NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 2004

ROSBERG AT THE RING

Nico Rosberg won the 13th round of the Formula 3 Euro Series on the short track at the Nurburgring on Saturday, taking the lead from series leader and poleman Jamie Green (ASM) on the second lap of the race and being able to stay ahead for the rest of the afternoon.

LYONS TIGERS

Ulsterman Richard Lyons continues to be the man to beat in Formula Nippon and took pole position in qualifying for the fifth round of the series at Sugo, the Yamaha-owned circuit located about 200 miles to the north-east of Tokyo.

30 JULY 2004

BOURDAIS WANTS AN F1 CHANCE

It is no secret that France's Sebastien Bourdais did not go to America from choice after winning the 2002 FIA Formula 3000 Championship. The Frenchman was keen to get into F1 but no seats were available. Since then Bourdais has shown his class by becoming the dominant force in the Champ Car World Series his year.

THE REAL SITUATION WITH RYAN BRISCOE

It is entirely possible that Toyota test driver Ryan Briscoe might be seen driving a Jordan next year but there are not likely to be any decisions made until after the future of the team is confirmed by the rumoured new owners the Al-Maktoum Family from Dubai.

SPA INVITES 60,000 FOR FREE

The organizers of the Belgian Grand Prix have invited 60,000 fans for free on Friday, August 27. In order to be one of the lucky group potential spectators will need to pick up a coupon made available through promotional offers or competitions organised by the participating companies.

29 JULY 2004

MINARDI AND WILUX

As we reported last weekend, Minardi has terminated its title sponsorship agreement with Dutch company Wilux. Minardi signed a deal with the bathroom equipment manufacturer last year and Wilux became the team's title sponsor this year as part of a deal by which Wilux bought the space on the car and sold it on.

28 JULY 2004

JAGUAR SAYS WEBBER WILL STAY THIS YEAR

Jaguar Racing has announced that Mark Webber is leaving the team at the end of the season but says that the Australian driver "will continue to race for Jaguar until the end of the 2004 season and will remain integral to the development of the Jaguar R5".

WEBBER CONFIRMED AT WILLIAMS

There will be much excitement in Australian racing circles in the next few days with the announcement that Mark Webber has been signed to drive for the BMW Williams team.

FISICHELLA SIGNS FOR RENAULT

Giancarlo Fisichella has signed to drive for the Renault F1. The Italian drove for the team between 1998 and 2001 but was unable to score any major results and on several occasions he threw away potential victories.

FAURE DEFENDS THE DITCHING OF TRULLI

Renault F1 chairman Patrick Faure has been explaining the odd decision by the team to drop Monaco Grand Prix winner Jarno Trulli and replace him with Giancarlo Fisichella, a man who drove for the team back in 1998-2001 and never won a thing, despite several opportunities.

IRVINE AND WURZ AT MINARDI

Eddie Irvine and Alexander Wurz are to join the ranks of Minardi drivers for the Altech South African F1x2 Charity Grand Prix at Kyalami on August 9. The event is being held to give race-starved South Africans a thrill and to raise money for Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Unite Against Hunger charity.

LIUZZI AND FERRARI

There is every reason to take very seriously the story published in The Independent in London, suggesting that Ferrari is looking at signing up Formula 3000 stand-out Vitantonio Liuzzi as a test driver for 2005 with the long-term intention of developing th 23-year-old into a replacement for Michael Schumacher.

27 JULY 2004

PROGRESS IN NEW YORK, BUT NOT FOR F1

The Staten Island Advance newspaper is reporting that the International Speedway Corporation has signed a deal to buy more than 600 acres on New York's Staten Island and is beginning the process to get clearance for the construction of an 80,000-seat raceway.

CANDIDATES FOR THE GP2 SERIES

The new GP2 series may be struggling to attract teams from the FIA International Formula 3000 series but it should be remembered that there are several other championships which could supply the teams needed to get the new series off the ground.

RUMOURS FROM RENAULT

The word of the street at Renault F1 this morning is that Mark Smith is leaving the Enstone team. Smith joined Renault in January 2001 on a five year contract and so should be staying until January 2006.

DIXON IN THE WARS

One-time Formula 1 hopeful Scott Dixon had to sit out the Indy Racing Laegue event on Sunday after two accidents on Saturday left him with chipped bone in his thumb and a badly sprained ankle. Both of the impacts were around 90G.

SCHUMACHER TO COMPETE IN RACE OF CHAMPIONS

Organizers of the Race of Champions competition have done a deal to get Michael Schumacher and World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Loeb to take part in the end-of-season head-to-head competition in identically prepared rally-raid cars.

FISICHELLA AT RENAULT, WEBBER AT WILLIAMS

Giancarlo Fisichella will be confirmed on Wednesday as Fernando Alonso's partner at Renault F1 in 2005. It is expected that the announcement will be made at the same time as confirmation that Mark Webber is moving to Williams next year.

26 JULY 2004

RACE REPORT - THE BUMS OF HOCKENHEIM

Fifty years ago a young actor called Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his performance as a one-time boxer, Terry Malloy, in the movie "On the Waterfront". In a memorable scene Terry tells his brother Charley (played by Rod Steiger) that he wasn't always a loser. "I could have had class," he said. "I could have been a contender..."

25 JULY 2004

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS GERMAN GP

German GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Sunday Photos

NEW: RACE INCIDENTS FROM HOCKENHEIM

Race incidents

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

German GP - Race Results

TRULLI TO LEAVE RENAULT

Jarno Trulli has announced that he is leaving Renault F1 at the end of the year. This is no surprise as the team will announce the signing of Giancarlo Fisichella on Wednesday this week.

24 JULY 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - RED HOT POKER

German GP - Qualifying Report

LIUZZI DOES IT AGAIN

Vitantonio Liuzzi added a sixth win to his tally for the year in the seventh round of the FIA International Formula 3000 series although on this occasion he was helped by the fact that title rival Enrico Toccacelo, who has finished second on five occasions, was slightly held up during his pit stop.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

German GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 4 REPORT - WHAT A BAR GAIN!

German GP - Practice Session 4 Report

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

German GP - Practice Session 4 Results

ALBERS TO TEST FOR JORDAN

Dutch driver Christian Albers will have a Formula 1 test with Jordan in September.

MINARDI SIGNS UP HERBERT

Johnny Herbert and Marc Gene are to join the Minardi driver line-up for the forthcoming F1x2 Charity Grand Prix at Kyalami in South Africa.

SAUBER AND BRIDGESTONE

Sauber has signed a new long-term deal with Bridgestone for Formula 1 tyres. The news has yet to be announced but follows rumours that Sauber was talking with rival tyre firm Michelin.

GARY PAFFETT AND SAUBER

There have been stories in recent days about British hopeful Gary Paffett getting a chance to drive a Sauber later this year and our sources say that it is quite likely.

HOW TO WASTE MONEY IN FORMULA 1

The current discussions over the rules are already costing teams considerable amounts of money because anyone who has pushed ahead and made preparations for the 2005 season may have to throw away most of the work that has been done.

LIUZZI ON POLE

Vitantonio Liuzzi continued his domination of the FIA Formula 3000 Championship with pole position for the sixth time in seven races.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

German GP - Practice Session 3 Results

23 JULY 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - MICHAEL ON TOP

German GP - Practice Session 2 Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Friday Press Conference

WICKHAM TO RUN A1 GRAND PRIX DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

A1 Grand Prix has appointed John Wickham to be its Technical Operations Advisor to oversee the testing programme of the new Lola-built A1 car. Wickham (54) will bring years of experience to the role, having started out in motor racing 30 years ago.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

German GP - Practice Session 2 Results

FORMULA 1 AND THE AMERICA'S CUP

Formula 1 budgets are holding steady at the moment but the global sports sponsorship market is very busy at the moment, principally because preparations are now beginning for the next America's Cup sailing competition in 2007.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

German GP - Practice Session 1 Results

BAR CONFIRMS THREE MORE YEARS OF HONDA

The BAR-Honda relationship will continue for at least another three years, although there are believed to be options which could result in the relationship going on even longer if all goes well.

FISICHELLA AND RENAULT

Our spies tell us that Giancarlo Fisichella will be confirmed next week as Fernando Alonso's partner at Renault F1 in 2005.

BAR AND HONDA EXTEND PARTNERSHIP

British American Racing and Honda will announce shortly that they have agreed to extend their current partnership in Formula 1 for what is expected to be a period of three more years.

TROUBLE BETWEEN MINARDI AND WILUX?

There are rumours coming out of Holland that there are problems between Minardi and the team's title sponsor Wilux.

22 JULY 2004

GERMAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

German GP - Preview

GP2 PROTOTYPE RUNS

The prototype GP2 chassis ran for the first time this week at Paul Ricard with Renault F1 test driver Franck Montagny driving. The car, built by Dallara, is to be tested in the course of the next few months while the organizers of the series try to attract cars for the 2005 season.

SAUBER AND MICHELIN

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the tyre contracts for next year with lots of rumours of teams switching to Bridgestone and stories about Sauber switching to Michelin.

WILSON STILL HOPES FOR F1 SUCCESS

Justin Wilson has disappeared off the Formula 1 radar screens since the end of last season but over in America he is making a name for himself with his performances in the Champ car series.

21 JULY 2004

THE MOSLEY BUSINESS

There is one rather important thing which has been overlooked in all the talk about Max Mosley reversing his decision to retire a year ahead of schedule: the FIA Senate's decisions have to be ratified by the FIA World Councils - or at least that is what it says in the FIA statutes.

LOOKING AT THE BOOKS AT JAGUAR

The Ford Motor Company has just announced its second quarter profits of $1.2bn but the company was quick to point out that this was due to its successful financing operations rather than car sales.

WILL FISICHELLA GO TO RENAULT OR TO WILLIAMS?

Giancarlo Fisichella has a contract to stay at Sauber in 2005 but it does not look like he's going to. The Roman has emerged in recent days as a contender not only for a drive with the BMW Williams team but also as a possible signing with the Renault team.

20 JULY 2004

IS 2.4-LITRE V8 RACING THE WAY TO GO?

The big question being asked in Formula 1 circles at the moment is whether or not 2.4-litre V8 engines are the best way forward for the sport, even if most of the manufacturers involved in F1 have accepted that they will need to build the new units if the FIA insists upon a change.

BOBBY, BUDDY AND TONY GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Tony George, the boss of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the man behind the United States Grand Prix joined Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and team boss Bobby Rahal on a visit to the meet President George W Bush at the White House in Washington.

A1 IS STILL OUT THERE

The organizers of the planned A1 Grand Prix series have popped up again with a display at the Farnborough International Air Show. The plans for the series are moving ahead and Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum says that negotiations are well-advanced for the sale of 24 national licences to competitors.

BRITAIN TO STRENGTHEN COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

The British Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced a new $50m investment to improve the UK's composite industry.

19 JULY 2004

THAT'S IT FOR TESTING!

The Formula 1 teams head for Hockenheim this week in the knowledge that there will be no more testing between now and the week after the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

NASCAR'S BIGGEST STAR SUFFERS BURNS

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the biggest star in the NASCAR Nextel Cup, suffered second degree burns after a practice crash during the American Le Mans Series's Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point.

NEW TOYOTA READY FOR HOCKENHEIM

The new Toyota 104B will make its F1 debut at Hockenheim later this week.

18 JULY 2004

A BIG HELP FOR F1 IN AMERICA

The rival single-seater racing championships in North America have agreed to disagree and will continue independently of one another. The new will be greeted with joy by NASCAR and is good news also for Formula 1.

16 JULY 2004

PIZZONIA GETS THE WILLIAMS

Antonio Pizzonia has been named as the second Williams driver for the forthcoming German Grand Prix but the team will continue to pick its replacement for Ralf Schumacher on a race by race basis while other negotiations continue.

THE FIA CRAWLS BACK TO MOSLEY

Max Mosley will remain as the FIA until the end of next year. The FIA Senate met on Friday in London and it seems failed to find any solution other than begging Mosley to rescind his decision and return as as the head of the FIA until October next year.

FIA REITERATES MOSLEY'S PROPOSALS

The FIA has reiterated the rules package put forward by Max Mosley from his recent press conference at Magny-Cours but at the same time the Formula 1 teams are looking at alternative ways in which to bring the Formula 1 lap times under control, without resorting to some of the more extreme measures.

PIZZONIA, WEBBER AND WILLIAMS

The Williams team may use Antonio Pizzonia for the next few races. This is not really a surprise as Ralf Schumacher's replacement Marc Gene has done a workmanlike job for the last two events but it has not been enough for the team to consider keeping the Spaniard for the rest of the races.

THE FACE OF F1 QUALIFYING

Attempts to change the way Formula 1 cars qualify before the German Grand Prix have failed, but that is really not a surprise as there is a strong body of opinion in F1 circles that although no-one is happy with the current format, the new one being proposed is really not much better.

15 JULY 2004

FIAT NEEDS MORE EUROPEAN PENETRATION

The boss of Fiat Auto Herbert Demel says that the troubled Italian car company needs to make a bigger impression in Europe and not rely so heavily on Italian domestic sales.

TOYOTA ALREADY JUSTIFYING SCHUMACHER SIGNING

Toyota Motorsport president John Howett says he believes that Ralf Schumacher is the right man for the team.

14 JULY 2004

HELLMAN & FRIEDMAN CLOSE NEW EQUITY FUND

Hellman & Friedman, the private equity fund that bought part of the Formula One group some years ago and made a sensible profit on the deal, has just closed a new $3.5bn investment fund and is looking for businesses in which to invest.

THE GHOST OF MIKA HAKKINEN

Mika Hakkinen retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2002 saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family and admitting that he did not want to take as many risks as previously, after a huge accident in Melbourne at the start of that year after his McLaren a suspension failure.

13 JULY 2004

A TIME TO NEGOTIATE

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey will be free to leave McLaren at the end of July 2005 and that means that we are likely to see a battle for his services. At the moment Newey says that he isn't even thinking about contracts because he is busy working on next year's car.

KYALAMI IS SOLD

The Kyalami racing circuit, home of the South African Grand Prix for many years, has been sold for $7.1m. The new owners are a consortium of businessmen including both businessmen and property developers.

SILVERSTONE HITS 195,000

The British Grand Prix attracted 85,000 people more than it did in 2003, attracting a total of 195,000 spectators over two days and with very few complaints about traffic jams the race seems to have been a big success, evidence perhaps that changing the pricing structures is the way forward for race promoters.

12 JULY 2004

RACE REPORT - SCHU SHINES, THE SUN DOES NOT

It is nice to listen to the German national anthem on a Sunday afternoon. It is a magnificent piece of music. Frederick Handel knew how to scribble a decent tune. The only problem is that after listening to the same tune for the 80th time on a Sunday afternoon is becoming a bit too much of a habit.

A RACE TRACK IN NEW YORK

Preliminary talks are now taking place for the construction of a major new racing facility on New York's Staten Island.

BOURDAIS MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW

Sebastien Bourdais won the Toronto Molson Indy on Sunday, his third Champ Car victory in a row.

LIUZZI'S FIFTH WIN IN SIX RACES

Vitantonio Liuzzi started the season as the favourite to win the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship but his success this year has been much more stunning than anyone expeced it to be and with each new victory Liuzzi's name is being heard more and more in the Formula 1 paddock.

MASERATIS WOW F1 MEDIA

The support races at Grands Prix are rarely given much attention up in the Formula 1 Media Centres but at Silverstone on Sunday there was some excitement when Matthew Marsh, sometime Formula 1 Correspondent of the South China Morning Post, won the Trofeo Maserati race at Silverstone.

QATAR JOINS THE MOTOR RACING PARTY

Qatar is the latest country in the Middle East to open its own international motorsports venue. The Losail International Circuit of Qatar will host a round of the MotoGP series later this year.

11 JULY 2004

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS BRITISH GP

British GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

British GP - Race Results

BAR ENGINEERS IN ROAD SMASH

British American Racing engineers Jock Clear and Tristan Timmins will be out of action this afternoon following a road accident this morning on their way into the Silverstone circuit.

WEBBER, WILLIAMS, FISICHELLA AND THE REST OF THEM

The driver market was on the move again at Silverstone with much ducking and weaving going on in the paddock as the Formula 1 teams try to work out who is going where next year.

10 JULY 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - 3-2-1 LIFT-OFF!

British GP - Qualifying Report

ECCLESTONE TO MOVE ON QUALIFYING AGAIN

Bernie Ecclestone spent Saturday afternoon going around the teams after the qualifying at Silverstone trying to get the format changed after the pre-qualifying session was marked by teams trying to go slower than their rivals.

NOW HERE'S A GOOD STORY...

The Winston Salem Journal has come up with an interesting story about NASCAR star Jeff Gordon, suggesting that the multiple champion is "the subject of more hot Formula 1 rumours, this time linking him to a possible ride with the super-star Williams team and with Bernie Ecclestone possibly willing to pay part of the salary".

SATURDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

British GP - Qualifying Results

F1 AND THE AL MAKTOUMS

Eddie Jordan is keeping his cards close to his chest about negotiations that are going on for the Irishman to sell part of his team to the Dubai royal family. Working out what is going on is not easy because there are a large number of members of the Al Maktoum dynasty.

JORDAN AND DUBAI

The Emirate of Dubai has announced that it intends to buy control of a Formula 1 team and will run the team from Dubai, while leaving the operational base in Britain.

PRACTICE 4 REPORT - RAIKKONEN STILL ON TOP

British GP - Practice Session 4 Report

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

British GP - Practice Session 4 Results

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ATTACKS F1

The British Medical Journal had attacked Formula 1 racing, arguing that "Formula 1 has become a core feature in the ongoing globalisation of the tobacco pandemic" and is urging member states of the World Health Organization to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

LIUZZI ON POLE

Italy's rising star Vitantonio Liuzzi took pole position for the Silverstone Formula 3000 race on Friday, taking his fifth pole position in six events. Liuzzi has won four of the five races to date but is still under threat in the championship because of the consistent performance of his chief rival Enrico Toccacelo.

JOHN WALTON

The Minardi garage remained closed on Saturday morning at Silverstone as a mark of respect for the team's sporting director John Walton, who died in St Thomas's Hospital in London on Friday night, following a heart attack on Tuesday morning. "John Boy" was only 47.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

British GP - Practice Session 3 Results

FORMULA 1 ENGINEERS MOVING TOWARDS RULES PACKAGE

The Formula 1 engineers have managed to come up with a package of rule changes which they say will cut lap times by three seconds per lap, the target which FIA boss Max Mosley wanted them to achieve this year.

RENAULT HEADS FOR LYON

The Renault F1 team is to run an R24 car through the streets of Lyon, France's second biggest city, on September 5. The car will be driven by Fernando Alonso and the team's test driver Franck Montagny.

A NEW HP DEAL FOR WILLIAMS

The BMW WilliamsF1 team has confirmed that its principal sponsor, HP, has extended its commercial partnership for a multi-year period.

DAVIDSON AND SAUBER

There is speculation in the Formula 1 paddock at Silverstone that Britain's Anthony Davidson could move into a racing role in 2005 with the Sauber team. Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa both have two year contracts with the Swiss team

VISITORS DOWN GROVE WAY

Our spies at the Williams headquarters in Grove report that there has been a fair amount of activity in recent days which seems to be related to the search for a second driver for 2005.

WALTON IN INTENSIVE CARE

Just before the start of the British Grand Prix weekend, the Minardi team suffered a very serious setback when the team's Sporting Director John Walton was the victim of a heart attack.

9 JULY 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - RAIKKONEN QUICKEST

British GP - Practice Session 2 Report

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Biritish GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Friday Press Conference

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

British GP - Practice Session 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

British GP - Practice Session 1 Results

WEBBER FUTURE

The only real talking point at Silverstone has been the negotiations going on over the future of Mark Webber. The talks with Williams are well-advanced but it seems at the last moment some of those involved have been introducing new offers, presumably in an effort to push up the price.

ANOTHER CHANGE AT FORD

The management of the Ford Motor Company is constantly moving structure with the latest development being the departure of the team's chief strategist Bruce Blythe, after less than a year in the job.

8 JULY 2004

SILVERSTONE-BASHING, PART 324

At this time of year in England one expects to see lush green hedgerows, long sunny afternoons and threats against the British Grand Prix. It is as predictable as the massive hype that precedes the departure each year from Wimbledon of local hero Tim Henman.

SHAKE-UP AT COSWORTH

There is to be a major shake up at Cosworth Racing with Technical Director Nick Hayes handing over to a new generation of engineers. Hayes has been with Cosworth for 20 years, having joined the firm as a designer in the F1 division in 1984.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

British GP - Preview

7 JULY 2004

RACING ON THE STREETS OF LONDON

Westminster City Counsellor Ian Wilder makes no bones about it: London wants to host a Grand Prix. It is four years since Wilder found himself sitting next to Bernie Ecclestone at a charity dinner and in conversation asked him if he would like to bring F1 to the streets of London.

TOYOTA CONFIRMS RALF DEAL

Panasonic Toyota Racing has finally got round to confirming that it has signed a three-year contract with Ralf Schumacher.

A BIG SUCCESS IN LONDON

The Formula 1 comes to Regent Street event in London was a huge success with newspapers and TV stations estimating the crowd to have been in the region of 500,000 people, standing many deep on the pavements or watching from windows and rooftops.

FOM QUESTIONS BRITISH GP DEAL

The Formula One Management legal department has challenged the assertion made by Alexander Hooton of the British Racing Drivers Club suggesting that we the British Grand Prix "is secure for 2005 and 2006".

6 JULY 2004

TOBACCO TREATY TO BECOME LAW BY DECEMBER?

The World Health Organization has announced that its anti-tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should become international law by the end of this year.

BRDC GETS BONUS FROM INTERPUBLIC

The British Racing Drivers' Club is to get $50m from the Interpublic Group to terminate the lease agreement that existed between the two parties. This means that the BRDC will take control of the circuit in December 2004.

GREEN IMPRESSES

Jamie Green is not a name that has made a huge impression in Formula 1 until the recent French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours. Green claimed a dominant win the first Formula 3 Euroseries race on Saturday.

CHANGING QUALIFYING

No-one in Formula 1 is happy with the current qualifying procedures but moves are afoot for a change to be made. Bernie Ecclestone has been circulating a new document, trying to get teams to agree to the same change that was rejected at the recent F1 Commission meeting.

GOLDSMITH WANTS LONDON GP

The promoter Harvey Goldsmith has admitted that he is trying to put together a London Grand Prix. Goldsmith told The Evening Standard newspaper in London that he believes a race in London is feasible but is having problems with the bureaucracy.

RODGER WARD

The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and a former Grand Prix driver Rodger Ward has died in Anaheim, California. He was 83 years of age and oldest surviving winner of the Indy 500, which he won in 1959 and 1962.

5 JULY 2004

RACE REPORT - TOUR DE FRANCE, TOUR DE FORCE

Michael Schumacher won his ninth victory in 10 races and that made the chaps down at Renault rather blue. They thought that Fernando Alonso was going to win the 2004 French Grand Prix.

MEANWHILE ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD

While the Formula 1 circus was at Magny-Cours there were races going on around the world with a variety of F1 hopefuls pressing their claims for a chance to compete in the big time.

4 JULY 2004

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS FRENCH GP

French GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

French GP - Race Results

LUIZZI WINS AGAIN

Tonio Liuzzi completed dominated the Formula 3000 race at Magny-Cours to score his fourth victory in five races.

NO ANNOUNCEMENT FROM RENAULT

Renault did not announce its driver at the French GP as had been expected and it seems that this is because Jarno Trulli and Flavio Briatore are unable to agree financial terms on a new contract and Jarno is threatening to take up an offer from Toyota.

TYRE POLITICS

We hear that there is a certain amount of pushing and shoving going on in F1 circles at the moment over tyre supply in the future with some of the six Michelin teams looking at whether or not to do deals with Bridgestone in the future.

BRIDGESTONE TO SUPPLY GP2

The official launch of the GP2 series took place at Magny-Cours with an announcement that Bridgestone will become the tyre supplier of the new championship.

F1 TEAMS SPLIT OVER 19 RACES

The Formula 1 team bosses are divided over whether or not having 19 races is a good idea. The majority appear to be against the idea unless there is considerably more money available to help them

REGIS SAYS NO TO FIA PRESIDENCY

Jacques Regis, the president of the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile, told the French TV station TF1 on Sunday morning that he is not planning to stand for the FIA presidency in October 2005.

3 JULY 2004

QUALIFYING REPORT - WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

After taking pole position for the French Grand Prix Fernando Alonso said he was surprised to be where he was. He had not expected the Renault to be that competitive at Magny-Cours.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Saturday Press Conference

QUALIFYING RESULTS

French GP - Qualifying Results

BELL GOES BACK TO AMERICA

Formula 1 aspirant Townsend Bell has gone back to US racing and will complete the season with Panther Racing, replacing British driver Mark Taylor.

PRACTICE 4 REPORT - MCLAREN FASTEST - FOR NOW

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of the morning session at Magny-Cours with a best lap of 1m14.513s, a fraction faster than Jenson Button's best lap of 1m14.568s. Michael Schumacher was right with the two men with a best of 1m14.571s

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

French GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

French GP - Practice Session 3 Results

2 JULY 2004

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A WASTED DAY IN MAGNY-COURS

The two test sessions for the French Grand Prix were both disrupted by inclement weather which gave the time sheets little real relevance although most of the drivers who one would expect to see at the top of the timesheets were there or thereabouts.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

FIA President Max Mosley says he is leaving his job in October, a year before the end of his mandate, and the news has taken everyone by surprise. In the Formula 1 paddock there is no shortage of theories about what has caused the unexpected decision.

MOSLEY OUTLINES F1 RULE PLANS

Max Mosley said that on Tuesday FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting will formally tell the F1 teams that the FIA is going to invoke Article 7.5 of the Concorde Agreement, following the decision by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday to change the F1 rules on the grounds of safety.

AN ELEGANT EXIT

Max Mosley went in front of the Formula 1 press corps in Magny-Cours to explain his sudden decision to retire as FIA President and left no doubt that there is not chance that he is going to reconsider his decision.

KEEP AN EYE ON DARBELNET

The man who is tipped as possible long-term replacement for Max Mosley is America's Robert Darbelnet, the president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Association (AAA), a club which has 42m members in the United States.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Friday Press Conference

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

French GP - Practice Session 2 Results

A NEW DEAL FOR TOYOTA

Toyota Motorsport has today announced that it has signed a sponsorship deal with US-based IT company BMC Software Inc, effective 1 July 2004, which sees BMC become a sponsor and technical partner for the Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula 1 team.

LIGIER BACK IN THE RACING GAME

Former F1 team boss Guy Ligier has taken a significant shareholding in Automobiles Martini, the French single-seater racing car constructor which is based at Magny-Cours.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

French GP - Practice Session 1 Results

1 JULY 2004

MAX MOSLEY STANDS DOWN

FIA President Max Mosley has announced that he is to stand down from his role as FIA President in October, one year before the end of his mandate. Mosley has been in charge of international motorsport since he was elected FISA President in the autumn of 1991.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

French GP - Preview

MOSLEY QUITS FIA!

In a surprise move, Max Mosley has told the FIA General Assembly this morning in Paris that he intends to resign the FIA Presidency in October this year.

AINTREE TO HOST A FESTIVAL OF MOTORSPORT

The Aintree racing circuit, just outside Liverpool was once the home of the British Grand Prix. First used in 1954 the track, which runs alongside the famous Aintree racecourse, home of the Grand National, shared its grandstands with the racecourse and in austere post-war Britain quickly rose to prominence.

RALF UNHAPPY WITH US DOCTORS

Ralf Schumacher is not happy with doctors in the USA who sent him home afteer his 190mph accident at Indianapolis with two fractures in his spine left undetected. Schumacher went for tests at a German clinic earlier this week and the fractures were discovered.

MICHELIN PROPOSES F1 CHANGES

The French tyre company Michelin has announced what it thinks would be a good solution to reduce the operating costs of Formula 1 by more than 50%. The company says that it would be happy to supply one one set of tyres which will be used for qualifying and the race.

WHITAKER GOES TO BAHRAIN

Martin Whitaker, who until last year was the head of Ford's European motorsport programmes has been named as the new General Manager of the Bahrain International Circuit.