Adam Cooper

Nico Rosberg made his disappointment clear after finishing fourth in the Hungarian GP, but in the immediate aftermath of the race he was keen to avoid saying anything about the team order controversy. “We have to discuss that internally, it … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso was one of the stars of the Hungarian GP, the Spaniard making a set of soft tyres last for the final 32 laps of the race and holding off Lewis Hamilton at the flag. Along with leaders Rosberg, … Continue reading →
Niki Lauda has made it clear that he supports Lewis Hamilton’s decision to ignore the instruction to move over for Nico Rosberg in Hungary. Lauda admitted that the call had resulted from “panic” on the pit wall, but agreed that … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton has made it clear that he was surprised that Mercedes asked him to move over for Nico Rosberg in Hungary. The pair came together on track while running different strategies, with the German on soft tyres and planning … Continue reading →
Former Mercedes DTM technical director Gerhard Ungar has now officially joined Caterham, as first predicted here on July 8. Ungar will work alongside Christijan Albers in a Newey-style ‘chief technical officer’ role, although his job title has yet to be … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen will both be forced to start from the pitlane in Hungary after their respective teams were forced to build up their cars around the spare chassis overnight, which leads to an automatic penalty. Hamilton’s Mercedes … Continue reading →
Bernie Ecclestone chaired a meeting of F1 team bosses today and discussed ways of improving the show, and one of the ideas mooted was success ballast – as used in the DTM. In the DTM all examples of the winning … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton was left with no qualifying time in Hungary after a fuel leak caused a major fire early in Q1. Although he officially qualified 21st Hamilton will probably start from the pitlane in a new car built up around … Continue reading →
Flavio Briatore has apparently been invited by Bernie Ecclestone to be part of a group looking at ways of improving the F1 show. Ecclestone invited team bosses to a meeting in Hungary today where the sport’s future – put into … Continue reading →
Christian Horner has dismissed suggestions that Sebastian Vettel might be entertaining offers from rival teams, but intriguingly would only confirm that the German would remain at Red Bull in 2015. It would not be surprising if Vettel was at least … Continue reading →
The FIA’s regular Friday team personnel press conference was enlivened when a clearly angry Christian Horner told the assembled media that questions about the rights and wrongs of F1 going to Russia and Azerbaijan should be directed to Jean Todt … Continue reading →
Mercedes and Brembo say that they still don’t know what caused Lewis Hamilton’s front brake disc failure in Hockenheim – but the two companies say that investigations are ongoing. In an unusual joint PR statement they said: “There is currently … Continue reading →
Azerbaijan has confirmed that it will host the European Grand Prix from 2016, rather than next year, as had been mooted. Plans for an F1 street race in Baku, which has hosted GT events, were first made public in March … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton has made it clear that he wants to stay at Mercedes for the long term, and says that the team knows that he would like to extend his current contract past its end date of 2015. Meanwhile the … Continue reading →
Not surprisingly Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez are both excited about the prospects for a Mexican GP in 2015 after plans were formally confirmed yesterday. The news is an obvious boost for their current sponsors, and in turn gives them … Continue reading →
Alexander Rossi has been named reserve driver of Marussia having left arch rivals Caterham just before the recent German GP. The team says that Rossi will step in if one of the other drivers has a problem, and he will … Continue reading →
Reports in Mexico suggest that Bernie Ecclestone has signed a five-year deal to host a GP at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit starting from next season, with an option for five further years. The deal been agreed with promoter CIE, with … Continue reading →
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has praised Lewis Hamilton’s drive to third place in Germany after wing damage had compromised his pace. The Briton chased down Valtteri Bottas in the closing laps, using a three-stop schedule to make better use … Continue reading →
Bernie Ecclestone says he has no concerns about the Russian GP in the light of the MH17 tragedy. While Ecclestone and the FIA have always insisted that motor sport is not affected by politics, it seems inevitable that in the … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton did a superb job to salvage third in Hockenheim after starting only 20th, but while he put on a brave face afterwards there was no hiding his disappointment at losing more ground in the title battle. Hamilton dropped … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton won’t be forced to start from the pitlane after the FIA accepted that his change of brake disc brand from Brembo to Carbon Industrie does not represent a change of car specification under parc ferme conditions. Article 34.2 … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton is likely to start the German GP from the pitlane as Mercedes plans to switch him from Brembo to Carbon Industrie discs for the race. That would be a change of car specification under parc ferme conditions, and … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton will start the German GP from a lowly 15th after he suffered a front right brake disc failure in Q1 and spun heavily into the tyre wall. Hamilton did not take part in Q2 and was thus officially … Continue reading →
New Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says that the French company is well advanced with the 2015 version of its power unit, which like those of the other manufacturers has had to be developed in line with the FIA’s homlogation … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg admits that Mercedes had some work to do today to adjust to life with a FRIC system, despite having already run in that configuration in the recent Silverstone test. Rosberg and team mate Lewis Hamilton topped the times … Continue reading →
Kimi Raikkonen says he’s feeling 100% fit after his heavy accident at Silverstone 11 days ago. The Finn was forced to miss the test at the same venue to give himself a chance to recover. “I had some pain but … Continue reading →
Caterham has revealed further details of its management restructuring, confirming that Christijan Albers now officially has the team principal role. In addition John Iley has become technical director having previously held the title of performance director, while former Ferrari and … Continue reading →
Alexander Rossi has parted company with Caterham, putting an end to plans for him to take part in FP1 in Austin again this year. Rossi has also left the Caterham GP2 team, although it is does not come under the … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg has signed what Mercedes calls a “multi-year” extension to his deal with the team. The German is currently in his fifth season with the manufacturer, having joined in 2010.
The debut of Pirelli’s low profile concept tyres was the highlight of today’s testing at Silverstone. Charles Pic ran 14 laps on the 18ins tyres at the wheel of the current Lotus E22. With few adjustments made to accommodate the … Continue reading →
The FIA is planning a clampdown on ‘FRIC’ or front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems, which have been in widespread use in recent seasons as a tool for controlling constant ride height. In essence Charlie Whiting has decided that teams have been … Continue reading →
Former Mercedes DTM technical director Gerhard Ungar is being lined up for a management role at Caterham as Colin Kolles continues to oversee a restructuring of the team. Although he has not worked in F1 before Ungar is highly regarded … Continue reading →
Carlos Sainz Jr has emerged as a possible candidate for Caterham thanks to the team’s relationship with Red Bull – and a deal has been discussed for the Spaniard to race for the team as early as this season. Sainz … Continue reading →
Christian Horner says that the battle between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso at Silverstone was a fair one, despite some controversy about how much of the run-off area they were using. Both drivers complained on team radio about their rival … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg lost his shot at winning the British GP to a mechanical gearbox problem that left him stranded at trackside on the 29th lap. Rosberg was just ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the time, and it was not yet … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton turned his frustration after Saturday’s qualifying session at Silverstone into elation today as he delighted the home crowd with his first win since Spain in May. What might have been a sensational battle to the flag with Nico … Continue reading →
Esteban Gutierrez has received a three-place grid penalty for the German GP after his clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone. The two made contact at Club corner while battling with Jules Bianchi, and the damage led to the Sauber driver … Continue reading →
Longtime McLaren sponsor Hugo Boss is to jump ship and join Mercedes GP next season. Boss has been with McLaren since the early days of Ron Dennis’s involvement with McLaren, and while it has not been a major sponsor it … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton admitted it was his own fault after he abandoned his final qualifying lap at Silverstone – and saw his pole position turn into sixth place as five other drivers finished their laps and went faster. Hamilton crossed the … Continue reading →
Three penalties mean that the back half of the British GP looks very different with some drivers gaining as many as three places relatice to their original qualifying positions. Esteban Gutierrez was carrying a 10-place penalty from Austria, which was … Continue reading →
Pastor Maldonado has been excluded from qualifying for the British GP after failing to have enough fuel left in the tank of his Lotus to meet the requirements for the FIA fuel sample. The Venezuelan was told to stop on … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will start the British GP from 19th and 20th positions after Ferrari reacted too late to changing conditions in Q1. The Italian team was slow to follow the general move to slick tyres, and by … Continue reading →
Lotus is run an experimental 18ins low profile tyre in next week’s Silverstone test as Pirelli continues its push for road relevance. The company has long believed that current 13ins tyre sizes are anachronistic and have limited connection to its … Continue reading →
The deal for Lotus to use Mercedes power units from 2015 will be confirmed in the next few days. The new arrangement, which was predicted here on June 24, sees Lotus take over the supply made available by McLaren’s move … Continue reading →
Gene Haas is to become a sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari before launching his own team in 2016, the Italian team has announced. Haas logos will appear on the F14 T from this weekend’s race in Britain. Ferrari has always been … Continue reading →
Having left Caterham Cyril Abiteboul has returned to Renault Sport F1 in the newly created role of managing director, in a move predicted here on June 25. Abiteboul will report to Renault Sport F1′s new presisdent, Jerome Stoll, who retains … Continue reading →
As previously reported here Caterham F1 has been bought by a Swiss-Middle eastern consortium in a deal brokered by former Force India and HRT boss Colin Kolles. Kolles will remain as a consultant to Caterham, which will retain its name … Continue reading →
A Swiss-Middle Eastern consortium is understood to be behind the takeover of Caterham F1, in a deal that will be confirmed in the coming days. It’s believed that the consortium members, including interests from Dubai, intend to keep a low … Continue reading →
A change of ownership of the Caterham F1 team is expected to be announced in the coming days, as suggested in my recent story on the future of Red Bull and Renault’s Viry engine base. As part of the changes … Continue reading →
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has passed a package of changes for 2015. The most controversial is the move to standing starts after safety car periods, although these will not take place close to the start or finish of … Continue reading →