F1 gossip: Button, Vettel, Rosberg, Palmer, Whitmarsh

Friday, 16 September

Martin Whitmarsh
Former McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is working with Sir Ben Ainslie on Britain's bid to win the America's Cup

McLaren driver Jenson Button wants F1 to appeal to younger people, saying the sport needs to be "more interesting than Pokemon Go". (London Evening Standard)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says the team should consider moving for Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe. (Auto Motor und Sport - in German)

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg says drivers may struggle in the heat and humidity of Singapore this weekend, describing the race as "one of the most difficult of the year". (Eurosport)

Britain's Jolyon Palmer says he is "still in the mix" for a seat at Renault next season. (Daily Mail)

Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is one of the leading contenders to take on some of Bernie Ecclestone's responsibilities when the 85-year-old leaves. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi says new drivers will be "scared to jump into" the quicker 2017 F1 cars. (motorsport.com)

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen s
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen sampled the Singapore street food this week

Thursday, 15 September

Jenson Button
Jenson Button made his F1 debut 16 years ago at the 2000 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne

McLaren driver Jenson Button could race in Rallycross or Japan's Super GT series in 2017 when he takes a break from F1. (ESPN)

Button has also promised that when he does return from his one-year sabbatical it will be as the "fittest driver ever". (Daily Mail)

Computer anti-virus chief Alexander Moiseev believes F1 teams without the right software "have a perfect home and put no locks on the door" as he warned against the growing threat of cyber attacks from hackers.(Motorsport)

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says the team need to make a "bigger step over the winter" if they are to are to become a force in F1 again. (Crash.net)

Renault's dyno testing of its 2017 power unit is delivering some encouraging results as it eyes a step forward in form next year. (Motorsport)

Nico Rosberg believes autonomous cars racing each other would represent "the end of racing" with the Mercedes driver adamant the human competition element is a huge part of the sport's appeal. (James Allen F1)

British driver Jolyon Palmer admits he has struggled to show his real talent in his debut F1 campaign with Renault because of an underperforming car. (PlanetF1)

Nico Rosberg
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been sampling the culinary delights on offer in Singapore ahead of the weekend's Grand Prix

Wednesday, 14 September

Lance Stroll
Canadian teenager Lance Stroll has already qualified for a F1 super license to enable him to race next season

Williams development driver Lance Stroll, 17, admits he is feeling the "pressure" of speculation linking him with the F1 race seat for 2017.(GrandPrix.com)

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone claims Frenchman Alain Prost is the greatest F1 driver of all time after he named him ahead of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. (Autoweek)

Rubens Barrichello thinks a season-long sabbatical could benefit fellow driver Jenson Button if he returns to racing in 2018.(Motorsport)

Sauber will strengthen their technical team with appointment of former Ferrari and Haas strategist Ruth Buscombe. (PlanetF1)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the whole factory is focused on development of its 2017 car, but there will still be a few minor updates to come in the remainder of this season. (Autosport)

The forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix will see some drivers lose three kilograms in bodyweight due to the physical nature of the circuit and the country's oppressive heat.(F1 Today)

Tuesday, 13 September

McLaren are sixth in the constructors championship on 48 points, 60 behind Force India in fifth

McLaren will not stop developing their 2016 car despite regulations changing significantly at the beginning of next season, their racing director Eric Boullier says. (Motorsport)

Driver Jenson Button, 36, is hoping McLaren can challenge Ferrari with their new upgrades. (Sky Sports)

Sauber's 2017 driver line-up will be selected because of talent and not financial backing, team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says. (Motorsport)

Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto, 23, who was dropped by Manor earlier this season, has received new financial backing as he bids for a 2017 seat. (Autosport)

Williams' 17-year-old Canadian development driver Lance Stroll has secured enough super licence points to be able to race in F1 next season. A promotion to the Williams senior team is rumoured. (Motorsport)

Lewis Hamilton

Monday, 12 September

Jenson Button
Jenson Button is backing former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the 2016 title

McLaren's Jenson Button says that he believes Lewis Hamilton will see off the challenge of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win this year's world championship. (F1i.com)

Sergio Perez believes Force India's best-ever season in Formula 1 is being helped by a "lack of politics" at the team. (Motorsport.com)

Williams' technical director Pat Symonds has revealed that Red Bull have been key architects in the design for how their 2017 cars will look. (F1 Today)

Meanwhile, Williams' Formula 1 deputy team principal Claire Williams says she "would have loved" to have signed Button for the 2017 season before the Briton signed a new deal with McLaren. (NBC Sports)

Renault have revealed that they intend to re-use the engine that was in Kevin Magnussen's car when he suffered a high-speed accident at last month's Belgian Grand Prix. (F1i.com)

Magnussen's Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer says he is "in the zone" ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. (Crash.net)

Lewis Hamilton
World champion Lewis Hamilton marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on Sunday
Valtteri Bottas and Emilia Pikkarainen
The Williams team were among those to send congratulations to driver Valtteri Bottas, who married Finnish Olympic swimmer Emilia Pikkarainen over the weekend

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