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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Behind the scenes at Silverstone
By Andrew Benson
Motorsport editor at Silverstone

Jarno Trulli could be on his way out of the Renault team, despite being the only man other than Michael Schumacher to win a Grand Prix this season.

Trulli is in dispute with team boss Flavio Briatore, who wants his driver to renew his management deal with him as part of any new contract to continue with the team.

Renault driver Jarno Trulli
Trulli could have some tough decisions to make
But BBC Sport's sources say Trulli is refusing to re-sign with Briatore, even if it means losing his seat at Renault.

The situation is clouded by the fact that Briatore is expected to leave the Renault F1 team next season when the French car company appoints its new president, Carlos Ghosn.

If neither Trulli nor Briatore backs down, Trulli could end up at Toyota, who are also interested in Mark Webber of Jaguar.

DRIVER DECISIONS

The Williams team are the other major players in the driver market this season, and their choice of line-up depends to a degree on the Renault situation.

They are understood to be close to firming up Mark Webber and Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella as their drivers for 2005.

But Trulli's row with Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has confused the situation, with speculation that Webber might be asked by Briatore, who is the Australian's manager, to replace the Italian driver.

Webber, who also has interest from Toyota, is said to favour a move to Williams, however.

If Williams cannot land one of Webber and Fisichella, they may look to David Coulthard, who is on the way out at McLaren following their signing of Juan Pablo Montoya.

Coulthard has also been linked with possible moves to Jaguar and Toyota.

LOW CELEB COUNT

Silverstone traditionally plays host to a number of high-profile VIPs at the British Grand Prix, but this year's race has a noticeably lower celebrity count than usual.

Liverpool defender Sam Hyypia was here on Friday and Saturday, towering over everyone, let alone the generally diminutive drivers.

But the biggest names on Sunday were UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and a two-star Russian general.

HEAD GEAR CHEER

Jenson Button has a new helmet design for this weekend's race, featuring the English St George's cross rather than the British Union Flag.

Jenson Button displays his new helmet at the British Grand Prix
Button shows off his new helmet on home soil
The new helmet was intended for use at the French Grand Prix last weekend, in anticipation of England reaching the final of Euro 2004.

"That didn't quite work out so I'm using it here," said Button. "It'll give England something to cheer for, I think," he added.

"We're struggling a little bit in other sports so that was the reason really and it makes a bit of a change coming to the British Grand Prix."

Button, who said he fancied a change of design, added that he had not decided whether to continue with the new design beyond this race.

MINARDI'S WALTON TRIBUTE

It has been a long and arduous weekend for the Minardi team, following the death of their well-liked sporting director John Walton.

The team held a minute's silence for the 47-year-old Irishman on Sunday and for the race replaced all the sponsorship logos on their car with the message "For John Boy", his nickname throughout paddock in which he had worked for 20 years.

Walton passed away on Friday following a heart attack he suffered on Monday.




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