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