Adam Cooper

Red Bull has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr will race for Toro Rosso in 2015, alongside Max Verstappen. The team has been expecting to announce its line-up next Monday, but main rival for the job Jean-Eric Vergne pre-empted any announcement … Continue reading →
Red Bull’s push for a change of engine formula for 2016 is likely to continue to be a major talking point in the coming months, although it remains to be seen how much support the team gets. Christian Horner and … Continue reading →
Susie Wolff will continue with Williams in 2015 in the role of official test driver, having previously held the title of development driver. She will again take part in two FP1 sessions, along with two other test days.
Red Bull boss Helmut Marko insists that the illegal front wing flaps on the RB10s in Abu Dhabi were the result of a “naïve” interpretation of the rules. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel qualified fifth and sixth but ultimately started … Continue reading →
Nico Hulkenberg finished the 2014 season on a high with a solid sixth place in Abu Dhabi, but the Force India driver was frustrated to have lost 5s with a penalty for forcing Kevin Magnussen off track on the first … Continue reading →
The plan to have standing starts after safety car periods in 2015 has been abandoned after this week’s meetings of the Strategy Group and F1 Commission. The decision came after teams did more research into what it meant, and concerns … Continue reading →
McLaren and Honda endured another tough day in Abu Dhabi as Stoffel Vandoorne completed only two laps, bringing the MP4-29H/1×1 test car’s official total up to five for the two-day test – without setting a flying lap time. The car … Continue reading →
Jean-Eric Vergne has used Twitter to reveal that he won’t be driving for Toro Rosso next year. Red Bull’s Helmut Marko told this writer in Abu Dhabi that an announcement would come next week, so clearly Vergne has decided to … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso admits that he has mixed feelings about leaving Scuderia Ferrari – but he cites Felipe Massa’s 2014 results after leaving Maranello as an example that he intends to emulate. Alonso and team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished the Abu … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel’s six-year stint with Red Bull Racing came to an end with a frustrating drive from the pitlane to eighth place in Abu Dhabi, and as such it was a disappointing day for the putgoing World Champion. The German … Continue reading →
Mercedes F1 technical chief Paddy Lowe admits that the team has been frustrated by this year’s reliability problems, which struck again in the Abu Dhabi GP and cost the team the chance to end the year with yet another one-two … Continue reading →
Ferrari has confirmed that team boss Marco Mattiacci is to be replaced by Maurizio Arravabene, the story having emerged over the weekend in Abu Dhabi. Arravabene has worked for Ferrari’s main sponsor Marlboro since 1997, and is a familiar face … Continue reading →
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says it’s a relief that the World Championship has been resolved after the tensions involved in managing an intra-team battle – while emphasising his disappointment that technical gremlins once again cropped up in Nico Rosberg’s car. … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg was typically gracious in defeat in Abu Dhabi, conceding that teanm mate Lewis Hamilton did a better overall job this year He says he never gave up on his title hopes indespite dropping down the order after he … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton got his hands on his second World Championship after a superb victory in Abu Dhabi on a day when team mate and rival Nico Rosberg was struck by technical problems. The Brit’s 11th win of 2014 finally secured … Continue reading →
Red Bull says that its drivers will start the Abu Dhabi GP from the back of the grid after the FIA deemed that its front wing flaps were flexing illegally. However that could turn into a pitlane start as to … Continue reading →
Red Bull Racing is under investigation by the stewards after FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reported the cars of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel to the stewards for a front wing flap flexing offence. Bauer reported that the front wing … Continue reading →
Christian Horner continues to make clear his frustration with the current F1 engine regulations, and has suggested that the sport moves to a simplified version of the V6. Although he admits he’d like to see the V8s back – a … Continue reading →
An experiment with a Le Mans-style ‘slow zone’ in FP1 and FP2 today did not work, so the FIA is switching its focus back to a virtual safety car as it addresses the yellow flag issue for next year. At … Continue reading →
Marussia/Manor F1’s Graeme Lowdon says that the team is still trying to race in 2015, despite not being able to get to Abu Dhabi. The team made a huge effort to make the trip, and plans only fell through at … Continue reading →
Kimi Raikkonen says he’s looking forward to having Sebastian Vettel as a team mate next year, and acknowledges that he knows the German better than any of the other current drivers. The pair have often shared a private jet while … Continue reading →
Will Stevens will race for Caterham alongside Kamui Kobayashi this weekend after his superlicence application was approved by the FIA at the last minute. The team made the announcement just 10 minutes before the official FIA deadline for nominating drivers … Continue reading →
Ferrari has finally confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will partner Kimi Raikkonen in 2015, adding that the German has a three-year deal. “Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1,” … Continue reading →
Euro F3 champion Esteban Ocon will drive for Lotus in FP1 on Friday, and in next week’s Abu Dhabi test. The French youngster recently drove a 2012 car at Valencia. “It is a fantastic opportunity for me to drive in … Continue reading →
Marussia’s last minute attempt to get to the Abu Dhabi GP appears to have failed due to the inevitable financial issues. Sources in the Abu Dhabi paddock today said that the freight would be coming today, and Williams and Caterham … Continue reading →
The family of Jules Bianchi says that he was transferred from Japan to France last night – and is no longer in an artificial coma, and is breathing on his own. In a statement they said: “Almost seven weeks after … Continue reading →
Caterham has yet to confirm who will drive its second car alongside Kamui Kobayashi in Abu Dhabi this weekend. The late revival of Marussia has seemingly caused leading candidate Max Chilton to drop out of the running.
Romain Grosjean has finally been confirmed at Lotus for 2015, alongside Pastor Maldonado. The Frenchman said in Brazil that the news would be made official during the weekend, and during the week after the race he Tweeted confirmation only to … Continue reading →
The word in the Abu Dhabi paddock today is that against all odds the Marussia team is on its way and will join Caterham in the entry list for the final race of the season. A senior F1 source told … Continue reading →
Force India has confirmed that Jolyon Palmer and Richard ‘Spike’ Goddard will test for the team in Abu Dhabi next week. GP2 champion Palmer, who will be having his first ever run in an F1 car, must presumably now be … Continue reading →
McLaren confirmed via Twitter tonight that it will announce its 2015 driver line-up no earlier than December 1st – and then followed up with a statement saying that the idea was to “avoid distracting the race team.” McLaren also confirmed … Continue reading →
Matt Borland is to be vice president of technology for both the Haas F1 Team and the sister Stewart-Haas Racing outfit. Borland worked for Pi Research before becoming Mark Blundell’s race engineer at PacWest. He moved to NASCAR with Penske … Continue reading →
Amid the excitement over Caterham making the trip to Abu Dhabi in order to secure its future doubts remain over the team’s ability to build a 2015 car on time. When the previous management stepped aside work was well underway … Continue reading →
GP3 champion elect Alex Lynn remains in the frame for a Toro Rosso race seat in 2015, despite strong competition from Jean-Eric Vergne, Carlos Sainz Jr and outside bet Pierre Gasly. Since Danill Kvyat was announced for RBR Vergne’s chances … Continue reading →
Carlos Sainz Jr will test for Red Bull Racing in Abu Dhabi next week – but it remains unclear whether it’s an indication that he is in favour with the drinks company, and could yet land the second STR race … Continue reading →
Gary Paffett is to leave McLaren at the end of this season after being a test and reserve driver for the team since 2006. Paffett, who continues to drive for Mercedes in DTM, leaves just as Honda replaces the Stuttgart … Continue reading →
Caterham has confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will return to race for the team in Abu Dhabi. The second driver has yet to be announced, but it won’t be either Marcus Ericsson or Andre Lotterer, both of whom have made it … Continue reading →
Caterham has now officially confirmed that it will travel to the Abu Dhabi GP, despite not reaching the proposed £2.35m crowdfunding target. No mention has been made of drivers, and remains to be seen how competitive or organised the last … Continue reading →
Caterham administrator Finbarr O’Connell remains confident that the team will travel to Abu Dhabi this weekend, despite the crowdfunding total being some £1m short of the intended target of £2.35m. O’Connell says that the team will probably go and rely … Continue reading →
Kimi Raikkonen says that he has not found the 2014 season with Ferrari particularly frustrating – for the simple reason that he regards any year that doesn’t result in a title as a failure. The Finn has endured his toughest … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel believes that he has not been frozen out of technical discussions at Red Bull since he announced that he was leaving – but he concedes that inevitably he’s not being updated on developments for 2015. “I think I’ve … Continue reading →
McLaren has revealed that its interim Honda test car will appear at Silverstone tomorrow, on a day that has been earmarked for filming. Eric Boullier revealed some time ago that the interim MP4-29 would be given the ‘H’ designation. The … Continue reading →
Marcus Ericsson has terminated his contract with Caterham, which means he will not be driving in Abu Dhabi should the crowdfunding project allow the team to make to trip. In theory the team was obliged to use the Swede, whose … Continue reading →
The spectre of double points has been hanging over the Hamilton/Rosberg battle all season, and after Brazil it is clear that the unpopular new rule could yet make the difference in the German’s favour. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff insisted … Continue reading →
Christian Horner denies that any progress has been made on the plan to run third cars in 2015, despite the smaller teams believing that discussions have progressed on the subject. In theory Bernie Ecclestone has the right to request RBR, … Continue reading →
Jenson Button provided a timely reminder of his ability by taking fourth place at Interlagos as speculation continues about his future. It’s widely assumed that McLaren won’t have room for Jenson next year, with an Alonso/Magnussen line-up the most favoured … Continue reading →
Red Bull boss Christian Horner had made his anger clear after talks over an engine unfreeze for 2015 collapsed in Brazil. Mercedes has again declined to agree to a deal after compromise solution was discussed by the main players.
Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed one of his most encouraging weekends of 2014 in Brazil, eventually finishing seventh after a two-stop strategy helped him to move up from 10th on the grid. In the latter part of the race the Finn held … Continue reading →
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits that the team made the wrong call when Lewis Hamilton was told to stay out before his second pit stop in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton was originally told to come in a lap after Nico Rosberg, … Continue reading →
Daniel Ricciardo’s Brazilian GP was ended prematurely when he slowed with a front suspension failure on his Red Bull RB10. He had been running in eighth place when he slowed on lap 39 with what the Aussie at first believed … Continue reading →