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F1 aims for 110m Euro budget cap

Formula One is aiming to establish a 110 million Euro budget cap by the 2011 season, this week's Autosport magazine reveals

Davidson: I showed what I can do

Anthony Davidson hopes he did enough in the races he had with Super Aguri to earn a drive elsewhere in Formula One

Whitmarsh defends Hamilton's form

McLaren F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh has defended Lewis Hamilton following the British driver's performances at the start of the season

Symonds: R28 did not meet expectations

Renault's director of engineering Pat Symonds says the performance of the team's R28 car has failed to meet their expectations despite making a huge gain in performance over the winter

Super Aguri's future in fresh doubt

Super Aguri face a race against time to make next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after the investment group buying the team chose to reconsider their options at the very last minute, can reveal

Vettel tipped for RBR switch in 2009

Red Bull protege Sebastian Vettel is likely to switch to the firm's A-team for next year after impressing the team's bosses in the first three races of this season

Abu Dhabi GP set for October date

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix organisers have been told the country's inaugural race will take place in October next year, this week's Autosport reveals, although it is not clear yet if the event will be the season finale

Drivers seeking new safety car rules

Formula One drivers and teams are to hold talks with race director Charlie Whiting at the Spanish Grand Prix to consider an overhaul of the safety car rules, can reveal

Kovalainen aims for strong start in Oz

Heikki Kovalainen has promised there will be no repeat of the troubles he encountered in last year's Australian Grand Prix when the new seasons kicks off in Melbourne next month

Michael: Williams not ready to win yet

Williams still need to take big steps with their new FW30 if they are to challenge McLaren and Ferrari for race wins this year, despite their impressive pre-season testing performances

Anti-racism group praises FIA stance

The FIA's swift and hard-line response to the racist scenes witnessed in testing at Barcelona last weekend has been praised by a leading anti-racism campaign group

Fisichella not expecting Renault wins

Giancarlo Fisichella says he is 'pessimistic' about former team Renault's chances of returning to the winner's circle this year - even with Fernando Alonso coming back to them

Drivers move to quell wet weather fears

Leading Formula One drivers have opened talks with the FIA to discuss wet weather safety in 2008, Autosport has learned, amid renewed concerns about racing in the rain without the help of traction control

McLaren seek swift end to spying row

McLaren are hopeful that they will soon finally be able to put Formula One's spy scandal behind them ahead of an FIA hearing into the legality of their 2008 challenger in Monaco today

Whitmarsh: Hamilton can lead McLaren

Lewis Hamilton is ready to step up to the plate as McLaren team leader next year and become the team's focus in their bid to win the world championship

Champions tip Schumacher to race again

Former world champions Alan Jones and Mika Hakkinen believe that Michael Schumacher's impressive return to the cockpit of a Formula One car in testing could tempt him to make a competitive return to racing

Prodrive not giving up on F1 ambitions

Prodrive boss David Richards insists that he is still committed to getting his Formula One team on the grid in the future, despite having to abandon his plans to enter grand prix racing next year

Q & A with David Richards

David Richards and his Prodrive team should currently be finalising their plans to become a fully-fledged Formula One team for 2008

Rivals critical of Honda testing approach

Honda Racing have been criticised for their approach to last week's Formula One test at Barcelona after they got Super Aguri to undertake young driver evaluation, this week's Autosport reports

McLaren deny Hamilton caused gearbox error

McLaren have rejected suggestions that Lewis Hamilton's gearbox failure in the Brazilian Grand Prix was due to him pressing the wrong button on his steering wheel

Grapevine: Drivers in danger despite contract

Honda and Toyota have admitted there are no guarantees for drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli's futures, as the fallout over Fernando Alonso's 2008 plans widens, this week's Autosport magazine reveals

McLaren won't rush Alonso decision

McLaren boss Ron Dennis insists he will not be making any decisions about Fernando Alonso's future at the team until after the end of the season, despite the extraordinary outburst by the Spaniard at last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix

Dennis: no one to blame for Hamilton exit

McLaren boss Ron Dennis thinks that no one should take any blame for Lewis Hamilton's exit from the Chinese Grand Prix

Spyker confident of retaining Japan point

Spyker bosses are confident about their prospects in next week's court of appeal hearing into Vitantonio Liuzzi's yellow flag penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix

Tost tipped off stewards about video

Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has confirmed that he approached the race stewards in China to complain about Lewis Hamilton's driving behind the safety car in Japan

Toyota put in special effort for Japan

Toyota are hoping for a strong Japanese Grand Prix after technical boss Pascal Vasselon confirmed the team had set up a special working group to prepare for their home race

Mosley and Dennis clear the air

FIA president Max Mosley and McLaren team chief Ron Dennis have cleared the air between them after Mosley suggested earlier today that Dennis had not told the FIA the full truth regarding the spying affair

Q & A with Dennis and Whitmarsh

Q: Do you feel you're the only team in Formula One who deserve to be punished for this sort of incident?

McLaren defer decision over appeal

McLaren will decide over the weekend if to appeal the World Motor Sport Council decision today to strip the team of their constructors standing and fine them with $100 million USD

McLaren lose 2007 points, fined $100m

McLaren-Mercedes have lost their constructors' championship points for the 2007 season and will pay a record fine of $100 million USD, the FIA World Motor Sport Council decided today

Paris hearing adjourned for lunch (updated)

The World Motor Sport Council hearing in Paris has been adjourned for lunch, with proceedings now expected to go for longer than originally planned

Rivals wheel out the big guns in Paris

Ferrari and McLaren have wheeled out the big guns for this morning's World Motor Sport Council hearing in Paris, with Ferrari reinforced by former technical director Ross Brawn

Emotional Dennis praises team effort

An emotional McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he got more pleasure from seeing his team operate flawlessly under the pressure of the off-track politics at the Italian Grand Prix, than delivering their 1-2 finish on Ferrari's home ground

Letter confirms drivers had new evidence

FIA president Max Mosley confirmed in a letter to Formula One teams last week that the new evidence that has led to a fresh hearing over the Ferrari spy saga did come from McLaren's drivers, can reveal

McLaren under investigation by stewards

McLaren are under investigation by the race stewards at the Italian Grand Prix over their running of a new lightweight gearbox in Hungary that had not been crash tested, can reveal

Dernie experience 'to benefit Toyota'

Toyota's technical chief Pascal Vasselon believes the Japanese squad will benefit from Frank Dernie's experience to move forward in Formula One

Q & A with Sam Michael

Q. What are the plans for the 2008 car?

Williams take aggressive approach for 2008

Williams are constructing an all-new car for next year, which they believe will take them back into the winners' circle for the first time since 2004

Honda plan radical upgrades for Fuji

Honda Racing are to try out radical new concepts on their RA107 at next month's Japanese Grand Prix in a bid to try and race-test components planned for their 2008 car

Q & A with Honda's Jacky Eeckelaert

Q: Can you tell us about the upgrade planned for Fuji?

Gascoyne downplays B-spec car expectations

Spyker's chief technical officer has downplayed expectations placed on the B-spec car that will make its debut in the next race in Turkey

Q & A with Tost and Berger

Q. Why isn't Scott racing this weekend?

Tost: Speed replaced over performance

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has said Scott Speed was replaced at the Italian squad because he wasn't performing as expected

Heidfeld made to wait for new BMW deal

Nick Heidfeld will have to wait until after the summer break to secure his future at the BMW Sauber team, according to team boss Mario Theissen

Fisichella expecting to stay at Renault

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella is expecting to remain at the Renault team next year despite the French squad's disappointing season

Fisichella hopeful Renault can catch BMW

Giancarlo Fisichella believes his Renault team will be able to catch BMW Sauber in terms of pace, although the Italian admits it will be difficult to beat the German squad in the standings

Stepney warned Coughlan of Ferrari floor

Nigel Stepney emailed McLaren's chief designer Mike Coughlan on the eve of the season to tip him off about Ferrari's movable floor design, this week's Autosport magazine reveals

Bigois impressed by Honda's resources

Honda's new head of aerodynamics Loic Bigois says he has been impressed by the Japanese squad's resources

Honda urge for alternative US GP venue

Honda team boss Nick Fry says it is critical for the Japanese manufacturer that Formula One returns to the United States as soon as possible

Fry: Honda must be competitive in 2008

Honda Racing's team boss Nick Fry says the Japanese squad will have no excuses if they are not competitive next season

Fry 'fed up' with Honda's poor starts

Honda Racing boss Nick Fry has admitted he is fed up with his team's poor starts to the season, despite the outfit showing they have the ability to recover

Gascoyne mystified by Albers' mistake

Spyker's chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne says he is baffled about why Christijan Albers raced away early during their near pitstop disaster in the French Grand Prix

Webber calls for more doping tests

Grand Prix Drivers' Association director Mark Webber has called on the FIA to do more drug testing in Formula One, after six drivers were submitted for checks in Magny-Cours

Davidson blames tight pitlane for crash

Anthony Davidson and his Super Aguri team have blamed the narrow pitlane in Magny-Cours for the bizarre collision in second free practice on Friday

Honda reserve judgement on revamped car

Honda duo Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button have reserved judgement on Honda's upgraded car after failing to make a big impression on the opening day of practice in France

Teams look to boost young drivers' role

Formula One teams are considering plans to make it mandatory for them to test young drivers during the season, this week's Autosport magazine reveals

Villeneuve critical of Hamilton 'chopping'

Lewis Hamilton's driving style at the start of races have come under fire from former world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who thinks the FIA has been too lenient with the McLaren star

RBR may decommission Bedford tunnel

Red Bull Racing are considering decommissioning their Bedford wind tunnel for a while to overcome the problems that blighted the birth of their RB3 car

Q & A with Jarno Trulli

Q. What's the team situation right now?

Abu Dhabi GP seven-year deal confirmed

Abu Dhabi will host a Grand Prix from 2009 in what seems to be the most luxurious venue on the Grand Prix calendar