It's fairly quiet in the holiday season but there are still bits and pieces
of news and rumours doing the rounds. There always seems to be a circuit in
trouble somewhere and currently it appears that the German Grand Prix at
Hockenheim is in ...
As 2005 draws to an end, preparations for the 2006 season are already well
underway and next year will start with winter testing in January along with
the launches of the new season's challengers. Toyota already got the jump on
its rivals by ...
It's been a busy time for McLaren recently, as the team has confirmed
both Vodafone as a title sponsor and current world champion Fernando Alonso as a
driver for 2007, and now the Woking squad has announced this season's DTM
champion Gary Paffett...
Flavio Briatore, manager of world champion Fernando Alonso and managing
director of the Renault F1 team, claims that he was not involved in Alonso's
decision to leave Renault for McLaren in 2007. Many believed Briatore must
have played a role in...
Fernando Alonso leaving Renault for McLaren in 2007 is not the only
departure in F1 circles, as two other well known names have parted company
with their teams with more immediate effect. Designer Gustav Brunner and
Toyota have gone their separate...
McLaren confirmed on December 19th that world champion Fernando Alonso will
join the team in 2007. The news comes just days after McLaren announced it
had secured Vodafone as title sponsor for the same year. The Woking squad
said it was in ...
The last scheduled test session of the year came to a close on December 16th, as seven
drivers from four teams ended the week at Jerez de la Frontera. Franck
Montagny prepared to bow out of his official test and third driver role at
Michelin announced this week that it will quit F1 after 2006 but new world
champions Renault are not worried that the decision will affect the
performance next season. Renault and Fernando Alonso claimed
both titles this season on Michelin tyres...
Conditions were overcast and cold for the second day of testing at Jerez de
la Frontera on December 14th and 13 drivers from seven teams were at work.
Test driver Franck Montagny topped the times for Renault with a best of
1:18.793 and official ...
Michelin announced on December 14th that it will withdraw from Formula One
after the 2006 season. The decision does not come as a big surprise as the
French manufacturer has been unhappy with the rules concerning tyres for
some time and has also...
There were once again 13 drivers on track at Jerez de la Frontera on
December 15th and Michael Schumacher made his mark on his return to work.
The former champion topped the times with a best of 1:18.958 and teammate
Felipe Massa made it a Ferrari...
This year's final week of testing got under way at Jerez de la Frontera on
December 13th with six drivers from four teams at the Spanish track.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa, using the restricted V10 engine, headed the time
sheet with a best of 1:19.074.
It's not unusual for some race drivers to take an extended break after the
season and some of them don't return to the cockpit for winter testing until
after New Year. Michael Schumacher is often one of them but the Ferrari man
will be behind the...
Although four Bridgestone teams will remain at Jerez on Sunday 11th for a
wet tyre test, the general week's work came to a close on December 10th. Of
the 10 drivers on track, BMW Sauber's Jacques Villeneuve set the best time
of the day, 1:18.752.
The proposed new team Super Aguri had its application for the 2006
championship refused by the FIA but Honda chief executive Nick Fry believes
there's still a good chance the outfit will be on the grid next year.
Allegedly Super Aguri failed to...
The track action continued at Jerez de la Frontera on December 9th with 13
drivers from eight teams at work on the Spanish circuit. McLaren test driver
Pedro de la Rosa topped the times with a best of 1:17.293 and fellow team
tester Alex Wurz was...
It was the busiest day yet of winter testing on December 8th, when 17
drivers from nine teams took to the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.
Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer set the best time of the day with the V10
engine, 1:18.233, despite...
Testing resumed on December 7th and 15 drivers were on track at Jerez de la
Frontera in Spain. Renault tester Franck Montagny topped the times with a
best of 1:19.453 and Heikki Kovalainen, who replaces Montagny as official
test and third driver...
Williams announced on December 7th that it has agreed to sign the new
Concorde Agreement that comes into force in 2008. It is the fifth team to
commit to the long-term future of F1, the other signatories so far being
Ferrari, MF1 Racing...
Red Bull Racing confirmed on December 6th that Christian Klien will be
teammate to David Coulthard for the squad in 2006. The 22 year-old Austrian
completes the line up along with test driver Robert Doornbos. Klien joined
Jaguar in 2004 for his ...
As expected, Renault has confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen will be the team's
official test and third driver for the 2006 season. Despite rumours that the
Finn was a likely contender for the second race seat at BMW Sauber, Renault
has invested ...
The last day of the week's Barcelona test was washed out by rain and only
Honda and Renault ventured out onto the Circuit de Catalunya to put in a few
laps. Honda tester Anthony Davidson set the best time in the wet conditions,
The FIA published the 2006 F1 entry list on December 1st and the proposed
new Japanese team, Super Aguri, was not included. Back at the beginning of
November Super Aguri, headed by former racer Aguri Suzuki, announced it had
lodged its entry for...
On the day that BAR Honda revealed the new team name for next season will be
Honda Racing F1 Team, Jenson Button and test driver Anthony Davidson topped
the times at the Barcelona test session. Using the V10 engine, Button's best
was 1:14.145 and...
After a period of uncertainty for Jacques Villeneuve, BMW Sauber has
confirmed that he will race for the team in 2006 alongside Nick Heidfeld.
Villeneuve parted company with BAR at the end of 2003 and sat out most of
the 2004 season before...
The testing action continued at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on November
30th, where 12 drivers from seven teams were on track. Jenson Button, running
the restricted V10 engine, topped the times for BAR Honda with a best of
Winter testing started in earnest at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya this
week and after only three cars were present on Monday, 10 drivers were on
track on November 29th. Red Bull and the debuting Scuderia Toro Rosso,
formerly Minardi, ran ...
The debate about technological advancements versus safety is a long-running
one in F1. Some believe the technology that helps the cars go faster
undermines the safety aspect while others argue the opposite, that
technology makes the sport even ...
Giancarlo Fisichella will once again line up alongside Fernando Alonso at
Renault next year and the Italian is aiming to get the upper hand on his
world champion teammate. Statistically the results between the two this
season probably make ...
There are a few circuits on the calendar that have experienced uncertainties
about whether they will host a Grand Prix in the future and the latest under
threat is Monza. The famous Italian track was told by a court this week that
at any motor ...
While there is little to occupy the fans in the long winter months in the
way of track action, business is ongoing off-track. BMW and Midland have now
lodged their entries for the 2006 championship but there is yet to be news
on the possible 11th...
The FIA has confirmed that China and Japan will swap dates on the 2006
calendar. Japan was previously the third last race and China the penultimate
round, but now China will take place on October 1st and Japan on October
"Following the ...
BMW announced on November 14th that the BMW Sauber F1 Team has been
registered with the FIA for the 2006 championship. Willy Rampf will remain
as technical director at Hinwil, while Heinz Paschen keeps the same role at
BMW headquarters in ...
Tiago Monteiro is likely to take the second race seat at Midland next
year, alongside Christijan Albers, and the Portuguese claims he has already
signed the contract. Midland, however, has so far not confirmed that he
will race for the team in...
MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi was back behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1
car this week when he undertook a three-day test at Fiorano and Mugello.
Rossi has tested with the Maranello squad twice already this year and while
he has denied rumours...
Toyota confirmed on November 11th that it will return to Bridgestone tyres
in a multi-year deal to commence when winter testing gets under way at the
end of this month. The announcement comes as no surprise as Toyota said back
in September that it...