David McKay has died at the age of 83. As a driver, journalist and team owner, McKay played an important role in helping to establish the sport in Australia and bring it to international attention.
Audi has sold its high-performance engine unit Cosworth Technology Ltd to Germany's Mahle.
The Woking News and Mail is reporting that 48 jobs may go at McLaren because of uncertainty over the future of a new concept car called Project 8.
It may be Christmas and a quiet time in the F1 world but in the world of British politics the wheels are still turning and the news today is that Prime Minister Tony Blair is going to have to explain why he failed to declare a holiday with a tobacco baron.
Christijan Albers has been confirmed as a Minardi Formula 1 driver for next season and Holland is currently rejoicing.
John de Mol is one of Holland's best known businessmen. He made a vast fortune as one of the partners of the Endemol company which brought reality TV to the world and eventually sold out to the Spanish telephone company Telefonica.
Richard Caborn, the British Minister of Sport, has opened an $8m Innovation Centre at the Silverstone Technology Park, a joint venture between track owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club, and the East Midlands Development Agency.
Former Grand Prix driver Adrian Campos, who nurtured the career of Fernando Alonso, has another new star on his books and will be running a car in the new GP2 series for 19-year-old Juan Cruz Alvarez from Arrecifes.
American Scott Speed has had a great year in Europe, winning the German and Eurocup Formula Renault titles as part of his third season in the Red Bull Driver Search programme. Now Speed is setting his sights on GP2 and hopes to be testing for Red Bull Racing before the year is out.
Sauber has announced a small deal with the Swiss watch brand, Certina, but the branding will not appear on the car in 2005. As part of the deal Certina will equip all the team's members with watches while in return Certina will receive "a number of marketing services, including worldwide visibility for the brand".
Stories about Red Bull being banned in France must be making the company's boss Dietrich Mateschitz smile all the way to the bank. Red Bull likes to be seen as a slightly subversive product and this has been hugely helpful in building up the company's image of being out there on the edge.
It is anticipated that Minardi will announce tomorrow that it has signed a deal for 2005 with Dutchman Christijan Albers.
Antonio Pizzonia, the favourite for the second seat at BMW Williams in 2005, has become a father for the first time. His girlfriend, the international long jumping star Maurren Maggi gave birth today to a daughter, named Sofia, in Jungle Boy's home town of Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
The HiTech Racing GP2 team will go into 2005 with two Formula 3 champions on its books: Nelson Piquet Jr, who won the British Formula 3 Championship, and Xandinho Negrao, who last weekend won the SudAm F3 Championship at Interlagos.
The three banks involved in a dispute with Bernie Ecclestone over the control of the Formula One group have given a hint that they might be willing to compromise and save everyone the time and cost of spending the next few months (and perhaps years) in court.
The most sought-after document at the moment is the minutes of the meeting between FIA President Max Mosley and the representatives of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda when they met recently in Monaco to dicuss the question of arbitration.
The German government has joined the list of 47 countries that have now ratified the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The rich and famous gather at this time of year at Gstaad in Switzerland and for the last seven years Bonhams has organised the Exceptional Ferrari Motor Cars, Automobilia and Fine Wristwatches auction in the run-up to Christmas so that those with cash can pick up their last-minute Christmas gifts.
Although not keen to be seen to be giving way to the FIA, we hear that Mercedes-Benz has also given up on its plans to go to arbitration with the federation over the change of the engine regulations in 2006.
There as been a brief flurry of activity in the German media today with the suggestion being that Nick Heidfeld has signed to be the team's second driver in 2005. This is not true.
Toyota will launch the new TF105 in Barcelona on January 8. The new car which will be the first to be designed entirely by a team put together by Mike Gascoyne is expected to be a big improvement over previous cars.
The Ford Motor Company has sold the Pi Group to Kevin Kalkhoven and Gerry Forsythe, co-owners of the Champ Car World Series and heads of the PKV and Forsythe Championship Racing Champ Car teams, respectively.
The plethora of novice championships surrounding Formula 1 is very confusing - even to the experienced race fan. There was a time when the racing world was neatly structured with Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3.
Former Formula 1 driver Erik Comas and his team mate Toshihiro Kaneishi took their Hasemi Nissan 350Z Turbo to victory in the inaugural All-Japan GT promotional event at the California Speedway.
Formula 1 has been talking about racing in Russia for several years but the DTM has got there first and is to race on the streets of Moscow in 2005. The German-based racing series is to hold a race on the streets around Moscow State University.
As we predicted 10 days ago, David Coulthard has been signed by Red Bull Racing for the 2005 season.
There is talk of a street race in Hyderabad in India but the project depends on the local government deciding to fund the programme.
Eddie Jordan has ended his talks with Arden International over the possible sale of Jordan Grand Prix. It appears that Jordan believes that there is a better bid from an unknown Chinese buyer.
The Ford Motor Company has confirmed that it is ending its 40-year relationship with the Jackie Stewart. The relationship began in 1964 when Stewart was given his first contract to promote Ford cars.
Peter Sauber is looking at new engine supply arrangements resulting from the FIA's decision to introduce the new 2.4-litre V8 formula.
Silvertone has a new managing director. Richard Phillips has been working at the track for the last two years, assisting Andrew Waller, the previous managing-director.
With the chances available to drivers in Formula 1 now almost entirely dependent on money, the men who cannot afford to buy a drive are having to look elsewhere and a number have been looking to the Indy Racing League.
BMW and Honda have dropped their opposition to the FIA's 2006 engine regulations after a secret meeting with FIA President Max Mosley last week in Monaco.
The British Department of Health has issued a statement saying that the United Kingdom has become the latest country to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - the first global health treaty.
The A1 Grand Prix race series is doing better than expected and has increased its order for chassis from Lola Cars International from 30 to 50. The A1 organizers say that this is the largest single racing car order in the history of motorsport.
The British government today pledged to allocate $831m to sport in the United Kingdom in the next three years. The budget for sport was announced by Tessa Jowell, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile has announced the prices for tickets for the French Grand Prix and some of the other European races are going to have to sit up and take notice.
The original three-year Vodafone sponsorship deal with Ferrari is believed to have been organised through Philip Morris, which is said to have a huge deal which allows it to control all sponsorship on the F1 cars.
Representatives of Midland F1 were spotted recently visiting Jordan Grand Prix, presumably having a look at what Eddie Jordan has to offer, and there is talk that the Russians may decide to buy the team rather than setting up their own operation from scratch.
A trial is going ahead in Italy at the moment involving Giancarlo Minardi and his accountant Stefano Sangiorgio relating to illegal activities in relation to sponsorship deals in the 1990s.
Formula 1 TV audiences were down in 2004. This is the finding of the UK-based marketing agency, Initiative Futures, which analyses TV viewing of the world's big sporting events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Tour de France, soccer, rugby and cricket World Cups.
Renault chairman Louis Schweitzer has announced a major restructuring of the company prior to the arrival next year of the new chairman Carlos Ghosn.
The Formula 1 calendar now seems to be sorted out and we are waiting to see a final version of the DTM calendar to establish whether or not it is possible for a driver to take part in both the DTM and to be the third driver for a Formula 1 team.
The Red Bull company has always milked Formula 1 for all the publicity available and we believe that this is probably what is now happening in relation to the two drives which are supposed to be available with Red Bull Racing.
Christijan Albers may want to be a Formula 1 driver in 2005 but he is keeping his options open with a test in the United States with a Walker Racing Champ Car. The test will take place at Sebring in Florida and there suggestions that the Euro 3000 champion Nicky Pastorelli will also be seen testing for the team.
The regulations allow for the teams which finished fifth and below in the Constructors' Championship in 2004 to run a third car on Fridays in 2005. The rules about testing have not been changed and so McLaren which finished fifth in the World Championship is in a position to run three cars if it chooses to do so.
Those with money are advised that there is a chance for them to buy the team that finished second in the 2004 FIA Formula 1 Constructors' Championship - although they will have to outbid British American Tobacco and Honda for the right to take over the team.
The word on the street in Germany is that the British car company MG Rover is on the verge of announcing a project to take on Mercedes-Benz and Audi in the DTM. Opel will be present in 2005 but will then depart the series.
Dr Mark Gillan, the head of vehicle performance at Red Bull Racing, is leaving shortly. He will take up the Sir George Edwards Chair in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey in February.
The McLaren team has denied rumours that Mika Hakkinen might be involved as a test driver with the team.
Formula 1 likes to pride itself on being the best in many areas of motorsport but one area where the sport has been very weak in recent years has been in its marketing of itself.
Team Astromega was not one of the teams to join GP2 and has announced that it intends to compete next year in the new Formula Superfund championship and will also run a team in the new Italian F3000 championships.
The Champ Car World Series is reported to have had a major clear-out of its management with five executives being dropped on Friday. The organisation remains under president Dick Eidswick, who is assisted by vice-presidents David Clare and Joseph Chrnelich.
There are reports that McLaren has concluded a major new sponsorship deal with the distillery firm Diageo. The company has been talking to Formula 1 teams since last summer and recently announced plans to enter the NASCAR Nextel Cup with the championship-winning Roush Racing.
The plans for a Grand Prix in London have not disappeared despite the news that the British Grand Prix has been secured for the next five years.
Toyota Formula 1 test driver Ryan Briscoe is expected to be named as the third driver of Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Racing League team next year.
Michelin has announced that Pierre Dupasquier will be retiring at the end of 2005 and will hand over his responsibilities as head of the Competition Department to Frederic Henry-Biabaud.
The New South Wales government is considering an application for a promotional event to be held on Sydney Harbour Bridge on the weekend before the Australian Grand Prix in March.
This weekend has seen more of the annual flurry of prizegiving galas with the FIA holdings is annual gala at the Sporting Club in Monaco. The big news of the evening was the award for the best Grand Prix of 2004 being made to Bahrain.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League have announced new presidents with Joie Chitwood III and Brian Barnhart being promoted to replace Tony George.
France's Stephane Sarrazin will drive for Subaru in next year's world rally championship. The 29-year-old was a Formula 1 driver with Minardi and went on to test for Prost Grand Prix and Toyota.
We hear from Milton Keynes that one of the team's top engineers Dr Mark Gillan is going to leaving the team and plans to leave the sport entirely.
There have been lot of rumours in recent days about Williams making an announcement about drivers, but our sources say that nothing is planned immediately and that it could be some weeks before anyone is nominated to be Mark Webber's partner in 2005.
The latest whisper in F1 circles is that Mika Hakkinen may be named as the third driver of McLaren and will help the team to develop the MP4-20 in 2005.
Jacques Regis, who was rumoured to have been one of the men who might replace Max Mosley last summer, has been named as the man in charge of sorting out the World Rally Championship.
The Reuters newsagency says that despite cuts being made in non-core activities, the Formula 1 operations will continue.
The French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has announced that he intends to relax the country's employment laws which restrict working to 35 hours a week.
The Ford Motor Company is to have another major shake-up of its top management.
Coverage of Formula 1 racing could take a hit in the months ahead if the international newsagency Reuters decides to axe its coverage of Grand Prix racing.
The announcement of a deal for the British Grand Prix for the next five years will mean that the British Racing Drivers' Club will now embark on a major redevelopment programme to create 750,000 sq ft of revenue-generating facilities.
The FIA World Council will meet today in Monte Carlo but there will be little Formula 1 activity because of the cancellation of the Formula 1 Commission which had originally been scheduled for yesterday.
British American Racing Holdings Ltd, the holding company of the BAR-Honda F1 team is in administration following the failure of a legal challenge to stop the company clearing out minority partners in the business.
The British Grand Prix has been confirmed with a five-year deal between the British Racing Drivers' Club - owner of the Silverstone circuit - and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.
DaimlerChrysler affiliate, Mercedes-Ilmor is to have a new managing-director. The German company has appointed Ola Kaellenius to the job.
Sauber has a new supercomputer built for the firm by the Swiss technology company Dalco.
Tom Walkinshaw has signed a contract to be a manager of Australia's Holden Motorsport in 2005.
Red Bull Racing has dropped plans to reconstruct Austria's A1-Ring because of environmental problems. An Austrian government environmental panel on Monday ruled that objections raised by a local citizens' group were valid and that the track would create noise and air pollution.
As we predicted several days ago, Red Bull Racing has announced that David Coulthard will join the team for testing this week at Jerez.
Sir Stirling Moss yesterday urged men to shake off taboos and seek medical advice for erection difficulties.
The latest version of the Formula 1 calendar is expected to be different from the one published by the FIA back in October. The teams discussed the calendar during yesterday's meeting in London but it seems that they are currently sworn to secrecy over the dates - for reasons which are not entirely obvious.
Bernie Ecclestone has responded to the defeat in the High Court by telling journalists that he has a new offer for the Formula 1 teams, if they agree to sign up to a new Concorde Agreement beginning at the start of 2008.
Nine of the 10 Formula 1 teams met in London yesterday and invited members of the media to join them for a part of the meeting, presumably to demonstrate their solidarity in the fight against Ferrari over the question of control tyres and the reduction of testing.
Mr Justice Park dismissed the arguments of Formula One Holdings in its case against Speed Investments and he did so in a fashion that sent a clear message that the defendants did not have a case at all.
The fact that Bernie Ecclestone has lost his case with the Formula 1 banks is not really a surprise. There were months of wrangling over jurisdiction after Mr Justice Lewison decided in July that the British courts could rule on the matter.
The Formula 1 banks are planning at least three more claims against Bernie Ecclestone, according to sources in Germany. These include two which will win them control of Formula One Administration and Formula One Management and there is rumoured to be a third which will seek damages.
Mr Justice Park has ruled that he accepts the case put forward by the banks involved in Formula 1 and says that he intends to rule in favour of them. However the actual details of his judgement are still being read out so it is not yet clear what the judgement will include.
We tend to avoid writing stories about drivers attacking one another verbally but it is worth mentioning an apparent spat that has been going on in recent days between Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia, the man who is tipped to join him at BMW Williams in 2005.
The Renault F1 team has launched a collection of luxury jewellery, in collaboration with designer Mary Kaczor. The range of jewellery is to be called Bijoux Racing and will feature items for both men and women in what the team calls "an exciting fusion of glamour and technology".
The European Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx is to get a run with the BMW Williams F1 team. The news was announced at the weekend by BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen in the course of the BMW Motorsport Party, at Zell am See in Austria.
The Shanghai International Circuit has landed a deal to hold a MotoGP race for seven years. The first event will take place in Shanghai on May 1. The deal has been put together by the promotional company Dorna Sports, which runs the series.
The legal firms Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie are facing claims of negligence from McLaren and Williams, resulting from a deal in 1997 between the two teams and Bernie Ecclestone.
David Coulthard has had a seat fitting with Red Bull Racing and will appear at the test later this week in Jerez de la Frontera and we believe that the team will announce before that the Scotsman has signed a deal with the team.
In the middle of last week the Grand Prix World Championship made a presentation to a group of Formula 1 circuit owners, to give them an indication as to what the new series will have to offer if Formula One is split.
Bernie Ecclestone will have to use all his famed juggling skills in the months ahead as he has to keep not only the Formula 1 racing promoters happy but also try to win over the teams.
Win or lose today in the High Court, Bernie Ecclestone is not going to let his grip on Formula 1 slip that much. The commercial boss of Formula 1 is expected to fight again if he loses the case against the three creditor banks.
Jenson Button admitted that he was embarrassed to win an award as International Racing Driver of the Year from the readers of Autosport magazine.
India's Tata conglomerate is to become involved with Ferrari by way of its Tata Consultancy Services.
Sebastien Loeb and Jean Alesi gave France the Nations Cup at the Race of Champions event in Paris, beating the Finnish team of Heikki Kovalainen and Marcus Gronholm in the final showdown.
The Race of Champions in Paris has been won by Heikki Kovalainen.
Former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers has been named as one of the people involved in the consortium which will field an entry for Holland in the new A1 Grand Prix series.
Sebastien Bourdais has confirmed that he has "no chance" of a drive at Williams next year.
NASCAR Nextel Cup racer Casey Mears is to replace Jeff Gordon in the American team for the Race of Champions and Nations Cup competitions in Paris on Saturday.
David Coulthard showed up in Paris for the Race of Champions event and confirmed that he is talking with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz about a drive with Red Bull Racing in 2005 but no deal is done yet.
NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon spent Wednesday night in the hospital with flu-like symptoms and he has had to call off his trip to Paris to go head-to-head with Michael Schumacher in the Race of Champions.
Carlos Ghosn, the man who earned the nickname of "Le Costcutter" because of his ruthless ability to slash costs, will take the top job at Renault next year. But his policies at Nissan are now beginning to hurt the Japanese car maker.
Rising British racing star Jamie Green is moving to the DTM series in Germany next year.
Nelson Piquet Jr will have a test with BAR-Honda next week in Jerez de la Frontera. The young Brazilian will be the fourth young driver that the team will have tried.
Michael Schumacher will enjoy a victory parade down the Champs Elysees on Sunday driving a Ferrari F2004.
The Formula 1 team bosses are to meet on Monday to discuss the matters of the moment, including their plans for a testing restriction for 2005.
The GP2 series has announced that, subject to official confirmation of the calendar (and the rules) of the new championship by the FIA, there will be 12 rounds in 2005 with the finale taking place in Bahrain on September 24-25.
Patrick Long, the young American driver supported in recent years by grandprix.com scored a sensational class victory in the inaugural Bahrain FIA-GT Festival in Bahrain at the wheel of his Team Infineon Porsche 996 GTR3. Long was in dominant form and quickly dealt with the opposition.
The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has received its 40th signature and will become international law in 90 days from now.
There are rumours today that suddenly David Coulthard is top of the list as a driver at Red Bull Racing.
Craig Pollock is reported to be taking legal action against his former partner British American Tobacco.
The A1 Grand Prix series has unveiled details of a new team from the Lebanon. Team Lebanon was unveiled by the country's president Emile Lahoud at the Le Royal Hotel, Beirut. The event was hosted by Nadhmi Auchi. His son Tameem will be the boss of the new team.
Red Bull Racing is in Jerez this week with the other F1 teams and will run 21-year-old Swiss driver Neel Jani on Friday as part of the team's on-going driver evaluation programme.
Max Mosley was in the United States earlier this week to meet with automotive engineers and US racing industry politicians at the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference.
There are no big excitements in the official entry list for the 2005 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, which was issued this afternoon by the FIA. The only point of real interest is that, for the moment, the name of Jaguar Racing has not been changed but that appears to be just a formality.
Mark Smith has rejoined Jordan Grand Prix as Technical Director, returning to the team where he spent 10 years before moving to Renault. Smith was one of Jordan's original designers in 1991.