Schumacher plays Santa

In Italy, Michael Schumacher has been at the Ferrari factory at Maranello dressed as Father Christmas to give out presents to the children of the workers. AFP says that "Schumacher was joined for the event by a couple of clowns, Ferrari team chief Jean Todt and company president Luca di Montezemolo".

Michelin confirms comeback to F1

Michelin have announced today that they will be entering F1 in 2001. They announced that they would supply the Williams team and Toyota "some time before 2003".

Jerez testing times for 15/12

Testing continues at Jerez this week 1. Olivier Panis McLaren 1min 24.418sec (56 laps) 2. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:24.983 (102) 3. Johnny Herbert Jaguar 1:25.081 (83) 4. Marc Gene Minardi 1:25.157 (51) 5. David Coulthard McLaren 1:25.508 (57) 6. Jacques Villeneuve BAR 1:25.843 (61) 7. Luciano Burti Jaguar 1:26.177 (17) 8. Bruno Junqueira Williams 1:26.704 (25) 9. Pedro Diniz Sauber 1:26.828 (34) 10. Eddie Irvine Jaguar 1:26.946 (32) 11. Norberto Fontana Minardi 1:27.774 (19) 12. Max Wilson Minardi 1:27.824 (20) 13. Darren Manning Williams 1:28.829 (46) 14. Mika Salo Sauber 1:42.214 (87)

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