There have been rumors in recent days suggesting that Renault F1 in on the verge of announcing a new sponsorship deal with mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo, the wireless company that was spun off from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.
Although Bernie Ecclestone is saying that the contract with the promoters of the French GP has been cancelled, this does not mean that the race is off. The promoters can be replaced, leaving the former promotion company with debts to pay but a new organization to run the race.
With plans for the new Formula 2 being formulated by the FIA and the current Formula 3000 teams, it looks likely that there will be a major change in the suppliers with chassis-builder Lola bidding to build the chassis once more but France's Mecachrome expected to get the engine deal.
Eddie Jordan continues his search for drivers for 2003 with Nick Heidfeld now seen as the man most likely to lead the team but Czech racer Jaroslav Janis is in the picture to take over as the second driver from Ralph Firman.
Alexander Wurz is to remain test driver for McLaren-Mercedes in 2004. The Austrian, who was negotiating to take the second seat at Jaguar, says that McLaren is his best hope for the future.
With the Canadian Grand Prix having, apparently, been saved by support from the government, there are now calls from the Toronto and Vancouver Champ Car races to get public money to support their activities.
The spotlight will be on DaimlerChrysler boss Jurgen Schrempp this week as the legal action between the German car company and billionaire investor Kerk Kerkorian comes to a head in a court in Wilmington, Delaware.
The instant nature of the world of information means that nowadays every fast lap in a test is treated as "the next big thing" and impressions are created which may not truly reflect the reality of the situation.
Nick Heidfeld is to test for Jordan shortly, adding to speculation that the German driver will join the team next year.
Jacques Regis, the president of the Federation Francaise de Sport Automobile (FFSA) says that France's national sporting authority will do everything in his power to save the Grand Prix but needs to find $7m to guarantee the race.
Jacques Villeneuve has admitted that he is unlikely to return to Formula 1 and does not want to race in anything other than what he calls "a top car".
Aston Martin is planning to be back at Le Mans in 2005 with a racer based on the new Aston Martin's DB9. The word in sports car circles is that the deal to build the cars has gone to Prodrive - the sister company of BAR
There are rumors doing that rounds that Formula 1 could be going back to Paul Ricard because of the problems of the French GP at Magny Cours. These are predictable given that one of Bernie Ecclestone's companies owns the circuit.
The word on the street in Formula 1 circles is that Williams has made an offer to have Nelson Piquet Jr on one of its long-term contracts.
British driver Sam Hancock is hoping to raise $2.5m by floating himself on the stock exchange. The 23-year-old Englishman says that he will use the money to pay for a drive with Super Nova Racing and then hopes to land a Formula 1 test.
Jaguar Racing is at Valencia looking not only at technical issues but also at who will drive for the team alongside Mark Webber in 2004. The candidates are Justin Wilson, Christian Klien, Jos Verstappen and Townsend Bell.
BAR Honda ran its development car at Barcelona. This will be used this winter testing parts for the BAR-Honda 006. The interesting thing was that it was running in a completely new black and silver livery.
As we reported six weeks ago McLaren is to take on Ferrari's head of aerodynamics Nick Tombazis to strengthen its aerodynamic team at Woking.
Australian rising star James Courtney has signed to drive for the Le Mans Company in Formula Nippon next year.
The six-week testing ban is over and teams will be in action for the rest of this week in France and Spain.
In a bizarre press release Bridgestone Motorsport has confirmed that it will not be supplying the Lucky Strike BAR Honda team next year.
McLaren has announced that it is to change its name, dropping the TAG name from the title. The company will henceforth be known as the McLaren Group. As part of the revamp McLaren International will change its name to become McLaren Racing.
Bahrain's Minister for Sports and Youth has taken over the role as the managing director of the Bahrain International Circuit Co.
Eddie Cheever's nephew Richard Antinucci gave Hitech racing a double win in the Fifth International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix at Changwon Raceway. Antinucci won after pole position man Lewis Hamilton collided with Nelson Piquet Jr at the first corner.
Lewis Hamilton announced his arrival in Formula 3 in style in Korea as he took pole position for the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix at Changwon Raceway.
According to race promoter Roland Hodel, the French Grand Prix will happen at Magny-Cours again but not until 2005. He says that the company that organises the race has a new deal with Bernie Ecclestone to take the race from 2005 to 2009 and an option for another five years beyond that.
In December it seems that the French Grand Prix will be taken off the Formula 1 calendar for next year and that will mean that the July 11 date will be empty. This has always been the traditional event for the British Grand Prix and is the date that the British wanted for 2004.
The French Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place on July 11, 2004, has been cancelled because of financial problems. The news was confirmed on Friday evening by Marcel Charmant, president of the conseil general of the Nievre department.
The French Grand Prix will not be taking place in 2004. The local council of Nevers met on Friday afternoon to try to find a solution to the problem.
If the French Grand Prix is cancelled in 2004 because no-one will come to the rescue of the race at Magny-Cours, there will need to be some serious thinking in French motor racing circles about the future of the race.
The chopping and changing on the Formula 1 calendar has been non-stop throughout the autumn with horse-trading as 18 races try to fit into 17 dates.
As we reported in September, there are fears for the French Grand Prix in 2004, because the race promoter cannot raise the money to pay debts to Formula One Management, let alone fund the race for another season.
There are rumors in the United States that Patrick Racing CART team is to undergo a major revamp in the next few months and that it may even be that Pat Patrick will pass the whole operation on to a consortium led by Jim McGee.
With Juan Pablo Montoya moving to McLaren in 2005, Williams needs to find a new driver to partner Ralf Schumacher.
Eddie Jordan admits that he is keen to sell a majority shareholding in his Formula 1 team but he wants to do a Bernie Ecclestone kind of deal and stay in charge after selling out. In short, Eddie Jordan is not selling the team so much as selling Eddie Jordan as a concept.
Danny Sullivan has announced details of the where the Red Bull Driver Search winners will be racing next year.
Townsend Bell is due to test for Jaguar soon at Valencia in Spain but the American has never been to the track and there are rumours suggesting that to aid his cause he is going to go testing there with the Astromega Formula 3000 team.
The Macau Grand Prix used to be the last major event of the motor racing world but in recent years the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix at Changwon has taken over that role, with most of the F3 teams going on from Macau to Korea to compete on the 1.8-mile street circuit in Changwon City.
Rob Nguyen, the impressive Australian who was forced to drop out of Formula 3000 this year because of lack of money, was back in an F3000 this week at Monza and was immediately quick, setting the third fastest time of the test at the Milan track.
Although CART has announced that there will be a Champ Car race at Brands Hatch next year, it seems that the news caught Brands Hatch Circuits Ltd unawares, as the track had been told that all plans to send the US cars to London had been called off.
The plans for a Grand Prix in Cancun, Mexico seem to be rather more advanced than thought with Mexican representatives and legal counsel meeting this week with Bernie Ecclestone in London.
There has been talk for some time that Red Bull may be considering a major sponsorship role at Jaguar Racing, as part of its plans to push into the United States soft drinks market.
According to sources in Canada, the agreement struck between the promoters of the Canadian Grand Prix and Formula One Management is until at least 2006.
According to Le Journal de Montreal, the Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault has succeeded in finding the support to allow the Canadian Grand Prix to continue next year. The deal is said to involve both the Canadian government and the provincial government of Quebec.
Dario Franchitti will return to Andretti Green Racing alongside Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon. Franchitti was out of most of this year's races because of a back injury after a motorcycle accident in Scotland.
The Shanghai Daily newspaper is reporting that the Chinese look set to ratify its signature of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control at the National Peoples' Congress when it meets in March next year.
Newman Haas Racing, for a long time the most fervent anti-Indy Racing League team in CART, has finally come to the conclusion that it must embrace the IRL in addition to CART.
Renault will test Finn Heikki Kovalainen and Argentine Formula Renault V6 champion Jose-Maria Lopez in Barcelona at the start of December.
The news that Juan Pablo Montoya is to move to McLaren in 2005 is not a surprise. The stories have been circulating since late July when it became clear that Williams was not willing to increase the Colombian's salary in 2005.
As we reported some months ago, Juan Pablo Montoya will be moving to McLaren in 2005. The news was announced on Monday by Team McLaren Mercedes.
As we reported in May Mexico is taking steps to be considered as a potential venue for Formula 1 for 2005 and beyond. The first contacts between Mexico and Formula 1 were made at the Spanish GP when a small delegation discussed the possibilities with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello says he is going to help Alex Zanardi to get a test drive with the Ferrari F1 team at Fiorano. Zanardi was a Formula 1 driver with various teams in the early 1990s before going to America and becoming a big star in CART.
France's Nicolas Lapierre has won the Macau Grand Prix, winning the second heat of the event and taking the overall victory on aggregate. James Courtney, who won the first heat, failed to finish in the second.
James Courtney has won the first heat of the Macau Grand Prix after the traditional first lap accident took care of many of his challengers. These included Pierre Kaffer, Nico Rosberg, Alvaro Parente and Paolo Montin.
The news that Townsend Bell is to test for Jaguar Racing is great news for Formula 1. The 28-year-old from San Luis Obispo in central California has all the right credential for Formula 1 although it would perhaps be better for him to have one more season in Formula 3000 in order to post a good result in that series.
With 77 nations having signed their commitment to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the focus is now shifting towards countries ratifying the treaty. As soon as 40 countries ratify the agreement it will become international law for those who have agreed to abide by it.
European Minardi has announced a long-term arrangement with Algerian Nassim Sidi Said to help to bring on young Arab drivers with a long-term plan to have one in Formula 1.
Jaguar Racing is to test two drivers who will go down very well with Red Bull, at Valencia at the end of the month. Red Bull is ready to put $15m of sponsorship into Jaguar if it will run Klien but the team is baulking at the idea as the Austrian driver is short on experience.
The judge at the centre of the controversy over the Brazilian Grand Prix has rejected an attempt to review his decision into the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The BMW Williams team will test Nico Rosberg and Nelson Piquet Jr at Jerez de Frontera in the first week of December.
Fabio Carbone took pole position for the Macau Grand Prix but the two favourites for the event Ryan Briscoe and James Courtney were second and third, both just two-tenths behind the Renault-supported Brazilian.
Japanese Formula 3 Champion James Courtney snatched pole in the final seconds of the first qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix, bouncing Brazil's Fabio Carbone back to second.
Jordan Formula 1 driver Ralph Firman will make history this weekend by being the first driver to take a modern Formula 1 car out on the Macau Grand Prix circuit.
German racer Pierre Kaffer is expected to sign up to be one of Bobby Rahal's drivers in CART next year.
The 50th running of the Macau Grand Prix this weekend will be a fiercely contested race with all the young guns from Formula 3 wanting to make an impression in the most important Formula 3 event of the year.
The city of Sao Paulo and the race promoter have gone into action to overturn a court ruling that the race contract should be cancelled because the event loses money for the city.
Octagon Motorsport, now called Brand Hatch Circuits Ltd, has made another big dent in the financial results of the Interpublic Group, the world's second biggest advertising agency.
Seventy-seven countries have now signed the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, including the world's two most populous countries: China and India. The 77 countries represent 3.8bn people around the world, which is more than 60% of the world's estimated population of 6.3bn people.
The City of New York refuses to confirm or deny whether or not it is talking to Bernie Ecclestone about hosting a Formula 1 race in the area.
The Chinese government has signed the World Health Organization's Framework Agreement on Tobacco Control, committing itself to the eradication of tobacco advertising in the long term.
SuperNova Racing, one of the leading Formula 3000 teams, has signed up France's Olivier Pla as one of its drivers for next year. Pla has been racing in the Formula 3 Euroseries this year and finished third in the series behind Ryan Briscoe and Christian Klien.
Toyota has sold more vehicles in the last six months than Ford, according to The Detroit News. Toyota is challenging Ford to be the world's second biggest car manufacturer.
Former Formula 1 driver Aguri Suzuki has been building up a scheme for several years to help young Japanese racing drivers become successful around the world.
The British Embassy in Bahrain has warned of a high threat of terrorist attacks against Western targets in the country and British nationals in Bahrain have been told to "remain vigilant, particularly in public places".
Christian Fittipaldi, Mario Haberfeld and Costa Rican kart racer Charlie Fonseca won the 500 Miles of Granja Viana in Brazil at the weekend, completing the 500 mile kart race in 10 hours and 43 minutes. It was Fittipaldi's third victory in the event, having won in 1998 and 2000.
The new (and last) CART Champion Paul Tracy is to appear on David Letterman's Late Show on Friday this week.
The Canadian media are reporting that Jacques Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock has hired a sports marketing firm called Slam Management to find money to help Villeneuve get the second seat at Jaguar Racing.
A court in Sao Paulo has ruled that the Brazilian Grand Prix, scheduled for October 24 next year, cannot be held because it wastes public money.
Despite the fact that Felipe Massa is departing Ferrari to rejoin Sauber it seems that the Italian team is not planning to appoint a replacement test driver.
There is not going to be a deal between the Jordan team and Brazilian oil company Lubrax.
The fact that John Iley has moved from Renault to Ferrari is not in itself a starting piece of news but it is a worrying sign that the team that made Renault competitive this year is being ripped apart by frustrations with the way Renault is going forward and better offers from rival teams.
Newly crowned European Formula 3000 Champion Augusto Farfus was hoping to get to Formula 1 next year but has given up on the idea after being asked to shell out $20m for a drive at Jordan Grand Prix.
Willi Weber and journalist Burkhardt Nuppeney have been at odds for the last 13 years over whether or not Nuppeney should be paid half of Weber's 20% of Michael Schumacher's earnings.
There were fears at Renault F1 that the departure of Mike Gascoyne, coupled with the team's decision to make a hurried switch to a 72-degree V10 engine because there was not time to produce a completely new 90-degree V10, would lead to a number of important engineers leaving the team.
The identity of the new investors in the Jordan team have not been fully revealed although it seems that Dermot Desmond, JP McManus and John Magnier are part of the consortium involved. We also believe that there are others and there is considerable evidence to suggest that Michael Tunney is one of them.
Nick Heidfeld was a visitor to the Jordan Grand Prix factory at Silverstone last week, in the hope that he can find an arrangement which will enable him to race in F1 next year. Heidfeld's only hope is with Jordan, Jaguar or Minardi.
The Canadian Grand Prix may still happen in 2004. The organizers of the race are trying to find an extra $20m to pay the Formula 1 teams to attend the event.
The Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria has ruled that two doctors involved in the 2001 Australian Grand Prix incident engaged in unprofessional conduct.
Bernie Ecclestone's visit to India which was due to take place this month was cancelled but the authorities in Hyderabad have not given up on the idea of an Indian Grand Prix and will be in London on Monday to meet the F1 boss.
Paul Stoddart has been in the process of selling his European Aviation business in recent months but if that deal fails to be closed it looks like the Minardi boss is going to start a low-cost airline in Australia.
The Australian Grand Prix made a loss in 2003 of $7.5m but the state authorities are happy that the event is a big success for Victoria.
Michelin is intending to use some of the technology from its Formula 1 program in a new range of tires due to be launched next year.
Aspiring F1 driver Michael Keohane will be testing a Champ Car at Sebring on November 13.
Niki Lauda is back in the airline business again, having bought the Austrian subsidiary of the bankrupt German charter airline Aero Lloyd.
Darren Manning has been hired by Target Chip Ganassi Racing to replace the late Tony Renna as Scott Dixon's team mate next season in the Indy Racing League. Renna was killed during his first test with the team at Indianapolis on October 22.
Renault chairman Louis Schweitzer has told French radio that the company is planning to become a manufacturer of vehicles in China in the next few years.
Toyota has reported a 23% increase in its first-half profits which have risen to $4.81bn in the six month period leading up to September 30. The company's sales are also up more than seven percent.
Reports in Italy have named Angelo Santini as the Toyota engineer who was questioned by German police last week in the investigation into alleged industrial espionage. Santini worked at Ferrari from 1995 until the end of February 2002 and then moved to Toyota.
Jos Verstappen hopes to continue his Formula 1 career in 2004 but the Dutchman may find himself out of a job unless he can talk his way into a drive at Jordan or Jaguar.
The investigation into industrial espionage between Toyota and Ferrari has widened with the police in Modena questioning further people in Italy after the recent raid on Toyota's racing headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
Eddie Jordan wants more money for next year and hopes that a 19-year-old Russian may be able to help him. Vitaly Petrov may have what it takes to make it in Formula 1 one day in the future.
Unable to hire a race track in Holland or Belgium before the end of the year, Minardi has decided to hold another of its two-seater events at Donington Park and has plans to run a total of five cars for guests and competition winners on November 25.
SportsBusiness Journal in the United States is reporting that New York City officials have once again been exploring the possibility of building an open-wheel racing venue in the city to bring motor sport to the Big Apple.
Attempts to raise the money needed to save the Canadian Grand Prix appear to have failed with the end of October deadline failing to produce the finance needed to save the race.
Formula 1 is increasing its viewing figures again, according to the French Mediametrie agency. The company has just published its Eurodata TV Worldwide report on the F1 season shows which reveals that the overall TV audience is increasing once again, even if the sport is slipping in some markets.
The brother of BMW-Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya will drive in the German Formula BMW series for the 2004 season.
German police raided the Toyota racing factory in Germany as part of an ongoing investigation into industrial espionage.
Getting to Formula 1 these days is tough for any nationality, not least the British, and several of the most talented young British drivers have been forced to go to the United States in the hope of making their names there in CART and IRL.