NEWS ARCHIVE

30 SEPTEMBER 2005

FUN AND GAMES IN THE F1 TV WORLD

A lot is happening in the world of Formula 1 television at the moment with a change coming not only in the presenters of ITV's coverage - which appears on channels all over the world - but also in the production of the show.

TRACY AND KANAAN FOR A1 GRAND PRIX

There is talk that Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan and perhaps even Dan Wheldon will be seen racing in the A1 Grand Prix series this winter. At the moment the new series consists mainly of younger drivers but as the idea catches on, the level of drivers will probably increase.

WHELDON SAYS NO TO F1 - OR VICE VERSA

Indy Racing League champion Dan Wheldon says he might not be racing in Formula 1 because talks with Williams and BMW have not led to any interesting offers. This effectively ends any chance the British driver had of getting into F1.

OH LORD, ANOTHER ONE!

We have seen Hills, Villeneuve, Brabhams, Fittipaldis, Laudas, Rosbergs, Piquets and so on, and now it seems we are going to get another son of a famous father. Nicolas Prost has joined DAMS for the Renault World Series meeting at Estoril.

29 SEPTEMBER 2005

WHAT PART OF THE PROCESS IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

Formula 1 is about motor racing not about the art of negotiation and F1 fans are bored rigid by the never-ending quibbling over the rules and the commercial rights that surround the sport.

THE BIRTH OF THE RED BULL ROOKIE TEAM

This afternoon Paul Stoddart and Dietrich Mateschitz will complete the deal they have agreed for the sale of Minardi to Red Bull GmbH. This will bring to an end the Minardi story in F1, which dates back to 1976.

ROBERT KUBICA FOR MINARDI?

There is a chance that Poland's Robert Kubica will be seen in the third Minardi at the Japanese and Chinese Grands Prix in October. Kubica is currently leading the way in the Renault World Series with four wins and a big advantage in the points.

ROSBERG IS GP2 CHAMPION

Nico Rosberg has won the GP2 Championship.

GASCOYNE AND BMW

Stories that Mike Gascoyne is on his way to Sauber-BMW should be treated with some circumspection.

28 SEPTEMBER 2005

F1 MANUFACTURERS BIND TOGETHER

Five manufacturers and seven F1 teams met at Schloss Hohenkammer, a castle to the north of Munich, on Wednesday and the manufacturers committed themselves to move forward to improve the sport and compete only in a championship which satisfies the "fundamental principles of an equitable World Championship".

PROST FAVOURITE FOR GRAND PRIX MASTERS, SAYS MANSELL

Nigel Mansell says that his old rival Alain Prost will start as the favourite for the Grand Prix Masters race at Kyalami on November11-13.

PIZZONIA STAYS ON

BMW Williams has confirmed that Antonio Pizzonia will complete the year as the second driver for the team, alongside Mark Webber.

FERRARI'S STEP FORWARD?

Before the Brazilian Grand Prix Ferrari sources were saying that the team had nothing new for Interlagos and thus it was something of a surprise to see improvement in the team's performance.

BERNIE BUYS A GLACIER

In addition to running Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone has a large property empire and there are reports in Switzerland that he has just paid out $3.8m to buy a ski resort called "Glacier 3000''.

DI GRASSI TO GET RENAULT TEST

Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi is to get his chance to test drive a Formula 1 car this week at Jerez de la Frontera. The 21-year-old , a member of Renault's Driver Development programme, is currently competing in the Formula 3 Euroseries and is currently third overall

F1 IS BOOMING IN SPAIN

Fernando Alonso's success is causing a boom in interest in F1 in Spain, similar to the boom the sport has enjoyed in Germany thanks to the success of Michael Schumacher.

JOB CUTS AT MERCEDES

Mercedes-Benz is expected to announce shortly that it be cutting 5000 job in Germany, more than 5 per cent of its workforce in the country.

27 SEPTEMBER 2005

BACKMARKERS COST MCLAREN THE TITLE? RUBBISH

Backmarkers did not cost the McLaren team the Drivers' World Championship. The team's reliability, or rather lack of it, must take the blame for that and blaming others is unfair and indeed unbecoming of a team which will, if it does not screw things up further, will take the Constructors' title at a canter in the final two races.

SILLY RUMOURS ABOUT SATO

Takuma Sato is out of a job in F1 next year and he needs a large sum of money to get a drive with the Jordan team. The price at the moment is up around $10m and may go higher as drivers scramble to get one of the two seats left in F1.

26 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE REPORT - A DULL RACE BUT A GREAT DAY

McLaren scored a long-awaited 1-2 result in Brazil - the team's first in five years - but that was not the real story of the Brazilian Grand Prix because the achievement of race winner Juan Pablo Montoya and title contender Kimi Raikkonen was eclipsed by Fernando Alonso's World Championship...

WHY F1 SHOULD NOT PANIC ABOUT A1 GRAND PRIX

The A1 Grand Prix series got off to a good start at Brands Hatch at the weekend with an impressive crowd of around 80,000 people turning up to watch the action at the Kentish circuit.

A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS

In recent days there have been rumours that Fiat boss (and Ferrari protector) Luca di Montezemolo might be in trouble with the company's creditor banks demanding his resignation.

AN IMPORTANT DAY IN MUNICH

The Formula 1 team principals returned from Brazil on Sunday night and in the days ahead will be preparing for an important meeting which will take place in Munich on Wednesday.

CHAMP CAR RACE IN KOREA TO FOLD?

The inaugural race planned for the Champ Car series in South Korea appears to be in danger. The event, which is scheduled for October 16, appears to have run into trouble with preparations lagging behind and money not having been paid.

PIZZONIA STAYING ON AT WILLIAMS?

The word in the paddock in Brazil is that Antonio Pizzonia will complete the season with BMW Williams. Pizzonia has not been lucky in his two events at Belgium and in Brazil, being knocked out of the races on both occasions, in Belgium by Juan Pablo Montoya and in Brazil by David Coulthard.

25 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE NOTES - MONTOYA WINS IN BRAZIL, ALONSO TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

Brazilian GP - Race Notes

BRAZIL WINS TWO AT BRANDS HATCH

Nelson Piquet Jr helped Team Brazil to dominate the opening round of the A1 Grand Prix series, winning both races and taking away a maximum points score of 21 points.

SCOTT DIXON WINS RACE, WHELDON TAKES TITLE

Scott Dixon gave Target Chip Ganassi Racing its first victory in two years at Watkins Glen on Sunday - while, as expected, Dan Wheldon won the Indy Racing League title for Andretti Green Racing, thanks to his six wins so far this year.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Sunday Photos

A BIG DAY FOR BRITAIN

While Fernando Alonso was winning the World Championship in Brazil, in Portugal the next generation of racing stars were battling it out for the World Karting Championship at the Braga circuit.

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS FROM INTERLAGOS

Brazilian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Race Results

PIQUET WINS FOR BRAZIL

The A1 Grand Prix series kicked off at Brands Hatch on Sunday with victory for Team Brazil's Nelson Piquet Jr ahead of France's Alexandre Premat and New Zealand racer Matt Halliday. Australia (Will Power), Britain (Robbie Kerr) and Mexico (Salvador Duran completed the top six).

BRAZIL TO GET NOVEMBER 5 DATE

The Brazilian Grand Prix in 2006 is going to be held on November 5 and will be the World Championship decider. It is not clear how the rest of the calendar will change but it seems that the teams are only willing to agree to 19 dates if there are bigger gaps between the races.

24 SEPTEMBER 2005

QUALIFYING REPORT - A PUZZLE WITH THE PIECES MISSING

Kimi Raikkonen is the man of the moment in Formula 1. He looks supremely confident. He seems able to handle all the pressure, including some lurid stories which have been doing the rounds about his private life and his relationship with the McLaren team. But Kimi does not care.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 3 Results

SPECULATION ABOUT BMW DRIVERS

While Jacques Villeneuve remains confident that he will hold on to one of the two BMW drives next year, there are rumours in F1 circles that Alexander Wurz may be pushing hard for the job.

HONDA TO BACK OUT OF TESTING DEAL?

There are rumours in Brazil that suggest that although the manufacturer teams remain visibly united in their stand against the plans for a revised Concorde Agreement, BAR-Honda may be planning to increase its testing to make the team more competitive.

A RACE AT FUJI

The negotiations (or perhaps arguments is a better description) over the Formula 1 calendar are continuing with Bernie Ecclestone telling reporters in Brazil there is not going to be a second Japanese event at Mount Fuji.

23 SEPTEMBER 2005

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - ALEXANDER AND THE LIGHTWEIGHTS

Alexander Wurz set the fastest time of practice on Friday afternoon in Brazil, on a day when many of the other teams were doing silly things with fuel loads. The McLaren domination of the sport is set to continue on Saturday.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 2 Results

FOSTER'S CONFIRMS F1 INVOLVEMENT

The Australian beer company has moved quickly to scotch reports that it is reducing its involvement in Formula 1.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice Session 1 Results

INTEL DEAL BACK ON TRACK

We hear that the deal between McLaren and Intel is back on track with the plan being for a $55m title sponsorship for the Woking team from the giant American chipmaker.

PORTUGAL PLANS NEW F1 CIRCUIT

Portimao, a small town on the Algarve in southern Portugal, is planning to build a Formula 1 standard racing circuit as part of a large technology park development. Portimao is a popular tourist destination with a good climate and a number of international standard golf courses in addition to beaches and fishing ports.

WEBBER LEAVES BOARD OF THE GPDA

Mark Webber has stood down from the board of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, having grown tired of trying to get the drivers to work together.

CHANGES IN PRACTICE FORMAT?

The discussion in Brazil is about practice and qualifying for next year with the FIA apparently suggesting to the teams that only the four bottom teams in the World Championship be allowed to run a third car on Fridays.

22 SEPTEMBER 2005

THE BALANCE OF POWER IN F1

FIA President Max Mosley was telling the Chinese press the other day that he does not see there being a rival championship in 2008 to challenge the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

A CURVED BALL AT WILLIAMS

There is much talk at the moment of Nico Rosberg being the favourite for the second seat at Williams next now that Jenson Button has bought his way out of his contract and Nick Heidfeld has been released to join BMW.

A CALENDAR MESS

The news that Indianapolis is to host the United States Grand Prix on July 2 has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons amongst the Grand Prix venues in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for 2006.

JENSON BUTTON REVEALS (ALMOST) ALL

Jenson Button says that he is "ecstatic" that he has been able to negotiate his way out of his Williams contract for 2006 and 2007. But it has cost him a great deal of money and Button says that Honda has not been involved.

AND TAKUMA SATO?

With BAR-Honda having announced that Jenson Button will be joining Rubens Barrichello in the team in 2006 and 2007 (at least), there is no room in the team for Honda protege Takuma Sato, who has failed to do a particularly inspiring job this year.

BMW APPROVES SHARE BUY-BACK

BMW directors have authorised a share buy-back of more than 20m shares, worth $930m at the close of trading yesterday. This amounts to three percent of the stock, which will be cancelled after the purchases have been made.

FOSTERS LEAVING F1?

The Australian beer brand Fosters is reported to be planning to wind down its motor sport activities.

PRINCE MALIK GOES TO AMERICA

Prince Malik ado Ibrahim, a Nigerian who was briefly involved in F1 in the 1990s, when he was announced as a 20% owner of the Arrows F1 team. Alas, Malik failed to come up with the money needed and disappeared from the scene soon afterwards, leaving Arrows to struggle on until its demise.

A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE F1 CALENDAR

As we suggested some time ago, Formula 1 will be going to the United States for the July 4 holiday. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that the race will be on July 2 and that talks are taking place about the future.

A TEST FOR VETTEL

Williams is to run 18-year-old BMW protege Sebastian Vettel at Jerez next week. The young driver from Heppenheim in Germany will drive a Williams BMW FW27.

21 SEPTEMBER 2005

BAR CONFIRMS 2006 DRIVER LINEUP

BAR-Honda has confirmed that it will run Jenson Button alongside Rubens Barrichello for next season.

BUTTON BUYS OUT WILLIAMS CONTRACT

Jenson Button is free to remain at BAR-Honda next season after buying his way out of the contract he made with Williams.

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Brazilian GP - Preview

20 SEPTEMBER 2005

KANAAN FOR BAR NEXT WEEK

Reigning Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan, will join BAR Honda at Jerez in southern Spain next week. Kanaan was invited to test by the team in recognition of his IRL Indy Car achievements in 2004 with Honda.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

While most eyes in Formula 1 will be on the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, there will be some keeping a watch on the opening round of the A1 Grand Prix series at Brands Hatch.

FORMULA 1 AND THE PRICE OF OIL

Oil prices have risen dramatically in recent weeks and on Monday hit $67.39 a barrel. This is below the record high of $70.85 in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but still around 45% higher than a year ago.

FORMER F1 MEN SIGN UP FOR A1 GRAND PRIX

Former World Champions Niki Lauda and Keke Rosberg have joined forces to run the A1 Team Austria operation, which will feature Mathias Lauda as the driver.

19 SEPTEMBER 2005

A1 READY FOR TAKE-OFF

With five days to go before the start of the A1 Grand Prix series at Brands Hatch, the final details of the entry list are still coming together with around 25 teams expected to be seen in action.

BAR SIGNS MORE JUNIORS

BAR Honda has signed long-term agreements with Alan van der Merwe and Danilo Dirani. They will join Young Driver Programme members Adam Carroll and James Rossiter helping the team.

TOBACCO GRIP TIGHTENS

Austria, Kiribati, Bolivia and Guyana are not hugely important in the overall scheme of things in motorsport, although Austria's Red Bull company is a useful source of funding for a large number of racers.

MCLAREN AND INTEL - IS IT OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN?

There are reports that Intel may be reconsidering a $50m a year sponsorship deal with McLaren, because the FIA has done a deal with rival AMD. The stories suggest that the Intel team was to have been announced at Monza but was delayed when the AMD agreement with the FIA was revealed.

JENSON BUTTON'S PRICE TAG

Our spies tell us that Williams has sold Jenson Button his freedom and he will remain at BAR-Honda next year. This is reasonable enough, except that the figure of $18m which we have heard does not seem to be anywhere near the kind of money needed to do the deal.

CAPE CRUSADERS DREAM OF GRAND PRIX

Further details are emerging about the plans for a new racing circuit close to Cape Town International Airport. The plan is to build a circuit on land which lies adjacent to the old South African Air Force base on the north-eastern side of the airport, alongside the Stellenbosch Road and close to the community of Belhar.

FERNANDO HEADS FOR A RECORD

This week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fernando Alonso could become the youngest ever Formula 1 World Champion. The 24-year-old Spaniard looks likely to beat a record which has stood for 33 years, dating back to 1972 when Emerson Fittipaldi became World Champion at the age of 25 years, eight months and 29 days.

AT THE LAUSITZRING AND AT MONDELLO

Lewis Hamilton continued to underline his complete domination of the Formula 3 Euroseries this year at the Lausitzring over the weekend with two more wins in the series, bringing his total to 13 victories. It is anticipated that Hamilton will shortly sign to race in GP2 next year.

KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

Motorsport is a dangerous business. And deeply self-absorbed. This can be a problem, particularly when things go wrong, as happened on Sunday morning on the Wales Rally GB when Markko Martin crashed his Peugeot WRC car sideways into a tree in Margam Forest in South Wales.

16 SEPTEMBER 2005

WALKER ON THE WARPATH

Ron Walker, who is a close associate of Bernie Ecclestone, is claiming that A1 GP cannot use the term "Grand Prix" in Australia. Walker is not known for his pursuit of lost causes and it will be interesting to see whether or not the comments made by Walker will actually result in a legal action against A1 Grand Prix.

COST-CUTTING, TOYOTA-STYLE

Cost-cutting in Formula 1 is a subject much-discussed at the moment and it is often said that Toyota is keen on the idea. Be that as it may, the company is obviously not skimping at the moment as it has just announced plans to build a second half-scale windtunnel in Cologne.

ROSSI ON F1: FORMULA 1? ME?

MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi says that he found it "very funny" that Ross Brawn told the media that he will be testing once a month for Ferrari next year. "I don't know anything about it," Rossi told a media conference at the Japanese Grand Prix. "For me, it is a lot of bullshit."

WILLIAMS CONFIRMS PIZZONIA IN BRAZIL

The Williams team has confirmed that Antonio Pizzonia will be driving the second Williams-BMW in Brazil. The team has not yeet made any announcement about the remaining two races of the year but Heidfeld's management says that the German is keen to return to the team.

ANOTHER KNOCK-ON EFFECT OF THE MINARDI PURCHASE

It is tough enough at the moment for young drivers to break into Formula 1 but now without Minardi there seems to be only a small chance for new boys. The problem is that the cars are such complicated beasts these days that drivers need to know them inside-out before they can extract the maximum.

HEIDFELD SIGNS FOR BMW

Nick Heidfeld has signed for the new BMW Formula 1 team and will stay with the team for three-years. Heidfeld will join the team on January 1 2006 when his contract with Williams runs out. The British team chose not to take up an option for his services next year.

15 SEPTEMBER 2005

THE DILEMMA OF EDDIE IRVINE AND OTHERS

Until last weekend Eddie Irvine was busy working away to buy the Minardi team. And then Red Bull came steaming in at the last minute and dropped $35m in cash on the table and told Paul Stoddart to sell.

NICK HEIDFELD AND THE FOLK FROM MUNICH

Today is Battle of Britain Day, remembering a Anglo-Germanic conflict of years gone by. It is also the day on which Nick Heidfeld's option at Williams runs out and so all eyes have been on activities at Williams F1 where the team must decide whether or not to keep Heidfeld for 2006.

DUMB STORIES

It has been a quiet day in Formula 1 circles, at least on the surface, and all manner of things have been bubbling up to fill the never-ending space on the Internet. New convoluted moves in the driver market have been dreamed up and new conspiracy theories hatched.

14 SEPTEMBER 2005

MEDIOBANCA TO SELL FERRARI STAKE?

Mediobanca, Italy's most influential investment bank, says that it is going to sell almost $1bn worth of assets in order to turn itself into more of a banking group. Mediobanca has stakes in some of Italy's most powerful companies.

HEAVY HITTERS JOIN F1 SPONSORSHIP FORUM

The Formula 1 Sponsorship forum, which will take place in Monaco on November 16-17, is pulling some some very big names in the sport. The event will include two keynote conference sessions, presented by globally-recognised industry leaders and 40 seminars which will cover the different fields being discussed.

HEWLETT-PACKARD OUT OF WILLIAMS

The Hewlett-Packard computer company will announce later today that this is withdrawing early from its sponsorship deal with Williams. The company had been expected to continue as the team's title sponsor until the end of next year.

13 SEPTEMBER 2005

WHY COST-CUTTING IN FORMULA 1 IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE

The subject of cost-cutting in Formula 1 in trotted out whenever it is needed by one side or another in whatever F1 political battle is going on at that particular moment.

THE SALE OF JENSON BUTTON

There are reports that Williams has turned down a $21m offer from Jenson Button and BAR for the release of the British driver from his Williams contract in 2006 and 2007. This is interesting in that it confirms suggestions that Williams has decided that Button does have a price tag.

SO MUCH FOR COMPROMISE

The FIA says that it has received a response from a number of teams after the meeting in Milan on August 31 and says that "although constructive in tone, it contains nothing new. In particular it makes no proposal for reducing costs".

KLIEN GETS THE LAST THREE RACES WITH RED BULL RACING

Christian Klien will get the last three races of the year with Red Bull Racing, locking out Tonio Liuzzi.

BRISCOE MOVES TO METHODIST HOSPITAL

Former Toyota F1 test driver Ryan Briscoe emerged largely unscathed from a monumental accident last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway after a wheel-over-wheel incident with the Red Bull Team Cheever car of Alex Barron.

WELL DONE MR PINEAPPLE

Alex Zanardi, who has long raced with the symbol of a pineapple on his helmet, is the new Italian Touring Car Champion having won eight of the 12 races contested this season in the Automobile Club d'Italia's Superturismo series, driving for Team BMW Italy.

12 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE REPORT - THE HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE

Alas poor Kimi! A fellow of infinite speed and yet one who seems to have Lady Luck against him at every turn. No matter what he does, someone else comes along and messes things up. At Spa he was brilliant. And he won in dominant fashion.

ALBERS AND MIDLAND

The Rotterdam newspaper Het Algemene Dagblad this morning published a story suggesting that Christijan Albers has signed a two-year deal with Midland F1.

THE CHURLISH MR TODT

Jean Todt was his usual graceless self over the news that Paul Stoddart has sold Minardi to Red Bull. The Ferrari boss said that he did not think Stoddart has contributed anything to Formula 1. Todt presumably does not like what Stoddart has done in recent months to isolate Ferrari in F1 politics

WHELDON WINS, BRISCOE HURT

Dan Wheldon will soon become the first British driver to win the Indy Racing League title. Wheldon won his sixth victory of the year at the Chicagoland circuit on Sunday and now is virtually assured of the title.

11 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN WINS BELGIAN GP

Belgian GP - Race Notes

HEIDFELD OUT OF ACTION!

As the Formula 1 teams were packing up at Spa on Sunday afternoon word came from Switzerland that Nick Heidfeld has injured his shoulder while riding a mountain bike in the town of Stafa in Switzerland. It seems that Nick was in collision with a motorcycle.

TAKUMA SATO TO LOSE 10 PLACES ON GRID IN BRAZIL

Takuma Sato has been given a 10 grid slot penalty in Brazil for taking Michael Schumacher out at the Belgian Grand Prix. Sato made a mess at the restart and ran into the back of the Ferrari.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS FROM SPA

Belgian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Belgian GP - Race Results

AN UNSEEMLY LITTLE SPAT

It is not hard to understand that feelings between Michelin and the FIA have been running high since the mess at Indianapolis back in June and the dispute reared its head again at Spa where Michelin chairman Edouard Michelin had another pop at FIA President Max Mosley and Mosley responded.

STARTING GRID

Belgian GP - Starting Grid

10 SEPTEMBER 2005

QUALIFYING REPORT - MONTOYA ON THE POLE

Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix with the Formula 1 circus watching the skies wondering what the weather was going to do and pondering also what would happen in the race on Sunday.

RED BULL CONFIRMS MINARDI PURCHASE

Red Bull has announced that an agreement was reached whereby, from November 1 Red Bull GmbH will take over all the company shares of the Minardi Formula 1 team and will be responsible for running the team.

THE BUTTON SAGA MOVES ALONG

The question of whether Jenson Button joins Williams or stays at BAR-Honda in 2006 and 2007 remains a subject of much discussion in the F1 paddock although neither side is giving much away about the negotiations which are taking place at the moment.

RED BULL ACQUIRES MINARDI!

Red Bull has bought the Minardi F1 team from Paul Stoddart. The agreement was reached on Saturday at Spa between the Australian entrepreneur and Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Saturday Photos

TYRE POLITICS

The Michelin announcement that it is to supply Renault, McLaren, BMW, BAR Honda and Red Bull Ferrari will be made in a couple of hours from now while Bridgestone will be supplying Ferrari, Jordan Toyota, Minardi, Toyota and Williams Cosworth.

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Belgian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice Session 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice Session 3 Results

9 SEPTEMBER 2005

MOVES AT RED BULL RACING

There are whispers that there is a reshuffle of roles going on amongst the engineers at Red Bull Racing with Mark Smith taking on a bigger role in the months ahead.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Belgian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Belgian GP - Friday Press Conference

A RACE AT FUJI IN THE SPRING?

The word on the street in Japan is that Toyota is pushing hard for a Grand Prix at Mount Fuji early next year, presumably fitting it in with the plan to hold the first three races in Bahrain, Malaysia and Australia.

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Belgian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice Session 2 Results

ANOTHER GREAT ADVERT FOR FORMULA 1

The second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix was a complete washout with only three cars going out at the very beginning of the session to look at the conditions.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - RAIKKONEN AND WURZ LEAD THE WAY AT SPA

Kimi Raikkonen signalled his intentions at Spa by setting the fastest time in the first practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix. Raikkonen lapped the track just a fraction faster than the McLaren team test driver Alexander Wurz, the pair ending up four-tenths faster than Giancarlo Fisichella 's Renault.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Belgian GP - Practice Session 1 Results

FIAT, FORD AND FERRARI

The struggling Fiat Auto has announced an alliance with the Ford Motor Company to make small cars. Lapo Elkann, one of the Agnelli Family and a man who is in charge of brand promotion at Fiat confirmed the deal in a radio interview in Italy.

TOBACCO AND FORMULA 1 - THE STORY GOES ON

The tobacco companies in Formula 1 appear to be developing new marketing theories around Formula 1 which do not involve the use of branding on Formula 1 cars.

MCLAREN CONFIRMS HILTON SPONSORSHIP

McLaren has confirmed a sponsorship deal with Hilton International, the hotel company. The sponsorship is aimed at drawing attention to the Hilton brand amongst the new generation of young and affluent international travellers, who watch F1.

MICHELIN TO ANNOUNCE F1 PLANS - OR OTHERWISE

Michelin will announce tomorrow its plans for 2006 and beyond and we believe that at least two teams - probably Williams and Toyota - will be switching from Michelin to Bridgestone in 2006. The big news, however, will be Michelin's attitude towards a single tyre formula.

8 SEPTEMBER 2005

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Belgian GP - Preview

THE STUPIDITY OF POLITICIANS

Rafael Lotilla, the energy secretary of the Philippines, is proposing a ban on all forms of motorsport in the country in an effort to save fuel and slow the increases in fuel prices.

THE ASSAULT OF THE B TEAMS

The new F1 rules for 2008, when they are fully agreed, will include the sale of cars and car parts from one team to another. The logical extension of this is that some teams will expand to run two operations because it makes sense with economies of scale.

7 SEPTEMBER 2005

A FORMULA 1 SPONSORSHIP FORUM

The Formula One group is backing a Formula 1 sponsorship forum which will be held in Monaco on November 16-17. The plan is for the event to enable all of sport's stakeholders to network, debate and close deals.

SCARY TITTLE-TATTLE IN THE FT

It is worth reporting a passing comment, which appeared in today's Financial Times, which may strike fear into Ferrari hearts down in Maranello.

6 SEPTEMBER 2005

WILLIAMS CONFIRMS PIZZONIA

The WilliamsF1 Team has confirmed that Antonio Pizzonia will race for the team at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa this weekend, replacing Nick Heidfeld.

FORMULA 1 AND ATHENS

There are reports in Greece that Bernie Ecclestone and the Greek government are discussing plans to hold a race in Athens as early as 2007. This could be achieved because the city has a ready-made venue at the Helliniko Olympic Complex.

A LONG-FORGOTTEN PROJECT

Formula 1 moves swiftly on from week to week and things fade quickly from the memory but this week Petronas reminded everyone in F1 that there is a value in using F1 technologies in the automobile industry.

THE MARKET IS ON THE MOVE

The word from Munich is that Nick Heidfeld has signed a two-year deal to race for BMW in 2007 and 2008. There is currently no word about 2006 as Heidfeld is under a Williams option at the moment but this runs out in about a week from now and it may be that Heidfeld can then be confirmed officially with a three-year BMW deal.

LEINDERS STARTS HIS OWN TEAM

Frustrated in his efforts to break into Formula 1, Belgium's Bas Leinders, Minardi's test and reserve driver in 2004, has decided expand his horizons and has established the Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team, which will enter cars in the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2006.

ANTONIO PIZZONIA TO GET ANOTHER CHANCE?

A week ago Antonio Pizzonia was rather keen to get out his Williams contract and get on with his racing career. Frustrated that the team picked Nick Heidfeld this year (as a sop to BMW) Pizzonia has sat around all year waiting for the deal to end.

DAVIDSON TO TEST FOR JORDAN

Anthony Davidson has stuck doggedly to his goal of becoming a Formula 1 driver and having been unable to break into F1 via the test driver route, he has decided that rather than heading off to America to try to get back to F1 via Champ Cars or IRL, he will have a try with a small F1 team.

5 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE REPORT - A WALK IN THE PARK?

There is no doubt that some readers will have been less than happy on Saturday night when they saw a qualifying report of just a few words. Serious race fans like to have copious quantities of fascinating facts about what happened to each and every car in each and every session.

PHILIP MORRIS RE-SIGNS AS TOBACCO DROPS OUT OF F1. DISCUSS.

Tobacco sponsorship is a confusing business. What we do know for certain is that, according to European Union law, tobacco sponsorship is no longer legal and so it follows that cars should not be seen running around with tobacco branding.

KLIEN TO RACE FOR RED BULL IN SPA

It seems that Tonio Liuzzi's chances of showing his worth to Red Bull Racing will be restricted to the last three races of the year. The team has just announced that it will field Austrian Christian Klien at the Belgian Grand Prix.

BRIDGESTONE ABOUT TO BE POPULAR AGAIN

This weekend in Belgium there will be some announcements about tyres and we hear that Bridgestone will be taking on some new teams in 2006, while Michelin will be cutting back as it suggested it wanted to do a few weeks ago.

FOUR TO GO AND TOYOTA IS COMING ON STRONG

The fight is on for the FIA Constructors' World Championship, with Renault holding a slim eight point advantage over the rampaging McLaren-Mercedes team. And there is another battle in the background as the weakening Ferrari comes under increasing pressure from Toyota.

BRAND BUILDING IN F1

Formula One Licensing (FOL), the intellectual property arm of the Formula One empire, has had a checkered career to date, trying to trademark names in an effort to create a well-organised brand for the sport.

NEW GRANDSTANDS IN BARCELONA

The rise of Fernando Alonso has caused Formula 1 interest to boom in Spain. The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona has been taking advantage of this success in recent years and has been increasing its crowd capacity each year

THE EMPTY GRANDSTANDS OF MONZA

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday witnessed a very disappointing crowd of 60,000 people. Worse than that, the three-day figure for the event was only 93,000.

4 SEPTEMBER 2005

RACE NOTES - MONTOYA WINS ITALIAN GP

Italian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE INCIDENTS FROM MONZA

Italian GP - Race incidents

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Italian GP - Race Results

STARTING GRID

Italian GP - Starting Grid

3 SEPTEMBER 2005

QUALIFYING REPORT - KIMI FACING BIG CHALLENGE

Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza despite the fact that his McLaren team mate Kimi Raikkonen went faster. Montoya lapped the Autodromo Nazionale in 1m21.054s but he was then beaten by a tenth of a second by Raikkonen but the Finn must 11th on the grid.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Italian GP - Qualifying Results

RENAULT AND TELEFONICA

There are rumours in Spain suggesting that Telefonica could be returning to Formula 1 with its Movistar brand.

MICHELIN ATTACKS SINGLE TYRE

Michelin has attacked the FIA plan to have a control tyre in Formula 1 from 2008 onwards.

RAIKKONEN IN TROUBLE

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of the morning on Saturday but McLaren's hopes of glory on Sunday took a huge hit when it was announced that Raikkonen would be changing an engine before the race.

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice Session 4 Results

JORDAN DROPS TOBACCO LOGOS

The Jordan team has decided that it is better to be discreet and keep a low profile and has dropped the Sobranie logos which were seen on the car yesterday.

RED BULL TEAM USA

Once upon a time there was a man in Formula 1 called Tom Walkinshaw, who came up with the idea of turning his struggling Arrows F1 team into a star-spangled banner for Red Bull.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice Session 3 Results

FORMULA 1 KEEN FOR A CALENDAR

The Formula 1 teams know that the first three races next year will be in Bahrain (March 12), Malaysia (March 19) and Australia (April 2) but after that there is something of a mystery as to where the World Championship will go.

PIZZONIA IN FOR WILLIAMS

Antonio Pizzonia has stepped in to replace Nick Heidfeld in the Williams-BMW team this weekend. Heidfeld was suffering from a headache following a testing crash at Monza last week.

MORE UPDATES FOR LE MANS

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the club that runs the Le Mans 24 Hours, is to invest in a refurbishment of the paddock and racing village area, increasing the paddock to 60,000sq.ft and building additional pit garages to enable the club to have 55 starters in the 2006 24 Hours.

2 SEPTEMBER 2005

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - FORZA ZONTA

Ricardo Zonta gave Toyota the fastest time of the day at Monza on Friday with a best lap in the afternoon session of 1m20.531s, slower than the morning session when McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa recorded a lap of 1m20.201s.

MOSLEY PLANS DOWNFORCE RETHINK

FIA President Max Mosley was in Monza to announce an agreement between the FIA and AMD.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Friday Press Conference

REMEMBERING GONZALO RODRIGUEZ

The fourth annual Winning Attitudes Award ceremony took place at Monza on Thursday evening.

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Friday Team Quotes

HILTON LOOKS AT F1

There are rumours that Hilton Hotels may be on the verge of becoming a Formula 1 sponsor.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice Session 2 Results

RED BULL CONSIDERS MINARDI PURCHASE

There are reports that Red Bull is looking at buying the Minardi team in order to transform it into a Red Bull USA team and thus find room for the many drivers it is currently promoting.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MCLAREN ON TOP AT MONZA

Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time on Friday morning at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, lapping the track 1.6secs faster than the nearest challenger, on this occasion Mark Webber in the Williams-BMW.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice Session 1 Results

FORMULA 1 IN RIO DE JANEIRO

The word from Brazil is that Rio de Janeiro is getting serious about a bid for the Brazilian Grand Prix with F1 track designer Hermann Tilke having completed a design for a circuit to run around the sporting installations which are being built on the site of the old Jacarepagua circuit.

JORDAN RUNNING BRANDED AT MONZA

The Jordan team is running Sobranie branding on its cars at Monza, despite the European legislation which banned tobacco advertising in the European Union from August 1.

RED BULL CONFIRMS SPEED

Red Bull Rcaing has now confirmed that Scott Speed will be its test and reserve driver next year with options to stay with the team next year.

ROSBERG AND MINARDI

The word on the street in F1 circles is that one of the driver negotiating for an F1 drive for next year is GP2 driver Nico Rosberg.

YAMAMOTO TO DRIVE JORDAN IN SUZUKA

Sakon Yamamoto will drive the third Jordan-Toyota at the Japanese Grand Prix, standing in for Nicolas Kiesa.

1 SEPTEMBER 2005

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Italian GP - Preview

SPEED ANNOUNCEMENT DUE

Red Bull Racing is due to announce that Scott Speed is to join the team as test and reserve driver next year.

RACE FAN BIDS FOR UK'S TOP JOB

Ken Clarke, a Formula 1 fan and director of British American Tobacco, the part-owner of BAR, is bidding to become the leader of the Conservative Party in Britain and then hopes to lead the party to beat Labour at the next election, which must take place before May 2010.

HONGHE SIGNS A DEAL WITH SHANGHAI

China's Honghe tobacco company has signed a deal to sponsor the Chinese Grand Prix, despite the Chinese government ratifying the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which prohibits tobacco advertising, promotion and event sponsorships in China.

MORE POSITIVE WAFFLE FROM MILAN

If there is any hard talking going on in the background in Formula 1 circles at the moment, it is certainly not being done in the official meetings between the teams and the others involved in the running of the sport.