NEWS ARCHIVE

31 AUGUST 2006

TURKEY UP BEFORE THE WMSC

The National Sporting Authority of Turkey (TOSFED) and the MSA, the organiser of the Turkish Grand Prix have been called to appear before a specially convened meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on September 19.

FORMULA 5000 IN ALBERT PARK?

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is considering a proposal from the Victorian Historic Racing Register in conjunction with the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association to field a 30 Formula 5000 cars as a Grand Prix support event in 2007.

ALESI TO LEAVE DTM

Jean Alesi is leaving the DTM Mercedes-Benz team at the end of the season. The former F1 driver has been racing in the series since 2002 but is frustrated that he cannot be more competitive.

30 AUGUST 2006

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE F1 CALENDAR?

In Formula 1 things should rarely be taken at face value and the flurry of reports that the San Marino Grand Prix is finished do not tell the true story.

MAJOR PROGRESS FOR DA MATTA

There is good news from the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin with Champ Car doctor Chris Pinderski telling US reporter Robin Miller that Cristiano da Matta has "turned the corner" and is now making impressive progress in his recovery.

THE FUTURE OF FLAVIO BRIATORE

For some time there have been a number of differing views about the future of Renault F1 team boss Flavio Briatore with conflicting rumours about the future of the controversial Italian.

HOW THE WORLD VIEWS FORMULA 1

The podium controversy in Turkey has led to comment about Formula 1 in places where normally such things would not be much seen, and it is interesting to see how the sport is viewed by outsiders.

29 AUGUST 2006

TURKISH NATIONALISM THREATENS GRAND PRIX

The Turkish Grand Prix must be considered to be under threat after two of the organisers of the race admitted that using Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to present the trophy to the winner was a deliberate action.

AND LET US NOT FORGET CHAMP CAR

The Champ Car race in Montreal on Sunday was postponed because of bad weather after just six laps and as a result was run on Monday morning. France's Sebastien Bourdais raced to an easy victory - his sixth of the year - and knocked a big hole in the ambitions of his rival challengers.

THREE INTO TWO DOES NOT GO

There is no doubt that Kimi Raikkonen has a full contract with Ferrari for 2007 and that Felipe Massa has a contract of some form or another as well. There have now been suggestions that Ferrari might announce next week that there will be three racing drivers in 2007.

POLITICS IN SPORT

The FIA says it is launching an investigation into how and why Mehmet Ali Talat was invited to present the winner's trophy at the Turkish Grand Prix. Race winner Felipe Massa received his trophy from Talat, who was introduced and captions on television "President of the Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus".

A CALENDAR OF SORTS

The process by which the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is created is a complicated one, involving (officially at least) the FIA but largely down to the wheelings and dealings of Formula One Management.

28 AUGUST 2006

RACE REPORT - THANKSGIVING FOR MASSA IN TURKEY

Formula 1 has a strange way of suddenly coming alive when you least expect it. This year looked like a straight shoot between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher but in recent weeks we have seen two new Grand Prix winners in the last two races. Variety, so they say, is the spice of life and F1 is looking more and more spicy.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SPYKER

Further information is emerging about Spyker which helps to explain the interest in Formula 1. Spyker is a very small car company but it is growing fast. In 2005 it made a total of just 48 cars.

THE FUTURE SHAPE OF FERRARI

Felipe Massa's victory in Turkey was just what Ferrari needed in the Constructors' Championship but not at all what the company needed when it comes to making decisions about the future driver line-up of the team. It is very clear that Kimi Raikkonen has a solid contract with Ferrari for next year.

SPYKER REACTS

Spyker Cars NV and the M-Consortium headed by Michiel Mol have issued a press statement, confirming our report that they are in the process of trying to buy the Midland F1 team.

TERRORISTS STRIKE AT TOURISM IN TURKEY

It will not be a coincidence that on Sunday night a series of bombs. aimed at the tourist trade, went off in various locations in Turkey. The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Turkey was hailed by the government as a way to boost Turkey's image abroad and attract more tourists.

MARCO ANDRETTI WINS AT SEARS POINT

At 19 years, five months and 14 days Marco Andretti, the scion of the Andretti racing dynasty, has become the youngest driver ever to win a major open-wheel race in the United States of America.

MIDLAND, SPYKER AND FOLKS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

Any Formula 1 reporter will tell you that one has to be a bit careful about rumours that come from Holland. There is huge enthusiasm for the sport in the country and sometimes that relates to wild reports.

27 AUGUST 2006

RACE NOTES - MASSA WINS IN TURKEY

Turkish GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Turkish GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Turkish GP - Race Results

HAMILTON DEMANDS THE ATTENTION OF F1 TEAMS

Lewis Hamilton drove a blinding race on Sunday in Istanbul to take command of the GP2 Championship, stopping a recent run of success by Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet won the race on Saturday while Hamilton drove a strong race to finish second.

BANESTO AND MCLAREN

There are rumours in F1 circles that McLaren has agreed a major sponsorship deal, worth around $20m a year, with Spain's Banesto.

26 AUGUST 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - NO DAMPER FOR MASSA

The outstanding thing about the qualifying session in Istanbul on Saturday was Michael Schumacher's time in the Q2 session when he lapped the Turkish circuit at an astonishing 1m25.250s.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Turkish GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - MICHAEL CARVES UP RIVALS IN TURKEY

Michael Schumacher topped the bill in dramatic fashion in Istanbul on Saturday morning with a lap time that was seven-tenths faster than the two Renaults.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 3 Results

THE POLICING OF FORMULA 1

The Formula 1 world has already moved on from the mass damper affair but perhaps it is worth considering for a moment that this is not the first time that the FIA technical department has changed an interpretation of the technical regulations - it's own interpretation at that - at an inopportune moment.

25 AUGUST 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A CONJURING TRICK FROM BMW

On several occasions this year BMW has run cars with lighter fuel loads in order to make the right impression in F1 and on Friday in Istanbul the team did it again with F1 newcomer Sebastian Vettel setting the fastest time in his first day of action in F1.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 2 Results

A YOUNG MAN IN A HURRY

Sebastian Vettel may be the youngest driver ever to drive a Formula 1 car in a Grand Prix event, but he has also set another new record on Friday in Turkey, being fined by the FIA stewards just nine seconds after the start of his F1 career.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MCLAREN LEADS THE WAY IN TURKEY

Kimi Raikkonen kicked off the Turkish Grand Prix weekend with the fastest time in Friday's free practice at the Istanbul Park F1 circuit with a best lap of 1m28.315s, almost half a second clear of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 1 Results

24 AUGUST 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Thursday Press Conference

JCB ON THE MOVE

The JCB construction machinery company is reported to have ambitions beyond the world of diggers and its chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has indicated that it might be interested in buying the Jaguar brand from the Ford Motor Company, if Ford was willing to sell Jaguar on its own.

FORD TO GO PRIVATE?

The giant Ford Motor Company is reported to be considering going private in order to buy time to restructure its ailing automobile business. Ford's share price is currently $7.75 which means that the cost of going private could be as little as $13.3bn.

HAGGLING IN COURT IN COLOGNE

Gustav Brunner and Panasonic Toyota Racing have been haggling over a severance deal for a long time and the problem has now gone to court in Cologne with Toyota offering $1.7m in compensation but Brunner apparently holding out for more.

ILLIEN AIMING FOR MOTOGP

Mario Illien cannot build Formula 1 engines for a year or two because of a deal he has with Mercedes-Benz, but that does not mean the Swiss engine designer cannot win races in MotoGP.

MR WRIGHT FOR TORO ROSSO?

Jim Wright, the former head of marketing at Williams, has joined Scuderia Toro Rosso to fulfil a similar role.

PIZZONIA BACK IN ACTION IN THE US

Antonio Pizzonia turned up in the F1 paddock in Budapest recently, looking to see if there was any chance of work in the future. The former Jaguar Racing and Williams driver presumably did not hear what he wanted to hear as he is to return to Champ Car racing this weekend at the wheel of a Rocketsports Lola in Montreal.

PRODRIVE STILL SHOPPING

A puff of publicity this week about Prodrive's talks with other F1 teams reveals that the new F1 team will, as previously reported, be a customer operation when it starts testing next year and in the foreseeable future.

23 AUGUST 2006

QUESTIONS ARISING FROM THE APPEAL COURT DECISION

The Appeal from the FIA against the Stewards of the German Grand Prix has been successful - and the FIA, keen to show the credentials of the court, has issued biographies of the judges involved so that everyone sees that the process is fair, independent and carried out by top-level legal minds.

PIQUET JR AND RENAULT

Nelson Piquet Jr has had tests with several F1 teams to date and the whisper in the paddock was that while he was relatively quick, he was rather too petulant and cocky for the taste of those involved.

COURT OF APPEAL RULES MASS-DAMPER ILLEGAL

The FIA International Court of Appeal met today in Paris to examine the appeal made by the FIA against decision handed down by the Stewards of the German Grand Prix regarding Renaults use of Mass-Dampers.

VETTEL TO DRIVE THIRD BMW

German driver Sebastian Vettel will take over the Friday test driver role for Sauber-BMW at the Turkish GP this weekend, and will join Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica.

21 AUGUST 2006

DODGE STILL PUSHING TO GET MONTOYA RELEASE

Juan Pablo Montoya is unable to test NASCAR this summer because Dodge has not been able to negotiate his release from his contract at McLaren.

DA MATTA OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE

Cristiano da Matta has now been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit at the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin.

WATCH OUT FOR MIDLAND F1 SALE

The sale of Midland F1 to a Dutch consortium could go ahead this week - with the new owners possibly even being in control by the Turkish Grand Prix.

CREIGHTON BROWN

Creighton Brown, a wellknown racing entrepreneur and a man who helped Ron Dennis win control of McLaren, has died.

18 AUGUST 2006

MORE DATES FALL INTO PLACE

Although there is still no official sign of a Formula 1 calendar, the races are one by one coming forward and giving the dates they believe they will have next year and the latest to join that list is Indianapolis which says that it will be hosting a race on June 17. This means that Canada will be on June 10.

WILLIS FREE ON DECEMBER 31

Geoff Willis will be free to work for another F1 team from the end of the year. The former Honda F1 designer has now reached an agreement with the team over his departure and it is believed that there has been a financial settlement which will allow Willis to work elsewhere in 2007.

17 AUGUST 2006

A ONE-YEAR DEAL FOR INDIANAPOLIS

The Formula 1 circus will return to Indianapolis in 2007 but there are no guarantees beyond that as Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George does not want to do a longer deal.

DA MATTA STILL MAKING SLOW PROGRESS

Cristiano da Matta has yet to regain consciousness at the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin, but his condition is improving all the time. Da Matta is becoming more alert each day and has been removed from the ventilator that was providing respiratory support since his accident.

FOOTY LEADS THE WAY IN AUSTRALIA

Sweeney Sports Report, a leading Australian sports analyst company, says that the country's top three sporting events are the Australian Football League Grand Final, the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Australian Open tennis championship.

MORE MCLAREN SPECULATION

There are increasing reports in Germany that Mercedes-Benz is buying the remaining 60% of McLaren, with suggestions in the German press that the deal was signed at Hockenheim.

RENAULT HOPES FOR TELEFONICA CASH

The Renault F1 team is still chasing a title sponsor to replace Mild Seven in 2007 and given the time it has taken since Mild Seven announced it will be departing, this is not proving to be an easy task.

15 AUGUST 2006

WHY MERCEDES MIGHT BUY MCLAREN

There has been speculation for a long time that DaimlerChrysler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, will eventually complete the purchase of the McLaren company.

14 AUGUST 2006

TOYOTA ABANDONS GPMA

Toyota has quit the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association. This leaves BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda as the only serious members of the organization. Renault joins when there is something to be gained and jumps ship when it suits it to do so.

RENAULT TO OBSERVE AT COURT OF APPEAL

The Renault F1 Team will participate as an interested party in the FIA International Court of Appeal hearing on August 22. The actually hearing will be between the FIA and its own stewards who decided at the German Grand Prix that the mass dampers on the Renault were legal.

RACING AROUND THE WORLD

Although the Formula 1 racing teams are on holiday, there was still plenty of action around at the weekend, notably in the United States where Kevin Harvick took victory from Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen.

13 AUGUST 2006

GILLAN TO TOYOTA

Professor Mark Gillan, BEng, PhD, MAIAA, FRAeS, CEng, currently employed at the University of Surrey, is to join Toyota as its new head of aerodynamics.

10 AUGUST 2006

KLIEN GETS A CHOICE

Red Bull is happy to fund a drive for Christian Klien in Champ Car in 2007. The Austrian drinks company has proposed a deal to the 23-year-old driver although, he is keen to stay in F1 believing that he has the talent and is young enough to make a career in Grand Prix racing.

HOLD YOUR HORSES!

Following the discussions between the FIA and the GPMA about engines at the start of the week, the FIA Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has issued orders that teams must hand over engines to be homologated for 2007 after either the Japanese or Brazilian Grands Prix.

9 AUGUST 2006

THE CONDITION OF CRISTIANO DA MATTA

Former Toyota F1 driver Cristiano da Matta remains in a medically-induced coma in the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin, following his accident last week at Elkhart Lake when his Champ Car was in collision with a deer that had managed to get on to the circuit.

MEANWHILE IN AMERICA

NASCAR continues to work hard in the media world with the release last weekend of Will Ferrell's spoof movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby". The film ended the weekend as number one in US box office taking $47m, which was a lot more than had been expected.

TELEVISION INCOME IN F1

It is worth noting that ITV yesterday removed its chief executive Charles Allen, following poor advertising results in recent months. The television company is suffering because of the migration of its traditional viewers to digital stations.

8 AUGUST 2006

IN THE OVERALL SCHEME OF THINGS

Although there are still i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed, the basis of a deal over engines for 2007 and 2008 has now been struck between the FIA and the GPMA. This has still to go through the other non-aligned teams and it is possible that one or two might take the opportunity to demand more concessions.

GOOSSENS TO BEAT MONTOYA TO NASCAR

Marc Goossens was a useful open-wheeler driver in Europe in the 1990s. He won the British Formula Ford title and finished third in the British Formula 3 Championship in 1993 going on to win races in Formula 3000 in 1996 and 1997.

JAGUAR TO BE SOLD?

There are reports that the Ford Motor Company is trying to sell Jaguar and Land Rover as a package. The US car giant would probably seek to retain a minority shareholding in the company, suggesting that the plan is to find a financial group rather than another car company to buy the business.

FERRARI TESTS GP2 TYRES

We hear that Ferrari has tested some GP2 Bridgestone slick tyres to see the kind of performance jump that these might bring. The answer is that they were around two seconds a lap faster than the existing tyres - a logical result given the extra rubber that is in contact with the road.

7 AUGUST 2006

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER TO RETIRE?

Michael Schumacher is behaving oddly. He made a stupid mistake in qualifying in Hungary and paid for it with a penalty that dropped him to 11th on the grid. In the race his driving ability was as brilliant as ever, but his strategic thinking seemed to have gone to pieces in the final laps of the race.

WEBBER CONFIRMED AT RED BULL

Red Bull Racing has confirmed today that David Coulthard will continue to drive for the team in 2007 and that his team-mate will be Mark Webber.

RACE REPORT - JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

For the last month or two Formula 1 has been looking rather frail. The show has not been up to much and while Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso have emerged as two men in search of a title, the races have been rather less than action-packed. But the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix was a many-splendoured piece of theatre.

AND THE NEXT DOMINO IS ABOUT TO FALL

With Mark Webber signed at Red Bull Racing the next announcement due will be the signing of Heikki Kovalainen as Giancarlo Fisichella's team mate at Renault. There are already reports in Finland that this has happened and that would make sense given that the driver market is now on the move.

COULD THIS BE PEACE?

At a meeting today in Nice, the FIA and the GPMA agreed terms for the engines to be used in 2007. Engines will be stabilised from this year's Chinese Grand Prix and will be frozen throughout 2007.

WIRTH AND HONDA

Former Simtek F1 team owner, Benetton chief designer and FIA consultant Nick Wirth is to be a major player in the forthcoming bid for Honda to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.

POOR OLD LIUZZI

Tonio Liuzzi has a right to feel rather abused at the moment. It is looking more and more likely that Red Bull is going to keep him in Scuderia Toro Rosso next year rather than promoting him to Red Bull Racing and he is being blamed for the crash that took Kimi Raikkonen out of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

WEBBER CONFIRMATION COMING

Mark Webber will join Red Bull Racing next year. The confirmation of the deal is expected within the next couple of days.

AU REVOIR JACQUES

BMW and Jacques Villeneuve have announced the end of the road together.

BURGESS POPS UP IN AUSTRALIA

Former Midland F1 sporting director Adrian Burgess has moved to Australia where he has been signed up to run Dick Johnson Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar series.

ELSEWHERE IN THE RACING WORLD

While the F1 men were in Hungary there was action elsewhere in the world over the weekend with the annual BP Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 extravaganza at Zandvoort, NASCAR at Indianapolis and Formula Nippon at Autopolis.

MICHAEL ESCAPES ANOTHER PENALTY

The exclusion of Robert Kubica from the Hungarian Grand Prix was a great shame for the young Pole, who had a brilliant debut weekend as an F1 race driver. Sadly his car was found to be two kilograms underweight at the end and so had to be excluded

PIQUET DOMINATES IN HUNGARY

Nelson Piquet Jr had a perfect weekend in Hungary winning both GP2 races and picking up points for pole position and two fastest laps. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton had a tough time after failing to set a time in qualifying.

THOUGHTS ON THE F1 CALENDAR

There is much speculation about the F1 calendar at the moment with odd announcements from Australia and Bahrain about the dates of the first three races. Such leaks are usually frowned upon.

TWO MORE RACES FOR DE LA ROSA

McLaren is expected to announce shortly that Pedro de la Rosa will now race for the team in Turkey and at Monza following his impressive second place in Hungary. The team has yet to decide what it is going to do next year.

POLITICS RUMBLES ON

FIA President Max Mosley in on holiday at the moment in the south of France but will meet with GPMA chairman Burkhard Goeschel today in Nice for more talks about how to settle the problem of what to do with engines in 2007.

6 AUGUST 2006

RACE NOTES - BUTTON WINS HUNGARIAN GP

Hungarian GP - Race Notes

KUBICA DISQUALIFIED FROM HUNGARY

Robert Kubica has been disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix after his Sauber-BMW was found to be 2 kilograms underweight.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Hungarian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Race Results

WAITING FOR NEWS OF DA MATTA

Cristiano da Matta remains in a medically-induced coma in hospital at Neenah, Wisconsin, following his collision with a deer during a test at Elkhart Lake on Thursday afternoon.

5 AUGUST 2006

QUALIFYING REPORT - CLOUDS HAVE SILVER LINING

In surprisingly cool and overcast conditions in Hungary, Kimi Raikkonen took his second pole position in a week for McLaren. And with Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher both getting penalties for driving errors, the Finn looked to be in a strong position to win the team's first victory of the year

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - RED FLAGS FLYING IN BUDAPEST

Ferrari dominated the Saturday morning practice session at the Hungaroring with Michael Schumacher six-tenths ahead of Felipe Massa and then a second gap back to Robert Kubica, taking advantage of his opportunity with BMW.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 3 Results

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Friday Press Conference

VILLENEUVE OFF TO NASCAR

Jacques Villeneuve could be heading for NASCAR next year, according to a report in the Journal de Montreal newspaper.

MARK WEBBER, RED BULL AND IMPLICATIONS

The Formula 1 rumour mill has been in high gear in recent days with all manner of speculation regarding the future destination of Mark Webber. The suggestion that the Australian left a secure drive at Williams without knowing that he had a drive elsewhere (and almost certainly a signed contract) is ridiculous.

4 AUGUST 2006

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - FELIPE'S MASSACRE

Felipe Massa dominated the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday with a time that was 1..3secs faster than Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella. It remains to be seen whether the Ferraris are really that much faster than the Renaults - but there is little to suggest otherwise.

MORE ON ALONSO

The FIA Stewards ruled that after watching video-evidence and hearting from the drivers and their teams that during the second practice session on Friday Alonso overtook Doornbos and while doing so made hand gestures and veered towards the Red Bull driver.

ALONSO GETS TIME PENALTIES

Fernando Alonso goes into qualifying on Saturday with a two second penalty in each of the three qualifying sessions - after a baulking incident with Robert Doornbos and a yellow flag incident.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - KIMI AHEAD

Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in Friday morning's testing for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver completed just five laps to set a best of 1m22.396s.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 1 Results

HUNGARIANS BIDDING FOR FEBRUARY RACE?

The Hungaroring is used by the Hungarian government to publicise the joys of the country. However in order for the F1 journalists to extol the many virtues of Hungary they need to pay for Internet access.

MORE ON DA MATTA

Cristiano da Matta is in a critical condition after brain surgery in hospital in Wisconsin after an accident in testing at the Road America circuit at Elkhart Lake. The Brazilian suffered head injuries when he hit a deer that had got onto the race track from the woods beside the track.

DA MATTA UNDERGOES SURGERY AFTER COLLISION WITH DEER

Former F1 driver Cristiano da Matta is in intensive care in a hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin, after his Champ Car collided with a deer during a test session at Road America on Thursday.

BAHRAIN MOVES TO STOP TOBACCO ADVERTISING

Bahrain's Health Ministry is planning to sign up to the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control before the end of the year. This means that a complete ban on cigarette and tobacco advertising will follow - it is just a matter of how long that takes to implement.

3 AUGUST 2006

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Thursday Press Conference

PRODRIVE WINS COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR F1 BASE

Prodrive has won the support of the Warwick District Council planning committee for its planned development at the former Honiley Airfield at Wroxall in Warwickshire.

MORE DAMPERS

The Toro Rosso team has been found to be running mass dampers and have been told to remove the devices from the cars in scrutineering for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

LANE-NOTT STANDS DOWN

Roger Lane-Nott, who has been the Club Secretary of the British Racing Drivers' Club for the last seven years, is to stand down from his role.

THE QUESTION OF FLAVIO BRIATORE

Flavio Briatore's future with Renault is yet to be finalised and, as with Jean Todt at Ferrari, this lack of a decision raises major questions. Briatore is widely seen as the man who is responsible for Renault's success in recent years, if only because he knows how to delegate to the right people and let them get on with it.

A BRAWN SABBATICAL

The rumours of a Ross Brawn sabbatical are, without question, linked to the question of what Michael Schumacher is going to do next year, just as the future of Jean Todt remains in limbo at the moment, saying that the team's structure will be known at the end of the season.

2 AUGUST 2006

WURZ TO DRIVE FOR WILLIAMS IN 2007

Alexander Wurz will drive for the Williams team in 2007. This means that Mark Webber will have to find work elsewhere, as Williams has a contract with Nico Rosberg.

THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIJAN ALBERS

A further indication that the MF1-Dutch deal is not going to go ahead comes from rumours in Holland that Christijan Albers, the man at the centre of the Dutch bid, is now talking about trying to get a drive with Super Aguri F1 next year.

MEANWHILE IN THE DESERT

The Bahrain Grand Prix is estimated to have made an economic impact on Bahrain of $394m last year, according to figures issued by the organizers and based on "an independent study".

1 AUGUST 2006

RUMINATIONS ON FERRARI DRIVER CHOICES

Ferrari team boss Jean Todt told journalists after the German Grand Prix that he will announce his future after the end of the Formula 1 season but he said that the driver line-up would be confirmed before that.

KUBICA REPLACES VILLENEUVE

The BMW Sauber F1 Team has announced that Robert Kubica will replace Jacques Villeneuve at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The team issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying that after his accident at the German Grand Prix, Villeneuve "has informed us that he is not ready to race" in Hungary.

VILLENEUVE OUT

Jacques Villeneuve will not be racing in Hungary. His place is to be taken by test driver Robert Kubica.

BAHRAIN GETS APRIL 15

The 2007 Formula 1 calendar is beginning to come together with Bahrain announcing that its date will be April 15.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTO THE POLITICS

The Formula 1 Technical Working Group met in Hockenheim and agreed, apparently unanimously, that the cuts in lap times next year should be achieved with tyre performance rather than any reductions in the size of wings or engine restrictions.