Monday, 27 June 2016

F1 gossip: Hamilton, Rosberg, McLaren, Renault, Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Sunday, 26 June

Lewis Hamilton says he has a "really good" relationship with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. (Mail on Sunday)
Hamilton revealed on Instagram he has lost 5kg since the beginning of the season and wants to put weight back on.
Three races could be removed from the calendar in the 2017 season including two in Europe, according to Bernie Ecclestone. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
The 85-year-old says Britain leaving the European Union will make no difference to F1. (Reuters)
McLaren team boss Ron Dennis says a decision on their 2017 driver line-up will not be made until September at the earliest. (Sky Sports)
Fernando Alonso believes McLaren are the team with the best chance of toppling Mercedes. (Autosport)
Four-time world champion Alain Prost says there is no quick fix to Renault's problems. (NBC)
Team boss Cyril Abiteboul says Renault need to target improving their "qualifying and aero". (Foxsports)
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says the problems he had last season have made him stronger. 

Saturday, 25 June

Monaco-born teenager Charles Leclerc will replace Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in Friday first practice sessions at five Formula 1 races for Haas this season, starting with Silverstone next month. (Reuters)
The 18-year-old tweeted his appreciation after learning the news.

Drivers who avoid penalty points in lower series competition will be given a 'Safety Bonus' - an additional two points on top of their achieved points towards the F1 superlicence. (Pitpass)
Renault have to reassess how they progress in Formula 1 following three poor races, according to the team's managing director Cyril Abiteboul. (Autosport)
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene insists the team are not already looking to next season, with Sebastian Vettel currently 24 points behind second-placed Lewis Hamilton. "After eight races I think it is wrong to think of the next year, leaving aside the present. We are approaching the Mercedes, and we must not miss the chance offered in this world championship," he says. (

Friday, 24 June

Four-time world champion Alain Prost thinks Ferrari must consider the "ambience" of the team when deciding whether to drop Kimi Raikkonen for 2017. (ESPN)
The Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace circuit, will remain on the Formula 1 calendar for many years to come, race organisers have said, amid reports the event could be dropped at the end of the current season. (Grand Prix Times)
Pirelli has confirmed the three tyre compounds that will be available to the teams at the next races in Spa and Suzuka. The Italian tyre manufacturer will bring its supersoft, soft and medium compounds to Belgium - a combination that has been chosen for five of the eight races to date. (
Baku organisers are not keen to turn the Azerbaijan event into a night race, despite the wishes of Bernie Ecclestone. (Fox Sports)
Formula 1 will reach record-breaking speeds and lap times under the new 2017 regulations, according to Ferrari's F1 technical director James Allison. (
Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen, 18, says he has now learned he can sometimes drive at "92%" in Red Bull's Formula 1 car rather than pushing as hard as he did with Toro Rosso. (Autosport)
Formula 1's television coverage has been slammed as a "disaster" by Alain Prost, who reckons current camera angles and onboard footage are not doing justice to the spectacle. (
McLaren team-mates Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are joined by veteran screen diva Dame Joan Collins, with Button commenting on Instagram: "Dame Joan looking lovely as always."

Thursday, 23 June

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, 28, says F1 must tread a fine line between danger and safety to ensure it retains its raw appeal to fans. (ESPN)
Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams says the team have "got to do better" as they chase third in the constructors' championship standings. (Sky Sports)
Williams have revealed their record-equalling pit stop at the European Grand Prix was actually faster than official timing claims. (
Ferrari technical director James Allison says his team's early work under the 2017 regulations is already producing a better looking car for next season. (ESPN)
F1 needs more tracks like new European Grand Prix venue Baku, says Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff. (Autosport)
Pirelli has announced the tyre choices made by each team for the Austrian Grand Prix, with a small difference in compound allocations for Mercedes team-mates and title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. (Eurosport)

Wednesday, 22 June

Sunday's European Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after technical problems, has given the Briton "a lesson in humility", says former F1 driver Jean Alesi. (Autoweek)
Kimi Raikkonen says he has no problem with being asked to move over and let Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel pass him in Baku. (Fox Sports)
Jean Todt, president of Formula 1's governing body FIA, has rejected calls for teams to be able to give drivers technical information over team radios during races. Todt adds that the F1 cars are not as complicated as those that competed in Le Mans 24. (Eurosport)
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says the team "are moving in the right direction", despite them not winning any of the races so far in 2016. (Gazetta World)
McLaren's Jenson Button is happy at finishing 11th at the European Grand Prix because the result in Baku came at "their worst circuit of the year". (ESPN)
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