It is being reported by Agence France Presse that Michael Schumacher has split with his spokesman Heiner Buchinger. Willi Weber said "The arrangement with Heiner Buchinger will finish at the end of the year". The exact reason for the split isn't known, but it is understood that Ferrari have been unhappy with Schumacher appearing in the German press more than in Italy, and whether Buchinger fitted in with Ferrari's golden gag order for 2000. Sabine Kehm replaces him. -- Stephen M Baines