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Preview: Loeb looking for 11th win

Sebastien Loeb, having already secured a second straight world title in emphatic style, will be looking to cap his record breaking year with an 11th victory when the final rally of the season starts in Perth on Friday

Preview: Citroen chasing title

Following his flawless drive in Corsica, world champion Sebastien Loeb will try to help his Citroen team to wrap up the manufacturers' title in this weekend's Rally of Catalunya

Toyota Critical of Honda's Use of Rule Loophole

Toyota have criticised Honda-powered rivals BAR for their manipulation of Formula One's new engine rules.

Points Just a Matter of Time, Says Ralf

Toyota can score their first points of the season in Malaysia this weekend after missing an opportunity in the Australian season-opener, according to Germany's Ralf Schumacher.

Schumacher Expects to Do Well in Malaysia

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher expects to blast back into the points in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix after drawing a blank in the Australian season-opener.

Schumacher Drives Like Taxi Driver, Says Briatore

World champion Michael Schumacher has it too easy on the race track and it is about time the other drivers put him under some pressure, Renault boss Flavio Briatore said on Sunday.

Villeneuve Blames Tyre Choice for Poor Form

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve has blamed a poor tyre choice for his disappointing Sauber debut in last Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sauber Baffled by Villeneuve's Lack of Pace

Jacques Villeneuve's disappointing debut for Sauber in last weekend's Australian Grand Prix has baffled the Formula One team.

Grapevine: Schumacher in Line for Sporting Oscars

Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, six-times Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong and men's tennis number one Roger Federer were nominated on Tuesday for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.

FIA Casts Doubt on Future of Australian GP

Motor sport's governing body cast doubt on the future of World Championship events in Australia on Saturday after legal action by Minardi at the country's Formula One Grand Prix.

Minardi Seeking Legal Action to Race in Australia

Minardi are seeking legal action to overturn a stewards' decision preventing them running their cars in the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Melbourne to Slip Down F1 Calendar in 2006

The Australian Grand Prix will give up its high-profile slot as Formula One's season-opening race next year to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games.

Button Wants to Look Down on Schumacher

BAR's Jenson Button wants to look down on Ferrari's Michael Schumacher this season.

Schumacher Still Suffers Self-Doubt

Despite winning seven world titles, Michael Schumacher says he still suffers from self-doubt whenever he sits in a Formula One car.

Fiat to Shut Alfa Engine plant, Buy GM Motors

Italian carmaker Fiat plans to close an Alfa Romeo motor plant near Milan and will instead power some of its sporty models with engines made by former partner General Motors, unions said on Tuesday.

McLaren Announce Johnnie Walker Deal

The McLaren Formula One team are to end decades of tobacco sponsorship with a deal putting the Johnnie Walker whisky brand on their cars from August.

Fiat Says Alfa Boss to Run Maserati

Italy's Fiat pushed ahead with its restructuring plan on Monday, naming former Rolls-Royce boss Karl-Heinz Kalbfell to run a new grouping of its sporty brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

Mystery Illness Shuts Melbourne Airport Terminal

One of Australia's main airport terminals has been shut after 53 people suffered nausea, vomiting, dizziness and respiratory problems, but officials said they could not find the cause of the illnesses.

Jordan Reveals He Sacrificed Frentzen for Engines

Eddie Jordan has cast light on his controversial sacking of German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 2001, saying that he did it to save his Formula One team's Honda engine supply.

Briatore Defends Raikkonen as 'Breath of Fresh Air'

Kimi Raikkonen's recent indiscretions in a London lap-dancing club should be seen as a breath of fresh air for Formula One, according to Renault boss Flavio Briatore.

Maserati CEO Leach to Leave Fiat Group

Maserati Chief Executive Martin Leach is due to leave the Fiat-owned sportscar maker and will not take up any other post at the Italian industrial group, industrial sources said on Friday.

Dominguez Aims to Race for Midland in 2006

Mexican Mario Dominguez has turned down an offer to be Jordan's reserve driver this season but could race for the Formula One team when they become Midland in 2006.

Fiat Moves Maserati from Ferrari Towards Alfa

Fiat shook up its car brands on Wednesday, splitting the sleek Maserati marque from the Ferrari racing unit to link it more closely to its sporty but underperforming Alfa Romeo.

Another Team in Takeover Talks, Says Mosley

Formula One could see another independent team change ownership after the recent takeovers of Jordan and Jaguar, FIA president Max Mosley hinted on Thursday.

Toyota Names Next President

Toyota, the world's No.2 auto maker, has named an executive who is now primarily in charge of purchasing as its next president and has promoted a Toyoda family scion as his possible successor.

Irvine: Ralf Has to Deliver

Michael Schumacher's former Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine has criticised the champion's younger brother Ralf, saying he has to deliver for Toyota this season.

Villeneuve Says He Will Have to Change His Style

Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve says he will have to change his driving style to get up to speed with his Sauber Formula One team.

Red Bull Have Potential, Says Coulthard

Red Bull can be future high-flyers even if they have no hope of winning races this season, according to Briton David Coulthard.

Grapevine: Hakkinen Says he Will Never Race in F1 Again

Two times World Champion Mika Hakkinen says he will never race in Formula One again.

Midland Plans to Hire Russian Test Driver

Russian Roman Rusinov will test Midland's new Formula One car this year and could also be used by Jordan, team owner Alex Shnaider said today.

Trulli: the Toyota Handles like a Jordan

Italian Jarno Trulli says Toyota's new Formula One car reminds him of the poorly-handling Jordan he drove in 2001.

Briatore Undecided about F1 Future

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has not ruled out leaving Formula One when his contract runs out this season.

Karthikeyan Secures Jordan Drive

Indian Narain Karthikeyan is to drive for Jordan in the 2005 Formula One season after securing an offer from the team, his manager said on Tuesday.

Heidfeld Enjoying 'Big Chance' at Williams

Germany's Nick Heidfeld was delighted after it was announced he will race for Williams this season alongside Australian Mark Webber.

All Teams Except Ferrari Agree to Testing Cuts

All Formula One teams except champions Ferrari agreed on Tuesday to restrict testing during the season to 30 days.

Jordan Confirm Midland Takeover

The Jordan Grand Prix team have today confirmed the signing of a contract concerning a future take over of Jordan Grand Prix Limited by the Midland Group, as revealed by

Midland Appoint Managing Director

The newly-founded Midland Formula One team, which is being linked to a takeover of ailing Jordan, appointed German Formula Three team owner Colin Kolles as managing director on Wednesday.

BAR Accept 30-Day Limit on Testing

Honda-powered BAR are happy to limit testing to 30 days this season and still hope Ferrari will fall into line with the rest of Formula One, according to team boss Nick Fry.

Grapevine: Pope Gets a Ferrari of his Own

Pope John Paul got a Ferrari from the Italian racing team on Monday - a model of one, that is - for having what they said was the inside track on the roads of humanity.

Button: BAR Can Win in Australia

BAR's Jenson Button believes he can start the Formula One season with a win after coming close to a first victory last year.

New Ferrari to Make Race Debut in Spain

Ferrari's 2005 Formula One car will make its race debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, team boss Jean Todt said on Friday.

Jordan Says his Role Could Change

Formula One boss Eddie Jordan is considering a change of roles in an attempt to put his struggling team on a firmer financial footing.

Hill: Red Bull Can Liberate Coulthard

Red Bull Racing can be a liberation for David Coulthard in Formula One after nine years at McLaren, according to former World Champion Damon Hill.

Badoer Extends Deal with Ferrari

Ferrari have extended test driver Luca Badoer's contract for a further two years, keeping him with the Formula One World Champions until 2006.

Race for Williams Seat Heats Up as Heidfeld Takes Lead

Williams hopeful Nick Heidfeld was fastest at the start of what could be a decisive five-day test programme with the Formula One team, as he and Brazilian driver Antonio Pizzonia battle for the last remaining competitive drive in the 2005 F1 season.

Jordan Expecting Tough First Half of 2005

Jordan's technical director Mark Smith has suggested the Silverstone-based squad could struggle in the first races of the 2005 season.

Ferrari Play Down Race Boycott Report

Ferrari have dismissed speculation that they could boycott this year's British and French Grands Prix in a dispute over attendance money.

Klien, Liuzzi Sign for Red Bull

Austria's Christian Klien and Italy's Vitantonio Liuzzi have signed contracts for the Formula One season with Red Bull Racing, the team said on Wednesday.

Grapevine: Sports Leaders Urged to Help Tsunami Victims

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has supported a call for influential sports leaders to meet and decide on a strategy to help rebuild areas affected by the Indian Ocean earthquake.

Di Montezemolo: F1 Future to be Decided in 2005

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the future of Formula One will be decided next year and that manufacturers could walk away if they are unhappy with any deal.

Renault Tweaks Executive Team

Renault announced changes to its executive committee on Wednesday before the head of Japanese carmaker Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, becomes chief executive of both companies in 2005.

BAR Put Up for Sale by Administrators

Jenson Button's BAR Formula One team have been put up for sale - but only to allow a new joint venture between engine partners Honda and majority owners British American Tobacco to buy it back.

Grapevine: Prost Denies he will Race at Le Mans

Former Formula One champion Alain Prost has denied a report that said he would drive an Audi at the Le Mans 24-Hour race next year.

Red Bull Drop A1-Ring Expansion Plan

Red Bull Racing have dropped plans for a 700-million euro ($940 million) revamp of Austria's A1-Ring Grand Prix track because of environmental concerns, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz said.

GPWC Welcome Judgement Against Ecclestone

The ruling of a High Court judge ruled against Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone today, in a legal dispute with three banks, was immediately hailed by Formula One carmakers planning their own series from 2008 as a key decision for the future of the sport, despite Ecclestone playing down its importance.

Ecclestone: Court Ruling Means Nothing

Bernie Ecclestone played down the ruling after a High Court judge ruled against the Formula One supremo on Monday in a legal dispute with three banks that could weaken his hold on the sport.

Judge Accepts Banks 'Contentions' vs. Ecclestone

A High Court judge said on Monday he accepted the "contentions" of three banks locked in a legal dispute with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Coulthard Hints at Red Bull Deal

Britain's David Coulthard has signalled that a move to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team could be on the horizon.