Gossip: Silverstone, Ecclestone, Liberty Media, Wolff, Button

Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Saturday, 21 January

The British Racing Drivers Club, which owns Silverstone, says no decision on dropping the British GP after 2019 will be made until July.(Pitpass.com)

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says the team is keeping its options open when it comes to its driver line-up for 2018, despite signing up Valtteri Bottas for the forthcoming season. (ESPN)

Liberty Media's takeover of F1 will result in Bernie Ecclestone stepping down as the sport's chief executive and an announcement could be made next week. (Sky News)

Jenson Button, who has stepped back into a reserve driver and ambassadorial role at McLaren, believes catching the dominant Mercedes is a "big ask", even with the new regulations coming into F1 for 2017. (Motorsport.com)

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Friday, 20 January

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone cast doubt over his future role in the sport as Liberty Media's takeover was approved. (Motorsport.com)

Force India driver Sergio Perez says he was "stunned" when he found out Nico Hulkenberg was leaving to join Renault. (Autosport)

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says he was "surprised and disappointed" by former Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul's criticism of him. (BT, via Planet F1)

Haas are still trying to decide which brakes supplier to use in 2017, and hope to make a decision during testing in Barcelona. (ESPN)

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Thursday, 19 January

Silverstone "will definitely drop" the British Grand Prix because of spiralling running costs. (Sun)

Felipe Massa says the opportunity to return to Formula 1 with Williams was too good to turn down after agreeing to extend his career into a 16th year. (Sky Sports)

Former Formula 1 driver Marc Surer is unsure whether Valtteri Bottas is up to the task of challenging triple world champion Lewis Hamilton in 2017. (Sports Mole)

McLaren-Honda could showcase a brand new livery featuring the classic McLaren orange in 2017. (Racing Clothesline).

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Wednesday, 18 January

US media conglomerate Liberty Media says its shareholders have voted to approve the buyout and takeover of Formula One. (NBC Sports)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton will get a "run for his money" from new team-mate Valtteri Bottas. (Daily Express)

World champion Nico Rosberg says Bottas and Mercedes are a good fit, and believes the Finn can push Hamilton. (Planet F1)

Red Bull's Adrian Newey believes Mercedes will start 2017 as favourites for the F1 titles once again, despite the new rules being introduced.(Sky Sports)

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Tuesday, 17 January

New Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says his mind is firmly set on winning the World Championship. (F1 today)

Bottas' move to Mercedes leaves an "emotional hole" at Williams, according to deputy team principal Claire Williams. (Autosport)

Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz claims Nico Rosberg's retirement encouraged Mercedes to initiate discussions with Red Bull over the availability of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. (Speedweek, via F1i.com)

The FIA simulated Fernando Alonso's crash at the Australian Grand Prix, but with the Halo cockpit device attached to his McLaren, as part of a research project. (Planet F1)

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Monday, 16 January

McLaren will be revealing their 2017 car on Friday, 24 February - the same day as Ferrari. (Daily Mail)

Nico Rosberg's retirement will hurt Mercedes for years, says former F1 driver Martin Brundle, who is now a pundit. (Daily Express)

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg says he never considered putting his name forward to fill the Mercedes seat vacated by Rosberg. (ESPN)

McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the team will continue using 'MP4' as part of their Formula 1 car name, despite the departure of chairman Ron Dennis. (NBC)

Every F1 circuit will be upgraded to accommodate this year's faster cars. (Fox Sports)

Renault will introduce a second-generation energy recovery system in light of the new regulations. (F1 Today)

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes modern F1 drivers lack respect for their rivals. (Eurosport)

Lewis Hamilton has returned to London after his travels. (Instagram)

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