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Agnelli says Schumacher fit for Italy GP

Aug 14: Ferrari owner Gianni Agnelli said on Saturday injured driver Michael Schumacher would be fit for next month's Italian Grand Prix. ``The doctors have told us that he will be well and will be able to race again at Monza,'' Agnelli told Italian news agency ANSA in Budapest ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.  Schumacher crashed and broke his leg in the opening lap of the British Grand Prix last month and Ferrari's former number two driver, Eddie Irvine, has since emerged from his shadow by winning two consecutive races. He has said he will quit Ferrari rather than remain as number two to Shumacher next season. The Italian Grand Prix takes place in Monza on September 12.

Villeneuve stays at BAR next year

Aug 13  - Canadian Jacques Villeneuve has been re-signed by British American Racing for next season despite failing to finish any of his 10 races for the team this year.BAR team chief Craig Pollock confirmed Villeneuve on Friday and said that he hoped to make a decision on his Brazilian team mate Ricardo Zonta next week.

Sauber extend Ferrari engine deal

Sauber will continue to use Ferrari's V10 engines in the 2000 Formula One world championship season, the Swiss team confirmed on Friday. A Sauber statement said the team had extended its technical engine cooperation with Ferrari for another year.

F1 head restraints on way

Head restraints which reduce the risk of whiplash and other injuries could be introduced to Formula One next season, McLaren driver David Coulthard said on Thursday.Coulthard said he was in favour of the restraints, which are fitted around a driver's neck and shoulders, and believed they would be more successful than air bags. He said their introduction had been discussed by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and that a little more development was required."The investigations so far show that there is a great reduction in whiplash and head injuries and that they are much better suited to the job in a grand prix car than an air bag. I am sure they will be brought in in the future, probably next season."

Hakkinen tyre failure remains unsolved

 The tyre failure which sent world champion Mika Hakkinen's McLaren spinning out of the German Grand Prix on August 1 was not caused by faulty construction of the compound, tyre-makers Bridgestone said on Thursday.Bridgestone said several other possibilities remain to explain why the Finn's car hurtled out of the race at 350 kph. These included high temperatures in the tyre, air pressures, a cut or a blister. Bridgestone said it was cooperating with McLaren to carry on investigating the cause of the tyre failure which came 24 hours after Hakkinen's team mate David Coulthard had suffered a similar experience in qualifying.