Adam Cooper

The FIA has confirmed that the qualifying format will change in Austin to reflect the fact that there are only18 cars in the entry. As predicted by this writer last weekend four cars will be eliminated in Q1, and a … Continue reading →
The FIA has issued a statement in response to the failure of Caterham and Marussia to show up in Austin. It says that the US GP stewards will bear the circumstances in mind when considering whether the teams have broken … Continue reading →
Former Caterham F1 team principal Manfredi Ravetto has expressed his frustration at the way the problems of supplier Caterham Sports have led to the team missing the US GP. After Caterham Sports went into administration the administrator Finbarr O’Connell took … Continue reading →
Jules Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition, his family said in a statement today. The statement read: “It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules’ accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in … Continue reading →
Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off Ferrari into a separate company. A 10% shareholding will be sold via an IPO, with the rest distributed to existing FCA shareholders. The news was announced by FCA CEO and new Ferrari … Continue reading →
Marussia has now formally joined Caterham in administration as attempts continue to save the Banbury-based team. Geoff Rowley and Geoff Carton-Kelly, partners of FRP Advisory LLP, have been appointed joint administrators. The team was always facing a deadline related to … Continue reading →
The FIA has the option to change the format of qualifying to reflect the 18-car entry that it is expected in Austin next weekend, with both Caterham and Marussia failing to make the trip. Currently six cars are eliminated in … Continue reading →
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that both Caterham and Marussia will miss the US GP – leaving a field of just 18 cars. Speaking to Reuters, Ecclestone said: “Neither of those two teams are going to go to America.” Freight was … Continue reading →
The administrators for Caterham Sports, who have now taken control of Caterham F1, say that they have been given permission by Bernie Ecclestone for the team to miss the US and Brazilian GPs while a buyer is sought. The administrators … Continue reading →
Lotus says that it expects to soon be able to confirm that Romain Grosjean will stay on alongside Pastor Maldonado in 2015. The team recently confirmed its Mercedes power unit deal as the cornerstone of a planned recovery. “Romain is … Continue reading →
The latest statement from Caterham F1 says that the team is now being run by the administrator of Caterham Sports, and confirms that the intention is to carry on competing. The team has to send its cars and equipment to … Continue reading →
Tony Fernandes has hit back in the war of words over Caterham F1 by claiming that the buyers – Swiss consortium Engavest – have not fulfilled their part of the deal. Engavest said today that Fernandes was still responsible for … Continue reading →
The organisation that purchased Caterham F1 in June insisted today that the shares had not been transferred by the previous owners, and that Tony Fernandes thus remains “responsible” for the team. “On 29 June 2014 Engavest SA signed a Sale … Continue reading →
The previous owners of the Caterham F1 team failed to pay over £256,000 in legal fees before the team was sold to a consortium in June, court documents show. The fees represent one of a number of unpaid bills left … Continue reading →
Caterham F1 has issued a statement explaining that the previous owners have not officially transferred their shares to the buyers, who are represented by Colin Kolles and the new management that took over the team shortly before the British GP. … Continue reading →
McLaren has confirmed that sporting director Sam Michael is to leave the team at the end of the season and return with his family to his native Australia. Michael tendered his resignation back in March, and a team source says … Continue reading →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →