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Wed 17 Dec 2003
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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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
F1

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 ...

French GP given short reprieve
F1

French GP given short reprieve

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,...

Williams Jerez test summary 2003-12-09/12
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Williams Jerez test summary 2003-12-09/12

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team concluded their final test of the year today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain. Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gené were on hand to perform testing duties, and concluded the intensive preparation programme for the...

Sato to tour China
F1

Sato to tour China

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 test summary 2003-12-09/12
F1

Toyota Jerez test summary 2003-12-09/12

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...

R24 project, the final stages
F1

R24 project, the final stages

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 ...

Ralf Schumacher to try out Bahrain track
F1

Ralf Schumacher to try out Bahrain track

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...

Frentzen moves to DTM with OpelHeadline
DTM

Frentzen moves to DTM with Opel

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...

Philips new partner for Sauber
F1

Philips new partner for Sauber

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...

Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-11
F1

Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-11

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,...

Renault Jerez test notes 2003-12-11
F1

Renault Jerez test notes 2003-12-11

Tyre programme Fernando Alonso continued the tyre test from yesterday, which involved doing short runs to evaluate performance. Chassis programme Both Alonso and Franck Montagny concentrated on brake work in the morning, which resulted in ...

Jerez test times 2003-12-11
F1

Jerez test times 2003-12-11

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- --------------------- ---- ---------------- ---- ---------- ------- ------- 1. Pedro de la Rosa E McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:16.203 2. Fernando Alonso ...

De la Rosa fastest again at Jerez
F1

De la Rosa fastest again at Jerez

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...

Seat fitting for Trulli
F1

Seat fitting for Trulli

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...

Ferrari Jerez/Fiorano test notes 2003-12-11
F1

Ferrari Jerez/Fiorano test notes 2003-12-11

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 ...

Tung tests for Williams
F1

Tung tests for Williams

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...

Sauber Jerez test notes 2003-12-11
F1

Sauber Jerez test notes 2003-12-11

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...

Minardi hoping to retain VerstappenHeadline
F1

Minardi hoping to retain Verstappen

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...

Mosley proposes new penalty systemHeadline
F1

Mosley proposes new penalty system

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 ...

Davison hungry for Minardi test
BF3

Davison hungry for Minardi test

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 2004. Davison, 21, who raced in this...

Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-10
F1

Minardi Vallelunga test notes 2003-12-10

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 ...

BAR Jerez mid-test report 2003-12-10
F1

BAR Jerez mid-test report 2003-12-10

The third day of testing in Jerez today saw Lucky Strike B*A*R Honda putting 23-year-old F3000 Champion Björn Wirdheim through his paces at the wheel of a B*A*R Honda 005, to evaluate his potential as a test driver. Björn had a brief taste of...

Jerez test times 2003-12-10
F1

Jerez test times 2003-12-10

Pos Driver Nat Team Laps Time Gap To 1st --- --------------------- ---- ---------------- ---- ---------- ------- ------- 1. Pedro de la Rosa E McLaren 72 1:17.166 2. Fernando Alonso ...

Renault Jerez test notes 2003-12-10
F1

Renault Jerez test notes 2003-12-10

Transmission programme Fernando Alonso tested transmission components for the R24. Tyre programme Alonso conducted tyre testing throughout the day. Initially, he tested new front constructions as well as revisiting older constructions in order...

Ferrari Jerez test notes 2003-12-10
F1

Ferrari Jerez test notes 2003-12-10

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...

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