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Thu 29 Dec 2005
News round up in quiet timeHeadline
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News round up in quiet time

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 ...

Preparing to launch the 2006 seasonHeadline
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Preparing to launch the 2006 season

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 ...

Paffett lands McLaren test roleHeadline
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Paffett lands McLaren test role

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...

Wed 21 Dec 2005
Briatore denies role in Alonso decisionHeadline
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Briatore denies role in Alonso decision

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...

Tue 20 Dec 2005
Brunner and Minardi make their departures
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Brunner and Minardi make their departures

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...

Alonso confirmed at McLaren for 2007Headline
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Alonso confirmed at McLaren for 2007

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 ...

Montagny fastest at the end of testingHeadline
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Montagny fastest at the end of testing

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 Renault with...

Renault not worried by Michelin decisionHeadline
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Renault not worried by Michelin decision

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...

Sat 17 Dec 2005
Montagny leads the way at Jerez testHeadline
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Montagny leads the way at Jerez test

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 ...

Fri 16 Dec 2005
Michelin to quit after 2006Headline
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Michelin to quit after 2006

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...

Thu 15 Dec 2005
Schumacher fastest on Jerez day three
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Schumacher fastest on Jerez day three

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...

Massa fastest as testing resumes
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Massa fastest as testing resumes

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.

Schumacher ready to return to workHeadline
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Schumacher ready to return to work

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...

Tue 13 Dec 2005
Villeneuve fastest as Jerez test winds upHeadline
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Villeneuve fastest as Jerez test winds up

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.

Sun 11 Dec 2005
Still a chance for Super AguriHeadline
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Still a chance for Super Aguri

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...

Sat 10 Dec 2005
De la Rosa fastest on Jerez day threeHeadline
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De la Rosa fastest on Jerez day three

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...

Fri 09 Dec 2005
Badoer fastest at Jerez despite crashHeadline
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Badoer fastest at Jerez despite crash

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...

Montagny tops Jerez test timesHeadline
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Montagny tops Jerez test times

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...

Thu 08 Dec 2005
Williams signs new Concorde AgreementHeadline
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Williams signs new Concorde Agreement

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...

Wed 07 Dec 2005
Red Bull confirms KlienHeadline
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Red Bull confirms Klien

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 ...

Mon 05 Dec 2005
Renault confirms Kovalainen as third driverHeadline
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Renault confirms Kovalainen as third driver

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 ...

Sun 04 Dec 2005
Rain washes out last day at BarcelonaHeadline
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Rain washes out last day at Barcelona

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, 1:25.542, and...

New team absent from entry list
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New team absent from entry list

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...

Button leads again at BarcelonaHeadline
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Button leads again at Barcelona

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...

Fri 02 Dec 2005
BMW Sauber confirms Villeneuve for 2006Headline
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BMW Sauber confirms Villeneuve for 2006

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...

Button takes over at BarcelonaHeadline
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Button takes over at Barcelona

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 1:14.111. Team...

Klien fastest as Barcelona testing gets busyHeadline
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Klien fastest as Barcelona testing gets busy

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 ...

Sat 19 Nov 2005
Fry supports technology developmentHeadline
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Fry supports technology development

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 ...

Fisichella aiming to beat Alonso more oftenHeadline
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Fisichella aiming to beat Alonso more often

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 ...

Fri 18 Nov 2005
Monza to be silenced?Headline
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Monza to be silenced?

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 ...

Thu 17 Nov 2005
News round up as quiet time continues
F1

News round up as quiet time continues

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...

Wed 16 Nov 2005
Revision to 2006 calendar
F1

Revision to 2006 calendar

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 8th. "Following the ...

BMW adopts Sauber name
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BMW adopts Sauber name

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 ...

Mon 14 Nov 2005
Monteiro and MidlandHeadline
F1

Monteiro and Midland

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...

Sun 13 Nov 2005
Rossi happy with latest Ferrari testHeadline
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Rossi happy with latest Ferrari test

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...

Sat 12 Nov 2005
Toyota confirms Bridgestone tyre dealHeadline
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Toyota confirms Bridgestone tyre deal

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...