NEWS ARCHIVE

30 NOVEMBER 2007

FORMULA 1 TO RETURN TO INDIANAPOLIS?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Joie Chitwood has told Bloomberg that he is confident that Formula 1 will return to the speedway in the future, despite the fact that the United States Grand Prix has been dropped from the calendar for 2008.

THE GALL OF THE ASTERISK

Formula 1 documentation is usually rather dull, often consisting of little more than lists. There are new rules, lists of dates, lists of entries, lists of justifications for decisions and so on and so forth.

PRODRIVE LOOKING AHEAD

Although Prodrive has admitted that it will not be racing in F1 in 2008 the company's ambitions remain much the same with David Richards saying that F1 is "the right place for Prodrive to be" and arguing that the team would be there but for the change of mind in F1 circles about customer cars.

29 NOVEMBER 2007

ALONSO AND HONDA

There have been many rumours today about Fernando Alonso meeting up with Honda and supposedly having a seat fitting. These are not true but that does not mean that the Spaniard has not been talking to Honda. The big question is whether Honda is talking back.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY FOR F1

For those who think that a little scandal is a good idea, it might be worth pointing out that the world of cycling is currently paying a high price for the doping scandals that have beset the sport in recent years. In the last few days Deutsche Telekom has ended its sponsorship of the Neuer Strassen Sport team.

28 NOVEMBER 2007

FORCE INDIA TO TEST SEVEN AT JEREZ

The Force India F1 team is to run no fewer than seven drivers at the forthcoming Jerez testing with Giancarlo Fisichella, Franck Montagny and Ralf Schumacher joining Christian Klien and Tonio Liuzzi. The team will also run Roldan Rodriguez and Giedo van der Garde.

FORMER F1 MAN TO HELP DESIGN CALIFORNIA RACE TRACK

Derek Daly, a regular Formula 1 driver in the early 1980s, has worked in recent years as a TV pundit and racing school owner, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He decided last year to launch a new business called Derek Daly Design, to design race tracks for customers across the United States, in partnership with Paxton Waters Architecture.

27 NOVEMBER 2007

MOTORSPORT BUSINESS FORUM TO LAUNCH BAHRAIN EVENT

The Motor Sport Business Forum is to host a Middle Eastern version of the event in Bahrain between April 1-2, the days leading up to the Bahrain GP. This will be the first year of a five-year deal. The conference will provide exhibition facilities in addition to the conference.

FORMULA ONE TURNS TO KITBAG

Formula One Administration Ltd has signed a multi-year deal for Kitbag Ltd to operate the Formula One merchandising operation at Formula1.com. The company will launch a new Formula One Store in the spring of 2008, hoping that Kitbag's e-commerce experience will enable it to sell more of the official products of the sport.

EUROSPORT TO COVER MOTORSPORT BUSINESS FORUM

Eurosport is to produce live coverage of the 2007 Motor Sport Business Forum in Monaco on December 5-6. The event will be screened with a live webcast for the first time.

AWARDS CEREMONIES EVERYWHERE

At this time of year Formula 1 folk are much in demand at any number of award ceremonies across Europe. The FIA is the only organisation that has the right to demand that drivers attend but the Autosport Awards in London is often seen as the biggest event and best-attended.

SAVING THE FRENCH GP

Bernard Laporte, formerly the head coach of the French national rugby team, has been France's Secretary of State for Sports for about a month now and one of the dossiers he is concentrating on is the future of the French Grand Prix. He has told the French sports newspaper L'Equipe that the race is "like the Tour de France and Roland Garros" and "belongs to the French people".

26 NOVEMBER 2007

AN INTERESTING ALLIANCE

There was a time when the names Jac Nasser and Wolfgang Reitzle were heard regularly in Formula 1 circles. Nasser was the boss of the Ford Motor Company between the start of 1999 and the end of 2001 and it was during his reign that Ford bought Stewart Grand Prix and transformed it into Jaguar Racing.

WELL DONE DR JOCK

Jock Clear, a senior race engineer with Honda Racing F1 has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Scotland's Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from which he graduated with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1987.

SWITZERLAND DOMINATES A1 GP IN MALAYSIA

A1 Team Switzerland won both rounds of the A1GP series in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend with Neel Jani in complete command of the event. In the Sprint race Jani finished nearly four seconds ahead of A1 Team France's Loic Duval, who was well clear of Germany's Michael Ammermuller and Robert Wickens of Canada.

AUSTRIAN WINS FORMULA 1 TEST

Philipp Eng of Team Mucke Motorsport has won a test drive with BMW Sauber with victory in the annual Formula BMW World Final in Valencia. The 17-year-old Austrian, who finished third in this year's German Formula BMW series, led from start to finish, beating Marco Wittmann and Jens Klingmann.

25 NOVEMBER 2007

A POINT OF INTEREST

Renault's troubles in Formula 1 may be weighing heavily on the company at the moment while it waits for the FIA World Council meeting in December, but the company still has to look ahead, even if there is a threat that the F1 team could be thrown out of the World Championship by the FIA.

23 NOVEMBER 2007

WHY F1 NEEDS A BRAVE NEW WORLD

It is just a guess but there is a suspicion that if the FIA went nosing around the rubbish dumps and lay-bys of Motorsport Valley at the moment - and other suitable spots around Europe - its computer experts might find a lot of interesting stuff.

MOSLEY GOES TO SERBIA

Max Mosley was in Serbia today to discuss the construction of an international racing circuit in the country. Serbia remains under some international suspicion at the moment because some observers believe that Ratko Mladic and his fellow war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic enjoy the protection of elements with the country's government and security services.

SUPER AGURI RESTRUCTURING

Super Aguri F1 is on the verge of announcing job cuts at Leafield because the team cannot afford to keep at its current strength and needs to pull back to make sure that the team has the money to go racing in 2008.

FORUM GETS BIGGER AND BETTER

The 2007 Motor Sport Business Forum has expanded again this year with more delegates, more exhibitors and more media interest than ever before. Since the inaugural event in 2005, the forum has more than doubled in size in every area, w

THE CASE AGAINST RENAULT

Things have gone pretty quiet of late about the Renault espionage allegations with only Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore banging on about how the team has not really done much wrong and that his engineers took only cursory glances at the various systems and that the information was just a few old floppy discs.

BMW TESTS VIETORIS AND FARFUS

BMW has been busy running some unusual drivers in its F1 machinery, to say thank you and to reward them for their success.

21 NOVEMBER 2007

SIX WEEKS TO GO

Forget, for one moment, about the so-called "issues of the moment": the McLaren appeal, the espionage crisis that Renault will soon have to face and the annual driver market hullabaloo. There is a much bigger issue floating along just below the waterline in Formula 1

THE FUTURE OF FERNANDO ALONSO (THIS WEEK)

The Spanish media is hungry for news about Fernando Alonso's future and is busy running stories on an almost daily basis about the various permutations possible, the sponsors who would be involved and so on. The instant copying services provided by a number of Internet sites means that there is always something that seems to need to be reported.

WHY F1 NOW NEEDS VESTED INTERESTS

Formula 1 has long been plagued by those with vested interests but increasingly these are the people who needed to keep the sport growing. Out in India, people are currently asking how an Indian Grand Prix makes financial sense for those involved.

19 NOVEMBER 2007

AN ODD STORY FROM MALAYSIA

There is word from Malaysia that the government there may be on the verge of announcing its support for Fairuz Fauzy to get him into Formula 1. Fauzy does not have the money to make more progress up the racing ladder and his results are not going to help him as most F1 team bosses tend not to look too closely at 25-year-olds who finish 11th in the Renault World Series.

GLOCK SIGNS FOR TOYOTA

Toyota Motorsport has announced that Timo Glock will race for Panasonic Toyota Racing in 2008. The reigning GP2 Series champion has signed a multi-year contract and the team hopes an agreement will be possible to allow Gloc

ASMER AND HULKENBERG IN RUNNING FOR THIRD BMW SEAT

With BMW having let both Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock go to other F1 teams - for the moment at least - the team is looking for a new third driver and there is speculation that this could be British Formula 3 racer Marko Asmer or Germany's Nico Hulkenberg.

18 NOVEMBER 2007

THE TEXT OF THE FIA DECISION

The full text of the International Court of Appeal (ICA) of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile decision.

17 NOVEMBER 2007

THE FIA APPEAL COURT DECISION

The decision of the FIA International Court of Appeal - and the way it was handled - has done nothing to add to the credibility of the FIA. Not that it was expected to do.

16 NOVEMBER 2007

GLOCK FREE TO JOIN TOYOTA

Timo Glock is free to join Toyota. The news has been confirmed by BMW Motorsport boss Mario Theissen. There had been a dispute over the terms of an agreement between the German driver and Toyota and this meant that the contract was previously rejected by the Contract Recognition Board.

HOW TO BURY A STORY

The best way to deal with stories that might prove to be embarrassing is to make sure that the fewest possible number of people get to read them. It is called news management. And the best way to do that is to make sure that the news breaks very late on a Friday, when the Saturday editions of the national newspapers are going to press and all but the most dedicated newsmen have gone home.

MALLYA ON HIS WAY TO THE FORUM

Vijay Mallya, the billionaire owner of the Force India F1 team and the major influence behind India’s bid to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, will give a presentation during the opening session of the Motor Sport Business Forum in Monaco.

MUD-SLINGING IN COURT

The various parties involved in the FIA International Court of Appeal hearing yesterday in London got themselves into a mud-slinging match with Ferrari lawyer Nigel Tozzi accusing McLaren of hypocrisy in its case after McLaren barrister Ian Mill told the court that the BMW Sauber and Williams cars broke the rules on fuel temperature and gained an advantage from the breach.

SINGTEL NAMED AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR SINGAPORE GP

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) has signe dup to be the sponsor for the Singapore Grand Prix. The event will be officially known as the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

KOBAYASHI BECOMES TOYOTA TEST DRIVER

Toyota Motorsport has announced that Japan's Kamui Kobayashi, a product of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme, is to be the team's third driver in 2008. The 21-year-old has been linked with Toyota since 2001.

15 NOVEMBER 2007

IN BARCELONA

While Michael Schumacher has been amusing himself setting the fastest times of the testing in Barcelona in recent days, there has been much interest further down the grid with a couple of new drivers in action.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GRAND PRIX IN INDIA

The word from India is that a deal has been signed for a construction company called JP Associates to build a Formula 1 track at Greater Noida, a major new development to the east of New Delhi.

14 NOVEMBER 2007

THE FIA COURT OF APPEAL

It would be hard to find anyone in Formula 1 who seriously believes that the FIA International Court of Appeal will result in the World Championship result being overturned.

13 NOVEMBER 2007

A DIVERSION OF LOEB - AND FOR RENAULT

Triple World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will be testing for Renault F1 at the start of next month in a test that is being planned at Paul Ricard. This will give the team a great deal of positive press in France.

12 NOVEMBER 2007

OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB

Back in September we wrote a story saying that the sport was going to have trouble as a result of the FIA World Council's decision relating to McLaren having brought the sport into disrepute. It was called "Holding down the lid of Pandora's Box". The announcement that Renault is now up before the council and has admitted to some of the charges means that the lid has come clean off.

BRAWN AND FRY DISCUSS THE FUTURE

Nick Fry and Ross Brawn have been discussing how they are going to work together in the future at Honda Racing F1. Fry said that he had spent seven months chasing Brawn and that the hiring of the former Ferrari engineer as the Honda team principal was "a clear indication of Honda's intention to remain and be successful in Formula 1".

DOMENICALI REPLACES TODT

Ferrari has announced that from January 1 2008 Stefano Domenicali will take on the role of Director of Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva, a position currently held - on an interim basis - by Jean Todt.

HOW TO MAKE A DRIVER FLOAT - AND WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO

There is talk that Lewis Hamilton may be floated. This may sound a little bizarre but there is much logic in the idea. From Hamilton's point of view it would provide an instant payment of perhaps $100m with which he would be able to fund anything that he wishes to do.

HONDA CONFIRMS BRAWN

Honda Racing F1 Team has announced that Ross Brawn is to join the team in the role of Team Principal with full responsibility for designing, manufacturing, engineering and racing Honda's Formula 1 cars. Ross will work alongside Nick Fry who continues as Chief Executive of the team.

BRAWN TO HONDA

Ross Brawn has been tipped as a possible recruit for Honda Racing F1 for some time and there are reports than an announcement will be coming today with Brawn being named team principal and Nick Fry staying on as chief executive.

9 NOVEMBER 2007

RENAULT ADMITS

Following the announcement of an FIA investigation into Renault yesterday the ING Renault F1 Team has issued a statement "to clarify the situation". The team admits that on September 6 2007 it discovered that engineer Phil Mackereth, who joined the team from McLaren in Sept 2006, had "brought with him some information that was considered to be proprietary to McLaren".

THE NEW SILVERSTONE

Details of the plans for the Silverstone circuit have now become available.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

This weekend in Phoenix the NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying will feature no fewer than five topline names from open-wheeler racing competing to make the field for the Checker Auto Parts 500.

BRISCOE TO JOIN PENSKE

Australian Ryan Briscoe, the Toyota F1 test driver between 2002 and 2004 has finally landed a top drive in the Indy Racing League. The 27-year-old Australian has been in America since 2005 when his hopes of getting a Jordan F1 drive were dashed.

HILL ASKS MORE QUESTIONS

World Champion Damon Hill is again on the attack against the way in which the FIA handled the case against McLaren last summer. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in London, Hill said that he would "like to understand how the Ferrari-Toyota case, which ended in court, did not lead to the same outcome as the Ferrari-McLaren case?

SOMETHING TO WATCH OUT FOR

Kazakh cyclist Andrey Kashechkin has nothing to do with motor racing but a legal action he is taking against the Swiss-based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) could have repercussions for other sporting authorities.

SPORT AFFECTS POLITICS!

Britain's Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support Lord Drayson has taken a "leave of absence" from the Labour government in order to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2008.

FERNANDO ALONSO AND RENAULT

Fernando Alonso has reportedly gone off on holiday and this is probably a good time to do it. The Spaniard has been much-rumoured as a future Renault driver but such decisions may now be put on hold until the FIA World Council meeting in Monaco in December.

8 NOVEMBER 2007

THE REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE

They say that there are three Chinese curses of increasing severity: the first "is may you live in interesting times". The second is "may you come to the attention of those in authority" and the third, and worst, is "may you find what you are looking for".

FORCE INDIA F1 PLANS AHEAD

Things have been moving on at Force India F1 in recent weeks and the team is about to announce its plans for testing in the run up to Christmas. The team has yet to confirm any driver but is believed to have an option to keep Adrian Sutil if it chooses to do so.

MEANWHILE AT THE CONTRACT RECOGNITION BOARD

Formula 1 is becoming more and more like tennis - with action taking place in the courts rather than on the track. The latest point of interest is a dispute between BMW and Toyota over Timo Glock.

OH DEAR, OH DEAR

Representatives of the Renault F1 Team have been requested to appear before a hearing of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Monaco on Thursday, December 6, 2007 to answer a charge that between September 2006 and October 2007, in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

7 NOVEMBER 2007

MEXICAN MONEY FOR RENAULT?

Further to the rumours about deals for Renault to get Fernando Alonso in at Renault, it seems that the man who may be involved is Mexican businessman Carlos Slim.

WHAT GAMES ARE THESE?

The suggestion that the Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) is one of the supporters of the plan to get Fernando Alondo into the Renault F1 team has led to questions about the validity of the rumours.

AUSTRALIAN GP TO MOVE TO FLEMINGTON?

Australia's Channel Nine is reporting that there are discussions going on to move the Australian Grand Prix from Albert Park in Melbourne to the Flemington Racecourse in the north-west of the city.

NAKAJIMA CONFIRMED AT WILLIAMS

As we suggested would happen yesterday, Williams has announced that Kazuki Nakajima has been signed up as Nico Rosberg's team-mate next year. He replaces Alexander Wurz.

6 NOVEMBER 2007

WILLIAMS TO ANNOUNCE NAKAJIMA

It is expected that Williams will announce soon that Nico Rosberg will be joined in the team by Kazuki Nakajima.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER BACK IN ACTION

Michael Schumacher will test for Ferrari later this month in an effort to help the team improve its technical package. Schumacher retired at the end of last season and is doing the test for fun as well.

THE CASE FOR BRUNO SPENGLER

Bruno Spengler is one name that has been quietly mentioned as a possible F1 driver for some months now and he could be one of the outsiders in the running for the McLaren drive, although it is highly unlikely that the team would sign up the Canadian youngster before seeing him test.

CHANDHOK TO TEST RED BULL

India's Karun Chandhok is to test for Red Bull Racing in Barcelona. The 23-year-old from Chennai, is currently racing in GP2 with the Durango team but is tipped to move to a more competitive drive next season, probably with Red Bull backing. Chandhok, who scored his first GP2 victory at Spa is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Narain Karthikeyan into F1 in the future.

MCLAREN TO RUN PRIZEWINNERS AT SILVERSTONE

McLaren is running two recent winners of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award winners at Silverstone today.

5 NOVEMBER 2007

CHAMP CAR LOSES LAS VEGAS, GAINS JEREZ

Champ Car has just released its 2008 calendar and it will feature 14 races, the same number as happened this year, although this was reduced from the original calendar because of events that were cancelled.

MCLAREN DRIVERS

The departure of Fernando Alonso leaves McLaren in search of a new driver for 2008 and the team needs to decide on its strategy. There is no rush to sign anyone as the same drivers available now are more than likely going to be available in three months from now.

FACT AND FICTION ABOUT FERNANDO ALONSO

Fernando Alonso's management says that the Spaniard is free to sign for any Formula 1 team he would like to - and that seems decidedly odd. There is no indication that Alonso has paid anything to McLaren to buy his freedom from the two remaining years of his contract and it seems rather unlikely that McLaren would let him disappear off to a serious rival - a Ferrari or a Renault.

3 NOVEMBER 2007

MIKA HAKKINEN RETIRES

Mika Hakkinen has announced his retirement from motorsport. "I've got good news and bad news," the double World Champion told the fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stars & Cars event in Stuttgart. "The bad news is that it is time for me to stop DTM. That will be over. The good news is that my competitors can have a little more peace on the track."

LEWIS REFLECTS

This is down time for Lewis Hamilton, although he is keeping busy with sponsor work and other events. On Saturday he was in Stuttgart for the annual Stars & Cars event, a celebration of the Mercedes-Benz racing programme in the last 12 months, similar to an event held last week at Mugello by Ferrari.

2 NOVEMBER 2007

ALONSO AND MCLAREN PART WAYS

In a move that seemed inevitable, two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso will not drive for McLaren-Mercedes next season.

1 NOVEMBER 2007

WELL, IT HAD TO HAPPEN

Max Mosley's habit of criticising the sport's heroes has led to the inevitable backlash with The Daily Mirror today headlining an anti-Mosley article "Mad Max" and talking of his "poisonous attack" on Sir Jackie Stewart.

SINGAPORE'S RACING VISION

The Singapore government does not do things by halves. Having agreed to stage a night time Formula 1 street race, it has now decided to build a permanent circuit as well to help boost the country's motor sports industry.