Patrick Vignal

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Analysis: France have Best Team, No Driver

While good news for French motor racing, Renault's dream season does not change the fact that the country of four-times champion Alain Prost no longer has a driver in Formula One

Grapevine: Rossi Fed Up with F1 Talk

Valentino Rossi might soon be looking for a new challenge in Formula One, reports say. The world MotoGP Champion, however, does not want to talk about it

FIA Says BAR Cheated

Formula One's governing body accused BAR of cheating on Wednesday and asked an appeal court to throw the team out of the 2005 Championship

Barrichello Promises Not to Let Ferrari Down

A poor qualifying performance by Rubens Barrichello hurt Ferrari's chances of winning the constructors' title at Sunday's German Grand Prix but the Brazilian promised to make amends in the race.

Gascoyne Sings Trulli's Praises

Toyota technical director Mike Gascoyne has questioned why the Renault team would want to part ways with Jarno Trulli after the Italian was linked to the Japanese squad.

Schumacher Home Party Not Sold Out

Hundreds of tickets remained available for Sunday's German Grand Prix, primarily because of high prices and Michael Schumacher's domination this year, though organisers remained optimistic on Friday they could match last year's attendance figures.

Grapevine: Feature: Zanardi Set for a High Speed Return

Alex Zanardi returns on Sunday to the race track in Germany where he lost both his legs in a crash two years ago but the indomitable Italian is not coming back just for a moving ceremony.

Zanardi Still Fighting for his Life

Italian Alex Zanardi was still fighting for his life in the intensive care unit of a Berlin hospital on Monday, two days after he lost both legs in a horrific high-speed crash at a CART race in Germany.

Zanardi's Condition Still Critical a Day after Crash

Italian Alex Zanardi is still fighting for his life, one day after he lost both legs in a horrific high-speed crash at a CART race in Germany.

Zanardi Loses Both Legs in Horror Crash

Italian driver Alex Zanardi had both legs amputated after a horrific high-speed crash at a CART race in Germany.

Green Hell Ghosts Still Haunt Nurburgring

The Nurburgring might be a world class circuit today but to many, its awe-inspiring neighbour is the real thing. The Green Hell, as Jackie Stewart once called the famed 22.835-km track, has become a tourist attraction but it also witnessed the most glorious and tragic pages of the Nurburgring history.

Ralf to Remain with Williams Until 2004

Ralf Schumacher has extended his contract with Williams until the end of the 2004 season, the Formula One team said on Friday. The 25-year old German joined Williams from Jordan in 1999. He has won his first two races this year, most recently at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal two weeks ago. His previous contract ran until the end of next season.

Grapevine: Germans Relish Sausages and Dash

If your idea of heaven is grilled sausages, beer and watching the Schumacher brothers, then the Nurburgring is definitely the place to be this weekend. Tens of thousands of fans are pouring into the 14 camp sites bordering the track ahead of the much-anticipated battle of the German brothers in Sunday's European Grand Prix.

Audi Baffled by Alboreto's Accident

Michele Alboreto's fatal crash while testing an Audi has baffled the German car manufacturer. Audi sports chief Wolfgang Ullrich called Wednesday's accident on the recently-built Lausitzring an "incomprehensible tragedy".

Interview: Ralf Schumacher Warns Against F1 Novices

Ralf Schumacher has warned against inexperienced drivers entering Formula One too soon.

Schumacher Blames Fisichella for Accident

Championship leader Michael Schumacher blamed Giancarlo Fisichella on Sunday for their opening lap collision at the German Grand Prix.

French Protester Disrupts Grand Prix

A Frenchman protesting against his dismissal by carmaker Mercedes-Benz breached security and crossed the track midway through Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Another Chance for Nearly-Man Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella's long wait for a first Formula One victory may be about to end following his surprise third place in qualifying for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

De la Rosa Shines as Alesi Suffers

Pedro de la Rosa reached a peak for Spain in Saturday's rain-hit qualifying for Sunday's German Grand Prix while France's Jean Alesi sank to a depressing low.

Heidfeld Worried About Future at Prost

German Nick Heidfeld said on Friday he feared his Formula One career could be cut short at Alain Prost's struggling team.

Ralf Schumacher Joins Hockenheim Critics

Ralf Schumacher joined the chorus of criticism of the Hockenheim track on Friday, saying he would like the German Grand Prix to switch to a more modern circuit.