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March 30 - April 6 News
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6-Apr: "Don't count your chickens, Michael" is the title of the 6th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2000 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at what could happen at the San Marino GP - Check it out here !!
6-Apr: The World Motor Sport Council has announced that should the European Commission Competition Department interpretation of the European Union law prove incompatible with the FIA's world-wide Statutes and the FIA International Sporting Code, then arrangements would be made to treat the European Union as a single country within the membership rules of the FIA and hence holding a strictly limited number of world championship events. The Council has also declared that "pending a clarification of the European Union law, contracts for the FIA World Championship events within the European Union will not be renewed".
The Council also decided to impose a $100,000 fine on the promoters of the Brazilian GP following the 3 incidents of advertising signage falling onto the track during the qualifying session. The penalty was expected to be even more severe including the possibility of a race ban however "due to a combination of different and quite exceptional circumstances" the council decided to impose a fine only.
5-Apr: San Marino Formula 1 Grand Prix schedule :
5-Apr: Luca Badoer shook down the 3 F1-2000 cars at Fiorano as a final preparation for the San Marino GP. He did a total of 14 laps with 7 on Schumacher's car and 5 on both Barrichello's and the T car (spare car). His best time was 1:02.509 ... Fiorano Test Results.
4-Apr: The FIA's International Court of Appeal has decided to confirm the stewards decision to disqualify David Coulthard and the McLaren team from the 2nd place finish in Brazil.
McLaren's defence was based on the fact that the circuit was too bumpy and hence the infringement. The FIA's Court of Appeal rejected that claim and indicated that every team should take into consideration the nature of the track and make the necessary adjustments. The Court of Appeal pointed out that the teams have a chance to test the effects the circuit has on their cars from the first practice session on Friday.
3-Apr: At 9:30 AM this morning in Paris, the FIA International Court of Appeal met with the McLaren representatives for the appeal hearing regarding the disqualification of David Coulthard from the Brazilian GP. Following the hearing, David Coulthard and McLaren were optimistic that the FIA's International Court of Appeal would reinstate Coulthard's 2nd place finish in Brazil but they will have to wait for the decision which is expected tomorrow around midday.
2-Apr: The San Marino GP preview is now available ... Full Report
1-Apr: On the final day of testing for Ferrari at Fiorano, Michael Schumacher concentrated on aerodynamic testing and setup work. He completed a total of 98 laps with a time of 1:00.542 ... Timed Results
31-Mar: Following a problematic day yesterday, Michael Schumacher completes 92 laps at Fiorano with a best time of 1:00.770 only stopping his testing session due to lack of visibility. He tested different setup and aerodynamic solutions in preparation for the San Marino GP. Luca Badoer continued testing the F399 and concentrated on race starts. He did 51 laps with a best time of 1.01.405 ... Timed Results
30-Mar: Ralf Schumacher
sets the fastest time on the third day of testing at Silverstone ahead of Olivier Panis
and Eddie Irvine. Benetton concluded their testing yesterday and went to Santa Pod for
straight line testing
At Fiorano, Luca Badoer continued testing the F399 concentrating on testing new components and race starts. Badoer did 55 laps and set a best time of 1:01.831. Michael Schumacher in the F1-2000 stopped on his installation lap with a faulty fuel feed system, he restarts his testing tomorrow.
30-Mar: Jaguar have announced today that they will be running on Michelin tyres for the 2001 season. They are the 3rd team to announce the switch. Williams and Toyota (who are still to confirm whether they are entering in 2001 or 2002 will also be using Michelin tyres.