Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

WEDNESDAY, 18 DECEMBER

Former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine says he feels that the decision to bring in double points for the final race of the 2014 F1 season is 'embarrassing', and that those who made the decision 'should be ashamed of themselves'.

Full story: Crash.net

Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean believes he has proven himself as one of the best drivers in F1

Romain Grosjean believes he has proven himself as one of the best drivers in Formula 1 this year and says he is ready to lead Lotus into 2014.

Full story: ESPN

Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey says Formula 1 is at risk of stagnating if it continues to tighten its regulations.

Full story: Autosport

Kimi Raikkonen will have Antonio Spagnolo in his ear during the 2014 season at Ferrari, after the Italian outfit confirmed that the former Minardi engineer will be the Finn's race engineer when he returns to the stable.

Full story: Planet F1

"Nice days working on projects with good progress. Tomorrow and Friday another "sprint" works and then Christmas break.. ;)"

Fernando Alonso on Twitter

TUESDAY, 17 DECEMBER

Ferrari have presented the departing Felipe Massa with the V8 engine from the Ferrari F2008 which so nearly took him to the 2008 world championship.

Full story: F1.com

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has backed Formula 1's new double points rule for the 2014 season finale

Ferrari technical director James Allison says the team's recent investment in its windtunnel and aerodynamic set-up have thrust it to the cutting edge of Formula 1 after several years of lagging behind.

Full story: ESPN

Anthony Hamilton's damages lawsuit against Scottish driver Paul Di Resta took a dramatic turn after he told the High Court that a missing box containing controversial BlackBerry devices mysteriously turned up.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

New Force India driver Sergio Perez has backed F1's new double points rule for the 2014 season finale.

Full story: Reuters

Caterham fell behind Marussia in the 2013 F1 season because it overstretched itself a year earlier, says team boss Cyril Abiteboul.

Full story: Autosport

Adrian Sutil is confident he will score the first podium of his career at Sauber as he prepares to join the team at the start of next year.

Full story: ESPN

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Renault will deliver a competitive F1 engine next year, despite not having the highest budget among suppliers.

Full story: Autosport

WEDNESDAY, 11 DECEMBER

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber has completed Porsche's testing program for its new car that will debut next year in the World Endurance Championship.

Full story: NBC Sports

Nico Rosberg says he feels Mercedes is now in a position to challenge Red Bull for top honours in F1 next season.

Mark Webber
Mark Webber has tested the Porsche he will drive in next year's World Endurance Championship

Full story: Crash.net

McLaren and Force India have decided not to attend Pirelli's Bahrain tyre test, with Force India citing the tight timeframes involved in getting ready for next week's hastily-arranged session.

Full story: Sky Sports

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh fears it could prove impossible for Formula 1 to ever introduce effective cost controls.

Full story: Autosport

The ultimate Christmas present for Formula 1 lovers? A replica F1 engine that dispenses coffee is available in V8 and V12 strengths - yours for less than £9,000.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

TUESDAY, 10 DECEMBER

Paul Di Resta has admitted he is unlikely to remain at Force India next season but confirmed there is a chance he could move to Sauber.

Full story: BT Sport

Paul di Resta
Paul Di Resta has been linked with a possible move to Sauber

Valtteri Bottas says he has no concerns about having to adapt to the 2014 regulations despite his lack of Formula 1 experience.

Full story: Autosport

The race helmet Sebastian Vettel used during this year's German Grand Prix raised a record-breaking amount of money at a charity auction on Monday.

Full story: GP Update

Six teams will attend a three-day Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain from 17-19 December, Formula 1 racing's governing body, the FIA announce.

Full story: Formula1.com

SATURDAY, 7 DECEMBER

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel collected his trophy for winning his fourth world title at the FIA prize-giving gala in Paris on Friday.

Full story: FIA

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel was officially crowned 2013 Formula 1 world champion at the FIA prize-giving gala in Paris

Ferrari technical chief Pat Fry thinks it was the upgrade that the team brought for the Canadian Grand Prix that sent its 2013 Formula 1 title bid off course.

Full story: Autosport

Jenson Button has told McLaren that he wants to remain with the British team beyond next season despite their escalating pursuit of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Full story: Daily Mail

Australian Daniel Ricciardo is certain he can prove he is not just a one-lap qualifying specialist when he drives for Red Bull next season.

Full story: Autosport

Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony has admitted at the High Court that he lied during negotiations over what turned out to be a bogus €21m (£17.6m) sponsorship deal that eventually led to him being sacked as manager by Force India driver Paul Di Resta.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' award after a successful season in rallying.

Full story: Reuters

FRIDAY, 6 DECEMBER

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton abruptly withdrew an offer to give his father and former manager Anthony a cash gift of up to $4m (£2.4m) around the time of their split in 2010.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Ferrari has a veto over who will succeed him as the boss of Formula 1.

Full story: CNN

Outgoing Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn says mandating two pit stops per grand prix would be wrong for F1.

Full story: Autosport

Pastor Maldonado
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier says he can turn Pastor Maldonado into a more consistent driver

Mercedes executive director (business) Toto Wolff says 2014 will be too early for the team to challenge Red Bull for championships.

Full story: ESPN

Lotus team boss Eric Boullier is convinced they can help new recruit Pastor Maldonado deliver more consistent performances next season.

Full story: Sky Sports

Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa will be Red Bull's test and reserve drivers next season.

Full story: Reuters

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was the most talked about driver on Twitter in 2013.

Full story: James Allen on F1

World champion Sebastian Vettel says there is likely to be more expectation on Daniel Ricciardo coming to Red Bull than when he joined the team.

Full story: ESPN

Caterham is hoping it can sign an established F1 star to lead its 2014 line-up alongside a less experienced team-mate.

Full story: Autosport

Giedo van der Garde
Giedo van der Garde is a candidate for a drive at Caterham or Force India next season.

Virgin, who were previously involved in F1, have announced plans to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship, which will kick off in September next year.

Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde is a candidate to retain his drive at Caterham or to join Nico Hulkenberg at Force India next season.

Full story: Grand Prix

Mexican driver Sergio Perez is optimistic that his home country of Mexico will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015.

Full story: GP Update

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says it is a "foolish" decision to schedule the 2014 United States Grand Prix for the same weekend as the NASCAR round at his circuit.

Full story: Planet F1

Ex-Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna will make his Brazilian Stock Car debut on 15 December.

Full story: GP Update

WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mark Webber would have been able to compete at the front of the grid if he wanted to continue his Formula 1 career.

Full story: Planet F1

New McLaren recruit Kevin Magnussen says Jenson Button will "be a great team-mate" and that he's ready to learn from him next year.

Full story: ESPN

Sebastian Vettel celebrates title win

World champion Sebastian Vettel says he spoke to FIA president Jean Todt to clear up why he was punished for performing donuts after the Indian Grand Prix.

Full story: Autosport

Pirelli is planning to stage a private tyre test with three teams at Bahrain's International Circuit from 17-19 December.

Full story: GP Update

Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony, admitted in court that he lost a box containing 'highly controversial' files in the case against Force India's Paul Di Resta. Hamilton is suing Di Resta for breach of contract and loss of earnings after being sacked by the Scot last year. Di Resta claims he was misled over a multi-million pound deal with an energy drinks company. The case continues.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Di Resta also says he does not believe he will have a drive in F1 next year.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

TUESDAY, 3 DECEMBER

Mercedes' executive director Toto Wolff says talks have taken place about merging Marussia and Williams though he says they are "getting nowhere" as it would lead to the closure of Marussia.

Full story: ESPN

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh flew to Madrid on Monday in his escalating attempt to sign Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Fernando Alonso took his eye off the ball mid-season

Full story: Daily Mail

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Alonso let his standards slip this season as he looked to switch teams from Ferrari.

Full story: ESPN

Ex-Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has refused to rule out a return to motorsport, but admitted that he would consider offers from outside the world of F1.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez believes F1 must make sure it helps rookies properly next year, as he believes the new 2014 regulations will make it even more challenging.

Full story: Autosport

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been awarded the British Racing Drivers' Club's Gold Star for the fourth time in his career.

Full story: Planet F1

FRIDAY, 29 NOVEMBER

Michael Schumacher
Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher insists he is happy in retirement

Michael Schumacher believes Mercedes can launch a title challenge next season, says he is happy not to be Sebastian Vettel's team-mate and rules out any possibility of another comeback.

Full story: Planet-F1

Formula 1 drivers will be forced to make two pitstops, as well as face a strict limit on how long they can stay out for, if proposals for new 2014 tyre rules are accepted by teams next month.

Full story: Autosport.com

Britain's Jenson Button, who will turn on the Christmas lights in his home town, says on Twitter: "After a long hard season that ended with a reasonable result at Interlagos it's time to go home!! Frome here I come."

Williams continues to strengthen its engineering squad as it undergoes a restructuring under the direction of Pat Symonds. In addition to the impending arrival of Rob Smedley the team will be joined in the New Year by Jenson Button's former race engineer Jakob Andreasen, who will work alongside Smedley, but in more of a factory-based role.

Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Despite the loss of Vodafone and LG Electronics, there is no shortage of sponsorship in Formula 1.

Full story: New York Times

THURSDAY, 28 NOVEMBER

Sauber and Marussia
Could Marussia and Sauber merge to secure their long term futures in the sport?

Marussia F1 investor Andrei Cheglakov wants to merge with another outfit, with Sauber one of the teams linked.

Full story: Auto Motor und Sport (in German)

Formula 1 teams are pushing ahead with a plan to give drivers permanent numbers throughout their racing careers.

Full story: Autosport

Britain's Lewis Hamilton praised Mercedes for a strong 2013 but says he failed to deliver for the team this season.

Full story: ESPN

Germany's Nico Hulkenberg looks set to be with Force India next year after apparently failing in an attempt to stay at Sauber.

Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the team needs to deliver a quicker car for Fernando Alonso in 2014.

Full story: ESPN

Former F1 driver Mark Webber will take on Australia's longest motor race by adding the Bathurst 12 Hours to his schedule - but not until 2015.

Max Chilton's car returns from Brazil
Max Chilton's Marussia car has made it back to the factory from Brazil

Full story: Crash.net

Marussia team principal John Booth says the team's 10th place finish in the constructors' championship was a "massive boost".

Full story: Sky Sports

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez believes he has achieved the level to be in Formula 1 and is confident about his future in the sport.

Full story: Formula1.com

Marussia driver Max Chilton has Tweeted: "Had a fun couple of days up @Marussia_F1Team. Car is back from Brazil."

TUESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso shows off the first pair of racing overalls he ever wore

Marussia's Max Chilton has been ranked above Fernando Alonso in the 'F1 2013: Alternative driver rankings', published by The Guardian.

Full story: The Guardian

Moves are afoot to organise a Pirelli tyre test in December, ahead of the start of official 2014 testing in January.

Full story: GrandPrix.com

Jenson Button has played down fears that McLaren will slip down the Formula 1 pecking order after failing to claim a single podium finish in 2013.

Full story: Planet-F1

A case of mistaken identity for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who tweets: "Arriving Geneva hotel, a guy says: 'Welcome Mr. Hamilton.' I: 'I'm Mr Rosberg, but no worries we look similar so its easy to get us mixed up!'"

Nico Rosberg on Twitter

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso shows off his first-ever racing overalls. Just a tad too small for him now...

Fernando Alonso on Twitter

MONDAY, 25 NOVEMBER

Pastor Maldonado
Pastor Maldonado says he is "quite close" to signing a deal for an unnamed team in 2014

Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who finished runner up to champion Sebastian Vettel, believes Ferrari will come back strongly in 2014, after finishing the 2013 F1 campaign on a high with third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Full story: Crash

Felipe Massa says Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso would have let him through to finish third in his final race for team if the situation had arisen in Brazil. However, a drive-through penalty dropped the Brazilian from fourth, when running behind Alonso, to lower down in the points and out of contention.

Full story: James Allen on F1

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has made clear that McLaren will have no excuses if they don't rebound from their miserable 2013 season and return to winning ways next year. The team's highest finish was fourth, which Jenson Button scored in the finale in Brazil.

Full story: Sporting Life

Outgoing Williams driver Pastor Maldonado says he is "quite close" to signing a contract for 2014, but the Venezuelan wouldn't reveal which team he is joining.

Full story: ESPN

Finn Heikki Kovalainen says he underestimated the scale of the challenge of replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the final two races of the season.

Full story: Autosport

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