NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 2006

RACE REPORT - YOU'RE BETTER OFF RED!

Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlement! Willkomen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the Michael Schumacher Cabaret at Hockenheim - with a supporting cast of Felipe Massa and, um, well that's about it really.

A BLOW FOR MELBOURNE

It has been announced in Australia that the V8 Supercars will not be supporting the Australian Grand Prix next year. The Grand Prix Corporation is blaming a clash of TV stations as the V8s recently did a new deal with Channel Seven, while the Grand Prix is covered by Network 10.

AWAY FROM HOCKENHEIM

There was a busy weekend of action away from Formula 1 last weekend with Helio Castroneves winning another victory for the Penske team in the Indy Racing League race at Michigan International Speedway.

MASS DAMPERS TO RETURN

The question of mass dampers is in the spotlight this week after the appallingly poor showing of the Renault team in Hockenheim. Much of this loss of performance has to be put down to the decision not to run mass dampers.

PREMAT IN TROUBLE

ART driver Alexandre Premat has been given a 10-place grid penalty in Hungary for crashing into Hiroki Yoshimoto in the GP2 race at Hockenheim on Sunday. Premat had a poor race on Saturday and started only 19th on the grid on Sunday and found himself fighting with Yoshimoto.

ADAM CARROLL GOING IT ALONE

Adam Carroll has announced that he is not going to continue with the Honda F1 team. Carroll asked to be released from his deal with Honda and the team did not try to stop him leaving - which is an interesting reflection on attitudes within the operation.

THE FUTURE OF MF1 RACING

For some weeks now, Formula 1 has been assuming that Alex Shnaider was on the verge of selling his MF1 Racing operation to a Dutch consortium. With each passing week, however, that sale seems less and less likely.

RED BULL DRIVERS IN 2007

Our spies at Red Bull tell us that the Austrian drinks company has signed deals with all four of its current drivers for the 2007 season. There is still some work to be done with the test drivers.

WEBBER AT LIBERTY

The Williams team has decided not to take up the option it had on Mark Webber. The option had to be taken up by the end of July but it seems that the team and the Australian driver decided that it would be a good idea to give one another a little bit of space and see what opportunities are available.

30 JULY 2006

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS GERMAN GP

German GP - Race Notes

MIDLANDS ARE OUT!

The two Midland-Toyotas have been excluded from the German Grand Prix for running flexible rear wings. The cars were found to have "excessive flexibility" in the lower rear wing elements.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

German GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

German GP - Race Results

GLOCK SHOWS HIS CALIBRE

Timo Glock won a super victory in the GP2 race on Sunday morning at Hockenheim, stealing the win from a dozy Jose-Maria Lopez on the last lap of the event. Lopez had taken the lead at the start after poleman Clivio Piccione made a mess of the first lap and ended up parked in the wall

29 JULY 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - ONE FOR THE BOSSES?

Kimi Raikkonen surprised everyone with pole position at the German Grand Prix, the first such achievement this year by a McLaren, and while it would be logical to suggest that perhaps this had something to with the fact that Hockenheim is not a million miles from Mercedes-Benz headquarters.

THANKS BOYS

Lewis Hamilton started eighth on the grid for the GP2 race at Hockenheim but thanks to mistakes by his competitors was able to finish second and extend his lead in the championship after another impressive drive.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

German GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - LIGHT TANKS DEFEAT HEAVY ARMOUR

German GP - Practice 3 Report

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 3 Results

GHOSN SEES EQUITY SWAP IN RENAULT-GM DEAL

The Financial Times is reporting that Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn would like to see Renault and Nissan take stakes in General Motors if the three-way deal under discussion is to go ahead. He would also like to see GM taking a shareholding in Renault and in Nissan to cement the alliance.

A NASTY CRASH FOR VETTEL

German rising star Sebastian Vettel is out of action after a big crash in the World Series by Renault race at Spa yesterday. Vettel crashed in Raidillon (the top of Eau Rouge) while running second in the first of the two races.

PORSCHE OPENS NEW MOTORSPORT CENTRE

Porsche AG has opened a new motorsport centre at its Weissach research and development facility in Germany.

A LETTER FROM LE PRESIDENT

FIA President Max Mosley has written to all the Formula 1 team principals about the ongoing situation over engines in 2007.

RENAULT PLAYING IT SAFE

Renault is playing it safe over the question of mass damping, despite the fact that the FIA Stewards say the systems are legal.

28 JULY 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - POLAND INVADES GERMANY

Robert Kubica showed Michael Schumacher the way on Friday afternooin at Hockenheim, lapping the German track two-tenths of a second faster in his BMW than Schumacher could go in his Ferrari.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Friday Team Quotes

A BIGGER ROLE FOR SAILLANT

Professor Gerard Saillant has been invited to become Deputy President of the FIA Institute. He will replace the late John Large. He is already a fellow the Institute.

A LITTLE LIGHT READING

The Grand Prix Drivers Association is supporting the publication of a new safety handbook created by the FIA Institute for all new motor racing drivers. The handbook aims to educate the younger drivers and remind the more experienced drivers about all aspects of safety in motor sport.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 2 Results

HOTELIERS IN MASKS

Idle Internet surfers might be interested to see that the Mercure Hotel in Nevers, France, usually asks $108 per night for a room in the summer months. That is what you will pay if you visit this tranquil backwater on the banks of the Loire on June 1 next year or indeed on August 1.

FIA TO APPEAL ITS OWN STEWARDS

The FIA is to appeal against the decision of the stewards of the German Grand Prix to allow Renault to continue to use a mass damping system in the nose of the cars.

MASS DAMPERS ARE LEGAL - FOR NOW

The FIA stewards at Hockenheim that the mass dampers used by Renault are legal, despite a ruling from the federation's technical department since the French Grand Prix.

NO INFRARED DEVICES PLEASE

The FIA has acted to stop the use of infrared devices to heat tyres

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - WURZ ON TOP

Alex Wurz set the fastest time of the first practice at Hockenheim with a best lap of 1m16.349s in his Williams-Cosworth FW28.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 1 Results

TRULLI AND TOYOTA SIGN THREE-YEAR DEAL

Jarno Trulli and Toyota have announced that they are to stay together until the end of the 2009 season.

AUSTRALIA CLAIMS OPENING RACE

The Australian Grand Prix says it will open next year's FIA Formula 1 World Championship on March 18. This makes no sense at all.

27 JULY 2006

WILLIAMS AND TOYOTA

For several months now it has been an open secret that Williams and Toyota were on the verge of an engine supply deal, the British team having set out to find a new partner after its partnership with BMW fell apart at the end of last year.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Thursday Press Conference

AUSTRALIA GETS OPENING RACE?

There are widespread reports in Australia today that Melbourne will get the opening round of the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship on March 18. This is odd for a number of reasons, not least because it is a very late start for the championship.

TOYOTA ON THE PROWL?

While Ralf Schumacher smiled cheerfully through gritted teeth at today's FIA press conference, and agreed that Toyota supplying Williams with engines for the next three years could only be a good thing for the Cologne-based manufacturer, there are signs behind the scenes that Toyota has already started to ramp up its technical effort.

THE FUTURE OF JEAN TODT

Ferrari's boss Jean Todt seems to be staying with Ferrari for another year - at least that is what Fiat boss Luca di Montzemolo has been telling Italian pressmen. The news has yet to be officially announced.

PAPIS TRIES NASCAR

Former F1 driver Max Papis is to become a NASCAR driver when he joins McGill Motorsports to race a Chevrolet in the forthcoming Busch Series race at Watkins Glen.

WHO WANTS TO MERGE WITH THIS?

General Motors has reported a net loss of $3.2bn for the second quarter of 2006. This was described by GM officials as "significantly improved" because the company's automotive operations are doing rather better than has been the case of late.

26 JULY 2006

HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?

The idea that Hockenheim and Nurburgring are going to share the German Grand Prix in the future makes little economic sense. The news, if confirmed, will mean that each track will have to pay the Formula One group once every two years rather than once a year.

TONY GEORGE GETS SOME GOOD NEWS

Indy Racing League boss Tony George has had a lot of things to worry about of late with no deal yet with Bernie Ecclestone over the United States Grand Prix, no compromise with Champ Car over the future of open-wheeler racing in the United States and the fear that Danica Patrick was about to take off to NASCAR.

25 JULY 2006

ALONSO ON THE MOVE?

Fernando Alonso has laughed off rumours that he is not really going to move to McLaren next year but the Spanish driver is on the move nonetheless. The word on the street in Switzerland is that Fernando Alonso will shortly become a resident of the country.

DIREXIV FALL-OUT BEGINS

The failure of the Japanese firm Direxiv to meet its commitments in GP2 has resulted in DPR having to change drivers with Russia's Vitaly Petrov coming in to replace Olivier Pla.

TRULLI AND TOYOTA READY TO ANNOUNCE NEW DEAL

Jarno Trulli and Toyota have been in discussion about the future in recent weeks but the word on the street is that the 32-year-old Italian will stay with Panasonic Toyota Racing again next season.

24 JULY 2006

PEDRO REMEMBERED

On Friday a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the Norisring on the site of Pedro Rodriguez's fatal accident in an Interseries race in July 1971.

WILSON SNEAKS INTO THE FIGHT

Justin Wilson has always enjoyed a low profile and in this year's Champ Car Series he is still in then hunt while Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Allmendinger have been the ones getting all the publicity.

23 JULY 2006

IMOLA COMPANY UP FOR SALE

The Automobile Club of Bologna is offering its controlling interest in the Societa Allestimento Gestione Impiante e Servizi (SAGIS) for sale.

21 JULY 2006

THE HONDA F1 GOES REALLY FAST!

The Honda Racing team completed its Bonneville 400 challenge on Friday but narrowly failed to hit the 400kph mark it was hoping to reach on the salt flats of Bonneville in Utah.

THE NEW BIGWIG AT BMW

The impending retirement of Burkhard Goeschel as head of BMW's research and development means that Dr Mario Theissen will now have to answer to a new boss about the company's Formula 1 programme.

NO MORE F1 DREAMS FOR VEGAS

For some time, Formula 1 people have been wandering around talking about having races in Las Vegas - although there has never been much evidence that there was any serious bid for F1.

20 JULY 2006

CHANGING THE RULES ABOUT CHASSIS

The Formula 1 rules about chassis are complicated - and secret.

WHAT F1 HAS LEARNED FROM THE CITROEN 2CV AND WHY THE FIA HAS TO STOP IT

Ferrari and Renault have been informed in recent days that they have to change their front damping systems because they have moving parts inside the dampers and these are banned under Article 3.15 of the FIA Formula 1 Technical Regulations for 2006.

GOESCHEL OUT

There has been a big shake-up at BMW with the announcement that the company's current boss Helmut Panke will retire on September 1.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE GPMA?

The departure of Burkhard Goeschel from BMW at the end of August creates an interesting situation for the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association as Goeschel is leading the talks in F1.

MORE ON STODDART'S CHAMP CAR PLANS

Former Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart has confirmed that he is looking at running a Champ Car team in 2007 but he says that "no decisions are made". There is no doubt that Dutchman Harry Muermans, a Minardi sponsor, is keen on the idea.

MELBOURNE WORRIES ABOUT SWIMMING

There are reports in Australia that the Grand Prix in Melbourne is going to run into more trouble next year when it is announced that the event will clash with the World Swimming Championships.

19 JULY 2006

AND WHAT OF MR TODT?

While much attention has been given to who will drive where and whether or not Renault will re-sign Flavio Briatore as its team principal, it is worth mentioning that Ferrari team boss Jean Todt is also still to agree a contract to stay on with the Italian team in 2007.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH FERRARI'S 2007 DRIVERS?

There has been much speculation in Formula 1 in recent weeks about who will be driving for Ferrari next year - with our sources saying that both Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher have contracts to race for the team next year.

RED BULL AND RENAULT

There is much talk at the moment about a deal between Red Bull Racing and Renault in 2007.

THE NEW SUPER AGURI SA06 RUNS

The new Super Aguri SA06 made its first appearance on Wednesday at Silverstone with Takuma Sato doing the first shakedown tests of the new car.

BELGIUM SIGNS UP A HEAVY-HITTER

For some days a press release has been expected from the Belgian authorities regarding the future of the Belgian Grand Prix. The authorities originally tried to get Bernie Ecclestone to agree to promote the race but no deal could be found and so a new promotional company has been established.

CVC SELLS DORNA STAKE

CVC Capital Partners, the venture capital company that owns the Formula One group but, disappointingly, seems to have had little influence beyond that, has now sold its stake in MotoGP promotion company Dorna.

18 JULY 2006

FIA INVOKES SAFETY TO SLOW THE CARS

As we suggested would happen a couple of days ago, the FIA has invoked Article 7.5 of the Concorde Agreement and has instructed the Technical Working Group to examine ways in which the increased cornering speeds can be reduced next year.

AN EERY CALM

After all the political action at Magny-Cours either the two sides involved are having a few days off or they have decided to go on talking quietly in an effort to find the right solution.

17 JULY 2006

RACE REPORT - WAKE UP AND SMELL THE HORSE MANURE

Michael Schumacher won the French Grand Prix - his 88th victory and his eighth win in France (a new record). There were 84,000 people in the grandstands, a good effort for a race in the middle of nowhere. But after that there was not much to say. The race was ultimately dull.

16 JULY 2006

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS FRENCH GP

French GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

French GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

French GP - Race Results

THE FIA AND RENAULT REACT TO THE GPMA STATEMENT

As the Formula 1 cars were on their final parade lap for the French Grand Prix, the FIA issued a reaction to the earlier GPMA statement.

THE GPMA SPEAKS - BUT NO DEAL YET

The Grand Prix Manufacturers Association has issued a statement concerning the future engine rules of Formula 1, saying that all six car manufacturers involved in Formula 1 have unanimously agreed on the rules they want but that getting the agreement of all the teams has been impossible.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE GPMA

What is the Indianapolis Proposal?

LIUZZI GOES TO THE BACK

Tonio Liuzzi has been sent to the back of the grid of the French Grand Prix because the team needed to change an engine for the second consecutive race.

A DAY AT THE RACES?

Most people in Formula 1 go to motor races to watch the action on the race track but at Magny-Cours it seemed that more action was going on in the paddock as the team principals, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA tried to find a compromise over engines in 2007 and 2008.

15 JULY 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - RED RIGHT, BLUE BLUE

Michael Schumacher led Felipe Massa to a Ferrari 1-2 in qualifying for the French Grand Prix, outpacing Fernando Alonso's Renault.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

French GP - Qualifying Results

MCLAREN DRIVERS

Pedro de la Rosa is driving for McLaren at the moment and the team looks set to keep him for the next few races and see how things go, but that does not mean that the Spanish driver will remain in the car for the rest of the year.

MEANWHILE IN BELGIUM

The Belgian Grand Prix is edging closer to a deal that will guarantee the race next season.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - VILLENEUVE TOPS THE CHARTS

Jacques Villeneuve has ambitions to become a successful rock singer but at Magny-Cours he had to make do with being top of the time charts in the morning session on Saturday.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 3 Results

GM AND RENAULT TALKS TO GO AHEAD

General Motors, Renault and Nissan have confirmed that the two companies are moving foward after their exploratory talks about creating a three-way alliance.

LOOKING FOR CHEAP ENGINES

There was much coming and going in the paddock in Magny-Cours concerning the 2007 and 2008 engine regulations.

THE BOYS SCOUTS MEET FERRARI (PART II)

A year ago the Boy Scouts of America in Paris took on a number of Formula 1 teams in a Pinewood Derby competition at Magny-Cours. The competition was repeated this year with more teams getting involved.

14 JULY 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - KUBICA STAYS AHEAD

Robert Kubica ended the second practice session for the French Grand Prix with the fastest time, repeating his performance in the morning session, setting a time that was six-tenths of a second faster than World Champion Fernando Alonso.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

French GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

French GP - Friday Team Quotes

GHOSN GOES TO ENSTONE

Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has been a busy man of late with negotiations beginning with General Motors about a possible merger between the Renault-Nissan.

PROBLEMS FOR DIREXIV?

The word in the F1 paddock at Magny-Cours is that there are problems with the Japanese sponsor Direxiv, a McLaren backer and the funding behind the DPR GP2 team.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - POLE AT FRONT OF GRID

Robert Kubica gave BMW a good start to the Magny-Cours weekend with the fastest lap in the Friday morning qualifying session, setting a lap time that was three-tenths of a second faster than the Honda of Anthony Davidson.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

French GP - Practice 1 Results

RE-INVENTING HISTORY

The French Grand Prix is this year celebrating 100 years of Grand Prix racing, but there is a slight problem with the French law.

A NEW DEAL FOR COULTHARD?

There are reports in the British newspapers that David Coulthard has signed a deal to race for Red Bull Racing again next year.

STODDART TO CHAMP CAR?

There are rumours coming out of Holland that former Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart is joining forces with his former sponsor Harry Muermans to run a Champ Car team.

13 JULY 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

French GP - Thursday Press Conference

THE FASTEST MAN IN NASCAR

Juan Pablo Montoya may think he is the fastest thing in NASCAR, but Russ Wicks knows he is after setting a new record for world stockcars at the Bonneville Salt Flats last week.

A TIME OF CHANGE?

The return from the Americas is traditionally a time at which Formula 1 teams introduce major updates to their cars and, as a result, we often see a change in the hierarchy as a result.

JANI IN GP2 AGAIN

With Nicolas Lapierre having been refused permission to race GP2 by his doctors, the Red Bull-sponsored Arden International team has once again called on Scuderia Toro Rosso third driver Neel Jani.

11 JULY 2006

MORE ABOUT MONTAGNY

Franck Montagny will remain as the second Super Aguri F1 driver at the French Grand Prix. According to Japanese sources,

DE LA ROSA LANDS MCLAREN DRIVE

As we predicted yesterday, McLaren has announced that Juan Pablo Montoya is out of McLaren with immediate effect. Pedro de la Rosa will take over at Magny-Cours.

ANOTHER VISITOR AT CHICAGOLAND

Juan Pablo Montoya was a visitor to the NASCAR race at Chicagoland last weekend to announce his deal to race in the Nextel Cup next year, but also there in the background was TJ Patrick, father and manager of Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick.

BRISCOE BACK IN THE IRL FOLD

Ryan Briscoe was hanging out in the F1 paddock in Indianapolis, trying to talk his way into a drive but the sometime Toyota test driver has now reached an agreement with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to race in three of the remaining six events this year.

MF1 LOOKING FOR AN ENGINE

Toyota and Williams have yet to confirm their new relationship but there are signs that MF1 Racing is now busy looking for an alternative engine supplier for 2007. The team has shown some improvement in recent weeks but has yet to score any points and attention is turning to next year.

10 JULY 2006

COULD MONTOYA BE DROPPED?

The Spanish TV station Tele 5, which broadcasts F1 races is reporting that Juan Pablo Montoya may be dropped by McLaren and replaced for the rest of the year by Pedro de la Rosa.

BMW HIRES DUESMANN

Markus Duesmann, formerly the head of Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, will take over as head of BMW's F1 powertrain operations at the beginning of January next year. He will replace Heinz Paschen, the current engine designer who is leaving the company.

ALLMENDINGER WINS ANOTHER

AJ Allmendinger can do no wrong at the moment, since leaving Rusport to join Forsythe Racing. The young American won his third consecutive victory in Champ Car at the weekend in Toronto, leading home his team mate Paul Tracy and championship leader Sebastien Bourdais.

WHY MONTOYA HAS GONE TO NASCAR

Juan Pablo Montoya has gone to NASCAR next year because he could not get a decent drive in Formula 1 but that will not stop stories about how NASCAR is becoming a threat to Formula 1.

9 JULY 2006

NEWEY HAS A BIG ONE

Adrian Newey emerged unscathed from a sizeable crash at Le Mans over the weekend, while taking part in the Le Mans Classic event in a Ford GT40 which he owns. The Red Bull Racing chief technical officer reportedly went off at the second chicane but walked away unhurt from what was, by all accounts, a large accident.

MONTOYA TO NASCAR!

Juan Pablo Montoya is out of Formula 1 - and he's going back to the United States to drive in the NASCAR Nextel Cup.

THE MARKET REMAINS THE SAME

The announcement that Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Formula 1 to go to race in NASCAR does not change much in the F1 driver market.

7 JULY 2006

THE END OF THIRD CARS

The FIA chose the rather bizarre time of a Friday afternoon to announce that it is planning to get rid of third cars next year.

BELGIAN OFFERING TAX BREAKS FOR F1

The Belgian Ministry of Finance is offering incentives for Bernie Ecclestone to become the promoter of the Belgian Grand Prix.

A CHANCE FOR MIDLAND?

The MF1 Racing team has been busy looking for sponsorship in recent months and with results improving a little the team is in a better position now to land a big sponsor.

TOYOTA AND LE MANS

With Audi having now become the first automobile manufacturer to win the Le Mans 24 Hours with a diesel engine, the next big target for the car manufacturers is to win the French endurance classic with a hybrid car.

DO GRANDS PRIX REALLY ATTRACT TOURISM?

The European Tour Operators Association, the pan-European trade association for tourism companies in Europe, has just issued a report examining the effect of the likely effect of the Olympic Games on London's tourist trade in 2012, using data from previous Olympic competitions.

COMPETITION PROBLEMS

Formula 1 has been suffering in recent days from interest being centred on the World Cup soccer competition in Germany and on the Wimbledon tennis championships.

6 JULY 2006

A SMALL CHANGE TO QUALIFYING

The F1 Commission did achieve one small thing today in Paris, agreeing to reduce the final qualifying session in F1 from 20 minutes to 15 minutes.

F1 COMMISSION DECIDES LITTLE

The Formula 1 Commission met in Paris today and we hear that little was decided. The question of running 2008 engines in 2007 seems to have been avoided with teams given another chance to sort out what they want.

5 JULY 2006

IDE JOINS FORMULA NIPPON

Yuji Ide, who was forced out of Formula 1 when the FIA decided to take away his superlicence, is to return to racing this weekend in the Formula Nippon. He will be driving for the DoCoMo Dandelion team for the remaining six races of the year.

DOING THINGS BACKWARDS

Tomorrow in Paris the FIA Formula 1 Commission will meet to discuss matters of the moment in Formula 1. Traditionally the F1 Commission meets in the days before a World Council so that its decisions can be then be ratified by the more senior body, but on this occasion the World Council has already met.

NOTHING EXCITING FROM THE WORLD COUNCIL

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on Wednesday to make decisions about the sport but there was no indication from the federation about a deal concerning Formula 1 engines.

A1 ANNOUNCES CALENDAR

A1 Grand Prix has announced its calendar for the coming series that will start in October 2006 and will run through until April 2007. There are 13 events, only three of which will be in Europe.

4 JULY 2006

FLEMING LEAVES RED BULL

Red Bull has now confirmed rumours that America's Colin Fleming has left the Red Bull Young Driver programme after a difficult start to the season in the World Series by Renault.

BMW TO TEST VETTEL

Germany's Sebastian Vettel is to have a second test in F1 in Jerez. The BMW protege had a run last year with Williams and will now be seen at the wheel of a BMW Sauber.

INDIANAPOLIS AUTHORITIES "OPEN" TO CASH FOR SPEEDWAY

The mayor of Indianapolis Bart Peterson says that the city is "open to getting involved" if Indianapolis Motor Speedway asks for financial help to secure the United States Grand Prix at the venue.

3 JULY 2006

RACE REPORT - A SMASHING DAY FOR MICHAEL

The Americans love Ferrari. Perhaps it is because it is the car company for the self-made man. Perhaps because overt displays of wealth are normal. Ferrari is considered to be a special brand. One of the results of this is that Ferrari has huge numbers of fans in the United States.

MOSLEY AND THE GPMA

FIA President Max Mosley is due to meet with GPMA chairman Burkhard Goschel in Munich later today to discuss the ongoing issues in the disputes between the federation and the car manufacturers.

HOCKENHEIM FEELS THE HEAT

The Hockenheim track, the home in recent years of the German Grand Prix, has a contract until the end of 2008.

RENAULT INTERESTED IN GM DEAL

Renault has issued a statement confirming that it is interested in discussing the possibilities of a deal with General Motors.

VILLENEUVE TALKS NASCAR

Jacques Villeneuve has done a decent job this year with BMW Sauber but at 35 years of age, Jacques knows that the chances are that his future in F1 is limited and that the team's test driver Robert Kubica has done well this year in Friday practice and is 14 years younger and his salary is cheaper.

2 JULY 2006

RACE NOTES - SCHUMACHER WINS UNITED STATES GP

United States GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

United States GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

United States GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

United States GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

United States GP - Race Results

EDGING TOWARDS A DEAL

Sunday morning in Indianapolis witnessed the Formula 1 engine manufacturers finishing off the details of what is called the Indianapolis Proposal, a new attempt to solve the current problems with the FIA over the plans to freeze engines.

HAMILTON AND GREEN TO RUN FOR MCLAREN

McLaren is to a test with Lewis Hamilton and Jamie Green in Spain next week, filming for an advertisement which will be used next year.

1 JULY 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - PRANCING HORSE ON ITS TOES IN INDIANA

A year ago Michael Schumacher dominated the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. There were only five other cars in the race and the crowds quite rightly got rather uppity about that. But the crowds were back this year and so was Michael.

LIUZZI HAS AN ENGINE CHANGE

Tonio Liuzzi has been dropped to 21st on the grid as the team has decided to change the engine on his Toro Rosso.

ROSBERG SENT TO THE BACK

Nico Rosberg was having a bad day even before the FIA Stewards met to discuss the fact that he ignored a signal to stop to have his car weighed during the qualifying session.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

United States GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

United States GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

United States GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

United States GP - Qualifying Results

A DEADLINE PASSES

The FIA and the Formula 1 teams did not manage to find a solution to the engine discussions about 2008 before the deadline of June 30. Thus in theory the rules are now set unless there is unanimous agreement to change them.

TEAM BOSSES DISCUSS CALENDAR

The Formula 1 team bosses gathered on Saturday morning at Indianapolis to discuss the plans for the 2007 Formula 1 calendar. The big question at the moment is what happens at the start of the year as this year's calendar worked very well and increased the viewing figures.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - MICHAEL AND MASSA AT THE FRONT

The practice sessions for the United States Grand Prix continued with a decent crowd at the speedway and Ferrari coming to the fore with Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa dominating the times, a second clear of the rest.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

United States GP - Practice 3 Results