Tula confirms bid
A Russian industrial city, Tula, has confirmed it wishes to host a Grand Prix. They claim to have an investor putting in $300m into development of the circuit. It is not guaranteed to happen, the FIA have said 'It's not asolutely impossible, but to say it's possible would be premature'
BAR takes FIA to court
The British American Racing team have confirmed their action against the FIA. In a statement, Craig Pollock has said:
'British American Racing believes this inhibits its commercial freedom when dealing with potential sponsors, we have tried to explore every possible avenue to resolve the matter and avoid taking this course of action.
However, the FIA did not give us any other option and we have therefore initiated formal legal proceedings.'
FIA wins telly rights
The FIA has moved a step closer to winning the TV rights battle. The FIA won in court last week the rights to a whole range of motor sports after Wolfgang Eisele tried to wrest rights for truck racing from the FIA. In the same week the FIA has won a battle in the French courts. It has the rights, it was decided, to exclude a country from a championship if it didn't agree to the FIA having television rights. The FIA is now expecting a positive reaction from the EC.
Details of Prost-Barnard deal revealed
Details are emerging of the Prost-Barnard deal. John Barnard has not been employed by Prost Grand Prix as previously reported in the press. It now has been declared that Prost GP has signed an exclusive contract with John Barnards B3 Technologies to work on the Prost AP02. Last year Barnard was employed by Arrows, whilst his company worked for Prost amongst others. The duration of the contract isn't known.
Honda to run at F1 tests
It appears that the new Honda team, which are due to compete in 2000, are going to test with the other F1 teams during 1999. The decision has been forced on it by the tyre restrictions imposed by Bridgestone.
Williams to unveil new sponsor
Williams Grand Prix Engineering are to show a new major sponsor at the Autosport show in January. The team has been linked to deals with long-time BMW partners Warsteiner and Petrofina.
Dave Richards to return soon?
David Richards has said he will be announcing his future role in F1 soon. Rumours include a role at BAR.
China stumps up cash
The Chinese authorities have put an extra =A37m into the new Grand Prix track to guarantee it's future in F1. The money will be spent on grandstands, press centre and the paddock. It was dropped from the schedule due to concerns over the state of facilities and logistics.
Benetton courts Renault
Benetton Formula boss, Rocco Benetton, has said he hopes to bring Renault back to F1. He has been reported saying that the team is in daily discussions with Renault, and that he believes they want to return.
Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk