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News on International F3000, Italian F3000, F3000 Autumn Cup (UK) and Formula Nippon.

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August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira has six offers for 2001 Bruno Junqueira, who clinched the F3000 title at Spa last Saturday, has claimed he has six offers of drives for next season, three in Champ Cars and three in F1. The 23-year Williams test driver told Autosport: "Winning the title has given me the chance to challenge for a drive in Formula 1 or Champ Cars. Which one will I do? It's 50/50 because I'm talking to three teams in America and three in Europe. I must make up my mind in the next two or three weeks." He added: "I will start focusing on my future this week, but first I want to enjoy my championship success." He is also set for a change of hairstyle: "I didn't drink alcohol at the post-race party - I never touch alcohol - but I promised my mechanics I would do one thing. I have to get my hair cropped really short - then dyed green or blue." Ganassi Racing in CART appears to be Junqueira's most likely berth for 2001, with 1999 champion Juan Montoya moving to F1 with Williams. Junqueira said: "I have spoken to Ganassi, certainly, and it's a very interesting option, but I have not yet signed anything." Junqueira may yet hold out for an F1 drive. He has been linked in the past with having an outside chance at Minardi, Sauber and Arrows. If he goes to F1 he will lose his long-term sponsor: "If I move to F1 I will have to say goodbye to Petrobras, my sponsor, because obviously I won't be racing for Williams, with which it has an exclusive deal." Petrobras has just had its contract with Williams renewed for another two years. The Brazilian oil giant has sponsored the team since 1998. In 1999 it became the title sponsor of Junqueira's Petrobras Junior F3000 team, formerly Den Bla Avis.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Murchison to test for Astromega This year's Formula Holden runner-up Christian Murchison is to test with Astromega this winter at Barcelona. It has also emerged that he had planned to compete in two rounds of the F3000 Autumn Cup. Sascha Bert is set to compete in two of the four races with Astromega. The 19 year-old Australian Murchison made his F3000 testing debut with Red Bull Junior at the Pannoniaring in Hungary earlier this month. He was beaten to the Formula Holden title by Simon Wills at Mallala last weekend, the Kiwi taking his second successive crown in the series for old F3000 chassis.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Fernando Alonso

Alonso to Minardi? Fernando Alonso has been further rumoured as a potential driver for Minardi in F1 next year. The 19-year old Spaniard, who took his debut F3000 win with Astromega at Spa last Saturday, is a protégé of Minardi title sponsor Telefonica. The telecommunications company may move him into the Minardi team as replacement for fellow Spaniard Marc Gene. Any decision is set to be made in September. His chance of graduating with the team he is testing for this year depends on whether Telefonica stays with the team. They have been rumoured as possibly switching to Benetton in 2002, a move which might lead Minardi to sell out to Pan-American Sports Network (PSN). Should Minardi sell the team, the new owner might want two South American drivers rather than a Spanish driver. In that case, F3000 champion Bruno Junqueira may be a possibility.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Bottom three wait for decision The three teams faced without an entry for the 2001 FIA F3000 championship must await a decision on their future. Kid Jensen Racing, Witmeur KTR and World Racing Team (WRT) finished outside the top 12 in this year's team standings. They face being replaced in the championship by the top teams in F3000 Italia or by new teams. Kid Jensen Racing technical director Simon Barker told Autosport: "We want to take part, but it's not clear what the admission criteria will be. It's possible we won't know until December 1." Witmeur KTR boss and former F3000 frontrunner said: "We'd like an answer soon." The FIA Sporting Regulations are vague on the matter of how the 2001 field will be determined and have caused much confusion all year.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter criticises F3000 1979 F1 World Champion Jody Scheckter has claimed that Formula 3 prepares drivers for F1 better than F3000. In his Autosport column he said, referring to the replacement at Williams of Jenson Button with Juan Montoya: "Montoya has done well in Formula 3000 and Champ Cars but both require a very different style of driving to modern Formula 1 cars. You slide around a lot more, which is the opposite to F1. I never did F3000 or Indy Cars; I probably would have enjoyed it. I now think that the best preparation for F1 is Formula 3. Sure, F3000 is good for learning the circuits, but F3 cars are much more precise, a bit like some of the F1 cars." Jody's son Tomas competes in both International F3000 and British F3. Formula 3 appears to be fulfilling the role F3000 is designed to carry out at the moment. Jenson Button graduated direct from the British series in 1999, while Antonio Pizzonia and Takuma Sato look likely to bypass F3000, as did Luciano Burti, likely to drive for Jaguar in 2001.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Encouraging SRWC debut for Morelli F3000 irregular Dino Morelli had an encouraging debut in the Sports Racing World Cup at Donington last weekend. The Ulsterman, teamed with Richard Lyons, took a works SR2 Tampolli-Alfa RT99 to 2nd in class and 6th overall. Both drivers are hoping to attract the interest of a major team.

 

August 31st 2000 - International F3000:

Edenbridge to reform for BTCC? Former F3000 team Edenbridge Racing could reform to compete in the relaunched British Touring Car Championship next year. The team may run a two-car junior team which Vauxhall plans to enter. Edenbridge is run by Peter Briggs, the organiser of this year's inaugural Autumn Cup. The team's involvement in International F3000 ended early in 1999 when the European Edenbridge team suffered an acrimonious split.

 

August 29th 2000 - International F3000 / Italian F3000:

Argentinian team to buy out Fortec? A new Argentinian team is set to move into International F3000 next year, buying out the entry of the Fortec Motorsport team. The team will run Argentinian drivers, one of them likely to be 1998 Nordic pilot Brian Smith. One team of two cars is also set to be run in F3000 Italia. Another Argentinian Nicolas Filiberti, one of many Durango pilots in 1999, may also compete in the Autumn Cup in Britain ahead of next season. Brian Smith has this year competed in Argentina's Turismo Carretera touring car series. Earlier in the season Unofficial F3000 Information reported that an Argentinian team was set to be established to bring Smith back to Europe, with backing from the TV channel holding F1 rights in Latin America. Turismo Carretera team owner Hugo Cuervo and chassis builder Christian Avila were involved in the project. Fortec have struggled to find results in their two seasons of F3000, this year finishing with just 6 points. (Source: Javier Barrio)

 

August 29th 2000 - Italian F3000 / International F3000:

Antonio Garcia, Valencia, March 2000

Adrian Campos Motorsport set to join F3000 Italia Adrian Campos Motorsport, the Formula Nissan team which won titles in 1998 and 1999 for Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso, looks set to join the F3000 Italia grid next season. The outfit of former F1 driver Campos is leading this year's standings with Antonio Garcia (left). The team plans to make its debut in the Italian F3000 series next year, before making a jump to the FIA International F3000 series in two or three years' time. (Source: Javier Barrio)

 

August 29th 2000 - International F3000:

Ayari abandons Indy Lights plans Soheil Ayari, having just finished his worst F3000 season in his four-year career, has pulled out of his planned return to Indy Lights due to budget problems. The Frenchman will instead concentrate on preparations for the 2001 season. Ayari left the Brian Stewart Racing team earlier in the year to concentrate on his F3000 programme, but had planned to return when the F3000 season ended. Ayari scored just one point this season, splitting with Coloni to join WRT towards the end of the year. (Source: www.F3000.com)

 

August 29th 2000 - International F3000:

Coke heading for F1 with Benetton? According to www.alphaf1.com, Nordic F3000 sponsor Coca-Cola may become Benetton's main sponsor in F1 next season with the withdrawal of Japanese Tobacco Inc. which owns Mild Seven. The soft drinks giant also looks set to replace Foster's with extensive track advertising next year. It had previously been claimed that the company might focus solely on trackside hoardings rather than sponsoring a team. The Nordic car of Justin Wilson has been sponsored by Coke since the A1-Ring F3000 round.

 

August 29th 2000 - Formula Nippon:

Takagi looking towards CART? A rumour at www.seventhgear.com claims that runaway Formula Nippon champion Toranosuke Takagi may be seeking employment in Champ Cars next season. Japanese motorsport magazines have stated that the PIAA Nakajima driver is seeking opportunities in F1 and America. Former Tyrrell and Arrows F1 driver Takagi won every race but one this season in Formula Nippon. He attended the Hungarian GP as a guest of Honda, and it was claimed he was seeking a testing role with either BAR or Jordan, both running Honda engines in 2001. The Honda link may be his route into CART if his slim F1 chances end, claims Seventh Gear.

 

August 29th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter crashed on formation lap A quick update: At Spa McLaren's Tomas Scheckter did not line up on his 17th grid slot due to a crash on the formation lap. The South African injured his right wrist in the shunt. He said: "I lost control of the car on the second lap to the grid and hit the barrier, breaking the front wing and the right-front suspension. Unfortunately that meant I couldn't start the race."

 

August 29th 2000 - International F3000:

Heidfeld joins Sauber on three-year deal It was announced yesterday that Nick Heidfeld will move to Sauber next season. The 1999 F3000 champion will join the Swiss team on a three-year deal. He may be joined by 1997 F3000 champion Ricardo Zonta at the team, the Brazilian being the favourite for the drive. Enrique Bernoldi has been linked to the drive in the past due to his performances as test driver this year, while reigning F3000 champ Bruno Junqueira has also been mentioned. Pedro Diniz is set to leave the team to join Prost, the team he raced for when it was Ligier in 1996. Alain Prost is to announce his team's plans for next year later in the week, and Jean Alesi is expected to stay providing Prost keeps control of his team.

 

August 27th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Rossi heading for CART? According to Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport, F3000 Italia driver Danilo Rossi has received interest from a few Champ Car owners about racing in CART in 2001. The Italian, a multiple 125cc karting World Champion, switched to the Monaco Junior Team in F3000 Italia after the Astromega-affiliated Orbit Motorsport pulled out. As reported on SeventhGear, Rossi's manager has talked to three Champ Car team bosses, Walker, Coyne and Bettenhausen. He is due to travel to Laguna Seca in September to talk to teams. (Source: www.gazzetta.it / www.seventhgear.com )

 

August 27th 2000 - International F3000:

Bruno Junqueira

Junqueira tight-lipped on future New F3000 champion Bruno Junqueira looks set to head for the USA next year, but he is revealing little about his plans. It is believed that Junqueira may join the top Chip Ganassi Racing Champ Car squad in 2001 after Juan Montoya announces his move to Williams F1 at the US GP. The Brazilian told ITV: "Montoya told me the [Champ] car is very similar to F3000, but on the other hand I already drove Formula 1 - I'm Williams test driver - and I know that a Formula 1 car is very exciting to drive. I think if I can go to a top formula category next year I will be very, very happy." Junqueira has also been linked to possible F1 drives with Minardi and Sauber, although the chances of both seem slim. He is said to be backed in his quest for a drive to the tune of US$4 million (2.7 million) by oil giant Petrobras. Johnny Herbert also entered the equation today. The Brit has been linked to a possible Sauber return at Spa this weekend, while he is also in contention for CART drives at Chip Ganassi, Newman-Haas and Forsythe. F3000 series runner-up Nicolas Minassian also looks likely to head to Champ Cars next season, possibly as a team-mate to Junqueira at Ganassi. Super Nova team manager David Sears said earlier in the week: "I would suggest that Bruno and Nicolas will be racing against each other in America next year."

 

August 26th 2000 - International F3000:

Alonso in demand for 2001 Fernando Alonso, the young Spaniard who took his first F3000 victory at Spa today, is the subject of much interest by top F3000 teams for the 2001 season. His manager Adrian Campos told Spanish Eurosport commentators that Alonso has been given offers by McLaren junior, Nordic and Red Bull Junior for next year. Apparently these offers do not require Alonso to bring sponsorship to the teams. No decision can be made until September, however, as Minardi have the 19-year old under contract as a test driver for this season. They will decide then whether they want Alonso to move into F1 or compete for a second season in F3000. Alonso was today confirmed as the season's second-most successful rookie, finishing fourth in the overall standings behind Mark Webber. Considering he won the Formula Nissan title in his only previous season of car racing, the Spaniard looks set to have a bright future. (Source: Eurosport / Javier Barrio)

 

August 26th 2000 - International F3000:

JUNQUEIRA TAKES TITLE AS ALONSO DOMINATES Brazil's Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) is the 2000 FIA International F3000 champion, despite finishing only ninth at Spa today. The race was won by the mercurial rookie talent Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard dominating the race to head an Astromega 1-2 finish. Marc Goossens was second for his first points since 1996, while Junqueira's title rival Nicolas Minassian (Super Nova) drove a strong race to finish a close third. Ultimately it was not enough, as the only way he could overcome Junqueira's points lead was to win the race. At the start Junqueira got away well, but had no way to pass the Astromega pair into La Source. Out of the hairpin, Goossens got alongside Alonso to the inside, but Alonso took the line through Eau Rouge and was never headed throughout the race. From that moment on he pulled away at a rate that belied his inexperience, while the action went on behind. On the Kemmel straight, a four-wide battle saw David Saelens leap from fifth to second, with Goossens dropping to fourth behind Junqueira and Justin Wilson being squeezed onto the grass at full speed. Alonso continued to pull away only to lose his advantage when the safety car was sent out. Darren Manning and Mario Haberfeld collided exiting the Bus Stop chicane, Haberfeld's Fortec machine being pitched into the pitlane barrier. At the restart the order was Alonso, Saelens, Junqueira, Wilson, Goossens, Minassian. Alonso once again began to pull away as though he was driving a completely different machine. Goossens began his recovery from his bad first lap by passing Wilson and then Junqueira to move into third. Minassian then made a mistake at La Source, allowing Ricardo Mauricio into sixth. Mark Webber had already gone out of contention, a collision meaning he had to pit for a new nose. Junqueira, who needed to finish fourth to guarantee the title, was slowly dropping down the order with a car problem. Wilson easily got by on the way into Les Combes to take fourth, while Minassian then closed up behind the Brazilian. The Frenchman ultimately passed Junqueira into Les Combes, deposing him to sixth, after the two had battled wheel-to-wheel earlier. Just before, Goossens took second from Saelens in a similar move. In the midfield, Sebastien Bourdais retired in spectacular style, colliding with Jeffrey van Hooydonk at Les Combes. The Frenchman bounced off the track with deranged suspension after almost rolling. After the halfway point, the race settled down for a while. Junqueira, having been passed by Tomas Enge, then dropped further down the order and was passed by Bas Leinders for 7th. He was subsequently passed by Mauricio and Christijan Albers by the end of the race. Belgium's Leinders had challenged Junqueira through Les Combes and completed the move at Malmedy. At the front, Minassian had closed up on the battle between Saelens and Wilson for 3rd, taking fourth from the Nordic driver into Les Combes. Leinders then challenged Enge around the outside into Les Combes, only to spin out on the exit as Enge closed the door. The McLaren driver also took a trip through the gravel. Minassian, desperate to at least close up to Goossens in case Alonso retired, then found himself having to fight for third with team-mate Saelens, making the move into Les Combes. He spent the remaining laps behind Goossens, unable to challenge the veteran or close the gap. Alonso had built up a dominant margin and finished the race almost 15 seconds ahead of his team-mate. It was a stunning display from the driver who only recently turned 19 and who is in only his second season of car racing. The result means he is classified a remarkable fourth in the championship. Goossens' second place was his best finish since taking third on the road in Hungary last year, a position he was disqualified from. It was his first real podium since winning with Astromega at Magny-Cours in 1996 and justified the team's decision to replace Fabrice Walfisch with the Belgian. Minassian took third after a strong drive, a resigned shrug on the podium summing up his feelings. If only the two cars ahead of him had retired, Minassian would have been crowned champion. Saelens took fourth, a disappointment after his great first lap, while Wilson was fifth and Enge sixth. Junqueira trailed home in ninth, but Minassian's failure to win ensured he took the title with 48 points to Minassian's 45. Mark Webber clinched third in the championship despite being classified only 16th after his collision. The race results and standings can be viewed here. See stories below for other post-race news.

 

August 26th 2000 - International F3000:

Kid Jensen Racing, Witmeur KTR & WRT face relegation There were no changes in bottom three places of the team standings after Spa, meaning three teams face relegation ahead of next season. The FIA Sporting regulations state: "Teams finishing in the last three places [in the Teams Championship] will have no automatic right of entry in 2001, priority being given to national Championship winning Teams or new Teams." The three lowest scoring teams are Kid Jensen Racing (3 points), Witmeur KTR (3 pts) and WRT (0 pts). Drivers from the latter two teams were never in contention at Spa, but KJR's Bas Leinders was fighting for sixth place with Tomas Enge when he spun out at Les Combes. An FIA World Council decision on the entries for next year will be made in December. The three teams may have to purchase another team's entry to compete in 2001. It is a major disappointment for Kid Jensen Racing, the team having an impressive debut season in 1999 when Nicolas Minassian won at Silverstone. Before the race WRT team-boss Gabriele Rafanelli denied the team was going to pull out at the end of the year as previously expected, so the failure of Soheil Ayari to trouble the point-scorers is a major blow. For final team positions see story below.

 

August 26th 2000 - International F3000:

Super Nova clinch team championship Super Nova overhauled the points lead of the fellow David Sears-run Petrobras Junior to win the Teams Championship by taking third and fourth places at Spa. The honour of finishing third in the team standings went to the mySAP.com Team (McLaren junior). Tomas Enge scored one point for sixth which prevented the Astromega team equalling their points tally. Astromega nevertheless jumped from equal tenth to fourth in the final standings after Fernando Alonso and Marc Goossens gave the team a 1-2 finish. Nordic dropped to sixth overall despite Justin Wilson taking fifth in the race. European Arrows' hopes of taking third ended when Mark Webber lost his front wing in a collision. Final team standings are below.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

POS

TEAM

POINTS

1

Super Nova

60

2

Petrobras Junior

54

3

mySAP.com Team (McLaren Junior)

24

4

Astromega

23

5

European Formula (Arrows Junior)

21

6

Nordic

19

7

Gauloises Formula (Prost Junior)

13

8

Arden

10

9

Red Bull Junior

8

=

Coloni

8

11

DAMS

7

12

Fortec Motorsport

6

13

Kid Jensen Racing

3

=

Witmeur KTR

3

15

WRT

0

 

August 25th 2000 - International F3000:

F3000 Italia 2001 Assen race cancelled The race at Assen will not make its debut on the 2001 F3000 Italia calendar. The event has been cancelled due to rules limiting the number of days the track is allowed to be in operation. The circuit is only permitted to operate with unlimited noise for 7 days of the year. Next season, these days will be used up by the Motorcycling GP meeting and a Superbikes meeting. Assen hosted a non-championship F3000 Italia race on August 20th. The race, organised by Meindert van Buuren, attracted a 13-car field and was won by GP Racing's Thomas Biagi. It was announced that the promotional event would lead to the circuit holding a championship round for the next couple of years, but this will not now happen. The only overseas round to be contested in the championship's 2-year history is the race at Donington Park, although a race at Kyalami was rumoured for the 1999 season. (Source: www.fastcompany.nl/ - supplied by WJ of F3000 Today)

 

August 25th 2000 - International F3000:

Alonso heads Astromega front-row Astromega took a surprise 1-2 on the grid at Spa this afternoon, with the mercurial young Spaniard Fernando Alonso taking his first pole position in his rookie season. The 19-year old topped the times at the end of the second session, while a late lap from Belgian veteran Marc Goossens guaranteed the front row of the grid would go to Astromega on their home turf. Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) will start in third position, his title rival Nicolas Minassian (Super Nova) struggling in the second session to finish eighth. The result means Minassian's championship challenge is all but over (see story above). Ricardo Mauricio, despite losing his fastest lap in session 1 (see separate story), was a surprising fourth on the grid, conclusively outpacing Red Bull Junior team-mate Enrique Bernoldi. Bernoldi spun in front of Mauricio at the Bus Stop, delaying him while on a fast lap. David Saelens (Super Nova), fastest in the first session, dropped to fifth in the second as other drivers improved their times. Justin Wilson (Nordic) qualified sixth after his team struggled to find a set-up in session 1. Team-mate Kevin McGarrity failed to qualify. Mark Webber (European Arrows), determined to defend third place in the championship, qualified only seventh. The second session was interrupted by two red-flag periods. Bas Leinders (Kid Jensen Racing) crashed into the Armco near the start of the session at Malmedy, badly damaging his car. 10 minutes later, once the session had resumed, Tomas Enge spun through Eau Rouge. Miraculously he didn't hit anything and kept his engine running, but the McLaren driver was beached in the gravel at the top of the hill on the left side of the track. Later on team-mate Tomas Scheckter also ended his session with a spin into the gravel with just a few minutes remaining. Junqueira set the pace through much of the second session, only for Alonso to set a quick time with just over 10 minutes to go. While Junqueira was second near the end of the session, he spun off into the gravel. Marshals pushed him back onto the track but he was then further demoted by Goossens. The non-qualifiers are McGarrity, Fabrice Walfisch, Ananda Mikola and Viktor Maslov. Maslov's Arden team repared his car in the interval between sessions 1 and 2, but the Russian could only qualify 30th. Series returnee Jamie Davies only qualified 23rd for Fortec, with a brake problem halting his progress. Times were remarkably close for this 4.329 mile circuit, positions 1 to 27 covered by just 2.191 seconds. The qualifying times can be viewed here.

 

August 25th 2000 - International F3000:

Round 10 (Spa) qualifying session 1: Saelens fastest, Minassian 2nd The Super Nova pair of David Saelens and Nicolas Minassian occupy the provisional front row at Spa after the first qualifying session. Minassian took the early advantage in the title battle, with Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) behind in fifth spot. Saelens set the pace throughout the session on his home circuit, while Minassian also appeared to have a well set-up car. Jeffrey van Hooydonk, Darren Manning and Soheil Ayari all suffered spins during the session, while Tomas Scheckter had a high-speed off into the gravel. Viktor Maslov is destined not to qualify after crashing at the Bus Stop. Jamie Davies was 24th in his first appearance as the substitute in Andreas Scheld's Fortec chassis. The session times are below. The second of the two qualifying sessions begins at 17:30 CET, 16:30 UK time. Live coverage can be seen on Eurosport.

International F3000 Round 10, Spa (B) - Qualifying Session 1

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

David Saelens (B)

Super Nova

2m07.671s

2

Nicolas Minassian (F)

Super Nova

+ 0.301s

3

Ricardo Mauricio (BR)

Red Bull Junior

+ 0.384

4

Tomas Enge (CZ)

McLaren

+ 0.558

5

Bruno Junqueira (BR)

Petrobras Junior

+ 0.644

6

Fernando Alonso (E)

Astromega

+ 0.645

7

Soheil Ayari (F)

WRT

+ 0.848

8

Marc Goossens (B)

Astromega

+ 0.929

9

Bas Leinders (B)

Kid Jensen Racing

+ 0.963

10

Mario Haberfeld (BR)

Fortec

+ 1.114

11

Sebastien Bourdais (F)

Gauloises Formula

+ 1.135

12

Franck Montagny (F)

DAMS

+ 1.180

13

Enrique Bernoldi (BR)

Red Bull Junior

+ 1.265

14

Mark Webber (AUS)

European Arrows

+ 1.316

15

Justin Wilson (GB)

Nordic

+ 1.565

16

Christijan Albers (NL)

European Arrows

+ 1.641

17

Tomas Scheckter (ZA)

McLaren

+ 1.660

18

Kevin McGarrity (GB)

Nordic

+ 1.704

19

Fabrice Walfisch (F)

Coloni

+ 1.884

20

Andre Couto (MAC)

Gauloises Formula

+ 1.896

21

Andrea Piccini (I)

Kid Jensen Racing

+ 1.907

22

Darren Manning (GB)

Arden Team Russia

+ 1.938

23

Kristian Kolby (DK)

DAMS

+ 1.981

24

Jamie Davies (GB)

Fortec

+ 2.183

25

Fabrizio Gollin (I)

Coloni

+ 2.201

26

Jeffrey van Hooydonk (B)

Witmeur KTR

+ 2.671

27

Yves Olivier (B)

Witmeur KTR

+ 2.677

28

Jaime Melo Jr (BR)

Petrobras Junior

+ 3.184

29

Ananda Mikola (RI)

WRT

+ 3.649

30

Viktor Maslov (RUS)

Arden Team Russia

+ 8.787

 

 

August 25th 2000 - International F3000:

Red Bull Junior pair stripped of fastest laps in session 1 The Red Bull Junior pair of Enrique Bernoldi and Ricardo Mauricio are to have their fastest times in qualifying session 1 at Spa removed. The move is to punish them for missing today's driver briefing. The two Brazilians failed to attend as they were trapped in a traffic jam on their way to the circuit. (Source: Eurosport)

 

August 25th 2000 - International F3000:

Davies to sub for Scheld at Fortec Jamie Davies has been confirmed as the replacement for Andreas Scheld at the Spa F3000 final round. The Brit will once again act as the sub for the Fortec Motorsport team as Scheld is recovering from illness. Davies previously drove for the team at the Nurburgring and Monaco, replacing Mario Haberfeld whose car was "T-boned" in Barcelona qualifying, leaving the Brazilian with an injured leg. At Monaco Davies scored the team's only points of the season by taking an impressive second place. Those six points may have saved the team from relegation at the end of the year.

 

August 24th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheld out of Spa race Fortec Motorsport driver Andreas Scheld will not compete in Saturday's F3000 finale at Spa. The German is recovering from a serious illness. Scheld has struggled in his first year, but at the Nurburgring he finished second on the road after choosing the right strategy in the rain-affected race. He was subsequently disqualified for a minor technical infringement on the car. Jamie Davies could have another chance to race for the team after filling in for the injured Mario Haberfeld earlier in the year. The 1997 title contender stayed with the team when the Brazilian recovered to assist with car set-up. Stay tuned for news on Scheld's replacement. (Source: BBC Ceefax)

 

August 24th 2000 - International F3000:

Sears: Junqueira and Minassian heading for CART David Sears, the manager of Super Nova and co-manager of Petrobras Junior, has claimed the teams' championship rivals, Nicolas Minassian and Bruno Junqueira, will race in Champ Cars next year. In Autosport Sears said: "I would suggest that Bruno and Nicolas will be racing against each other in America next year. I think Juan Pablo Montoya proved that if you are good enough to win in F3000 you can do well straight away in Champ Cars." Montoya won the F3000 title for Super Nova in 1998 and won the CART title on his graduation with the Chip Ganassi team in 1999. The Colombian's success has reportedly raised the profile of F3000 in the eyes of CART team managers. Both Junqueira and Minassian have been linked to the Ganassi squad for next season. Junqueira especially has been touted as a possible replacement for Montoya, who is heading for F1 with Williams. Jimmy Vasser's departure from the team means there are two seats available. Sears denied any deal with Ganassi has been done, however: "To say he's signed is presumtuous, but that team is high on the list of priorities for Bruno and Nicolas."

 

August 24th 2000 - Autumn Cup:

Haberfeld & Bernoldi to race in Autumn Cup Fortec Motorsport driver Mario Haberfeld is almost certain to stay with the team for the four race Autumn Cup F3000 mini-series that starts next month. The 1998 British F3 champion told Autosport: "It's perfect for me as the F3000 season ends so early." Red Bull Junior is expected to keep International F3000 series front-runner Enrique Bernoldi with the team. Astromega have confirmed they will compete in the series and have signed former F3000 and Italian F3000 driver Polo Villaamil of Spain. The second Astromega seat is expected to go to Sascha Bert for the Donington and Snetterton rounds. German driver Bert is racing in Italian F3000 this season where he previously competed for Orbit Motorsport, the now defunct Astromega-affiliated outfit. The driver line-ups at Kid Jensen Racing, McLaren and Nordic are likely to be decided soon. Peter Briggs, the organiser of the Autumn Cup, said: "It'll be like a European round. A 15-car field will look great." A revised Autumn Cup entry list can be found here.

 

August 24th 2000 - International F3000:

Nordic vow to fight for third in team championship Nordic Racing head into Saturday's final round with the aim of taking third in the team standings. The team are currently fifth with 17 points, behind European Arrows (21 points) and McLaren (23 points). Nordic team principal Derek Mower said: "This is the last race of the year and we must set our sights high. We need Kevin [McGarrity] and Justin [Wilson] to qualify as near to the front as possible. We can finish third and that's our aim."

 

August 24th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter to miss Macau & Korea F3 races? McLaren Junior F3000 driver and Stewart Racing British F3 driver Tomas Scheckter may miss the prestigious end of season F3 events at Macau and Korea. Instead he may concentrate on F3000 testing in Southern Europe. Scheckter told Autosport: "Hopefullly we can do them. I just have to weigh up what I'm doing next year and then I'll decide." Scheckter, who tested for Jaguar last week, is expected to remain in F3000 next season as his options seem limited. Jaguar have an option on him as a test driver for 2001, however.

 

August 24th 2000 - International F3000:

Morelli could race in SRWC Ulster's Dino Morelli will race a factory Tampolli SR2 in the Lights class of the Sports Racing World Cup round at Donington Park this weekend, providing he doesn't drive for WRT in Saturday's F3000 final round. Morelli would join former Formula Palmer Audi ace and Formula Renault 2000 driver Richard Lyons in the race. BOSS Formula Reynard 95D driver Earl Goddard will drive the other car. Morelli, who made one Italian F3000 appearance with Durango Benetton Junior this year, was replaced at WRT by Soheil Ayari in the previous International F3000 round in Hungary.

 

August 23rd 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira vs. Minassian showdown at Spa The spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes is the scene for this weekend's final round of the International F3000 series. Whatever happens at this great track, one thing is certain: either Bruno Junqueira or Nicolas Minassian will be crowned the 2000 champion. Petrobras Junior pilot Junqueira took the advantage in the title chase by winning at the Hungaroring two weeks ago. The Brazilian now leads Super Nova's Minassian by 48 points to 41. The only way Minassian can take the title now is to win round 10 with Junqueira finishing fourth or lower. If Junqueira can finish third, he will be guaranteed the title. However, if Minassian wins and Junqueira can only manage fourth, Frenchman Minassian will take the title due to the extra podium finish, despite both drivers ending the season equal on points. Junqueira is not complacent about his need to perform this weekend: "It could easily happen that he [Minassian] wins and I don't score points. It already happened twice and I won't let it happen another time." The two rivals have both driven at Spa in the F3000 round twice before and have similarly mixed results. Junqueira retired after qualifying 22nd in 1998 with Draco. Minassian, with West Competition (McLaren junior), qualified 12th and was classified 19th. In 1999, Junqueira qualified 3rd for Petrobras Jr but retired after a collision with Soheil Ayari. Minassian qualified 4th and finished 3rd with Kid Jensen Racing. This year Minassian may have an advantage in the form of his team-mate, David Saelens. Saelens is easily capable of running at the front at Spa as he demonstrated last year, finishing fifth in his rookie season. Junqueira on the other hand has inexperienced rookie Jaime Melo Jr as a team-mate, his fellow Brazilian struggling at times in his first season. Whatever the outcome, David Sears, who runs both the Petrobras Junior and Super Nova teams, is guaranteed that one of his drivers will take the title - it may therefore be decreed that team tactics do not come into play. Qualifying on Friday will be crucial, with long-range weather forecasts predicting high humidity and the possibility of showers, which can move in when totally unexpected at Spa.

 

August 23rd 2000 - International F3000:

Teams fight for 2001 entry In addition to the battle for the championship, the Spa F3000 finale will decide which teams qualify for the right to participate next year. The FIA Sporting regulations state: "Teams finishing in the last three places [in the Teams Championship] will have no automatic right of entry in 2001, priority being given to national Championship winning Teams or new Teams." The three teams currently under threat of relegation are Kid Jensen Racing (on 3 points), Witmeur KTR (3pts) and WRT (0pts). The team championship standings can be seen below. WRT is already almost certain to quit the series at the end of the year whatever the outcome. The pressure is on three Belgians this weekend, Witmeur KTR's Jeffrey van Hooydonk and Yves Olivier and Kid Jensen Racing's Bas Leinders, to perform in their home race and move their teams up the order. Astromega, now equal 10th in the championship, have moved out of the real danger zone after Fernando Alonso took second at the Hungaroring, but along with DAMS and Fortec they will still want a points finish at Spa to guarantee their continuation in the series in case Witmeur KTR or KJR overhaul their points total.

TEAM STANDINGS (after Round 9/10)

POS

TEAM

POINTS

1

Petrobras Junior

54

2

Super Nova

53

3

mySAP.com Team (McLaren Junior)

23

4

European Formula (Arrows Junior)

21

5

Nordic

17

6

Gauloises Formula (Prost Junior)

13

7

Arden

10

8

Red Bull Junior

8

=

Coloni

8

10

Astromega

7

=

DAMS

7

12

Fortec Motorsport

6

13

Kid Jensen Racing

3

=

Witmeur KTR

3

15

WRT

0

 

August 23rd 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira "not optimistic" of finding an F1 seat Bruno Junqueira told Autosport.com he is not confident of finding a race seat in F1 next year, and may race in CART or continue F1 testing. The Petrobras Junior championship leader said: "I have a possibility of going to CART and I also have to think about being a test driver. I like to race, but you can learn testing. If Jenson [Button] was staying at Williams, there might be more opportunities to test next year, but a new driver needs time. At the start of this year I wasn't doing many tests, but at the end of the year I will do much more, because Jenson already has a handle on the car and doesn't need to test so much. Of his hopes of landing a race seat he said: "I'm not optimistic. I'm just trying to stay away from this, because I don't want to have a big frustration if I don't get an F1 drive. On the other hand because I'm not hoping too much, if I get it, it will be very good for me, and I will be really happy." Junqueira also attributed his downturn in form earlier in the year to his discussions over next season: "...I started to talk [to F1 teams] and the results started to come down. Before Hockenheim I stopped talking, and I decided I had to concentrate on the F3000 championship. Because it ends early in the season, I think I still have time to find something for next year. I hope that I can find a good team." Junqueira is believed to be in strong contention for a CART drive with top team Chip Ganassi Racing, the outfit that has won the title every year since 1996. It is seeking two drivers next year as Juan Montoya is moving to F1 with Williams and Jimmy Vasser has been dropped by the team. He has also been linked to Sauber and Minardi (see stories below).

 

August 23rd 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira to Sauber or Minardi? F3000 championship leader Bruno Junqueira, although not confident of finding an F1 drive (see story above), is nevertheless believed to be in contention at Sauber and Minardi for 2001. His outside chance of moving to Sauber increased today when it was announced Mika Salo would be leaving the team (see story below). A seat may also be available at Minardi if the team sells out to Pan-American Sports Network (PSN), which is a possibility if Telefonica switches to Benetton/Renault in 2002. PSN, in negotiations with Minardi chief shareholder Gabriele Rumi, will probably want two South Americans to drive for the team. Marc Gene would therefore lose his drive, but the team may keep on Argentine Gaston Mazzacane. F1 Racing claims Ricardo Zonta and Pedro Diniz might also be in the frame.

 

August 23rd 2000 - International F3000:

F1 chance for F3000 stars at Sauber as Salo joins Toyota It was announced by Sauber today that Mika Salo is leaving the team at the end of the year to join Toyota. The move means the outside chance of a race seat for Bruno Junqueira and Enrique Bernoldi next year have increased. Petrobras Junior F3000 championship leader Junqueira and Sauber tester and Red Bull Junior driver Bernoldi join Alex Wurz, Ricardo Zonta and Jos Verstappen as possible drivers for the team in 2001. Zonta's move to the team was previously believed to have been all but completed, but talk of other opportunities including a McLaren test drive have since arisen. Pedro Diniz is also widely expected to leave the Swiss team at the end of the season. Salo has signed to join Toyota as its test driver in 2001 ahead of the Japanese team's 2002 entry. He was reportedly lured into taking advantage of an escape clause in his Sauber contract by the promise of a $6 million salary.

 

August 22nd 2000 - International F3000:

Eurosport extends Nordic deal into 2001 Nordic Racing have announced their exclusive sponsorship deal with Eurosport has been extended to include the 2001 season. The pan-European TV station has increased its coverage of International F3000 this season to more than 34 hours, including each race live and qualifying coverage. Nordic Racing team principal Derek Mower said: "We are very proud to have Eurosport as a sponsor for another year and look forward to assisting them with their coverage during official testing and the new season." (Source: www.nordicracing.com)

 

August 20th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Biagi wins non-championship Dutch race Thomas Biagi (GP Racing) took his first ever F3000 victory at Assen today, in the non-championship F3000 Italia race. Biagi, a veteran of F3000 competition and the polesitter, beat Gabriele Lancieri (Sighinolfi) into 2nd place by just 1.22secs. Dutchman Jacky van der Ende (Draco Junior Team) was a highly impressive third on his F3000 debut, albeit 17.55secs behind the winner. Andrej Pavicevic (Durango Benetton Junior) was fourth, Ricardo Sperafico (ADM) fifth and Gabriele Gardel (GP Racing) sixth. Allard Kalff (Sighinolfi) finished 8th, 1 lap down. Italian Biagi has been competing in F3000, initially the International series, since the final round of 1995. In that race at Magny Cours he was involved in the tragic accident that killed Brazilian rookie Marco Campos. His greatest achievements have been in the Italian series. In his three races at the end of last year, he took two 2nds and one 3rd. His best result in the championship so far this year was 2nd at Mugello. In the International series, Biagi's best result was 4th at Oschersleben in 1998 with Coloni. Full race results are here.

 

August 20th 2000 - Formula Nippon:

TAKAGI IS FORMULA NIPPON CHAMPION F1-refugee Takagi, reportedly seeking an F1 return, continued his absolute dominance of this year's Formula Nippon championship with a championship-clinching victory in round 7 at Twin-Ring Motegi. The PIAA Najajima polesitter beat his closest title rival Michael Krumm (5Zigen) into second place. Third place went to '98 champion Satoshi Motoyama (IMPUL), fourth to Takagi's team-mate Tsugio Matsuda, fifth to Hideki Noda (Le Mans) and sixth to ex-British F3 driver Yudai Igarashi (Le Mans). With three rounds remaining, Takagi has a 30 point lead over Krumm. Even if Krumm won every race without Takagi scoring points, Takagi would have more race wins to his credit. Takagi proved he was fast with the Nakajima team before his F1 graduation, but previously the title had been elusive. Qualifying and race positions are here.

 

August 20th 2000 - International F3000:

Webber wants reason to celebrate at Spa Mark Webber, the European Formula Arrows driver who has already clinched the F3000 "rookie of the year" accolade, heads into this weekend's final round confident of finishing third in the final standings. The Australian, who will celebrate his 24th birthday the day after the race, can only be beaten to the position if his closest rivals, Tomas Enge, Justin Wilson and David Saelens, win and he fails to score points. Webber's slim mathematical chance of winning the championship ended at the Hungaroring where he finished 9th. He is confident of doing well at the majestic Spa circuit this weekend, where he has taken wins in Formula Ford and British F3 before: "I will be very happy if I can secure third place in my first F3000 season. It would be even nicer if I could celebrate my birthday and see out the season with another win! One of my personal sponsors, Foster's, is sponsoring the Belgian Grand Prix, and the last time they sponsored a Grand Prix was at Silverstone back in April and I managed to win for them there. So, it would be nice to do the double and really make it a season to remember!" Like most of the drivers, Webber relishes the challenge of racing at Spa, possibly the greatest circuit in the world: "It's definitely my favourite track but I think every driver likes it! It's a real drivers' track and is enormously challenging. I can't wait to go through Eau Rouge in the F3000 car!" (Source: www.arrowsf1.com )

 

August 20th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Biagi on pole for Assen race F3000 veteran Thomas Biagi took pole position ahead of today's non-championship F3000 Italia race at the fast Assen circuit in the Netherlands. The Italian, driving for regular team GP Racing, set a time of 1m14.749 to beat ADM's Ricardo Sperafico, the winner of the two previous F3000 Italia championship rounds. Gabriele Lancieri (Sighinolfi) will join F3000 debutant Jacky van der Ende on the second row. Euro Palmer Audi ace van der Ende is driving for the Draco Junior Team after all, not Da Vinci as Autosport magazine stated. The third row is occupied by Michele Spoldi (Durango Benetton Junior) and Gabriele Varano (Team Ghinzani). Dutch drivers Jeroen Reijntnjens (ADM) and motorsport commentator and racer Allard Kalff (Sighinolfi) qualified 11th and 12th. F3000 newcomer Fabio Poggetti (First GP) took the final place on the 13-car grid. Qualifying times are here. (Source: www.prorace.it/)

 

August 18th 2000 - International F3000:

Bernoldi still in contention at Sauber Sauber test driver Enrique Bernoldi remains in contention for the second race seat at the team next year. The Red Bull Junior F3000 driver, who led at Barcelona and the Nurburgring before he was hit by mechanical problems, is one of a number of drivers that could be chosen to partner possible new signing Ricardo Zonta at the Swiss team. Zonta, in negotiations with the team, may yet sign as McLaren test driver for next season. Peter Sauber was previously facing a driver crisis, with Mika Salo likely to move to Toyota next season and Pedro Diniz likely to be dropped. Olivier Panis was wanted by team boss Peter Sauber, but this week he signed to partner Jacques Villeneuve at BAR. Drivers now in contention for a drive are Bernoldi, Alex Wurz (dropped by Benetton in favour of Jenson Button) and the Prost pair Nick Heidfeld and Jean Alesi. Alesi is considered unlikely due to his stormy relationship with the team during 1998-99. Prost have an option on reigning F3000 champion Heidfeld which they must take by the Belgian GP. The German said: "I think there will be a good chance of staying [at Prost]." If he is dropped by the struggling French team his alternatives are race seats with Sauber, Arrows and Minardi, or a return to McLaren in a testing capacity. The McLaren move is unlikely as Heidfeld wants to continue racing. Meanwhile, Sauber chief shareholder and Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz does not want the team to sign Wurz. 1998 British F3 runner-up Bernoldi, who has impressed Sauber in testing this year, may be the beneficiary if the team fail to find an alternative.

 

August 18th 2000 - International F3000/Italian F3000:

Bernoldi and Vinella test at Mugello Sauber and Minardi test drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Giorgio Vinella tested at Mugello yesterday (Thursday). Red Bull Junior driver Bernoldi completed 68 laps with a best time of 1m29.32s. F3000 Italia reigning champ Vinella, who returned to the series for one round this year, completed 55 laps with a best time of 1m32.77s. Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello was quickest with a time of 1m27.22s.

 

August 18th 2000 - International F3000:

More on Webber Benetton deal Contrary to reports elsewhere, it is now clear that European Arrows F3000 driver has only signed a preliminary agreement with Benetton. The deal could lead to him becoming the Benetton test driver next year, but the position has not yet been given to him as was stated here earlier. Current test driver Antonio Pizzonia may yet take the position next year. Webber tested for Benetton in France this week to develop the aerodynamics of the car. He will also test at Estoril in September.

 

August 18th 2000 - International F3000:

ALMS drive could lead to European return for Lowndes Aussie Craig Lowndes may be heading back to Europe in the future. The three-times Australian V8 Supercar champion raced in F3000 with RSM Marko (now Red Bull Junior) as team-mate to Juan Pablo Montoya in 1997, but with little success. It has been announced that Lowndes will compete in the "Race of a Thousand Years", the final round of the American Le Mans Series at Adelaide on New Year's Eve. He will partner fellow Australian Mark Noske in a third works Panoz prototype run by the Prancing Horse Team. 26-year old Lowndes said of his ambitions to return to International competition: "If Mark and I can do a good job in Adelaide, hopefully this could lead to bigger things. I would still love to race overseas and the Le Mans series is very attractive to me because I really enjoy longer races." He has been trying to race at the Le Mans 24 hours in recent years but has been unable to because of his Holden commitments in the V8 series. Team boss Don Panoz said it was Lowndes' experience of open-wheel racing in Europe that meant he was suitable for the drive. Although he only scored three points in his F3000 season for a fourth place at Enna, he proved he had speed throughout the year and qualified an impressive sixth on his debut at Silverstone. (Source: www.sportstoday.com/au )

 

August 17th 2000 - International F3000:

F3000 could support 2001 Brazilian GP The promoter of the Brazilian GP wants the Interlagos circuit to host the opening round of the International F3000 championship in 2001, according to a report in Autosport magazine. If the race goes ahead, it will be the first time the championship has raced outside of Europe. The 1986 calendar originally included races in Brazil, but these were cancelled. In the early 1990s there were also proposals for Brazil to host its own F3000 series.

 

August 17th 2000 - International F3000:

Kiesa plans F3000 test British F3 driver Nicolas Kiesa intends to do some F3000 testing at the end of this season. He told Autosport: "I wouldn't drive in F3000 unless it is with one of the best teams, and anyway that would be the only way of convincing my people in Denmark that it's the way to go. Danish driver Kiesa, 22, drives for RC Benetton Junior where he is sponsored on a loan basis by Peugeot Denmark. When he makes a living as a driver he will have to pay the sponsor money back - amounting to over 200,000 - so he is determined to move up to the higher category soon. Kiesa, who won at Donington this year, won the 1999 British Formula Ford title with Haywood Racing, the same team which took Jenson Button to the '98 title. He was previously managed by Super Nova boss David Sears, an association which may lead to a test with the team in the autumn. Kiesa also plans to compete in the Danish Touring Car series later this season in a Peugeot 306.

 

August 17th 2000 - Formula Nippon:

Takagi plans F1 comeback Runaway Formula Nippon championship leader Toranosuke Takagi attended the Hungarian GP last weekend where he talked to several teams about a possible F1 return next year. "Tiger" Takagi, who raced for Tyrrell and Arrows in 1998 and '99, was invited to the race by Honda. He is hoping his Honda connection will find him a role as test driver with either BAR or Jordan next year, but neither team is said to support the idea. PIAA Nakajima driver Takagi has won five of the six Formula Nippon races this year, and could tie up the championship at this weekend's race at Motegi. He has more than double the points total of closest rival Michael Krumm.

 

August 17th 2000 - International F3000:

Mixed fortunes for Watt and Kolby 1999 F3000 runner-up Jason Watt, paralysed in a motorcycle accident at the end of the season, continued his Danish Touring Car season in round 4 at Ring Djursland last weekend. He was joined in the series by current DAMS F3000 pilot Kristian Kolby, who drove a Renault Megane. Former Den Bla Avis/Super Nova driver Watt, driving a specially adapted Peugeot 306, took fourth in the first race but was hit by team-mate Pierre Legarth at the start of the second. He later crashed into an embankment after the Ford Focus of Alain Bjerregaard rammed him. Kolby, who finished 20th on Saturday at the Hungaroring F3000 round, retired from the event with a bent valve. Points leader Michael Carlsen won both races in his Peugeot.

 

August 17th 2000 - Italian F3000:

More on Assen entry list Allard Kalff will race for Sighinolfi Autoracing, not ADM Motorsport, the team he tested for. More race details are here.

 

August 16th 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira to join Sauber or Ganassi? According to an Autosport report, F3000 series leader Bruno Junqueira may race in F1 for Sauber next year, while he has also been given a "firm offer" to join top Champ Car team Chip Ganassi Racing. Ricardo Zonta is expected to join the Swiss Sauber team next year, but Pedro Diniz is almost certain to leave and Mika Salo is expected to join Toyota in a testing capacity ahead of its F1 entry in 2002. Junqueira is said to have a firm offer from Ganassi for next season, but it is believed he is holding out for an F1 seat. He is backed by Brazilian oil giant Petrobras who are said to be supplying a budget of US$4 million (2.7 million) to help him find a seat. The Ganassi news follows on from the team's early buy-out of Jimmy Vasser's contract. With Juan Montoya certain to move to Williams next year, two seats are up for grabs.

 

August 16th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Jacky van der Ende joins Draco for Assen race Dutchman Jacky van der Ende will race in this weekend's non-championship Italian F3000 race at Assen. He will join Sascha Bert at the Draco Junior Team. van der Ende, a former British Formula Ford champion, competed in the Formula Opel Euroseries (FOEUS) in1998 for Stewart Racing. After a one-year layoff, he returned to competition this year with Team Brask backing in Euro Formula Palmer Audi, taking his debut win at Silverstone in May. More race details are here.

 

August 16th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter to Jaguar in 2001? Tomas Scheckter drove the Jaguar R1 for the first time yesterday (Tuesday) at Silverstone. The McLaren F3000 and Stewart British F3 driver had five three-lap runs in the morning, getting down to an impressive time of 1m29.4s comparable to regular test driver Luciano Burti's 1m28.5. It was the South African's first run in an F1 car and his first drive on the full Silverstone International circuit. The test came about as part of his British F3 contract with Stewart Racing. With Johnny Herbert leaving for CART next year and doubts over Dario Franchitti's possible future with the team, Scheckter believes he may drive for the team next year: "I would love a race contract with the Jaguar team, but I need to prove to them that I am quick, then hopefully they can take up their option on me for next year. It's up to them really, but that's what this testing is for." Scheckter has made quite an impact in F3000 this year. On his debut in Italian F3000 he led and finished second, while in his second International F3000 race at Hockenheim he also finished second, leading the race for some time before a tyre gamble finally payed off for team-mate Tomas Enge. If he does not get a race seat with Jaguar next year, a testing contract is a possibility: "They've [Jaguar] got options on me if they want to make me a race driver next year, or test driver. But really it's up to them what they do with me." Technical director Gary Anderson was impressed but a Jaguar spokesman warned him not to get his hopes up: "It was scheduled for Tomas to test the car yesterday and he hands over to Eddie and Johnny for the remaining two test days. It's by no means anything other than a contractual obligation." Of his first taste of F1 Tomas was enthusiastic: "The car was amazing. It was like a rocket. I was learning with every lap I did. I tried not to get too excited and just treat it like a normal test, but I couldn't stop myself from smiling under my crash helmet all the time. It feels mega, unbelievable. I feel a bit like something out of Star Wars or Return of the Jedi. Its like driving a rocket ship." The test was the first of five he is due to take part in with the team.

 

August 14th 2000 - International F3000:

Webber signs as 2001 Benetton test driver F3000 rookie Mark Webber has been signed by Benetton F1 as test driver for next season. The European Arrows driver was expected to carry out the same role for Arrows this season, only for a refusal to give the team an option on his services preventing him from signing the contract. Webber, the former Mercedes FIA GT series racer, won at Silverstone for the Arrows junior team in F3000 this year. The Aussie's slim championship hopes ended on Saturday in round 9 at the Hungaroring, but he still holds a strong third in the championship with one round remaining and will definitely be classed as the year's most successful rookie. Webber was due to test for Benetton, this year bought by Renault, at Lurcy-Levis in France this week, and will also test at Estoril in Portugal in September.

 

August 12th 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira takes title advantage in Hungary Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) dominated today's round 9 at the Hungaroring, taking a 7-point lead in the title chase when rival Nicolas Minassian (Super Nova) finished a distant fourth. Junqueira was never headed in a processional race at the circuit where passing is notoriously difficult. Rookie sensation Fernando Alonso (Astromega) took a jubilant second place, only his second points finish and his first podium. Despite pushing hard throughout the race, the young Spaniard was beaten by the resurgent Junqueira who did just enough to safely keep the lead. Ricardo Mauricio took his first ever podium position with third, the Red Bull Junior driver having a lonely race and not troubling the top two after the early stages. Minassian in turn could not match Mauricio's pace, and was under pressure throughout from Justin Wilson (Nordic). Enrique Bernoldi (Red Bull Junior) took the final points with 6th. The top six positions were decided at the start, and a safety car period was unable to liven up the action at the front. When the lights went out, Junqueira got away well but Wilson, on the dirty side of the track, bogged down and was passed by both Alonso and the fast-starting Mauricio from row 3. Minnassian held his fourth place start, while Bernoldi failed to make any improvement from sixth on the grid. Behind them there were some changes in the grid from qualifying. Sebastien Bourdais was forced to start 16th instead of 14th after having his fastest qualifying lap taken away (see separate story), promoting Fabrizio Gollin and Franck Montagny up the grid. Tomas Enge stalled as the cars pulled away for the formation lap and as a result had to start last instead of 10th. Ananda Mikola suffered a fuel pump problem before the dummy grid was formed, and would start from the pits later in the race. In the early laps Alonso was all over Junqueira's car, but the Brazilian then began to pull away, visibly pushing hard. The only action as the top 6 held station was further down the order. Andre Couto slid into the gravel at turn 3, while Tomas Scheckter attempted to pass Marc Goossens into the first chicane. Goossens' car spun after bouncing onto two wheels, and both drivers slipped well behind the field. Christijan Albers then crawled into the pits to retire with broken left rear suspension, while Kristian Kolby spun his DAMS machine onto the grass at turn 1, losing a lap as marshals attempted to push him back onto the track. Jeffrey van Hooydonk then spun out. The safety car then made a surprise appearance, apparently due to Kolby's car, although cynics would suggest it was to enliven the action! The first chicane was swept clear of gravel in the interlude. At the restart Alonso made the only real challenge for the lead all race into turn 1, but was not close enough to make the move. In third Mauricio was caught napping and failed to keep up with the front two, while Minassian in turn failed to keep close to Mauricio. The status quo soon resumed after Alonso dropped away from Junqueira, but behind Wilson put pressure on Minassian for fourth after the restart, almost losing control into the fast turn 4. Later in the race Webber, running in 8th, made a mistake and ploughed through the gravel, allowing Darren Manning to pass him. With four laps to go Junqueira had backed off again and Alonso looked to have a chance to challenge him, but the Brazilian responded again and held him off to the chequered flag. Alonso was visibly delighted with second and such a strong performance, while the 6 points were desperately needed by Astromega to safeguard their right to compete next year. Junqueira therefore takes the lead in the standings with 48 points to Minassian's 41, with Webber's slim mathematical chance ending on 21 points. The title could not have been decided today, but Junqueira now has a significant 7-point advantage going into the final round in two weeks' time at Spa, arguably the greatest circuit of all. Race results and standings can be found here.

 

August 12th 2000 - International F3000:

Championship becomes two-horse race Mark Webber's slim chances of overhauling the points lead of Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian ended today at the Hungaroring. Webber failed to score any points in his European Arrows Lola, finishing 9th as Junqueira won and Minassian took 4th. The Australian went into the race with a mathematical chance of the title, but now Junqueira and Minassian are out of reach with 48 and 41 points respectively to Webber's 21. The failure to score points was also a blow to the European Arrows team's plans to fight McLaren for third place in the team standings, although neither McLaren driver scored either. Webber will need to win at Spa in two weeks to achieve his target of 30 points in his rookie season.

 

August 12th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter to race in Porsche Supercup McLaren F3000 driver Tomas Scheckter is to make a guest appearance in the Porsche Supercup in Hungary. Scheckter, who was classified 21st in today's F3000 round after making contact with Marc Goossens, missed the first qualifying session due to his F3000 commitments, but was due to take part in the second session after the F3000 race.

 

August 12th 2000 - International F3000:

Bourdais punished Sebastien Bourdais (Gauloises Formula) was stripped of his fastest qualifying time after failing to attend a driver's briefing. The punishment only meant he slipped two places, from 14th to 16th, on today's grid at the Hungaroring.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Junqueira on pole for crucial Hungary race Bruno Junqueira (Petrobras Junior) took pole this afternoon at the Hungaroring ahead of tomorrow's round 9. His rival for the championship Nicolas Minassian (Super Nova), initially struggling in the sessions, bounced back to take fourth. Both are equal on championship points and have an identical set of points finishes this year. Justin Wilson (Nordic) looked to have secured pole late in the second session, but Junqueira, fast all day, overhauled him by 0.373s. Nevertheless, it is still Wilson's first ever front-row start. Fernando Alonso (Astromega) finished the second session in 3rd, matching his grid slot at Magny-Cours. The Spaniard was lucky not to be bumped down the order after crashing out in the session, deranging his front suspension. The Red Bull Junior pair of Ricardo Mauricio and Enrique Bernoldi occupy row 3 with 5th and 6th, while the top 2 at Hockenheim, McLaren's Tomas Enge and Tomas Scheckter, only qualified 10th and 17th. Mark Webber (European Arrows), who was well up the order in session 1, slipped to 11th by the end of the day. His chances are closing the gap to the championship leaders tomorrow seem slim. Times had been tumbling since the start of the first session, when the track was damp after rain, unusual at the circuit, fell following F1 practice. Junqueira topped the times then from Webber and David Saelens (Super Nova), with Alonso in 4th. Marc Goossens (Astromega) and Jaime Melo Jr (Petrobras Jr) both stopped out on the circuit, the Brazilian setting an unrepresentative time almost 20s off the pace and left to face certain non-qualification. Minassian ended the first session in fifth. In the second session Junqueira set the pace throughout, except for Wilson's lap when the Brazilian was in the pits. Despite a spin, no-one could beat his final time of 1:27.531. Soheil Ayari (WRT), Yves Olivier (Witmeur KTR), Ananda Mikola (WRT) and Bernoldi all suffered harmless spins or offs in session 2. The non-qualifiers at the end of the afternoon were Yves Olivier, Viktor Maslov, Andreas Scheld and Melo Jr. Junqueira is now perfectly placed to take the championship advantage on the tight Hungaroring circuit where passing is difficult, but the day was not a disaster for Minassian. Whatever happens tomorrow, the title battle will go down to the wire at Spa-Francorchamps. Qualifying positions are here.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Ayari finally makes WRT debut Soheil Ayari, who split with the Coloni team ahead of round 9 at Hockenheim, made his debut today for WRT. The Frenchman split with Coloni after alleging that the team refused to let him and his engineer use the set-up they liked. He planned to switch to the WRT team for the Hockenheim qualifying session, but Dino Morelli raced again when Coloni objected to the move, claiming he was still their contracted driver. Ayari is the fourth driver to compete in the #19 WRT chassis, previously occupied by Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Marc Hynes and Morelli. Today the white Lola had the most sponsorship it had all season when decorated in Ayari's long-term sponsor Carglass' decals. Ayari suffered a few spins and qualified only 21st.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Walfisch boosted after joining Coloni Frenchman Fabrice Walfisch made his Coloni debut and qualified in ninth place in Hungary today, his best grid slot since he was 8th at the Nurburgring. Walfisch, let go by Astromega after failing to perform, attempted to join the Coloni team at Hockenheim, but the FIA refused as former driver Soheil Ayari, who had planned to join WRT, was available to drive. As a result Coloni ran only one car in round 9.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Champ Car future for Minassian? Nicolas Minassian's future options may lie in the US-based Champ Car series, as his chances of landing an F1 drive seem slim. The reputation of F3000 in the eyes of Champ Car team bosses has grown after 1998 champion Juan Montoya's successful move stateside with Chip Ganassi Racing. Speaking to Autosport, Minassian's Super Nova team boss David Sears said: "[Team bosses] watch F3000 and using Ganassi as a yardstick, they have been impressed with both [Bruno] Junqueira and Minassian. If I was a Champ Car owner I'd be sitting on the fence to see what will happen in their F3000 battle. Nicolas has a very good chance to be in a top Champ Car team next year. I'm very confident." Junqueira is a possible replacement for Montoya at Ganassi should the Colombian make the move to Williams which many believe is a done deal, but the team is said also to be interested in Minassian. The Frenchman is managed by the TMC group, the company which manages Jacques Villeneuve, while Sears is also working on his behalf to find a drive in the US. Interest has not been forthcoming from F1 teams, despite Minassian performing well in his few opportunities. The first was in 1997, when he tested for Williams along with Juan Montoya, Max Wilson and Soheil Ayari to determine the following year's test driver. Despite driving with a broken finger, Minassian impressed, but Montoya got the drive and was later joined by fellow South American Wilson. In 1999 Minassian also tested the Honda F1 car at Pembrey for three days, before the company abandoned the project to enter as solely an engine supplier to BAR.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Arrows Junior pairing vow to fight for team position The European Arrows F3000 team heads into today's round 9 in Hungary planning to steal back third in the team standings which McLaren took at Hockenheim. At the previous round in Germany McLaren's Tomas duo of Enge and Scheckter were unbeatable, while EA's Mark Webber regained his form to finish third. The Aussie said: "But for the run of bad luck we had in the middle of the season, we would be ideally placed, but that's motor racing and 3rd place still isn't bad for either the team or myself in what is essentially the first year for both of us." Webber recognises that his chances of the title are over in everything but a mathematical sense, but he still set his target as 30 points and third in the championship by season's end. The EA team runs two rookies in the series, Webber and German F3 champion Christijan Albers. Although Webber won at Silverstone, Albers has had a disappointing season so far, failing to score any points despite showing flashes of form. Webber won at Hungary for Mercedes in the FIA GT Championship in 1998. He said of the tight circuit: "Its definitely a big difference to the last circuit we raced on at Hockenheim as a lot of the corners are quite slow and it's a very busy lap with not much rest."

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Scheckter to make Jaguar testing debut McLaren F3000 driver Tomas Scheckter will make his first run in an F1 car next week at Silverstone. The South African will drive for Jaguar in a test promised when he signed to race for Stewart Racing in British F3. Scheckter finished third in last weekend's Marlboro Masters F3 showpiece, one place behind British F3 rival Ben Collins. The race was won by French F3 driver Jonathan Cochet, who had been rumoured to race for Draco in the Italian F3000 championship before the season began.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Webber to test for Benetton European Arrows driver Mark Webber will test for Benetton at Lurcy-Levis in France next week. The Australian, winner of the Silverstone F3000 round, will also get a three-day test at Estoril in September. Webber failed to make his debut as Arrows test driver when he refused to sign a contract giving the team an option on his services for 2001. He tested for Arrows before Christmas last year, but his only F1 outings this year have been in the Arrows 2-seater.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Alonso makes Minardi test drive debut Astromega F3000 driver Fernando Alonso made his debut in his capacity as Minardi test driver last Wednesday at Fiorano. The Spanish rookie, 1999 Euro Open by Nissan champion, completed 35 laps for the team with a best lap of 1m02.65, 0.1s slower than regular driver Gaston Mazzacane. Alonso shares the testing role with reigning F3000 Italia champion Giorgio Vinella who has already done some testing this year. Alonso first tested for Minardi last year.

 

August 11th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Durango to expand SRWC team Italian F3000 team Durango will expand into a two car team for next year's Sports Racing World Cup. The team's GMS-Mader V8 made its SRWC debut at Brno last weekend, finishing 10th with Soheil Ayari and Andrea De Lorenzi at the wheel. The car was running in sixth at one stage in the wet before dropping back, an eighth placed finish denied when De Lorenzi suffered a clutch failure. Ayari returned to the team with which he won the International F3000 race at the A1-Ring two years ago because Emanuele Naspetti pulled out after the death of his father. The Frenchman had parted company with Coloni F3000 a week earlier, where he failed to join WRT as planned. Durango will race at the Daytona 24 Hours next year, which will count as a SRWC round, and the team plan to eventually race at Le Mans. (Source: Autosport)

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

Fontana's CART foray comes to end Former Fortec F3000 driver Norberto Fontana has finally been replaced at the Della Penna Motorsports Champ Car team. Memo Gidley will take his drive for the rest of the season, after replacing Fontana for the two previous oval races due to the Argentine's inexperience. Fontana switched to Champ Cars after being beaten to the second Minardi seat by Gaston Mazzacane last year.

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000/F.Nippon:

Gilbert-Scott tests for Jordan Former F3000 and Formula Nippon driver Andrew Gilbert-Scott did four days of aerodynamic testing for Jordan at Lurcy-Levis last week. He drove the original EJ10 and the revised EJ10B. (Source:Autosport)

 

August 11th 2000 - International F3000:

New rival series to F1 gives graduation chance to F3000 teams A new series being established to rival F1 in terms of entertainment could give the chance for teams in F3000 and other categories to step up a level. Revealed in Autosport today, the Premier 1 Grand Prix series is planned to begin in 2002, using a one-make chassis from Dallara combined with 4 litre Judd V10 engines. A 12-race calendar is being put together, with 11 in Europe and one in South America. It is hoped one race will be held at Silverstone. Top football clubs in Europe will be invited to back cars which will be painted in team colours. The driver must come from the same country as the club sponsoring his or her car. SMC Company Investments is behind the scheme, owned by Elizabeth Evans and director Colin Sullivan, the man who made a bid for Silverstone two years ago. A board of shareholders has been created which includes former chief executive of the English Football Association, Graham Kelly. Clubs should be signed up by Christmas, possibly including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Clubs in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Holland have also been contacted. The Dallara chassis will be carbon fibre composite with semi-automatic gearboxes. The FIA is said to have given the project its backing with no objection from F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. The Premier 1 GP series will offer the possibility for graduation by F3000 teams which Formula 1, with restricted grids and increasing manufacturer involvement, does not.

 

August 11th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Donington report available The full race report for F3000 Italia round 6 at Donington is now available here.

 

August 9th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Netherlands set for non-championship F3000 Italia race On 20th August the Assen circuit in the Netherlands will host the country's first F3000 race since Zandvoort in 1985, with a non-championship round of the F3000 Italia series. In the next couple of years the circuit, known internationally as the venue for the Dutch TT Moto GP, will host championship rounds of the series. Draco racing have confirmed that Sascha Bert will drive one of their cars alongside a team-mate to be announced. Former Eurosport commentator and Dutch Touring Car championship driver Allard Kallf will compete for ADM. Further information can be found here. Results will appear in the Italian F3000 and non-championship sections when available. (Source: www.telegraaf.nl / www.dracoracing.com / Frank van Hoof)

 

August 7th 2000 - Italian F3000:

Sperafico wins at Donington and takes series lead Ricardo Sperafico (ADM) took his second successive win, his third of the season, at Donington yesterday to leap from third to the head of the championship standings. Second went to Warren Hughes (Arden Team Russia) in his home race, while in third Manuel Giao (Monaco Motorsport) took his first podium. Rodrigo Sperafico (Draco) took fourth, Thomas Biagi (GP Racing) fifth and Gabriele Lancieri (Sighinolfi) sixth. Mark Shaw returned to Italian F3000 after apparently retiring at the start of the season, finishing ninth. He replaced Giorgio Vinella at Da Vinci after the reigning champion's one-off return. The safety car appeared on lap three after several cars collided in the final corner. 16 of the 22 starters finished the race. Sperafico now leads Hughes by three points in the standings, with Lancieri a further two behind. Race results are here.

 

August 7th 2000 - International F3000:

Murchinson and Lotterer test for Red Bull Junior Formula Holden front-runner Christian Murchinson had his first taste of a contemporary F3000 car at the Pannoniaring in Hungary last Wednesday (2nd). The 19-year old Australian drove Enrique Bernoldi's no.16 Lola B99/50 for the Red Bull Junior Team in a private test session, completing around 40 laps of the 18-turn 4.8km circuit. Opel Team BSR German F3 rising star Andre Lotterer also tested for the team, along with regular drivers Bernoldi and Ricardo Mauricio. Murchinson enthused: "These cars are so incredibly fast! Every corner was fast. The Pannoniaring is the hardest circuit I think I've ever driven at. It has absolutely everything you can imagine...slow corners, fast corners, blind corners, everything!" He continued: "These F3000 cars require a different style altogether from a Formula Holden. You have to drive up to the corner at 260km/h, brake, drop a gear and then go flat out on the gas before you turn in! You have to really make the cars squat to get them working properly. It's high commitment driving! If you overstep the mark, you'll end up in the wall." (Source: www.motorsport.com )

 

August 7th 2000 - International F3000:

Sarrazin "on standby" for Hungary GP Former McLaren F3000 driver Stephane Sarrazin will attend the Hungarian Grand Prix with Prost in case Jean Alesi decides he cannot drive. Alesi has been suffering stomach and abdominal pains after his crash in the German GP, but the Prost team announced today that he should be fit to race this weekend, providing he does not suffer a relapse. Sarrazin, the Prost test driver, is also the reserve driver for the team. He has one GP start to his name with Minardi at Sao Paolo in 1999.

 

August 7th 2000 - International F3000:

Bernoldi aiming for F1 Sauber test driver and Red Bull Junior F3000 driver Enrique Bernoldi claims he is ready to make his F1 debut. The Brazilian, who has now completed five test sessions for Sauber, said: "I feel completely at home in an F1 car." However, his options for 2001 seem limited. Sauber now looks set to retain current drivers Mika Salo and Pedro Diniz, despite recent news that Salo might sign for Toyota. The Finn would test with the Japanese team next year ahead of its F1 debut in 2002. Diniz had also been expected to leave the Swiss team, which has had discussions with Bernoldi, Jean Alesi, Alex Wurz, Jos Verstappen and Nick Heidfeld. Bernoldi's second season of F3000 started well, the ex-British F3 frontrunner leading at Barcelona and Nurburgring before bad luck intervened. However, his form in the second half of the season has not been so strong. Bernoldi tested for Sauber at Valencia on Saturday. (Source: ITV Teletext)

 

August 7th 2000 - International F3000:

Nordic sponsor Coca-Cola to move into F1? According to a report in Marketing magazine, soft drinks giant may follow up their sponsorship of Justin Wilson's Nordic F3000 Lola with a graduation to F1 next year. It is believed to have been in talks with Benetton, now taken over by Renault, and with Jordan. Mark Hope, managing director of Coke for Eastern Europe, said: "Motorsport is exceptionally popular in countries of this division. The F3000 deal provides a locally relevant connection with our customers." With tobacco sponsorship due to be banned in 2006, other sponsors will soon be required by many F1 teams. Coca-Cola has apparently been tempted by the return of F1 to its home nation for the first time since Phoenix '91 combined with the F1 viewing figures of 57 billion people per year. Coca-Cola's distinctive livery first appeared on Wilson's car at the A1-Ring round, and is now poised to make its first appearance in the premier formula. (Source: www.autosport.com)

 

August 7th 2000 - International F3000:

Round 8 race report now available The full race report for round 8 at Hockenheim is now available here.

 

August 3rd 2000 - International F3000:

Sarrazin set for second F1 start? Stephane Sarrazin, dumped by the McLaren Junior squad this year after a poor season, may have a chance to enter his second Grand Prix next week in Hungary. Jean Alesi may not be fit for the Hungarian GP after his Hockenheim crash, and Sarrazin, as Prost test driver, will take his place if he cannot race. Alesi was punted into the barriers approaching the Senna chicane at the German GP by Pedro Diniz, spinning six times after hitting the barrier. After climbing out of the car Alesi vomited at the scene, and although he suffered no broken bones, a Prost spokeswoman said today: "He is complaining about some pain and I think the repercussions of the accident are bigger than he first thought." Alesi will make the decision whether or not to enter the GP early next week. Sarrazin made his F1 debut replacing the injured Luca Badoer at Minardi at the Brazilian GP in 1999. He made a favourable impression before a spectacular accident in the final corner ended his race. Sarrazin has two victories to his name in F3000, but he failed to meet his pre-season form for McLaren this year and was replaced at the A1-Ring by Tomas Scheckter. If he starts at the Hungaroring, Sarrazin will join reigning F3000 champion Nick Heidfeld at Prost, the man whom the Frenchman replaced in the McLaren squad. (Source: www.autosport.com)

 

August 3rd 2000 - International F3000:

Ayari returns to Durango in SRWC; more news on Coloni split Soheil Ayari, having left Coloni ahead of round 8 at Hockenheim, will race for Durango in the Sports Racing World Cup while he considers his next move. The Frenchman split with Coloni to join WRT after the qualifying session at Hockenheim, but he was prevented from racing for the Rafanelli squad when Coloni blocked the move claiming Ayari was their contracted driver. Coloni then attempted to replace Ayari with sacked Astromega pilot Fabrice Walfisch, but the move was rejected by the FIA as designated driver Ayari was available. As a result only Fabrizio Gollin competed for Coloni in Germany. Ayari said of the acrimonious break-up: "Race after race, Coloni has not respected its sporting commitments. Particularly to work with my engineer totally free. To impose our set-ups became difficult and in those conditions, the work ambience was not constructive." Dino Morelli is hoping to continue racing with WRT for the remainder of the season. He retired at Hockenheim when a fuel leak left him with petrol burns. The Ulsterman was only drafted in at the last minute after the Ayari, chosen for his budget and track experience, was prevented from joining the team. Nevertheless, Morelli took the team's best qualifying position of the season with 10th. Ayari now moves to the SRWC with Durango, the team with which he won the A1-Ring F3000 round in 1998. (Source: www.autosport.com / Autosport)

 

August 3rd 2000 - International F3000:

Petrobras boost for Junqueira's F1 hopes F3000 championship co-leader Bruno Junqueira is to be backed in his quest for an F1 drive by Petrobras, as previously suggested. Williams sponsor and Petrobras Junior F3000 team title sponsor Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company, is believed to be supplying a budget of at least US$4 million (2.7 million) for Junqueira. (Source: Autosport)

 

August 3rd 2000 - Italian F3000:

Hughes tests for Williams Former Italian F3000 championship leader Warren Hughes tested for Williams before the German GP at a Wiltshire airfield. The Arden Team Russia driver's shakedown of the car was a one-off, but he would like to test again for the team in the future. (Source: Autosport)

 

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