROM TIRES

FRENCH tire manufacturer Michelin's name will appear on a host of non-motorsport products in 2002 after they agreed a ground-breaking deal with The Licensing Company (TLC).

NEW JORDAN-HONDA EJ11 UNVEILED AT SILVERSTONE

THE first of the new generation, works Honda-engined Jordan F1 cars was unveiled at Silverstone today (Tuesday) just a stone's throw from the British team's factory and at the venue where the car will undergo its preliminary shakedown runs during the remainder of this week.

SATO DELIGHTED WITH TIME-TOPPING PERFORMANCE AT JEREZ

JAPANESE rookie Takuma Sato topped the times on the opening day of testing at Jerez on Monday as he made the perfect start to his new role as a British American Racing test driver.

15 JANUARY 2001

COULTHARD INVESTS IN LUXURY MONACO HOTEL

BRITON David Coulthard has followed Jacques Villeneuve's example by pursuing business interests outside of Formula One.

DE LA ROSA WARY OF BACKROOM CHANGES

SPANIARD Pedro de la Rosa believes Formula One could pay the price for the backroom changes that have hit the sport this winter.

ECCLESTONE TARGETING MIDDLE EAST GRAND PRIX

FORMULA ONE supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Middle East could host a Grand Prix and said he hopes to tie up a deal this year.

ITV DENY BLUNDELL RUMORS

ITV SPORT have denied speculation that Mark Blundell will be taking over Murray Walker's role as commentator when he retires at the end of the 2001 season.

PROST START TESTING NEW CAR

FRENCHMAN Jean Alesi tested Prost's new Ferrari engines for the first taste on Monday when he shook down the AP04 chassis at Magny-Cours.

14 JANUARY 2001

"MY LOYALTIES WILL NOT BE DIVIDED IN 2001" - BUTTON

JENSON BUTTON said on Sunday that he will have no divided loyalties in his Benetton this season -- and vowed to beat BMW-Williams duo Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2001.

DENNIS BACKS COULTHARD

MCLAREN chief Ron Dennis believes that David Coulthard can step out of team-mate Mika Hakkinen's shadow and become a world champion this year.

ELECTRONIC PROBLEMS LURKING FOR JAGUAR

ONE of the abiding problems for a major multi-national company - be it automotive or anything else - is that the left hand very often doesn't fully know what the right hand is doing.

FERRARI END MARLBORO EVENT WITH SKIING SPECTACULAR

FERRARI ended their annual pre-season break at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites with a giant slalom race and other skiing activities on Friday.

MCNISH CONFIDENT OF TOYOTA RACE DRIVE

SCOT Allan McNish said on Sunday that he is confident of securing a race drive with Formula One new-boys Toyota in 2002.

TODT SET TO REMAIN AT FERRARI

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt has confirmed that he is set to remain at Ferrari for the rest of his motorsport career -- amid rumors that he will retire at the end of the season.

TRACTION CONTROL OFFERS NO ADVANTAGE - MONTOYA

COLOMBIAN driver Juan Pablo Montoya is confident he will make an impression in his first season in Formula One with BMW-Williams this year and said that the coinciding introduction of traction control into the sport will make no difference to his performance.

VILLENEUVE AND POLLOCK STAGE 24-HOUR SKI RACE FOR CHARITY

JACQUES VILLENEUVE will join forces with his former Williams team-mate Damon Hill this weekend to participate in a 24-hour ski race for charity.

13 JANUARY 2001

A RESHUFFLE AT FERRARI?

There have been reports on the Internet that there is to be a reshuffle of the race team management at Ferrari with Britain's Nigel Stepney taking a much bigger role.

DENNIS GIVES THUMBS-UP TO POLLOCK

MCLAREN chairman Ron Dennis has expressed his respect and regard for British American Racing cofounder Craig Pollock, and believes that his team will have the edge over rival Honda-users Jordan in the 2001 World Championship.

MANNING HAPPY WITH BAR CONTINUITY

BRITON Darren Manning is prepared to wait for his chance in Formula One and believes another year as British American Racing test driver could benefit him.

SAFETY IS THE BIGGEST THING, BUT COULD RUIN SPORT, SAYS LAUDA

NIKI LAUDA has said that safety is the most important aspect of Formula One but warned it could ruin the sport's popularity.

TODT SET TO OPEN TALKS WITH FERRARI

FERRARI sporting director Jean Todt has indicated that he will open talks about his future with Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo in the next few weeks and said he has no intention of leaving the team.

12 JANUARY 2001

BENETTON GETS MORE ENGINEERS

THE Benetton team has confirmed that Jordan's former chief designer Mark Smith has joined Mike Gascoyne's crew at Enstone.

BIG NUMBERS

EVER since the Formula 1 authorities crossed swords with the British government a few years ago about just how important the British motorsport industry has become, there have been question marks.

BRIDGESTONE ANNOUNCE CHANGES AT THE TOP

FORMULA ONE tire suppliers Bridgestone have announced that their president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer Yoichiro Kaizaki will retire.

FORMULA 1 TEAMS PLAN FOR FUTURE

WE hear that Ford may soon join Honda and Renault to create structures which will help nurture young drivers from the start of their careers right through to Formula 1.

JODY SCHECKTER BACKS WILLIAMS TO TOPPLE BIG TWO

FORMER world champion Jody Scheckter has backed BMW-Williams to end Ferrari and McLaren's dominance of Formula One, but said it could be three years before the big two are toppled.

ROBINSON CALLED TO BAR

JAMES ROBINSON, the former senior operations engineer at Williams, is understood to have joined British American Racing in a senior engineering role.

SAUBER CONCLUDE SUCCESSFUL TESTING SESSION

SAUBER completed a successful second day of testing at the Fiorano circuit in Italy Thursday as the Swiss team's new driver Kimi Raikkonen got his first taste of the new C20 car.

SCHUMACHER HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is more determined to achieve success this season - despite capturing his third world title last year.

WORLDCOM TO JOIN WILLIAMS

THERE has been some questions about the future of Worldcom in Formula 1 following the expected announcement that AT&T is joining Jaguar Racing.

11 JANUARY 2001

"I'VE NOTHING TO PROVE" - BARRICHELLO

RUBENS BARRICHELLO has kicked off the round of Ferrari press conferences during the traditional Marlboro week at Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites by announcing that he is ready to give battle in 2001.

ARROWS UNVEIL THREE-SEATER

ARROWS unveiled their new three-seater concept on Thursday, with the promise that it will be the closest Formula One fans will get to the experiences of the sport.

IRVINE SEARCHING FOR SUCCESS, BUT NOT HOPEFUL

EDDIE IRVINE believes he will find it hard to win another grand prix as he prepares himself for a second year of turmoil at Jaguar Racing.

SAUBER CONFIRM FIORANO TEST

SAUBER have confirmed that they are continuing to test their C20 car at Ferrari's Fiorano circuit today (Thursday).

STEWART GOES FOR CROSS-PARTY SUPPORT

JACKIE STEWART is approaching all three main political parties in Britain in an effort to convince politicians of every persuasion that the country's motor racing industry is worthy of additional support from those who wield the levers of power - and may do so in the future.

UK MOTOR SPORT INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENT

BRITAIN's Motor Sport Industry Association seized the initiative on the opening day of the Autosport International Show, by announcing the initial results of a survey on the scale, scope and future of the sport in the UK.

10 JANUARY 2001

BAR ANNOUNCE TEST DRIVER LINE-UP

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING have announced their test driver line-up for the 2001 season with Briton Darren Manning retaining his position alongside French development driver Patrick Lemarie.

BAR THE FIRST TEAM TO RUN 2001 CAR

BRITISH AMERICAN RACING became the first Formula One team to run their 2001 car at the Silverstone circuit on Wednesday.

BENETTON CONFIRM SMITH APPOINTMENT

BENETTON confirmed on Wednesday the signing of chief designer Mark Smith from the Jordan team.

BURTI LOOKING TO MATCH IRVINE, BUT NOT HOPEFUL

BRAZILIAN Luciano Burti wants to match the performance of Jaguar team-mate Eddie Irvine, but is not confident of achieving his goals.

FISICHELLA TOPS THIRD DAY OF TESTING AT JEREZ

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA, in his Benetton-Renault, topped the times after the third day of testing at the Jerez circuit, Spain on Wednesday.

JORDAN TEAM UP WITH PUMA

THE Jordan team confirmed on Wednesday that they have signed a deal with German based athletic equipment company Puma.

LLOYDS CHAIRMAN BROUGHT IN TO RESCUE ROCKINGHAM

ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY has this week taken firm steps to secure its future after management and building problems have threatened the future of the first British CART oval track which is scheduled to hold a round of the US Champcar series this year.

MAZZACANE JOINS PROST

GASTON MAZZACANE has plunged the Minardi team into further crisis after confirming a move to the Prost Grand Prix team for the 2001 season.

RAHAL REMAINS CAUTIOUS AS JAGUAR STARTS TESTING

JAGUAR RACING Chief Executive Officer is continuing to play his cards close to his chest as Luciano Burti prepares to give the team's new R2 challenger its first shakedown run at Silverstone today (Wednesday).

SILVERSTONE MUST HAVE GOVERNMENT HELP, SAYS STEWART

TRIPLE WORLD CHAMPION Jackie Stewart has said his dream of turning Silverstone into the best motorsport venue in the world will not happen unless the British Government help with the £110 million (pounds) funding for the project.

9 JANUARY 2001

AT&T ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR JAGUAR AGREEMENT

DATA communications company AT&T have agreed a major three-year global sponsorship deal with the Jaguar team.

JAGUAR TO TAKE IT STEADY IN SECOND F1 SEASON

JAGUAR RACING is out to "seek respectability" in the F1 pit lanes and has to face the reality that success may take some time to achieve, warned the team's chief executive officer Bobby Rahal at the launch of the Jaguar R2 grand prix challenger this morning (Tuesday) where communications giant AT&T was also confirmed as a new sponsor.

SCHUMACHER CONTINUES DOMINANCE AT JEREZ

GERMAN Ralf Schumacher continued his dominance on the second day of testing at Jerez on Tuesday as he powered his BMW-Williams to the top of the timesheets.

8 JANUARY 2001

ARROWS APPOINT NEW RACE TEAM MANAGER

THE Arrows Formula One team announced on Monday that Michael Ainsley-Cowlishaw has joined the team as race team manager.

BUTTON PLEASED WITH FITNESS AFTER ATTENDING LANZAROTE TRAINING CAMP

JENSON BUTTON has said he is pleased with his level of fitness after attending Benetton's training camp in Lanzarote.

JAGUAR PREPARE TO UNVEIL 2001 CHALLENGER

JAGUAR's new chief operating officer Bobby Rahal has promised that the changes he has made will boost the team's chances of Formula One success, on the eve of the launch of their 2001 challenger.

JENSON BUTTON AND THE CONFIDENCE OF YOUTH

JENSON BUTTON would have rammed Damon Hill off the road had he been competing in the 1994 Australian Grand Prix - if it meant his winning the World Championship.

JORDAN LAUNCH TO BE SCREENED LIVE ON THE INTERNET

JORDAN GRAND PRIX announced on Monday that the launch of their 2001 world championship challenger will be screened live on the Internet.

SCHUMACHER TOPS TIMES ON JEREZ FIRST DAY

BMW-WILLIAMS driver Ralf Schumacher topped the times on the first day of testing at Jerez on Monday.

7 JANUARY 2001

ALONSO SET TO ANNOUNCE RACE FUTURE

SPANISH driver Fernando Alonso has said he will announce his Formula One future within the next two weeks -- with Minardi favorite to secure his services.

FERRARI GALLERY ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS

THE Ferrari Gallery, close to the team's Maranello base in Italy, has announced a record number of visitors after 157,000 people visited in the year 2000.

KIRCH PUSHES FOR THE REMOVAL OF EM.TV MANAGEMENT

THE convoluted political battles over the control of EM.TV, the German media company which controls 50% of the Formula One group of companies, continues with "white knight" Leo Kirch now rumored to be pushing for the removal of the current management at EM.TV.

MAJOR TESTING RESTARTS TOMORROW

THE first tests of the 2001 season will begin tomorrow at Jerez in southern Spain with Williams and Benetton both in action for three days.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH ALL THE NEW RACES?

IT seems that barely a month passes without some new rumors about a new candidate for a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

6 JANUARY 2001

INDONESIA'S RISING STAR SIGNS FOR ASTROMEGA

ANANDA MIKOLA has signed a two-year contract to race for the Astromega team in Formula 3000.

JORDAN DENY PROBLEMS AS NEW SEASON APPROACHES

THE Jordan-Honda formula one team have shrugged aside suggestions that it is facing a any sort of crisis after it was announced that their chief designer Mark Smith has quit to join the rival Benetton squad x just over a week before their new car is due to be unveiled.

MOBILE PHONE MONEY

FORMULA 1 has enjoyed a large amount of money in recent years from mobile telephone companies which are keen to link their image with the fast, high-technology of Grand Prix racing.

SCHUMACHER AND BARRICHELLO SET TO END HOLIDAY

FERRARI drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello are set to conclude their final week of vacation in a northern Italy ski-resort before getting down to the serious business of Formula One testing.

TODT GETS A STREET NAMED AFTER HIM

IT seems that winning a World Championship with Ferrari is nowadays considered as important as winning wars in the old days.

5 JANUARY 2001

EM.TV SHARES TAKE ANOTHER PLUNGE

THE EM.TV share price took another dive on Friday morning following reports in the Wall Street Journal Europe that the company's deal with Leo Kirch may not go through.

FORD CONFIRMS JAGUAR F-TYPE

JAGUAR will build its planned F-Type roadster in 2004. It will be the company's first real sportscar since the famous E-Type was discontinued.

KIRCH TO WITHDRAW FROM EM.TV DEAL?

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE is reporting that the talks between Kirch and EM.TV have broken down over the price being paid for EM.TV's stake in Formula 1.

LAUDA STAYS ASSOCIATED WITH HIS AIRLINE

NIKI LAUDA will remain associated with the airline that carries his name as the man in charge at the Milan-based Lauda-Air Italy, according to aviation sources which also believe that the former triple World Champion's recent resignation as boss of the entire company could have major repercussions for the Austrian airline market.

MINARDI DUO JOIN PROST

PROST GRAND PRIX have confirmed they have captured two of Minardi's key mechanics as they prepare to unveil their 2001 challenger.

RILEY & SCOTT SPLITS WITH REYNARD

THE problems surrounding the Reynard company continue with the news that its US subsidiary Riley & Scott is to become independent once again.

SOCCER RIVALS F1 FOR SPONSOR MONEY

THE English football industry is booming at the moment and there is a currently a big battle going on to sponsor the Premier League.

STEWART LOOKING FOR GOVERNMENT HELP FOR SILVERSTONE

THREE-TIME Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart is urging the British Government to offer financial assistance to turn Silverstone into the best Grand Prix circuit.

WHY ARE ENGINEERS LEAVING JORDAN?

THE announcement that Jordan Grand Prix is to lose its chief designer Mark Smith to Benetton is the latest in a series of high-profile engineers who have left the Silverstone team.

4 JANUARY 2001

ALESI KEEN TO KEEP PROST TEAM FRENCH

JEAN ALESI has urged Prost Grand Prix boss Alain Prost to appoint another French driver to partner him for the 2001 Formula One World Championship.

IT'S A DEPRESSING TIME FOR THE CAR COMPANIES

THE announcement of the December sales figures of cars in the United States have sent shivers down the spine of the automobile industry.

JORDAN ANNOUNCE PLAN TO TAKE TO THE WAVES

JORDAN GRAND PRIX will take to the waves after they announced on Thursday that they will enter a team in the Honda Formula 4-stroke Race Series.

JORDAN DESIGNER SMITH QUITS FOR BENETTON

CHIEF DESIGNER Mark Smith has quit Jordan to join Benetton just two months before the start of the new Formula One season, it was revealed on Thursday.

NEW RACE ENGINEER FOR TRULLI

JORDAN GRAND PRIX announced on Thursday the appointment of Gabriele Delli-Colli as Jarno Trulli's senior race engineer for the 2001 world championship.

THE DEPARTURE OF RICK GORNE FROM BAR

RICK GORNE's departure from British American Racing will probably very little effect on the team.

3 JANUARY 2001

EM.TV-KIRCH DEAL MAY NOT HAPPEN

AS the investigation into share trading at EM.TV continues, the German magazine Der Spiegel is reporting that the company boss Thomas Haffa sold around $20m worth of the company's stock in December, possibly in contravention an agreement that the stock would not be sold for a specified period.

FOUNDER GORNE DEPARTS BRITISH AMERICAN RACING

RICK GORNE, a founder of British American Racing, has left the team it was announced on Wednesday.

GOODBYE GORGEOUS GEORGE

THE well-known British lawyer "Gorgeous" George Carman has died at the age of 71.

HONDA TARGET WINS WITH JORDAN AND BAR NEXT SEASON

HONDA chief Takeo Fukui has set his sights on a Grand Prix win in the 2001 season as his company provides engines for the Jordan and British American Racing teams.

RENAULT ANNOUNCE PLANS TO NURTURE FUTURE TALENT

RENAULT have announced plans to nurture talent of the future by creating a "nursery system" within the company.

WHAT FUTURE FOR F1 AND MOSCOW?

THE recent attempt on the life of Iosif Ordzhonikidze, Moscow's deputy mayor, was immediately traced back by the authorities investigating the attack to December 19 when he signed a deal with TWR approving its construction of a Grand Prix-standard circuit.

2 JANUARY 2001

HAKKINEN OLD BEFORE HIS TIME

DOUBLE world champion Mika Hakkinen, along with German tennis legend Boris Becker, recently aged 50 years in order to film a German television commercial for Mercedes-Benz.

HEIDFELD TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR YOUNG GERMAN DRIVERS

SAUBER driver Nick Heidfeld will lend support to a new development program that will help young German drivers break into and progress through motor racing.

HONDA HOPE TO SECURE JAPANESE GP

HONDA have vowed to invest in and renovate their Suzuka circuit in a bid to secure the hosting rights of the Japanese Grand Prix after their current contract expires.

MCNISH NOT TOO OLD FOR FORMULA ONE

AMERICAN LE MANS Series Champion Allan McNish has said he is not too old to dream of a Formula One future.

MINARDI TO KEEP PLACE IN 2001 - PROMISES BOSS GIANCARLO MINARDI

GIANCARLO MINARDI, team founder of Minardi, has promised his team will be on the grid for the start of the 2001 Formula One season in March.

1 JANUARY 2001

BARCELONA CIRCUIT SET FOR FACE-LIFT

SPAIN's Catalunya circuit is set to hold an extra 20,000 spectators for the 2001 season.

BENETTON SET TO LAUNCH 2001 CHALLENGER IN VENICE

BENETTON are planning to launch their 2001 challenger at St. Mark's Square in Venice in February.

BUTTON KEEN TO UNDO PREDECESSOR AT WILLIAMS

JENSON BUTTON has insisted he intends to put Williams new-boy Juan Pablo Montoya firmly in his place next season, as the Briton looks to better his eight place in the drivers' championship.

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JAGUAR PLANS RUN INTO DOUBT

JAGUAR's plans to build a new factory at Silverstone have run into difficulties, despite having planning permissions approved.