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- 25 July News
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In a shock announcement by
the Jordan Grand Prix team and just days before the German Grand
Prix, the team announced the termination of their contract with Heinz
Harald Frentzen. The team issued a statement that read "With
immediate effect Jordan Grand Prix has terminated its contract with
Heinz-Harald Frentzen for the 2001 and 2002 World Championships.
Heinz Harald Frentzen
is contesting the sudden decision and
could take legal action against the team. He said "Following an
unexpected termination of my contract by Jordan Grand Prix Limited, I will
likely not be driving in Hockenheim this weekend.
Frentzen had a 2 year contract with Jordan that runs out at the end of
the 2002 season. This was confirmed again by Eddie Jordan last month (story)
denying the speculation that Frentzen could be on his way out.
While Ricardo Zonta has been named as the driver to replace Frentzen at Hockenheim, the team have not announced who will be taking Frentzen's seat permanently until the end of the season.
24-Jul: "Who has impressed you more, Montoya or Raikkonen ?" Topic of the week - Have Your Say
German Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:
22-Jul: European Minardi team boss, Paul Stoddart has called for changes to the points system as well as the qualifying rules. This follows the failure of his driver Tarso Marques to qualify within the 107% rule at the British GP. Stoddart also wants points awarded to the top 10 as that will give the slower teams a much better chance to score points. He said "This week we lost out, next week it could be someone else. The way lap times have fallen this year, there could easily be five or six of us suddenly outside the 107 percent rule. The top teams are not limited by resources and will get further ahead. Points from first to 10th place would transform our team. We deserve credit for producing cars that are just three seconds off the pace."
Luca Badoer concluded a 5 day test session for Ferrari at Fiorano.
Once again the team concentrated on aerodynamic and electronic testing.
Badoer completed 70 laps and practiced 4 starts.
21-Jul: Speaking for the first time
after his high speed crash on Tuesday at Monza, Michael Schumacher
indicated that he was feeling fine and said "I'm fine. Naturally, on
Wednesday and Thursday, I still felt the after-effects of the accident,
but not too much. The doctors advised me to take a short break to relax
and suggested I should not make an immediate return to testing. On
Thursday afternoon, I did some light training and over the weekend, I will
continue with my normal physical training programme."
The European Minardi team announced that Nigel Mansell will drive the Minardi F1 2 seater at Donington Park on the 21st of August for the Thunder in the Park day. Mansell will join Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart and the team's F1 and F3000 drivers to act as high-speed "chauffeurs" for the passengers!. The event will include a 5 lap race between 4 Minardi F1 2 seaters.
Paul Stoddart said "I often hear the complaint from motor racing fans that Formula One has become too inaccessible. The purpose of ‘Thunder in the Park’ is to try and remedy that in some small way, and we, at European Minardi, are more than pleased to be able to contribute to what is certain to be an exciting day for all those present. Nigel remains a massively popular figure with Grand Prix fans around the world, and we are honoured that he has agreed to drive one of our fleet of two-seater F1 cars at Donington. I’m sure his presence, both on and off the circuit, will ensure this is a highly successful event. I’m really looking forward to the occasion and being able to demonstrate that at least one Formula One team remains ‘fan-friendly’.”
On the final day of testing at Monza, Eddie Irvine once again
topped the timesheets ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Mika Hakkinen. It
was the 3rd day in a row that a Michelin running car tops the timesheets
here possibly indicating an advantage for the Michelin tyres on low
Weather: Wet to dry from mid-morning onwards. Maximum air temperature of 27
The Jaguar duo of Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa
topped the timesheets on the 3rd day of testing at Monza. Rubens
Barrichello was 3rd fastest ahead of Jarno Trulli and Mika Hakkinen.
Testing continues tomorrow.
The Sauber team concluded their test at Valencia
with Nick Heidfeld setting the fastest time on the final day.
Patrick Lemarie driving for BAR was 2nd fastest. Nick Heidfeld
covered the most number of laps with 86 while Patrick Lemarie covered 76
BAR will conclude their testing here tomorrow.
Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya set the 2 fastest time on the
second day of testing at Monza ahead of Alexander Wurz in the McLaren.
Malaysian Alex Yoong tested the Minardi for the second time and with Tarso Marques failing to qualify at the British GP, it now seems certain that Yoong will take Marques' seat as soon as he gets his Super-license and that could be in time for the Belgian GP on the 2nd of September. Today he covered 49 laps and was happy with the progress he is making and said "We were concentrating on doing lots of laps rather than on lap times, but they did come down steadily with each run. It’s a sign we are making progress and I’m now looking forward to tomorrow."
Testing continues tomorrow.
At Valencia, Nick Heidfeld took over from
his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and set the fastest time of the day ahead of
BAR's test driver Patrick Lemarie.
Testing continues tomorrow
At Fiorano Luca Badoer continued his
testing at Fiorano concentrating on set-up and electronic testing. He
covered a total of 73 laps and also practiced 16 starts.
18-Jul: "Hakkinen, too little too late" is the title of the 23rd issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2001 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the British Grand Prix - Issue 23
17-Jul: The Formula 1 teams returned to the track today with most of them testing the high speed - low downforce track of Monza in preparation for the German Grand Prix on the 29th of July. This will also be the last test they can perform here before the Italian Grand Prix on the 16th of September as following the German GP will be a test ban for 3 weeks.
On the first day of testing at Monza it was Ricardo Zonta in the
Jordan who topped the timesheets ahead of Marc Gene in the Williams and
Alexander Wurz in the McLaren.
suffered a high speed crash at the Roggia
corner after losing downforce due to suspected damage to the under-floor
of his car. He was unhurt in the accident but underwent a check-up at the
medical centre as a precautionary measure and he was fine.
Also at Monza, young Australian James Courtney drove the Jaguar R2 for the first time. Courtney who drives for the Jaguar Racing team in the British Formula 3 championship covered 50 laps on his first day of testing and was 9th fastest.
Testing continues tomorrow with more regular drivers taking over from
the test drivers.
At Valencia, Sauber started a 3 day test session in preparation for the Hungarian GP on the 19th of August. Kimi Raikkonen was the only driver on track as he covered 58 laps concentrating on set-up and tyre evaluation.
Testing continues tomorrow with BAR expected to join.
17-Jul: Ralf Schumacher for the
second race in a row appears to have ignored team instructions to let his
team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya through.
Many would consider the incident between Coulthard and Trulli as a
racing incident however David Coulthard had everything to lose by closing
the door on Trulli. A frustrated Eddie Jordan believes that David
Coulthard ruined his own chances in the championship by doing what he did
and said "Someone of his calibre knows that in order to win the
Championship he has to accumulate points, so having made a poor start, he
should have realised that a charger from behind would be going for glory
at the first corner. I don’t see how Jarno can be blamed for going for
it as he had nothing to lose. By not giving Jarno any space David ruined
his chances of fighting with Michael for the title.
16-Jul: Alain Prost has indicated
that while he hoped that his record number of GP wins (51) would hold
forever, he is prepared for Michael Schumacher to break it soon and said
"The fact that Michael is getting very close to beating it, I was
already prepared. I mean I stopped six, nine years ago - I don't even
remember. It's a long time already that I have held the record. I am part
of the history of Formula One, when you retire it's not that important,
but it would have been good to keep this record forever. The most
important thing is to be still there to look at this sort of record being
beaten, especially when you have been racing for 20 years. Obviously he
(Michael) is one of the best, I would never say that he is the best, or
me, or Fangio. You cannot say he is the best, some people say that, but I
would never say that. He's very quick, he's very clever, he has managed to
get the team situation at Ferrari where he can do his job in a very
special ambience in a very special team."