NEWS ARCHIVE

30 SEPTEMBER 2009

ALONSO CONFIRMED BY FERRARI

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has announced that it has reached an agreement with the driver Fernando Alonso. The agreement covers three racing seasons, starting in 2010.

29 SEPTEMBER 2009

THE END OF KERS FOR NOW

The Formula 1 teams met on Sunday in Singapore and it seems that they have finally agreed that they will not be using KERS in 2010, although they want to leave open the possibility that there will be energy-recovery systems in F1 in the future.

LOTUS F1 AND PETRONAS

Before BMW took the decision to quit F1 a new sponsorship deal was agreed to with Petronas, but no contracts were signed and although the Malaysian oil company wants to continue in F1, the Malaysian government is keen to roll the sponsorship into its Team Lotus operation.

28 SEPTEMBER 2009

RACE REPORT - LEWIS'S STARRY NIGHT

Singapore GP - Race Report

27 SEPTEMBER 2009

RACE NOTES - HAMILTON WINS SINGAPORE GP

Singapore GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Singapore GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Singapore GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Singapore GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Singapore GP - Race Results

26 SEPTEMBER 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - HAMILTON TAKES POLE AS BARRICHELLO CRASHES

Singapore GP - Qualifying Report

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Singapore GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Singapore GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Singapore GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Singapore GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Singapore GP - Practice 3 Results

25 SEPTEMBER 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - VETTEL ON TOP

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the second practice session in Singapore, three-tenths faster than Fernando Alonso's Renault. Heikki Kovalainen was third fastest in his McLaren ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Jenson Button.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Singapore GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Singapore GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Singapore GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Singapore GP - Practice 2 Results

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - BRAWN SHOWS ITS MUSCLE

Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button set the pace in the first session for the Singapore GP. Mark Webber was third fastest for Red Bull ahead of Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and the two McLarens: Heikki Kovalainen ending up ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Singapore GP - Practice 1 Results

THEISSEN CONFIRMS FERRARI ENGINES FOR BMW SAUBER-QADBAK F1 TEAM

BMW Motorsport boss Dr Mario Theissen has confirmed that the Swiss team will be using Ferrari engines in 2010 as has been rumoured since BMW announced that it is pulling out of F1 and will not produce any further F1 engines.

GROSJEAN POORLY, DI GRASSI HOPEFUL

Renault F1 driver Romain Grosjean may be sidelined today because of food poisoning.

24 SEPTEMBER 2009

RENAULT SPONSORS WALK

Renault F1 sponsors ING and Mutua Madrilena are both leaving the team with immediate effect.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Singapore GP - Thursday Press Conference

23 SEPTEMBER 2009

RENAULT APPOINTS BOB BELL AS TEAM PRINCIPAL

Renault has appointed Bob Bell - the team's technical director - as team principal for the remainder of the 2009 season, following the removal of Flavio Briatore for his role in the Singapore race-fix scandal.

TWO KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SINGAPORE GP

There are two important questions about the Singapore Grand Prix this year. The first is whether the track modifications are sufficient to have made overtaking possible as it was very clear that last year no-one was able to do much.

22 SEPTEMBER 2009

A SECOND WITNESS AGAINST BRIATORE AND SYMONDS!

The FIA has issued documents and recordings of the World Motor Sport Council hearing and it reveals that there was a second witness to confirm Nelson Piquet's claims, known only as WItness X.

MONEY FOR HOCKENHEIM YET TO BE SETTLED

The German Grand Prix is included on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, despite financial problems at the Hockenheimring.

21 SEPTEMBER 2009

RENAULT GETS SUSPENDED DISQUALIFICATION

At an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council held in Paris today, the Renault F1 team admitted that the team had conspired with its driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, in breach of the International Sporting Code and F1 Sporting Regulations.

AN F1 CALENDAR

The FIA World Council has confirmed a calendar for 2010. The 19 dates are as follows:

RENAULT STATEMENT

Renault issued the following statement.

A SCRUM IN THE PLACE DE LA CONCORDE

The FIA headquarters in the Place de la Concorde in Paris witnessed another media scrum this morning as the leading players in the Singapore Scandal arrived for the World Motor Sport Council meeting which will decide the future of the team.

JUDGEMENT DAY

The FIA World Motor Sport Council meets today in extraordinary session to decide what should be done about Renault F1's race-fixing at last year's Singapore Grand Prix. The team has declined to contest the charges laid by the FIA, which amounts to a nice way of admitting them.

18 SEPTEMBER 2009

ARE THERE ENOUGH ENGINES IN F1 IN 2010?

A year ago Formula 1 had six engine manufacturers involved. Ferrari provided engines for six cars; Renault and Toyota for four cars each and Mercedes, BMW and Honda were supplying two cars each.

KOREA GETS POLITICAL GREEN LIGHT

The Korean National Assembly has passed the F1 Supporting Act, which will provide government support for the Korean Grand Prix and is seen as a critical milestone for the development of automobile culture in South Korea.

16 SEPTEMBER 2009

BRIATORE AND SYMONDS OUT - RENAULT NOT DISPUTING CHARGES

The ING Renault F1 Team says that it will not dispute the "recent allegations made by the FIA concerning the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix". The FIA said that the team had "conspired with its driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix with the aim of causing the deployment of the safety car to the advantage of its other driver, Fernando Alonso".

LIFE GOES ON

Life does not stand still in Formula 1 and although the Renault team is yet to be judged on what happened in Singapore last year, the F1 paddock is already hypothesizing about who could be called in to run the team if Flavio Briatore is forced to depart.

15 SEPTEMBER 2009

A MYSTERY COMPANY BUYS BMW SAUBER

BMW has announced that "Qadbak Investments Ltd" has agreed to purchase the BMW Sauber F1 team. The company will be represented in the team by a Swiss person called Lionel Fischer.

CANADIANS HAVE A DEAL WITH BERNIE

Officials in Montreal have confirmed that they have successfully negotiated a new Formula 1 contract to return the Canadian GP to the FIA calendar. The race is an important foothold in the Americas and F1 teams hope that it will help as the sport tries to do a deal with an American promoter.

TEAM LOTUS ANNOUNCED

The FIA has announced that a 13th slot has been awarded to the Malaysian-backed Lotus F1 Team. The BMW entry remains undecided, which means that Lotus will have to build its cars in England.

THE FUTURE OF RENAULT IN FORMULA 1

The problems that have descended on Renault F1 in recent weeks are very serious and if the team is found guilty of race-fixing by the FIA World Council on September 21, the big question is not how the individuals involved are punished, but whether the team should be made to suffer as well.

MALAYSIANS GET THE 12TH SLOT

It will be announced later today that the Malaysian government will be funding a Formula 1 team in 2010 and that the entry has been granted. It is believed to be a joint venture between the government and Tony Fernandes, the owner of the no-frills Malaysian airline AirAsia, which has been a Williams sponsor in recent years.

14 SEPTEMBER 2009

RACE REPORT - THE OLD 1-2 (OR IS THAT A 2-1?)

Italian GP - Race Report

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

RACE NOTES - BARRICHELLO WINS ITALIAN GP

Italian GP - Race Notes

SUNDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Sunday Photos

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Sunday Press Conference

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Sunday Team Quotes

RACE RESULTS

Italian GP - Race Results

12 SEPTEMBER 2009

QUALIFYING REPORT - HAMILTON TAKES POLE

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, beating Adrian Sutil by two-tenths. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari but hoped to do better in the race as the Ferrari has long tended to be better in the races than in qualifying.

SATURDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Saturday Photos

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Saturday Press Conference

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Saturday Team Quotes

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Italian GP - Qualifying Results

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - THE SUTIL APPROACH

Adrian Sutil set the pace again in Italy on Saturday morning ahead of Jenson Button's Brawn and Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber. Rubens Barrichello was fourth ahead of the McLarens or Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice 3 Results

11 SEPTEMBER 2009

PRACTICE 2 REPORT - SUTIL FASTEST, FISICHELLA SLOWEST...

The old Force India team had an odd day at Monza with Adrian Sutil setting the fastest time of the Friday afternoon session by two-tenths of a second ahead of Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso.

FRIDAY PHOTOS

Italian GP - Friday Photos

FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Friday Press Conference

FRIDAY TEAM QUOTES

Italian GP - Friday Team Quotes

PRACTICE 2 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice 2 Results

FOTA CONDEMNS FIA LEAKS

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) has expressed concern at the leakage of information, which "may or may not be relevant to the FIA current enquiry into the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix".

RENAULT AND BRIATORE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST PIQUETS

Flavio Briatore and the ING Renault F1 team say that they have initiated legal action against Nelson Piquets Jr and Sr.

PRACTICE 1 REPORT - LEWIS GUNS IT

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen set the pace at Monza on Friday morning with an appreciable advantage over the opposition. If that continues throughout the weekend the silver cars will be dominant.

PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

Italian GP - Practice 1 Results

10 SEPTEMBER 2009

NELSON PIQUET'S FIA STATEMENT REVEALED

The legal statement made to the FIA by Nelson Piquet Jr has been leaked to the F1SA website. It is not clear how this has happened but we believe that the World Council dossier has been sent out and the leak must come from one of the members.

THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

Italian GP - Thursday Press Conference

9 SEPTEMBER 2009

MORE UGLINESS IN F1

Stories are now emerging about the defence being planned by Renault F1 against the claims that the team conspired to fix the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. The information, clearly from a leak, suggest that the team will blame Nelson Piquet for coming up with the idea.

MCLAREN TAKES THE ROAD CAR TO NEW HEIGHTS

McLaren has launched its MP4-12C sports car and says that it is aiming to "re-write the rules of sports car design through Formula 1-inspired engineering, revolutionary chassis architecture, and absolute focus on efficiency".

WILLIAMS AND FORCE INDIA REJOIN FOTA

The FOTA Executive Committee, chaired by Luca di Montezemolo, met today in Monza and an agreement has been reached to allow Williams F1 and Force India back into the fold.

FORMULA ONE DOES OK IN 2008

CVC Capital Partners has filed the 2008 accounts for its Delta 3 (UK) Ltd subsidiary, the parent company of the Formula One group. These reveal that the revenues of the sport rose by $120m (13% ) to $1.06bn in the course of last year.

7 SEPTEMBER 2009

BRAWN GP AND MERCEDES-BENZ

There have been stories today that Mercedes-Benz is talking about buying a stake in the Brawn GP team.

GALLAGHER JOINS COSWORTH

Cosworth has announced the appointment of Mark Gallagher as the leader of its Formula 1 Business Unit.

HERE'S TONIO!

The Force India Formula One Team has announced that Vitantonio Liuzzi will assume driving duties of car number 21 from next weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

4 SEPTEMBER 2009

THE FIA ANNOUNCES EXTRAORDINARY WORLD COUNCIL

The FIA has announced that representatives of ING Renault F1 have been requested to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Monday, 21 September 2009.

VATANEN ANNOUNCES VP CHOICES

FIA presidential candidate Ari Vatanen has revealed the names of the seven candidates he is putting forward for the roles of FIA Vice President.

A WORLD COUNCIL FOR THE RENAULT CASE?

It is expected that the FIA will soon announce an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council to be held later this month to discuss the allegations that Renault F1 fixed the 2008 Singapore GP.

3 SEPTEMBER 2009

FERRARI SIGNS FISICHELLA

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has announced that Giancarlo Fisichella will drive the second car for the rest of the 2009 season.

LOTUS CONFIRMS BAHAR

Dany Bahar has been appointed as the new CEO of Group Lotus effective October 1. He replaces Mike Kimberley, who retired in July.

BAHAR DEPARTS FERRARI, BOUND FOR LOTUS?

Ferrari has announced that its head of global branding Dany Bahar has left the team after two years. His responsibilities are currently being overseen by Luca di Montezemolo.

2 SEPTEMBER 2009

HAMILTON AND HAKKINEN DISAGREE...

McLaren has been proactive in developing viral marketing in Formula 1, bringing the team's products and achievements to the attention of the world, by creating video content that people want to send to one another.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX?

One man who was in evidence in Spa was Eric Barbaroux, formerly the directeur general of the French Grand Prix, who is now working as a consultant to the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA), in an effort to revive the celebrated event.

DONINGTON PARK LOOKS AHEAD

It is now the beginning of September. The British Grand Prix in 2010 will - in theory at least - take place on July 11.

1 SEPTEMBER 2009

FERRARI'S CHOICES

Luca Badoer's career at Ferrari is unlikely to continue after two rather unimpressive weekends in Valencia and Spa. Ferrari knows that it cannot wait for Badoer to get up to speed - if indeed he can - as McLaren is in hot pursuit in the Constructors' World Championship.

MASSA MEETS OLVEY

Felipe Massa has been to MIami and has beene examined by Steve Olvey, the director and associate professor of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

NEAR-MISS FOR GRAND PRIX BOSS

Tim Holding, the Victorian state minister in charge of major events in Melbourne, which includes the Australian GP, disappeared over the weekend while out hiking near Mount Feathertop in the Victorian Alps.