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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton trails Nico Rosberg by 33 points overall, with 100 points still on offer

Saturday, 22 October

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says it would be better for the sport if Lewis Hamilton pipped Nico Rosberg to the championship title. (Daily Mail)

However Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff thinks both Hamilton and Rosberg are feeling the pressure ahead of the United States Grand Prix. (Reuters)

Hamilton blamed brake setting changes for his performance on Friday's practice sessions, where he finished third fastest. (Autosport)

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg took to Twitter to celebrate finishing first in the second practice in Austin

Williams have a "big challenge" to beat Force India in Austin, according to Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas. (ESPN)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel thinks the team are on the back foot in Austin. Vettel finished fourth in the second practice. (Eurosport)

Barcelona will host two of the 2017 pre-season tests, despite a number of bosses wanting to hold the tests in Bahrain. (NBC Sports)

Friday, 21 October

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he is avoiding "negative thoughts" ahead of this weekend's US Grand Prix. (Reuters)

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo swapped his race helmet for a cowboy hat this week, spending a day as a ranch hand in Texas. (The West Australia)

Manor Racing's Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon have been getting into the Austin spirit...

Manor Racing

Haas could delay a final decision on its 2017 driver line-up until the end of the current season, according to team owner Gene Haas. (ESPN)

Carlos Sainz Jr, who will stay with Toro Rosso in 2017, says he cannot spend his life being Red Bull's "just in case" option as he waits to be promoted to the senior team. (Autosport)

McLaren driver Jenson Button believes Formula 1 should consider shortening races to appeal to a younger audience. (Autosport)

Thursday, 20 October

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso won his first world title with Renault in 2005, and his second the following season

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, 35, is hopeful of adding to his two world titles next season, but is yet to decide whether to extend his contract beyond 2017. (Sky Sports via Cadena Ser)

Ferrari's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel says criticism of the Italian team this year is "not that fair".(Autosport)

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says it is "feasible" that the rookie American team will be self-reliant in the future. They currently source parts, including their engine, from Ferrari. (ESPN)

Nico Hulkenberg may have caused some surprise by announcing a summer switch from Force India - currently fourth in the constructors' championship - to Renault, who are ninth, but the move has been described as a "sensible long-term move" by journalist Maurice Hamilton. (Sky Sports)

Toro Rosso will stick with their current aerodynamic package until the end of the season, despite "not having the power to exploit it", according to 22-year-old Carlos Sainz Jr. (Autosport)

Spaniard Sainz Jr is confident he has what it takes to impress Red Bull boss Helmut Marko and make the step up to the senior team. (Motorsport)

Alonso may have decisions to make on his future, but for now he is just enjoying his time in America. (Twitter)

Fernando Alonso in America

Wednesday, 19 October

British driver Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer has scored only one point this season, six fewer than team-mate Kevin Magnussen

Renault's Jolyon Palmer feels like his F1 career is on the line after the signing of Nico Hulkenberg from Force India last week for the 2017 F1 season. There is just one Renault seat left, with Palmer vying with team-mate Kevin Magnussen and former reserve and current Manor driver Esteban Ocon. (Autosport)

McLaren chief Ron Dennis is set to leave his role as chairman and CEO of McLaren Group. The 69-year-old will not have his current contract renewed when it expires at the end of this year. (Autosport)

Ross Brawn has revealed that a lack of trust led him to walk out on Mercedes in 2013. (Pitpass)

World champion Lewis Hamilton says "there are a lot of pitfalls" when growing up in the public eye. "I've had great people around me who have tried to protect me from falling into them, but even today I still fall in them - it's just that I care less," he says. (ESPN)

Honda's upgraded engine will provide an improvement in performance in race conditions even though it was primarily introduced for reliability, according to McLaren's Jenson Button. (Autosport)

The US Grand Prix in Austin will mark Haas driver Romain Grosjean's 100th Grand Prix start, and the Frenchman has targeted two world championships as future ambitions. (F1i.com)

McLaren's Fernando Alonso looks at some wheels of a different kind at a Los Angeles skate park.

Fernando Alonso on Instagram
Sunset in California

Tuesday, 18 October

Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton poses on top of his private jet before this weekend's race in Austin

Championship leader Nico Rosberg travels to this weekend's United States Grand Prix with the intention of "getting it right this time" as he looks to erase the memory of his 2015 title defeat. (f1i.com)

Kevin Magnussen has dismissed suggestions that he is in line for an IndyCar deal with Andretti Autosport, insisting he is focused on retaining his Renault seat in F1. (Motorsport)

Formula 1 is set to enjoy a weekend of dry running at the Circuit of The Americas for the United States GP.(Grand Prix Times)

Mercedes' Formula 1 rivals have opted for more aggressive tyre selections for the Mexican GP this month by favouring the softer compounds. (Autosport)

Marcus Ericsson initially questioned Sauber's decision to run an old-spec Ferrari Formula 1 engine next year before being convinced by the team it was the best way forward. (Autosport)

Felipe Massa
Unlike Hamilton, Williams driver Felipe Massa opted for the old-fashioned inside-the-plane approach for his flight to the US

Monday, 17 October

Max Verstappen
Mercedes initially lodged a complaint against Max Verstappen at the Japanese GP, but later withdrew it

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda has said Mercedes' protest against Max Verstappen during the Japanese Grand Prix would have "been lost before it even began". (GrandPrix.com)

Nico Rosberg's racecraft has been key to his improvement this season, according to Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe. (ESPN)

Williams technical chief Pat Symonds has criticised the team's lack of development in 2016. Williams are currently fifth in the constructor standings. (Read Motorsport)

Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein says he is in talks with Force India over its vacant seat for the 2017 season. (F1i.com)

Renault team principal Fred Vasseur has defended the structure of the team after criticism that they leadership. (Autosport)

Kimi Raikkonen
There were birthday wishes and throwback photos for Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen

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