There were well-founded rumours in Monaco that Ralf Schumacher may be dumped by Toyota if there is not a sudden and dramatic improvement in his level of performance in the next couple of races.
The new Speedcar series, which is going to be running alongside GP2 Asia, looks like being on the timetable for the Australian and Malaysian GPs in 2008. The NASCAR-based series is being promoted by France's Benoit Lamonerie and Italian Luciano Secchi, but the money is coming from Dubai.
Toyota Racing chairman and team principal Tsutomu Tomita is to become the new chairman of Fuji Speedway. Tomita will stand down from his role at Toyota Motorsport at the end of June and will be replaced by current vice chairman Tadashi Yamashina.
Elly Beinhorn Rosemeyer, celebrated aviatrix, and wife of Auto Union legendary Grand Prix driver, Bernd Rosemeyer, celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday at her home in Germany.
The new Formula 1 race in Singapore is an interesting business model for the sport with the government admitting that it is going to pay about 60% of the annual cost of $99m.
The FIA has cleared McLaren of any problems with team orders following the Monaco Grand Prix. The federation concluded that what McLaren did was entirely reasonable as the team was keen to gain the maximum points and could justify why Lewis Hamilton pitted when he did at the second pit stops.
Michael Andretti has said that he has finally had enough of racing and will not be contesting the Indianapolis 500 again. Michael finished 13th in the race last weekend. Andretti said that trying to race and run the business was simply too much for him to handle.
The authorities in Bahrain are still tracking down 700 people who are now living illegally inside the country, having entered the Gulf state on Formula 1 visas. More than 9000 visas were issued during the race weekend but when they had all expired, the authorities calculated that around 700 people had not left the country.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis revived a curious incident in the course of this week's debates on the question of team orders, referring in passing to the Australian Grand Prix of 1998 when David Coulthard was ordered to let Mika Hakkinen win the race.
The McLaren team says that it has nothing to worry about with regard to an investigation into the possible use of team orders at Monaco.
The European Grand Prix in Valencia is no longer conditional on election results. The ruling Partido Popular dominated the polls in the Valencia region winning a landslide victory.
Gambling will only get you so far. It is nice to win but a lot of the time luck has nothing to do with it. You win by working at it, doing the homework and not because the cards fell in your favour. Monaco is a city built on a casino, on the foundation that luck can bring you everything you need.
The FIA has sent out a new briefing note to the Formula 1 Manufacturers’ Advisory Committee regarding the technical plans for Formula 1 in 2011 and beyond. The package was dreamed up by Tony Purnell and Peter Wright and reviewed by Professor Neville Jackson, the Technical Director of the Ricardo company.
The FIA has announced that it has launched an investigation into incidents involving the McLaren Mercedes team at the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix, in light of a possible breach of the International Sporting Code.
Monaco GP - Race Notes
Monaco GP - Sunday Photos
Monaco GP - Sunday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Race Results
Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix but with the weather on Sunday uncertain in the Monaco area, it was no guarantee that this would aid the Spaniard as he tries to close the gap on Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship.
Monaco GP - Saturday Photos
Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Qualifying Results
Adrian Sutil is not a name that has made much of an impact thus far in Formula 1 history. The German has had a series of first lap incidents in most of the races this year but has made a favourable impression on the Spyker team. His biggest claim to fame is that he is a mate of Lewis Hamilton from Formula 3 days.
Monaco GP - Practice 3 Results
A US appeals court has rejected an attempt by US fans to get their money back after the disastrous 2005 Grand Prix at Indianapolis when 14 of thee 20 cars pulled into the pits before the start of the race.
The weather on the Riviera is rather grey this morning as the teams begin preparations for the final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.
After a night of partying on Thursday, the Formula 1 circus was rather muted on Friday with the paddock in Monaco a lot quieter than usual, as the F1 fraternity recovered and quietly did business with the many sponsor representatives who are in town for the biggest event of the year.
Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the Formula 1 afternoon practice session in Monaco on Thursday, with a best lap of 1m15.940s in his McLaren-Mercedes. The lap was almost three-tenths faster than the best lap recorded by Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari.
Monaco GP - Thursday Photos
The British Grand Prix has announced that actress Gemma Atkinson will be the Female Face of the Santander British Grand Prix. Atkinson (22) started out as a model but has become wellknown in the UK as a star of the teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. She is also the "sex and relationships columnist" for the magazine Zoo Weekly.
The GP2 Series has launched GP2 Asia, extending the current championship. Beginning in 2008, GP2 Asia will hold races between January and April and will be held in league with the new Speedcar Series.
Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference
Monaco GP - Thursday Team Quotes
Monaco GP - Practice 2 Results
The Williams team has announced backing for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend from Mappin & Webb, the celebrated British silverware company.
The first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix saw Fernando Alonso set the fastest time with a lap of 1m16.973s. His McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton had been ahead early in the session but was then sidelined with a problem when the shaft of the external starter broke, which that meant the team had to remove the back of the gearbox to extract pieces of debris to avoid further problems.
Monaco GP - Practice 1 Results
The Business F1 magazine is in the news again - this time in France. The publication and its editor Tom Rubython have featured in "advertisements" in Autohebdo magazine and the L'Equipe sports newspaper as a result of a May 2006 judgement in the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris for having defamed FIA President Max Mosley in a story in the magazine in February 2005.
Sebastian Buemi will make his GP2 this weekend at Monaco, at the wheel of an ART car. The Swiss youngster is leading the Formula 3 Euroseries, although there has been only one meeting thus far this season. In those races Buemi finished first and third in his Red Bull-sponsored Mucke Motorsport Dallara.
Monaco GP - Wednesday Press Conference
There is Marlboro signage all over Monaco this weekend with the Ferrari team running the cars with full Marlboro branding, as they did in Bahrain recently. We understand that the cars will also run with full colours in China as well.
Ferrari has introduced a new colour scheme at Monaco. The cars will henceforth be seen in a darker red than has been the case in recent years, when the red was changed to get closer to the colour scheme used by Marlboro.
The Honda Racing F1 team is to go testing on the island of Menorca after the Monaco Grand Prix, following McLaren to the local aerodrome where the team can conduct some warm weather aero-mapping work.
There is little doubt that the poor performance of the Honda F1 team this year will result in changes being made to the team. The big question is what these changes are going to be - and what effect this will have on the long-term future of the team.
The media reports suggesting that Melbourne could give up the Australian Grand Prix are rather exaggerated, but that has not stopped the story spreading to Queensland where news-hungry hounds have found a local tourism boss who says that the region should take a look at having a Grand Prix in the future.
Bernie Ecclestone knows how to apply pressure. At the moment Mr E is rather keen for the TV viewing figures of F1 to rise and in order to achieve this without needing to invest any money in better television or promotion of the World Championship.
Tomas Enge's career in racing seemed under threat a few weeks ago when the former F1 racer crashed heavily at the wheel of an ALMS Ferrari and shattered his elbow.
Yu Zhifei, the man in charge of the Chinese Grand Prix, has been fired by the government for misuse of funds. Yu used company money to pay for a house and indulged in what the government media referred to as "other illegal behaviour". He had been under investigation since last autumn.
There was an upset in the world of rallying at the weekend when World Champion Sebastien Loeb crashed out of the lead on the Rally Italia, leaving victory to Marcus Gronholm. The win also gives Ford driver Gronholm the lead in the Drivers' championship and extends Ford's lead in the Manufacturers' title race.
According to reports in today's F1 Racing monthly magazine, the FIA is now making the first steps towards the introduction of 2.2-litre V6 turbocharged engines, running on biodiesel fuels, in F1 in 2011.
The right to broadcast Formula 1 races in Spain has become a useful asset thanks to the efforts of Fernando Alonso and the current rights-holder Telecinco. The interest in F1 has grown dramatically in the last three years and the station now gets an audience of around six million people at each Grand Prix.
Danica Patrick set the pace in the opening day of the second week of practice for the Indianapolis 500, lapping the Speedway at 221.189mph, ahead of Target Chip Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. Patrick's Andretti Green Racing teammates Marco Andretti and Dario Franchitti completed the top runners. Patrick has already qualified eighth for the race.
Markus Winkelhock, the Spyker Formula 1 test driver, has been called up by Audi to stand in for injured multiple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, who is still recovering from a huge accident with Alexandre Premat in Hockenheim. Winkelhock competed in the DTM in 2004 with a year-old car in the DTM before trying to break into F1.
The Spyker car company has been working its way through some cash-flow problems of late as it tries to get itself organised to meet demand for its road cars and pay for its adventures in Formula 1.
Morienval Press, a sister company of Grandprix.com today, launches the world’s fastest F1 magazine, Grand Prix +, a dramatic and exciting new concept in publishing that marks the innovative introduction of the first motorsport e-magazine in Europe designed to cater to all types of race fan.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is currently conducting a design study into the possibility of a street race in the city.
Sebastien Bourdais is back in a Toro Rosso-Ferrari tomorrow at Paul Ricard - and there is no doubt that the team already has an option on his services for 2008. That option has yet to be taken up but obviously the tests are the next step in the process.
Honda has switched James Rossiter to the Super Aguri F1 team from his current position as official test driver with Honda Racing F1.
There was a certain amount of irony to be found lurking in the corridors at the Circuit de Catalunya. During the weekend, rival Valencia announced a new race, which will be called the European GP. The Catalans responded by announcing a new deal for the Spanish GP to take them to 2016.
Spanish GP - Race Notes
Spanish GP - Sunday Photos
Spanish GP - Sunday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Sunday Team Quotes
Spanish GP - Race Results
The whisper from Holland is that Jos Verstappen may get to test for Spyker in the course of the next few months. This rather odd move appears to be an attempt to promote the team (using someone other than Paris Hilton) and to spur Christijan Albers into better performances.
Felipe Massa headed into the Spanish Grand Prix with the opportunity to add second victory to his win in Bahrain.
Spanish GP - Saturday Photos
Spanish GP - Saturday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Saturday Team Quotes
Spanish GP - Qualifying Results
Lewis Hamilton led the final practice before qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, beating double World Champion Fernando Alonso by 0.079s. The biggest surprise however was that the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were third and fourth fastest, ahead of David Coulthard's Red Bull-Renault and the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
Spanish GP - Practice 3 Results
The word in the F1 paddock in Barcelona is that there are to be some fairly major changes in the aerodynamic team at Maranello in the next few months with two aerodynamicists on their way to McLaren and the team's chief aerodynamicist John Iley rumoured to be on the move as well.
The dangers of reading too much into testing times on Fridays have been highlighted this afternoon in Barcelona with Fernando Alonso going fastest for McLaren in front of an appreciative local crowd.
Spanish GP - Friday Photos
Spanish GP - Friday Press Conference
Spanish GP - Friday Team Quotes
The FIA has appointed automotive technology and engineering specialists Ricardo to provide technical support and advice on the development of future regulations.
Spanish GP - Practice 2 Results
Singapore Minister of State S Iswaran has told reporters in Singapore that the city will be holding a Formula 1 race next year in either late September or early October. It is not expected that the race will be a night event.
Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the first test session for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona with a lap that was four-tenths of a second faster than his team-mate Fernando Alonso. The two McLarens surprised by being ahead of the Ferraris which had been expected to lead the way after some very good testing times last week.
Spanish GP - Practice 1 Results
With practice winding up at Indianapolis Scott Dixon has moved to the top of the speeds recorded with a fastest lap of 226.473mph in his Target Chip Ganassi car, but he was only a fraction faster than Danica Patrick, who has found more speed in her Andretti Green entry and was the fastest of the five team cars at 226.358mph.
Ben Agathangelou, who headed the aerodynamic team at Red Bull Racing before the arrival of McLaren's Peter Prodromou, has left the Milton Keynes team. Agathangelou has spent his entire career in F1, starting in 1994 when he joined McLaren after graduating in aeronautics and astronautics at the University of Southampton.
Renault has won planning permission to build a new computational fluid design facility at the team's base at the Whiteways Technical Centre in Enstone. The new building will be partially underground and will be linked to the existing facilities.
Spanish GP - Thursday Press Conference
The deal for Valencia to hold the European Grand Prix for the next seven years is conditional on the regional council president Francisco Camps winning an election later this month. If Camps is successful the race will go ahead next year on a street circuit which will run around the port area and up towards the city centre.
Bernie Ecclestone will be hosting a press conference later today in the city of Valencia, with the president of the regional council Francisco Camps. It is ancipated that this will be the announcement that Valencia has secured the European Grand Prix for 2008.
Later today Dale Earnhardt Jr will hold a press conference at which he is expected to announce that he is leaving his late father's DEI organisation at the end of the year.
Bernie Ecclestone has opened fire on Silverstone, slightly earlier in the year than usual, by telling Autosport magazine that he is not interested in dealing with the British Racing Drivers' Club because "you get no guarantees with them".
There are reports in Asia that Singapore is going to miss the chance to host a Formula 1 race in 2008 because the locals cannot make up their minds how to fund the event.
There are reports in Spain this morning that the government of the Valencia province in Spain has agreed a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to run a European Grand Prix on a street race in the city in 2008.
Frank Dernie has been an engineer in F1 and other top levels of motor racing since the late 1970s but. Having recently parted company with Williams, Dernie has decided to look at pastures new and has taken on the job of being a member of the Technical Compliance Committee of the P1 Powerboat World Championship.
On May 8, 1982, Gilles Villeneuve was fatally injured during the final qualifying session for the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He was trying to beat his team mate Didier Pironi's best lap time when he came up to pass Jochen Mass's Rothmans March.
Renault World Series frontrunner Mikhail Aleshin will be replacing the injured Michael Ammermuller at ART Grand Prix in the GP2 race in Barcelona. The 19-year-old Russian, who became the first Russian driver to win a major international single-seater race when he won the opening round of this year's World Series, is a Red Bull sponsored driver and is racing this year for Carlin Motorsport.
Nico Hulkenberg, who showed very well in the A1GP Series, is being heavily promoted at the moment by his manager Willi Weber, the man who managed Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari dominated last week's Barcelona testing during which Felipe Massa was quoted, saying that the development of the F2007 was "at least half a second faster than before". This is bad news for the opposition and there have been suggestions that when practice begins in Spain later this week we may see Ferrari as much as a second ahead of everyone. And this has been achieved even with Ferrari having redesigned the floor of its cars to withstand the FIA's flexibility tests.
NASCAR has been getting an increasing amount of engine technology from F1 in recent years, with a number of firms with F1 experience working closely with teams to develop the old stock block V8 engines that are still being used in the series.
Michael Ammermuller, who drives for the ART Grand Prix GP2 team and is Red Bull Racing's test driver, is currently out of action because of a fracture to the scaphoid bone in his wrist as a result of his accident with Kazuki Nakajima in the first GP2 race in Bahrain.
Energy Efficient Motorsport, a programme which is run by Motorsport Development UK, a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry, four regional development agencies, the sport and the industry that supports it, has announced that Geoff Goddard, Professor in Motorsport Engineering Design at Oxford Brookes University, is to be its first EEMS Ambassador. His role will be to help stimulate energy efficiency in motorsport.
Motorsport in France has been in the doldrums since the days when Guy Ligier had the ear of President Francois Mitterand and his team was supported by a string of government-controlled companies.
Nigel Mansell returned to racing at the weekend, finishing seventh in a Ferrari (which he shared with Chris Niarchos) in the FIA GT event. This naturally drew some attention and Mansell was happy to expound a little.
Tomas Enge will be back in action on May 19 at the wheel of his Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning ALMS Ferrari in Salt Lake City, a month ahead of schedule. The Czech former F1 driver crashed heavily at St Petersburg on March 31, smashing his left elbow.
It was a quiet weekend for single-seater racing with much of the action being with touring and sports cars. At Indianapolis the first running began for the 500 with rookie and refresher tests led by Michael Andretti lapping the track at 219.871mph ahead of Ryan Briscoe (218.215mph), Davey Hamilton (218.022mph), Jacques Lazier (216.467mph) and Milka Duno (214.128 mph).
Richard Petty, who is known in the United States as "The King" thanks to his extraordinary success in NASCAR racing, is flying to Louisville, Kentucky today to attend the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race and to meet the Queen of England.
Paris Hilton may still be able to turn up at Monaco to represent potential Spyker sponsor Rich Prosecco but she will then have to go home to the United States to go to jail for 45 days.
Peter Kerr has died at the age of 73. Kerr was a New Zealander who arrived in Britain in 1964 and worked as the chief mechanic with Roy Winkelmann Racing in Formula 2.
Alistair Watkins, the head of marketing at Honda Racing F1, has been hired to be the marketing chief of Team Alinghi, to work finding sponsorship for the Swiss America's Cup syndicate in the world of yachting.
There is no doubt that the Red Bull-Renault is improving all the time, with the arrival of the team's seamless shift gearbox and a number of other aerodynamic modifications which have made the car rather more competitive but David Coulthard's unofficial lap record at Barcelona yesterday should be treated with care.
As we reported in February Red Bull's Dany Bahar has been taken on by Ferrari to be the head of a new division of the company which will operate alongside the car business and the sporting department. This department will manage and develop the Ferrari brand around the world. Bahar will report to the company's managing director Jean Todt.
Ferrari has dominated the first three days of the Barcelona test with Felipe Massa setting the best overall time of 1m21.506s. Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on the first two days before he handed over the work to Massa.
Ferrari has won the prize for being the best workplace in Europe in 2007. The award, which is made by the Great Place to Work Institute Europe, recognises that the history of Ferrari is in part responsible for the remarkable team spirit that exists inside the Italian team.
The sons of famous fathers have been flooding into motor racing for years and another hopeful will be joining the fray this weekend at Oschersleben in Germany when 16-year-old Adrien Tambay, son of Grand Prix winner, Patrick, begins his single-seater career in the opening round of the Formula BMW Deutschland championship. Tambay will be racing for current champions JK Racing, the team which launched Nico Rosberg and Adrian Sutil on their way to Formula 1.
The Barcelona testing has not been kind to Williams. On Monday Kazuki Nakajima had a sizeable crash and damaged the FW27 test car. This was repaired overnight wikth new parts being sent over from Britain but then the rains came and little was achieved on Tuesday.
The Royal Bank of Scotland came into Formula 1 at the start of 2005 as a sponsor of the Williams team. That three-year deal did not result in huge success on the race tracks but the Scottish bank was more than happy with the results of the sponsorship and has now agreed to a three-year extension to the deal.
Ilmor Engineering has disbanded its MotoGP racing team in order to focus on the development of the motorcycle racing engine which the company designed. The decision was taken not to race because money was short and work was needed on the Ilmor bike but riders Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt remain under contract to the team for the moment although they are being allowed to race for other teams in the interim.
Former Grand Prix driver Hans Stuck is now out of hospital after a sizeable accident at the weekend during a race on the old Nurburgring. Stuck (56) was at the wheel of a BMW Z4 when he went off the road while passing a slower car and hit a stationary car beside the track.
There is no doubt that 19-year-old German Nico Hulkenberg is a decent prospect for the future. He has impressed this year in the A1 Grand Prix Series, although the opposition has been at best patchy, but it was still a decent achievement in just his third year of car racing.
There have been a couple of big crashes in Formula 1 testing in Barcelona in recent days with Spyker newcomer Adrian Valles having a sizeable hit on Monday when he piled the Spyker into the wall at Turn 3.
There is to be a Formula 1 sports bar in Holland following the announcement of a deal between Heineken and Spyker. As part of the deal Heineken will become the official beer supplier of trackside events organised by the Etihad Aldar Spyker team.