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Frentzen signs for Sauber [27 Aug 2002|07:15pm]
[ mood | drained ]

Sauber announced on Sunday that troubled racer Heinz-Harald Frentzen has signed a one-year contract for 2003. He returns to the team that gave him his first opportunity in Formula One™ motor racing (1994, 1995 and 1996) and saw him take a best placing of ninth in the Drivers' FIA Formula One World Championship™ with fifteen points (1995).

The German has spent a difficult year in the sport, after he was let-go by Jordan mid-way through the 2001 season. He then raced with Prost from the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix, until the outfit went into liquidation during the off-season.

H-HF - ProstThis year he returned to the track with Arrows, but the Leafield-based squad subsequently hit difficulties at the British GP as they entered into discussion with potential investors and current shareholders Morgan Grenfell, culminating in the German leaving the team before the Hungarian GP - an event that Arrows took no part in.

Frentzen returns to Sauber feted as "one of the most successful drivers Sauber has ever had" and is looking to revive his championship chances with the Swiss team.

"I have a very special relationship with Peter Sauber," the German commented. "He brought me into Formula One and paved the way for my career. The performance of Sauber has impressed me tremendously over the years and I am convinced that together we will achieve a lot."

An option to extend Nick Heidfeld's contract will be exercised Monday, officially confirming him in the 2003 driver line-up as reported by formula1.com at the German GP. Heidfeld currently partners Brazilian rookie Felipe Massa, who has been offered the opportunity to act as test and reserve driver next year.

Team Principal Peter Sauber added: "The extension of Nick's contract was a formality. He has done an excellent job for our team and feels at home with us. The decision to replace Felipe Massa was not easy for me.

"Finally, the decisive factor was Heinz-Harald Frentzen's performance this year, which impressed us deeply. He is not only one of the fastest drivers in Formula One, he also knows how to move a team forward. Furthermore, he has proven that he is still highly motivated.

"I hope that Felipe Massa will accept our offer as test and substitute driver. We continue to be very interested in his development."

Heidfeld currently lies eighth in the drivers' standings with seven points, while Massa is eleventh with four points.

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Arrows team to be banned from the championship this weekend? [27 Aug 2002|07:18pm]
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This weekend could see the exclusion of the Arrows Formula 1 team from the 2002 championship. This would mean certain financial ruin for the British team, as they would miss out on the £12 million or so in travel money for the 2003 season.

Despite talks with several groups concerning the potential sale of the team, Arrows have yet to leave their HQ and head towards Belgium. This would be the second race in a row that the team would miss and an FIA punishment would surely follow.

However, Arrows are prevented from selling their team due to an injunction from investors Morgan Grenfell, who want various 'matters' to be settled first.

Arrows have not yet paid their engine supplier, Cosworth and have not yet signed a second driver for the forthcoming race.

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