Most of the reports about the FIA letter to the teams last week warning about the contact patch of the front tires have implied that there is a new regulation involved. Changing the rules in F1 these days is not that easy.
The extra weekend off racing has given the Formula 1 teams the chance to show off their equipment to their fans with Sauber and Minardi both running exhibition events.
Michelin has issued a statement saying that "all Michelin's partners are concerned with this regulation change" and that it is not possible to do anything about the announcement because "the procedure to measure the width of a contact patch as required now is unknown".
Turkey has revealed that it will pay Formula One Management $13.5m a year for seven years for the rights to stage the Turkish Grand Prix between 2005 and 2011.
There are rumours in France that Nick Heidfeld could find a job next year as the second test driver at Ferrari, replacing Felipe Massa who is expected to take the second seat at Sauber, alongside Giancarlo Fisichella next year.
The FIA has sent the Formula 1 teams a letter warning them that it has been brought to the federation's attention that some cars may be running with front tires which have a tread width of more than the 270mm limit which is laid down in the FIA Sporting Regulations.
There are reports from Germany that DaimlerChrysler is about to announce major cost-cutting efforts, designed to trim $1.5bn by the end of the current year. The focus of the cuts will be the two automobile divisions Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler.
The Ford Motor Company has named Mazda executive Lewis Booth as the new chief executive of Ford Europe, replacing Martin Leach, who has moved to Fiat. Booth (54) has been at Mazda for only a year and prior to that was head of Ford's Asia Pacific operations.
Ousted Toyota F1 driver Mika Salo has spent most of this year looking for a job but has now been signed by Craig Pollock to drive for the Scotsman's PK Racing organisation in CART. Salo will replace another former F1 man Max Papis. Salo tested for the team at Mid-Ohio recently and impressed.
There is panic in Italy at the thought that Ferrari, for so long the national pride and joy, is losing its way in Formula 1. The humiliation of Michael Schumacher being lapped in Budapest is still sinking in and the reaction to it has been harsh.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says that if Canada wants a Grand Prix it is going to have to change its laws
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is to construct infield seating rather than relying on its massive grandstands around the oval and earth banks in the infield section.
For years Carl Haas has been the ultimate supporter of CART, refusing to have anything to do with the Indy Racing League while other team owners have either switched sides or split their efforts, but now even Haas looks like he is wavering.
There was much rejoicing in Formula 1 circles after Fernando Allonso's victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was great news for Renault and will help to bolster that company's commitment to the sport but more importantly it will probably be the breakthrough for Formula 1 in Spain.
Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran is to retire at the end of the year and he will be replaced at Penske Racing next year by American star Sam Hornish Jr. The news is a boost for the Indy Racing League as it had been thought that Hornish would quit open-wheeler racing for NASCAR.
Ralph Firman's spectacular accident at the Hungaroring resulted in the British driver being subjected to 46G in lateral forces but the absorbant materal which makes up the cockpit surround in a modern F1 car certainly did its job.
The management of Cadillac, General Motors's premium car brand, is reported to be considering the development of a luxury model specifically for the European markets.
The Federal Government in Canada says it will not bend its anti-tobacco laws in order to save the Canadian Grand Prix. There had been reports that an arrangement would be made to amend the law to allow tobacco backing at the F1 race.
The Whiteways Technical Centre in Enstone, the home of the Renault F1 team, is being expanded with the construction of a new logistics building for the team's race trucks.
Hungarian GP - Race Report
The Italian press has criticized Ferrari after a poor showing in this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix as Michael Schumacher placed eighth and Rubens Barrichello crashed out.
Hungarian GP - Race Notes
Hungarian GP - Sunday Photos
Hungarian GP - Race Results
Roman Abramovich is one of the richest people in Russia. He has made an estimated $6bn from his investments which he has acquired in a number of previously state-owned businesses.
It was no surprise when yesterday Giancarlo Fisichella signed a two-year deal with Sauber. What was surprising was that the Swiss team did not announce its second driver as well.
Hungarian GP - Saturday Qualifying Report
Hungarian GP - Saturday Photos
Hungarian GP - Saturday Qualifying Results
Hungarian GP - Saturday Warmup Results
Hungary's Zsolt Baumgartner has been granted a Formula 1 Superlicence and will stand in for Ralph Firman in the second Jordan at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hungarian GP - Saturday Practice Results
Ralph Firman's accident on Saturday morning could result in the British driver being unable to continue this weekend in Hungary and the team may decide to try to put a replacement driver in the car.
The DaimlerChrysler car company - the parent company of McLaren - has agreed to pay $300m to settle a $22bn class action lawsuit brought against the company by Chrysler shareholders.
Ralph Firman had a huge accident in practice on Saturday morning at the Hungaroring after the rear wing of his Jordan fell off at one of the fastest parts of the circuit.
The latest word in Formula 1 circles is that Octagon, the company which owns the promotional rights to the British Grand Prix is considering a deal to hand the rights back to Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Stories are circulating that a deal has been struck between Paul Stoddart of Minardi and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for the purchase of the Minardi team. This however has come as news to Stoddart.
There are whispers in Formula 1 circles that Formula 3000 is going to get a major revamp in 2005 with a change of engine on the cards.
Tony Rudd, one of the best known Formula 1 engineers in the 1960s, had died. Rudd first became involved in racing when he was still a teenager, helping out Prince Chula's White Mouse Racing in the late 1930s.
Hungarian GP - Friday Qualifying Report
Hungarian GP - Friday Photos
The delegation of Canadian politicians was busy in Budapest, trying to sort out how to get Canada back onto the Formula 1 calendar next year.
The West McLaren Mercedes team has confirmed that it will retain its current driver line-up next year. Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will continue to be supported by Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa.
The FIA Stewards of the German GP reconvened at the Hungaroring on Friday afternoon to reconsider their decisions from Hockenheim in the light of evidence presented to the Court of Appeal in Paris last week.
Hungarian GP - Friday Qualifying Results
Hungarian GP - Friday Practice Results
The stewards of the German GP will reconvene this afternoon in Budapest to decide whether or not to punish Kimi Raikkonen for his involvement in the first lap crash at Hockenheim.
Our spies tell us that the Ford Motor Company has been working for some on a deal that would see Cosworth Racing supplying all customer F1 teams with engines in the future.
Hungarian GP - Friday Testing Results
The stewards of the German Grand Prix will reconvene on Friday at the Hungaroring to look again at the first lap accident which took out Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello.
Adriano Morini, owner of the Draco Formula 3000 team has announced that he has freed Felipe Massa from a management contract which has been in place since 2000. Morini and his Brazilian partner Riccardo Tedeschi have been looking after Massa's career up to now.
The Turkish authorities were due to start work on the construction of an F1 track in July but the breaking ground ceremony was delayed. That has now been rescheduled for September 10.
Frank Gardner, one of the most versatile racing drivers of the modern era, who raced in F1 in the 1960s and who regularly drives the F1 Medical Car in Melbourne has just undergone a triple bypass operation in Australia
Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon is leading a government delegation to Hungary in an attempt to save the Canadian Grand Prix. Their aim is to convince Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 teams to reverse the decision to drop the annual event from the 2004 calendar.
It is anticipated that there may be an announcement this weekend that David Coulthard will stay with McLaren for one more season. It is thought likely that after that he will be replaced at McLaren by Juan Pablo Montoya but this is yet to be confirmed.
The announcement that Ralf Schumacher's appeal has been turned down by the FIA International Court of Appeal but that his penalty of a drop of 10 grid positions in Hungary has been replaced by a $50,000 fine would seem to be the last of the matter. Schumacher is off the hook and all is well.
There is much manoeuvring going on around the CART series as the share price continues to drop. The share price hit a new low earlier today of $1.06 having started the week at $1.83.
As we exclusively reported just after the European Grand Prix, the time Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has been looking at investing in Formula 1 in addition to his recent spending spree with Chelsea Football Club in London.
The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team is to retain Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso next year. The news is not a surprise.
Ralf Schumacher has lost his case in the FIA court of appeal over his crash at the German Grand Prix. Although the ramifications of the incident are not nearly as severe for the driver. The FIA has enforced a $50,000 penalty as opposed to the original punishment.
CART team owner Derrick Walker has resigned from the board of the company with immediate effect. Walker said that he was sensitive to the potential for an appearance of a conflict of interest in connection with decisions regarding the future of the company.
After a drop in tourism, the organizers of this weekends Hungarian Grand Prix will hope at best to match last year's attendance of 160,000 fans.
The FIA issued a thick dossier surrounding the case at the hearing of the International Court of Appeal in Paris. This was interesting for various reasons.
The International Court of Appeal met on Tuesday morning at the FIA in Paris to consider the case of Ralf Schumacher's penalty at the recent German Grand Prix. The four judges heard evidence from the BMW Williams team and from the FIA and will rule tomorrow afternoon.
Ralf Schumacher's World Championship chances will be effectively over if he loses his appeal today against the decision of the stewards of the German Grand Prix to give him a penalty of 10 grid positions at the Hungarian GP for having caused an avoidable accident at Hockenheim.
Serge Kubla, the Belgian politician who has been negotiating for a return of the Belgian Grand Prix in 2004, says that the race will be back on the calendar with an August 29 date. Kubla is the Finance Minister for the Walloon region. Kubla added that the new contract runs until 2010.
Trading in CART stock was lively when the markets opened in New York with the share price tumbling by 31% in the first two and a half hours of trading following the announcement that an offer has been made for the company at $0.50 per share.
The future of CART will be decided within a matter of weeks following an offer for the company by Gerry Forsythe, Kevin Kalkhoven, Paul Gentilozzi and Carl Russo. They are offering to buy all the outstanding shares in the company for $0.50 a share, which values the company at $7.4m.
A new group called Open Wheel Racing LLC has proposed a takeover of CART. The group consists of Gerry Forsythe, Kevin Kalkhoven, Paul Gentilozzi, Carl Russo and Motorock LLC.
The situation of the various F1 teams at the moment.
According to the German newspaper Bild Ralf Schumacher had extended his contract for two more seasons and will stay with the team until the end of 2006.
Although the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix has eased the pressure on Silverstone to some extent, there is still need for a solution to be found over the long-term funding of the British Grand Prix.
The FIA has been revamping its International Court of Appeal in recent months and the first evidence of that will come on Tuesday when the proceedings of the Ralf Schumacher appeal will be televised.
Riverside was a famous West Coast racing circuit in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, located to the east of Los Angeles on the way to Palm Springs.
British American Racing is not short of drivers but the Brackley team is going to try out a couple more this autumn, having announced plans to run Formula 3000 drivers Townsend Bell and Bjorn Wirdheim.
The remaining two rounds of the FIA Formula 3000 International Championship are going to feature mandatory tire stops, prior to the idea being introduced at every race next year.
French motor racing owes much to Le Mans but the first permanent home of the sport in France was the great high-banked 1.6-mile oval at Montlhery, to the south of Paris.
There are rumors circulating in Europe that suggest that the first step for the Shangsai FRD Grandtour Tyre team from China - which one day hopes to break into Formula 1 - will be to run a program in the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship.
The Denver Post is reporting that there will be a major announcement by CART today. The news came from CART team owner Paul Newman but the film star refused to give any further details.
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien has said that Canada will not be changing its laws related to tobacco advertising, but it will try to find a solution to the problem of the Canadian Grand Prix by establishing a committee to try to save the race.
There were rumors yesterday that CART was on the verge of a sale and the company's share price jumped dramatically only to fall back today when nothing happened.
The relationship between Jordan Grand Prix and the Ford Motor Company is strained at the moment as the two parties negotiate around their engine deal for 2004.
Lady Diana Mosley, the mother of FIA President Max Mosley, has died in Paris at the age of 93. The FIA President owes a great deal to his mother as he inherited much of her intellectual brilliance and ambition.
Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in India with a population of seven million. It is the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. The state government is aggressively pursuing a policy of developing the state with the tourism and high technology industries having been picked out as the best way of providing growth.
Cambio, the Colombian equivalent of Time magazine, which is owned by the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is reporting that Juan Pablo Montoya has already signed a contract with McLaren Mercedes and will move to the Woking team in 2005.
Bernie Ecclestone has fallen victim to a Canadian prankster, who rang his office in London, claiming to be the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. In fact it was a pair of disc jockeys who are wellknown for such activities.
Our spies in the United States tell us that there is about to be a shake-up in the management of Ford Europe, which could have an effect on the company's involvement in Formula 1.
For the last couple of year's Paul Stoddart has put on a showcase event for Formula 1 fans at Donington Park, to give fans the chance to get a little closer to Grand Prix racing.
Neil Horan, the man who ran on to the circuit during the British Grand Prix has been remanded in custody again and will remain in prison until another hearing on September 1.
The LA PRESSE DE MONTREAL newspaper has put paid to suggestions that the Canadian Grand Prix will not be cancelled by printing a photocopy of the letter which the organisers of the Canadian GP have received from the Legal Department of Formula One Management,
There were reports over the weekend that the British Government is to pump millions of dollars into Silverstone to safeguard the future of the British Grand Prix. The stories suggested that the Department of Trade and Industry will announce the investment within the next two weeks.
The annual Marlboro Masters Formula 3 event at Zandvoort has been won by 20-year-old Austrian driver Christian Klein in his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes.
Eddie Jordan has never been very subtle in his approach to Formula 1 and so it is no surprise that he has suddenly started talking about a desire to run Nick Heidfeld next year. Heidfeld is a Mercedes-Benz driver but in recent years has been loaned out to Sauber.
Mark Webber's desperate lunge at the end of the German Grand Prix was largely overlooked in the euphoria of Juan Pablo Montoya's extraordinary victory, but it was nonetheless a deeply significant event.
The Canadian Grand Prix has been cancelled because of the Canadian government's ban on tobacco advertising. Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who at Hockenheim last weekend, denied that the race was off, has sent a letter to race promoter Normand Legault.
Normand Legault, Bernie Ecclestone's right-hand-man in North America and the promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix called a hurried press conference yesterday in Canada and announced that the Canadian Grand Prix will not be on the calendar next year.
West LB, the German state bank which funded the Formula One Group's Eurobond issue, is selling off the unit responsible for that deal. This is headed by US businesswomen Robin Saunders, who is expected to make a bid to acquire the business she currently runs.
James Courtney, once seen as a great white hope in Formula 1, disappeared off to Japan this year to compete in the local Formula 3 Championship with the TOM'S Toyota Team.
With Canada now unlikely to appear on the Formula 1 calendar in 2004, the number of events looking for a race is down to 17, a number which the Formula 1 teams are willing to consider.
Gary Savage has been appointed Deputy Technical Director of BAR. Savage's role is to take day-to-day responsibility for the design and testing programs and will work closely with Geoff Willis, the team's Technical Director, who will remain responsible for leading the design and operation of the car.
We hear that the McLaren team will announce its 2004 driver line-up in Hungary and all the signs are that the team will retain both Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard, despite lengthy talks in recent days with Juan Pablo Montoya.
Japan Tobacco Inc, the parent company of the Mild Seven brand, sponsor of the Renault F1 team, is to slash 4000 jobs, 23% of its workforce. The cutbacks are aimed at boosting profits in the next three years.
China's Franky Cheng has been trying to establish himself on the British motor racing scene this season after emerging as a star in last year's Asian Formula Renault series.
An appeal against the FIA Stewards' decision in Hockenheim has been lodged at the FIA by the Britain's Motor Sport Association, acting on behalf of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team.
There have been suggestions in recent days that Antonio Pizzonia's F1 career, cut short when the Brazilian driver was dumped by Jaguar Racing, could be revived in a new role as a test driver at Williams.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says that drivers need to work harder to give the crowds more of a show and that drivers who do not wave to the crowd during the drivers' parade should be fined. He also thinks that salaries should be replaced by bonus schemes...
Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Fernando Alonso was not happy with Renault's strategy in the German Grand Prix because he felt that an opportunity for a better result had been thrown away because the team did not allow him to overtake his team mate Jarno Trulli after the first pit stops.
Eddie Jordan has plenty of problems at the moment but the embarrassing Vodafone judgement is possibly not the worst of them, although it will have had an effect on Jordan's credibility within the sponsoring community. Jordan's biggest problem right now is that he needs an engine deal for 2004.
It was no surprise when earlier today Panasonic Toyota Racing announced that it will be keeping the same two drivers in 2004. Both men have solid two-year contracts with the team and the timing is good for Toyota as the announcement comes two days after the pair finished fifth and sixth at the German GP
Ralf Schumacher's appeal against the Stewards' Decision in Hockenheim will be heard by the FIA International Court of Appeal in around two weeks from now. The date of the hearing will be announced tomorrow.
It is being reported in England that a $50m bid is being prepared for Brands Hatch and the other Brands Hatch circuits involving former Grand Prix driver Peter Gethin and property magnate Larry Lipman.
As we exclusively revealed at the weekend CART is looking to rebrand itself as Motorock.
German GP - Race Report
When you take a look at the 2003 Formula 1 World Championship calendar you see 16 races. From this you can strike out Austria as a candidate for 2004 because, even if the Formula 1 circus wanted to return, the circuit at Zeltweg is being rebuilt. That takes the total down to 15.
Eddie Jordan has come under serious attack in the judgement from Mr Justice Langley in the High Court. The judge said that Jordan's case against Vodafone was "contrived and unsustainable" rejected the claim that Vodafone had made any binding commitment to Jordan.
Jordan has issued a statement following the judgement issued by Mr Justice Langley at the High Court.
Mr Justice Langley has delivered his judgement on the Jordan-Vodafone case and has condemned it as being "without foundation and false".
Unless there is a last-minute upset, this afternoon Mr Justice Langley, the judge who heard the Jordan-Vodafone case, is to deliver his judgement. The Jordan team awaits the result with some trepidation.
The BMW Willliams team might have dominated the German Grand Prix in dramatic fashion but the accident which put Ralf Schumacher out of the race could come back and bite the team.
German GP - Race Notes
Williams has announced its intention to appeal the decisions of the stewards of the German Grand Prix to penalize Ralf Schumacher 10 places on the grid at the next race in Hungary in three weeks from now.
German GP - Sunday Photos
Ralf Schumacher will go to the Hungarian Grand Prix with a huge disadvantage over the opposition having been epanlised for causing the accident at the start in Germany. Ralf will have to start 10 grid positions behind where he qualifies
German GP - Race Results
The Belgian Grand Prix will be back on the F1 calender next year, according to the economy minister of the Wallonia region. Serge Kubla.
German GP - Saturday Qualifying Report
German GP - Saturday Photos
German GP - Saturday Qualifying Results
German GP - Saturday Warmup Results
German GP - Saturday Practice Results
Jenson Button's father John recently celebrated his 60th birthday and Jenson wanted to get his old man a special birthday present to mark the event and to say thank you for all the help that his father gave him in the formative years of his racing career.
Jordan Grand Prix has run into hot water over its handling of the lawsuit with Vodafone. Jordan had been trying to claim $150m in damages from Vodafone over a supposed sponsorship deal but the team announced late yesterday that it was dropping the case.
German GP - Friday Qualifying Report
German GP - Friday Photos
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that the 2004 race will be moving to June 20. The date change has to be confirmed by the F1 Commission and by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Jordan issued a press statement late on Friday afternoon to say that it had withdrawn its legal claim against Vodafone.
David Richards was supposed to be on holiday last week in the south of France but for one day he snuck away and went to Monaco where he and Jacques Villeneuve went out on Jacques boat and began talks to see whether or not the former World Champion will stay on next year at BAR.
Jordan Grand Prix was nervously awaiting the outcome of its legal action with Vodafone on the eve of the German Grand Prix.
German GP - Friday Qualifying Results
German GP - Friday Practice Results
German GP - Friday Testing Results
The latest word from the United States of America is that CART is about to be bought out by a conglomerate of team owners and will then relaunch itself with a new concept in entertainment, switching the races to big city street events and twinning them with major rock concerts.