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Ferrari teams continued testing at Fiorano with both Michael
Schumacher and Luca Badoer.
Bernie Ecclestone has warned that if a rival series is setup (story),
the top level of motor racing would be significantly damaged and indicated
that two competing series would be bad for everybody and said "It has
taken me 30 years to build up Formula One into what it is today and it
could take just six months to destroy it."
Max Mosley, the President of the FIA has also indicated that he would hope that the Kirch group and the car manufacturers would reach a settlement but admits that the car manufacturers have more cards in their hand and said "We hope they get together and come to a sensible arrangement so there is no fragmentation of Formula One. We will do everything we can to encourage everybody to reach a settlement. But, in the end, we have to recognise that if the manufacturers are united, they control the teams and drivers and hold more cards than Kirch."
Michael Schumacher has indicated that he would like to see Formula 1 remain on free to air television but even if a rival series does go ahead, he doesn't think that he'll still be driving when that happens and said "I'm convinced that Formula One should be a patrimony for everyone and that everyone should be able to see. When would it start, in six year's time?, I don't think I'll be on the circuit by then."
the third and final day of testing at Magny Cours, it was Nick Heidfeld
who set the fastest time ahead of Marc Gene and Juan Pablo Montoya. The
track conditions were wet in the morning but dried in the afternoon
providing almost ideal conditions for the teams to fine tune their
traction control systems in preparation for the Spanish GP. The teams also
concentrated on setup and aerodynamics for the San Marino GP. Nick Heidfeld
also completed the most number of laps with 76 followed by Enrique
Bernoldi with 72 and Marc Gene with 62.
Testing also concluded at Jerez where once
again Giancarlo Fisichella set the fastest time ahead of Eddie
Irvine and Luciano Burti. Fisichella's time was the fastest at the track
At Silverstone testing was limited to a few installation laps by Jordan and McLaren due to the heavy rain. BAR decided to pack early due to the bad weather. McLaren decided to stay for an additional day and test on the South circuit.
At Fiorano, Luca Badoer was joined by Michael
Schumacher. Michael drove the F2001 and concentrated on setup and
aerodynamics in preparation for the San Marino GP while Badoer continued
testing the traction control systems.
the acquisition of 75% of SLEC (Bernie Ecclestone's holding company) by
the Kirch media group and with growing fears that Formula 1 could become
available only on pay TV or even pay per view, the car manufacturers have
announced their intent to setup a rival series. Paolo Cantarella,
the Chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association
announced that car manufacturers Fiat, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Renault, BMW
AG along with the backing of Toyota and Honda will setup a joint company
with the purpose of setting up a new open-wheel single-seater racing
series and said "As a result of recent developments and in the best
interests of motor sport, it has been unanimously agreed to set up a joint
company, the purpose of which will be to establish, as soon as possible, a
new open-wheel single-seat racing car series."
The Orange Arrows team has decided to withdraw their appeal to the FIA against fining Jos Verstappen $15,000 for crashing into Juan Pablo Montoya while leading the race. A statement released by the team read "After much deliberation, the OrangeArrows team has withdrawn its appeal against the $15,000 fine given to Jos Verstappen as a result of an incident during Sundayís Brazilian Grand Prix.
Due to the varied stories in the media, the team would like to clarify the situation. Prior to the collision with Montoya, Jos was travelling at reduced speed and braking a great deal earlier than on his previous lap. This explains why Jos, an experienced driver, was surprised by the incident.
As far as the OrangeArrows team is concerned, the case is now closed. Jos, who is testing in Magny Cours today, went along to the Williams garage after the race to have a chat with Montoya and later commented, ďI did apologise to Montoya as none of us want these things to happen and I hope we can both put it behind us now and get on with racing.Ē
4-Apr: At Magny Cours, the Arrows, Prost, Sauber and Williams teams continued testing. The track was wet all day giving the team the opportunity to test wet and intermediate tyres as well as their traction control systems. Jean Alesi was the fastest man on the track ahead of Kim Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya. Mark Gene testing with last year's Williams chassis fitted with traction control covered the most number of laps with 91 followed by Juan Pablo Montoya with 87.
At Silverstone, the BAR, Jordan and McLaren teams continued testing under wet conditions in the morning clearing in the afternoon. Jacques Villeneuve set the fastest time on the track since 1997 setting a time below the 1:23 mark. His team-mate Olivier Panis was second fastest ahead of Alexander Wurz. Mika Hakkinen covered the most number of laps with 58 followed by Panis with 47. The Jordan team did not have a good day with Ricardo Zonta spinning in the rain in the morning and suffering an engine problem in the afternoon. Jarno Trulli couldn't test his car until late in the afternoon due to its late arrival from Brazil.
At Jerez, both Benetton and Jaguar were
present. Yesterday only Benetton were present with Mark Webber however the
test was cancelled after 2 laps when Mark complained of pain from a
damaged rib sustained earlier.
Luca Badoer continued testing solo for Ferrari concentrating on traction control. He covered 79 laps in the F1-2000 with a best time of 1:00.256. He also covered 19 practice starts. He will be joined tomorrow by Michael Schumacher who will be concentrating on set-up work for San Marino.
Testing continues at all venues tomorrow
FIA declared the accident between Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher a
racing accident but warned both drivers. They did impose a fine on Jos Verstappen
for crashing into Juan Pablo Montoya. Ralf Schumacher doesn't believe
that fining a driver or team is a solution to prevent accidents. He believes
that a driver should be given a suspended ban and said "A fine
doesn't matter, you can't just give a penalty because Ferrari will pay it
without worrying. In our business the team doesn't care. A race ban is
quite a hard thing, because a mistake can happen to all of us. But a
suspended race ban for four races or something, I think that would be a
Jos Verstappen has admitted feeling
guilty about crashing into Juan Pablo Montoya but doesn't feel fairly
treated by the fine imposed on him by the FIA as neither Jacques
Villeneuve not Rubens Barrichello were fined for what he sees as similar
incidents and said "Why did we get a fine and Villeneuve did not in
Melbourne and neither did Barrichello today in the same spot. Everyone saw
I played fair, I went off my line to give him way. Besides our telemetric
data shows that I had a lesser speed and applied my brakes 30 meters
earlier that normal. I do not know what happened. I feel guilty about the
accident and I have apologised to Montoya after the race."
Formula 1 teams started testing at various tracks today. Williams test
driver Marc Gene set the fastest time of the day at Magny Cours
ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Johnny Herbert. Gene's fastest time was set in
the 2000 car fitted with traction control.
At Silverstone, the teams were hampered by
heavy rain. Ricardo Zonta managed to get a few laps done on the dry
track while Alexander Wurz, Patrick Lemarie and Olivier Panis only managed
a few laps in the wet.
Luca Badoer resumed testing at the
Fiorano. He drove the F1-2000 fitted with traction control. He covered a
total of 81 laps with a best time of 1:01.479.
3-Apr: The Formula 1 teams head back to Europe and start preparing for the San Marino GP on the 15th of this month. They will also continue testing and fine tuning their traction control systems in preparation for the Spanish GP on the 29th of April. The teams will be testing at different venues with BAR, Jordan and McLaren heading for Silverstone. Arrows, Williams and Sauber testing at Magny Cours. Benetton, Jaguar and Prost testing at Jerez and Ferrari testing at Fiorano.
2-Apr: The FIA summoned both Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello following their crash on lap 3 of the Brazilian GP. It was the second incident between the two drivers in as many races. Neither driver accepted the blame for the accident and the FIA did consider it a racing accident, however the stewards expressed concern over the driving standards of both drivers and warned them of their future conduct. Meanwhile former world champion Niki Lauda has called for Barrichello to be suspended for 2 races following the accident with Ralf and said "Such accidents can be bad luck but when such things happen so regularly, he should be told: 'You are suspended for two races. Think it over."
Jos Verstappen who crashed into Juan
Pablo Montoya (who was leading the race) was fined $15,000 by the FIA. A
statement by the FIA read "Having heard the competitors'
representatives and the drivers' explanations, the stewards decided to
impose a fine of $15,000 to the driver of car number 14 (Verstappen) for
causing a collision."