NEWS ARCHIVE

31 MAY 2008

WORLD CHAMPIONS AND RETIREMENT

One rumour that has been knocking around in Formula 1 circles for a long time is that Kimi Raikkonen will quit Formula 1 at the end of the current year, if he wins a second World Championship. The Finn has been at the forefront in F1 since he joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002.

BERNIE GIVES HIS JUDGEMENT

Bernie Ecclestone has been skating along in recent weeks trying not to stir up trouble without alienating his old pal Max Mosley, but with just a few days to go before the vote of confidence in Mosley, Ecclestone has finally nailed his colours to the mast.

SPEED UP TO SPEED

Former F1 driver Scott Speed has competed in just six races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year but at Dover, in Delaware, he scored his first victory, beating Kevin Harvick Motorsport drivers Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr (the current champion) is his Bill Davis Racing, Red Bull-sponsored Toyota.

30 MAY 2008

A THOUGHT FOR THE SPORT

While the motorsport world stares intently at its own navel, wondering whether Max Mosley will survive as FIA president or not, there are several signs this week that the sport needs to remove its blinkers and make sure that it does everything possible to ensure that it continues to compete in a world that is becoming ever more cluttered with sport.

29 MAY 2008

BIG FIA CLUBS DEMAND THAT MOSLEY QUIT

Twenty-four FIA clubs in 22 countries have signed a letter to FIA President Max Mosley in response to his recent letter to the FIA club presidents. The clubs involved represent around 85% of the total membership of the FIA, based on motorist members, but they control only around 25% of the votes at the General Assembly. The letter demands that Mosley give "an immediate agreement" to step down.

SILVERSTONE GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW PITS

Silverstone has landed planning permission from Aylesbury Vale Council to build its new pitlane and paddock facility, on the inside of the circuit between Club and Abbey Corners. This will require the two corners to be reconfigured and construction will be needed for the pits and race control buildings and a new paddock area.

SO WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN ON TUESDAY?

The FIA clubs are busy doing sums about who is for and who is against FIA President Max Mosley, with the aim being to try to figure out whether or not he will survive the confidence vote next Tuesday.

WHEN IS AN FIA CLUB NOT AN FIA CLUB?

We have just acquired a copy of a letter that has been sent to FIA President Max Mosley by Igor Yermilin, the president of the Russian Federation of Auto Sport and Tourism (R-FAST) which states that the Russians "strongly support the common opinion of the 24 member clubs" urging Mosley to resign.

MOSLEY ON THE OFFENSIVE

Max Mosley has written to the 24 clubs that asked him to step down, responding to their leaked letter. We have acquired a copy of the new letter, which has been sent to all the member clubs "in the interests of transparency".

28 MAY 2008

PROST EMERGES FROM THE SHADOWS, HOPING TO SAVE THE DAY

Alain Prost was been invisible in Formula 1 since Prost Grand Prix collapsed in 2002. This was largely because of the debts that the team left behind, which were reckoned to be in the region of $30m.

ANOTHER PIECE IN THE FIA JIGSAW PUZZLE

Franco Lucchesi, the FIA Deputy President, Automobile, Mobility & Tourism, has sent a letter to all members of the World Council for Automobile Mobility & Tourism (WCAM&T), explaining the situation alluded to by the recent letter from Japanese Automobile Federation President Setsuo Tanaka.

A DATE WITH HISTORY

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen will drive a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car at this year's Brooklands Motoring Festival at the weekend. The events will take place on the circuits at Mercedes-Benz World inside the old Brooklands race track at Weybridge, Surrey.

HONDA ENVIOUSLY GREEN

Honda Racing F1 has been granted ISO14001 certification, which means that it meets requirements for an environmental management system. This standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system and demonstrates the team's commitment to running an environmentally-friendly business.

MOSLEY GOES TO COURT AGAIN

Max Mosley's French lawyer Philippe Ouakrat, who also happens to be the brother-in-law of GP2 organiser Bruno Michel, is to go to court today in Paris. Ouakrat is expected to argue that because the FIA is based in France, the court can rule on whether the News of the World has broken any of France's stringent privacy laws.

27 MAY 2008

THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY VERSUS EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

As the focus of the Formula 1 world moves from Monaco to Paris, where a week from now, the FIA General Assembly will gather to decide the fate of Max Mosley as the FIA President, Mosley and his allies are busy wheeling out their arguments and his opposition is doing much the same.

26 MAY 2008

RACE REPORT - IN THE WHEELTRACKS OF GIANTS

Lewis Hamilton became the first Englishman to win Monaco since 1969 on Sunday, when he drove a stunning race to beat all-comers and finish Ferrari's run of four consecutive victories.

DC TO NASCAR!

Red Bull Racing's David Coulthard will be heading out early to North America prior to the Canadian Grand Prix to pay a visit to Red Bull's NASCAR team. The weekend before the F1 race in Montreal sees the NASCAR boys racing at Dover in Delaware.

25 MAY 2008

RACE NOTES - HAMILTON WINS WET-DRY MONACO GP

Monaco GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Sunday Team Quotes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE INCIDENTS

Monaco GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Monaco GP - Race Results

COULTHARD TO DROP FIVE PLACES ON GRID

David Coulthard will drop five places on the grid at Monaco because the Red Bull team needed to change his gearbox after the accident on Saturday. DC had qualified 10th but will now start 15th. This will move Timo Glock to 10th, Jenson Button to 11th, Nick Heidfeld to 12th, Kazuki Najakima to 13th and Rubens Barrichello to 14th.

24 MAY 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - FELIPE THREADS THE NEEDLE

Felipe Massa took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, leading a Ferrari 1-2 during the all-important qualifying session on Saturday. The weather was uncertain on Saturday morning, but the rains held off when the F1 cars took to the track and we ended up with a remarkably incident-free session with Massa snatching pole in the final moments.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Monaco GP - Qualifying Results

QUESTIONS IN PARLIAMENT

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the influential all-party Home Affairs Select Committee, which oversees policy, administration and expenditure of the British Home Office and its associated bodies,

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - HEIKKI GOES FASTEST

Heikki Kovalainen set the fastest time of the morning session in Monaco, although the session was disrupted by rain which made later efforts relatively meaningless. Heikki's session ended when he lost the rear of his car and tagged a barrier, bringing out a red flag.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 3 Results

ALONSO SIGNS FOR FERRARI

The word in the F1 paddock in Monte Carlo is that Fernando Alonso has just inked a deal to drive for Ferrari in 2010.

FIA TRIES TO UNFREEZE ENGINES

The Formula 1 manufacturers and the FIA agreed a few months ago to freeze Formula 1 engines until 2013. At Monaco there was an FIA poposal to move the goalposts and reduce the freeze until 2011.

MEANWHILE IN JAPAN

As the FIA heads towards the General Assembly on June 3, the activity is ramping up in club circles as they try to decide whether to allow Max Mosley to stay on in his current role.

23 MAY 2008

ECCLESTONE WRITES TO THE FIA MEMBERS

Bernie Ecclestone has written to the presidents of the FIA national clubs, replying to Max Mosley's recent letter. Ecclestone said that Mosley's statements "could lead to misunderstandings and inaccurate conclusions being drawn".

22 MAY 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - LEWIS IN COMMAND

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on Thursday afternoon in Monaco, four-tenths of a second ahead of the surprising Nico Rosberg in his Williams-Toyota, who was a few hundredths ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

THURSDAY PHOTOS

Monaco GP - Thursday Photos

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Thursday Press Conference

THURSDAY TEAM QUOTES

Monaco GP - Thursday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 2 Results

FRANK HITS 600

Monaco marks Sir Frank Williams's 600th World Championship Grand Prix as an entrant, his first race having been the 1969 Spanish Grand Prix when he entered Piers Courage in a Brabham BT26. In the course of his career Frank's cars have won 113 races, seven Drivers' titles and nine Constructors' titles.

PIQUET UNDER PRESSURE

The word in the paddock in Monaco is that Renault's second driver Nelson Piquet Jr is under pressure from the team to improve his performance or may find himself replaced within the next few races.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - KIMI LEADS THE WAY

Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets in the first session of practice for the Monaco GP with a gap of two-tenths of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen. Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari was fourth fastest with Nico Rosberg being the best of the rest in his Williams-Toyota, ahead of BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica and Renault's Fernando Alonso.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Monaco GP - Practice 1 Results

21 MAY 2008

WEDNESDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Monaco GP - Wednesday Press Conference

BERNIE ECCLESTONE TO WRITE TO FIA MEMBERS

Bernie Ecclestone has told The Times newspaper that he and CVC will respond to the recent letter from Max Mosley to the FIA club presidents - with a letter of his own.

20 MAY 2008

TORO ROSSO DEBUTS NEW STR3 AT MONACO

Teams do not like to introduce new cars at Monaco. The nature of the circuit means that there are accidents and that cars need to be repaired and it is easier to fix cars that one knows than new ones. The fact is that Toro Rosso needs results and so it is taking a risk and hoping that things will work out. It is either very brave or simply mad.

18 MAY 2008

HAKKINEN LOSES HIS HOUSE

A fire has destroyed the French country home of Mika Hakkinen. The blaze broke out in the mansion outside the village of Callian, near the town of Grasse, in Provence.

FIA PUBLISHES MOSLEY'S LETTER

The FIA has now published the contents of Max Mosley's letter to the FIA club presidents.

THE MOSLEY SCANDAL GETS MORE COMPLICATED

Newspapers in Britain are reporting that an agent of MI5, Britain's secret Security Service, has resigned after it emerged that his wife organised the News of the World photographs and video of FIA President Max Mosley's sexual adventures.

16 MAY 2008

LIUZZI GOES RACING

Force India test and reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi is going racing this weekend at the Most circuit in the Czech Republic. The Italian will take part in the Czech International Touring Car Championship event with a Charouz Racing System Mercedes-Benz DTM car, which he will share with former F1 man Tomas Enge, who raced for Prost Grand Prix back in 2001.

NASCAR STAR KYLE BUSCH TO TEST TOYOTA F1

Kyle Busch, the 23-year-old rising star of NASCAR, says that he will be testing a Formula 1 car later this year in Japan. Busch drives an M&M-sponsored Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing and it is anticipated that the test would be at the wheel of a Toyota Formula 1 car.

MOSLEY DROPS SOME EXPLOSIVE HINTS

FIA President Max Mosley has sent a letter to the FIA club presidents around the world, going into details about why he has not resigned and why he must be allowed to stay on until the end of his mandate in October 2009. We have acquired a copy of this letter. It makes explosive reading.

KOLLES GOES TO SALZBURG

Force India's chief executive Colin Kolles has been spotted in Salzburg, meeting with representatives of Red Bull to find a settlement over the question of the arbitration between the Silverstone team and the Austrian drinks company.

LANCIA TO BUY INTO SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO?

The word from Italy is that the Fiat-owned Lancia brand is considering buying into Scuderia Toro Rosso, as part of its plan to revive the marque by expanding sales of Lancia models in Europe and beyond.

15 MAY 2008

WHY TESTING AT PAUL RICARD IS REALLY NOT IMPORTANT

The Formula 1 teams have been running cars in a test this week at Paul Ricard. It does not matter who went fastest. No-one gets paid on the results of test sessions.

HOW F1 CAN HELP IN OTHER WORLDS

In recent weeks there have been some interesting stories emerging about ways in which Formula 1 technologies and ideas are now being used for ideas outside the motorsport environment. One of the most dramatic ideas is the Caparo T1, a car that has just been given UK road-going status.

14 MAY 2008

NOVAK RECANTS MCLAREN CLAIM

Two weeks ago, in a radio programme in Prague, in the Czech Republic, the FIA's Radovan Novak has suggested to Radio Impuls's interviewer Vaclav Moravec that McLaren might be responsible for the sex scandal that has thrown the FIA into turmoil in the last few weeks. McLaren has now revealed that it has received an apology from Novak.

13 MAY 2008

OUT THERE IN FIA LAND

There seems to be plenty of action going on in FIA circles at the moment, as the members clubs try to work out what to do about the Mosley Scandal. With the meeting of the FIA General Assembly still three weeks away, there has been a lot of quiet politicking going on.

IT IS NOT JUST A DOG'S LIFE

During the GP2 race in Turkey on Sunday morning there was a worrying moment when two dogs appeared on the race track. Unfortunately, Bruno Senna was unable to avoid one of them, killing the poor animal and breaking the front suspension of his car.

12 MAY 2008

RACE REPORT - MASSA MAKES IT LOOK EASY

Felipe Massa won his third consecutive Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on Sunday, but it was not an easy victory for the charismatic little Brazilian, who was made to fight all the way by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

FERRARI'S A1GP CAR REVEALED

A1GP has revealed the first image of its brand new 'Powered by Ferrari' car for use in the 2008-2009 seasons. The car will begin testing shortly with TV commentator John Watson doing the driving. The car will be powered by a V8 Ferrari engine producing around 600bhp.

BERNIE LOOKS TO PARIS STREET RACE

The French Grand Prix will be held at Magny-Cours for the last time this year, according to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, but he hopes that there could be a race on a new circuit in or near Paris in 2010.

11 MAY 2008

RACE NOTES - MASSA WINS TURKISH GP FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

Turkish GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Sunday Team Quotes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE INCIDENTS

Turkish GP - Race Incidents

RACE RESULTS

Turkish GP - Race Results

10 MAY 2008

QUALIFYING REPORT - FM SIGNALS HIS INTENTION

Felipe Massa has won the last two Turkish Grands Prix for Ferrari, and he has won them both at a canter. The circuit is one that the Brazilian loves and with his third consecutive pole position he seems well-placed to win again.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Saturday Press Conference

THE FUTURE COURSE OF KERS

The FIA recently laid out its desires for the introduction of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) in the course of the next few years. The proposal was for a system in 2009, using just the rear wheels and a sliding scale of development between 2009 and 2013.

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Turkish GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - G'DAY FOR AUSTRALIA

Saturday morning practice may not be hugely significant in Formula 1 these days, but it is always good for a team's morale to set the fastest time of a session and so there were smiling faces down at Red Bull Racing on Saturday in Istanbul as Mark Webber went quickest with a best lap of 1m27.030s.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 3 Results

9 MAY 2008

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - MCLAREN AND FERRARI CLOSE IN ISTANBUL

The second practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix resulted in a very close finish between Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton's McLaren.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Turkish GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Turkish GP - Friday Team Quotes

THE FUTURE OF SUPER AGURI F1

Super Aguri F1 Limited has been placed in administration. The company is now being run by PKF (UK), a British accounting firm.

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 2 Results

FISICHELLA IN TROUBLE

Force India F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella started off badly in Turkey on Friday morning when he left the pitlane and drove through a red light at the very beginning of the first practice on Friday morning. The result of this was a three-place penalty on the grid.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - MASSA LEADS THE WAY

Felipe Massa set the pace in Turkey on Friday morning with a fastest lap in the first practice session which was a tenth faster than Heiki Kovalainen's McLaren. Lewis Hamilton was third fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Turkish GP - Practice 1 Results

8 MAY 2008

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Turkish GP - Thursday Press Conference

NEW FACES FOR A NEW WORLD

There have been a number of new recruits in recent weeks at Honda Racing F1 with some interesting appointments in the marketing department.

MORE GOOD PUBLICITY FOR THE SPORT

According to reports in Germany Force India F1 driver Adrian Sutil has been the victim of an attempted blackmail. Sutil apparently went to the police when an unnamed man got hold of the hard drive of his old computer, which contained private information.

7 MAY 2008

GOING TOO FAR?

The Figaro newspaper in Paris has this morning published an exchange of e-mails regarding multiple World Champion Sebastien Loeb.

FILLON FOR FIA PRESIDENT?

The Figaro newspaper in Paris is reporting this morning that France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon has a secret desire to become the president of the FIA. Fillon has been the French Prime Minister since Nicolas Sarkozy won the presidency a year ago.

6 MAY 2008

MONTEZEMOLO AND SILVIO BERLUSCONI

At the end of last week there was a story in Italy suggesting that Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo (60) has had a meeting with incoming Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (71) to discuss what if any role he can play in Berlusconi's new government.

THE END FOR SUPER AGURI F1

Aguri Suzuki has announced in Japan that he is ceasing operation of his Formula 1 team, Super Aguri F1. The outfit has been in existence for just two and a half years, having started out in 2006 using modified versions of the 2002 Arrows A23 chassis, which were acquired from Minardi boss Paul Stoddart.

5 MAY 2008

SUPER AGURI: WHERE DO THINGS STAND?

The future of the Super Aguri F1 team remains in the balance at the moment with a meeting due to take place tomorrow in Tokyo between Honda personnel and Franz-Josef Weigl, the German industrialist who seems to think he can save the team.

LONDON BACK ON THE F1 AGENDA?

For the last eight years London has been run by Ken Livingstone. In that period Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone tried to convince Livingstone that it would be a good idea for a London Grand Prix. Livingstone seemed keen on the idea, believing that that it would bring hundreds of thousands of people to the city.

2 MAY 2008

SUPER AGURI CONFIRMS WEIGL TALKS

The Super Aguri F1 team says it is in "final discussions" concerning an agreement for a substantial shareholding to be transferred to the German company.

GETTING IN WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

It is worth noting that the motor racing world was represented yesterday at the Prince of Wales's May Day Business Summit on Climate Change by Honda Racing F1's Nick Fry. This involved not only the heir to the British throne but also Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Enviroment Minister Hilary Benn and American Senator George Mitchell.

WORLD COUNCIL PRE-VOTES ON MOSLEY!

Radovan Novak is much in the news today for his remarks to a Czech radio station about who was responsible for what Max Mosley claims was an investigation into his private life. The end result of this was the sordid revelations that have filled the newspapers of late.

1 MAY 2008

FOURTEEN YEARS ON

Today is the 14th anniversary of the death of the great Ayrton Senna, the last fatality in Formula 1. And while FIA President Max Mosley is under intense pressure to resign because of his sexual adventures, it is worth remembering that one of the reasons for this statistic is that Mosley acted decisively after Senna's death.

SUPER AGURI MISSING THE BOAT?

Most of the Formula 1 trucks going to Istanbul did not come home after the Spanish Grand Prix but instead headed to Trieste in order to take a ferry ride through the Adriatic in order to be in Istanbul in time to begin setting up the Grand Prix over the weekend.

HAVING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES

Brendan Connor, who was chief executive of Cosworth Racing between 2001 and 2003, is one of the candidates in the running for the chairmanship of Advantage West Midlands, one of the nine regional development agencies in England that were established to help to create sustainable economic development.

NOW THERE'S AN IDEA

There is much to learned from the promotion of motor racing in the United States and the Formula 1 world might be wise to look at the latest idea that has come to light.

FRENTZEN JOINS ASTON

Aston Martin has confirmed Heinz-Harald Frentzen as one of its drivers for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The former F1 star will join Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Piccini. Frentzen has previously raced only once at Le Mans, back in 1992 when he raced a Lola-Judd.

THE END OF A DREAM

A1 GP chairman Tony Teixeira has told Reuters that he has given upon his plans to buy a Formula 1 team. The aim of the team was to provide cars for his series's champions to enter Formula 1, but the idea has now been shelved because F1 has given up on allowing customer cars. Teixeira was involved in negotiations to buy both Spyker and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

MOSLEY'S CZECH MATE

In a radio programme in Prague, in the Czech Republic, the FIA's Radovan Novak has suggested to Radio Impuls's interviewer Vaclav Moravec that McLaren might be responsible for the sex scandal that has thrown the FIA into turmoil in the last few weeks. The comments were picked up by various other media outlets in the Czech Republic.