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5-Sep: Luca Badoer shook down the 4 Ferraris taking part in the Italian Grand Prix this weekend. He completed a total of 19 laps (12 on the short track) with a best time of 1:05.327. He also carried out a number of pit stop practices.

5-Sep: Formula 1 team bosses and the FIA are set to continue to continue discussions at Monza regarding possible future changes. The meeting they had in London on the 30th of August didn't lead to firm decisions.

The issues being discussed include:

  • Friday Practice: Whether to scrap it, introduce 2 day qualifying or provide extra tyres just for Friday. Many drivers are in favour of a 2-day event while most of the teams are with keeping Friday
  • Ban testing at Grand Prix circuits during the season and use the Paul Ricard circuit as the testing track.
  • Introducing a full race and test ban in August. A move that is heavily pushed by Eddie Jordan to give F1 staff a mid season break.
  • Clarification of the technical rules and possible electronic driver aids that could be allowed.

Barry Green has confirmed discussing a possible senior role at BAR with BAT (British American Tobacco), the majority shareholder of BAR. He said "All I can say is, I haven't just got involved. I have been involved with BAT for a long time and I won't deny there have been some discussions." However he indicated that it is too early to speculate and said "At this point, I haven't done a lot of thinking on it. I've not been to BAR. I haven't seen the facility. A lot of due diligence is required from BAR and from me before anything happens."

Barry is rumoured to be replacing Craig Pollock as the Managing Director at BAR. Barry Green has good links with Jacques Villeneuve who won the CART championship with Team Kool Green in 1995.

4-Sep: "Should Friday practice be scrapped ?". Topic of the week - Have Your Say

3-Sep: "A chance for McLaren to extend their lead!". The Italian Grand Prix preview is now available ... Race Preview

Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix schedule:

Friday Practice Session 1
Friday Practice Session 2
Saturday Practice Session 1
Saturday Practice Session 2
Qualifying Session
Warmup Session
11 AM Monza Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Monza Time / 11 AM GMT
9 AM Monza Time / 7 AM GMT
10:15 AM Monza Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1 PM Monza Time / 11 AM GMT
9:30 AM Monza Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2 PM Monza Time / 12 PM GMT

3-Sep: The Benetton Formula 1 team have announced that Giancarlo Fisichella will be fit to race at the Italian Grand Prix next Sunday following his high speed crash during testing at the Monza track last Wednesday the 30th of August.
Fisichella underwent a medical checkup in Rome and found to have an inflamed tendon in his right ankle. He was advised to take five days rest and anti-inflammatory tablets.

2-Sep: Michael Schumacher is confident that he can turn things around and that the race for the title is far from over when he said "The title is a long way from being lost, It will only be over once there is no longer any mathematical chance. Until then I will give it everything. I will turn things around, you just wait and see."
Schumacher is hoping that the recent developments on the Ferrari will help him achieve that and added "We have some steps coming and if they are what I believe then we can still have great success this season. We have not exploited the car's potential fully and properly this year and that is the thing which we are working on doing. There are no particular circuits on which we are better or worse. Our big challenge is to get the best from the car all the time."

Ferrari's boss Luca Montezemolo shares the same view when he said "There are four races to go and Ferrari are not in any panic, the championship is not over. I agree with Mr. Agnelli that McLaren now have a 60 per cent chance of winning but I prefer what Michael says, that he has a 90 percent chance."

The real test will be at Monza on the 10th of September.

1-Sep: Ralf Schumacher was the fastest man on the track on the final day of testing at Monza just ahead of Rubens Barrichello followed by Jarno Trulli in 3rd.
Olivier Panis completed the most number of laps with 88 followed by Rubens Barrichello with 86 and Eddie Irvine with 84 laps.

13 drivers and 9 Formula 1 teams were present today. Minardi and BAR have concluded their tests yesterday. A few teams extended their stay for a 4th day due to the wet conditions on Thursday. The track condition was dry throughout the day.

Pedro de la Rosa spun and crashed heavily at the second chicane during the afternoon session. The car suffered significant damage but Pedro de la Rosa was fine.

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1-Sep: At the meeting between the Formula 1 team bosses and the FIA bosses, Max Mosley confronted the teams about the reports claiming that a number of teams want him removed from the presidency of the FIA however he received assurances that no team is actively seeking his removal.

Bernie Ecclestone did comment that a number of teams felt that Mosley interferes in the sports and said "I know some of them are complaining that Max is interfering in things that they say have nothing to do with him. But the Formula 1 teams don't have any votes in the election of the president of the FIA. It's up to the 120-odd countries that will vote whether they want Max as president or not."

It is unclear yet whether Mosley will seek another 5 year term for the FIA presidency next year when his current term expires.

31-Aug: Jacques Villeneuve was the fastest man on the track today and set a time of 1:26.296 over half a second ahead of David Coulthard and Heinz Harald Frentzen.
Jacques Villeneuve also completed the most number of laps with 59 followed by Pedro de la Rosa, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz who did 50 laps.

18 drivers and all the Formula 1 teams were present today at Monza in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix on the 10th of September.

The session was interrupted twice by heavy rains in the morning and the afternoon which brought and early end to the day. This gave the teams only a limited dry track time affecting their planned program.
A number of teams including Sauber and Arrows initially planned to finish their testing today have decided to extend till tomorrow due to the weather conditions. Ferrari, Benetton, Williams will also continue testing tomorrow. 

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31-Aug: Dario Franchitti has re-signed with Team Kool Green ruling him out of a possible drive with Jaguar next year. Franchitti tested the Jaguar Formula 1 car earlier this year and at one stage a deal was thought to have been as good as done. Rumours also linked Franchitti with BAR but that failed to materialise as Olivier Panis took the second seat alongside Jacques Villeneuve.
Franchitti described Team Kool Green as the 'best in CART' after the announcement although it appears that he is keeping his options open for 2002 as he only committed to a 1 year contract.
Luciano Burti is now the favourite for the seat although Tomas Scheckter and Jean Alesi have been linked to the team.

The latest in driver and team movements

In another development, Team Kool Green owner Barry Green has been rumoured to be replacing Craig Pollock as the Managing Director at BAR. Barry Green has good links with Jacques Villeneuve who won the CART championship with Team Kool Green in 1995. British American Tobacco (BAT) are also the major sponsors of both teams.

30-Aug: Gianni Agnelli the Honorary President of FIAT was present at the Monza test session today in a show of support for the Ferrari team. He said "The race isn’t over yet, there is still quite a way to go. It’s moments like this that sort the men from the boys, and we have those men."
He also assured everyone that things will remain the same next year even if the don't win and said "What would happen if we don’t win this year? We would keep the team just the way it is."

30-Aug: David Coulthard was the fastest man on the track today and set a time of 1:26.080 ahead of teammate Mika Hakkinen and Heinz Harald Frentzen.
Jacques Villeneuve (4th fastest) did the most number of laps with 79 ahead of   Michael Schumacher (9th fastest) with 66 laps and Marc Gene with 63.

19 drivers and all the Formula 1 teams were present on the 2nd day of testing at Monza in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix on the 10th of September.

Giancarlo Fisichella had a big crash at the Ascari corner due to brake failure. The car was very badly damaged but Fisichella climbed out of the car unaided. He suffered minor bruises to his knees and elbows and was taken to the medical center for checks. Benetton continued testing with one car with Alexander Wurz.
The session was also interrupted by a heavy rain shower in the afternoon and some teams decided to end their testing at that time.

It is interesting to note that drivers who miss the first chicane could actually set a better time although the time is disallowed. This will be interesting during the race as the race stewards can impose a stop-go penalty if a driver misses a chicane resulting in an advantage. It will be interesting to see how this will be applied as the start of the race!

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30-Aug: "That was boring!" is the title of the 27th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2000 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the Belgian Grand Prix - Check it out here !!

30-Aug: Formula 1 team bosses and the FIA meet in London today to discuss Grand Prix events and possible future changes.

It is expected that both the FIA president Max Mosley and vice-president Bernie Ecclestone will attend in addition to the Formula 1 team bosses.

The possible changes to be discussed include:

  • Reducing the Grand Prix event to 2 days by dropping Friday. A move favoured by the drivers
  • Reintroducing 2 qualifying sessions (Friday and Saturday) and using the cumulative time for determining the grid positions. Alain Prost favours this approach
  • Ban testing at Grand Prix circuits such a Silverstone, Barcelona, Magny Cours and Monza. This should make Friday practice on those circuits more interesting
  • Introducing a test ban mid season

29-Aug: 14 drivers and all the Formula 1 teams were present on the first day of testing at Monza in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix on the 10th of September. Luca Badoer (Ferrari test driver) was the fastest man on the track with a time of 1:26.324 ahead of David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella.
Badoer also completed the most number of laps with 93 followed by Darren Manning (BAR test driver) with 76 and Giancarlo Fisichella with 75.

The test started under damp conditions but the cars formed a dry line quickly. The teams are concentrating on race setup for this low downforce circuit and also getting used to the modified first chicane that has caused so many first lap accidents in the past. Both the McLaren drivers present (Coulthard and Panis) experienced engine problems as they test a new evolution of the Mercedes engine. Jos Verstappen also suffered an engine failure.

The fastest time set here this year is by Jenson Button with a time of 1:24.054.
More regular drivers will be joining tomorrow including Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve.

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