NEWS ARCHIVE

30 JUNE 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - DAVIDSON STILL ON TOP

Anthony Davidson continued to dominate practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking his Honda to a best lap in the afternoon session of 1m12.013s, eight-tenths of a second ahead of BMW's test driver Robert Kubica.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

United States GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

United States GP - Friday Team Quotes

AN INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT

Kirk Kerkorian, the celebrated US investor who holds 9.9% of General Motors, is urging the world's largest car manufacturer to go into partnership with Renault and Nissan in order to create a truly global car company.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

United States GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - DAVIDSON ON TOP

Anthony Davidson topped the time sheets on Friday morning at Indianapolis, recording a best time of 1m12.083s ahead of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari. The former World Champion did only three laps and caused the only news of the session by spinning off at Turn 4 and ending up in the gravel.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

United States GP - Practice 1 Results

29 JUNE 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

United States GP - Thursday Press Conference

SUPER AGURI TO LAUNCH NEW CAR IN GERMANY

The new Super Aguri SA06 will be launched at the German Grand Prix. This is a fortnight later than planned because of production delays.

28 JUNE 2006

WHY IS THERE NO AMERICAN F1 TEAM?

Back in 2002 All American Racers, Dan Gurney's racing organisation in Santa Ana, announced plans to enter Formula 1. A few months later came the news that the people involved "were not prepared to commit to a situation which was not properly funded for at least three years."

WHY THE STATE OF INDIANA MIGHT PAY FOR THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

The negotiating between the Formula One group and Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the terms for a future contract for the United States Grand Prix has resulted in some rather ill-advised remarks in recent weeks, not least the suggestion from Bernie Ecclestone that Formula 1 does not need America.

RED BULL TEAMS FIGHTING OVER LIUZZI?

Reports in the Austrian press suggest that Scuderia Toro Rosso part-owner Gerhard Berger would like to keep Italy's Tonio Liuzzi in his team next year. The fact that Berger wants Liuzzi is a great compliment to the young Italian but it is rather inconvenient as Red Bull Racing has been showing considerable interest.

FRENCH GP HOPEFUL BUT CAUTIOUS ON TICKET SALES

The Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile, the organiser of the French Grand Prix, is cautiously optimistic that this year's event - which coincides with the French Bastille Day national holiday weekend - will be a financial success.

GERMANY CAVES IN ON TOBACCO

The German government has accepted that it must implement a European Union directive banning the advertising and promotion of tobacco. Horst Seehofer, the minister involved, said that the legal action against the ban had been begun by the previous German government, which was voted out of office at the end of last year.

HOW BIG WILL THE CROWD BE AT INDIANAPOLIS?

As Formula 1 heads back to Indianapolis, a year after it attempted to commit suicide in front of the US audience, there is much speculation about how much support the Americans will give the sport.

SIX STILL BIDDING FOR DORNA

Dorna, the Spanish company that owns MotoGP is up for sale as part of the deal for CVC Capital Partners to acquire the Formula One group. CVC previously owned Dorna but is required to sell it to satisfy European competition authorities that a monopoly is not being created.

27 JUNE 2006

A CHAMP CAR-IRL DEAL NOT THAT CLOSE

Stories at the weekend about a merger between Champ Car and the Indy Racing League may have been a little exaggerated, according to the latest remarks from Indianapolis president Tony George. he told Indianapolis's News 8 TV that the deal is not nearly as close as has been suggested.

BARNARD STILL IN THE GAME

John Barnard, the former McLaren, Ferrari and Benetton F1 technical director, has announced plans to work with the engineering firm Ricardo to create a MotoGP team. After leaving F1 Barnard, one of the great innovators in F1, spent a couple of years working with Kenny Roberts's team.

RAHAL MISSES THE PLANE BUT NOT THE BOAT

Graham Rahal's plan to fly to Europe after Cleveland to test at Paul Ricard and then fly back to the United States for the Indianapolis weekend had to be changed on Monday when bad weather resulted in the 17-year-old youngster being delayed so much that the test became impractical.

THE PECKING ORDER AT RED BULL

With Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso both in North America at the moment with all six drivers, Red Bull Racing had to look elsewhere for a driver when it wanted to do some aerodynamic mapping work at Silverstone.

26 JUNE 2006

RACE REPORT - RHAPSODY IN BLUE AND YELLOW

Fernando Alonso has much to celebrate these days as he heads, apparently inexorably, towards his second World Championship. Victory in Canada was Fernando's sixth win in nine races and his fourth consecutive win in recent weeks.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAND PRIX RACING

One hundred years ago today in Le Mans Grand Prix racing was born when 32 cars set off at 90-second intervals to complete 12 laps of a 64 mile circuit on the public roads to the east of the city. the field was led away by Fernand Gabriel's Lorraine-Dietrich.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Sunday Photos

25 JUNE 2006

RACE NOTES - ALONSO STORMS TO CANADIAN GP VICTORY

Canadian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Canadian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Canadian GP - Race Results

PEACE IN THE US OPEN-WHEELER COMMUNITY?

Indy Racing League founder and CEO Tony George and Champ Car World Series co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven say that a plan has been worked out for the two championships to have shared ownership in the future and that should now lead to the two struggling series to get together again.

ANOTHER F1 SURVEY

The FIA, AMD and F1 Racing magazine have launched their second annual survey to find out what the public want from Formula 1 racing.

A LITTLE SECRET ABOUT THE BMW REAR WING

There was a momentary kerfuffle on Saturday in Montreal when Honda started making noises that it might protest the BMW Sauber rear wing because of apparent evidence that the wing was flexing at high speed.

MONTOYA AND WILLIAMS

The suggestion that Juan Pablo Montoya may go back to Williams in 2007 underlines two things: firstly that Montoya is definitely out of the picture at McLaren and secondly that things are beginning to get desperate for the Colombian.

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Saturday Press Conference

24 JUNE 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - FIVE-NIL FOR SPAIN

The world is besotted at the moment with soccer matches in Germany and so qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix was a low-key affair before the cars even rolled out of the pitlane. And even then it did not get much better.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PIKE

Mark Webber was having a miserable weekend on Saturday in Montreal after his Williams team mate Nico Rosberg got in his way at a crucial moment in qualifying and he ended up missing the cut to go through to the second part of the session.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Canadian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - ALONSO AND FISICHELLA LEAD THE WAY IN CANADA

The Renault team was back on top again on Saturday morning in Montreal but BMW continues to show great pace with Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld third and fourth in the times ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 3 Results

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Friday Press Conference

23 JUNE 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - KUBICA STAYS ON TOP

BMW Sauber continued to set the fastest times on Friday as the Montreal track got faster as temperatures rose and rubber was put down. Fernando Alonso ended the session setting a time that was just a tenth slower, underlining that this is a race that he wants to win.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Canadian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Canadian GP - Friday Team Quotes

A POSITIVE STEP FOR MONTREAL

The Grand Prix F1 du Canada, Inc. company has taken an important step to guarantee the future of the Canadian Grand Prix with a new five-year deal with the City of Montreal to continue to use the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the Parc Jean-Drapeau.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - KUBICA LEADS THE WAY

BMW Sauber test driver Robert Kubica led the way on Friday morning in Montreal with a time that was 1.9secs faster than the nearest challenger, on this occasion the Honda of Anthony Davidson.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Canadian GP - Practice 1 Results

WAVING THE FLAG FOR CHARITY

The biggest names from the world of F1 have created a unique piece of sporting history to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

MORE MOVES IN F1 POLITICS

The pushing and shoving in the world of Formula 1 politics continues with the signs are that there will be another meeting of the Sporting Working Group in the week ahead to consider a new version of the engine homologation rules.

22 JUNE 2006

HERE COMES TROUBLE?

The Sporting Working Group meeting has now finished and we hear that Charlie Whiting, the FIA representative present, ruled that the teams could not vote on an engine proposal - known as the Monaco Proposal.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Canadian GP - Thursday Press Conference

YES, FORMULA 1 IS STILL FIGHTING (BUT IT IS NOW DOING IT QUIETLY)

The Formula 1 Sporting Working Group is, according to the FIA regulations for 2008, the body that decides the sporting rules. Its proposals go to the F1 Commission and then on to the FIA World Council to be rubber-stamped.

HILL TO TEST MERCEDES DTM CAR

Damon Hill will test a Mercedes DTM touring car at Brands Hatch as a promotional exercise to draw attention to the forthcoming race at the Kent circuit. This will feature Mika Hakkinen, Jean Alesi and the usual DTM cast.

ECCLESTONE SENDS A MESSAGE TO TONY GEORGE

Bernie Ecclestone has used his favourite leaking location - The Times in London - to send a message to Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George about their negotiations for the future United States Grand Prix.

MICHELIN SAYS NO TO F1

Michelin has announced that it will not be bidding for the right to become the single tyre supplier in 2008.

WHY WOULD MCLAREN SIGN HAMILTON RIGHT NOW?

McLaren has no need to sign Lewis Hamilton just yet, indeed there is much to said for not making any move until at least September by which time Hamilton will have finished off his GP2 campaign, his priority this year.

RENAULT AND TORO ROSSO

When it comes to Formula 1 anything is possible and so one has to consider the possibility that Renault will do a deal with Scuderia Toro Rosso, if only so as to have a place to put Heikki Kovalainen in 2007.

RAHAL TO TEST GP2

Grahal Rahal, the rising US star, will be testing for the DPR Direxiv GP2 team at Paul Ricard on Wednesday, June 28. The team will run Olivier Pla on the first day of the test - presumably to provide a comparison and then Rahal will take over for the second day of the testing.

THEISSEN TALKS DRIVERS

As part of its preview for the North American Formula 1 races, BMW issued a carefully-constructed interview with Dr Mario Theissen, pushing out all the messages that the Munich car maker wants to get across to the world.

21 JUNE 2006

RAHAL JR WANTS F1

Graham Rahal is very clear about he wants in the future: he wants to be a Formula 1 driver. Rahal is 17 but doing well in America and hopes that he will catch the attention of the F1 teams soon in Indianapolis when he races in the Indy Pro Series event supporting the United States Grand Prix.

ON THE WAY TO WOKING

There have been rumours for some weeks that Renault is being targeted by other teams to pick up good technical staff. McLaren has lost a number of staff in recent months and the team is now recruiting to put together a team to work with Fernando Alonso.

WILLIS DEPARTS

It was no surprise when we heard this morning that Geoff Willis had departed from Honda F1. The news that the team had appointed a "senior technical director" above his head was a clear sign that the Honda-Willis relationship was not one that was going to last for much longer.

20 JUNE 2006

A BIG CHANGE AT HONDA

Honda F1's lack of success this year is now beginning to make an impact with news that the team has appointed Shuhei Nakamoto, the Engineering Director for Honda Racing Development, as "senior technical director" of Honda F1 Racing.

WILLIAMS GOES TECHNICAL WITH MERCHANDISING

Williams and Mobilecast has launched an interesting new range of iPod Bluetooth products for the European market. The WilliamsF1-branded devices, which are compatible with all Apple iPods, allow music to be transmitted to Bluetooth-enabled headsets, wirelessly yet maintaining audio quality.

OUR NIGE IN THE WARS - AS EVER

Nothing ever came easily for Nigel Mansell. Even when he was trouncing the opposition in Formula 1 in the summer of 1992 with a Williams-Renault that was clearly the dominant force, he refused to admit that he had an advantage in the World Championship.

JACQUES VILLENEUVE - SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jacques Villeneuve is releasing the debut track from his new album this week in Canada. Villeneuve recorded his album in the course of the winter and the first single, entitled "Accepterais-tu?", a song in French, is the result.

WHEN IS A FLEXI-WING NOT A FLEXI-WING?

Flexibility is one of the attributes of a modern Formula 1 technical director - and, apparently, a talent also for the rule-makers who seem to be happy to change interpretations of the rules at will in their never-ending quest to keeps the racing teams under control.

19 JUNE 2006

TOBACCO ADVERTISING IN HUNGARY

Hungary banned tobacco advertising in 1978 with a decree from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

RAIKKONEN AND RENAULT

There are rumours kicking around at the moment that Kimi Raikkonen is close to agreeing a deal to race for Renault in 2007 and 2008.

LOEB FINISHES SECOND AT LE MANS

World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has shown that he is no slouch on the race tracks with second place in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a Pescarolo-Judd he was sharing with Franck Montagny and Eric Helary.

GRANDS PRIX IN SPAIN

The vote over the weekend to give the Catalonia region of Spain autonomy from the Spanish government in Madrid. The new powers include more control over finances, the right to have a say in the appointment of judges but does not include formal recognition as a separate nation.

ALLMENDINGER ENDS BOURDAIS'S STREAK

AJ Allmendinger switched teams last week but in Portland showed that he is not about to allow the change to affect his performance as he swept to a dominant victory in the GI Joe's Grand Prix of Portland at the Portland International Raceway. The 24-year-old led all the way.

AUDI DIESEL WINS LE MANS - NOW WHAT?

Audi won the Le Mans 24 Hours on Sunday with a diesel-powered R10 sportscar. This will be the cause of much rejoicing at Audi but when the hullaballoo dies down the company will have to face up to the fact that the law of diminishing returns will soon kick in.

16 JUNE 2006

THE EFFECT OF COST-CUTTING IN F1

Cost-cutting has been mumbled endlessly in recent months by the people who are trying to cut costs in Formula 1.

INDIANAPOLIS CLASS ACTION REJECTED

A legal case arising from last year's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis has been dismissed by a US court and, although the claimants have 30 days to appeal the decision, there seems little chance of that being successful.

THE END OF FLEXI-WINGS?

Flexible wings have been the talk of the Formula 1 paddock this year with a solution apparently found in Malaysia and then a different route used by the teams involved. Now it seems the FIA is going to make sure that flexible (and indeed inflatable) rear wings cannot be used to gain an advantage.

RENAULT LOOKING FOR A SECOND TEAM

Renault wants to cash in on its recent successes and sign a second team for 2007. The company has plenty of capacity at its engine headquarters at Viry-Chatillon and a deal makes sense from a financial point of view - if the team can find a customer.

15 JUNE 2006

THE DRIVER MARKET AS OF NOW

The re-signing of Giancarlo Fisichella means that, in theory at least, one fewer of the top seats in F1 will be available next year. One cannot assume that the second Renault seat is in the hands of Heikki Kovalainen.

WELL-SUITED

Tom Rubython and Business F1 magazine are facing yet another legal battle, with the next case asking for libel damages of more than $550,000.

FISICHELLA STAYS AT RENAULT

The Renault F1 team has announced that Giancarlo Fisichella will be staying with the team in 2007, an interesting move in the F1 driver market.

A SLIGHT RESHUFFLE AT HONDA

The disappointing performance of Honda F1 this year has led to a slight change of emphasis in the engineering team with technical director Geoff Willis now planning to attend fewer races.

14 JUNE 2006

WHY WOULD FISICHELLA KNOW HIS 2007 TEAM MATE?

There are times when Internet sites get a little desperate for news and start creating stories that fill an empty space. One such story is the suggestion that Giancarlo Fisichella knows that his team mate next year will be Finnish. If true, this is impressive because Fisichella is not even sure which team will be employing him.

HOW TO OVERCOME THE TOBACCO BAN IN F1

Formula 1 is supposed to become a non-tobacco environment at the end of this year, bringing to a close a relationship between F1 and Big Tobacco that dates back to the late 1960s. It has been a very successful symbiotic relationship with tobacco companies getting the coverage they need and the race teams using the money available.

13 JUNE 2006

AN ALTERNATIVE TO F1 FOR WHELDON

There are reports in the United States that Indy Racing League star Dan Wheldon might give up on his dreams of becoming a Formula 1 driver in the future and drive for Chip Ganassi in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series in 2007.

ANOTHER WAY OF LOOKING AT THE SCHUMACHER SITUATION

Kimi Raikkonen has signed a deal with Ferrari for 2007 and beyond - it is hard to find anyone in F1 who does not believe that this is the case. However Michael Schumacher has not yet finished his F1 career and so this has confused matters somewhat as it is hard to imagine the two men racing together at Ferrari.

FERNANDO FOR REAL

Real Madrid is a sports club - famous around the world for its soccer team - but also involved in basketball and other activities. The soccer team has been hugely successful but has failed to win a major title since 2003 and there has been a string of different managers.

A QUIET LITTLE MEETING AT SILVERSTONE

Paolo Martinelli is the man in charge of all things related to engines at Ferrari and so it would not be that odd to see him at the Red Bull Energy Station at Silverstone. The interesting thing, however, was that Martinelli was not having meetings with Adrian Newey or Christian Horner but rather with the boss of Scuderia Toro Rosso

FUN AND GAMES IN CHAMP CAR

There is a reaction going on over in the United States to the fact that Sebastien Bourdais has been completely dominant in Champ Car racing this year. The Champ Car fraternity was stunned the other day when it was announced that AJ Allmendinger was leaving the Rusport team.

SCHUMACHER TO STAY AT FERRARI UNTIL 2008?

There are reports in Germany that Michael Schumacher will be staying at Ferrari for two more years. These could easily be true but the one thing that makes them suspect is that there is no need for any delay to be made if a deal has been struck.

12 JUNE 2006

RACE REPORT - A LESSON FROM THE OXFORD DON

In Spain eminent men are given the courtesy title of Don and for Fernando Alonso such a title would be doubly apt as he lives in Oxford, a seat of great learning where the academic dons deliver their lectures.

AND SO IT BEGINS

It has been expected for some time but the talking campaign has now started to get Marco Andretti across to Europe in the hope that he will be become the first third generation driver to make it in Formula 1.

11 JUNE 2006

RACE NOTES - ALONSO WINS BRITISH GP

British GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Sunday Photos

LEWIS, CARROLL IN WONDERLAND

The two GP2 races at Silverstone turned out to be Lewis Hamilton benefit events with two very classy performances from the rising British star.

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Sunday Team Quotes

MONTOYA OUT OF MCLAREN

The word in the paddock at Silverstone is that Juan Pablo Montoya has been told by McLaren that his services will not be required in 2007.

RACE INCIDENTS

British GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

British GP - Race Results

10 JUNE 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - ALONSO BLASTS TO POLE

Fernando Alonso took pole position for the British Grand Prix with a controlled lap to see off the challenge of Michael Schumacher while Kimi Raikkonen snuck in at the last minute to bump Schumacher back to third on the grid.

US TV PROGRAMMING NOTE

We want to remind all American television viewers that the British GP this Sunday will be broadcast on tape delay at 1pm ET on CBS.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

British GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - SOME VERY ODD TIMES

The Saturday morning practice session at Silverstone produced a very weird set of times with Michael Schumacher ahead of the rest of the field by four-tenths of a second but with Nick Heidfeld second in his BMW Sauber. Felipe Massa was third fastest ahead of Kim Raikkonen.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 3 Results

9 JUNE 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - KUBICA ON TOP

Robert Kubica gave everyone a surprise at Silverstone on Friday afternoon when he set the fastest time of the day in his BMW. The Pole was more than 1.2secs ahead of the nearest challenger, indicating that the major runners have still to show their hands fully.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

British GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

British GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 2 Results

A RACE FOR VALENCIA?

The word in the paddock in Silverstone was that the city of Valencia will be hosting a Formula 1 race in 2008. The event would be in addition to the Spanish Grand Prix and would aim to take advantage of the huge interest in F1 in Spain because of the success of Fernando Alonso.

MOSLEY'S BRAVE NEW WORLD

FIA President Max Mosley has revealed his ideas for the future of Formula 1 and is aiming to follow up his engine freeze regulations with a new era of energy storage devices and beyond that a new formula in 2011 that would restrict not the capacity of the engine but rather the energy consumed.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - WURZ TOPS FOR WILLIAMS

Alexander Wurz set the fastest time of the first practice session on Friday at Silverstone with a lap time that was just a few thousandths faster than Anthony Davidson's Honda.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

British GP - Practice 1 Results

RED TRACTORS?

Ferrari is to carry sponsorship at the United States Grand Prix from tractor company Case IH. The agricultural equipment company is owned by FIAT and is a sister business of Ferrari and Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne hopes that exposure on the Ferraris will help the firm to sell more tractors in the Midwest.

8 JUNE 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

British GP - Thursday Press Conference

PULLING OUT OR STANDING AND FIGHTING?

Honda and Toyota are not happy with the engine freeze being put forward by the FIA and according to reports are talking about pulling out of the sport if things do not change.

7 JUNE 2006

WATCH OUT FOR A TECHNICAL SQUALL!

The F1 Technical Commission meets today to discuss a raft of proposals about the technical regulations in 2008.

YAMAMOTO - AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOON

Sakon Yamamoto is to leave Formula Nippon and take up a role with the Super Aguri F1 team. It is not yeat clear what that role will be but it is anticipated that he will be the team's third driver for the next few races and will then step in to replace Franck Montagny, probably at the French Grand Prix.

FORMULA ONE TRIES MERCHANDISING

The Formula One group has launched a range of Formula 1-branded merchandise, including teeshirts, pole shirts, caps, and a variety of key rings, wallets, mouse mats, photo frames and document folders.

FIAT PLANS TO BUY BACK FERRARI

In recent years FIAT has let its control of Ferrari slip to just 56%, selling off shares to help raise money to get the parent company back on track financially.

CHEEVER IN A TIZZY

Eddie Cheever and Marco Andretti have got into a spat over an incident last weekend in the Watkins Glen Indy Racing League race. On the 38th lap of the race 19-year-old Andretti was lapping 49-year-old Cheever when Eddie moved to the right unexpectedly and pushed Andretti off the road and into a wall.

6 JUNE 2006

CONWAY TO THE FORE

Although Bruno Senna started the season looking good with Raikkonen Robertson Racing, it is Mike Conway, his English team mate, who has now moved to the top of the points standings in British Formula 3 with two maximum points scores in Pau.

TEAM RED BULL TO DEBUT IN OCTOBER

The Red Bull Toyota team will debut in NASCAR later this year - but without Toyotas. The team is currently being put together in Mooresville, North Carolina, and will debut with cars as yet unknown at Charlotte in October.

5 JUNE 2006

A DANGER FOR FORMULA 1

The suggestion that the soccer world may try to have a World Cup-style competition every two years could be bad news for Formula 1 racing.

MELBOURNE GETS MORE GOVERNMENT CASH

The Victorian State Government has agreed to provide an additional $37m over the next four years for major events in the state. Much of this money will go to help funding the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

ACTION FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Although it has been a weekend off for the Formula 1 crews there has been plenty of action over the weekend - with more races taking place on Monday as this is a holiday weekend in many countries.

4 JUNE 2006

REAR VIEW MIRROR TO 1997

In the light of Michael Schumacher's recent activities in Monaco, it is perhaps worth noting some of the things that were said in 1997 after the incident at Jerez de la Frontera when Schumacher tried to drive Jacques Villeneuve off the road and was docked all his points from that year's World Championship.

3 JUNE 2006

TODT BANGS ON ABOUT THE STEWARDS

Jean Todt continues to say that the FIA stewards at Monaco were wrong.

2 JUNE 2006

SUPER AGURI AND SAKON YAMAMOTO

There are rumours that driver Sakon Yamamoto will be the third driver for Super Aguri F1 starting at Silverstone next week.

A WILLIAMS-TOYOTA DEAL FOR THREE YEARS?

The word from Japan is that Williams will soon sign a three-year deal to use Toyota engines in Formula 1. The stories suggest that the team will be paying a nominal fee for the Cologne-built V8s.

JANI GOES BACK TO ARDEN

Nicolas Lapierre is out of action with two compressed vertebrae after a spectacular crash at the start of the Monaco GP2 race.

THE TRIALS OF A SMALL TEAM

Everything has a price and Midland boss Alex Shnaider has accepted that MF1 Racing might be for sale if someone is willing to pay enough for it.

1 JUNE 2006

BRISCOE GETS AN IRL RIDE

Sometime Toyota F1 test driver Ryan Briscoe has landed a drive with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Watkins Glen round of the Indy Racing League. He replaces Buddy Lazier.