Adam Cooper

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has emphasised that the climbdown on radio restrictions was done in the interests of fairness, because some teams would be more affected than others by a short term change. For this year the FIA will focus … Continue reading →
As expected Thursday’s meeting of the sporting regulations group has led to an easing of the restrictions given by the FIA to the teams earlier is week. The meeting, which covered other future rules as well, gave the 11 team … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton says he’s looking forward to the radio restrictions that will be imposed from this weekend, but he stopped short of saying that he sees the change as a personal advantage for him. “On one side over my F1 … Continue reading →
The consensus among the drivers is that the new FIA restrictions on radio usage will not have a major impact. While acknowledging that they would now be busier, in that they will take more responsibility for things like monitoring fuel … Continue reading →
In Italy Daniil Kvyat became the first driver to take a 10-place grid penalty for using a sixth power unit element, in his case an ICE, or internal combustion engine. The Russian’s troubles are not over, as he will now … Continue reading →
The F1 teams are still coming to terms with the full meaning of the FIA clampdown on radio transmissions, after Charlie Whiting issued more details today (see previous story). The subject will be discussed further at a meeting of the … Continue reading →
The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has sent the teams a further technical directive clarifying what can and cannot feature in pit to car radio conversations from the Singapore GP onwards. Seen by this writer, the document confirms that a lot of … Continue reading →
Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein has been officially named as reserve driver for the company’s F1 team. The 19-year-old German has already conducted 12,000kms of simulator running, and was given his first F1 test with an evaluation programme in a … Continue reading →
Former Red Bull head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou officially started work at McLaren today, in the role of chief engineer. The 45-year-old Prodromou previously worked for McLaren between 1991 and 2006, latterly as chief aerodynamicist. The timing of his arrival … Continue reading →
The FIA World Motor Sport Council is to review the procedure for obtaining a Superlicence from 2016 and beyond. The signing of 16-year-old Max Verstappen by Toro Rosso has put the subject into sharp focus, while in another test case … Continue reading →
The FIA World Motor Sport Council is to review the procedure for obtaining a Super Licence from 2016 and beyond. The signing of 16-year-old Max Verstappen by Toro Rosso has put the subject into sharp focus, while in another test … Continue reading →
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has now issued an official 2015 schedule that as expected includes 20 races, with the Mexico GP the only addition to this year’s calendar. Changes to a preliminary schedule that had been circulating include … Continue reading →
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has called the FIA’s decision to clamp down on radio messages from the pit to the driver “controversial” – and says that much still has to be clarified. “It has been confirmed that we will … Continue reading →
The FIA is pushing ahead with its plan to cut back on radio transmissions – by banning all conversations relating to the performance of the car. The FIA has used a long standing rule that says that drivers must drive … Continue reading →
Max Verstappen had his first proper F1 test at Adria Raceway in Italy today, at the wheel of a 2012 Toro Rosso STR7. The Dutchman had previously driven a Red Bull demo car in straightline running at Rockingham, and on … Continue reading →
Luca di Montezemolo is to leave his job as president of Ferrari, and he will be reolaced by Fiat/Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne.
McLaren’s Eric Boullier says he’s been happy to see Kevin Magnussen fighting with some big names in recent races, despite the time penalties that the Dane earned in both Spa and Monza. Magnussen was penalised while defending from Fernando Alonso … Continue reading →
Michael Schumacher’s management has confirmed that he will continue his rehabilitation at home in Siwzerland. The move follows follows a period in a hospital in Lausanne, where he was taken after his initial stay in Grenoble. An official statement said: … Continue reading →
Ferrari endured a tough Italian GP weekend against a background of continued speculation about the future of Luca di Montezemolo, which only intensified after critical commented emerged from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne. Marchionne is tipped to take over the presidency … Continue reading →
The name of former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell has again cropped up in connection with a future role at Ferrari as Marco Mattiacci continues his restructuring programme. Speculation first linked Bell with Maranello when Mercedes announced on April 14 … Continue reading →
Christian Horner says that Red Bull could not have bettered the fifth and sixth places secured by Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel at Monza, a circuit that the team expected to be the most challenging of the year. The two … Continue reading →
Toto Wolff has laughed off suggestions that Nico Rosberg took to the Monza escape road deliberately, in order to allow Lewis Hamilton to pass. Inevitably the web has been buzzing with theories suggesting that his second excursion was a convenient … Continue reading →
Christian Albers has left his job as team principal of Caterham just two months after being appointed by team advisor Colin Kolles. Caterham says that erstwhile deputy team principal Manfredi Ravetto will take over his duties.
Lewis Hamilton got his World Championship campaign back on track with a superb win in Italy – despite a glitch at the start dropping him to fourth place. Lewis had to fight his way back to second place behind Nico … Continue reading →
A provisional 2015 calendar published by my colleagues at Speedweek.com follows this year’s schedule very closely, with the addition of Mexico City the only Major change. The 20th race has been slotted in with an October date, immediately before Austin. … Continue reading →
Williams has confirmed that both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will be staying on for 2015, putting to an end to the hopes of any teams who had their eyes on the Finn for next season. Bottas is under a … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso insists that he extracted the maximum out of the Ferrari F14 T at Monza after landing seventh place, behind six Mercedes-powered cars. Alonso was sixth on the speed trap list, and it’s clear that Ferrari has gone for … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton lost almost an hour of valuable track time in FP2 in Monza today, but still managed to run team mate Nico Rosberg close – and finish with the top time of the day. Unusually the headline time in … Continue reading →
Not surprisingly perhaps Lewis Hamilton says he wants to move on from the Spa controversy and focus on the rest of the 2014 season. Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg both met the F1 media today for the first time … Continue reading →
Kamui Kobayashi will return to Caterham duty in Monza this weekend as the team continues to juggle its driving options. Roberto Merhi, whose involvement was predicted here two weeks ago, will drive the car in FP1, with a view to … Continue reading →
Gene Haas has finally confirmed a multi-year partnership with Scuderia Ferrari for supply of its power unit, gearbox and overall technical support, starting in 2016. The team says the deal will allow it “to be competitive in its inaugural season … Continue reading →
Gene Haas has announced that his team will be called Haas F1 Team, and not Haas Formula, as had been planned. However the latter will remain the legal entity, as it is the name of the company that was granted … Continue reading →
Jonathan Williams, perhaps best known for driving a works Ferrari on his one and only GP start in Mexico in 1967, passed away in Spain on Sunday at the age of 71. A true gentleman, and a gentle man, he … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton has followed up statements from Mercedes and Nico Rosberg with his own take on today’s meeting at the team HQ. Hamilton said: “Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences. Nico and I accept that … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg has apologised to fans for depriving them of the chance to watch him battle with Lewis Hamilton for the lead of the Belgian GP. Rosberg used his Facebook page to put out a statement that compliments the one … Continue reading →
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg met with Mercedes team bosses Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff at Brackley this morning to discuss the Belgian GP incident – and the drivers were reminded that they are free to race, but must not … Continue reading →
Christian Horner says that Red Bull only intends to help Renault to improve the current power unit, within the framework of the FIA engine freeze, rather than pursue a new unit for 2016 or beyond. Red Bull’s human resources department … Continue reading →
Ron Dennis says he’s satisfied with the performance of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in 2014, but confirms that McLaren is keeping its options open on future driver choice as it enters the Honda era. The names of Fernando Alonso, … Continue reading →
F1 team bosses agree that Bernie Ecclestone has bounced back after the conclusion of his inevitably distracting German court case – and they say that his return to form is good for the sport. Ecclestone hosted a meeting of team … Continue reading →
Eric Boullier says that McLaren is in no hurry to confirm its future line-up because the team is planning for the long term. Despite Jenson Button’s close relationship with Honda neither of the current drivers is guaranteed a race seat … Continue reading →
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he’s considering a street race in Greece, despite the troubled economic state of the country. The race, which would backed by private funding and run by promoter Dielpis, has been in the planning stages for … Continue reading →
Max Verstappen has had his first F1 outing today at Rockingham – still some 35 days short of his 17th birthday. The Dutchman drove the Red Bull RB7 demo car, with which he will make his first public appearance at … Continue reading →
Christian Horner says that Daniel Ricciardo continues to surprise Red Bull with his form, even after he proved in Canada that he could win races. Although Sebastian Vettel was ahead in qualifying in Belgium Ricciardo once again outperformed the German … Continue reading →
Fernando Alonso is sympathetic towards the plight of Mercedes as the team tries to juggle the interests of both drivers while trying to allow them to put on a show for the public. The Spaniard agreed that it was difficult … Continue reading →
Sebastian Vettel drove an Infiniti road car around Sochi today, and here is a video of his lap. The German clearly likes the venue, judging by his smile: “It is great to be back in Sochi and the venue has … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg has responded via his video blog to the comments of Lewis Hamilton – by not responding. “Definitely one of the more difficult video blogs today, the Spa race,” he said. “I’ve been told what Lewis said in the … Continue reading →
The big question this week is whether the FIA will decide to take another look at the Rosberg/Hamilton incident in the light of the Briton’s revelations about what happened in the team meeting. At the time the stewards clearly regarded … Continue reading →
Christian Horner says that Red Bull is keeping Mercedes honest by always being in the position to take advantage of any problems for the silver cars. Red Bull was not expected to lead the chase in Spa, but a low … Continue reading →
Nico Rosberg is adamant the collision with Lewis Hamilton at Spa was a racing incident, and says that he didn’t believe he was taking any risks. Speaking at exactly the same time that Hamilton told British journalists about the post-race … Continue reading →
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has moved to clarify Lewis Hamilton’s comments on what Nico Rosberg said in the team meeting after the Belgian GP. Mercedes has not denied that Rosberg said that he could have avoided the collision, and was … Continue reading →