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Date Event
3-5 Whilst not officially launched, Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz commence a four day testing programme at Jerez in Benetton's 1998 challenger.
5 19 year old Argentine driver Esteban Tuero signs for the Minardi race drive in 1998.
Juan Pablo Montoya is confirmed as Williams's new test driver for 1998 whilst Luca Badoer replaces Nicola Larini as the Ferrari test driver.
Michelin announce that they will not enter Formula One in 1999.
The Belgian courts are unable to overrule the government tobacco advertising ban for the Belgian Grand Prix. Bernie Ecclestone announces that F1 may lose Belgium on the calendar due to these recent events. Ecclestone had been hoping to postpone the ban until 2006. 
6 Ferrari unveil their 1998 challenger, the Ferrari F300 in Maranello. The team announces Chief Race Engineer Giorgio Ascanelli will not be travelling to races that year but will remain apart of the team. His role being absorbed by Technical Director Ross Brawn. Ferrari also announce the completion of a brand new windtunnel in Maranello, whilst not fully calibrated and will not be ready for several months, the team hope it will help reduce their aerodynamic deficit.
Stewart unveil their 1998 challenger the Stewart SF2 at Ford's Dunton Research and Engineering Centre in Essex. The team planning to take the car to Silverstone immediately following the launch. Jackie Stewart predicts a difficult season that may be more difficult than their first season. However, Ford have also announced an increased input into the Stewart team for 1998. 
8 Former team principal Alexander Hesketh criticises the plan from the European Union to ban tobacco sponsership at sporting events, labelling it as "demented". 
Benetton unveil their 1998 challenger the Benetton B198 in London. The team is seeking new sponsership deals and a new test driver, Oliver Gavin and Jason Watt are rumoured to be in the running for the role.
8-12 German senior prosecutor, Hans Bernhard Jansen, announces that criminal charges will not be persued on Michael Schumacher following his dangerous manoeuvere on Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 European Grand Prix.
Despite a significant drop in share price and the company's financial difficulties, Danka, confirms it will continue to title sponsor Arrows for 1998. Arrows, make aware a second title sponsor will be named for 1998 due to Danka's weakened position.
Williams unveils their new livery scheme for 1998 at Pinewood Studios. Replacing the blue and white Rothmans livery is the red scheme of their subsidary company Winfield. The livery is met with much controversy in Australia, its scheme featuring a kangaroo logo. Many campaigners in the country feel uncomfortable that it might suggest Australia supports tobacco advertising attempt to get the livery banned for the Australian Grand Prix. Australian Health Minister Michael Wooldridge labels the FIA, the "ratbags of Paris" for their weak stance at witholding tobacco sponsership at Formula One events.
The Formula One teams agree to use the Kyalami Circuit in South Africa if they feel the need to do warm weather testing. Kyalami had been lobbying for a return to the track after losing its place on the calendar at the end of 1993. 
The rivalry between Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher intensifies. Although Villeneuve says he forgave Schumacher for his Jerez move as it "only caused trouble for himself", Villeneuve claims "we are not friends and never will be". Despite extremely negative criticism from the media in recent months, Schumacher defiantly believes his reputation has not been damaged. 
12 Max Welti, the Team Director of Sauber since 1995 announces his departure from the team. His responsibilties to be taken over by Team Principal Peter Sauber who wishes to take a more direct role in operating the team.
Jörg Müller is announced as the test driver for Sauber in 1998.
13 David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen will run with Schweppes branding on their overalls as McLaren gains a new sponsor.
15-17 McLaren, Williams and Ferrari are in Jerez for testing. All teams still using their 1997 machinery.
Whilst Eddie Irvine tests in Jerez, Michael Schumacher gives the F300 its debut at Fiorano. Its a miserable start for the car, bad weather and mechanical troubles see Schumacher only able to achieve minimal running.
12-19 Portugal's Economy Minister, Joaquim Pina Moura announces that the 1998 Portuguese Grand Prix scheduled for the 11th October will not be going ahead. The renovation of the Estoril Circuit was proceeding too slowly.

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