NEWS ARCHIVE

31 JULY 2009

MASSA CONTINUES TO MAKE RAPID PROGRESS

Michael Schumacher's planned return to F1 has grabbed the headlines in the last two days but Felipe Massa's progress in hospital has been impressive.

BMW CONFIRMS TESTS FOR ROSSI AND GUTIERREZ

Despite the announcement that it is quitting Formula 1, the BMW Sauber team is going to honour its commitment to young drivers Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutierrez.

30 JULY 2009

RENAULT APPEAL SET FOR AUGUST 17

The appeal lodged by the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA) on behalf of ING Renault will be heard on August 17 in Paris.

PIQUET AND BRIATORE - TRENCH WARFARE AHEAD

The word in Formula 1 circles is that things are going to get messy if Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore decides to drop Nelson Piquet from the team. Nelson Piquet Sr is no slouch when it comes to the politics of Formula 1.

RENAULT ANNOUNCES BIG LOSS

Renault has announced a loss of $3.8bn for the first half of 2009. The company says that it is "showing resilience" an preparing "for the post-crisis period".

29 JULY 2009

SCHUMACHER TO REPLACE MASSA AT VALENCIA

Ferrari has issued a statement announcing that seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher could come out of retirement to replace the injured Felipe Massa in Valencia,

BMW QUITS F1

BMW will not continue its Formula 1 campaign after the end of the 2009 season. Resources freed up as a result are to be dedicated to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability.

REACTION FROM FOTA

FOTA has reacted to the announcement that BMW is pulling out of F1.

MASSA MAKES MORE PROGRESS

Felipe Massa continues to make progress after his accident in Budapest. The Brazilian is now speaking, and has taken his first steps. He will leave the intensive care unit of the hospital today.

THE FIA HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT REGARDING BMW.

The FIA regrets the announcement of BMW’s intended withdrawal from Formula 1 but is not surprised by it.

BMW TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE

BMW has called a press conference for today in Munich to discuss "current developments in motor sport". This has led to speculation that the company will be quitting Formula 1.

27 JULY 2009

RACE REPORT - HAMILTON GOES FOR IT

It has been a tough year for McLaren Mercedes, with the post-Melbourne scandal and frustrations of a car that was not competitive. But the Woking team is never to be underestimated - problems were solved and the MP4-24 became quicker.

MASSA IS ON HIS WAY TO RECOVERY

The medical staff at the AEK Hospital in Budapest held a press conference today to give the latest details of the condition of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

26 JULY 2009

RACE NOTES - LEWIS HAMILTON WINS HUNGARIAN GP

Hungarian GP - Race Notes

ING RENAULT BANNED FROM VALENCIA

The FIA has ruled that the ING Renault F1 team is suspended for the next Grand Prix, because a wheel fell off Fernando Alonso's car during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Race Results

25 JULY 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - ALONSO ON POLE AMID TIMING CHAOS

Fernando Alonso took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the final Q3 session was completely ruined by a failure of the timing system.

THE LATEST ON MASSA

There are reports in Hungary that seem to suggest that Felipe Massa is in a more serious conditions than was first thought.

FERRARI RELEASE ON MASSA'S CONDITION

This evening Ferrari issued a statement on the condition of Felipe Massa.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Qualifying Results

MASSA IN BIG CRASH

Felipe Massa had a heavy accident in qualifying in Budapest but it seems that he is fundamentally all right, despite the fact that his helmet seems to have hit the steering wheel.

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - LEWIS GUNS IT!

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the Saturday morning session in Hungary with a time that was four-tenths faster than Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber and Nico Rosberg's Williams-Toyota.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 3 Results

24 JULY 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - A MCLAREN 1-2

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a time that was fractionally ahead of his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen and Nico Rosberg's Williams-Toyota.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Hungarian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Hungarian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - HEIKKI TO THE FORE

The first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix resulted in the fastest time for McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen, hinting that the team may be strong this weekend.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Hungarian GP - Practice 1 Results

23 JULY 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Hungarian GP - Thursday Press Conference

WEBBER TO STAY WITH RED BULL IN 2010

Red Bull Racing has confirmed today that Mark Webber will continue to drive for the team in 2010, alongside Sebastian Vettel.

22 JULY 2009

ILEY LEAVES FERRARI

Gazzetta dello Sport, the leading Italian sports newspaper, is reporting that Ferrari's head of aerodynamics John Iley has left the team, following the failure of the F60 to be as competitive as earlier machinery.

21 JULY 2009

ANALYSING THE SURTEES ACCIDENT

The death of a driver in single-seater racing is now such a rare occurence that it is sometimes assumed that there must be some failing in the safety systems, rather than simply accepting that sometimes things go wrong.

20 JULY 2009

ALGUERSUARI JOINS STR

Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced that Spain's Jaime Alguersuari will be replacing Sebastien Bourdais. In Hungary he will become the youngest man ever to race in F1 at the age of 19 years and 125 days.

19 JULY 2009

FORMER F1 DRIVER MURDERED IN COLOMBIA

Ricardo Londono Bridge, who hoped to become the first Colombian to race in Formula 1, back in the 1980s, has been killed in his native country.

HENRY SURTEES 1991-2009

Henry Surtees, the 18-year-old son of Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, has died after an accident in the Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch.

17 JULY 2009

BOURDAIS OUT - NOT HAPPY

Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that Sebastien Bourdais has been dropped and the Frenchman is not happy about it.

TODT CONFIRMS HIS TEAM

Jean Todt has launched his campaign to be FIA President, although in fact this has been going on for same weeks in the background.

15 JULY 2009

MOSLEY STANDS DOWN, WANTS TODT TO FOLLOW

Max Mosley says he will not stand again as FIA president and wants Jean Todt to succeed him.

14 JULY 2009

GERMAN GP IN DOUBT

The management of Nurburgring GmbH says that it will not be hosting the German GP next year, and with Hockenheim having losts its support from the local government, the future of the race is in doubt.

BOURDAIS OUT, ALGUERSUARI IN

Scuderia Toro Rosso is expected to confirm shortly that Sebastien Bourdais is to be dropped by the Faenza team and will be replaced by Spain's Jaime Alguersuari.

13 JULY 2009

RACE REPORT - THE AUSSIE BATTLER COMES GOOD

German GP - Race Report

12 JULY 2009

RACE NOTES - MARK WEBBER TAKES FIRST WIN AT GERMAN GP

German GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Sunday Team Quotes

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Sunday Press Conference

RACE RESULTS

German GP - Race Results

11 JULY 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - A TOPSY-TURVY QUALIFYING

Qualifying for the German Grand Prix was decidedly odd, and in the end saw Mark Webber take his first career pole position.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Saturday Team Quotes

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Saturday Press Conference

VATANEN CONFIRMS FIA PRESIDENTIAL BID

Ari Vatanen has confirmed that he will be putting name forward for the election to become FIA President in October.

LOEB WANTS BOURDAIS'S TORO ROSSO

Multiple World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb made some headlines when he expressed an interest in replacing fellow countryman Sebastien Bourdais in Formula 1.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

German GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 3 Results

10 JULY 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - MERCEDES BENDS REALITY?

The German racing fan is a major market for the automobile manufacturers and so it was no real surprise to see Lewis Hamilton top the timesheets on Friday at the Nurburgring.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

German GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

German GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - WEBBER FASTEST

German GP - Practice 1 Report

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

German GP - Practice 1 Results

EXCITEMENT AT FORCE INDIA

This morning the Force India team was visited by a number of German policemen, who has appeared on the scene to seize the team's cars because of a dispute over payment for the team's hospitality unit.

BOURDAIS OUT?

The rumour in the paddock at the Nurburgring was that Sebastien Bourdais will soon depart Scuderia Toro Rosso, to be replaced by Spanish up-and-coming racer Jamie Alguersuari.

WILLIS LEAVES RED BULL RACING

Geoff Willis, the technical director of Red Bull Racing, has left the team. According to team sources he was made redundant and his position has been eliminated.

9 JULY 2009

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

German GP - Thursday Press Conference

GUESS WHAT, ANOTHER F1 SCANDAL...

It would be nice to have a week when there was not one scandal or another related to Formula 1 but this seems impossible at the moment. This week's scandal is a financial one.

THE FIA SAYS AN AGREEMENT IS CLOSE...

The FIA says that a final draft of a new Concorde Agreement is close and will be ready for signature in the next few days.

8 JULY 2009

TROUBLE BEGINNING TO SPOOL UP AGAIN

As expected, there is more trouble coming between the FIA and FOTA, despite the supposed agreement at the FIA World Council meeting on June 24.

7 JULY 2009

VATANEN TO STAND AGAINST MOSLEY?

We have hear whispers in recent days suggesting that former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen is considering standing against Max Mosley in the FIA election in October.

FUJI DUMPS F1

Toyota subsidiary Fuji Speedway has confirmed rumours that it has hosted its last Grand Prix, at least for the time being.

6 JULY 2009

RED BULL RACING TO CHANGE ENGINES?

There are rumours that Red Bull Racing may want to change engines next year with the suggestion being that the team could switch to Mercedes-Benz.

DE LA ROSA FOR CAMPOS?

There are whispers that Pedro de la Rosa will leave McLaren at the end of the year to become one of the drivers of the new Campos Meta 1 team.

4 JULY 2009

HITLER, MOSLEY AND OTHER STORIES

Bernie Ecclestone usually has a deft touch with the media, sending out subtle messages while providing journalists with a good story, often delivering a very different message as he does so. So one must analyse everything he says very carefully.

2 JULY 2009

IS THIS MAX MOSLEY'S STRATEGY?

During the Battle of Hastings in 1066 legend has it that William of Normandy was nearly defeated after his first major attack on the English on Senlac Ridge. As the Normans retreated the English broke ranks and charged after the Normans, yelling rude things and killing as many of them as possible.

1 JULY 2009

TONY GEORGE LEAVES INDIANAPOLIS

Tony George has resigned as chief executive of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation after nearly 20 years in charge.