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Proxis: News #1 97-10-09

Proxis Grand Prix - Volume 42 - Thu 09 OCT 97 E-Mail: proxbullet@aol.com Internet: http://members.aol.com/proxbullet _______________________________________________ Magnussen to remain at Stewart [Thu., Oct.9, 1997, 12:38PM EDT] Jackie...

Proxis Grand Prix - Volume 42 - Thu 09 OCT 97 E-Mail: proxbullet@aol.com Internet: http://members.aol.com/proxbullet _______________________________________________

Magnussen to remain at Stewart [Thu., Oct.9, 1997, 12:38PM EDT]

Jackie Stewart, stressing the fact that a new team always demands continuity, confirmed today that Jan Magnussen will be staying with Stewart Grand Prix next season.

The Dane was in danger of losing his seat after a string of underacheiving performances in the first half of this season. But with some very impressive showings lately, Magnussen has earned his stay.

Magnussen will enter the second year of a four-year contract when he begins next season.

Bridgestone to run new tire at Suzuka [Thu., Oct.9, 1997, 12:25PM EDT]

A French press service reported today that tire supplier Bridgestone will send a new, "special" rubber to Suzuka this weekend for use by their four teams in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bridgestone, based in Japan, has done a significant amount of testing at the undulating circuit, and is pulling hard to gain it's first victory since entering Formula One at the beginning of the season. In addition to the enor- mous testing time they work here, they've also gained valuable experience with several years in local Japanese F3000 and F3 championships.

Prost, Arrows, Stewart, and Minardi cars will all wear the "Suzuka Specials" with high hopes of good results. Bridge- stone's best result of this season has been second places at Monte Carlo (Rubens Barrichello, Stewart), Barcelona=20 (Olivier Panis, Prost), and the near win in Budapest (Damon Hill, Arrows).

F1 circus not to stop in France in 1998 [Wed., Oct.8, 1997, 1:54PM EDT]

A struggle over television rights which almost caused the French Grand Prix to be missed this year has victimized the event for next season.

FIA promoter Bernie Ecclestone and French Grand Prix promoters were not able to come to an agreement on TV viewing within the country and money disputes for the payment of the deal. Therefore, there will not be a French Grand Prix for atleast the 1998 Formula One World Champ- ionship.

Earlier this year, Ecclestone and French GP promoters were able to reach a temporary settlement which allowed the 1997 event to occur. At that time, the FIA made it a point that the agreement covered only 1997, and that France was in danger of losing it's event after this season.

Qualifying to remain unchanged [Wed., Oct.8, 1997, 5:02PM EDT]

In a meeting yesterday at their headquarters in Paris, the FIA decided against the re-introduction of Friday qualifying sessions. ________________________________________________ Copyright =A9 1997 by John E. Klender. All rights reserved. =20

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