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  Sunday, 7 July, 2002, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
Tales from the paddock
Jenson Button is driving for his Formula One furture at the moment
All eyes will be on Button at the British Grand Prix

The Formula One paddock at the British Grand Prix is always alive with the rumours that are such an integral part of the sport.

BBC Sport Online goes behind the scenes to bring you some of the best of them.

  • Minardi money

    Eddie Irvine is weighing up his driving options
    Irvine: Happy at Jaguar?

    Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has won his long-running battle to be given some of the prize money won by the now-defunct Prost team last year.

    But the team is nevertheless up for sale if they can find a buyer.

    The hot tip this weekend is that it could be Saudi Prince Khaled Al-Waleed, and that Irish horse-racing entrepreneur Brian McGuinness may be involved in some capacity.

  • Button blues

    Jenson Button's future continues to be one of the hot topics as the F1 fraternity accepts that he has almost certainly lost his drive at Renault to Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

    Jaguar are the favourites to land Button, even if that would be a fairly major step down for a man who two years ago was driving for Williams.

    Toyota, Sauber and BAR have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the 22-year-old.

    Reports that Button has an option that he can exercise to ensure a return to Williams next year are wide of the mark.

    That team is certain - barring a miracle - to retain Juan Pablo Montoya alongside Ralf Schumacher next year.

  • Irvine's options

    Jaguar driver Eddie Irvine, meanwhile, looks likely to leave the team when his contract runs out at the end of the year.

    Irvine is making positive noises about the team, despite the disastrous performance of their new car this weekend, which suggests his other options may be limited.

    Chief among them is believed to be Jordan, who are big fans of the Northern Irishman.

    But Irvine would have to take a huge pay cut from his reputed 8m Jaguar salary if he was to return to the team that sold him to Ferrari at the end of 1995.

  • Arrows buyer?

    Former BAR boss Craig Pollock is eyeing a return to team management.

    Pollock reverted to his previous role as Jacques Villeneuve's manager when he was ousted by the board of BAR's title sponsor and owner, the cigarette giant BAT.

    But he has admitted that he would be interested in buying his former team if BAT was to sell up, and there are also rumours linking him with the troubled Arrows team.

    It is said that Pollock would be interested in taking Arrows over if they can be extricated from their precarious position.

  • Star spotting

    Despite the dreary weather, Silverstone attracted its usual plethora of celebrity guests.

    Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar was a guest of Ferrari, singer/actress Samantha Mumba was at Arrows, while Jordan invited regular F1 visitor Ryan Giggs.

    Prince Andrew was escorted around for the weekend by arch-royalist and three-time world champion Jackie Stewart, who is also chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns Silverstone.

  • In-depth guide to the 2002 Formula One season

    On-track action

    Our man at Silverstone

    Jonathan Legard

    F1 2002
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