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Features for October 2005
31 October 2005

CHAIRMAN OF SLEC WARNS AGAINST SPLIT
Gerhard Gribkowsky, who represents the banks that controls F1 Commercial Rights Holder SLEC, has spoken out in suppport of Bernie Ecclestone and urged the five break away manufacturers to work towards avoiding a split.
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WHELDON LINKED TO BMW
2005 IRL IndyCar Series Champion and Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon has been linked to a deal with the new BMW F1 Team which could see him testing in 2006 with a race seat in 2007.
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28 October 2005

PAUL RICARD APPOINTED FIA CENTRE FOR MOTORSPORT EXCELLENCE
The Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in the South of France has been appointed the FIA Institute's first Centre for Motor Sport Excellence. The circuit will be used to host safety seminars and test upcoming safety features.
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MAX MOSLEY RE-ELECTED
Max Mosley has been re-elected as FIA President at the FIA General Assembly meeting in Rome. It is expected that Mosley will not serve the full term, and will instead defer to one of his deputies in mid-term.
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F1 TO RETURN TO ARGENTINA?
The provincial state of San Luis is in discussions with Bernie Ecclestone regarding the return of Grand Prix racing in Argentina. The country last hosted a race in 1998 at the Buenos Airies circuit.
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GP MASTERS CAR DETAIL
We take a close look at the GP Masters car and engine.
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HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY, MR ECCLESTONE
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone celebrates his 75th birthday today.
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TONIO LIUZZI SEASON REVIEW
Red Bull Racing's Tonio Liuzzi on the Chinese GP and his debut Grand Prix season.
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27 October 2005

MURRAY WALKER TO COMMENTATE ON GP MASTERS
Veteran motorsport commentator Murray Walker, who retired from Formula 1 commentary at the end of 2001, is to commentate on the new Grand Prix Masters series, which commences at Kyalami in November.
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MINARDI ANNOUNCE FURTHER DRIVERS FOR TEST
Minardi have announced that regular tester Chanoch Nissany and previously confirmed British driver, Katherine Legge, will be joined by Italy's Luca Filippi and Davide Rigon for its forthcoming test at Vallelunga.
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MANSELL TESTS GP MASTERS AT SILVERSTONE
Former F1 champion Nigel Mansell has returned to Silverstone to test for the Grand Prix Masters Series.
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MANSELL RETURNS TO SILVERSTONE
In testing for GP Masters, Nigel Mansell has returned to Silverstone where he scored three memorable F1 wins (1987, 91 & 92) in front of his British fans.
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BOURDAIS WANTS RENAULT F1 TEST
2004 & 2005 Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais will race once more for Newman Haas Racing next year but has his sights set on F1 for the future. The 26-year old Frenchman is hoping to test for Renault next year. He previously tested for the team in 2002.
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26 October 2005

BAHRAIN TO KICK OFF 2006
Bahrain has been given the chance to host the opening round of the 2006 F1 World Championship following the confirmation of the 2006 calendar by the FIA today.
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PAFFETT AND HAMILTON TO RECEIVE MCLAREN TESTS
DTM champion Gary Paffett has been promised a Formula One test with McLaren by engine partner Mercedes-Benz. He previously tested for the team in 2002. F3 Euroseries champion and McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton is also likely to receive a test during the winter.
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25 October 2005

MIDLAND SIGN PASTORELLI
Midland have signed 22 year-old Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli, as their test and Friday driver for the 2006 season.
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24 October 2005

THE CDG WING
The Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) wing has been approved, subject to input from team technical directors, in a meeting of the F1 Commission in London today.
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F1 REGULATION APPROVALS FOR 2006/07
Max Mosley has had all his rule changes approved for Formula 1's 2006/07 season. This includes a radical new rear wing proposal.
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GRID GIRLS!
The Indy Girl competition added some glamour to the Champ Car Word Series at Surfers Paradise.
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23 October 2005

MCRAE TO DRIVE FOR SKODA IN AUSTRALIA?
Speculation is mounting that Colin McRae has secured a drive with Skoda for Telstra Rally Australia. McRae recently competed for the team on Wales Rally GB.
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LOEB WINS EVERY STAGE
Sebastian Loeb and Daniel Elena have taken victory on every stage of Rally Corsica.
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GARY PAFFETT CAREER HISTORY
We take a look back at the new 2005 DTM Champions career to date.
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21 October 2005

ROSBERG LIKELY TO LAND 2006 WILLIAMS DRIVE
Current GP2 Champion Nico Rosberg is expected to be named as Williams 2nd driver for 2006.
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SATO TO HONDA-B TEAM?
Despite a poor 2005, has former BAR driver Takuma Sato managed to secure a drive for the new Honda-B team next season?
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20 October 2005

WILLIAMS TEST FOR ALBERS?
With Williams looking for a new test driver, it appears Minardi man Christijan Albers is high on the list to take the seat.
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19 October 2005

CHEEVER AND RED BULL PART COMPANY
IRL team Cheever has lost its major sponsor, Red Bull, after a four year partnership.
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GANASSI STAYING PUT
Chip Ganassi has said he is making no plans to move his team from IRL to the Champ Car World Series.
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JILL BRADLEY TO APPEAR ON ITV1
"New Masters of Formual One" artist Jill Bradley will make a guest artist appearance on the ITV1 show "A Brush With Fame" on Friday 21 October at 2:15pm.
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18 October 2005

AUDETTO AND HONDA B-TEAM?
Former Ferrari Team Manager and Arrows and Renault Marketing man Daniele Audetto is rumoured to be involved in the setting up of Honda's B-Team for 2006.
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HONDA B-TEAM TO USE LEAFIELD?
There is speculation that the Honda B-Team will be based at the old Arrows F1 factory in Leafield, Oxfordshire.
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PROBLEM DRAINS
We take a closer look into the drains that caused disruption during the Chinese Grand Prix by raising leading to the retirement of Juan Pablo Montoya.
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17 October 2005

NEW PORSCHE MAKES WINNING DEBUT
Porsche returned to prototype racing in winning fashion at Laguna Seca, Lucas Luhr and Sasha Maassen taking a class win in the brand new Porsche RS Spyder run by Penske Motorsports.
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16 October 2005

SQUADRO TORO ROSSO BOSS ON GRID
Franz Tost, the boss of 2006 new comers Squadro Toro Rosso, was present on the grid in Shanghai.
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PARC FERME FROM CHINA
All the images as the cars arrive back at Parc Ferme in Shanghai.
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PODIUM FROM CHINA
All the celebration from Shanghai.
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BIG SMASH FOR NARAIN
Narain Karthekeyan has been lucky to emerge uninjured from a big crash during the Chinese GP.
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OFFICIAL DRIVERS PHOTO
The F1 drivers have lined up for the traditional end of season photo on the pit straight in Shanghai.
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THANKS TO SAUBER
The Sauber team have given Peter Sauber a big thank you.
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BAR TEAM PHOTO
The BAR team have lined up for their end of season photo.
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JORDAN CHAVS
Jordan have adopted the "chav" look for their final team photograph before the team is rebranded as Midland F1 for 2006.
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WILLIAMS BID FAREWELL TO HP
Williams have bid farewell to sponsor HP Invent at the team photo in Shanghai today.
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MINARDI LAST SUPPER
Minardi have had a last supper party in Shanghai.
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ATMOSPHERE FROM CHINA
All the atmosphere from in and around the Shanghai circuit.
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GIRLS IN CHINA
All the glamour from Shanghai.
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FIA TEAM PHOTO
The FIA have posed for their end of term shot in Shanghai.
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15 October 2005

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS MEETING
The Technical Directors from each of the teams have met in Shanghai.
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MINARDI LINE UP
The Minardi Team have lined for their last ever team photo in Shanghai.
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100 UP FOR JENSON
BAR have helped Jenson celebrate his 100th Grand Prix.
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FAREWLL TO JIM
The BAR team have presented ITV F1 anchor man Jim Rosenthal with a pair of driver overalls as a send off for his final Grand Prix.
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RED BULL CONFIRM 2006 LINE UP
Red Bull have announced that their driver line up across Red Bull Racing and Squadra Toro Rosso will comprise David Coulthard, Christian Klien, Tonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and Neel Jani.
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14 October 2005

DUPASQUIER TO RETIRE
Pierre Dupasquier head of Michelin's Competition Department is set to retire after 30 years with the company.
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SAUBER TEAM SHOT
The Sauber team have posed for their last ever team photo.
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POWER SIGNS THREE YEAR CHAMP CAR DEAL
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Will Power will make his Champ Car debut at Surfers Paradise in a weeks time with Team Australia. He has signed a deal that will see him drive for the team for the next three seasons.
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13 October 2005

VITANTONIO LIUZZI - DIARY FROM JAPAN
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Red Bull Racing driver Vitantonio Liuzzi describes his Japanese Grand Prix weekend.
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MINARDI F1 TEAM HISTORY
The Chinese Grand Prix will be the final race for the Minardi team who are set to become the Red Bull Racing Junior team in 2006. The team started its first F1 race in 1985.
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SAUBER F1 TEAM HISTORY
The Chinese Grand Prix will also see the final race for the Sauber F1 team which will become BMW in 2006. Sauber were a successful sportscar team before entering F1 in 1993.
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ALESI LINKED WITH 12TH F1 TEAM?
Former F1 star and current Mercedes DTM driver Jean Alesi has been linked as a front man in the plans for a 12th F1 team that would operate from the old McLaren factory in Woking and would be funded by Middle Eastern money.
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12 October 2005

HOWARD WINS 2005 US CHAMPIONSHIP
Sutton Motorsport Images supported driver Jay Howard has won the 2005 Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tires Championship Series after dominating the season.
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MINARDI AND KUBICA
Current Renault World Series leader Robert Kubica will not be seen as Minardi third driver in China despite being rumoured to be taking the role.
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CHINESE GRAND PRIX HISTORY
A history of the Chinese Grand Prix, that held its inaugural race last year.
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11 October 2005

EECKELAERT TO JOIN BAR HONDA
Sauber engineer Jacky Eeckelaert is to leave the team at the end of the season and will join BAR Honda. Eeckelaert, who is currently head of vehicle engineering and has been with Sauber for five years, will be replaced by Mike Krack.
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DIXON TARGETS PINK LIVERY AT FONTANA
Scott Dixon and Jacques Lazier will both drive pink liveried IndyCars at Fontana this weekend as part of sponsor Target's support of breast cancer awareness. Dixon previously drove the pink liveried car at the speedway last year.
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10 October 2005

CREDIT SUISSE ON BOARD WITH BMW
Credit Suisse have announced that they will continue their involvement in Formula One next season and until 2008 with the BMW factory team.
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FORD SIGN GRONHOLM
Marcus Gronholm will be a factory Ford WRC driver for 2006 and 2007 it has been announced today.
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09 October 2005

PARC FERME FROM JAPAN
Parc Ferme at the end of the race.
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PODIUM FROM JAPAN
All the celebration from Suzuka.
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ATMOSPHERE FROM JAPAN
All the atmosphere from in and around Suzuka.
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GIRLS IN JAPAN
All the glamour from Suzuka.
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SATO EXCLUDED FROM JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
Takuma Sato has been excluded from the Japanese Grand Prix after being found guilty of erratic driving by the Suzuka officials following his collision with Jarno Trulli.
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08 October 2005

WIN FOR SUTTON PHOTOGRAPHER
Sutton Motorsport Images F1 Photographer Mark Capilitan has won the Brazil round of the Renault F1 "Be Inspired" photographic competition, for his image of Fernando Alonso's out pouring of emotion in Parc Ferme after the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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TRULLI'S WINNING HELMET DESIGN
Jarno Trulli is wearing a revised helmet design at Suzuka, the result of a competition to design a livery for the race.
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07 October 2005

A1GP: BESCHIR IS PRESENTED WITH HIS ROLL HOOP
A1 Team Lebanon's Kalil Beschir, who had a spectacular accident at Brands Hatch, has been presented with the cars damaged roll hoop by Lola.
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KIMI ENGINE BLOW
McLaren's quest for the Constructors Championship has been dealt a blow with an engine change for Kimi Raikkonen that will relegate him ten places on the grid.
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HEIKKI SET FOR RENAULT TEST ROLE
Sutton Motorsport Images supported GP2 Vice Champion Heikki Kovalainen is shortly expected to be confirmed as Renault F1's 2006 Grand Prix Friday test driver.
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YAMAMOTO MAKES TEST DEBUT
Sakon Yamamoto has made his Grand Prix Friday test debut for the Jordan team at Suzuka today.
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EECKELAERT TO HONDA?
Sauber Head of Vehicle Engineering Jacky Eeckelaert is rumoured to be switching to the second Honda team expected to take to the F1 grid in 2006.
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06 October 2005

DAVIDSON AND SATO TIPPED FOR NEW F1 TEAM
BAR Honda team mates Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato have been linked as team mates in a new Honda-powered 'junior' F1 team for 2006.
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VITANTONIO LIUZZI - DIARY FROM BRAZIL
Sutton Motorsport Images supported Red Bull Racing third driver Vitantonio Liuzzi reports from Brazil.
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CSS SIGN CHANDHOK
Current Indian A1GP driver Karun Chandhok has been signed by CSS Stellar Management.
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05 October 2005

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX HISTORY
A pictorial history of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
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BIELA AND PIRRO ARE ALMS CHAMPIONS
The Champion Racing pairing of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro have secured the American Le Mans Series title with victory in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
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04 October 2005

HONDA BUY BAR
The Honda Motor Company has announced it has completed a deal with BAT to purchase 100% of the shares in BAR by the end of the year.
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03 October 2005

MATT NEAL: 2005 BTCC CHAMPION
Matt Neal has become the first independent British Touring Car Champion for over a decade after yesterday's finale at Brands Hatch.
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02 October 2005

SEBASTIEN LOEB: 2005 WORLD RALLY CHAMPION
Sebastien Loeb has taken his second consecutive World Rally Championship in Japan today after finishing second.
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DEAN SMITH WINS BMW UK TITLE
Dean Smith has won the 2005 Formula BMW UK Championship at Brands Hatch today.
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