NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 2003

NURBURGRING GOING LEGAL?

The organizers of the European Grand Prix have confirmed that they will shortly submit an official complaint to the European Court of Justice against the European Union because of the decision by the European Commission to introduce a tobacco ban on August 1, 2005

THE FORMULA 1 CALENDAR

The Formula 1 team bosses met at Hockenheim on Thursday afternoon to discuss the Formula 1 calendar for next year and ways in which the sport can be improved to create more interest.

MONTOYA AND MCLAREN

There have been a rush of stories in recent hours indicating that there is no deal being discussed between McLaren and Juan Pablo Montoya. These are not true because even if no deal is possible for 2004, it is very clear that McLaren is looking at Montoya as a possible driver in 2005.

BELGIUM DELAYS TOBACCO AD BAN

Belgium has officially postponed the ban on tobacco advertising in an attempt to bring back the Grand Prix to Spa-Francorchamps. Late Wednesday a bill was passed which pushed back the tobacco ad ban from next month to July 31, 2005. The vote came in at 103 in favor to 32 against.

ANOTHER YEAR FOR DC

David Coulthard will stay with McLaren for one more year, but that does not mean that Juan Pablo Montoya will not be joining McLaren for 2005.

30 JULY 2003

FRENTZEN AND VILLENEUVE FIND COLD COMFORT IN THE FUTURE

As the Formula 1 driver market gets up to speed there are clear indications that Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen are going to struggle to find work next year.

WHY BMW TURNED DOWN V8 CONCEPT

BMW was the engine company which recently blocked the idea of dropping Formula 1 power levels by reducing engines to 2.4-litre V8 units rather than the current 3-litre V10s.

29 JULY 2003

WILSON GETS A RUN WITH JAGUAR

Justin Wilson has his first test with Jaguar on Tuesday, giving the cars for the German Grand Prix their shakedown runs at Silverstone. Wilson fitted into the R4 without any drama and Wilson reported that the car felt good despite the fact that he did not do much running.

NORTHANTS POLICE STAY HOME

It seems that the Northamptonshire police have now changed their mind and will not be sending officers to the German Grand Prix to interview Formula 1 drivers about the recent incident at the British Grand Prix when a spectator ran onto the circuit.

WHEATCROFT UNVEILS WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL

It is 30 years since British Formula 1 driver Roger Williamson was killed in a fiery accident at the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort and to mark the occasion Wheatcroft, who was funding Williamson's career at the time, has unveiled a memorial to the 25-year-old Leicester driver

MONTOYA AND MCLAREN

Although McLaren and Williams are busy denying or refusing to comment on stories that Juan Pablo Montoya is in heavy negotiation with McLaren about moving to the team in 2004 or 2005, there is not doubt that action is taking place.

A THREAT

There are suggestions within the Ford Motor Company that the company will name a new chief to oversee both Ford of Europe and the Premier Automotive Group.

28 JULY 2003

FRENCH GOVERNMENT DUMPS MORE RENAULT STOCK

The French government on Monday sold another 8.5% of Renault, raising around $1.3bn for the public coffers.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE HEAD FOR HOCKENHEIM

Officers from the Northamptonshire police are expected to be in Hockenheim this weekend to interview Formula 1 drivers about the incident at the British Grand Prix when the radical Irish priest Neil Horan ran onto the racing circuit.

COSWORTH IN BUSINESS IN THE IRL

Sam Hornish Jr may have been beaten to victory at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday but the event showed that the new Cosworth-built Chevrolet engine is a match for both the Toyota and Honda engines which have dominated the series to date.

MP CALLS FOR SILVERSTONE DEAL

Clare Ward, the Labour Member of Parliament for Watford, has warned motor racing bosses that a solution needs to be found for the British Grand Prix crisis. Writing in The Guardian, Ward said that "it is about time that they worked out a solution that protects the race".

THE CHINESE COME TO BRITAIN

The recent British Grand Prix provided the venue for a Department of Trade and Industry-sponsored mission, organised by the Motorsport Industry Association for senior representatives of the Chinese media.

27 JULY 2003

MONTOYA TO MCLAREN?

The latest rumor in Formula 1 circles is that McLaren is making a bid for BMW Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It is has been clear for some time that the Colombian was not happy with Williams - and that the team is not particularly happy with him.

26 JULY 2003

COSWORTH'S CHEVROLET WOWS IRL

Sam Hornish Jr. went out in practice on Friday at the Michigan International Speedway and blew the socks of his opposition with the new Cosworth-built Chevy Gen IV engine, lapping the speedway at 223.618mph,

THE SILVERSTONE CRISIS - A DIFFERENT VIEW

While the British Racing Drivers' Club has taken the brunt of criticism about the problems surrounding the British Grand Prix, it should be remembered that the blame for what is happening should be shared.

25 JULY 2003

KIESA COMPLETES FIRST TEST FOR MINARDI

Nicolas Kiesa has completed his first run for European Minardi completing 106 laps, a distance of 310 km, at Ferrari's Fiorano test track.

A FORMULA 1 TEAM FOR CHINA?

A Formula 1 team has been started in China but enthusiasm and money is not going to be enough to challenge the best and brightest in the sport.

NEGOTIATIONS AT RENAULT GETTING INTERESTING...

The Renault F1 team yesterday issued a statement saying that Mike Gascoyne was definitely staying put with the team. The interesting thing about this is that there was no comment from Gascoyne attached.

THE COSWORTH CHEVROLET GOES INTO ACTION

This weekend at the Michigan International Speedway Sam Hornish Jr will get his first chance to take on the other big guns in the Indy Racing League, using the Ford-funded, Cosworth-designed Chevrolet-badged engine.

24 JULY 2003

AN ANALYSIS OF THE SILVERSTONE AFFAIR

The British Racing Drivers' Club rents out the Silverstone circuit to Brands Hatch Circuits Ltd. (formerly known as Octagon). This deal was agreed to ensure the future of the British Grand Prix after Octagon bought the rights to the race but did not have a circuit on which to hold the event.

A BAD DAY FOR RUBENS...

Having won the British Grand Prix Rubens Barrichello wwanted to rush home to his family but things did not go according to plan and the flight was called off until Monday morning, leaving Rubens to spend the night in a hotel at Heathrow Airport.

BACK TO BELGIUM?

Bernie Ecclestone has met with Belgian politician Serge Kubla regarding the possible return of a race to Spa-Francorchamps.

23 JULY 2003

THE END FOR SILVERSTONE?

The news that the British racing Drivers' Club has rejected a deal put to it by all parties involved in the Silverstone negotiations is disastrous news for the short-term future of the British Grand Prix.

TESTING BAN ROLLS INTO EFFECT

This week marks the beginning of the six week summer testing ban for Formula One teams. The voluntary agreement effectively bans all on-circuit development until after the August 24th Hungarian Grand Prix.

PIZZONIA TURNS JAGUAR DOWN

Antonio Pizzonia has turned down Jaguar Racing's offer for him to remain as the team's test and reserve driver, having been ousted by Justin Wilson.

THE FIA ISSUES SAFETY EDICT

The FIA has written to all Formula 1 race organizers asking them to ensure that it is impossible for there to be a repeat of what happened at Silverstone when a deranged priest ran on to the racing circuit while the Grand Prix was taking place. Fortunately he was not hit by any of the cars.

BRDC REJECTS SILVERSTONE OFFER

The BRDC, Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management, and members of the Government's Department of Trade and Industry, and the East Midlands Development Agency met yesterday to discuss the future of the Silverstone circuit.

22 JULY 2003

MINARDI SIGN BRUNI AS TEST DRIVER

European Minardi Cosworth has named 22 year-old Italian Gianmaria Bruni as their official test and reserve driver for the remainder of the 2003 season.

HONDA JR IS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION

Hirotoshi Honda, the former boss the Mugen engine company has been charged with evading $8.4m in corporate taxation. The 61-year-old is alleged to have hidden a large amount of Mugen income in another company and to have faked deals to cover it.

MICHELIN AND NASCAR

There are reports in the United States that Michelin is beginning to test NASCAR-type stock car tires in preparation for an assault on the US series to back up the company's sales in North America.

STEWART SAYS THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST HELP

Sir Jackie Stewart, the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, the owners of Silverstone, says that the BRDC cannot afford to run the Grand Prix without government help and says that Bernie Ecclestone's 30-day deadline for the funding to be in place is "unrealistic".

21 JULY 2003

RACE REPORT - RUBENS SAILS THROUGH THE CHAOS...

British GP - Race Report

THIRTY DAYS FOR SILVERSTONE

Bernie Ecclestone has given Silverstone 30 days in which to come up with a financial solution to the funding of the work to improve the track. If this is not in place in the time available Ecclestone says that he will put a race on in Turkey next year in July.

MINARDI TO TEST AT MUGELLO ON THURSDAY

Minardi will test Nicholas Kiesa at Mugello this week, despite the fact that there is a testing ban in place at the moment.

SILVERSTONE INVADER IS A PRIEST!

The man who ran onto the circuit at Silverstone yesterday is a Catholic priest. father Neil Horan climbed the debris fencing on Hangar Straight and then ran towards the oncoming cars before being tackled by a track marshal and dragged off the circuit.

WIRDHEIM TO TEST FOR THREE TEAMS

The current Formula 3000 championship leader Bjorn Wirdheim is to test for a number of different Formula 1 teams in the months ahead with stories circulating of potential tests with BAR, Jordan and Williams.

WILSON, KIESA MOVES CONFIRMED

As predicted by Grandprix.com yesterday, European Minardi have announced that effective immediately, Justin Wilson will be moving to Jaguar Racing and F3000 driver Nicolas Kiesa will take over the vacated seat at Minardi.

FATAL CRASH IN SILVERSTONE HISTORIC EVENT

David Heynes, a 56 year-old British driver passed away after crashing his 1958 Lotus 15 during a support race for the British Grand Prix yesterday.

20 JULY 2003

RACE NOTES - BARRICHELLO WINS CHAOTIC BRITISH GP

British GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Sunday Photos

PIZZONIA OUT, WILSON TO JAGUAR, KIESA TO MINARDI?

There has been a lot of action all weekend at Jaguar Racing about the future of Antonio Pizzonia. The Brazilian has disappointed the team this year and there have been rumours for some time that the Brazilian was to be replaced.

RACE RESULTS

British GP - Race Results

WILSON TO JAGUAR IN GERMANY?

The rumor sweeping through the Formula 1 paddock at Silverstone was that Minardi driver Justin Wilson could be moving to Jaguar racing within a matter of days, to replace Antonio Pizzonia.

19 JULY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - BARRICHELLO HOLDS ON FOR POLE

British GP - Saturday Qualifying Report

ANOTHER US GRAND PRIX?

There was some speculation in the Formula 1 paddock on Saturday that an announcement is coming about a second Grand Prix in the United States of America and the expected arrival of Chris Pook, the boss of CART, at Silverstone on Sunday added to the rumors.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

British GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

British GP - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

British GP - Saturday Practice Results

WURZ AND JAGUAR

The latest word in Formula 1 circles is that McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz will be moving to Jaguar Racing next year, with backing from the Austrian investment company Superfund.

18 JULY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - MICHAEL BACK ON TOP

British GP - Friday Qualifying Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Friday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

British GP - Friday Qualifying Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

British GP - Friday Practice Results

ALEX ZANARDI TO RETURN TO RACING?

There is speculation that Alex Zanardi will be back in action later this year in the FIA European Touring Car Championship.

GM ASKS FOR ENGINE CHANGE

GM Racing has asked the Indy Racing League to approve a change in its engines. The new Chevrolet IRL engine was designed by Cosworth and originally designed to carry a Ford badge.

FISICHELLA AND SAUBER

There are rumors in Formula 1 circles that Giancarlo Fisichella is talking to Sauber about a deal for next year.

WE'RE STILL HERE, SAYS GPWC

Although the future of the GPWC is not taken very seriously in F1 circles as the automobile manufacturer continue to refuse to put their money on the table, the organization which is planning to start its own F1 series in 2007 says that they are committed to the new series even if there are negotiations going on with SLEC.

TESTING REPORT - RENAULT 1-2

British GP - Friday Testing Report

TESTING RESULTS

British GP - Friday Testing Results

17 JULY 2003

RENAULT TO SPRING A SILVERSTONE SURPRISE?

Since the Canadian GP when Renault showed remarkable pace there has been little to report for the team but now the team is bringing in a new version of the car.

TIGER TELEMATICS TO SPONSOR JORDAN

Tiger Telematics has signed a deal to sponsor Jordan Grand Prix this weekend and then for the whole of the 2004 season. The team will carry branding from Gametrac, a pocket sized device offering SMS text capability, exciting games and GPS tracking aimed at children of all ages.

ARNIE COMES TO F1

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to be at Silverstone as a guest of Jaguar Racing. The movie star is in Britain to promote his latest film Terminator 3 and the two Jaguars will feature a special livery to help promote the film.

HOW FORMULA 1 HAS HELPED THE BRITISH ARMY

Formula 1 technology has been used in recent months to help the British Army become more efficient.

16 JULY 2003

ECCLESTONE REVIVES INDIAN GRAND PRIX TALK

Bernie Ecclestone has wanted to have a Grand Prix in India for at least 10 years. Given the size of India's population and the fact that around 200m people are part of a fast-emerging Indian middle class, India is of major importance to many Formula 1 sponsors.

WILLIAMS CLOSES BUDWEISER SPONSORSHIP DEAL

BMW Williams has announced a muli-year sponsorship with Budweiser beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

CART'S ANNUAL MEETING

The CART shareholders are due to get together later this week but chief executive Chris Pook says he isn't expecting any major developments about the ownership of the US series.

THE FUTURE OF JUSTIN WILSON

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart was quoted yesterday as saying that Justin Wilson has a future in Formula 1 but not with Minardi but now the Australian says that this does not mean that Wilson actually has a deal with another team.

15 JULY 2003

IS SILVERSTONE COMMITTING SUICIDE?

BRDC chairman Jackie Stewart recently attacked Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley saying that "I just do not understand why they are being so vicious about Silverstone" and said that "if they have an agenda I do not know what it is. What I do know is that it is not a fair and level playing field."

INDIA MOVES CLOSER TO HOST F1 VENUE

As Bernie Ecclestone looks ahead for F1 he sees potential in bringing the F1 Circus to India.

TEDDY YIP

Teddy Yip, one of the more colorful Formula 1 team owners in the 1970s, has died at the age of 96. A Dutch national, born in what later became Indonesia, Yip spoke many languages including six Chinese dialects, Dutch, English, French, German, Malay and Thai.

14 JULY 2003

BAHRAIN LOOKS AHEAD TO A BOOM

The Bahrain government is busy getting ready for the first Formula 1 event which is expected to take place in April next year.

BAD TIDINGS FROM THE CAR MARKETS

The last week has seen the publication of half-year results for many of Europe's big car manufacturers. According to the latest figures the car market in Western Europe as a whole is down 2.6% in the first six months of the year.

MARKO ASMER WINS TWICE

Bolstered no doubt by his first serious taste of Formula 1 with the BMW Williams team, Marko Asmer won both rounds of the HarrrierZeuros UK Formula Ford Championship at Croft in Yorkshire on Sunday.

WILLIAMS AND BUDWEISER...

Williams is the team in the news at the moment and not only on the race tracks. The organization has been pulling in sponsorship at a time when all the other major F1 teams have failed to do so.

13 JULY 2003

ASMER SHOWS HIS RIVALS THE WAY

Estonian Marko Asmer took pole position at Croft this weekend in the 2003 HarrierZeuros UK Formula Ford Championship.

THE MP4-18

It has been confirmed that the new McLaren which was supposed to have made its debut at the start of the European season in April will now not be seen until the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September.

12 JULY 2003

DRUMMING UP INTEREST IN JACQUES VILLENEUVE

Many of the Formula 1 teams have said that driver negotiations for next year would not begin until the British Grand Prix and so talk is beginning to ramp up now as the Silverstone events draws closer.

ANOTHER TOBACCO COMPANY BITES THE DUST

Players Ltd, the Canada-based tobacco company has confirmed that it is ending its involvement in motor racing because of the ever-increasing problems with anti-tobacco legislation.

11 JULY 2003

WILL THE GOVERNMENT PUT MONEY INTO SILVERSTONE?

The report of the Motorsport Competitiveness Panel made interesting reading and included a section about the need to support "world-class motorsport events", arguing that these are important to the economic success of the UK motorsport infrastructure.

A SETTLEMENT IS ORGANIZED?

Paul Stoddart says that there is no longer a threat to the British Grand Prix. The Minardi boss said that the team bosses had agreed to adopt the rules for the rest of the year.

CABORN RIDES WITH MINARDI

In an effort to promote the British Grand Prix the British Minister of Sport was given a ride in a Minardi two-seater in London's Hyde Park on Friday.

BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUTS $24M INTO MOTOR RACING

The British Government has agreed to create a $24m fund to help sustain and develop the UK motorsport industry. The money will be used to implement recommendations made by the Motorsport Competitiveness Panel, which was set up to look at ways of strengthening the industry.

10 JULY 2003

STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT

Willi Weber, the manager of Michael and Ralf Schumacher, is no fool. Ralf has won the last two races and Weber is now suddenly talking about extending the deal between Ralf and BMW Williams.

BRIDGESTONE REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO F1

There were rumors in Germany on Wednesday that Bridgestone would be withdrawing from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the end of 2004. The Japanese tire company could have ignored them but instead felt the need to issue a press statement on Thursday to say that there is no intention of withdrawing.

9 JULY 2003

BRANDS HATCH TO BE SOLD

Brands Hatch, which hosted the British Grand Prix on a regular basis in the 1960s and 1970s, has been put up for sale by Octagon Motorsport.

COULD INDIANAPOLIS MOVE TO A DATE IN JUNE?

The 2004 United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be run on June 20 with the Canadian GP taking place on June 6, according to the well-connected US journalist Robin Miller on ESPN.com.

8 JULY 2003

ASMER TO GET A PROPER RUN FOR WILLIAMS

The BMW Williams F1 team is to give Estonian racer Marko Asmer his first proper F1 test in Barcelona this week.

INDIANAPOLIS TO BE CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDER IN 2004?

Negotiations are believed to be going on to move the United States Grand Prix to the final place on the F1 calendar.

COULTHARD WARNS OF DANGERS OF F1

David Coulthard, one of the representatives of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, says that Formula 1 should not brush safety issues under the carpet.

INTERLAGOS IS "A TIP"

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted at the weekend in France that the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is "a tip" when challenged that he is always attacking Silverstone when there other circuits which are far worse than the British facilty.

STODDART'S CELEBRITY RACE IDEA

Paul Stoddart has a fleet of two-seater Formula 1 cars which he has not been using in the last year and he has proposed to the other Formula 1 team bosses that these be used next year for celebrity two-seater races on Sunday mornings at each Grand Prix.

TICKETS SALES ARE DOWN AT SILVERSTONE

Many of the Grands Prix this year have had smaller crowds than in previous years and Silverstone is no exception. The organisers of the event are hoping for a last-minute surge in sales to push up the numbers as it is understood that at the moment only 70,000 tickets have been sold.

7 JULY 2003

RACE REPORT - ONE-TWO NUMBER TWO

French GP - Race Report

POLITICAL BATTLES AT MAGNY COURS

The Formula 1 team owners were in discussion again at the weekend in Magny Cours over the so-called Formula 1 "fighting fund". Paul Stoddart refuses to be beaten and while some of the other team bosses say that Stoddart has no right to any money because the deal was conditional on the rules remaining the same.

ARE THERE TEAM BUYERS OUT THERE?

There were suggestions in Magny Cours that there are at least two serious buyers for Formula 1 teams on the market at the moment.

HEIDFELD AND JAGUAR

Nick Heidfeld is tipped to be going to be recruited next year by Jaguar Racing to replace Antonio Pizzonia. Heidfeld is coming to the end of his contract with Sauber and is looking to see what else is available.

6 JULY 2003

RACE NOTES - RALF CLAIMS ANOTHER WILLIAMS-BMW 1-2

French GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Sunday Photos

RACE RESULTS

French GP - Race Results

5 JULY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - WILLIAMS-BMW TAKES FRONT ROW

French GP - Saturday Qualifying Report

TEAM BOSSES GATHER AS STORM CLOUDS GROW

The Formula 1 team bosses will meet tomorrow morning at Magny-Cours to try to come up with a solution to the problem of the "fighting fund" with Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart saying that he is going to run cars without any driver aids at Silverstone.

ABRAMOVICH AND FORMULA 1

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who is buying Chelsea Football Club in a deal worth $200m, was a guest at the recent European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Saturday Photos

QUALIFYING RESULTS

French GP - Saturday Qualifying Results

WARMUP RESULTS

French GP - Saturday Warmup Results

PRACTICE RESULTS

French GP - Saturday Practice Results

4 JULY 2003

QUALIFYING REPORT - VERSTAPPEN ON PROVISIONAL POLE

French GP - Friday Qualifying Report

BERNIE TALKS ARGENTINA

Bernie Ecclestone was in Milan yesterday for a meeting with Argentina's vice-president Daniel Scioli about the possibility of a new race in Buenos Aires. The biggest problem for Argentina remains one of finance as the country has undergone serious instability in recent years.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Friday Photos

WILSON DISQUALIFIED?

After the Minardi 1-2 in first qualifying for the French Grand Prix, there was further excitement after it was found that Justin Wilson's car was two kilograms underweight. The news has yet to be officially confirmed but if the weight is confirmed Wilson will drop to the back of the field.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

French GP - Friday Qualifying Results

RICHARDS SLAMS PPGI

David Richards, the boss of British American Racing, has launched a blistering attack on the company which seized the BAR equipment on Thursday afternoon.

PRACTICE REPORT - WEBBER FASTEST IN WET MORNING

French GP - Friday Practice Report

PRACTICE RESULTS

French GP - Friday Practice Results

BAR CAN RUN!

British American Racing has succeeded in getting the court order seizing its assets lifted by a court in Nevers.

TESTING RESULTS

French GP - Friday Testing Results

BAR IN COURT

This morning at nine o'clock (European Summer Time) British American Racing went to court in Nevers to try to overturn a court order granted by the local judges which means that the team cannot run its F1 cars at Magny-Cours.

TROUBLE BREWING...

Team sources suggest that the problems with the Formula 1 fighting fund are far from over with Minardi having sent a letter to the team bosses telling them that as of Silverstone Minardi will be removing all driver aids from its cars.

3 JULY 2003

BAR CARS IMPOUNDED

The three British American Racing Formula 1 cars have been seized by the French authorities in relation to the dispute between the team and the Monaco-based PPGI company, which claims that BAR owes it over $3m in commission on a sponsorship deal in 1997.

THE POLICE ARRIVE AT BAR

French police descended on the British American Racing pit on Thursday evening and there followed frantic negotiation between the team, the police and FOM's Pasquale Latteneddu over what appeared to be an attempt by the police to seize the three BAR-Honda cars.

WILLIAMS AND BUDWEISER

The word in the paddock at Magny Cours was that Williams has concluded aa major new five-year sponsorship deal with the American brewing company Budweiser, a brand of the Anheuser-Busch company.

BRIGGS CUNNINGHAM

Briggs Cunningham has died at the age of 96.

BOURDAIS GETS MCDONALD'S BACKING

McDonald's is back in racing for a three-race sponsorship of Sebastien Bourdais in CART. The deal has been stitched together by team owner Paul Newman who in recent months began supplying McDonald's with his Newman's Own salad dressings.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER PLAYS PORTO

Michael Schumacher has always been a big soccer fan and so the invitation to play with some of the modern football greats in a match to raise money for charity was an temptation he could not refuse.

2 JULY 2003

BRIATORE TO START AN AIRLINE?

According to reports in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Flavio Briatore is planning to start his own airline, flying rich punters from Milan and Rome to the Costa Smeralda, in Sardinia.

MENARD AND CHEEVER

We hear from the United States that the alliance between Indy Racing League team owners John Menard and Eddie Cheever has not been going well in recent months and that the two men are now going their separate ways.

HONDA STEPS DOWN AT MUGEN

Hirotoshi Honda has stepped down as president of Mugen after being arrested on suspicion of a massive tax evasion. Honda (61) is accused of dodging $8.3m in corporate taxes by hiding $25m of income in a separate company and creating false accounts to cover the money.

1 JULY 2003

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND MOTORSPORT

Last week the British Government announced plans for a $22m Automotive Academy to be established in the West Midlands. This will have nine regional offshoots and will develop existing and new training programs to produce skilled employees for all levels of the automobile industry in Britain.

HONDA JR IS ARRESTED

Hirotoshi Honda, the son of the late Soichiro Honda and the chief executive of Mugen, has been arrested over allegations of a massive tax evasion.

THE COULTHARD-ALONSO INCIDENT

The incident between David Coulthard and Fernando Alonso in the closing laps of the European Grand Prix has caused a certain amount on controversy in Formula 1 circles because it is clear that, for whatever reason, Alonso braked around 10 meters earlier than expected.

BENTLEY TO RUN AT SILVERSTONE

The Le Mans-winning Bentley sportscar will appear at British Grand Prix with a demonstration run for the fans.

MUGEN UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Japanese newsagency Kyodo News is reporting that Mugen is to be investigated for tax evasion.

NO ELECTRONIC RECORDS AT VODAFONE

The Commercial Court in London yesterday saw David Haines, the global branding director of Vodafone and the man at the center of the Jordan-Vodafone case, saying that he did not have any records of e-mails from the period in which Jordan and Vodafone were negotiating.

YOONG LOOKS FOR CASH

Alex Yoong says that he wants $200,000 in salary which is owed to him by Minardi from last year.