French GP - Preview
The Formula One Management company has filed its financial returns for 2003, revealing a number of interesting developments.
The Formula 1 teams have pointed out a curious anomaly in the FIA World Council judgment of yesterday.
Hidden away behind the smoke and mirrors of the World Council decisions and subsequent reactions, the FIA issued a calendar of 20 blocked dates for Formula 1 next year.
The FIA World Council made a number of other decisions, notably approving the distribution of the consultation document on regulations for the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship to the relevant stakeholders.
The headlines all say "Michelin teams guilty" but the actual FIA World Council decision in Paris today said very little. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The entire United States Grand Prix debacle is an issue over which the potential existed to blow Formula 1 apart.
The recent days have seen the question of tyre safety bubbling away quietly beneath the surface in F1, notably between the FIA and Michelin. This was sparked by the Michelin tyre problems in Indianapolis.
FIA President Max Mosley said the following in his press conference in Paris, this afternoon.
As part of the F1 team's submissions to the World Council today in Paris, there was a statement from 19 drivers, supporting the teams.
These are the submissions made by the Formula One Teams to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
BAR-Honda, BMW Williams, Renault F1, Sauber Petronas, Team McLaren Mercedes and Toyota Motorsport GmbH - but not Red Bull Racing - have reacted to the announcement from the FIA World Council.
The World Council's decision.
The World Council meeting is now taking place in Paris
This morning in Paris, the Formula 1 world will make important decisions. The FIA World Council, a gathering of some of the top club officials in the automobile federation, will decide on whether Grand Prix racing should be ruled by commerce or by the book.
Michelin has announced that it is to contribute to the costs incurred by spectators at the United States Grand Prix by offering to refund their tickets. The company will also buy 20,000 tickets for next year's race and will give them to spectators who were present at this year's race.
If you are mad enough to want to sit next to a Grand Prix driver, you can bid your way to be co-driver in the Dodgems Challenge at the Silverstone Grand Prix Ball, which kicks off the weekend on Friday, July 8.
As all eyes in Formula 1 are on a committee room in Paris, fans of NASCAR can this summer enjoy their favourite sport playing host to Herbie, the free-wheeling automotive film star, which first hit the big time in the 1960s in The Love Bug
There may be huge interest in Formula 1 in India at the moment but that does not mean that the Indians are going to see the racing on television, despite the fact that Narain Karthikeyan is the first Indian to be racing in Grands Prix.
Carlos Ghosn, the new boss of Automobiles Renault, has spent the last three months looking at the way the company operates and deciding how to move forward.
Edouard Michelin, the man in charge of the giant Michelin tyre company, has responded to a communication last week from Max Mosley, which apparently questioned Michelin's safety record in Formula 1.
Toyota has announced that it is pulling out of open-wheeler racing in the United States after 12 years involvement with CART and more recently IRL.
The seven Formula 1 teams involved in the debacle in Indianapolis will meet today in Paris, with Minardi's Paul Stoddart and representatives of the car manufacturers involved in Formula 1 to discuss their plans for the FIA World Council meeting tomorrow.
As Formula 1 looks disaster in the face once again, at the meeting of the FIA World Council in Paris on Wednesday, the signs are not looking good that peace is about to break out and team principals, in addition to the voluble Paul Stoddart, are whispering that if the FIA imposes harsh penalties on the teams there will be war.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not happy about what happened at the United States Grand Prix and just so the locals get the message,
The French tyre company Michelin has issued a statement about what happened at the United States Grand Prix.
The FIA's outline for the Formula 1 rules in 2008, issued just before the current F1 crisis blew up in Indianapolis, called for annual expenditure to be cut from $300m per team per year to a figure of around $30m a year and all manner of technology coming under tight restrictions.
Toyota is expected to conform shortlly that it is leaving the Indy Racing League at the end of 2006. Chevrolet departs at the end of the current season and Honda has said that it is not interested in staying on by itself so it too is expected to depart from the championship.
It was a busy weekend for non-F1 racing series with rounds of the Champ Car, IRL, Formula 3 Euroseries, DTM and British F3 series all taking place, in addition to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The final selection of letters we have received.
Yet more response from F1 fans around the world.
We do not agree with all the opinions being expressed but in the circumstances it does the sport good to air the views of the people.
The organisers of the French and British Grands Prix have both issued statements in recent days saying that fans should not be worried about their races on July 3 and July 10 respectively.
Many thanks for the thousands of messages we have received about the United States Grand Prix.
Formula 1 fans voice their opinions about what happened at Indianapolis.
Grand Prix Tours Inc., which organises trips for fans to Grands Prix around the world, has announced that it will be crediting the cost of grandstand tickets for its customers who attended the 2005 USGP in Indianapolis.
Your opinions about the state of F1.
The Champ Car World Series has announced that it will honour all tickets for the United States Grand Prix for the forthcoming Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland on June 26.
More of the same. Real opinions from real people.
We asked F1 fans for their opinions about what happened at Indianapolis. Here is what they think.
Here is further comment from F1 fans about what happened at Indianapolis:
Our spies in the Middle East tell us that Eddie Jordan is the latest person to sign up to own a franchise in the A1 Grand Prix series. The news is yet to be confirmed but we believe that Jordan will run a team representing Ireland.
The FIA has issued a press release which aims to justify the actions of its officials at Indianapolis last weekend.
Gunther Schmid, the owner of two different Formula 1 teams in the 1970s and 1980s, has died from a brain tumour.
The FIA has "categorically denied" the suggestion made by Paul Stoddart that Max Mosley told the FIA's most senior representative in the United States, Burdette Martin, that if any kind of non-championship race was run, or any alteration made to the circuit.
The words complete transparency are often used in F1 these days and Paul Stoddart has just issued an account of what happened to him at Indianapolis. It makes interesting reading as the colourful Minardi boss has (as usual) not held back.
Credit Suisse is selling its shareholding in the Sauber team over a three-year period to BMW. In the same period, Credit Suisse will remain an official partner of the team.
BMW will announce this afternoon that it has decided to buy Sauber.
We have received hundreds of responses to our request for your opinions about what happened at Indianapolis last weekend.
The FIA has ordered seven teams to appear before the World Council next week on various charges relating to what happened at Indianapolis on Sunday. There are, it seems, dangers in this course of action which could trigger law suits in the United States.
The last few days have seen considerable argument being thrown around about what was right and what was wrong in Indianapolis. It is worth considering a couple of precedents which will no doubt feature in the discussions in the next week.
BMW and Sauber are to make an announcement today in Munich. It is safe to assume that the announcement will at the least be confirmation of the plan for the Swiss team to run with the BMW engines next year and at the most will be an announcement that the team is to be acquired by BMW.
We hear that the FIA has ordered Michelin to supply it with full details of all of its tyre failures in recent times and that the federation has instructed the French tyre maker that the information will be put in front of an independent technical expert to decide whether or not Michelin's F1 tyres are dangerous.
The FIA has issued the following statement.
The Indianapolis Star has reported today that a Colorado resident has 'filed a class action lawsuit against the FIA, Formula One Group, Formula One Administration, Michelin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway following Sunday's United States Grand Prix.
All seven Formula One teams that did not take part in Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix will begin an intense three day test session in Jerez, Spain tomorrow.
The FIA has filed charges against the seven teams using Michelin tires that did not take part in Sunday's United States Grand Prix fiasco.
The thumbs of the fans in the grandstands at Indianapolis were all pointing downwards at the end of a ridiculous United States Grand Prix. Fingers in the paddock will be pointing in other directions as the parties involved try to throw mud at one another about who is responsible for this debacle.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has called representatives of the seven Michelin teams to appear before them at the next meeting, which will be held in Paris on Wednesday, June 29.
It would be nice if Formula 1 had some form as ombudsman - an independent body which could assess who is reponsible when things go wrong. But that is a dream. There are civil courts which decide such matters and there is trial by media.
Cristiano da Matta was back in his winning ways in the United States of America on Sunday was he took victory in the GI Joe's Grand Prix of Portland in Oregon. The PKV Racing driver, dumped less than a year ago by the Toyota F1 team, took the win from 10th position on the grid.
The events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday could drag Formula 1 into legal action with the Americans.
We have been talking to the American press corps at Indianapolis about what they think about what happened today.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway shares in the disappointment with the loyal fans of IMS and Formula One that we did not see the exciting race we all anticipated due to circumstances beyond our control.
After the United States Grand Prix we went out into the crowd and asked the people we met what they thought about the events of the day. We found people from all over the United States, many of them having travelled long distances to be at Indianapolis.
United States GP - Race Notes
Minardi raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but it is clear that team boss Paul Stoddart was not impressed by what was happening. The team scored points but there was no rejoicing in the Minardi pit.
United States GP - Sunday Photos
United States GP - Sunday Press Conference
The Michelin teams deeply regret the position that they have been put in today and would like to apologise to all the spectators, TV viewers, Formula 1 fans and sponsors for not being able to take part in today's USA Grand Prix.
United States GP - Race incidents
United States GP - Sunday Team Quotes
United States GP - Race Results
Formula 1 has committed suicide in the United States of America. At the end of the parade lap for the United States Grand Prix, the Michelin teams all headed into the pitlane and retired, leaving the huge crowd to watch two Ferraris, two Jordans and two Minardis.
Michelin has issued the following statement
With half an hour to go before the start of the United States Grand Prix there is no sign as to what is going to happen. Our understanding is that if there is no chicane 18 of the cars will stay in the garages and only Ferrari will take up its grid positions. If there is a chicane, so goes the theory, Ferrari will not be there.
There are reports that Minardi and Jordan have joined the Michelin teams and say that unless there is a chicane to slow the cars down, they will not be taking part in the United States Grand Prix.
It is not the first time in the history of Formula 1 that there have been tyre problems on banked circuits. The same thing happened at the German Grand Prix in 1959 when the F1 teams were in action on the Automobil Verkehrs und Ubungs-Strasse (AVUS) facility in Berlin.
The tyre problems that Michelin has encountered at the United States Grand Prix have resulted in some confusion as to what is going to happen on Sunday. There are, however, a limited number of possibilities of what will occur.
The FIA has published an exchange of letters between itself and Michelin over the question of what should happen today with regard to tyres at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
There will be dancing on the streets of Toyota City tonight thanks to Jarno Trulli's pole position for the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speeway. Trulli gave Toyota a much-needed boost after a difficult time on Friday when Ralf Schumacher crashed and was replaced by third driver Ricardo Zonta.
United States GP - Saturday Photos
United States GP - Saturday Press Conference
United States GP - Saturday Team Quotes
United States GP - Qualifying Results
The F1 technical directors met after practice in Indianapolis on Saturday morning to discuss the problems with Michelin tyres and it seems that the decision has been taken to run the cars in qualifying with higher tyre pressure. After that things are less clear.
There has been much talk in recent weeks about about a Grand Prix in Las Vegas and it is said that casino magnate Steve Wynn was a VIP guest at the recent Canadian Grand Prix.
United States GP - Practice Session 4 Results
The problems of tyres in F1 have been bubbling away for some months in Formula 1 and the crash on Friday afternoon which put Ralf Schumacher into the wall at Indianapolis has precipitated a crisis as there are fears that the Michelin tyres may be a problem.
United States GP - Practice Session 3 Results
Ricardo Zonta will stand in for Ralf Schumacher for the rest of the Indianapolis weekend. The Brazilian last raced in China and Brazil last year when he replaced Cristiano da Matta, who had been dropped by the team.
Toyota is about to make an announcement about Ralf Schumacher's fitness and the signs are that Ricardo Zonta will be in the car for the rest of the Indianapolis weekend.
The McLaren Technology Centre has won its second architectural award in two days with the announcement that the Royal Institute of British Architects have awarded the design a prize.
Ralf Schumacher must wait until Saturday for clearance to take part in qualifying for the US Grand Prix after a big crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Juan Pablo Montoya topped the timesheets on Friday afternoon with a lap that was a tenth faster than his McLaren team mate Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari fans were able to celebrate the fact that Rubens Barrichello was third quickest and Michael Schumacher fourth.
United States GP - Friday Photos
United States GP - Friday Press Conference
British American Racing Honda has confirmed that it will be testing 2004 Indycar Champion Tony Kanaan later this year.
United States GP - Friday Team Quotes
United States GP - Practice Session 2 Results
On Friday afternoon Ralf Schumacher had virtually the same accident as 12 months ago when he crashed his Toyota at Turn 13, the fastest corner on the Indianapolis F1 circuit.
The FIA says it has received 90,000 completed Formula 1 surveys from fans in 180 countries and that it will announce the results of the survey in the run-up to the British Grand Prix.
United States GP - Practice Session 1 Report
United States GP - Practice Session 1 Results
The McLaren Technology Centre in Woking has won the Building of the Year award from the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, which presents the annual awards. It was described as "the most beautiful industrial building in the country".
It is not rocket science to suggest that should Rubens Barrichello decide that the time is right to move on from Ferrari and take advantage of an offer to be a team leader with another F1 team, Ferrari would probably put Felipe Massa into the second car.
This weekend we should hear that the Jordan F1 team, which is supposed to become Midland F1 in 2006, will have Toyota engines once again. There has been a lot of talk about team owner Alex Shnaider's grand plans but so far we have seen nothing to suggest that he is getting serious about 2006.
If you nose around on the Web, you can find a teeshirt which is designed to resemble an FBI-style Wanted poster. The subject of the poster is FIA President Max Mosley, wanted allegedly for "crimes against F1".
The following is the full FIA document related to rule changes in 2008.
The FIA has issued a list of guidelines and justifications for them for F1 in 2008. The FIA says that F1 needs to cut costs and wants to reduce annual expenditure of the big teams from the current of $300m to around $30m. This is likely to cause much upset with the manufacturers.
Crude oil prices have risen dramatically in recent months as the world begins to worry about the availability of oil in the future and the latest rises are thought likely to create inflation, restricting growth and make current governments very unpopular.
The UK motorsport industry has organused a trade mission to go to this week's Paris Air Show. Organised by the Motorsport Industry Association, the mission is part of the government-supported "Motorsport to Aerospace" initiative that was devised to bring fresh businesses opportunities to motorsport companies.
United States GP - Preview
Formula 1 has moved to become a more global championship in recent years, expanding out of Europe to embrace new events in the United States, the Middle East and China.
Danica Patrick says that she would be interested in racing in Formula 1 at some point in the future if the right opportunity presented itself.
Ralf Schumacher says that his brother Michael will retire from the sport soon. The Toyota F1 driver says that he does not believe that Michael will go on much longer.
It may be 50 years since the Le Mans disaster but some of the legacy of that accident remain and this has been highlighted this week.
Group Lotus has announced that it is building a single-seater racing car to be used for track days and club racing.
Peugeot is to return to Le Mans in 2007, planning to win the classic French event with a diesel powered prototype. The project could however face stiff competition from Audi which is believed to be working on a similar project.
The Toyota company is currently looking at what it intends to do in F1 in 2006 with an announcement expected in Indianapolis about a deal to run Toyota engines again next year.
The miserable season for Ferrari has been such that the team is now looking at abandoning development of the troublesome F2005 and getting down to business with the F2006.
Formula 1 TV audiences have increased dramatically compared to 2004. In the United Kingdom, ITV1's live broadcast of the race in Montreal attracted 50% more viewers than last year.
The Formula 1 circus has dispersed from Montreal with people heading off in different directions.
The damaged front wing Danica Patrick left behind when she spun at the Indianapolis 500 has been sold for $42,650 in an eBay auction.
There were six F1 cars running up the front. Six F1 cars running up the front, but if one F1 car would accidentally fall, they're be five F1 cars running at the front. And so it goes, a childish rhyme which neatly summed up what happened in the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton won the Marlboro Masters event at Zandvoort on Sunday in his ASM Dallara-Mercedes.
The Formula 1 Media is generally a fairly docile group of people but at the weekend the press finally took exception to the facilities on offer in Montreal and sent a petition to the FIA, FOM and the Montreal city authorities asking for action to be taken to improve the facilities on the Ile de Notre Dame.
Jordan F1 team owner Alex Shnaider says that he would like to have a Russian and a Canadian driving for the Midland F1 team in the future. The Toronto-based Russian is a naturalised Canadian and would love to see a driver from each country in his cars.
Motorsport enthusiasts have a chance this week to buy unbuyable privileges for the British Grand Prix weekend. A pair of F1 paddock passes are on offer from The Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust
While everyone was concentrating on the race in Montreal on Sunday, the BMW Williams pit had a low-key but very important visitor, BMW's chief financial officer Stefan Krause, who is tipped to be the man who will take over as chairman within the next few years.
Canadian GP - Sunday Press Conference
Canadian GP - Race Notes
Canadian GP - Sunday Photos
Canadian GP - Race incidents
Canadian GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Canadian GP - Race Results
Tomas Scheckter has not won an Indy Racing League race since Michigan in 2002 when he took a Red Bull Cheever Dallara-Infiniti to victory. The South African has always been seen as being quick but has been accident-prone. But at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Scheckter showed his class.
Any talk about cheating at Imola dried up rather suddenly in Montreal when Jenson Button nailed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in his BAR-Honda.
Danica Patrick is expected to be present at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday next week as the Formula 1 teams get ready for the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
Sons of famous fathers were in the spotlight in the Star Mazda Championship race at Montreal on Saturday with Bobby Rahal's son Graham taking on Michael Andretti's son Marco.
David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello are fighting it out to get the number one drive at BAR-Honda in 2006.
Canadian GP - Saturday Photos
Canadian GP - Saturday Press Conference
The word on the street in NASCAR circles is that former Cosworth F1 engine designer Nick Hayes is to work on engine development for the Hendrick Motorsport team in the Nextel Cup.
Canadian GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Canadian GP - Qualfying Session Results
Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in the final practice session before qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Finn set the fastest time of the session in the final moments of the action, lapping four-tenths faster than Renault's Fernando Alonso.
Canadian GP - Practice Session 4 Results
Canadian GP - Practice Session 3 Results
The reason that there always seems to be an ongoing fight about safety in motor racing is, in part, due to an event 50 years ago today at Le Mans when the factory Mercedes-Benz 300SLR of Pierre Levegh was caught up in an accident caused by a thoughtless Mike Hawthorn.
They say that Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps and the same can be said for stories of an F1 race in the Nevada city. Formula 1 went to Vegas back in 1981 and 1982 but the event, held in the car park of the Caesar's Palace casino was a flop.
The story suggesting that BMW has bought Sauber is not to be taken too seriously. The rumours which emanate from a report on BBC Radio 5 say that the Swiss team has been purchased for $270m by BMW.
Pedro de la Rosa set the pace on Friday in Montreal, lapping the Gilles Villeneuve in 1m14.662s. He was ahead of Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta and Renault's Fernando Alonso.
Canadian GP - Friday Photos
Canadian GP - Friday Press Conference
Michael Schumacher enjoys a nice little deal with the Swiss authorities to avoid paying too much income tax. If he lived in Germany Schumacher would have to had over 42% of his income but a deal with the Swiss authorities which began in 1996 means that Michael pays considerably less in taxes.
Canadian GP - Friday Team Quotes
Canadian GP - Practice Session 2 Results
Canadian GP - Practice Session 1 Results
Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Christian Klien will drive for the team for the next four races and may do the two after that as well. The intention of this is to try to give the Austrian and Tonio Liuzzi more consistency in their evaluation process.
The Jordan team press release announcing the departure of Trevor Carlin from the role of sporting director failed to mention one small but rather significant point: Why is he leaving the team?
This week Williams has launched a counter-attack against BMW suggestions that the team has not been performing and one has to ask about the timing of the move, given that BMW's Mario Theissen has already presented his plans to the board and the board members are now considering a decision
Newman Haas Racing has named Spaniard Oriol Servia to drive the until Bruno Junqueira recovers. Servia made his debut with the team in Milwaukee and drove to an excellent third place. The team was delighted with the result and has decided to lengthen the deal.
Mark Webber says that drivers are not being consulted about rule changes and says that he is not happy with the tyre rules. Webber said that Kimi Raikkonen's accident at the Nurburgring was not the last accident that will happen because of tyre problems.
According to reports in the British press Tom Walkinshaw is about to become the chairman of Premier League Rugby once again. Walkinshaw held the post three years ago before retiring and handing over to Harlequins chairman Charles Jillings. Jilling is to leave the post at the end of June.
The Bahraini authorities have arrested a tour operator in the city for helping more than 50 people, mainly young women, to get into the country on F1 visas. Visitors who arrived for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in early April were granted two-week visit visas but hundreds stayed on and found employment in Bahrain.
The Jordan F1 team has been at sea this season with an eccentric new management and rumours that the team could be sold again. Up to now, however, the new group running the business have stuck together but it seems that that is now over with the resignation of Trevor Carlin from his role as sporting director.
While the major open wheel categories in the United States remain fractionalized, the path to the top classes seems to have become clearer as the Star Mazda series supports the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
Canadian GP - Preview
DaimlerChrysler AG says it will spend $40bn over the next five years to revamp its North American operations and introduced new models. The announcement came at the start of a three-day exhibition in Washington DC.
The British Government has a well known paranoia about any dealings with Formula 1, resulting from a scandal over political donations back in 1997. However, there is likely to be some chuntering in motor racing circles with the news that the government is planning to use a new National Lottery game to fund the Olympics.
Michael Payne of Formula One Management will be one of the key speakers at the forthcoming Sports Xchange forum in Singapore on July 4, 2005. The subject of the forum will be "The Commercial Value of Sport in Asia".
General Motors is biting the bullet and slashing 25,000 jobs over the next three and a half years. The company is fighting to reduce its losses and to mount a stronger defence as Toyota challenges GM for the role of being the world's top car manufacturer.
New York City's bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics suffered a setback on Monday when plans for a $2bn stadium on the West Side of Manhattan ran into trouble over funding, with a state financing board failing to approve a $300m grant for the stadium.
There is a lot of talk about an Indian Grand Prix but all of it overlooks one key factor: the Indian government does not recognise the FIA's nominated club, the Motorsport Association of India, and remains in support of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Last weekend the famed Avenue Champs Elysees in Paris was turned into a sporting arena (complete with a swimming pool) on the eve of the publication of the International Olympic Committee's evaluation report on the five candidate cities. Tens of thousands of Parisians turned up to watch the fun.
Benoit Treluyer emerged from a rain-sodden Formula Nippon race at the new Fuji Speedway with his first victory of the year. The rain was so bad at one point that the race had to be red-flagged at half distance. The race was then restarted in the rain and the result was declared on aggregate.
Bernie Ecclestone has been answering critics in Turkey who say that the Turkish Grand Prix is costing the country too much money. Ecclestone said that Turkey had "the best deal in F1" and that the sport is not going to Turkey because of the money but rather because "we came here to embrace Turkey into Europe".
Paul Tracy won the Champ Car race at Milwaukee on Saturday ahead of AJ Allmendinger, Oriol Servia and Justin Wilson. Sebastien Bourdais regained the lead in the series with a sixth-placed finish. Tracy took the lead on lap 17 and dominated the event, despite the usual string of crashes on the short oval.
As we predicted last week Scott Speed has been named as Red Bull Racing's third driver for the Canadian Grand Prix.
There has been talk for a long time now about the return of Formula 1 to South Africa but the money has always been a problem. However there is good news for the company which is bidding for the event, following the announcement that an investment firm called African Renaissance Holdings is going to be involved.
The United Kingdom has won an important battle in the European Union over the "opt-out" clause of the European Working Time Directive. The European Parliament voted in May to get rid of the clause by 2012, forcing British workers to adhere to rigid working hours rather than allowing the workforce to be more flexible.
The FIA has sent a letter to the two Formula 1 tyre companies with a copy to each team principal, which reminds all concerned of their responsibilities in relation to tyres. The note says that the FIA does not want to feed what is calls "hysteria" on this matter.
Mercedes-Ilmor Ltd is to be rebranded and in future the Mercedes-Benz F1 engines will be built by Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines Ltd. The change has come about following the splitting up of the old Ilmor company.
The French Grand Prix continues on its path to attract a crowd of at least 75,000 people to this year's event. The race attracted 70,000 last year and the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile took the decision last winter to bring down prices to attract more people.
BMW has won this year's International Engine of the Year awards with its 5.0-litre V10 unit from the new BMW M5. The 507bhp engine, which will also be seen in the forthcoming M6 Coupe, was picked by a panel of judges from around the world, who praised the engine's flexibility and high power output.
Spain is to get a chance to have a winner in Champ Car racing, as well as in Formula. Oriol Servia has been named to replace the injured Bruno Junqueira at Newman Haas Racing.
There are signs of increased interest in Formula 1 in the United States with Sports Illustrated magazine this week running a story about Scott Speed's drive to be the first American driver in Formula 1 since 1993.
Paul Newman and Carl Haas are going to need a new driver for the rest of the season in Champ Car racing because Bruno Junqueira's back injuries are unlikely to give the Brazilian much chance of a comeback this year.
These are exciting times for Formula 1 racing with the prospect of an exciting new era just around the corner. The sport may be caught up in its own political battles for commercial control of the sport, but the clock is ticking and there will be change.
Even before he won the Indianapolis 500 Dan Wheldon was looking to a future in Formula 1 racing. His manager Julian Jakobi has been trying to find him a ride in F1 for some weeks as it has been clear since the start of the IRL season that Wheldon is going to be a major player in the series this year.
It has been 20 years since the Indianapolis 500 made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, following Danny Sullivan's famous spin and win victory in 1985. And the last time a driver was the main cover story was back in 1981 when AJ Foyt stole the front page.