Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

FRIDAY, 11 OCTOBER

The Brazilian Grand Prix will continue to be staged at Interlagos until at least 2020.

Full story: GP Update

Pirelli have rescheduled a tyre test with McLaren at Italy's Vallelunga circuit next month after Formula 1's governing body rejected plans for it to be held in Austin, Texas, ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

Full story: Reuters

The 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorhamps
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps made significant losses in both 2011 and 2012

The promoter of the Belgian Grand Prix has made significant losses in both 2011 and 2012.

Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Kimi Raikkonen has no concerns that long-time Formula 1 engineering ally Mark Slade may not be following him to Ferrari next season.

Full story: Autosport

Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado says he is confident of remaining with Williams next season.

Full story: Crash.net

Formula 1 teams McLaren and Force India are prepared to enter into competition to sign up-and-coming stars Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Full story: Daily Mirror

THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER

McLaren driver Sergio Perez says it is unacceptable that he suffered a tyre failure after a lock-up at Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa joined Ferrari in 2006 from Sauber and has won 11 races

Full story: Autosport

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has called for changes to the new weight-limit rules set to be introduced next season.

Full story: Daily Mail

Felipe Massa is worried that F1's new 2014 regulations could make for far less interesting races if outright performance is superseded by efficiency, with Ferrari's director of engineering warning that fuel saving could determine the outcome of races next season.

Full story: Autosport

Ferrari driver Massa still hopes he can pick up a race win before the season ends. The Brazilian is leaving the Italian team at the end of the campaign.

Full story: Ferrari

Lotus operations director Alan Permane says he is delighted Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are in top form heading to Japan.

Full story: Lotus

WEDNESDAY, 9 OCTOBER

German driver Nico Hulkenberg's chances of replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus have been boosted after the Enstone-based team said weight would not be a major factor in their choice of driver.

Full story: Reuters

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes the team have a car capable of fighting for podium finishes in the remaining five races of the season.

Full story: Lotus

Formula 1's independent teams are becoming increasingly concerned they are being priced out of the sport.

Paul Di Resta crashes at the Italian Grand Prix
Fernley says Di Resta's future is not in doubt at Force India despite five consecutive retirements

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley insists Paul Di Resta's recent run of mistakes does not jeopardise his future with the team. The Scot has failed to finish any of the past five races.

Full story: Autosport

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has already offered his congratulations to Sebastian Vettel with the Red Bull driver on the brink of winning his fourth consecutive world title.

Full story: the Independent

Red Bull driver Mark Webber will get his first taste of Porsche's 2014 Le Mans 24-hour challenger in Bahrain in January.

Full story: Autosport

Young Danish driver Kevin Magnussen and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne both deserve to be in F1 and will get there eventually, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

Full story: Reuters

Japan's Kimiya Sato will be Sauber's reserve driver for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The 24-year-old drove for the Swiss team at the young driver test at Silverstone earlier this year.

Full story: Formula 1

SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER

Korean Grand Prix organisers will not be sanctioned by the FIA for sending what appeared to be an unauthorised vehicle on to the track during the race.

Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin is set to take part in his first F1 test on Monday after the Korean Grand Prix

Full story: Sporting Life

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says the team could afford Fernando Alonso next year. It follows news the McLaren Group recorded a pre-tax loss of £2.5m in 2012.

Full story: the Guardian

CVC, the largest single shareholder in Formula 1, has banked an $865m (£540m) dividend from the motor sport championship thanks to a string of major media deals.

Full story: the Daily Telegraph

Russian Sergey Sirotkin, 18, is set to take part in his F1 first test on Monday after the Korean Grand Prix.

Full story: Richland F1

McLaren have hinted at the signing of some 'headline grabbing' technical staff to boost its bid to get back to the front of the F1 grid.

Full story: Autosport

SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER

Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta fears new weight limit regulations next season could be bad for his health

South Korea's loss-making, poorly attended Formula 1 race could be axed after Sunday's event, but local organisers are still hopeful of renegotiating their contract and keeping it on the calendar.

Full story: Reuters

Force India's Paul Di Resta fears new weight limit regulations next season could be bad for his health.

Full story: Herald Scotland

The F1 teams have come up with a provisional test schedule for 2014 that includes two sessions in Europe (Barcelona and Silverstone) and two in the Middle East (Bahrain and Abu Dhabi).

Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wants to climb Kilimanjaro, Mount Fuji and Mont Blanc over the next five to 10 years before tackling Mount Everest.

Full story: Daily Mail

Ferrari sporting director Massimo Rivola says the 2014 schedule will cause problems for the teams, especially if the proposed race at New Jersey keeps its 1 June date to form the start of a triple header of races.

Full story: Autoweek

FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER

McLaren's Jenson Button has called on the FIA to increase the minimum weight limit for next year's cars after claiming that taller, heavier drivers are being unfairly discriminated against.

Full story: The Age

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says Rubens Barrichello is a genuine candidate for a 2014 seat.

Full story: AutoWeek

McLaren have been forced to abandon plans for a Pirelli tyre test in Austin ahead of next month's United States Grand Prix after objections from other teams.

Full story: Reuters

Rubens Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello, an 11-time race winner, is being linked with a return to F1 with Sauber

The directors of Silverstone are facing a revolt at its annual general meeting on Friday over a deal to sell a lease on the track that hosts the British Grand Prix.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

A record 22-race calendar for 2014 is "beyond the limit" for teams but looks likely to be trimmed before it becomes definitive, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Full story: Reuters

THURSDAY, 3 OCTOBER

Kimi Raikkonen does not believe his back problem will prevent him from taking part in this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

Full story: the Independent

Nico Hulkenberg says a decision on his future should be finalised in the next "one, two or three weeks".

Full story: ESPN F1

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen does not believe a back problem will prevent him from racing in the Korean GP

The FIA has backed Sebastian Vettel amid claims he is strolling to the 2013 title with a questionably-legal Red Bull.

Full story: grandprix.com

The FIA has made clear to teams that it has no intention of introducing a single fuel supplier for Formula 1.

Full story: Autosport

Korea's chances of staying on the F1 schedule next season are "fifty-fifty", the promoter of the event has said.

Full story: Crash.net

Felipe Massa insists he won't remain in Formula 1 just to make up the numbers, he wants a competitive drive or nothing.

Full story: Planet F1

WEDNESDAY, 2 OCTOBER

Marussia made a loss of £57.6m, more than any other team last year.

Full story: Planet F1

Presidential candidate David Ward has written to FIA clubs around the world, who will vote to elect a president in December, suggesting that the FIA's election rules could prevent any candidate from being eligible to challenge the incumbent Jean Todt.

Full story: James Allen on F1

Max Chilton of Marussia at the Italian Grand Prix
Marussia, who are 10th in the constructors' championship, made a loss of £57.6m last year

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has reiterated that he is under no pressure to take on a 'pay driver' to replace Kimi Raikkonen for next season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi says he is "ready" to step in for Raikkonen and make his F1 debut at this weekend's Korean Grand Prix if the Finn can't take part due to a back injury.

Full story: grandprix.com

Mercedes are confident their car will suit the Korean International Circuit.

Full story: ESPN F1

Force India is in no rush to finalise its driver line-up for 2014, according to deputy team principal Bob Fernley.

Full story: Autosport

Timo Glock believes his former Marussia team has what it takes to retain 10th position in the constructors' standings.

Full story: GP Update

TUESDAY, 1 OCTOBER

Force India F1 boss Vijay Mallya has insisted his team hasn't given up on beating McLaren to fifth place in the constructors' championship, despite the squad's woeful form of late.

Full story: Crash.net

Ferrari
Felipe Massa will be an asset to any team next season, says Ferrari's Simone Resta

Ferrari deputy chief designer Simone Resta believes any team would be lucky to have Felipe Massa on the pay-roll.

Full story: Planet F1

Monisha Kalternborn concedes that while Nico Hulkenberg has been "absolutely good" at Sauber, the team has failed to live up to expectations.

Full story: Autosport

Marussia CEO Andy Webb says he's noticed a "fantastic" level of interest in Formula 1 in Russia ahead of next year's inaugural race in Sochi's Olympic park.

Full story: ESPN

FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER

Christian Horner believes the wave of anger Sebastian Vettel has received from F1 fans in recent races is purely because he is a "serial winner", comparing his situation to that of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Full story: NBC Sports

Force India team principal Bob Fernley believes changing the format of Friday morning practice to allow teams an extra set of tyres and the chance to run reserve drivers is a "good compromise".

Full story: Autosport

Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa spots something a little unusual in the water in Monte Carlo

An amphibious car is not something you see every day...unless you are Felipe Massa and live in Monte Carlo. The Ferrari driver tweeted: "It's a boat or a car???"

Full story: Felipe Massa on Twitter

Ferrari has tested this week at the Barcelona circuit with a 2011 car, it has emerged.

Full story: Autosprint (Italian)

THURSDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh and his Mercedes counterpart Ross Brawn have questioned plans by the sport's governing body to extend Friday's first practice session from 90 minutes to two hours in a bid to give rookie drivers more time behind the wheel.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Lotus says a decision on who replaces Kimi Raikkonen next year is on hold until the team has sorted out its financial situation.

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen's vacant Lotus seat for 2014 is one of the most prized still available

Full story: Autosport

Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff concedes Sebastian Vettel's current domination of Formula 1 is far from exciting, but knows he can have no complaints as the stopwatch does not lie.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

The final cost of the project to bring F1 to Russia at the Sochi Olympic Park has almost doubled.

Full story: grandprix.com

Pirelli insists only legal loose ends are preventing the announcement of a new tyre contract with F1 from 2014 onwards.

Full story: ESPN F1

MONDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER

New Jersey has won a temporary reprieve for inclusion on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, with a 1 June slot set to be left open when the FIA approves the provisional schedule next week.

Full story: Autosport

Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa is searching for a seat for next season after Ferrari decided not to renew his contract

Uruguay's Jorge Tomasi has hit back at "offensive" claims by FIA presidential hopeful David Ward that Latin American clubs were coerced into supporting incumbent Jean Todt's re-election.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Ferrari's Felipe Massa says his management are speaking to a number of teams about a seat for 2014, but the Brazilian does not expect a deal to be confirmed soon.

Full story: Sky Sports

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has insisted plans for a multi-billion dollar initial public offering (IPO) in Singapore are still very much on despite a lengthy delay in the process.

Full story: Planet F1

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes says Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen is in the running to return to a race seat in 2014.

Full story: grandprix.com

FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER

A Munich court said it expected a decision on whether Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will have to stand trial after being charged with bribery to be delayed until next year.

Full story: Reuters

Australian Mark Webber, 37, could have stayed in Formula 1 and challenged for grand prix victories for several more years had he not "fallen out of love" with the sport, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Full story: Reuters

Sebastian Vettel wax figure
A wax figure of Sebastian Vettel will spend three months in Madame Tussauds, London

German Nico Hulkenberg, 26, has said that there are no hard feelings between him and Ferrari despite missing out on the seat at the team for the second year in a row.

Full story: NBC Sports

Formula 1 teams need to wake up and start working together to address much-needed cost cuts if the sport is to survive, says Caterham owner Tony Fernandes.

Full story: Autosport

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says he has a number of "fun" and "surprising" names on his shortlist to replace Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen, 33.

Full story: BT Sport

A wax figure of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, 26, will spend three months at Madame Tussauds in London.

Full story: Madame Tussauds

THURSDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez both claimed on Thursday night that their deals for next year were more or less signed and that they would be remaining with McLaren for 2014.

jENSO Button
Jenson Button is set to remain at McLaren for 2014

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Button does not believe the signing of Kimi Raikkonen will make Ferrari stronger next season.

Full story: Daily Star

Felipe Massa insists that he won't stay in F1 'to make up the numbers' in 2014, and would be prepared to walk away from the sport if he fails to secure a competitive drive for next year.

Full story: Crash.net

Paul di Resta did not deny speculation that he is contending for the vacant seat at Lotus in 2014 during an interview in Singapore on Thursday.

Full story: F1 Plus

Lewis Hamilton's main goal this year is to help Mercedes beat Ferrari in the constructors' championship but he also thinks Sebastian Vettel is not unbeatable in the drivers' standings.

Full story: ESPN

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