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29-Aug: At the Thursday
press conference for the Belgian Grand Prix, Rubens Barrichello indicated
that coming second in the championship is important as first place has
gone and said "If at the beginning of the year you told me I would be
second in the championship and I said okay, thank you, I wouldn't be doing
good. Just to think I would be happy by finishing second is not a good
idea. But Michael has won already and that is the only place that is left,
the best of the rest, so it is something that is important. It is an
improvement over last year. But to be honest it is much more important to
win the races itself and then see you finish second in the championship
more than anything else, but I would be lying to say it has no
Juan Pablo Montoya indicated that the extension of
his contract had nothing to do with other drivers positions and said
"That was the option that Frank had and he took it. Simple. It's not
major deals going on or anything. I signed the deal back in 2000 for four
years and that was it. Honestly, there is nothing strange , at least
Eddie Irvine indicated that they are introducing a
new front suspension to the car this weekend and that will be the last
development on this year's car.
Felipe Massa denied that the team order situation
during the German GP was behind him not getting a drive at Sauber next
year and said "No, actually I have a very good relationship with
Peter. When he asked to change positions, I did so and a lot of people
were saying that I was fighting with him. This is absolutely not true. I
really like the Sauber team and also everybody in the team and I would
just like to say thank you very much to them because I am really happy for
this opportunity to be in Formula One and to do a good job with the Sauber
team. For me, it's quite good to be here and I hope to do a good job in
the last few races and I hope to do my best to maybe improve the points.
If Sauber can be fourth again in the World Championship I will be really
Anthony Davidson who drove in his first Formula 1
race in Hungary two weeks ago indicated that he was surprised by how hard it
is be lapped and said "Getting lapped is really difficult. I think it was
hard in Hungary to get out of everyone's way as there were so many marbles on
the track. It's such a twisty circuit, you see people behind and you want to
get out of the way as quickly as possible but you've got so many corners in
front of you that you have to go quite far off line and you pick up so much
rubber on your tyres that you slide around a long time after that. It's
Toyota announced today that Olivier Panis has signed a two year
contract with the team from 2003. In an unexpected move, both their
current drivers Mika Salo and Allan McNish will not be driving for the
team next season.
Toyota did not reveal who will be driving alongside Panis next season but CART driver Cristiano da Matta is rumoured to be one of the front runners.
It appears that Olivier Panis had to take this option after Jacques Villeneuve rejected an offer to return to CART for a year and opting to stay at BAR in 2003.
Click here for the latest on the 2003 Season line-up
28-Aug: The Arrows team made a brief announcement today confirming that they intend to race at Spa after an agreement was reached with an American investor to buy the team. The statement read "Arrows Grand Prix International announced today that the team has been sent to Spa. Heads of Agreement have been signed regarding the purchase of the team by an American investor. We hope for the deal to be completed by Friday."
There is speculation that Red Bull and Craig Pollock may be behind this deal but nothing has been confirmed yet.
28-Aug: "Williams first real chance" is the title of the 25th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the Hungarian Grand Prix and the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix - Issue 25
27-Aug: It has been reported that BAR's driver Jacques Villeneuve has rejected a $50 Million deal to return to CART for a year in 2003. BAR's boss David Richards was keen to see Villeneuve return to the CART series for a year while BAR concentrate on their chassis development with Villeneuve returning to the team in 2004. However Gerald Forsythe owner of the Player's Forsythe team was quoted in the "Le Journal de Montreal" saying "We would have loved to have been able to count on the services of someone like Jacques Villeneuve for a year. It would have been very good for Player's and for the CART series. Unfortunately, Pollock asked for even more money. Their demands were too high. I'm not sure he will receive the same kind of offer from an F1 team at the end of his contract in 2003."
This means that Villeneuve will end his contract with BAR at the end of 2003 and with Craig Pollock confirming his interest in the Arrows team, we may see Villeneuve in the Arrows (or whatever it may be called then) in 2004!
27-Aug: The Quali-flyer's predictions for the 'Real Race' at the Belgian GP ... Report
26-Aug: "Another Ferrari domination ?" - The Belgian Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
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