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DECEMBER 7, 1998

No problems for BAR

THERE must have been some interesting negotiations in the course of the last few days as the FIA has included BritishÊAmericanÊRacing in its official entry list for the 1999 Formula 1 World Championship. BAR and the FIA were in dispute over the question of whether the new team could run two different liveries on its cars with BAR threatening to take legal action. This would have made it impossible for the FIA to accept the BAR entry and so one must presume that the issue has been settled and that BAR has accepted that it will only be allowed to run with one color scheme.

BAR is planning to run its new car within a few days at Silverstone but much will depend on whether or not teams have been able to agree on testing regulations. Jacques Villeneuve is thought to be unlikely to test as he remains under contract to Williams and the team sees no reason why it should be helpful to BAR as the new team has poached a large number of Williams employees.

The F1 entry list was not very revealing but did raise a few interesting questions. Super Performance Competition Engineering, the company set up to sell Mecachrome engines to teams, seems to be unsure of the name of the engine it is selling. When the deal was announced in Monaco in May the engines were called "Supertec V10s" but on the official entry lists these have become "Supertech V10s".

It is interesting to see that Williams will run with the engines badged "Supertech" as the team was supposed to have had an exclusive deal with Mecachrome rather than being a customer. Benetton is still negotiating the name to be used on its engines. It wants to use the name "Playlife" but clearly there are some problems with Super Performance Competition Engineering, which is not surprising as this is headed by Flavio Briatore, who was booted out as head of the Benetton team a year ago.

There have been suggestions in recent days that if the Zakspeed-Arrows deal goes through, the team might use Supertech engines although on the entry list the Arrows team is listed with Arrows V10 engines.

The full entry list - driver nominations may be changed up until March 4, 1999 - is as follows:

1 Mika Hakkinen (SF) McLaren-Mercedes

2 David Coulthard (GB) McLaren-Mercedes

3 Michael Schumacher (D) Ferrari

4 Eddie Irvine (GB) Ferrari

5 Alessandro Zanardi (I) Williams-Supertech

6 Ralf Schumacher (D) Williams-Supertech

7 Damon Hill (GB) Jordan-Mugen Honda

8 Heinz-Harald Frentzen (D) Jordan-Mugen Honda

9 Giancarlo Fisichella (I) Benetton-TBA

10 Alexander Wurz (A) Benetton-TBA

11 Jean Alesi (F) Sauber Petronas

12 Pedro Diniz (BR) Sauber Petronas

14 Mika Salo (SF) Arrows

15 TBA Arrows

16 Rubens Barrichello (BR) Stewart-Ford

17 Johnny Herbert (GB) Stewart-Ford

18 Olivier Panis (F) Prost-Peugeot

19 Jarno Trulli (I) Prost-Peugeot

20 TBA Minardi-Ford

21 TBA Minardi-Ford

22 Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) BAR-Supertech

23 Ricardo Zonta (BR) BAR-Supertech