NEWS ARCHIVE

30 APRIL 2004

TURKEY KNOCKS STUFFING OUT OF TOBACCO SPONSORS

Turkey has signed the World Health Organization's Framework Protocol on Tobacco Control, becoming the 107th country to commit itself to the banning of tobacco sponsorship.

MANUFACTURERS IN FORMULA 1

The automobile manufacturers have been a part of Formula 1 since the early 1980s when the first big companies came into the sport to join Ferrari and the Cosworth-engined teams.

29 APRIL 2004

SHOULD IMOLA BE DROPPED FROM THE F1 CALENDAR?

With the San Marino Grand Prix expected to disappear from the World Championship calendar in 2005, there is a certain amount of nostalgia surrounding the track at the moment.

GEOFF WILLIS AND FERRARI

The latest hot rumour after the San Marino Grand Prix is that half the BAR-Honda team is suddenly on Ferrari's shopping list for the future.

WHY EUROPE NEEDS TO THINK AGAIN ABOUT F1

People like to say that Bernie Ecclestone is greedy when it comes to collecting fees for Formula 1 from race organizers. But are the fees really that outrageous?

VILLENEUVE AND WILLIAMS

Jacques Villeneuve might be on the short-list for a drive at Williams in 2005 but only if the French-Canadian is willing to work cheap.

28 APRIL 2004

TURKEY ABOUT TO SIGN ANTI-TOBACCO TREATY

The Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag is expected to make Turkey the 106th nation to sign the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

PIZZAMAN DROPS A FEW HINTS

Antonio Pizzonia has always maintained that he is a man with a big future in Formula 1, despite the setback he suffered last year and was taken on again by Williams and has been fastest at most of the tests in which he takes part and is now beginning to jostle for position for 2005.

27 APRIL 2004

THE BATTLE FOR FORMULA 1

Next week the Formula 1 team bosses will gather in Monte Carlo for two days of talks about the future of Grand Prix racing.

THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The future of the British Grand Prix is not secure, despite the fact that Interpublic has finally faced up to the financial realities and bailed out of its commitments.

26 APRIL 2004

RACE REPORT - THE RED PLANET

Brides-to-be, if you are hoping for the perfect summer wedding later this year, take some advice from a hack in the Formula 1 press room: plan for your wedding to take place on a Saturday afternoon on a Grand Prix weekend.

ARDEN LEADS THE WAY

Christian Horner's Arden International team has dominated the Formula 3000 scene in recent years and that continued at Imola where Italian rising star Tonio Liuzzi dominated the opening round of the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship,

25 APRIL 2004

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GP

San Marino GP - Sunday Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

San Marino GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

San Marino GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

San Marino GP - Race Results

24 APRIL 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - THE JENSON INTERLOPER

The key moment in the qualifying process for the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola was when Michael Schumacher went into the Variante Alta chicane and, in his own words, "overdid it a little bit". Michael held on to the moment and the car did not spin, but it was close.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

San Marino GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

San Marino GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

San Marino GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

San Marino GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

San Marino GP - Practice Session 3 Results

DAIMLERCHRYSLER TAKES ANOTHER HIT AS MITSUBISHI DEAL IS AXED

DaimlerChrysler had decided to withdraw its financial aid for Mitsubishi Motor to avoid making further losses.

ITV DOES A NEW F1 TV DEAL

Bernie Ecclestone has concluded a new five-year deal with Britain's ITV network to continue to televise the Formula 1 World Championship. The deal is believed to be worth around $25m a year to the Formula One Group.

NO VERSTAPPEN DEAL AT JORDAN

Eddie Jordan says that Jos Verstappen will not be back wih the team this year, despite the fact that Jordan has now concluded a bigger deal with Verstappen's sponsor Trust.

23 APRIL 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - BAR 1-2 IN AFTERNOON SESSION

San Marino GP - Practice Session 2 Report

GPWC PULLS OUT OF FORMULA ONE AGREEMENT

The GPWC has cancelled the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed with the Formula One Group before Christmas.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

San Marino GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

San Marino GP - Friday Press Conference

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

San Marino GP - Practice Session 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

San Marino GP - Practice Session 1 Results

MOSLEY STRIKES!

The FIA dropped a legislative bomb on Formula 1 at Imola with a list of preliminary proposals for its rules and regulations for 2008. These must be decided by the end of December 2005 and obviously there is going to be a lot of negotiating before the final package emerges.

A SHAKE-UP AT FORD

A few days after the company announced a profit, showing signs that the Detroit giant is on the way to recovery, the Ford Motor Company has had a management reshuffle with Sir Nicke Scheele giving up his role as chief operating officer but staying on as president.

BERNIE FIRES A WARNING SHOT (AGAIN)

Even though Bernie Ecclestone has recently re-acquired the rights to run the British Grand Prix, this does not mean that the race is not under threat. Ecclestone says that Silverstone "has to come up to scratch" if it wants to stay on the F1 calendar.

FERRARI GOES INTO PUBLISHING

The Ferrari team has published its first official "inside story" under the title "Formula Ferrari", a book which covers the team's activities in the last 13 years, from the appointment of Luca di Montezemolo as chairman until the end of the 2003 season.

MCLAREN CONFIRMS MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

The new structure at McLaren and Mercedes=Ilmor has now been confirmed by McLaren with Hans-Ulrich Maik, the managing director of Mercedes-Ilmor having left the company which he has been running since November 2002.

NISSAN ENGINEER TO STAY AT RENAULT

Naoki Tokunaga, the Nissan engineer who designed the electronic systems which are used by the Renault F1 team, notably the software used aat the start of the races, has been a man in demnd in recent weeks with offers from his services from Ferrari, Williams and BAR.

22 APRIL 2004

THE LATEST ON JORDAN

The Jordan team is going to run with its usual drivers this weekend but there are still deals being discussed between the team and Dutchman Jos Verstappen. According to our sources, the stories about Verstappen stepping in are not far from the truth but the team would replace not Giorgio Panatano but rather Nick Heidfeld.

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

San Marino GP - Preview

LEACH JOINS MASERATI!

Former Ford Europe boss Martin Leach is to join the Ferrari-Maserati Group with rumours suggesting that he will be put in charge of Maserati. The appointment is necessary because Luca di Montezemolo is moving to take on the role of the head of Confindustria, the Italian employers' organisation.

SPANISH GP BOYCOTT UNLIKELY

Any ideas that there might have been about a boycott of the Spanish GP by Formula 1 teams protesting against the new European Arrest Warrant are unlikely to go ahead because of commercial pressures on the teams.

ROSSI PLAYS WITH MICHAEL'S TOYS

Motorcycling world champion Valentino Rossi tested Michael Schumacher's Ferrari yester day at Fiorano.

PRINCE ANDREW VISITS SHANGHAI CIRCUIT

Britain's Prince Andrew visited the Shanghai circuit construction site during an official visit to China to promote British interests and industry.

21 APRIL 2004

VERSTAPPEN MAKING A COMEBACK?

Jos Verstappen's website has confirmed a meeting that took place earlier this week between Eddie Jordan and Trust chiefe executive Michel Perridon in Dordrecht, in Holland. Jos Verstappen's manager Raymond Vermeulen was also present at the meeting,

20 APRIL 2004

ECCLESTONE'S DREAM COMES TRUE - AND THE BRITISH GP IS SAVED

Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Administration have regained control of the rights to the British Grand Prix from the Interpublic Group - and been paid $93m by Interpublic, which was keen to get out of its motor racing commitments.

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT WAS IN BAHRAIN

The President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was a guest at the recent Bahrain Grand Prix but he allowed other guests to take the limelight.

GURDJIAN GOES HOME

Having successfully cobbled together the Bahrain Grand Prix, having been called in to help out in the last months before the event took place, Frenchman Philippe Gurdjian is going home.

WINNING THE PR WAR

The Formula 1 teams all go to Imola having made improvements in their cars and while there has been a lot of coverage for Renault and BAR this does not mean that they will have made the biggest improvement.

RED BULL DRIVER WINS IN SPAIN

The Red Bull Driver Search has not been a huge success in terms of results scored by the drivers involved but at the weekend Scott Speed finally chalked up the scheme's first major result with victory in the fourth round of the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup championship in Valencia.

19 APRIL 2004

PEOPLE TO WATCH

Although Formula 1 had a weekend off, there was plenty of racing going on around the world, with the opening round of the Champ Car series at Long Beach and in Europe the first round of the Formula 3 Euroseries.

VERSTAPPEN BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Jos Verstappen is trying to get back into bed with Eddie Jordan, having been kicked out last winter after a dispute between the team and his sponsor Trust.

FORD PUTS CHAMP CAR ON HOLD

The Ford Motor Company, which has been under considerable financial pressure in recent years, has tried to hold on to as much motorsport activity as possible in order to promote its products.

MR MOSLEY IS HAVING A MEETING

FIA President Max Mosley has called a meeting of the Formula 1 team bosses in Monaco on May 5 and it thought likely that Mosley will use the gathering to discuss a number of important issues at the moment.

FORMULA 1: MUST TRY HARDER

The Champ Car series got underway on Sunday at Long Beach and while the race was a rather dull affair with Paul Tracy leading all the way with Bruno Junqueira shadowing him, the new owners of Champ Car made an effort to attract some A List celebrities and came up trumps.

17 APRIL 2004

WHELDON WINS IN JAPAN

British rising star - and F1 aspirant - Dan Wheldon won his first Indy Racing League victory on Saturday at Motegi in Japan. He becomes the first British driver to win an IRL race.

16 APRIL 2004

SILVERSTONE EXAMINES PAUL RICARD

One of the problems in recent years at Silverstone has been the fact that many of the members of the British Racing Drivers' Club have not seen the new circuits being built around the world and have assumed that Bernie Ecclestone's criticism of Silverstone is based on a desire to get control of the circuit.

15 APRIL 2004

HSBC AND JAGUAR

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank wll be staying with Jaguar Racing in 2005 - if the bank decides to stay in Formula 1. HSBC did receive an approach from McLaren some months ago but told the Woking team tht it was not interested. McLaren later approached Credit Suisse about a deal.

DIXON SUFFERS MINOR FRACTURE AT MOTEGI

Formula 1 hopeful Scott Dixon has suffered a hairline fracture to his left ankle in a practice crash at Motegi in Japan. The Indy Racing League driver crashed during the first practice session for this weekend's Indy Japan 300.

LOPEZ TOPS TIMES IN BARCELONA

Argentina's rising star Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time of this week's Formula 3000 testing in Barcelona, although his best time was only a few hundredths of a second faster than Vitantonio Liuzzi in his Arden International entry.

MONTREAL GETS HISTORIC FORMULA 1

There is an increasing trend this year for F1 race organizers to run historic Formula 1 cars alongside the modern machinery in an effort to draw in more fans. The latest race to announce an historic event is Canada which will have a field of 30 cars which wll be fielded by the Historic Grand Prix organisation.

CHAMP CAR GETS UNDERWAY

It has not been an easy offseason for the Champ Car World Series but this weekend the championship kicks off at Long Beach, having managed to scrape together the 18 cars needed to meet its contractual obligations.

14 APRIL 2004

THE F1 CALENDAR IN 2005

For the last few years the Formula 1 calendar has had much the same shape although the arrival of two new races in 2004 did mean that there had to be a considerable rethink and as a result the Brazilian GP was dropped to the end of the calendar to make way for the high-paying new races in China and Bahrain.

HUNTER-REAY DREAMS OF F1 GLORY

Many young American drivers do not bother with dreams of making it big in Europe and look only to NASCAR where a top level racer can make a pot of gold without ever having to leave the confines of the United States of America.

TURKISH GP TO HAVE CARS UNBRANDED

Mumtaz Tahincioglu, the head of Turkey's Motorsports Federation, says that the Turkish GP will not have tobacco advertising. Turkey is committed to eradicate tobacco advertising and the government will not bend to pressure from Formula 1.

BERTOLINI GETS F1 CHANCE

Andrea Bertolini is not a name which rings many bells in Formula 1 circles but the 30-year-old Italian is being allowed to test a Ferrari F2004 today at Vairano, where he and Luca Badoer are doing aerodynamic verification testing.

13 APRIL 2004

SUPER NOVA RACING ANNOUNCES TITLE CHALLENGERS

The Super Nova Racing Formula 3000 team is aiming to win the FIA International Formula 3000 title this year with drivers Patrick Friesacher and British Formula 3 Champion Alan van de Merwe.

12 APRIL 2004

WHISPERS FROM WOKING

There is talk that there will be a change within the McLaren-Mercedes empire.

ECCLESTONE MAKES RECORD DEAL

Bernie Ecclestone has been involved in a very big business deal recently. Although this is not referring to the deal for the Turkish Grand Prix or even speculation that Libya is interested in hosting a Formula One race. This involves his personal interests.

10 APRIL 2004

THE FIA PRESIDENCY

It was interesting to note that at his press conference in Paris the other day, Jacques Regis, the President of the FFSA, made an unusual remark while talking about the problems that he has faced in recent months to keep the French Grand Prix alive.

RALF AND TOYOTA (AGAIN)

There are reports from Germany that Ralf Schumacher has signed a three-year deal with Toyota for around $15m a year. The story said that Schumacher would be the number one driver at Toyota.

9 APRIL 2004

A STORM IS BREWING IN F1

Eagle-eyed observers in Bahrain noticed that on Saturday morning a number of the team bosses met with Bernie Ecclestone. The important point is that not all of the team bosses were involved.

8 APRIL 2004

IS IT ALL ABOUT F1 SAFETY?

Experienced Formula 1 observers tend to be very cynical people because of the games that they have seen played over the years in Grand Prix racing. Thus when there appears to be a flash-bang grenade of news, the cynics tend to look elsewhere rather than concentrate on the news being broken...

FIA LOOKING AT RULE CHANGES THIS SEASON

The FIA President Max Mosley has told the Reuters newsagency that the federation is worried about the speed of the Formula 1 cars and could act to slow them down. Mosley said that according to the Concorde Agreement this could be done in the course of the current season on the grounds of safety.

JORDAN DENIES FARFUS RUMOURS

Jordan Grand Prix says that rumours suggesting that Augusto Farfus Jr might be joining the team are rubbish - although the team's actual response was rather less polite.

FUNDING THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX

Jaqcues Regis gave French press details of the budget for the French Grand Prix, explaining how hard it is for a race to survive without government backing. Regis said that his budget for the French Grand Prix is between $19-20m, of which $11.9m will go to pay the fees for holding the race.

MOBIL TO SPONSOR FRENCH GRAND PRIX

Jacques Regis, president of the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA) has announced that the French Grand Prix will be sponsored this year by Mobil 1 although he says that his organisation, which has taken over the running of the event is not going to get any of the money.

PAINTING THE TOWN RED

New York City yesterday celebrated Ferrari's 50th year in the United States with the Empire State Building bathed in red light . The United States is traditionally Ferrari's biggest market and last year a total of 1350 of the cars were sold to US clients.

FERRARI CHASING NISSAN MAN

There are suggestions that Ferrari is trying to hire software engineer Naoki Tokunaga, the Nissan engineer who designed the electronic systems which are used by the Renault F1 team.

7 APRIL 2004

SATO TOPS THE CHARTS IN SPAIN

Takuma Sato went fastest in the first day of the Barcelona testing, lapping the track in 1m14.687s. Jarno Trulli was close behind with a best of 1m14.702s and Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was also in the picture with a 1m14.864s.

TICKET PRICES COME DOWN AS FANS FADE

The Nurburgring has announced that it is cutting ticket prices dramatically to try to overcome falling attendance. the European Grand Prix is also planning to expand activities to four days.

A CURIOUS RUMOUR FROM BRAZIL

There is a story circulating in Brazil that Jordan driver Giorgio Pantano might be replaced shortly by Augusto Farfus Jr, who is currently racing for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car series.

6 APRIL 2004

SCHUMACHER LAUNCHES ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Michael Schumacher flew to Dublin on Tuesday to support the launch of Europe's Road Safety Charter on the eve of the first global day of action on road safety - which this year coincides with World Health Day.

THE FUTURE OF THE MP4-19

There are reports that McLaren is planning to scrap the development programme of the MP4-19 and put all of its energy into building a completely new car to be introduced in August.

RAIKKONEN AND FERRARI

Perhaps it is inevitable given the disappointing performance at McLaren but there have been rumours that Kimi Raikkonen is less than happy about the developing situation at McLaren and is looking around to see what might be possible in 2007.

A BOYCOTT COMING IN F1?

There were whispers in Bahrain that there may be a boycott in the pipeline for one of the European Grands Prix this summer as the Formula 1 community pushes home its opposition to the European Arrest Warrant.

BAR RESULTS HELP SPONSOR HUNT

It is no secret that BAR needs a new title sponsor in 2006 or 2007 and thus the recent good results could be a major advantage as the team goes into boardrooms around the world. Getting new sponsorship in F1 these days in very difficult particularly if tobacco companies are involved.

TOYOTA AND JORDAN

Jordan Grand Prix is believed to be negotiating to use Toyota engines and gearboxes in 2005. The deal, which is believed to be a similar to the arrangement between Ferrari and Sauber, may also include aerodynamic consultancy work.

5 APRIL 2004

RACE REPORT - THE BLESSING

In Bahrain they say that rain is a blessing and there is no doubt that an unexpected turn in the weather on Sunday morning had a huge effect on the result of the inaugural Bahrain GP.

4 APRIL 2004

RACE NOTES - THREE IN A ROW FOR SCHUMACHER

Bahrain GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Race Results

BAH! RAIN IN BAHRAIN

Sunday morning in Bahrain saw high winds and rain, a very rare occurrence in the region which has annual rainfall of less than three inches. The weather is not supposed to continue all day with forecasts of better weather in the afternoon.

3 APRIL 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - RED SEA IN GULF

Bahrain GP - Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 4 REPORT - BUTTON DOES IT AGAIN

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 4 Report

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - BUTTON GOES TOP

Jenson Button topped the times sheets on Saturday morning with his BAR-Honda a few hundredths faster than Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams-BMW with Michael Schumacher third fastest in his Ferrari, albeit four-tenths slower than the Colombian.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 3 Results

2 APRIL 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - BARRICHELLO TOPS THE CHARTS

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 2 Report

MICHELIN REVEALS ALL!

Michelin has announced that the tyre failures on Friday afternoon were caused by drainage hatches which had become detached from their concrete bases, creating sharp ridges that damage any tyre which crosses them.

MICHELIN NOT WORRIED ABOUT TYRE FAILURES

Michelin boss Pierre Dupasquier says that he is not worried about three apparent tyre failures in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso, Anthony Davidson and David Coulthard all suffered tyre problems on Friday afternoon.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Bahrain GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Bahrain GP - Friday Press Conference

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 2 Results

THE DRIVER MARKET ON APRIL 1 2004

At the moment there are a lot of interesting rumours about who is going where in 2005. What is known is that Ferrari will remain unchanged and that Juan Pablo Montoya will join Kimi Raikkonen at McLaren.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MICHAEL FASTEST FROM THE START

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 1 Report

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Bahrain GP - Practice Session 1 Results

BUTTON LIKELY TO STAY AT BAR

Jenson Button says that he is likely to stay at BAR next year even if Williams is making quiet noises about wanting to get its former driver back again. Button is high on Frank Williams's list alongside Mark Webber, Scott Dixon and Brazil's Antonio Pizzonia.

SENNA APPEAL TO BE RECONSIDERED

The appeal by Maurizio Passarini against the decision of an Imola court in December 1997 to clear those involved in the accident that killed Ayrton Senna in 1994, is to be reconsidered, following a judgement by La Corte Suprema di Cassazione, Italy's Supreme Court.

1 APRIL 2004

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Bahrain GP - Preview

THE FLYING PIERRE DUPASQUIER

Pierre Dupasquier is a sprightly 66-year-old but the boss of Michelin Competition is not only a powerhouse when it comes to management - he is also remarkably fit.

DUBAI TO HOST FORMULA 3 RACE IN DECEMBER

The new circuit in Dubai is to host an international Formula 3 event in Dubai on December 17.

VIPS FLYING TO BAHRAIN

Despite the apparent threats to the event, the Bahrain Grand Prix looks like being a major draw for international VIPs this weekend.

TOYOTA AND THE $110M

Toyota is not making any official comment about the rumours relating to the negotiations with Ralf Schumacher but our sources suggest that the numbers involved are way out of line with reality.

NEW BRITISH WARNING ON BAHRAIN

The British Foreign Office has issued a new warning about Bahrain. The ministry says that "we judge that there is a high threat from terrorism. You should review your security arrangements carefully.