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Mon 23 Dec 2002
Stoddart defends 'pay driver' decisionHeadline
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Stoddart defends 'pay driver' decision

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...

2002 car best strategy for McLaren
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2002 car best strategy for McLaren

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...

Irvine still hoping for Jordan chanceHeadline
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Irvine still hoping for Jordan chance

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.

Lauda turns down Jaguar role
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Lauda turns down Jaguar role

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...

Good rally result for H?kkinen may lead to moreHeadline
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Good rally result for H?kkinen may lead to more

A good result for Mika Häkkinen 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 Häkkinen said a top two finish might persuade him to do ...

Villeneuve critical of Ferrari actionsHeadline
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Villeneuve critical of Ferrari actions

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 reveal 'virtual' launch plans
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Jaguar reveal 'virtual' launch plans

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 supporting DavidsonHeadline
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BAR supporting Davidson

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...

Mansell interested in advisory roleHeadline
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Mansell interested in advisory role

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...

Williams unable to take big stepsHeadline
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Williams unable to take big steps

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 ...

Race for the final seatsHeadline
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Race for the final seats

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...

Thu 19 Dec 2002
Jordan thanks Sato
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Jordan thanks Sato

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 to keep both bases
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Minardi to keep both bases

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...

Willis didn't make big enough step says Head
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Willis didn't make big enough step says Head

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 ...

Friday testing to go ahead without Sauber
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Friday testing to go ahead without Sauber

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...

Mon 16 Dec 2002
Briatore progressing towards title
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Briatore progressing towards title

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 ...

FIA disputes EU tobacco ruling
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FIA disputes EU tobacco ruling

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 ...

Sun 15 Dec 2002
Wurz tops Jerez testing 2002-12-13
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Wurz tops Jerez testing 2002-12-13

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 quickest. Jaguar...

All over for Arrows?
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All over for Arrows?

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 ...

Villeneuve hopes BAR will help Button
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Villeneuve hopes BAR will help Button

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...

Alonso tops Jerez test times 2002-12-12
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Alonso tops Jerez test times 2002-12-12

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...

Verstappen secures HMG backing
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Verstappen secures HMG backing

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 the Dutchman...

Salo predicts da Matta will struggle
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Salo predicts da Matta will struggle

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 ...

Montoya expects tougher qualifying
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Montoya expects tougher qualifying

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 ...

Thu 12 Dec 2002
Another court case for Arrows

Another court case for Arrows

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...

Jordan and Frentzen reach settlement
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Jordan and Frentzen reach settlement

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 ...

Schumacher looking forward to fight
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Schumacher looking forward to fight

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...

Pollock wants Villeneuve with Schumacher
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Pollock wants Villeneuve with Schumacher

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...

No hope for Spa reinstatement
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No hope for Spa reinstatement

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...

Button will be champ says Richards
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Button will be champ says Richards

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...

Jordan has high hopes for future
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Jordan has high hopes for future

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 ...

Mon 09 Dec 2002
Dennis supports new regulations
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Dennis supports new regulations

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...

Webber expecting hard work
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Webber expecting hard work

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...

Schumacher remembers first drive
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Schumacher remembers first drive

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 ...

Trulli impressed by team's work
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Trulli impressed by team's work

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...

Villeneuve supports 'character' McRae
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Villeneuve supports 'character' McRae

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 no-nonsense ...