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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 ...

McLaren and Henkel extend partnership
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McLaren and Henkel extend partnership

The West McLaren Mercedes Formula One team is proud to announce that it has agreed a long-term extension to its Partnership with Henkel Technologies. Both organisations are continuing a successful and mutually beneficial partnership, which began...

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, ...

Bahrain taking precautions
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Bahrain taking precautions

The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has recently been the focus of news that claims a possible threat to the Grand Prix taking place next year. Threats to the Bahrain Grand Prix are similar to any high profile sporting event. A BIC ...

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
BAR continues China tour
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BAR continues China tour

Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda returned to China last week for its second promotional visit of 2003, with Takuma Sato getting his first chance to experience the country prior to next year's Chinese Grand Prix (26 September). The trip was an...

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...

Ecclestone receives Bahrain honour
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Ecclestone receives Bahrain honour

The Chief Executive of Formula One Administration Mr Bernie Ecclestone today received the Bahrain Medal of the First Degree, one of the highest personal honours that can be bestowed by the Kingdom and one usually reserved for Heads of State and ...

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...

R24 project, assembling the monocoque
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R24 project, assembling the monocoque

The final stage in producing the Renault R24 chassis has arrived: assembling the chassis. It is often called a monocoque, but that is one of the most common misnomers in F1! The 'monocoque': not quite what it seems In common parlance, people...

GPWC and SLEC sign agreement

GPWC and SLEC sign agreement

Following a series of constructive discussions between GPWC shareholders, representing BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ferrari, Ford and Renault, the SLEC shareholders, representing Bayerische Landesbank, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and Bambino Holdings ...

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 ...

Trust dissolves partnership with Minardi
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Trust dissolves partnership with Minardi

Jos Verstappen will not be on the grid for the Minardi F1 team in the season of 2004. After various complex discussions between Paul Stoddart, Trust and the management of Jos regarding the developments within and the future of the Minardi F1 team...

Renault interview with Merritt
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Renault interview with Merritt

Michael Merritt: Dyno Maintenance Manager This Englishman was born in London, and is now a fluent French speaker. He has always loved all things technical, and his speciality is engine dynos. Q: What job did you do before arriving at ...

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...

McNish in talks with Jordan
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McNish in talks with Jordan

Interview with Allan McNish Q: There have been rumours linking you to a seat at Jordan, can you confirm anything as yet? Allan McNish: I'm still talking with Jordan at the moment and things are progressing. I've visited the factory and seen...

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...

Revised 2004 Formula One calendar
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Revised 2004 Formula One calendar

Date Grand Prix Circuit -------------- --------------------- -------------------- March 07 Australia Melbourne March 21 Malaysia Sepang April 04 Bahrain Bahrain April...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
Renault drivers in Kenya
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Renault drivers in Kenya

The Renault F1 Team's 2004 driver line-up (Fernando Alonso, Jarno Trulli, Franck Montagny) flew to Malindi at the end of last week. The aim was to hone their physical, and mental, preparation. The week of training has become something of a ...

Bahrain circuit development
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Bahrain circuit development

The all important first layer of tarmac at the Bahrain International Circuit was completed this week. Although a further two layers of tarmac are required, the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix organisers can now officially say that they have a ...

Ralf completes first lap of Bahrain
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Ralf completes first lap of Bahrain

BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Ralf Schumacher today became the first Grand Prix pilot to complete a lap of the new Bahrain International Circuit. Accompanied by members of the Bahrain International Circuit committee, Ralf was given a tour of the ...

Sauber presents new wind tunnel
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Sauber presents new wind tunnel

At Sauber Petronas a fresh breeze, in the literal sense of the word, will be blowing in the 2004 season. The Swiss team today presented the new, ultra-modern wind tunnel at the Hinwil headquarters to international media ...

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...

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