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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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, ...
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 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 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...
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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...