Ding Dong! The Witch is back! The Reds are top and the mood is black. Racing fans, please come back. There's loads of action on the track. The problem is it's down the back. Ding Dong! The Witch is back!
European GP - Race Notes
Luca di Montezemolo is to be the new chairman of the Fiat group. The former Ferrari boss will be the most powerful industrialist in Italy and will face a daunting task of getting the country's biggest commercial enterprise back on its feet.
European GP - Sunday Photos
European GP - Sunday Press Conference
European GP - Race Results
The FIA has decided to reinterpret the Safety Car rules following the incidents in Monte Carlo.
The English have a wonderfully quaint expression called "a country mile" which means a considerable distance. If, for example, a man is completely dominant in a running race, the English will say that he won it by "a country mile" even if the race is less than a mile in length.
Ross Brawn is to take a bigger role in the running of the Ferrari Formula 1 as Jean Todt changes his role to be more involved in the running of the Ferrari company.
The Formula 1 team bosses met on Friday evening at the Nurburgring to discuss the future shape of the qualifying sessions and came up with an idea of how they think things can be improved.
If you fancy having a ride around the Magny-Cours circuit in a Ferrari or Maserati driven by Michael Schumacher or Rubens Barrichello, the opportunity now exists.
European GP - Saturday Photos
European GP - Saturday Press Conference
European GP - Qualifying Results
European GP - Practice Session 4 Report
European GP - Practice Session 4 Results
European GP - Practice Session 3 Results
The recent days have seen a great deal of talk in Formula 1 about what seem to be some very strange stories and yet the promoters of each of the rumours are adamant that they are right.
Mark Webber has been penalised for not lifting off on his fastest lap on Friday when he was passing the stopped Sauber belonging to Felipe Massa and as a result will have one second added to his lap in qualifying this afternoon.
Jaguar sponsor HSBC says that it has been disappointed with the results of the team.
Yesterday afternoon the Formula 1 team principals met to discuss possible changes to the qualifying format.
European GP - Practice Session 2 Report
European GP - Friday Photos
European GP - Friday Press Conference
European GP - Practice Session 2 Results
Umberto Agnelli, the boss of Fiat, has died at the age of 69. Agnelli was suffering from cancer. Agnelli took over from his brother Gianni Agnelli who died at the start of last year.
European GP - Practice Session 1 Report
European GP - Practice Session 1 Results
Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, the man who led BMW Motorsport for most of the 1990s, has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Rolls Royce Motor Cars to replace Tony Gott. Gott resigned yesterday two years after taking control of the firm when it came under BMW ownership at the start of 2003.
European GP - Preview
The latest rumour of the very silly season in 2004 is that Mika Hakkinen will be coming out of retirement to join Williams next year. This is about as likely as the team turning again to Nigel Mansell.
The British Racing Drivers' Club has elected a new board of directors with Sir Jackie Stewart retaining his position as president of the club. The club renewed the roles of Vice-President for Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Frank Williams,
It is no big surprise but Jos Verstappen has withdrawn from the Jordan Grand Prix test which was planned to take place in the days after the European Grand Prix.
Scott Dixon had dreams of moving from the Indy Racing League and becoming a star in Formula 1. Earlier this year the New Zealand driver had two tests with the BMW Williams team but it is fairly clear that the relationship did not gel and our sources say that there was no chance for Dixon with Williams.
The British Racing Drivers' Club has confirmed that the British Grand Prix will remain at Silverstone for the next two years. A deal has been agreed between the club and Formula 1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone which will see an anonymous new promoter taking on the race.
Sam Michael is 33 and grew up in Canberra, not far from Mark Webber's home city of Queenbeyan, NSW. Michael studied mechanical engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and because of his passion for motorsport soon began working part-time for team owner Gregg Siddle.
Much has been written about the shortcomings of the McLaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-19 this year but while the Woking team has been taking a lot of the flak, there performance of the BMW Williams team has also been rather less good than one would have expected.
While Formula 1 was in Monte Carlo, the British Formula 3 series visited glamorous Knockhill, near Dunfermline in Scotland and the event resulted in victories for Venezuela's Ernesto Viso and Britain's James Rossiter.
It seems that finally the Red Bull Driver Search is beginning to bear fruit with 21-year-old Californian driver Scott Speed winning the fourth round of the German Formula Renault Championship at Assen.
The access to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix will be improved this year with the announcement that the A43 dual carriageway will become part of the circuit one-way systems on the Friday of the event, in addition to Saturday and Sunday.
Ding Dong! The Witch is dead! Blue and yellow is nicer than red. Rub your eyes, get out of bed. Let the joyous news be spread: Formula 1 has got some cred. Ding Dong! The Witch is dead!
Today in Grove the BMW Williams team will be opening its new second windtunnel and making a mysterious announcement. We believe that the team will announce that Sam Michael, currently the team's Senior Operations Engineer, will be promoted to become Technical Director.
Most of the recent focus on Jacques Villeneuve has been on whether or not the French-Canadian will be seen testing for BMW Williams, but we believe that he has much more of a chance of landing a job next year with Toyota Motorsport.
The Renault victory in Monaco is likely to result in a big boost for ticket sales for the French Grand Prix as the famously-chauvinistic French fans now have someone to cheer for.
The FIA President Max Mosley may have been very dismissive of rumours to have a Grand Prix in London but there are plenty of good reasons why such an event would work.
Monaco GP - Race Notes
Monaco GP - Sunday Photos
Monaco GP - Sunday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Race Results
Jarno Trulli took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix and Formula 1 rejoiced. At last we had something other than Ferrari and this time, unlike in Imola and Barcelona there seemed a very real hope that Michael Schumacher would not be able to recover to win a sixth consecutive victory.
Monaco GP - Saturday Photos
Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Qualifying Results
Monaco GP - Practice 4 Results
Monaco GP - Practice Session 3 Results
One rumour that will not go away is that Jacques Villeneuve will be seen testing a William-BMW in the course of the next few weeks.
FIA President Max Mosley hinted on Friday that a deal will soon be done for the British GP to go ahead in 2005 and 2006. Mosley dismissed suggestions that there might be a bid from London.
Sinopec, the sponsor of the Chinese Grand Prix, says that it wants to use the sport to increase the recognition of the company brand and to open up new markets, specifically in the Asia-Pacific region.
Our spies are telling us that next year we may be seeing a replacement for Red Bull as a major Sauber sponsor and we hear that the most likely course will be a Mexican beer company.
Max Mosley Press Briefing Transcript
Tim Bamford has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Bamford, 42, joined the AGPC in 1996 as its Engineering Manager, in 1998 he became Event Manager and in 2003 was named General Manager - Operations.
Central London will reverberate to the sound of Formula 1 cars on July 6 this year, the Tuesday before the British Grand Prix as the F1 teams put on a display for the British public in Regent Street.
Monaco GP - Practice Session 2 Report
Monaco GP - Thursday Photos
Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Practice Session 2 Results
Monaco GP - Practice Session 1 Results
Jaguar Racing may be taking much of the limelight with a host of Hollywood stars, but Eddie Jordan will have at least one important guest this weekend...
According to sources close to Giorgio Pantano, the Italian is now secure in his Jordan drive for the rest of the season.
Giorgio Pantano might have wished for an easier first season in Formula 1. Amid rumours that the Italian will be replaced because he has not been able to keep up to date with payments to Jordan Grand Prix,
Lord Hesketh, the former boss of the Hesketh F1 team who went on to become a government minister, the treasurer of the Conservative party and the president of the BRDC, is selling his family's ancestral home at Easton Neston, near Silverstone.
Monaco GP - Preview
Ralf Schumacher is not very comfortable at Williams this year - but this situation may not last much longer if the German continues to shoot from the hip with comments about the team.
There may not be much motorsport in Pakistan but the sheer weight of numbers in the country is a major step forward for the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Pakistan boasts a population of 150m and that is a major boost to the WHO's campaign to stamp out tobacco advertising.
One of the better known Formula 3 engineers Bruce Cary had died from cancer. Cary played an important role in developing many talents.
Jaguar Racing has announced a sponsorship deal with the diamond firm. The news was confirmed at a press conference at the Prince's Car Collection in Monte Carlo, where Jaguar revealed the R5 "Ocean's 12" livery for the first time.
Grand Prix Legends, a leading vendor of Formula 1 merchandise, has just produced a market report on F1 in 2003-2004 and it has some cutting observations about the way in which Formula 1 merchandising operates.
The International Olympic Committee has picked five candidates from the nine applicant cities which were bidding for the 2012 summer Olympics and that means that some of the others may be looking at investing in other sports, including Formula 1.
There will be a new pitlane in Monaco this year giving everyone a lot more space in which to work. Each team will now have its own garages rather the tiny working areas that were previously used.
Formula 1 and Hollywood have never really made any big connection but it seems that at Monaco this weekend we will be seeing some of the movie business's biggest names in the Formula 1 paddock.
It is a nice idea, but David Coulthard moving to Jaguar Racing is not a scenario that is going to happen, at least not according to our sources within the team. There are reports in the British tabloids that Coulthard is under consideration.
According to normally very accurate sources there could be a change in the driver line-up at Jordan Grand Prix at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, with Giorgio Pantano being replaced by either Jos Verstappen or Timo Glock.
Jaguar Racing has been the frontrunner in linking its Formula 1 programme to the VIP world and last year led the way by linking up with the diamond industry at Monaco and later by bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger to the British GP.
BAR Honda third driver Anthony Davidson will be fit and well for the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
Bobby Rahal has been out of the spotlight a fair bit since he returned to the United States after his adventures with Jaguar Racing but on Saturday Rahal's driver Buddy Rice took pole for the 88th Indianapolis 500.
Contrary to reports appearing at the moment, Jaguar Racing has not just started working on the refurbishment of the Bedford windtunnel. Work has been going on at the facility for several months.
The defeat of Chandrababu Naidu in the Indian elections in the state of Andhra Pradesh could spell disaster for the plans for an Indian GP in 2007. Naidu was defeated by a Congress Party-led alliance which won 226 seats in the state assembly.
Jonathan Palmer has responded to yesterday's reports from Portugal following his conviction arising from a road accident in Portugal in 1996.
The British Racing Drivers' Club has re-submitted a planning application for a 200 bedroom, 4 star hotel at Silverstone to the Northamptonshire District Council The new application has addressed the concerns which caused a previous application to be rejected.
According to newspaper reports from Portugal Former Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer, who is now the owner of Brands Hatch, has been found guilty of negligent homicide, arising from a car crash in November 1996, which killed Norwegian former rally driver Rein Fallo Stattum.
There is much talk at the moment about short lists and deals which are being done for 2005 but the realities seem to be rather different from most of the stories doing the rounds.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II opened the McLaren Technology Centre yesterday in Woking, five and a half years after work began on the $500m factory.
FIA President Max Mosley has resigned as chairman of Euro NCAP, Europe's leading independent crash-test programme.
Anthony Davidson had to pull out of yesterday's BAR-Honda test after just a few laps when he trapped a nerve while braking for one of the corners.
The global logistics company DHL has returned to Formula 1 as a global partner of the sport.
There are reports coming out of Germany that Andreas Renschler will soon replace Jurgen Hubbert as head of the Mercedes Car business.
In the biggest blow yet for the tobacco industry, the United States's Health Secretary Tommy G Thompson has signed the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, giving the global anti-tobacco treaty a major boost.
PKF is warning that the proposed changes to the Formula 1 regulations could have a serious impact in the motorsport infrastructure.
The Shanghai circuit is to hold its first race on June 6 and to coincide with the opening round of the China Circuit Championship.
Toyota Motor has reported a net profit for the year ended March 31 of $10bn, thus underlining the firm's status as the second biggest car manufacturer in the world - and closing in on General Motors.
There are reports coming out of Japan that the government is planning to sell 16% of its 66% shareholding in Japan Tobacco, the owner of the Mild Seven brand, which sponsors the Renault F1 team.
Ferrari boss Jean Todt says that Marlboro will be in Formula 1 for "many more years" yet.
There is a lot of talk this week about BMW Williams running Jacques Villeneuve in a test.
Michael Schumacher battled to his 75th Grand Prix victory on Sunday in Barcelona. This was his fifth consecutive win of the year to maintain a 100% record. These are statistics which Michael says he does not care about and the view in the Media Centre seemed to suggest that the press are not very interested either.
"We really needed that result," said a Renault F1 team member on Monday after the Spanish Grand Prix. "The last few days have been really tough."
Rubens Barrichello's second pit stop in Barcelona was a bit of a mess and there were some who wondered whether given the strategies of the two Ferrari drivers whether or not Michael Schumacher might have received a little help from the team.
The members of the GPWC met in Barcelona on Sunday morning and although there is little indication about what was said in the meeting it was decided that a message would be whispered in the right ears that the organization was still alive.
Spanish GP - Race Notes
Spanish GP - Sunday Photos
Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Race Results
The Korean mobile phone maker Samsung is rumoured to be taking a serious look at Formula 1 with representatives of the firm visiting the F1 paddock in Barcelona. Samsung is a major player in the high technology world.
Vitantonio Liuzzi won his second consecutive Formula 3000 race this year, taking an impressive victory in Barcelona and seeing off pole man Enrico Toccacelo in the run down to the first corner.
The fight for pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix was a straight fight between Michael Schumacher's Ferrari and Jenson Button's BAR-Honda. Or at least it should have been.
Spanish GP - Saturday Photos
Spanish GP - Saturday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Qualifying Results
Bernie Ecclestone says that he wants to see a new qualifying structure for Formula 1 within a few weeks. He said that if agreement can be made the qualifying could be changed in the midseason.
The Spanish Grand Prix contract has been extended to the 2011 race but the race could be cancelled after 2005 because of tobacco advertising legislation.
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there is no British Grand Prix contract after the 2004 race and says that he is not going to promote the event himself.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 4 Results
The GPWC is now considered by most people in the Formula 1 paddock to be a moribund organization and the plan appears to be each of the Formula 1 teams to negotiate their own commercial deal with Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management.
The McLaren Technology Centre will be officially opened on Wednesday next week with HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Tom Walkinshaw, the former owner of the Arrows F1 team, may have to pay a $23.3m bill following a ruling in the High Court in London yesterday.
McLaren technical director Adrian Newey is to take part in the Le Mans Classic historic races in July.
There is to be a meeting of the GPWC in Barcelona tomorrow to discuss the next moves in the negotiations over the future of the Formula 1 revenues.
There will be racing on the streets of the Spanish city of Bilboa next year on a 2.4-mile street circuit close to the new Guggenheim Museum. The aim of the project is to increase international awareness of the city and boost tourism.
NASCAR star Jeff Gordon is in Barcelona this weekend but he is not looking to break into Formula 1. Gordon enjoyed his test with Williams last year and says he would like to try an F1 car again.
Spanish GP - Practice Session 2 Report
Spanish GP - Friday Photos
Spanish GP - Friday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Practice Session 2 Results
Spanish GP - Practice Session 1 Results
BAR-Honda boss David Richards says that a deal is in place with Honda for the years ahead.
Jenson Button says that the BAR-Honda team has made another step forward since Imola when the British driver put his car on pole position.
Jos Verstappen will test for Jordan-Ford next month. Jordan recently did a deal with Jos's sponsor Trust, starting rumours that Jos might move in to replace Nick Heidfeld.
Spanish GP - Preview
Libyan leader Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi was rumoured to be planning to visit the recent Grand Prix in Bahrain but instead he sent his Prime Minister Shukri Mohammed Ghanem.
Given that the Formula 1 circus is due to visit Turkey next year, it is worth noting that the country's security services have just uncovered a bomb attack which was being planned for the NATO Summit, which is due to take place in the city at the end of June.
The British government has been giving details of its new approach to the European Uuion Working Time Directive. The UK was recently forced to give up its system which allowed companies to opt out of the system, stirring up opposition in a number of industries, including motor racing.
More details are emerging about the plans for a new Formula 1 circuit in Switzerland. The promoters of the project are led by Claude Haldi, the president of the Vaud automobile club and a wellknown name in racing circles.
The plans for a Formula 1 circuit in Switzerland have been revealed and the track, which the promoters hope will be built near the town of Moudon, in the hills behind Lausanne, have already been drafted by F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke.
The big issue that was not addressed at the Monaco meeting is a financial settlement for Formula 1. This was the crux of the problem that led to the establishment of the now moribund GPWC organization which claimed that it would give the teams a better financial deal than that on offer from Ecclestone.
In a surprise announcement DaimlerChrysler has revealed that Dr Wolfgang Bernhard will not be taking over from Jurgen Hubbert as head of Mercedes-Benz as had been planned.
Jean Todt has been named as director-general of the Ferrari company and will take over some of the work previously done by Luca di Montezemolo.
FIA President Max Mosley has been giving details of the Formula 1 meeting in Monaco.
The Formula 1 bosses meet today in Monte Carlo to discuss FIA President Max Mosley's proposals for Formula 1 in 2008. The teams have little or no say in how these are formulated because the Concorde Agreement, the document that has controlled the sport for the last 22 years, runs out at the end of 2007.
Work is now close to completion on the Shanghai International Circuit in China. The work began in October 2002 with a plan to complete everything in 18 months. It was an impressive undertaking but the work has kept to schedule.
There was plenty of action over the weekend with British Formula 3 at Croft, the Euroseries at Estoril in Portugal, the Eurpean Formula 3000 series in Brno in the Czech Republic and Formula Nippon at Sugo in Japan.
It is 10 years today since the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola. The Brazilian three-time World Champion (1988, 1990, 1991) was a man of monumental genius, frightening commitment and a willingness to push right to the edge.
Jacques Villeneuve may be making some noise about a possible return to Formula 1 but while Jacques may be interested in returning to a team like Williams - which has a vacancy or two in 2005 - it is highly unlikely that the team is going to show much interest in him.