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Wed 31 Dec 2003
2004 crucial for CoulthardHeadline

2004 crucial for Coulthard

2004 will be a crucial season for David Coulthard if he is to stay in Formula One in the future and he'll have to give it his all to find a competitive seat come 2005. With Juan Pablo Montoya already signed to McLaren for 2005, Coulthard looks ...

Button predicts a great seasonHeadline

Button predicts a great season

2003 saw some much-needed competition and entertainment in Formula One and Jenson Button predicts 2004 will continue the same way. While it seems likely that Ferrari, Williams and McLaren will still be the teams at the front of the grid, Button ...

Webber looking forward to new circuitsHeadline

Webber looking forward to new circuits

Mark Webber is waiting for a closer look at the new circuits on the 2004 calendar, Bahrain and China, and hopes they will be challenging for the drivers. Sahkir in Bahrain is scheduled for 4th of April, the third Grand Prix of the season, and ...

Richards believes in Button potentialHeadline

Richards believes in Button potential

BAR boss David Richards has never wavered in his belief that Jenson Button will be a Formula One champion in the future and thinks a resurgence of interest in the Englishman proves his potential. With Juan Pablo Montoya off to McLaren in 2005, ...

Button questions driver hypeHeadline

Button questions driver hype

Jenson Button wonders why Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso get so much attention and other good drivers barely get a mention. Both Raikkonen and Alonso had a good season in 2003 and Raikkonen took the title fight to the final race at Suzuka, ...

Stoddart hopes for test driver turnaroundHeadline

Stoddart hopes for test driver turnaround

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart believes the new regulation concerning test drivers will be changed, which could give Justin Wilson a chance to remain in Formula One. Stoddart recently signed Gianmaria Bruni and Zsolt Baumgartner as race drivers for ...

Jaguar focus on understanding tyresHeadline

Jaguar focus on understanding tyres

Jaguar Racing is working hard to get the optimum from the Michelin tyres and understanding tyre behavior is a focus of its winter test programme. Six of the ten teams on the grid will run on Michelins in 2004, now that BAR has switched to the...

Ralf positive after winter testsHeadline

Ralf positive after winter tests

Ralf Schumacher is in a positive frame of mind after the first winter test sessions and believes Williams will be on the pace as soon as racing resumes at Melbourne in March. Williams had a strong presence at the winter tests, with both Schumacher...

Baumgartner signs for MinardiHeadline

Baumgartner signs for Minardi

As expected, Zsolt Baumgartner has accepted the offer of a race seat at Minardi for 2004, alongside Gianmaria Bruni. The 22 year-old Hungarian secured backing from his country's government after Minardi boss Paul Stoddart made the offer last week.

Wilson frustrated at losing outHeadline

Wilson frustrated at losing out

With the Hungarian government sponsoring Zsolt Baumgartner for the second Minardi seat, it seems that Justin Wilson's Formula One hopes have dwindled away. The Englishman debuted with Minardi in 2003 then moved to Jaguar for the final five races...

New McLaren big step forwardHeadline

New McLaren big step forward

The last new McLaren never made it into competition but its successor, the MP4-19, is a big step forward, according to team test driver Pedro de la Rosa. Kimi Raikkonen took the challenge to Michael Schumacher in 2003 with the interim MP4-17D but...

Tue 23 Dec 2003
Ecclestone hoping for memorable Bahrain raceHeadline

Ecclestone hoping for memorable Bahrain race

Bernie Ecclestone has visited the new Bahrain circuit near Sakhir and is hoping for a memorable first Grand Prix there next season. The inaugural event is scheduled for 4th April 2004, the third race on the calendar, and so far the work is ...

Theissen ready for engine challengeHeadline

Theissen ready for engine challenge

BMW is expecting to make another step forward in 2004 and one challenge the manufacturer has been working on for some time is preparing an engine that will last a whole race weekend. With the regulation changes, F1 engines now have to be able to...

CHAMPCAR/CART: CART is dead! Long live Champ Car!Headline

CHAMPCAR/CART: CART is dead! Long live Champ Car!

Two of the three principals of Open Wheel Racing Series, LLC, Paul Gentilozzi and Kevin Kalkhoven, spoke to the media today about their plans for the future of the "racing series formerly known as CART." That's right, formerly! While the CART...

RACE: NASA 25 Hours of ThunderhillHeadline

RACE: NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Seventy-three entrants started the NASA Thunderhill 25 Hour race under a cloudy sky that quickly turned from drizzle into rain, flooding many pit areas leaving little to wonder what the remaining long hours of the endurance race would be ...

Mon 22 Dec 2003
Baumgartner ready to sign for MinardiHeadline

Baumgartner ready to sign for Minardi

Zsolt Baumgartner looks set to take up Minardi's offer of a race seat for 2004 and an official announcement will reportedly be made tomorrow (23rd December). Minardi already signed Gianmaria Bruni and offered the second seat to Hungarian...

Jordan happy with future resolutionHeadline

Jordan happy with future resolution

Team boss Eddie Jordan is happy that the future of Formula One seems to be settled after the GPWC and SLEC signed an agreement yesterday. The GPWC, consisting of manufacturers DaimlerChrysler, Ferrari, BMW, Ford and Renault, agreed with SLEC, ...

French GP still strugglingHeadline

French GP still struggling

The beleaguered French Grand Prix is facing another problem after the regional authority of Burgundy rejected a financial package aimed at helping stage the race. The French Motorsport Association (FFSA) had released a statement saying the...

Aiello signs for OpelHeadline

Aiello signs for Opel

Former DTM champion Laurent Aiello is another well known name to be joining the ranks of Opel drivers in 2004, after signing a deal with the manufacturer. Aiello took the title in 2002 with Abt-Audi but was unhappy with the performance of the car...

Tomita new ToyotaF1 team principalHeadline

Tomita new ToyotaF1 team principal

Ove Andersson will step down as Toyota's team principal and Tsutomu Tomita will take over the position on January 1st 2004. Andersson, who has spent 30 years in management of Toyota's European motorsport division, will become an advisor to the ...

Pocock impressed by KlienHeadline

Pocock impressed by Klien

Jaguar's Dr Ian Pocock has praised new signing Christian Klien and is impressed by the Austrian's ability to learn quickly. Klien tested for Jaguar when work returned to the track after the break since Suzuka, and was consequently signed up to ...

Jordan the final optionHeadline

Jordan the final option

Now that Minardi has offered its second race seat to Zsolt Baumgartner, the only available option to drivers without a deal for next season is Jordan. There are at least four well-known names vying for the Jordan positions but whoever comes up...

Barrichello in contract talksHeadline

Barrichello in contract talks

Rubens Barrichello was notably absent from the list when Ferrari announced the renewal of contracts of Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt and other key team members through to 2006. The Brazilian is set to race for Ferrari next year but its been ...

Minardi offers Baumgartner second seatHeadline

Minardi offers Baumgartner second seat

Hot on the heels of announcing Gianmaria Bruni as one of its race drivers for 2004, Minardi has now offered Hungarian Zsolt Baumgartner the second seat. Baumgartner tested for Jordan in 2003 and stepped into a race seat in Hungary and Italy when...

Thu 18 Dec 2003
Ambrose wins championshipHeadline

Ambrose wins championship

Marcos Ambrose finished the 2003 season in fine fashion by winning both races on his way to his first Australia V8 Supercar championship at Eastern Creek. Marcos Ambrose stretches his lead. Photo by John Maricic. The Stone Brothers ...

Feud between Skaife and Ingall continuesHeadline

Feud between Skaife and Ingall continues

Even a week after Marcos Ambrose took the red flag and the V8 Supercar Championship Series for 2003, the controversy continues to rage throughout the motorsport world over the Skaife/Ingall incident at Eastern Creek during the final race of the ...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
Webber dubious about Spanish circuit changeHeadline

Webber dubious about Spanish circuit change

Jaguar's Mark Webber is dubious about the change to Spain's Circuit de Catalunya for next season, where a new hairpin is being added at Caixa and the run-off area will be switched from gravel to tarmac. It is hoped the alteration will encourage...

The AARWBA Jerry Titus Award candidatesHeadline

The AARWBA Jerry Titus Award candidates

Each year the professional members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) vote by closed ballot to select the year's Auto Racing All-American Team. The highest vote-getter - among all categories - receives the...

Wilson aiming to be more daringHeadline

Wilson aiming to be more daring

Justin Wilson said he held back in his first Formula One season as he didn't want to make any mistakes, but given a second chance he would be more daring. Wilson lost his race seat with Jaguar to Christian Klien for 2004 and has limited options...

Alonso expecting difficult time aheadHeadline

Alonso expecting difficult time ahead

Fernando Alonso was one of the stars of 2003, claiming his first podium finish, first pole position and first Grand Prix win, but the Spaniard is not about to start predicting immediate success in 2004. Renault secured its fourth place in the ...

Minardi signs Bruni as race driver for 2004Headline

Minardi signs Bruni as race driver for 2004

Minardi has signed Gianmaria Bruni as one of its race drivers for 2004 after the Italian was test driver for the team this year. The 22 year-old, familiarly known as Gimmi, who previously raced in British Formula 3 and the Euro 3000 series, was at...

Villeneuve considering his racing futureHeadline

Villeneuve considering his racing future

Jacques Villeneuve is not counting out a return to Formula One but is also considering NASCAR, which he thinks could be an exciting prospect. Villeneuve has been at somewhat of a loose end since BAR dispensed with his services at the end of the...

IRL: 3-Liter IndyCar era begins at Indy 500Headline

IRL: 3-Liter IndyCar era begins at Indy 500

The Indy Racing League confirmed stories published last week about the change in engine dimension for the largest part of next year's IndyCar Series schedule, as Chevrolet/Cosworth, Honda and Toyota motors will go on diets, losing half a liter of...

IRL: AGR - And Herta makes fourHeadline

IRL: AGR - And Herta makes four

One of the United States' best open wheel drivers now has gainful employment for the coming 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season. Andretti Green Racing confirmed today it will field four Indy cars next year: for returning drivers Tony...

Mon 15 Dec 2003
Papis and Pruett return to sports car racingHeadline

Papis and Pruett return to sports car racing

On the heels of winning his third Trans-Am championship, Scott Pruett will compete again in endurance sports car racing. Joining Pruett will be Max Papis. The two will be teammates for the newly announced entry of Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2004...

Schumacher beaten by fighter jetHeadline

Schumacher beaten by fighter jet

Even six-time world champion Michael Schumacher had to concede defeat when up against the Eurofighter Typhoon but it was still a close fought battle. The novel event took place on December 11th at Grosseto, Italy, and pitted Schumacher and his ...