NEWS ARCHIVE

31 OCTOBER 2007

TALK SHOWS

FIA President Max Mosley has been saying some odd things of late and his latest series of remarks on the BBC programme Hard Talk have carried on the same trend. Mosley suggested that he believes there is "a tendency to exaggerate the importance of Lewis Hamilton" and said that if Hamilton was not there people would be talking about Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica or Sebastian Vettel.

MELBOURNE REPORTS MORE LOSSES

The Australian Grand Prix is continuing to make losses with the latest report showing that this year's race cost the taxpayers $31m. The revenues for the race declined once again from $43m last year (which was supposed to have been affected by the Commonwealth Games) to $40m this year.

NO DECISIONS YET ON ALONSO

Fernando Alonso and Ron Dennis, while not talking to one another, are busy negotiating their future at the moment. McLaren has handed over responsibility for the Court of Appeal protest to Martin Whitmarsh, leaving Dennis free to sort out what to do about drivers. There have been various rumours but no-one has yet come up with the solution.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti has moved to NASCAR in the United States and will be replaced at Andretti Green Racing by Japan's Hideki Mutoh, who is funded by Aguri Suzuki's operations.

30 OCTOBER 2007

ALONSO AND RENAULT

We hear that negotiations about Fernando Alonso between Renault and Telefonica have not been going very well in recent days with there being disagreements about some of the people involved in the Renault F1 project.

MEDICAL MOVEMENTS

The FIA Institute has concluded its two-year programme to develop crash helmets specifically for young drivers. This involved studying data about children’s head mass, head geometry and the changes that occur with growth to find the best solution possible.

29 OCTOBER 2007

THE MISSING NAME IN HONDA TESTING

Honda has announced that GP2 drivers Mike Conway, Luca Filippi and Andreas Zuber will drive at the team's first winter test in Barcelona next month. The three are all being looked at to see if they have longtime F1 potential.

A NEW CHIEF DESIGNER AT BMW SAUBER

The BMW Sauber F1 Team has appointed Christoph Zimmermann as its new chief designer. The 39-year-old Swiss will be responsible for the design of the race cars of from January 1 2008, reporting to Technical Director Willy Rampf.

26 OCTOBER 2007

APPEAL IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 15

The FIA's International Court of Appeal will hear McLaren's case against the decision of the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards on Thursday, November 15. The race stewards at Interlagos decided not to penalise the BMW Sauber and Williams teams despite the fact that temperature readings from their fuel rigs were too low.

25 OCTOBER 2007

SHOULD MCLAREN APPEAL THE BRAZILIAN GP RESULT?

There has been some talk in the last couple of days about whether McLaren is correct in going ahead with its appeal against the decision not to exclude the Williams and BMW Saubers cars from the result of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

24 OCTOBER 2007

THE FIA WORLD COUNCIL

The FIA World Council met in Paris and announced its plans to have a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting in 2008. The federation says that a change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period.

DAMON ATTACKS AGAIN

Damon Hill has gone on to the attack against the stewards' decision in Brazil, telling Radio 5 Live that he does not understand the decision.

22 OCTOBER 2007

RACE REPORT - KIMI BLOWS THEM AWAY

Kimi Raikkonen, the outsider in the World Championship, won an astonishing victory and the World Championship at Interlagos.

MCLAREN TO APPEAL STEWARDS' DECISION

McLaren says it will appeal the decision of the Stewards in Brazil not to punish the BMW Sauber and Williams teams despite the fact that fuel temperature in all four cars was more than 10-degrees C beneath the ambient temperature, which is not allowed according to the regulations.

21 OCTOBER 2007

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN TAKES BRAZILIAN GP AND CHAMPIONSHIP!

Brazilian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Sunday Photos

OFFICIAL: RAIKKONEN IS CHAMPION

The results of the Brazilian GP are official.

THE TEMPERATURE OF FUEL

The problem is Brazil is that the fuel in the two BMW Saubers and the Two Williams-Toyotas was too cool during the race. Article 6.5.5 of the Formula 1 Technical Regulations states that "no fuel on board the car may be more than 10 degrees centigrade below ambient temperature".

HOLD YOUR HORSEPOWER!

As darkness was falling in Brazil there was a rush of excitement as it became clear that the FIA Stewards have been asked to look into allegations that there are problems with the fuel temperatures of the BMW Saubers and the Williams. If two of the cars are excluded from the race, Lewis Hamilton would be the World Champion.

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Brazilian GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Race Results

RON GETS A TROPHY

If there is any doubt that the McLaren team feels that it has been harshly treated this year by the FIA., it should be forgotten. This was highlighted on Friday when team boss Ron Dennis was called to the McLaren garage by team manager Dave Ryan.

BOURDAIS TAKES FOUR

Sebastien Bourdais won his fourth consecutive Champ Car title on Sunday with a commanding victory in the Gold Coast Indy 300. He finished the race nearly seven seconds clear of Justin Wilson.

20 OCTOBER 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - MASSA ON POLE, LEWIS POISED FOR THE TITLE

There was much interest in the qualifying for the Brazilian GP although the Interlagos track means that overtaking is possible in the race and so the grid is not necessarily as important as it is at other races of the year.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Saturday Press Conference

COURT ACTION IN ITALY

It is perhaps worth noting that we have heard in the recent days that McLaren has instigated legal action in Italy against Ferrari for alleged illegal use of Italian legal documents in the FIA World Council meeting in September.

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Results

TRULLI, SCHUMACHER, LIUZZI AND YAMAMOTO TO TEST FOR SPYKER

The revived Spyker F1 team is to have a major test in mid-November to try to decide who will join Adrian Sutil in the team next year. The young German has a contract with the team and new owner Vijay Mallya says he wants to keep Sutil.

THE F1 TEAMS BEGIN TO AGREE

The F1 team principals met on Saturday morning in Sao Paulo and we hear that there was significant progress in the much-discussed matter of customer cars. This is of key importance for two reasons: firstly because of the arbitration going on with regard to the use of customer cars by Scuderia Toro Rosso and Super Aguri F1.

WILL THE FORCE BE WITH US?

Vijay Mallya, the new owner of Spyker F1, says that he wants to call the team Force India F1. The cars will be known as Force Indias.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - MASSA LEADS THE WAY

Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the morning session on Saturday in Brazil, a tenth of a second faster than the impressive Lewis Hamilton and Massa's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso was eighth quickest in his McLaren, six-tenths slower than his team-mate.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 3 Results

19 OCTOBER 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - HAMILTON TO THE FORE

Lewis Hamilton may never have visited Interlagos before, but even that does not stop him these days. At the end of running on Friday afternoon Hamilton was a tenth faster than Fernando Alonso, and the two McLarens were three tenths clear of the best Ferrari, driven by the local hero Felipe Massa.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Brazilian GP - Friday Photos

HAMILTON'S PENALTY

The FIA Stewards have ruled that Lewis Hamilton should be penalised for using two sets of wet tyres on Friday morning - but the fine of $22,000 and a voluntary agreement to surrender the partially-worn wets to the FIA so that they cannot be used.

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Brazilian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 2 Results

TROUBLES FOR LEWIS

There are problems for Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix. After the end of the first practice session, the FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer reported to the FIA Stewards that Lewis Hamilton, Takuma Sato and Jenson Button had all used two sets in the session.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MUCH ADO, FEW CONCLUSIONS

The first practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix resulted in a 1-2 for Ferrari with World Championship challenger Kimi Raikkonen four-tenths of a second clear of local hero and last year's winner Felipe Massa.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Brazilian GP - Practice 1 Results

MOVEMENTS OF THE DRIVER FRONT

The Formula 1 driver market is currently stuck, waiting to see what will happen with Fernando Alonso and McLaren after the World Championship is over - hopefully on Sunday night.

GP2 SHAPES UP FOR THE FUTURE

The GP2 Series has announced that it will have the same 13 teams for the next five-year period, between 2008 and 2012. What was not announced is that the series has been taken over recently by CVC Capital Partners, which has added the championship to its Formula 1 empire.

18 OCTOBER 2007

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Brazilian GP - Thursday Press Conference

16 OCTOBER 2007

MEANWHILE IN MEXICO CITY

The Renault F1 Team sent its Road Show to Mexico City last weekend and an estimated 300,000 fans turned out to see a 2006 Formula 1 car running on the streets of the downtown area.

RESPONDING TO THE RESPONSE

FIA President Max Mosley has responded to Jackie Stewart's response to Mosley's response to his original remarks about the way the FIA is being run at the moment.

FERRARI RE-SIGNS MASSA UNTIL 2010

Ferrari has announced that it has re-signed Felipe Massa until the end of 2010. This is an odd announcement but taken at face value would seem to indicate that there is thus no room for Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. The announcement ends speculation that the Brazilian could move to Toyota next season.

LINING UP THE DUCKS

Although the problem of Fernando Alonso and McLaren will not be solved until after the Brazilian Grand Prix, it is our understanding that a number of the teams are putting options into place so that they can react as soon as the future of Alonso is known.

BMW PIT LANE PARK HEADS FOR LAS VEGAS

Formula 1 may have given up with the United States Grand Prix in 2008 but that does not mean that the sport has given up on the United States and BMW Sauber is obviously keen to use its involvement in F1 to help sell more road cars to the US audience and thus is heading to Las Vegas in January with its Pit Lane Park.

STEWART FIRES BACK AT THE FIA

Following FIA President Max Mosley's refusal to withdraw his remarks about Sir Jackie Stewart, the Scotsman has hit back at the federation again, saying that he does not understand what the FIA is doing at the moment.

FERGUSON DEPARTS COSWORTH

Cosworth Racing's 39-year relationship with F1 ended this time last year when Williams switched to Toyota V8s and Scuderia Toro Rosso gave up its V10s and moved on to Ferrari V8 engines.

MOTORSPORT BUSINESS FORUM BOOMING

The 2007 Motor Sport Business Forum continues to develop as the networking event of the year, with leading industry figures from every continent now confirming their attendance at the two-day conference and exhibition in Monaco on December 5-6.

15 OCTOBER 2007

THE SALE OF TORO ROSSO

There have been a lot of rumours in recent weeks about the future of Scuderia Toro Rosso and all the indications continue to be that the team will soon be sold by Dietrich Mateschitz and Gerhard Berger to South Africa's Tony Teixeira.

GLENN CAMPBELL

It is with much sadness that we must report the death of Formula 1 photographer Glenn Campbell, fondly known as "Rhinestone" by his many friends in the F1 world, because of US country singer Glen Campbell, who was best known for his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy".

KAZUKI GOES TO RIO

Kazuki Nakajima was busy for Williams on Sunday, running a Williams-Toyota F1 car around the streets of the Aterro do Flamengo neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nakajima will make his F1 debut with the team in Sao Paulo this weekend, replacing Alex Wurz.

SUTIL GETS THE POINT

The FIA International Court of Appeal met in Paris and rejected Scuderia Toro Rosso's protest against the Stewards of the Japanese GP who decided to penalise Tonio Liuzzi 25 seconds for overtaking the Spyker of Adrian Sutil under yellow flags. This means that Sutil's point is confirmed. It is the first scored by a Spyker.

12 OCTOBER 2007

TORO ROSSO APPEAL

The FIA International Court of Appeal met in Paris today to hear the appeal lodged by the Automobile Club d’Italia/Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana (ACI/CSAI) on behalf of Scuderia Toro Rosso against the Stewards of the Japanese GP who decided to penalise Tonio Liuzzi 25 seconds for overtaking the Spyker of Adrian Sutil under yellow flags.

RUBYTHON DECLARED BANKRUPT

Following a winding up order in the High Court in London on September 5, 2007, BusinessF1 Magazine Ltd has been placed in the hands of the Official Receiver. The magazine's publisher Thomas Anthony John Rubython (52) has also been declared personally bankrupt.

11 OCTOBER 2007

LETTERS OF INTENT

If the German media is correct and Fernando Alonso has signed a letter of intent to drive for Renault in 2008 then he is likely to be in breach of his McLaren contract and unless he has a very good argument as to why he can walk away, would thus have to bash open his piggy-bank and pay the Woking team for the two years that remain on his contract.

A1GP, POWERED BY FERRARI

As we exclusively reported some weeks ago, Ferrari and A1GP have agreed a long-term deal which will see the Italian firm supplying the chassis and engine design for the A1 Series for a six-year period, between 2008 and 2014.

10 OCTOBER 2007

NO FIA INVESTIGATION INTO MCLAREN

There is not another investigation into McLaren - at least not yet. The latest reports come from members of the Spanish media who are trying to find explanations for why Fernando Alonso cannot match the speed of Lewis Hamilton and seem to have missed the rather obvious possibility that there might be someone is the world faster than Fernando.

PRODRIVE LOOKING FOR OPTIONS

Prodrive has admitted that it may not be able to take up its place on the Formula 1 grid next year because the sport cannot sort out its differences are come up with a new Concorde Agreement.

MOSLEY DEFINES A WITCH HUNT

FIA President Max Mosley is standing by his attack on Jackie Stewart, despite Damon Hill describing it as "a gross insult to one of the sport's leading figures over the last four decades and a thrice World Champion", "bad manners" and "conduct most unbecoming of an FIA president" which brought the sport into disrepute".

SWISS VOTE AGAINST RACING

The Swiss Council of States (known as the Senat) has examined the law passed by the National Council to alter the terms of the Road Traffic Law of 1958 which prohibits circuit racing in Switzerland.

9 OCTOBER 2007

KAZUKI IN FOR WURZ

The word from Grove is that Kazuki Nakajima will be racing for Williams in Brazil.

8 OCTOBER 2007

RACE REPORT - A ROOKIE MISTAKE

In recent months we have grown so used to seeing Lewis Hamilton driving like a Formula 1 veteran that we have reached a point at which it seems that he simply isn't going to make the kind of mistakes that all Formula 1 rookies make.

7 OCTOBER 2007

RACE NOTES - RAIKKONEN WINS CHAOTIC WET-DRY CHINESE GRAND PRIX

Chinese GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE INCIDENTS

Chinese GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Chinese GP - Race Results

JOHNNIE NOT WALKING

Johnnie Walker has announced that it is extending its sponsorship of McLaren until 2012 in an announcement that has clearly been timed to send a message to the F1 world that the company is standing squarely behind the team.

ALEXANDER WURZ TO RETIRE

Alexander Wurz is to retire as a race driver at the end of the season. He is expected to remain at Williams s a test driver next year. The news is yet to be officially announced.

6 OCTOBER 2007

QUALIFYING REPORT - LEWIS LEADS FROM THE FRONT

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix with an impressive lap that was a tenth of a second faster than the best that Kimi Raikkonen could manage. The big question was that of fuel loads because the Ferrari had been ahead throughout practice on Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Chinese GP - Qualifying Results

THE SPATS IN THE F1 WORLD

In the overall scheme of things, the recent spats in Formula 1 are not that important when it comes to the sports pages. The news that Lewis Hamilton would not be punished over the Safety Car in Japan was a good decision as it put a cap on allegations bubbling away about possible manipulation of the World Championship.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - RAIKKONEN STILL AHEAD

Kimi Raikkonen continued to lead the way in the practice for the Chinese GP with a lap that was a tenth faster than Fernando Alonso's McLaren. The Spanish driver was a tenth behind him but two-tenths up on Felipe Massa.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 3 Results

5 OCTOBER 2007

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - RED CHINA (PART 2)

Kimi Raikkonen continued to lead the way in Friday's practice for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai with a best lap that was just six-thousandths of a second faster than Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Mercedes.

HAMILTON CLEARED

Lewis Hamilton has been cleared in the investigation by the FIA into the accident which resulted in the retirements of second and third placed drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel at the Japanese Grand Prix.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Chinese GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Chinese GP - Friday Team Quotes

INVESTIGATION INTO HAMILTON CAUSES CRITICISM

The FIA has run into a certain amount of criticism as a result of the decision to look into Lewis Hamilton's driving behind the Safety Car at Fuji.

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF APPEAL BUSY

The FIA International Court of Appeal is going to be busy in the weeks ahead with two cases having been confirmed. The first will be an appeal from the CSAI regarding Toro Rosso's penalty at the Japanese GP, which resulted in Tonio Liuzzi losing his eighth placed finish.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 2 Results

ORANGE INDIA TAKES OVER SPYKER

Spyker Cars NV has reached a final agreement to sell its Formula 1 the team to a company called Orange India Holdings. The deal is worth $124m.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - RED CHINA

Kimi Raikkonen does not have much hope of winning the World Championship this year but that does not mean he is not going to try. The Finn was fastest in the morning session on Friday at the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Chinese GP - Practice 1 Results

4 OCTOBER 2007

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Chinese GP - Thursday Press Conference

A FORMULA 1 STORY ABOUT MOTOR RACING

There have been a lot of stories in recent days about the politics of Formula 1 and little has been said of the driver market. What is clear is that everyone is now waiting to see what happens with Fernando Alonso.

NOW HAMILTON UNDER ATTACK

After the Japanese Grand Prix at Mount Fuji there was an investigation into the accident which resulted in the retirements of second and third placed drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel while the field was running behind the Safety Car.

STEPNEY SAYS PUBLISHER PULLED OUT BECAUSE OF PRESSURE

Nigel Stepney says that his plans to publish the full story of his adventures at Ferrari, in a book called Red Mist have had to be cancelled because the publishing company was "put under pressure" - but he does not know who was responsible for that because the publisher is unwilling to tell him what is happening.

2 OCTOBER 2007

SO WHAT?

Ralf Schumacher has announced that he will not be at Toyota next year. It was not rocket science to work that one out and one can only say that it was nice of the Japanese car company to give Ralf the opportunity to announce the news first.

HOW SPYKER CAN INFLUENCE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

For most of the season the Formula 1 lawyers has been waiting for a Concorde Agreement dispute to be settled over the question of what constitutes "a constructor". This is clearly defined in the 1997-2007 agreement and Spyker F1 is arguing that neither Scuderia Toro Rosso nor Super Aguri F1 are true constructors and thus should not get the benefits and indeed results that they have claimed this year.

MONTEZEMOLO AND STEPNEY COMMENT (INDIVIDUALLY)

The Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is a highly intelligent individual and he knows that whatever he says will be slavishly reported because of who he is - and because of the newspapers he controls. But his recent attempts to undermine McLaren's success this year by claiming that the British team has copied the Ferrari are utterly unfair.

SCHEMING ABOUT COLOURS

The soon to be completed sale of Spyker F1 to Vijay Mallya and the Mol Family, for around $130m, is going to create some interesting changes for the team as desires of the two partners must be balanced. Mallya wants the team to have a strong Indian flavour, while the Mols may well be arguing for Dutch orange to maintain the support they enjoy in Holland.

1 OCTOBER 2007

RACE REPORT - MERCS IN THE MURK

The 2007 Japanese Grand Prix was a complicated business but when you boiled it all down it, it was the day when Lewis Hamilton put himself into a position where it will take a force of nature to stop him becoming the first rookie in F1 history to win the World Championship. Such a thing was impossible to imagine nine months ago and yet as the F1 circus heads for China it will take a major upset to stop it happening.

WATCH OUT FOR ACTION DOWN FAENZA WAY

As McLaren is moving towards becoming the first team with a serious customer supply deal, the rival F1 teams are beginning to react, knowing that McLaren stands to get an advantage if it uses all four cars successfully as this will mean that the chassis in question will get twice as much testing as its rivals and should therefore improve accordingly.

THE PROBLEM FOR PRODRIVE

Bernie Ecclestone told the F1 team principals in Fuji that Prodrive has the money that is needed to launch its bid to enter F1 next year - using McLaren chassis and Mercedes-Benz engines.

TODT SAYS NO CHANCE FOR ALONSO

Jean Todt will have set himself for a fall if Fernando Alonso ends up at Ferrari in 2008. Todt says that there is zero chance of the Spaniard moving to Ferrari next year. This contradicts reliable sources that are saying that talks are taking place to get Alonso into the team alongside Kimi Raikkonen.