Adam Cooper

Ross Brawn, Stefano Domenicali and Emerson Fittipaldi are among the members of the FIA Accident Panel which has been formed to investigate the Jules Bianchi incident in Suzuka. As previously announced, the Panel will be led by Peter Wright, who … Continue reading →
Nico Hulkenberg will remain at Sahara Force India in 2015, the team confirmed today. Hulkenberg rejoined the team this season after one year with Sauber, and he has been a consistent point scorer.
Marussia has issued a statement responding to what it calls “isolated media reports” about Jules Bianchi’s accident in Suzuka, and which referred to his speed under double waved yellow flags. This is what the team says: During the course of … Continue reading →
McLaren boss Eric Boullier says that the team is still on course to announce its drivers for 2015 before the end of this season. Meanwhile Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen remain in limbo until that decision is confirmed. “I hope … Continue reading →
Marussia has issued a further statement on Jules Bianchi today, in conjunction with the Frenchman’s family. He remains in a critical but stable condition, and the family has made it clear that messages of support have been a great comfort. … Continue reading →
Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci is adamant that F1 needs an engine ‘unfreeze’ in 2015 – and that it is a matter of principle in that the sport should be about innovation. He also admitted that there was no guarantee that … Continue reading →
Drivers have expressed concerns about Pirelli’s choice of medium and hard tyres for Interlagos, with the feeling being that they won’t provide enough grip. “If you see the choices for the next races, they are a little bit strange,” said … Continue reading →
Christian Horner is adamant that Mercedes should back plans for an engine unfreeze for the good of the sport. Mercedes was not able to block the proposal at the F1 Strategy Group meeting, but it can do so at the … Continue reading →
Christian Horner is adamant that Red Bull will bounce back this year after Mercedes ended the team’s four-year reign as constructors’ champions with today’s one-two finish in Russia. “We’ve had a little bit of time to get our heads round … Continue reading →
After Mercedes clinched the World Championship in Sochi today team boss Toto Wolff paid tribute to Ross Brawn, who laid the foundations of the success after Mercedes took over Brawn GP at the end of 2009. This was the first … Continue reading →
The consensus all weekend has been that the Russian GP will see drivers opting for a single stop, a result of the low tyre degradation see at Sochi. A cut in the pit lane speed limit for today made multiple … Continue reading →
The FIA’s plans to slow cars under yellow flag situations have met with strong support from the drivers. Ideas were discussed with Charlie Whiting at Friday’s regular drivers’ briefing – which was also attended by Jean Todt – and a … Continue reading →
The FIA has revealed details of Jules Bianchi’s accident, allowing us to piece together a clearer picture of how events unfolded at Suzuka. Charlie Whiting began by showing CCTV camera footage of the Sutil and Bianchi accidents. Whiting said both … Continue reading →
FIA president Jean Todt says that Jules Bianchi’s accident should never be allowed to happen again, and the governing body will use race director Charlie Whiting’s report on Suzuka as a springboard for safety improvements. One key element will be … Continue reading →
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he’s not happy that Christian Horner chose to reveal details of this morning’s F1 Strategy Group meeting, in which three Mercedes teams opposed an engine unfreeze for 2015. Horner made it clear that he was … Continue reading →
The F1 Strategy Group has agreed to an engine ‘unfreeze’ for 2015 which would allow in-season development – but the plan now has to be voted through by the F1 Commission. Christian Horner said today that the teams had agreed … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Sochi in FP2 on a day when team mate Nico Rosberg didn’t do a representative time on new option tyres. “I think it’s been good,” he said.
Marussia has confirmed that it will run only one car in Russia this weekend, despite reserve driver Alex Rossi being entered and on standby. The team has now officially withdrawn the car, which remains in the garage carrying Bianchi’s number … Continue reading →
Lotus has now formally confirmed that it will use Mercedes power from next season, after the team successfully completed the paperwork for its exit from Renault. The deal, first revealed here on June 24, will last “until the end of … Continue reading →
There has been no official announcement from Marussia yet but the FIA entry list for the Russian GP as publsihed at 4.35pm today features Alex Rossi in car number 42. The team has built up its spare chassis and the … Continue reading →
Adrian Sutil was a first hand witness to Jules Bianchi’s accident in Suzuka, and while understandably he is not keen to go on record about the impact and its aftermath – his account was the only one we really had … Continue reading →
The definitive layout for the Baku European Grand Prix was unveiled today by Bernie Ecclestone and Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport. The street track has been designed by Hermann Tilke.
Marussia and the Bianchi family have issued the following statement: “This is a very difficult time for our family, but the messages of support and affection for Jules from all over the world have been a source of great comfort … Continue reading →
The Marussia team has made it clear that there will be no further news on Jules Bianchi until the timing is deemed appropriate by his family. The full statement from the team reads: “Following the accident involving Jules Bianchi during … Continue reading →
FIA says Bianchi has ‘severe head injury’ The FIA has confirmed that Jules Bianchi suffered a ‘severe head injury’ in today’s accident in the Japanese GP, and is undergoing surgery. The Frenchman spun sideways into a recovery truck that was … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso insists that he is still in control of his own destiny, despite Sebastian Vettel’s expected move to Ferrari and Daniil Kvyat’s transfer to Red Bull. The driver market had been waiting for a move from Alonso, but his … Continue reading →
Ron Dennis insists that McLaren has not signed any contracts with drivers for 2015 and beyond, despite the obvious speculation about Fernando Alonso. “We do not have a contract with any driver at this moment in time,” said Dennis. “It … Continue reading →
We had to let Vettel go, says Horner RBR boss Christian Horner says that the team did not want to stand in Sebastian Vettel’s way once it became clear that the German wanted to go elsewhere. Vettel is in any … Continue reading →
Ron Dennis made it clear today that he believes that McLaren has been at a disadvantage relative to the Mercedes works team this year. Dennis said that McLaren has not had the chance to use the new power unit to … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel says he’s not running away from a difficult season at Red Bull – and has left the team simply because he wants a new challenge. Vettel told team boss Christian Horner on Friday night that he wanted to … Continue reading →
Red Bull has pre-empted any announcement from Ferrari by stating that Sebastoian Vettel is leavin g RBR – and will be repalced by Daniil Kvyat in 2015. The team said: Sebastian Vettel has advised us that he will be leaving … Continue reading →
Red Bull has pre-empted any announcement from its rivals by stating that Sebastian Vettel is leavin g RBR – and will be repalced by Daniil Kvyat in 2015. It’s assumed that Ferrari will shortly announce that the German is joining … Continue reading →
Official F1 weather service Ubimet now anticipates that the worst of Typhoon Phanfone will hit the Suzuka area in the early hours of Monday morning – but says that the race will still be affected by heavy rain. On Monday … Continue reading →
Daniel Ricciardo’s Friday at Suzuka was spoiled by a heavy crash in FP2, which the Aussie put down to a mistake. Ricciardo went off as he accelerated out of the chicane, badly damaging the left hand side of the car … Continue reading →
The FIA has confirmed to the teams that there is no possibility of the Japanese GP being run on Saturday in an attempt to avoid the typhoon that is expected on Sunday. However, the option remains to bring the 3pm … Continue reading →
Pastor Maldonado is set to get a 10-place grid penalty in Japan for using a sixth power unit element. The Venezuelan used his sixth Internal Combustion Engine, or ICE, in FP1 today. He becomes only the second driver after Daniil … Continue reading →
Plans for Marussia to run Renault 3.5 driver Will Stevens in FP1 at Suzuka fell through at the last minute when the Briton’s superlicence paperwork failed to come through in time. However the team has confirmed that he is an … Continue reading →
The Japanese GP is under threat from Typhoon Phanfone, which is expected to pass close to the Suzuka area on race day. The biggest issue is not so much wind as heavy rain, which could be bad enough to stop … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are among the drivers likely to face a grid penalty for using a sixth power unit element. All three World Champions have now reached five power unit elements, and in Alonso’s case in … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel has again downplayed the ongoing rumours about a potential future at Ferrari. Vettel’s name has long been linked with Maranello, even more so since it became clear that Fernando Alonso is considering his options for 2015. “I think … Continue reading →
Caterham has issued a statement denying rumours involving legal proceedings against the team. The team said tonight: “There have been unfounded and unsubstantiated rumours concerning actions against 1MRT, the entrant and owner of CaterhamF1. “An action was threatened yesterday against … Continue reading →
Toro Rosso has confirmed that Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne in FP1 at Suzuka as he continues his preparations for 2015. The Dutchman, who only turns 17 tomorrow, has been granted a superlicence that allows him to run in … Continue reading →
Toro Rosso has confirmed that Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne in FP1 at Suzuka as he continues his preparations for 2015. The Dutchman, who only turns 17 tomorrow, has been granted a superlicence that allows him to run in … Continue reading →
Mercedes says that a foreign substance in Nico Rosberg’s steering column led to the problem that forced him to retire from the Singapore GP. Rosberg suffered problems from when he climbed into the car for the laps to the grid, … Continue reading →
Caterham has played down suggestions that the team has reached a crisis point amid reports of a meeting between staff members and team principal Manfredi Ravetto today. A source close to the team told this writer: “The meeting was called … Continue reading →
Rumours continue to circulate regarding Fernando Alonso’s future plans, and the consensus is that in the next few days we will learn a bit more about how the 2015 entry list will look. Alonso has been linked with McLaren and … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg may have suffered a disappointing retirement in Singapore, but he was able to find some positives by using the rest of the race as a learning experience. After he retired he changed out of his overalls, grabbed a … Continue reading →
The debate over third cars continues to rumble on, but until it becomes clear that two current teams won’t be on the 2015 grid, it remains an academic exercise. As is well known should the field fall below 20, which … Continue reading →
Red Bull motor sport boss Helmut Marko has put a little extra pressure on his new protege Max Verstappen by comparing the Dutch youngster with Ayrton Senna. Verstappen, who only turns 17 next week, is being groomed for some FP1 … Continue reading →
Christian Horner admits that Daniel Ricciardo might not have finished the Singapore GP had the full radio ban gone into effect for the race. The Australian had a battery issue, and was told to avoid contact with kerbs – something … Continue reading →