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 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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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, BjÃ¶rn Wirdheim, the opportunity of testing the B*A*R
Honda 005. The team had two cars in...
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 ...
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 ...
France has been given until December 31st 2003 by the FIA to try and save
its Grand Prix. Magny-Cours looked likely to be scrapped from the 2004
calendar after race organizers announced they were withdrawing it due to
financial problems. However,...
Following in the footsteps of his teammate, Jenson Button, Lucky Strike
B*A*R Honda's Takuma Sato is set to tour China next week as part of a
promotional visit aimed at building the Brackley-based team's profile in
the country, prior to the ...
Toyota Jerez testing round-up
Cristiano da Matta:
"We had a difficult first two days and we did not get much running done,
however the final day was better and more productive, although we did
not manage to complete our entire testing...
Renault R24 project: Throughout the laying-up of the chassis in the composites department, the
autoclaves have a crucial role to play. Then come the final machining
stages before the chassis is ready for assembly.
The autoclave: a very big ...
BMW WilliamsF1 Team star Ralf Schumacher is poised to become
the first Formula One driver to lap the new Bahrain International Circuit. The 28-year-old
German - winner of six world championship Grands Prix - will try out the recently-laid...
Following in the footsteps of Jean Alesi, former Formula One driver
Heinz-Harald Frentzen will move to the German Touring Car series (DTM) in
2004. Frentzen drove for Sauber in F1 in 2003 but both he and teammate Nick
Heidfeld have been replaced...
Sauber Petronas and Philips AG Consumer Electronics, Switzerland, have
entered into a partnership agreement. Under this agreement Philips will be
supplying the Swiss Formula One team with plasma screens, DVD equipment and
LCD projectors primarily...
After persistent rain soaked this region yesterday, the second day of
European Minardi's scheduled three-day test at the Vallelunga circuit, near
Rome, took place in cold, but otherwise improved weather conditions. Today,
it was the turn of Finn,...
Fernando Alonso continued the tyre test from yesterday, which involved
doing short runs to evaluate performance.
Both Alonso and Franck Montagny concentrated on brake work in the morning, which
resulted in ...
Pedro de la Rosa once again topped the times at the week's test session in
Jerez, a 1:16.203 for the McLaren test driver and an unofficial lap record.
De la Rosa was behind the wheel of the MP4-19 and completed 53 laps until an
engine failure cut...
Jarno Trulli got his first impressions of the Renault R24 today, as he completed his
seat fitting in the mock-up chassis at Enstone.
The rain was falling in bucketloads, and the sky still dark, as a familiar
face strolled into the race shop this...
Fourth and final day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro at
the Jerez de la Frontera circuit (Spain.) Once again today, Luca Badoer and
Rubens Barrichello were in action, working on an engine, tyre and
electronics test ...
Hard on the heels of China's first manned spaceflight by Yang Liwei in
October this year, another technological landmark was broken today when
Ho-Pin Tung, together with the BMW WilliamsF1 Team, became the first
ever Chinese driver to test a...
Team Sauber Petronas completed its four-day test at the Circuito
Permanente de Jerez today. Test driver Neel Jani covered 94 laps in
chassis C22-05 to set a best time of 1:20.257.
Jacky Eeckelaert (Chief Race Engineer):
"Today our test driver...
Little Italian squad Minardi is hoping to retain the services of Jos
Verstappen next year to have at least one experienced driver behind the
wheel. Verstappen drove for Minardi in 2003 but was frustrated by the
uncompetitve car and was hoping for...
FIA president Max Mosley has proposed a new system of awarding penalties to
drivers for on-track incidents, which he believes would be better than the
current system of drive-through or stop-and-go penalties. Mosley's idea is
to use a scheme by ...
Australian racing international Will Davison has been given the
opportunity of a lifetime by the expat Aussie owner of the Minardi
Formula 1 team, Paul Stoddart, and been offered a test with the team in
Davison, 21, who raced in this...
European Minardi Cosworth today launched into an intensive test session at
the Vallelunga circuit, in the hills outside of Rome. At the conclusion of
the three-day programme, which involves two European Minardi PS03 chassis,
the team will have ...
The third day of testing in Jerez today saw Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda
putting 23-year-old F3000 Champion BjÃ¶rn Wirdheim through his paces at
the wheel of a B*A*R Honda 005, to evaluate his potential as a test
BjÃ¶rn had a brief taste of...
Fernando Alonso tested transmission components for the R24.
Alonso conducted tyre testing throughout the day. Initially, he tested
new front constructions as well as revisiting older constructions in
Third day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro at the Jerez de
la Frontera circuit (Spain). Finally today, it proved possible to run with
dry weather tyres, as from late morning. The Scuderia's technical programme
for the day centred...