Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has defended his decision to take on drivers who
can bring financial backing to the team, saying they are not just 'pay
drivers'. Teams have been criticized in the past for hiring anyone who can
effectively buy the race...
McLaren intend to start the 2003 season with this year's car, the MP4-17,
because there is still more to be exploited from it, said managing director
Martin Whitmarsh. The new MP4-18 is unlikely to be used until the
championship reaches the...
Eddie Irvine said he has unfinished business with Formula One and is still
hoping for a chance to partner Giancarlo Fisichella at Jordan. Made
redundant from Jaguar at the end of this season, Irvine has been strongly
linked with Jordan recently.
Niki Lauda has decided to turn down the offer of an advisory role with
Jaguar and has cut all ties with Ford. Lauda was axed as Jaguar team
principal and CEO of Ford's Premier Performance Division (PPD) when the
company implemented a restructuring...
A good result for Mika HÃ¤kkinen in January's Arctic Lapland Rally could see
the Finn continue in rallying. The Lapland rally is so far a one-off event
but double Formula One champion HÃ¤kkinen said a top two finish might
persuade him to do ...
Jacques Villeneuve has labeled Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello as
'stupid' because of what happened at the Austrian and US Grands Prix and
said Ferrari's actions were embarrassing. Barrichello gifted Schumacher the
win in Austria and the...
Jaguar Racing is to introduce the R4 on the internet in a novel 'virtual
launch' on January 21st. The original 'real life' launch was postponed after
Jaguar announced its restructuring programme and boss Niki Lauda was axed.
Now the R4 will appear...
BAR test driver Anthony Davidson's future is not threatened by the addition
of Takuma Sato to the team according to boss David Richards. With Sato
rejoining BAR as test driver for next year -- and with future options as
race driver -- rumour...
Former world champion Nigel Mansell has expressed an interest in taking up
some kind of advisory role in Formula One, although not as a full time job.
Mansell, who won the title in 1992, retired competitively from F1 in 1995
although he tested the...
Frank Williams thinks a big step up in performance is needed for his team to
catch Ferrari but the rules in F1 are preventing any revolutionary progress.
Williams' 2003 challenger, the FW25, is hoped to take the fight closer to
the Scuderia but ...
Now that Minardi has signed Justin Wilson in a three year deal and Takuma
Sato has joined BAR as reserve driver, who will fill the two remaining race
seats for 2003 is a hotly debated topic. As usual, claims and
counter-claims, confirmations and...
Following the news that Takuma Sato had been released from his contract with
Jordan to re-join BAR as test driver, Eddie Jordan thanked the Japanese
driver for his efforts in 2002. Sato had an enthusiastic debut year with
Jordan which saw him have...
Minardi will continue to operate from both Italy and the UK for the
foreseeable future confirmed team boss Paul Stoddart. The Australian
businessman had thought about relocating to the UK after he bought Minardi
just before the start of the 2001...
Williams' technical director Patrick Head thinks Geoff Willis, previously
the team's chief aerodynamicist, was not adventurous enough with this year's
FW24, which led to it being less competitive than hoped. Willis has now
moved to BAR to take ...
Sauber has announced that it will continue testing in the
usual manner and not opt for using the Friday of a Grand Prix weekend as a
test day. Part of the Friday testing agreement included being limited to ten
test days a season and Sauber is not...
Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has his sights set on progressing through
the next few years to winning the title in 2006. Renault was undoubtedly
improved this season from the poor Benetton of 2001 and the team finished
fourth in the ...
At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco this week it was
agreed for the FIA to send a letter to David Byrne, the EU Health
Commissioner, in regard to the proposal to bring forward the ban on tobacco
sponsorship. The ban was ...
McLaren test driver Alex Wurz set the fastest time at Jerez today where
eleven drivers from five teams took part in the test session. Wurz set a top
time of 1:20.868 over 75 laps while team driver Kimi Raikkonen was fourth
The fast diminishing hopes of Arrows being in the 2003 Formula One
championship, or even having a future at all, appear to have vanished
completely with the break down in negotiations with investors. German Grand
Prix Racing, headed by Oliver ...
Jacques Villeneuve is reserving judgement on new team mate Jenson Button but
hopes the good atmosphere at BAR will help the Englishman. In his time with
Benetton and Renault, Button and team boss Flavio Briatore did not always
see eye-to-eye and...
The Spanish circuit of Jerez took over as the scene of testing this week
where Renault's Fernando Alonso topped the times today. The Spaniard set a
fastest of 1:21.77 over 63 laps, testing the new suspension system, and was
narrowly ahead of...
Jos Verstappen has secured sponsorship from the Holland Media Group (HMG),
owner of Dutch television channel RTL, which should further his chances of
an F1 drive next year. Verstappen has been strongly linked with Minardi but
Former Toyota driver Mika Salo expects that new signing Christiano da Matta
will struggle in his debut Formula One season. Salo and Allan McNish were
ousted from Toyota to make way for da Matta and Olivier Panis and Salo was
not happy about the ...
Reactions to the new qualifying system, which starts next season, have so
far been positive, if a little cautious. 'Interesting' has been a word often
used to describe what kind of outcome drivers expect and Juan Pablo Montoya
is the latest to ...
Morgan Grenfell has become the latest claimant to take the Arrows F1 team
to court, claiming its investments were weakened by Arrows' financial
problems. The investment bank reportedly claims that Arrows was in trouble
as early as last year and...
Heinz-Harald Frentzen and the Jordan F1 team have reached an amicable
settlement after a legal dispute regarding Frentzen's sacking last year.
Jordan abruptly dispensed with the German's services after the British Grand
Prix, quoting poor ...
Michael Schumacher is looking forward to a good fight next season and
expects competitors to have closed the gap to Ferrari. The German won his
fifth world championship title in 2002, a year that was simply a walkover
for Ferrari, who finished the...
Craig Pollock believes Jacques Villeneuve should be in one of the top
Formula One teams and would like to see the Canadian partner Michael
Schumacher. Villeneuve is the only driver on the grid currently that has won
the World Championship apart...
Any hopes that Spa-Francorchamps could be reinstated to the 2003 Formula One
calendar have been negated by the Belgian government ratifying the no
exemptions ban on tobacco advertising. It had been hoped that the Belgian
Grand Prix would manage to...
BAR boss David Richards believes Jenson Button has the potential to be World
Champion and a couple of years working with the team should see him fighting
for his chance. After his 2000 debut with Williams, Button was hailed as a
hot property but a...
Eddie Jordan hopes to be giving the likes of Williams and McLaren something
to worry about next year and believes his team is heading towards
significant improvements. Jordan recently lost major sponsor Deutsche Post
but Eddie is not unduly ...
McLaren boss Ron Dennis supports the changes made to Formula One recently
and thinks the new qualifying set-up will see some interesting grid
positions. Drivers will now have a single run in qualifying and will take to
the track alone, rather than...
Mark Webber is optimistic for Jaguar's future, despite the recent upheavals,
but is expecting some very hard work before thinking about winning titles.
The Australian impressed many with his determination at Minardi in 2002 and
was snapped up by...
Michael Schumacher recently recalled his first ever Formula One drive,
testing the Jordan Ford 191 at Silverstone in 1991 in preparation for the
Belgian Grand Prix. The German, who has since won five World Championship
titles, remembered how he ...
Jarno Trulli was 'seriously impressed' by the work of Renault after testing
the interim chassis at Barcelona last week, the early version of next year's
R23. The mechanical components of the current chassis are all 2003 spec,
including the engine...
Jacques Villeneuve thinks World Rally driver Colin McRae would be a welcome
addition to Formula One as the sport needs more characters. McRae is well
known for his spectacular style behind the wheel as well as a hot temper and