Adam Cooper

Williams Grand Prix Holdings has reported a loss of £34.3m for 2014 – but the company insists that this year will see a much better financial performance. Revenues were down from £130.4m to £90.2m, but the much better results achieved … Continue reading →
Williams Grand Prix Holdings has reported a loss of £34.5m for 2014 – but the company insists that this year will see a much better financial performance. Revenues were down from £130.4m to £90.2m, but the much better results achieved … Continue reading →
Claire Williams says that her team can’t be too dissatisfied with the start of the season despite coming into it with ambitions to lead the chase of Ferrari. The Williams has clearly been the third best car this season, although … Continue reading →
After being out of the points for nearly 11 months Romain Grosjean made it two scores in eight days when he followed up seventh in China with the same result in Bahrain. The Frenchman agrees that the Lotus E23 has … Continue reading →
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says he’s open to the idea of two types of engine competing in F1 from 2017. Bernie Ecclestone wants to introduce a cheaper engine for the struggling midfield teams – potentially a V8 or … Continue reading →
Force India supports Bernie Ecclestone’s plan to introduce a budget ‘customer’ engine that will run in competition with the current works hybrid V6s. As outlined here yesterday Ecclestone supports the idea of making available a cheap V8 with KERS (or … Continue reading →
Bernie Ecclestone says that F1 engine options for 2017 remain open, despite Toto Wolff stating last weekend that all four current manufacturers want to keep a version of the current V6 for any new 1000bhp rules. Ecclestone had been talking … Continue reading →
Dany Kvyat says he has learned a lot from his ninth place finish in Bahrain after his first untroubled race of the season. Kvyat retired in Melbourne and Shanghai, and while be finished in Malaysia his race was compromised by … Continue reading →
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso both agree that the Monaco GP could give McLaren Honda its best opportunity for a good result in the near future. It goes without saying that outright power is less critical in the principality than … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton appears to have compromised his 20-year relationship with helmet supplier Arai by swapping to Bell. Hamilton has long had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the Japanese company, who supply free helmets and service to F1 drivers, but have a … Continue reading →
Sergio Perez believes his drive to eighth place in Bahrain was one of the best races of his F1 career to date, given Force India’s form this year. The Mexican, who also finished a superb third in the same event … Continue reading →
Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has now started his new job as head of the Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup challenge, where he will be reunited with Adrian Newey. In an interview on the BAR website Whitmarsh compared his … Continue reading →
Red Bull Racing’s frustration with Renault moved up a notch after Daniel Ricciardo’s spectacular engine failure at the end of the Bahrain GP. While the Aussie managed to get across the line in sixth place it means he will now … Continue reading →
Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that Daniil Kvyat’s drive to ninth place in Bahrain will serve as a big boost for the Russian, who has had a difficult start to his first season with RBR. Although Kvyat earned the … Continue reading →
Toto Wolff admits that the changes Mercedes made to the W06’s set-up on Friday night in Bahrain contributed to the brake issues suffered by both drivers in the race. Mercedes reacted to the Friday long run pace of Ferrari by … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel insists that he’s not thinking about a championship challenge – and is focussing instead on short term efforts to make Ferrari more competitive and push Mercedes harder. Vettel has not been out of the top four thus far … Continue reading →
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene is not in a hurry to extend Kimi Raikkonen’s contract – and has made it clear that he sees that as source of motivation for the Finn. He also denied suggestions that there had been contact … Continue reading →
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says both his drivers would have finished on the podium in Bahrain had Sebastian Vettel’s race not been compromised by mistakes. He also confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen’s strategy of using medium tyres in the middle stint … Continue reading →
The Bahrain GP will be something of a step into the unknown for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as Mercedes has yet to fully prove set-up changes made after Friday. In an attempt to improve tyre usage and get on … Continue reading →
The F1 engine manufacturers have agreed than any move towards 1000bhp engines for 2017 has to involve using the current V6 as a starting point. None of them wants to go in the V8 direction that has been suggested by … Continue reading →
Having qualified on pole in Bahrain Lewis Hamilton is hopeful that the Mercedes will be better on its tyres in Sunday’s race than it appeared to be in practice on Friday, when Ferrari had a clear edge on long runs. … Continue reading →
The FIA stewards have decided to take no further action against Sebastian Vettel for an unsafe release after a further investigation this morning. As reported here earlier, during yesterday’s investigation into Vettel’s collision with Sergio Perez it emerged that one … Continue reading →
No action was taken by the FIA stewards after the collision between Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez in FP2 today, but the matter might not be over for the Ferrari driver. The pair made contact at Turn One late in … Continue reading →
Kimi Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson says everything is moving in the right direction for the Finn to extend his Ferrari contract. Raikkonen, who last year hinted that 2015 might be his last season, is now committed to a longer term … Continue reading →
Niki Lauda says he is not concerned that Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign his new Mercedes contract for 2016 and beyond, and insists that the deal really is done and dusted. The saga of when Hamilton’s deal might be … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso insists that a lack of power is not masking any unexpected deficiencies in the McLaren chassis – in other words he expects its handling to remain consistent as the engine performance is ramped up in the coming weeks. … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg says the interests of Mercedes will continue to have priority as Ferrari’s pace has an impact on his battle with Lewis Hamilton. In China Rosberg asked for Lewis to speed up as he was at risk of being … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso says that McLaren’s double finish in China was a big step forward for the team – and he expects more progress this weekend as more is learned about the package. Alonso, who finished the Shanghai race in 12th … Continue reading →
Williams head of performance Rob Smedley paid his old pal Felipe Massa a big compliment in China last week when he said that the Brazilian was driving better than ever in 2015. Today Massa was a little reticent when asked … Continue reading →
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost remains convinced that Renault eventually sort out its problems, after a string of failures for both of the Red Bull-backed teams. Tost is of course still hoping that STR will become the de facto works … Continue reading →
Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost continues to be impressed by the form of both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz thus far in 2015. Verstappen was particularly strong in China before he retired in the closing laps.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says it’s no surprise that emotions are running high in the Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg battle – and he insists that the team doesn’t want to put a stop to it. It’s been apparent since … Continue reading →
McLaren boss Eric Boullier says that the double finish for Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in China was a boost for both the team and order It was also positive to see that the drivers could at least fight with … Continue reading →
Felipe Nasr followed up his fifth place in Melbourne with eighth in China as Sauber logged its second double finish of the season. The Swiss team’s fortunes took a dip in Malaysia, where both Red Bull and STR scored well. … Continue reading →
Toto Wolff has reiterated that after China Mercedes may have to focus more on how best to manage the team’s two drivers in the light of the increasing challenge from Ferrari. He stressed that the priority was team wins, and … Continue reading →
A little over six months after his accident in Suzuka the condition of Jules Bianchi remains unchanged, according to his father. A clearly emotional Philippe Bianchi spoke for the first time in some weeks in an interview with Nice-Matin.
Romain Grosjean’s seventh place in China was the Frenchman’s first score since the 2014 Monaco GP – and the Lotus driver dedicated the result to his countryman Jules Bianchi, who also made the points in that race. China also came … Continue reading →
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene insists that Kimi Raikkonen can deliver this season – but he has to feel that he has the full support of the Italian team. The Finn finished fourth in China after passing both Williams drivers on … Continue reading →
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has moved quickly to defuse tension in the camp in China after Nico Rosberg accused Lewis Hamilton of making his life difficult by backing him up and allowing Sebastian Vettel to stay on his tail. Wolff … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg says that tyre degradation at Mercedes will be the key to the Chinese GP – but adds that will open up an opportunity for him to beat pole man Lewis Hamilton. “I’m going for the fight, for sure,” … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton continues to struggle with an overheating backside due to unexpectedly high temperatures in the Mercedes cockpit. However he insisted today that it wouldn’t slow him down if he’s leading the race tomorrow. “If you are winning you can … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg admits he’s concerned about how split strategies at Mercedes could impact his battle with Lewis Hamilton. Until now the team has tried to be fair to both drivers by usually running near identical strategies, but after losing out … Continue reading →
Felipe Massa will start the Chinese GP from fourth on the grid after the Brazilian outqualified both Williams team mate Valtteri Bottas and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Massa was pleased with the way the session went, and is adamant … Continue reading →
Daniel Ricciardo was in upbeat mood today after finishing FP2 in third place, behind Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. The Aussie said that the latest updates had improved the hitherto disappointing RB11, and it felt better to drive.
Plans for teams to be allowed a fifth engine for each driver in 2015 remain in limbo pending a formal proposal from the engine manufacturers. Although team bosses agreed in principle to the idea in Malaysia – on the basis … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel is keeping his feet on the ground about prospects for the rest of the season despite the huge boost that his Malaysian GP victory gave Ferrari. Everyone is eager to see if the Italian team will have the … Continue reading →
Former Red Bull Racing chief mechanic Kenny Handkammer has taken up a new role with Tesla Motors. After 25 years of F1 he has become Global Director of Service Training for the electric car company, and will be based in … Continue reading →
Mick Doohan says he’s not scheduled to be a driver steward again this year despite enjoying his first taste of the role in Malaysia. The five-times 500cc World Champion was invited to take on the job by Jean Todt and … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both retired from the Malaysian GP, but McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says that nevertheless it was a positive weekend for the team and Honda. Prior to stopping the drivers had at least demonstrated that the … Continue reading →
Toto Wolff admits he was surprised at how Ferrari caught up with Mercedes in Malaysia – and says that the team must now ramp up development in response to the threat from Maranello. That could include fast tracking new parts … Continue reading →