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Mon 22 Dec 2003
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...

Montagny visits Enstone
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Montagny visits Enstone

Following his two Renault team-mates, Franck Montagny got his first look at the R24 last Friday at Enstone. He wasn't disappointed. Montagny has had a busy winter so far. During the team's pre-Christmas testing, he drove on every single day and,...

Bridgestone winter test review
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Bridgestone winter test review

Bridgestone has completed its first tests of the winter season with all its teams undertaking a share of the winter test programme. Bridgestone has spent this time working on all areas of tyre development (construction, compound and shape) and ...

BMW interview with Tung
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BMW interview with Tung

With his test drive for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team, Ho-Pin Tung went down in the annals of F1. In an interview with BMW, he describes his impressions gained during the test drive. Q: Did you complete a special programme in order to prepare ...

Wilson aiming to be more daringHeadline
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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
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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 ...

Minardi signs Bruni as race driver for 2004Headline
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Minardi signs Bruni as race driver for 2004

Minardi has signed Gianmaria Bruni as one of its race drivers for 2004 after the Italian was test driver for the team this year. The 22 year-old, familiarly known as Gimmi, who previously raced in British Formula 3 and the Euro 3000 series, was at...

Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-12
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Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-12

European Minardi Cosworth this afternoon concluded a highly successful three-day test at the Vallelunga circuit, the team's engineers completing an extensive technical programme, many aspects of which will contribute directly to establishing the...

Villeneuve considering his racing futureHeadline
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Villeneuve considering his racing future

Jacques Villeneuve is not counting out a return to Formula One but is also considering NASCAR, which he thinks could be an exciting prospect. Villeneuve has been at somewhat of a loose end since BAR dispensed with his services at the end of the...

BAR Jerez test summary 2003-12-08/12
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BAR Jerez test summary 2003-12-08/12

Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda conducted a five day test in Jerez this week, using its full line-up of race and test drivers, as well as providing F3000 Champion, Björn Wirdheim, the opportunity of testing the B*A*R Honda 005. The team had two cars in...

Mon 15 Dec 2003
Schumacher beaten by fighter jetHeadline
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Schumacher beaten by fighter jet

Even six-time world champion Michael Schumacher had to concede defeat when up against the Eurofighter Typhoon but it was still a close fought battle. The novel event took place on December 11th at Grosseto, Italy, and pitted Schumacher and his ...

Sat 13 Dec 2003
Jerez test times 2003-12-12
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Jerez test times 2003-12-12

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- --------------------- ---- ---------------- ---- ---------- ------- ------- 1. Takuma Sato J BAR-Honda 117 1:27.242 2. Pedro de la Rosa ...

Ferrari Fiorano test notes 2003-12-12
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Ferrari Fiorano test notes 2003-12-12

Third and final day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro at the Fiorano circuit. Once again today, Luciano Burti was on track, driving both an F2002 and an F2003-GA. The day's technical programme centred on tyre and electronics ...