Proxis News 97-09-08

Proxis Grand Prix - Volume 37 - Mon 08 SEP 97 E-Mail: Internet: _______________________________________________ N E W S R E P O R ...

Proxis Grand Prix - Volume 37 - Mon 08 SEP 97 E-Mail: Internet: _______________________________________________ N E W S R E P O R T

BMW confirms stance with Williams

BMW officially announced today they will supply Williams Grand Prix Engineering with engines during the 2000 season.

They also made it clear they will not be paying for William's Mecachrome agreement, in which Williams will receive the customer French powerplants in 1998 and 1999.

Briatore confirmed to leave Benetton

Benetton announced Friday that team manager Flavio Briatore will part services with the team at the end of the season.

Briatore is rumored to be retiring altogether, as it was recently revealed that he no longer has a stake in the Minardi team.

The Italian would not provide a solid comment on his future.

Fittipaldi hurt in plane crash

Two-time Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi fractured several vertabra in a crash involving a small plane in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also suffered several scrapes and bruises, but nothing serious.

Fittipaldi retired from racing last year after breaking his back in a crash over 200mph at Michigan International Speedway during the CART Marlboro 500. =20

Besides his two grand prix titles, the 50-year-old Brazilian netted 14 F1 race wins, 22 Indycar wins, and is twice the winner of the famed Indianapolis 500.

Panis to return to action this week

Olivier Panis will drive a Formula One car this week for the first time since his crash at Montreal less than three months ago.

The Frenchman's legs had healed and strengthened sufficiently to allow him into an F3 car at last Wednesday, doing very well at the Le Castellet circuit in the south of France.

Australian government says 'no' to tobacco ban

Legislators and doctors in Australia who were seeking a ban on tobacco advertising were met with stiff opposition last week. The conservative ruling party struck down the proposal, and thus saved the Australian Grand Prix in the process. ________________________________________________ Copyright =A9 1997 by John E. Klender. All rights reserved. =20

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Emerson Fittipaldi
Teams Williams , Benetton , Minardi