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Wed 31 Dec 2003
2004 crucial for CoulthardHeadline

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

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

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 ...

Richards believes in Button potentialHeadline

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

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, ...

Stoddart hopes for test driver turnaroundHeadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Baumgartner ready to sign for MinardiHeadline

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...

Jordan happy with future resolutionHeadline

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

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...

Tomita new ToyotaF1 team principalHeadline

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 ...

Pocock impressed by KlienHeadline

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

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...

Barrichello in contract talksHeadline

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

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...

Wed 17 Dec 2003
Webber dubious about Spanish circuit changeHeadline

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...

Wilson aiming to be more daringHeadline

Wilson aiming to be more daring

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...

Alonso expecting difficult time aheadHeadline

Alonso expecting difficult time ahead

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 ...