F1 News - 99-02-10

Benetton brakes cleared by Whiting Charlie Whiting has cleared the Benetton front brakes as legal - as were McLaren's last season. Other teams are expected to mount a protests, as the system is a driving aid in there eyes, which the FIA claims...

Benetton brakes cleared by Whiting

Charlie Whiting has cleared the Benetton front brakes as legal - as were McLaren's last season. Other teams are expected to mount a protests, as the system is a driving aid in there eyes, which the FIA claims to have banned.

Gene doesn't have to perform

Marc Gene has said that there is no pressure on him to perform this season, and that the team are looking at him with a long term view. Luca Badoer and Shinji Nakano have moved back into the frame as the second driver.

Message leaves Arrows

Gordon Message and John Walton have quit the Arrows Grand Prix team. Roger Silman is to take charge of their roles.

Digital F1 hits problems

The teams are facing less money than they expected this year, after Digital F1 has failed to make as much money as expected. It is expected to affect the smaller teams than the larger teams, and could also have a significant impact on Bernie's plans to issue bonds on the back of F1 coverage. He says that his company isn't losing money on digital F1, but companies were not promoting it enough.

Salo looks more likely

Despite press speculation in recent weeks, the place of Mika Salo in the Arrows team is looking more secure. It is now thought that Tora Takagi is out of the picture at Arrows. Tom Walkinshaw said the reason that Salo did not test last week was he was unwell.

BMW say board changes won't affect F1

BMW have said that the recent changes in the board room at BMW won't affect the company's decision to run in F1. A spokesperson said that the decision to enter F1 was taken by the full board. It was also stated that "there are no plans to change BMW's motorsport engagement". This also seems to indicate that the ALMS attack and the Le Mans assault are still safe.

McLaren has embarassing debut

The McLaren team suffered an embarassing debut in front of the worlds press as the MP4-14 took to the track for the first time. The car broke down with suspected electrical problems during the out lap. The car was hastily covered up to prevent anyone looking at the car - such was there hurry that David Coulthard was covered up as well. The team has said that there is less than 10% of parts carried over from last years car.

Minardi launches new M01

Minardi have launched their challenger for the 1999 season - the M01.

Lauda says new cars 'easier to drive'

Niki Lauda has tested the McLaren two seater and said that todays drivers have it easy "I did not expect it to be that easy. I have the same respect for todays drivers because they still have to go quick to win a title but less respect because the car is simpler to drive"

BAR to face FIA on March 12th

British American Racing are to face the FIA on March 12th. They have been summoned under Article 151c of the sporting code. This section deals with "any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally". Craig Pollock says that he is "completely surprised by this development" and that the team "respect the full authority of the FIA to govern the sport of Formula One". He further went on to say that "In all of this I believe we have conducted ourselves in a fair and honourable way towards the sport in general and the FIA in particular."

-- Stephen M Baines stephen@motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Marc Gene , Mika Salo , Tora Takagi , Shinji Nakano , Niki Lauda , Tom Walkinshaw
Teams McLaren , Benetton , British American Racing , Minardi