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Wed 31 Dec 2003
2004 crucial for CoulthardHeadline
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Mon 22 Dec 2003
Baumgartner ready to sign for MinardiHeadline
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
Webber dubious about Spanish circuit changeHeadline
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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...

Wilson aiming to be more daringHeadline
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Mon 15 Dec 2003
Schumacher beaten by fighter jetHeadline
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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 ...

Sat 13 Dec 2003
French GP given short reprieve
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French GP given short reprieve

France has been given until December 31st 2003 by the FIA to try and save its Grand Prix. Magny-Cours looked likely to be scrapped from the 2004 calendar after race organizers announced they were withdrawing it due to financial problems. However,...

Frentzen moves to DTM with OpelHeadline
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Frentzen moves to DTM with Opel

Following in the footsteps of Jean Alesi, former Formula One driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen will move to the German Touring Car series (DTM) in 2004. Frentzen drove for Sauber in F1 in 2003 but both he and teammate Nick Heidfeld have been replaced...

De la Rosa fastest again at Jerez
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De la Rosa fastest again at Jerez

Pedro de la Rosa once again topped the times at the week's test session in Jerez, a 1:16.203 for the McLaren test driver and an unofficial lap record. De la Rosa was behind the wheel of the MP4-19 and completed 53 laps until an engine failure cut...

Minardi hoping to retain VerstappenHeadline
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Minardi hoping to retain Verstappen

Little Italian squad Minardi is hoping to retain the services of Jos Verstappen next year to have at least one experienced driver behind the wheel. Verstappen drove for Minardi in 2003 but was frustrated by the uncompetitve car and was hoping for...

Mosley proposes new penalty systemHeadline
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Mosley proposes new penalty system

FIA president Max Mosley has proposed a new system of awarding penalties to drivers for on-track incidents, which he believes would be better than the current system of drive-through or stop-and-go penalties. Mosley's idea is to use a scheme by ...

De la Rosa top at Jerez
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De la Rosa top at Jerez

The weather improved at Jerez today after two days of wet conditions and McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was best of the 16 drivers present. In the MP4-19, de la Rosa clocked a 1:17.166 to hit the top of the times, while the second McLaren,...

Webber backs new teammate KlienHeadline
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Webber backs new teammate Klien

Mark Webber has given new Jaguar teammate Christian Klien the thumbs up and thinks the Austrian will do a good job. Klien was announced as Webber's partner for 2004 after testing for Jaguar in November. He replaces Englishman Justin Wilson who...

Ferrari experience important for MassaHeadline
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Ferrari experience important for Massa

Felipe Massa has likened his time as test driver with Ferrari to being at university and stressed how important it was for him to work with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Massa debuted in F1 with Sauber in 2002 but sat out competition...