Renault to return The board at Renault have given the go-ahead to develop a new engine for F1, and the French concern could be back as early as 2001. The technical team were informed at a meeting last month. Conflicting sources say that the ...
Renault to return
The board at Renault have given the go-ahead to develop a new engine for F1, and the French concern could be back as early as 2001. The technical team were informed at a meeting last month. Conflicting sources say that the manfuacturer will return either as Renault or as Nissan (whom they bought a stake in earlier this year). In both stories, Renault is being linked to buying out Arrows as their entry vehicle. Benetton have openly said they would like to have Renault return, but they are not currently being linked with the return.
Mosley to introduce engine supply rules
Stories are saying that Max Mosley is keen to introduce engine supply regulations, requiring a manufacturer to supply more than one team if deemed necessary. It is being introduced to help the smaller teams that do not have factory deals. A similar rule is in existance in CART.
Report: Prost sells stake to LVMH
According to Autosport, Alain Prost has sold a 10% stake in Prost Development (Prost Grand Prix's parent company) to luxury goods group LVMH. Other sources indicate a stake closer to 20%.
FIA closes safety loophole
The FIA has instructed all teams in F1 that they must follow a specific procedure when refuelling. McLaren complained to the FIA that Ferrari routinely removed the fuel nozzle from the car before the rig was totally empty. Intertechnique has said that this method is "less safe" than the normal method. The FIA has now insisted that all rigs must be empty before removing the nozzle. Ferrari is believed to have done this, as by overfilling the gravity fed system, the fuel can run into the car faster than a partly filled tank.
Jaguar boss backs Irvine
The Jaguar boss, Jonathan Browning, has given his support to Eddie Irvine. "We chose him for his personality and for his ability to work in unison with team managers and technicians. He's proved his potential and confirmed with Herbert that he is the driver needed by Jaguar."
BAR chief admits to being embarassed
Jerry Forsythe, a shareholder in BAR and member of the board, has said that the BAR team has embarassed itself this year. "This year was a learning year, and in retrospect, it's easy to be a genius and say we should have waited a year and tested and made sure of ourselves on the circuits. It wasn't our intention to embarrass ourselves - although that has taken place."
McLaren tests 2000 parts
BAR appeals to sponsor
British American Racing is reported to be appealing to BAT Industries to give up its wanting to run cars in two different liveries. BAR is keen to avoid another run in with the FIA. The re-shuffling within the team continues, with Ian Ross being made Chief of Operations and Les Olsen the commercial director.