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17-June: Silverstone test session photos are now available featuring 28 regular and test drivers from the Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Sauber, Jordan, BAR, Jaguar, Prost, Arrows and Benetton teams ... Click Here
Ferrari's President Luca Montezemolo has indicated that he prefers to
have Michael Schumacher over his younger brother Ralf.
Montezemolo also indicated that their victory at Suzuka last year was his best moment of his Presidency at Ferrari and said "It was the victory in Suzuka. I have a photo of Todt, Schumacher and Barrichello celebrating in red wigs, two weeks later in Sepang and it sums up the sense of release after so many years of chasing the prize. We went hungry for so long that now we appreciate the feast even more."
15-Jun: Malaysian Formula Nippon driver Alex Yoong has received the biggest boost yet to his Formula 1 dream when the Malaysian Youth and Sports minister confirmed that his government is 100% behind Alex.
Yoong's manager confirmed that they have received and offer from Minardi and they will now be working on obtaining a super license for Alex and said "There's also the question of the super licence which is out of the hands of Minardi and Alex. But in order to apply to the FIA through the AAM, Alex will have to first receive an offer from a F1 team. With this offer in hand, we can now take the proper steps respecting the FIA Sporting Code and make the application to the Malaysian ASN."
Alex is hoping to get the drive before next season and said "I'll probably start my first race next season but I hope it's sooner. If and when this drive comes about, it's not just Alex Yoong getting into a race car but a Malaysian getting into a F1 race car. From day one 10 years ago when I started driving, I have been saying to myself that it's not impossible for Malaysians to get into F1. Its always possible for Malaysians to do whatever they want."
The Minardi team have not confirmed nor denied making an offer to Alex Yoong but team boss Paul Stoddart indicated that while Fernando Alonso is expected to remain at Minardi next season, they have yet to choose a second driver and said "We are not specific to one driver yet. When we are, we will give him a test and if he proves good enough then we will promote him to the race seat."
Tarso Marques who currently drives for Minardi alongside Fernando Alonso has driven for Minardi in 3 seasons (96,97 and 2001) but he has proven too slow even for Alonso who is a rookie.
The Toyota Formula 1 team have
concluded 2 private test sessions in Italy. This was the first time the
Toyota F1 car was run outside the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
The second session was held at Monza
between the 11th and the 13th of June. The team experienced difficulties
with the gearbox and engine during the 3 day session and only managed to
cover 75 laps on all 3 days.
The best time set by McNish was 1:29.680 while Salo set a best time of 1:29.136. These times are around 4.5 seconds slower than the fastest time set by Juan Pablo Montoya during the Monza test session held between the 30th of May and the 1st of June 2001.
14-Jun: Silverstone Test - Day 3: On the final day of testing at Silverstone, Mclaren's test driver Alexander Wurz set the fastest time on this track so far this year (and the fastest time since '97) with a time of 1:22.081. He was over half a second faster than Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello.
10 teams were present on the final day with 19 drivers setting lap times. Alexander Wurz took over from Darren Turner for McLaren, Jacques Villeneuve took over from Takuma Sato for BAR and Narain Karthikeyan took over from Andre Lotterer becoming the first Indian driver to test a Formula 1 car.
The session was interrupted by several
incidents with de la Rosa, Montoya, Webber and Panis having technical
problems while Michael Schumacher spun into the gravel.
Jos Verstappen covered the most number of lap with 95 followed by Pedro de la Rosa with 91 and Jarno Trulli with 83 laps. Karthikeyan covered the least number of laps with 24 while Fisichella covered just 26 laps.
The teams continued evaluating tyres and finding the optimum set-up for the upcoming British GP on the 16th of July. A number of teams were testing aerodynamic components for the upcoming European GP.
The weather was sunny to cloudy with the air temperature reaching 22 degrees.
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Narain Karthikeyan drove the Jaguar
R1B to familiarise himself with the Formula 1 car. Karthikeyan was
scheduled for a Formula 1 drive with Jaguar in December of last year but
it was postponed for 3 times for various reasons.
13-Jun: Silverstone Test - Day 2: Olivier Panis set the fastest time on the 2nd day of testing at Silverstone ahead of Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello.
10 teams were present and 19 drivers set
timed laps. Most regular drivers took over today although a number of
teams still used their test drivers as well.
Mika Hakkinen covered the most number of laps with 76 followed by Rubens Barrichello with 65 and Ralf Schumacher with 64. Giancarlo Fisichella covered the least number of laps with 17 while Ricardo Zonta only managed 18.
The teams continued evaluating tyres for the upcoming British GP on the 16th of July as well as finding the right set-up for the race. Several teams also carried out launch and traction control testing.
The weather was sunny with the air temperature
reaching 22 degrees.
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13-Jun: " Schumacher beats Schumacher at his own game" is the title of the 18th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2001 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix - Issue 18
The McLaren and
Jaguar teams have ended their dispute over Adrian Newey
amicably after both Ron Dennis and Adrian Newey apologised for the
misunderstanding and confusion over this matter.
McLaren and Jaguar Racing are very pleased that this matter has been quickly resolved in a professional and courteous manner. McLaren acknowledges that Jaguar Racing has acted in good faith throughout. The relationship between Jaguar Racing and McLaren has always been a good one and has not been damaged by this matter. Jaguar Racing now understands the circumstances in which the confusion between McLaren and Adrian Newey arose and has therefore decided to accept McLaren's apologies over this matter.
Ron Dennis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the TAG McLaren Group �I would like to apologise for any misunderstanding that has been caused over what has become a confused and complex affair. I am sure that in future, our relationship will be an excellent one and that our rivalries will be confined to on-track competition.�
Adrian Newey, Technical Director, McLaren International �I regret that this matter has occurred but I am delighted that it has now been resolved. I apologise for any difficulties that have been caused. I am sure that we will all now put this matter behind us and concentrate on our common passion for motor racing.�
Niki Lauda, Chairman of Premier Performance Division �I am glad that this matter has been concluded and it is gracious of Ron and Adrian to each offer an apology which are fully accepted by Jaguar Racing which is part of the Premier Performance Division.�
12-Jun: Silverstone Test - Day 1: Jarno Trulli set the fastest time of the day ahead of Darren Turner (Test driver - McLaren) and Marc Gene (Test driver - Williams)
All the Formula 1 teams were present with
the exception of Minardi. 14 drivers were present, 9 of them test drivers
as most of the teams had test drivers carry out the testing duties on the
first day as there regular drivers were given more time to recover from
the jet lag following the Canadian GP.
Ricardo Zonta covered the most number of laps with 77 followed by Pedro de la Rosa with 70 and Patrick Lemarie with 65. Eddie Irvine and Nick Heidfeld only covered 4 laps before withdrawing from the session.
The teams concentrated on set-up work and tyre evaluation for the British GP on the 15th of July. Teams with 2 cars present also concentrated on launch and traction control fine tuning.
There were no major incidents during the session although most teams had minor problems that prevented them from maximising their track time.
Most of the regular drivers will take over tomorrow. It will be the first appearance for both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello at Silverstone this season.
Weather conditions were mainly sunny with air temperature reaching a high of 19 degrees.
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12-Jun: "Can Ralf Schumacher challenge for title ?" Topic of the week - Have Your Say
Jaguar and McLaren will be present at the High Court to present their
cases over the Adrian Newey case. Jaguar won an injunction that prevents
McLaren from entering into any new contract negotiations with Adrian Newey
until the hearing today. Both teams are confident that they will be able
to secure the services of Adrian Newey beyond his existing contract which
expires at the end of July 2002.
Meanwhile Bobby Rahal is confident that Adrian will have to fulfil his contract with Jaguar and indicated that it was unfortunate that they have to go through this path and said "We have a legally binding agreement that was ignored. So unfortunately it's going to the courts. I'm the last person in the world to want to see that happen but I've got to defend our rights. An injunction is nothing more than that the court has recognised that there is an issue here. On Tuesday there will be discussions on both sides. They will argue that what we have isn't binding, even though Queen's Council has declared it so, and of course we'll argue that there was awareness on McLaren's part that this existed. That court will determine if in fact there's been a violation. But even if it turns it over, that's not really the end of it by any means. However, if that court rules in our favour then it's a pretty terminal situation for them."
Most of the Formula 1 teams will
start a 3-day test session at the Silverstone track today. This
will be the last chance for the teams to test at the Silverstone track
before the British Grand Prix on the 15th of July as the new FIA
regulations regarding testing ban testing at a Grand Prix venue 4 weeks
prior to the event.