NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2005

ALBERS SIGNS FOR MIDLAND?

On Tuesday Christijan Albers is due to make an announcement in Holland and there is speculation that this is to be a two-year deal with the Midland F1 team to race for the team for the next two seasons.

BAYERNLB DISCOVERS THE F1 MEDIA

The banks involved in the Formula One group have been rather slow to understand that there is a busy media in Formula 1 but BayernLB's chief risk officer Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky has recently given an interview to formula1.com, which is owned by the Formula One group, about his bank's intentions in the sport.

HONDA ANNOUNCING NEW TEAM TOMORROW

There will be a press conference at Honda headquarters in Tokyo tomorrow announcing that Aguri Suzuki will enter a Honda second team in next year's Formula 1 World Championship. It is expected that this will confirm the involvement of the Softbank company and that Honda has acquired Menard Engineering Ltd.

HONDA AND PENSKE

As we suggested last week, it seems that Roger Penske's Indy Racing league team will be moving to Honda power in 2006. The team has been using Toyota engines in recent years but with Toyota withdrawing from the series at the end of next year Penske is switching early.

SOFTBANK AND F1

Softbank, Japan's biggest IT business, is rumoured to be the funding behind the rumoured Honda B team. The company is controlled by 48-year-old billionaire Masayoshi Son, who has been using sports to promote his business in the past few years, buying the naming rights to the Green Stadium in Kobe.

WELL DONE MICHELIN!

Sebastien Loeb's 10th victory of the season on the Rally de Catalunya at the weekend secured Citroen Sport its third consecutive World Rally Championship for Manufacturers - and Michelin's 38th WRC title.

30 OCTOBER 2005

DAN WHELDON AND BMW

As we suggested a month ago Dan Wheldon had been busy trying to get into F1 and there are reports from America - from the extremely well-connected journalist Robin Miller that Wheldon is about to sign an F1 deal that will see him testing in 2006 and racing in 2007.

29 OCTOBER 2005

RUMOURS IN AMERICA

There are stories circulating in the United States suggesting that General Motors has been approached about an American-based Formula 1 team. Given the company's financial situation they have not been very enthusiastic.

DE CESARIS LEADS THE WAY IN GP MASTERS

The first test for the Grand Prix Masters race took place at Silverstone. There was no sign of Alain Prost, who will now not be contesting the race in Kyalami. The fastest time of the two-day test went to Andrea de Cesaris, who was a fraction faster than Nigel Mansell.

28 OCTOBER 2005

KARTING GETS A NEW HEAD AND F1 TAKES NOTICE

The world of karting has a new head and Ferrari will no doubt be thankful for it. Luigi "Gino" Macaluso is a highly successful entrepreneur from the watch industry, with a passion for Ferraris.

MOSLEY KEEPS POWER BASE SOLID

Sixteen of the 23 members of the World Motor Sport Council remain unchanged with President Max Mosley, Deputy President Marco Piccinini (the former sporting director of Ferrari) and three of the seven Vice-Presidents - Michel Boeri (Monaco), Nazir Hoosein (India) and Jacques Regis (France) - all retaining their former roles.

ECCLESTONE TRACK WINS FIA RECOGNITION

Bernie Ecclestone's Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, has been appointed as the FIA Institute's first Centre for Motor Sport Excellence.

FERRARI LOOKING FOR NEW DESIGNERS

Ferrari, the styling firm Pininfarina and Alcoa, the aluminium company which produces frames for Ferrari have been sponsoring a contest this year at design schools around the world - hoping to find the Ferrari of the future.

LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR?

The oil companies of the world are currently making vast profits as demand for oil soars.

MICHELIN BLASTS FIA

Michelin has issued a press release which attacks the FIA for being "incoherent" in its rule-making. The release comes on the day when FIA President Max Mosley will be elected for another four-year term.

MOSLEY RE-ELECTED

Max Mosley has been re-elected president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), a spokesman for motorsport's world governing body told the Reuters newsagency on Friday morning.

27 OCTOBER 2005

ARGENTINA AIMS FOR F1 RACE

The provincial government of the state of San Luis in central Argentina are saying that they want to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2007. They are currently in the process of revamping a local racing circuit which is known as the Circuito Rosendo Hernandez.

MURRAY WALKER MAKES A COMEBACK!

Celebrated British TV commentator Murray Walker is returning to the commentary box with Grand Prix Masters. Walker is to commentate of the Altech Grand Prix Masters South Africa race in Kyalami on November 11-13.

BOURDAIS SIGNS A NEW ONE-YEAR DEAL

Sebastien Bourdais is staying in Champ Car next year with Newman Haas Racing. The Frenchman has won the last two Champ Car titles and is now aiming for a third consecutive win in 2006.

SILVERSTONE BEING REALISTIC

Silverstone was hoping to keep its traditional mid-July date for the British Grand Prix but the race organisers now accept that in order to minimise the impact of TV scheduling clashes with the soccer World Cup in Germany the race has had to be moved to June 11.

BELGIAN GP PROMOTER IS BANKRUPT

DDGP, the company that has been the promoter of the Belgian Grand Prix for the last couple of years, has been declared bankrupt by commercial court of Liege. The company has losses amounting to $11.75m and is in dispute with the local authorities over other payments.

KATHERINE AND THE BOYS

Katherine Legge will be joined by four other drivers in the forthcoming Minardi test at Vallelunga.

26 OCTOBER 2005

INTERESTING NOTES FROM THE WORLD COUNCIL

The World Council decisions included the decision to switch rallying from its current all-year calendar to a new format in 2007.

OTHER WORLD COUNCIL DECISIONS

There have been a number of minor changes to the rules and regulations of racing with one new rule which will not go down very well with celebrating teams. In future team personnel and spectators will be prohibited from climbing on the pit wall debris fence during or after any circuit race.

WORLD COUNCIL CONFIRMS RULES

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Rome and confirmed rule changes for the 2006 season. The tyre regulations in F1 at the moment will be forgotten and drivers will be permitted to use seven sets of dry-weather tyres for each event. All tyres used for qualifying and race must be of the same specification.

A LOOK AT THE F1 CALENDAR

The Formula 1 calendar has finally be published and although there are some changes, there are some bits of good news as well, notably that the season will not drag on into November as had been discussed but will end in Brazil on October 22. The bad news is that October is going to be a killer month for jetlag.

PAFFETT HOLDS ON TO F1 DREAM

Gary Paffett will probably be defending his DTM championship next year for Mercedes-Benz but he still wants to be an F1 driver and is looking forward to a run in a McLaren-Mercedes as a reward for his work in DTM.

RON GETS INTO TROUBLE

Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker is accustomed to controversy, but in his latest skirmish in Melbourne he has been branded "yesterday's man" by a member of the Liberal Party, for which he has long been an important fundraiser.

25 OCTOBER 2005

PIZZONIA LOOKING TO AMERICA

Antonio Pizzonia is not thought likely to stay next year with the Williams team, even if there is a Friday testing job available. Pizzonia has had a difficult F1 career to date but has been associated with Williams since the beginning of 2001.

VILLALONGA FOR F1 SPONSORSHIP FORUM

Juan Villalonga, the former chairman of Telefonica and the man who took the telecommunications giant into Formula 1 is to be one of the keynote speakers at the Formula 1 Sponsorship Forum in Monaco on November 16-17.

F1 AND THE UKRAINE STEEL BUSINESS

The news that Ukraine's largest steel mill has been bought by Mittal Steel for $4.8bn is interesting from a Formula 1 perspective as it gives a clear impression of the sort of money that the steel business can generate these days - and it begs the question of why Midland is not funding its F1 activities in a more active way.

PIQUET AND MASSA TO JOIN RACE OF CHAMPIONS

The Race of Champions in Paris will feature a strong team from Brazil this year with Nelson Piquet Jr and Ferrari's new signing Felipe Massa.

MOTOYAMA IS FORMULA NIPPON CHAMPION (AGAIN

Satoshi Motoyama last weekend tied up his fourth Formula Nippon title with a victory at Motegi. Starting from pole position the Arting Team Impul driver was chased in the early stages by Andre Lotterer (PIAA Nakajima Racing) and Sakon Yamamoto (Team Kondo).

24 OCTOBER 2005

MIKE THE BIKE (CIRCA 2005)

Michael Schumacher tested a Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike at the Mugello circuit in Italy, lapping the track around 20secs off the pace of pole position at this year's MotoGP event.

THIRD CARS STAY IN F1 IN 2006

The F1 Commission agreed that the teams could continue to use third cars next season, despite the fact that some teams wanted to get rid of the rules, which gives the big teams an advantage.

A BIG CRASH FOR HEINZ-HARALD

Former Grand Prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen is in hospital in Mannheim following a big accident at the final round of the DTM series at Hockenheim yesterday. The 38-year-old has concussion, multiple bruises and muscle strains in his neck.

MIDLAND ANNOUNCES PASTORELLI

The Midland Group has announced that Nicky Pastorelli is to be the team's official test and Friday driver next year. The 22 year-old Dutchman tested for the team on three occasions last year, running at Silverstone in April, at Santa Pod in May and then at Monza in August.

THE DOWNSIDE OF THE FIA REAR WING

There may be any number of benefits from the new FIA-inspired rear wings, which will - if all goes to plan - be introduced in 2007. The teams will no doubt soon have the wings in their windtunnels to see what the effect will be on the cars running closely behind.

BERNIE'S BIRTHDAY BUNNIES

Bernie Ecclestone will be 75 years old on Friday and the Formula 1 Commission decided to recognise the occcasion by offering him a large cake, transported into the meeting room by 10 young ladies, clad in different team clothing. Mr E seems to have enjoyed the event.

NEW QUALIFYING, FREE TYRES

The Formula 1 Commission met in London on Tuesday to discuss the matters of the moment in Formula 1 and decided on a number of new measures for the future. There was no vote of no confidence in FIA President Max Mosley and, in the recent F1 tradition, everything was "very positive".

A PAY-OUT COMING FOR BERNIE AND THE BANKS?

The latest accounts filed by the Formula One group have revealed some interesting new developments, including the appointment of Gerhard Mann as chief executive of Formula One Holdings. Mann was previously the man in charge of the Bayerische Landesbank's London office.

FRANCE DOMINATES A1 IN ESTORIL

The French national team, run by DAMS and represented by Alexandre Premat won the two A1 Grand Prix races at Estoril at the weekend.

RULE BRITANNIA

Britain may no longer rule the waves but Europe's island offshoot is certainly doing well this year in Germany with Gary Paffett having become the first British driver to win the DTM Championship and Lewis Hamilton ending his extraordinary year in the Formula 3 Eurocup with two wins to bring his tally to 15 victories in 20 races.

BOURDAIS WRAPS UP CHAMP CAR TITLE NUMBER TWO

France's Sebastien Bourdais makes no secret of his desire to be in Formula 1 and has proved to be the class of the field in Champ Car racing for the last two seasons.

RADICAL THINKING FROM SCHOOLS

The demand for automotive engineers in Britain, particularly in motor racing, has led to a number of schemes to encourage youngsters to get into racing engineering.

RADICAL THINKING COMING FROM THE FIA

The Formula 1 Commission meets this morning to discuss the matters of the moment in Grand Prix racing but this is a big week for F1 and we are expecting a few interesting developments, not least some radical thinking for the 2008 regulations.

MECACHROME EXPANDING ENGINE BUSINESS?

The engineering firm Mecachrome, last seen in F1 with their Renault-based Supertec engines, has been trying to drum up interest of late in an IRL engine they plan to build.

21 OCTOBER 2005

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX IN TROUBLE?

There are reports in Belgian that the race promoter DDGP (Didier Defourney Grand Prix) has run into major financial problems because of a dispute with the local authorities over how much they should be paid.

SATO, SUZUKI AND MIDLAND

Takuma Sato is a man in demand at the moment in F1 circles, despite his somewhat erratic driving in recent months. The former BAR driver had an awful season which ended up in a flurry of accidents, penalties and unforced errors.

20 OCTOBER 2005

MICHELIN'S BRUSSOZ TO FERRARI

There has been talk for some time of Michelin's F1 programme losing engineers at the end of the season, following the departure of Pierre Dupasquier, the man who led the company in F1 for many years.

AUSTRIAN ENGINEERS WIN SAE CONTEST

The first Formula SAE Italia competition, which gives universities the opportunity to build their own racing cars, has been won by a team from the Graz University of Technology in Austria.

STEFAN GOES BACK TO ADELAIDE

Former Ferrari driver Stefan Johansson used to be a Formula 1 regular back in the days when the Australian Grand Prix took place on the streets of Adelaide. This year he will return to the South Australian city driving in the Classic Adelaide Rally, which takes place between November 16-20.

THE QUIBBLESOME DUTCH

Holland should be basking in the fact that it has two Grand Prix drivers at the moment. There are many countries in the racing world which cannot claim such a thing and thus it is rather sad that the two men in question seem to spend most of their time taking pot-shots at one another rather than looking at the bigger picture

19 OCTOBER 2005

CHRISTIJAN ALBERS AND WILLIAMS

Minardi driver Christijan Albers is one man who is going to be severely affected by the purchase of Minardi by Red Bull. This means that the only pay-drives available in the future will be with the Midland F1 team.

SHANGHAI INVESTS HEAVILY IN CARS

The Shanghai's city authorities have announced plans to develop their automobile industry so that it becomes less dependent on foreign partners. The automobile industry is seen as being at the centre of the city's five-year plan.

CHEEVER LOSES RED BULL BACKING

Cheever Racing, the Indy Racing League team run by former Formula 1 driver Eddie Cheever, has lost its sponsorship from Red Bull after four years. In the course of the partnership the team has won only one race, at Michigan in 2002, the first year of the partnership.

GANASSI TO STAY IN THE IRL

Chip Ganassi says that he is not planning to switch his team from the Indy Racing League into the rival Champ Car World Series next year. There had been speculation that Ganassi might change camps because Toyota is pulling out of the series.

COCA-COLA AND F1 - NO-ONE TOLD COKE!

Coca-Cola has no plans to sponsor Formula 1, according to the company's Director of Communications Philipp Bodzenta.

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX NETS $32.5M A DAY FOR LOCAL ECONOMY

The Australian Grand Prix is a major economic bonus for the city of Melbourne, according to the findings of a new report, published by Australia's National Institute of Economic and Industry Research.

MINARDI CONFIRMS LEGGE

As exclusively revealed by grandprix.com, Katherine Legge is to test for the team at Vallelunga at the end of November.

18 OCTOBER 2005

THE V10 FORMULA OF 2006?

Some time ago the FIA asked Formula 1 teams to accept rules which rev-limited V10 engines. The federation argued that this would slow the cars and cut costs. As early as 1996 FIA President Max Mosley proposed an engine rev limiter to be introduced in 2001.

MCLAREN MISSES OUT AGAIN

The McLaren Technology Centre in Woking has failed to win the Stirling Prize, Europe's biggest annual award for architectural design, presented by the Royal Institute of Architects.

SHNAIDER MUST FRONT UP OR SHUT UP

Midland F1 team owner Alex Shnaider should have known when he entered Formula 1 that it was going to be expensive - even for a Ukrainian steel baron.

RED BULL GIVES UP US DRIVER PROGRAMME

Red Bull has announced that it is stopping its Driver Search programme in the United States of America.

THE KIMI AND MICHAEL SHOW

All the talk about Kimi Raikkonen going to Ferrari has thus far been predicated on the idea that the Finn will not want to be at Maranello with Michael Schumacher but the latest word we are hearing is that Kimi is actually keen to go up against Michael and beat him, and by doing so prove who is the dop dog in the F1 circus.

17 OCTOBER 2005

RACE REPORT - A SPANISH OMELETTE OF A RACE

Fernando Alonso won his seventh victory of the year in Shanghai and by doing so ensured that Renault would finally win its first proper Constructors' World Championship, a goal the company has been chasing since it first entered Formula 1 back in the summer of 1977.

LEAFIELD AND THE HONDA B TEAM

Our spies in Japan are reporting that the much-vaunted second Honda team will be based at the old Arrows factory in Leafield, Oxfordshire. The 30-acre site was acquired in May 2003 by Menard Inc, the company run by home-improvement billionaire John Menard,

16 OCTOBER 2005

RACE NOTES - ALONSO WINS CHINESE GP, RENAULT TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

Chinese GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS FROM SHANGHAI

Chinese GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Chinese GP - Race Results

SCHUMACHER AND ALBERS COLLIDE!

Michael Schumacher and Christijan Albers collided at speed as they were driving their cars to the grid before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix. Both cars were seriously damaged and both men will now switch to spare cars but will have to start the race from the pitlane.

KATHERINE LEGGE TO TEST F1 CAR

Britain's top female racer Katherine Legge is to test for the Minardi team at Vallelunga at the end of next month. The 25-year-old from Northampton will be the first woman to have a meaningful F1 test since the days of Giovanna Amati back 1991.

FORMULA ONE GETS A THEME PARK

Formula One Administration has announced a deal with Dubai's Union Properties for the establishment of a F1-theme park in Dubai. The plan is for Formula One World to be located at the MotorCity in Dubai.

HONDA TO STICK WITH THE IRL

Honda has announced that it will continue to supply engines to the Indy Racing League until the end of 2009. The announcement will come as a major boost for the series following the withdrawal of Toyota and Chevrolet.

15 OCTOBER 2005

QUALIFYING REPORT - A GAME OF DOUBLE STRATEGY

The qualifying session for the Chinese Grand Prix was all about race strategy. It was clear that Renault would need to have a plan to stop Kimi Raikkonen taking off and winning the race.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Saturday Team Quotes

JANI JOINS RED BULL ROSTER

Red Bull GmbH has confirmed the takeover of Minardi on November 1 and has announced that the team will be called Squadra Toro Rosso (Team Red Bull in Italian).

COCA-COLA AND FORMULA 1

The idea of a Coca-Cola sponsorship in Formula 1 is to some extent at least a logical move.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Chinese GP - Qualifying Results

THE SECOND HONDA TEAM

There were rumours circulating in Shanghai that the second Honda engined team will involve Italy's Daniele Audetto, who was in the paddock on Saturday. Our sources in Japan continue to insist that while others may be involved in Europe, the money and the team principal will be Japanese.

SATURDAY PRACTICE - KIMI'S AIMS FOR NUMBER EIGHT

Kimi Raikkonen may not be able to win the World Championship this season but if all goes well on Sunday the Finn can score his eighth victory of the year, help McLaren win the Constructors' Championship and make the point that but for mechanical failures the Drivers' World Championship would have been his.

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice Session 3 Results

14 OCTOBER 2005

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A GREY DAY IN SHANGHAI

The McLaren team dominated an overcast day of action in Shanghai with test driver Pedro de la Rosa coming out at the top of the timesheets, just clear of Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta. The two testers were a full second clear of the nearest challenger, Kimi Raikkonen.

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Friday Team Quotes

CREDIT SUISSE JOINS BMW MOTORSPORT

Credit Suisse has confirmed that it will be remaining as a major sponsor of the BMW Motorsport when the Munich car company takes over Sauber. Peter Sauber will be an advisor for Credit Suisse and will attend four races a year.

SQUADRA TORO ROSSO

The new Red Bull-owned Minardi team is to be renamed Squadra Toro Rosso. The team, which will be run by former BMW Motorsport man Franz Tost, will be renamed after the takeover of Minardi is completed on November 1.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice Session 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MCLAREN ON TOP AS EVER

Pedro de la Rosa set the pace at the start of practice for the Chinese Grand Prix with a best lap that was 1.8secs clear of the rest of the Formula 1 field, indicating that the order of those behind him was not very significant.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice Session 1 Results

AMID THE FAREWELLS

The Formula 1 circus has been going through a series of farewell parties this year in Shanghai. Much is being made of the departure of Peter Sauber and Paul Stoddart and the disappearance of the Jordan name but probably the most significant departure of all has been rather more low-key.

A DOUBT OVER BUTTON?

There are rumours this morning in China that Jenson Button may not be taking part in the Chinese Grand Prix.

A WIN FOR MCLAREN TODAY?

The McLaren team is waiting to hear whether its factory in Woking will win the Stirling Prize, Europe's biggest annual award for architectural design.

WILLIAMS TO SELL OLD CARS

The Bonhams auction house is to sell a number of Williams cars at a sale in December at the team's base in Grove. The team is selling 20 famous cars from its impressive private collection.

BRIDGESTONE PAYS FORD $240M

The Bridgestone company has agreed to pay the Ford Motor Company $240m to end the five-year dispute between the two firms relating to tyre failures on Ford sport utility vehicles.

A USEFUL IDEA FOR F1

The commercial methods used in Formula 1 could change dramatically in the years ahead with the announcement by Siemens of an impressive new technology which would create cheap, paper-thin TV screens.

CHINA FORMALLY RATIFIES ANTI-TOBACCO TREATY

The Chinese government announced on Thursday that it has now formally ratified the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the international treaty which aims to stub out tobacco advertising.

13 OCTOBER 2005

SILVERSTONE ON THE MOVE?

The news in Shanghai is that the British Grand Prix is on the move from its traditional mid-July date. The problem has been caused by the decision that the United States Grand Prix be held on July 2 next year.

AND THE NEW MINARDI BOSS IS...

There are reports in the German media that the new team principal of the soon-to-be-renamed Minardi team is going to be BMW's Franz Tost.

A SCANDAL AT FIAT

The Fiat empire has suffered a series of humiliations in recent years as the company has struggled to compete in the super-competitive automotive world. The empire, which includes Ferrari, is currently headed by former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

CHINESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Chinese GP - Preview

12 OCTOBER 2005

THE FUTURE OF MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

It seems that negotiations are pushing along for drives in 2007 and 2008 with Michael Schumacher's manager Willi Weber telling German reporters that Michael will probably keep going until 2008.

WHO NEEDS DRIVERS?

Four robotic vehicles succeeded in completing the Grand Challenge race at the weekend in the Mojave Desert in Nevada. The winning team from Stanford University took home a prize of $2m. The odd thing about the 150 mile race was that none of the 23 competing vehicles had a driver.

JEAN ALESI AND MCLAREN

It may read like a headline from a few years ago but it seems that it could be a story in the future as well as the 41-year-old Frenchman looks at things to do when he decides to hang up with helmet.

A CHANGE OF CONTROL IN F1

The Bayerische Landesbank has taken sole control of the Speed Investments Ltd, the company which controls the commercial rights of Formula 1 motor racing.

11 OCTOBER 2005

THE IOC COMES TO F1

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is to attend the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai to see how the Chinese cope with a major international sporting event.

10 OCTOBER 2005

RACE REPORT - KIMI'S MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH

It was a sunny day. The grandstands were bursting. And motor racing was on the agenda. Real motor racing. Not the scrappy politics that has dominated Formula 1 for so long; nor the unhealthy domination of one team, but rather good old-fashioned spectacular motor racing.

A DEAL FOR EMIRATES IN F1?

There were rumours in Suzuka that the Emirates Airline, which is owned by the ruling family of Dubai, is looking very seriously about a Formula 1 sponsorship deal. This may be related to stories of a second Mercedes-Benz team.

9 OCTOBER 2005

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN WINS JAPANESE GP

Japanese GP - Race Notes

A GOOD DAY FOR THE FRENCH

France's Nicolas Lapierre scored a double win the A1 Grand Prix races at the Lausitzring in Germany, beating Switzerland's Neel Jani and Nelson Piquet Jr of Brazil in the first race and then seeing off Robbie Kerr (Great Britain) and Canada's Sean McIntosh in the second.

THE RETURN OF THE F1 COMMISSION

The Formula 1 Commission has not met since June 28 2004. A meeting was planned for December last year but was called off, apparently in order to stop nine of the 10 teams from forcing through rules for a control tyre and a restriction of testing, which had been agreed between them in Brazil.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Sunday Photos

FIA PROPOSES THE RETURN OF TYRE STOPS

The FIA sent a fax to the Formula 1 teams at Suzuka with a list of proposals for new regulations in 2006. These include a plan for a knock-out system in qualifying and the return of tyre changes in the races.

WALKINSHAW NETS BATHURST VICTORY

Former F1 team owner Tom Walkinshaw took control of the Holden Racing Team earlier this year, without much ceremony but on Sunday the team won Australia's biggest touring car race with Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly winning the Bathurst 1000 in their Holden Commodore.

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS FROM SUZUKA

Japanese GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Japanese GP - Race Results

A LOT OF COINCIDENCES

In recent days there have been lots of complicated stories circulating in F1 circles, notably about the second Honda team but also about other potential newcomers in the sport.

8 OCTOBER 2005

QUALIFYING REPORT - RALF BACKS ONTO POLE

Ralf Schumacher had luck on his side at Suzuka, taking pole position with a good lap in the middle of the session but his chief rivals never got the chance to take the fight to Toyota because a rain storm arrived at the circuit soon afterwards.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Japanese GP - Qualifying Results

FISICHELLA RUINS THE STORY

Giancarlo Fisichella ruined the story of the season at Suzuka on Saturday mornming when he pipped Narain Karthikeyan to the fastest time of the session in wet conditions. The Jordan driver has surprised everyone by going fastest ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Jenson Button, Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro.

PRACTICE 4 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice 4 Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice Session 3 Results

MICHAEL STICKS IT IN THE WALL

Michael Schumacher went out in the wet on Saturday morning at Suzuka and while everyone else stayed in the pits and out of trouble the Ferrari star decided to push a little and duly crashed.

7 OCTOBER 2005

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A RAIN-INTERRUPTED SESSION

The second session on Friday was interrupted by rain at Suzuka which left the fastest time of the afternoon going to Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta, who ran a lap which was a second faster than Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.

THE GREAT HONDA MYSTERY

The Mafia has a code of silence, known as omerta, which forbids its members, on pain of death, to reveal secrets of the organisation. Secrets are kept because of fear of retribution if the information comes out.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Japanese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Japanese GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Japanese GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice 2 Results

THE FUTURE OF FORMULA 1

American entrepreneur Peter Diamandis has announced plans to replace Formula 1 racing with something a little more exciting. Diamandis has established the Rocket Racing League which he says will feature rocket aircraft travelling at 300mph on a three-dimensional race course in the sky.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MCLAREN ON TOP BUT KIMI IN TROUBLE

Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time of the morning session on Friday at Suzuka but Kimi Raikkonen hit technical trouble again and may now have to drop down the grid with an engine change.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Japanese GP - Practice Session 1 Results

KIMI'S ENGINE PROBLEM?

Kimi Raikkonen's Suzuka weekend got off to a bad start on Friday morning when the Finn suffered what appeared to be an engine failure just 20 minutes into the first session.

SAUBER LOSES EECKELAERT

The word in Switzerland is that Sauber's head of vehicle engineering, test team and research and development, Jacky Eeckelaert is on his way to work for Honda, although it is not clear whether this will be Honda or the new second Honda team.

6 OCTOBER 2005

AMD DOES A NASCAR DEAL

Advanced Micro Devices continues its drive into motor racing with a new deal to become the official technology partner of NASCAR. This will see the organisation using AMD computer technology on and off the track

DHL GOES TO ALMS

Former Formula 1 sponsor DHL has signed a deal to sponsor the Penske Porsche in the American Le Mans Series. The new car, which will run in the LMP2 prototype class, will be debuted on October 15 at Laguna Seca by Porsche factory drivers Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr.

WHY WOULD HONDA WANT A SECOND F1 TEAM?

Honda is planning to supply a second Formula 1 team in 2006 - and the move makes a huge amount of sense, at least if you are a Honda executive. While many in F1 see the team as being a place for Honda to put Takuma Sato, there is probably a great deal more to it than that...

A HONDA DREAM TEAM?

Honda has yet to come up with an official name for the rebranded BAR and while Honda Racing or something similar would be the obvious choice, there is a possibility that the company may go for something a little more exotic, and given Honda's history, one should not rule out some kind of reference to the word Dream.

THE SECOND HONDA TEAM

The news from Japan is that Dome has now denied that it will be running the second Honda team next year and so speculation has moved on to the Super Aguri organisation, the group of racing teams which are run by former Grand Prix driver Aguri Suzuki.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Japanese GP - Preview

5 OCTOBER 2005

GREEKS CONFIRM F1 INTEREST

As exclusively reported by grandprix.com, Greece is considering a Formula 1 project. The news has been confirmed by the country's Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

NEW TEAM IS NOT DIREXIV

The new Honda-supplied Formula 1 team remains a mystery for the moment but it has emerged that the plans are not related to those being made by the Japanese firm Direxiv.

THE INDIANS ARE COMING!

CSS Stellar Management has signed a deal with India's Karun Chandhok. The company, which manages the careers of many drivers is keen to get into the expanding Indian market.

A JOB FOR KOVALAINEN

Heikki Kovalainen is expected to be named as the Renault F1 test driver, following the news that the current incumbent Franck Montagny is leaving the role.

4 OCTOBER 2005

A WET WEEKEND IN SUZUKA

Last year the weather in Suzuka was so bad - because of an incoming typhoon - that the entire day's activities on Saturday were called off.

WHERE IS THE MYSTERY NEW F1 TEAM?

Honda's announcement that it will be supplying a second Formula 1 team next year and that this will be a new operation is most interesting, given that there is no real evidence to suggest that a new team is up and running.

BUILDING MOTORSPORT IN CHINA

Gianpaolo Dallara, Jean-Claude Migeot, Bruno Engelric and Luca Birindelli have joined forces to create Asia Racing Technologies, which aims to assist China to nurture its up-and-coming motorsport industry..

F1 HELPS OUT NASCAR

Former Cosworth chief designer Nick Hayes headed off to NASCAR in July to become the engine research and development director of Richard Childress Racing, which currently runs Dave Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton.

AND NASCAR HELPS ITSELF

While Formula 1 teams continue to fight with one another and the promotion of the sport remains at the bottom of the "to do" list, the NASCAR Nextel Cup continues to show the way in terms of promoting the sport, particularly to the much-needed new generations.

EXIT BAT - WITH A MESSAGE FOR ITS RIVALS

British American Tobacco has confirmed that it has agreed the sale of its 55% stake in BAR Honda to the Honda Motor Company. The sale, which will be completed on December 31, means that Honda Motor will end up owning 100% of the team, which was established eight years ago.

HONDA AND VODAFONE?

The rumour in Formula 1 circles is that Honda is on the verge of signing a sponsorship deal with Vodafone for 2007. The British mobile operator has been sponsoring Ferrari since the start of 2002

A SECOND TEAM WITH HONDA

More details are emerging of Honda's plans in F1 and we hear from Japan that there will be a second team next year, using V8 engines. This is expected to be a new team but there are no further details at the moment of who this may involve.

HONDA BUYS OUT BAT

Japanese car manufacturer Honda has bought out British American Tobacco and will be running a wholly-owned team in F1 next year. The team has yet to be named.

3 OCTOBER 2005

SATO AND THE A1 GP SERIES

BAR driver Takuma Sato is reported to be driving Japan's entry in the A1 GP series later this year. The suggestion, published on the pitpass.com website, which is well-connected in A1 GP circles, is that Takuma will take over the Japanese car after the F1 season ends in three weeks from now.

A LOT OF FIZZ ABOUT COCA-COLA

There are reports in England that Coca-Cola may be interested in a major sponsorship programme in Formula 1. Such a deal has always made sense from a marketing point of view but nothing was ever possible because of Coca-Cola's aversion to Formula 1's fixation with tobacco.

STODDART DECIDES ON V8S!

Paul Stoddart's Oz Jet company is to sponsor the second Ford Performance Racing Falcon for the remainder of the year, starting at this weekend's Bathurst 1000. The OzJet logo will be featured across the sides of the Ford Credit FPR Falcon being driven by Greg Ritter and Cameron McLean.

A GRAND PRIX OF CATALUNYA?

The regional parliament of Catalunya has just approved a new law that will give the region even greater autonomy. The ruling coalition is in effect asking for sovereignty.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SILVERSTONE

The British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the Silverstone racing circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, is advancing with its plans to completely redevelop the facility so that it is brought up to the same standard as the new circuits added to the Formula 1 calendar in recent years.