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Michael Schumacher has indicated that he will not be
driving for any other team in Formula 1 and will end his F1 career at Ferrari.
He said "I don't want to waste any more time thinking about it. My days
as a racing driver will end at Ferrari."
Cosworth who supply engines to both Jaguar and Arrows this season have confirmed that they are in discussions with a number of teams for engine supply without naming them. It has been reported that the Jordan Grand Prix team is hoping to secure Cosworth power as Honda want to supply just one team. Minardi are also reported to be in talks with Cosworth for an engine supply in 2003. A Cosworth spokesperson said "There has been a great deal of media speculation in the past few days concerning the supply of Cosworth engines to F1 teams next year. As an engine supplier, Cosworth Racing is in discussion with teams about the possible supply of engines for next season. This is perfectly normal practice and in the event of any agreement, an official statement would be made through Cosworth Racing at the appropriate time."
7-Aug: Following reports indicating that the Player's Forsythe team (CART) could be interested in the services of Jacques Villeneuve, David Richards BAR's boss has supported the idea but admits that it will be Villeneuve's decision and said "I would like to see that happen. Player's is a BAT-owned brand in their last year of sponsorship in CART racing, so they would like to have Jacques leading the team. But Jacques has a valid contract with us so it is his call. We need to have a decision by the end of the month and I hope to sit down with Jacques and discuss it further at the Hungarian Grand Prix."
However Villeneueve's manager Craig Pollock
indicated that such a deal is highly unlikely and said ""Jacques
is in F1, he has his contract in F1 and has no intention of doing anything
else. To take a Formula One world champion to CART would cost an absolute
fortune. Why would he do it? You're finishing your career.
Paul Stoddart has indicated that a decision on
whether Alex Yoong will drive in Hungary will be made on Monday and
said "I want to set the record straight once and for all, there has been
no decision made and that decision will be made on Monday next week.
Everything before then is just pure speculation. I can firmly say that we
would never desert a driver, but we need to make sure he is confident of
qualifying in Hungary and if he is not then we will rest him for a couple of
races and help him get his confidence back. It is no different to a footballer
- if they suffer a drop in form then they get demoted to the reserves and that
is just what we would do with Alex."
Justin Wilson who tested for Jordan on a few occasions was ruled out as he was too tall. He said "I flew out and sat in the car but unfortunately I can't quite get in. If they do change drivers, it won't be me. It is getting quite annoying, but they took my measurements for the future and we are still talking."
5-Aug: With Heinz
Harald Frentzen leaving Arrows to an unknown destination, expect to see a
new driver alongside Enrique Bernoldi most likely with heavy sponsorship
backing. Frenchman Sebastian Bourdais tested for Arrows in July and
could be a possibility. There is also talk about Sauber's Felipe Massa
in a direct swap with Frentzen although that is not expected as Arrows will
end up with 2 Brazilian drivers while Sauber will have 2 German drivers.
Another driver that is expected to be replaced is Minardi's Alex
Yoong who failed to qualify this season for the 3rd time. Yoong said
"Nothing has been decided yet and personally I must admit that not
qualifying at Hockenheim was a big blow for me. We have been on the back foot
a bit since Silverstone and I need to change that. Without testing though,
Friday practice is a pretty hard time to try and do that on top of everything
else. I have not talked to Paul these last couple of dayís but a decision
has to be made soon. I have worked bloody hard to get here and there has been
a lot of sacrifice for little reward, so Iíd be lying if I said I would be
content not to be racing at Hungary. What ever happens though I know it would
be made in the best interest of the team and I will respect that."
There is also talk about Allan McNish being replaced
by CART driver Cristiano De Matta who tested for the team in May this
2-Aug: In a surprise
announcement, the Arrows team announced today that they have ended
their contract with Heinz Harald Frentzen. Team boss Tom
Walkinshaw who is trying everything he can to keep the team afloat
indicated that Frentzen wanted to leave due to the uncertainty within the
team and said "Heinz told us that due to the uncertainty at Arrows,
he wished to stand down and we did not want to stand in his way. Iíd
like to wish him all the best and thank him for the hard work he put in at
The Arrows team have been struggling financially and
their problems became public at the British Grand Prix when the team didn't
take part in Friday practice after failing to pay Cosworth for their engines.
The team is trying to secure new investors to pump cash into the team but
existing shareholders are blocking such moves.
Heinz Harald Frentzen has so far driven for 5 Formula 1 teams. He started his Formula 1 career with Sauber in 94 and after 3 years he moved to Williams for 2 years. He then moved to Jordan. Last year he was sacked by Eddie Jordan just before the German Grand Prix and he joined the Prost team for the rest of the season. With the Prost team going into liquidation, Arrows decided to sign Frentzen. It will be interesting to see if and which team will he drive for for the rest of the season. If he does make a deal with another team, Minardi are in desperate need for a competent driver to replace Alex Yoong and Stoddart won't have too many contractual problems. Jordan would love to have him back as Eddie tried to get him to drive for them at the French GP when Fisichella crashed in practice. Toyota might be interested and so could Jaguar.
30-July: Mark Webber
who tested for Jaguar at the end of last month (story)
is reported to be close to signing a deal with the team however a Jaguar
spokesperson denied any done deals and said "Jaguar Racing has not
entered into formal discussions with any driver for 2003 and that includes
Ferrari's Sporting Director Jean Todt has confirmed that
Ferrari will do all what they can to help their second driver Rubens
Barrichello take second place in the championship as well as Ferrari winning
the Constructors title. He said "Everything will be done to achieves
those goals but Iím not going to tell you what we are going to do. We will
do what we feel we need to do but we are not going to anticipate what we will
do. It all depends; each race is different and we will do what we feel is the
most appropriate for the interests of the team.Ē
29-July: Formula 1 takes a break from racing and track testing up until the Hungarian Grand Prix on the 18th of August. While the teams continue to work at their headquarters, the drivers and the race teams usually take the time off and enjoy the break away from it all!
29-July: "The heat was on!" is the title of the 23rd issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the German Grand Prix - Issue 23