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Penske finally gets Daytona glory

Roger Penske has tasted success in many forms of motor racing but one triumph that had always eluded him was the Daytona 500

Dennis calls for safety car rule change

McLaren boss Ron Dennis criticised Formula One's new safety car rules after an accident-strewn Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday

Dennis praises 'faultless' Hamilton win

Lewis Hamilton's maiden Formula One victory in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday was hailed as "faultless" by McLaren team boss Ron Dennis while the driver's father said his son was capable of winning the world championship

Montezemolo: no time for transition

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said on Monday there was no question of a year of transition for the Formula One team despite the retirement of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and several key technical staff

Ferrari always open to Brawn return

Ferrari's door will always be open to former technical director Ross Brawn should he seek to return after a break from Formula One, his replacement said on Thursday

Raikkonen won't change ways at Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen has ruled out changing his style after moving to Ferrari from McLaren

Fans pay tribute to Schumacher at Monza

Thousands of Ferrari fans turned out at Monza on Sunday to say farewell to Michael Schumacher, who took to the track with other members of the team to salute the supporters for a final time

Italy shows gratitude to Schumacher

Many Italian motor racing fans never truly took Michael Schumacher to their hearts but they have realised what they will be missing when the celebrated Ferrari driver bows out at the end of this season

Briatore: F1 worse than Italian football

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore compared Formula One to Italian football's match-fixing scandal and said that the outcome of the championship had been decided "around a table"

Schumacher decided to quit in July

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher took his decision to quit Formula One over two months ago and said that it was a desire to go out while at his best that had made his mind up

Analysis: Schumacher ponders future

There is an element of ritual to Ferrari's annual winter retreat in the Dolomites but this year Michael Schumacher broke with tradition

Todt: no pressure on Schumacher

Ferrari team chief Jean Todt has said the Formula One team will not put any pressure on seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher to make an early decision about his future beyond this year

Schumacher: Ferrari have woken up

Seven-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher says his Ferrari team are showing signs of improvement having been 'woken up' by last season's poor results

Schumacher: Rossi could make F1 switch

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher believes that five-times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi could make the switch to Formula One

Ferrari confident over new car

Ferrari are confident their new Formula One car, which should be unveiled later this month, will bring them better results than their disappointing efforts last season

Massa relishes Ferrari challenge

Felipe Massa is relishing the chance to race for Ferrari this year, even if he has no illusions about the task ahead of him

Grapevine: Schumacher: Strength Comes from Family

Ferrari's seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher believes his family deserve a share of the credit for his success in Formula One.

Schumacher Still 'in Love' with F1

Seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is "more in love" with Formula One than ever and has no plans yet to leave the sport.

Intelligence Now to the Fore, Says Barrichello

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello believes the rule change on tyres in Formula One mean racers will have to drive much more intelligently than in the past.

Schumacher Ready to Continue Beyond 2006

World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is ready to continue in Formula One beyond the end of his current Ferrari contract in 2006.

Barrichello: Villeneuve Paying for Arrogance

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello says teamless former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve is paying the price for his outspoken approach.

Barrichello: Three More Years to Achieve My Dream

Rubens Barrichello says his new contract with Ferrari offers him three more chances to achieve his dream of winning the world title.

Barrichello Extends Ferrari Contract Until 2006

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the World Champions, ensuring his partnership with Michael Schumacher will continue until the end of 2006.

Grapevine: Interview: Zanardi Laughs Off Adversity

When Alex Zanardi drives in the final Italian round of the FIA European Touring Car championship next month, he will be completing a remarkable personal comeback.

Barrichello Says He is Getting Better with Age

Rubens Barrichello is keeping his voice down but his Formula One ambitions are as high as ever as he prepares for another year alongside Michael Schumacher at Ferrari.

Williams Lawyer Confident Acquittal Will Stand

Lawyer Roberto Causo, who is representing the Williams team in the case over the death of Brazilian Ayrton Senna, has said he has little doubt that the original acquittal on Patrick Head and Adrian Newey would again be upheld following the reopening of the trial.

Feature: Italy Bids 'Addio' to Agnelli

Gianni Agnelli, the charismatic Italian patriarch who died today, was more than just a defining figure in post-war Italian industry.

Todt Urges Caution on Introduction of Changes

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt supported the radical new rules to limit hi-tech driving aids but warned today that they should not be rushed through.

Schumacher Expecting Tougher Competition

Five-times World Champion Michael Schumacher is expecting the 2003 Formula One season to produce a much tighter battle than last year's Ferrari walkover.

Handicapping Not to Punish Ferrari, Says Ecclestone

A weight handicapping system earmarked for Formula One next season has not been designed to penalise Ferrari, but to create closer, more exciting races, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said.

Ferrari Fans Angered by 'Betrayal' of Barrichello

Ferrari's decision to force Rubens Barrichello to give way to Michael Schumacher in the Austrian Grand Prix has prompted a rebellion among supporters of the World Champions.

Mosley: Governments Must Respect Tobacco Ban Date

The head of motor sport's world governing body Max Mosley urged governments to respect the internationally-agreed date for an end to tobacco advertising at Formula One races or risk losing their Grand Prix events.

Mosley Warns Drivers about Wars of Words

Max Mosley, president of Formula One's governing body, reminded drivers on Saturday of the dangers of racing and urged them to avoid public rows with each other.

Grapevine: Feature: Button Flavour of the Month Again

Renault's British driver Jenson Button finds it hard to believe how quickly his fortunes have turned around in Formula One but says it is too early to say where he will be racing in 2003.

Ferrari Could Use Old Car in Australia (Updated)

Formula One World Champions Ferrari unveiled their new car for the 2002 season on Wednesday but said they may still begin the campaign with last year's vehicle.

Prost Crisis a 'Concern' for F1, Says Todt

Ferrari's sporting director Jean Todt says the financial crisis at Prost is a concern to the whole sport and believes the recession is already making it harder for teams to find the big-money backers they need in the high-powered, high-cost sport.

Williams is Biggest Threat, Says Schumacher

Michael Schumacher believes the biggest threat to his Formula One supremacy this season will come from younger brother Ralf and his Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.

Grapevine: Barrichello Shrugs Off Montoya Speculation

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello has shrugged off speculation that the Formula One World Champions want to replace him with Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya next year.

Ferrari Drive a Dream Come True for Burti

New Ferrari test driver Luciano Burti says he was surprised to be signed by the Formula One World Champions after his nightmare crash last season.

I Can be Champion at Ferrari, Says Barrichello

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello believes he can still become Formula One World Champion despite playing second fiddle to Michael Schumacher.

Todt: Schumacher Free to Pull Out of US GP

Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher could be given the chance to pull out of the United States Grand Prix on September 30 by his Ferrari team, the daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Monday.

Grapevine: No Party Mood for Ferrari Fans at Monza

Ferrari fans turned out in their thousands for the qualifying session of the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday but there was little celebration of the team's third successive World Championship title.

Raikkonen Delighted with McLaren Move

Kimi Raikkonen, the 21-year-old Finn who will replace compatriot Mika Hakkinen at McLaren, is looking forward to racing for the British-based team and glad to be starting on even terms with David Coulthard.

Discipline is Key to Success, Says Schumacher

Michael Schumacher credited discipline as the key to his Formula One success on Thursday and said he no longer felt any need to hide his emotions.

Schumacher Ready to Help Barrichello

Michael Schumacher is ready to help Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello take second place in the Formula One Championship if the Brazilian needs his assistance.

New Car is Too Slow, Says Irvine

Jaguar's Formula One driver Eddie Irvine said on Thursday his car was "too slow", his technical team was "understaffed" and he believed the introduction of traction control was bad for the sport.

I'm Not a Movie Star, Says Schumacher

Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher says he is "not a movie star" and has the same emotions as other people.

Michael is More Relaxed Now, Says Barrichello

Michael Schumacher has become more relaxed since he won the Formula One title, Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello said on Monday.

Todt to Begin Talks on Ferrari Contract

Ferrari team director Jean Todt says he will shortly begin talks with company president Luca di Montezemolo regarding his future with the Formula One world champions.

Monza Death Inquiry Threatens New Legal Row

A public prosecutor's inquiry into the death of a fire marshal at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday could re-open the debate over safety at Italian Formula One race tracks.

Death Overshadows Italian Ferrari Victory

The death of a fire marshall, the first fatality in Formula One since Ayrton Senna died at Imola in 1994, overshadowed Michael Schumacher's victory for Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ferrari Hope to Convert Grid Positions into Podium

Ferrari go into Sunday's Italian Grand Prix occupying first and second place on the grid for the first time this season, the perfect position from which to overhaul McLaren.