Formula 1 gossip: Rosberg, Hamilton, Renault, Schumacher

Friday, 3 April

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg posts a picture of him and team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Twitter and says: "Good team factory visit today. Coming up with a plan to beat the red cars in Shanghai."

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

French manufacturer Renault says it expects to continue working with Red Bull, saying "the fun will begin" in the Chinese Grand Prix after a disappointing start to the season. (In Auto News)

A text message sent from Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm reduced Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene to tears after the Malaysian Grand Prix, which was won by Sebastian Vettel - his first win at Ferrari. (Autoweek)

Romain Grosjean remains confident of a good season despite Lotus failing to score a point in the opening two races. (NBC Sports)

Thursday, 2 April

Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart is urging the sport's organisers not to forsake tradition for money as the number of European races dwindles.(Guardian)

Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen is the son of Le Mans winner Jan Magnussen

Lewis Hamilton reveals on the Clare Balding Show on Friday that he was so excited to meet actor Will Smith at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday party he trod on former United States president Bill Clinton's foot and did not even say sorry.(Daily Express)

McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen showed off his apparent muscular and heavily tattooed upper body as a April Fools' day prank. The Dane posted a tongue-in-cheek Photoshop image of his head on a own muscular frame and tweeted:"Good progress being made thanks to countless hours of training." It came just an hour after Lewis Hamilton had tweeted a picture of himself shirtless on the front cover of Men's Health magazine.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis admits the team are on a "steep learning curve" after failing to pick up any points in both races so far this season.(Autoweek)

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says that the row with engine manufacturer Renault is over and the two parties have agreed to work together to solve their problems.(F1 Planet)

French 19-year-old Pierre Gasly, one of Red Bull's brightest talents, will test for Toro Rosso at Barcelona on 10 May after the Spanish Grand Prix.(F1i.com)

Wednesday, 1 April

Jenson Button does not expect McLaren to fight for points before the Spanish Grand Prix in early May. (F1i.com)

Italian Grand Prix chief Ivan Capelli has vowed to save the historic Monza race after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone warned this could be its last year on the calendar.(Grandprix.com)

Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella
Felipe Massa dressing up with former Ferrari team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella

Williams driver Felipe Massa posted an image of himself and former Ferrari team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella wearing some unusual headgear. "Hahhaahhah Old times grande", he tweeted.

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon has described as "complete, utter nonsense" suggestions the team were not capable of running both their cars at the same time in Malaysia. (Autosport)

Former Mercedes F1 chief Norbert Haug believes the demise of the German Grand Prix shows the sport is in trouble. (Autoweek)

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko remains doubtful his team can catch up in 2015 and re-affirms their trouble is with the Renault power unit. (grandprix247.com)

Mercedes team boss Niki Lauda says Bernie Ecclestone can no longer complain Sebastian Vettel is "boring" as the German's victory in Malaysia was good for the "total image of F1". (Planet F1)

Tuesday, 31 March

Sebastian Vettel's performance in his Malaysian GP win was "Schumacher-esque", according to former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard.(Daily Telegraph)

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is following in the Ferrari footsteps of fellow German Michael Schumacher

But Vettel "lucked out" when he joined Ferrari because he did not know they would be competitive, according to McLaren driver Jenson Button. (grandprix247.com)

Lewis Hamilton admits he wondered what Fernando Alonso, Button's team-mate at McLaren, "was thinking" when he decided to leave Ferrari. (Daily Mail)

Mercedes plan to rush through a series of upgrades to their car following Sebastian Vettel's win in Sepang. Team boss Toto Wolff has indicated they will prioritise their development programme on the chassis, along with engine improvements, ahead of the Chinese GP on 10 April. (Daily Telegraph)

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado is yet to see the chequered flag this season, but the Venezuelan is confident he will be able to fight for points in a "clean race".(Planet F1)

The mood of Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, who retired on lap three of the Malaysian GP, is brightened up by the sunshine on his return to his native Sweden. (Instagram)

Marcus Ericsson
Ericsson, 24, joined Sauber from Caterham ahead of the 2015 season

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