Gossip: Verstappen, Mansell, Newey, Stroll, Villeneuve, British GP

Sunday, 29 January

Nigel Mansell
Britain's Nigel Mansell won the drivers' title in 1992

Red Bull racer Max Verstappen's driving style is similar to that of 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell, says the team's chief technical officer Adrian Newey. (Autosport)

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve says fellow Canadian Lance Stroll "will have to prove himself even more" to disprove the view he got his seat at Williams because of his family's wealth. (PlanetF1)

New F1 boss Chase Carey has spoken to the British Racing Drivers' Club about making the British Grand Prix at Silverstone "bigger and better".(Daily Mail)

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team's 2017 chassis "will be a decent one" but refused to make any predictions about when they might return to winning ways. (Formula 1)

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Saturday, 28 January

Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone has been involved with Formula 1, in various roles, since the 1950s

Bernie Ecclestone says he has no intention of damaging F1 by setting up a rival series after being ousted as the sport's chief executive following Liberty Media's takeover. (Reuters)

Merecdes chief Toto Wolff says he "wouldn't be in Formula 1 without Bernie" and the pair had a good relationship "although we disagreed on the business side". (Crash.net)

Force India insist driver and Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon cannot be called upon by the German team if they need a substitute driver. (Autosport)

Lamborghini chief executive and former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has not ruled out the Italian company returning to F1. (F1i.com)

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Friday, 27 January

Lewis Hamilton has invited fans to design his race helmet for the new season. The Mercedes driver and former world champion says he is "on the look out for a dope new layout that evolves my current theme and features the candy apple red in my existing design". (Reuters)

Kevin Magnussen
Magnussen departed Renault at the end of last season

Renault is the latest F1 team to change fuel partners for the 2017 season, swapping Total for BP. (Planet F1)

Kevin Magnussen felt the offer made to him by the Haas team was too good to turn down, despite having the chance to remain with Renault. (Chequered Flag)

McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the team is in favour of the concept of a budget cap. (Autosport)

Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne is preparing for his debut F1 season as Jenson Button's replacement at McLaren with some tough pre-season work up the infamous Col de La Madone in France. (Twitter)

Stoffel Vandoorne and friends

Thursday, 26 January

Mark Webber
Mark Webber (centre) helped Porsche win overall first place at the six-hour World Endurance Championship in Bahrain in November

Ousted former Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is tipped by some insiders to be planning a breakaway series. (BBC chief F1 writer Andrew Benson)

Ex-McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh paid tribute to Ecclestone and says the sport will continue to grow.(Sky Sports)

Williams' F1 performance chief Rob Smedley is set for a broader role - with part of his focus on the team's medium-to-long term development. (Autosport)

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber is made Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours. (news.com.au)

Former F1 champion Lewis Hamilton shows he is almost as impressive on a snowboard as he is driving his Mercedes. (Instagram)

Lewis Hamilton
No chicanes on this course, but there is quite a drop for Hamilton to deal with

Wednesday, 25 January

Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher
Vettel was one of many young drivers mentored by Schumacher

Formula 1 will move to new offices in the UK after new owners Liberty Media deemed former boss Bernie Ecclestone's offices in Knightsbridge 'too small'. (Daily Mail)

Ferrari driver and former world champion Sebastian Vettel says his fellow German Michael Schumacher is missed by all of the drivers in the sport. (Daily Express)

F1 drivers will not receive penalties for collisions in 2017 unless it is absolutely clear who is at fault.(Autosport)

Force India driver Esteban Ocon says that F1 cars will look 'awesome' this season but racing could be spoiled by a lack of overtaking. (Motorsport.com)

Sergio Perez on Instagram
Who says F1 drivers do nothing in the off-season? Force India driver Sergio Perez is certainly keeping busy as he chases success in 2017

Tuesday, 24 January

Bernie Ecclestone
McLaren's Zak Brown believes F1's new owners can take the sport forward

The late French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi now has a street named after him following a ceremony in his home city of Nice on Monday. (Reuters)

McLaren boss Zak Brown has paid tribute to ousted Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone's "enormous contribution" to the sport, but believes new owners Liberty Media can take F1 forward. (Motorsport.com)

Administrators for the Manor team say talks with interested parties have intensified but a firm financial commitment has yet to be secured as a deadline looms. (Reuters)

F1 should scrap the use of blue flags in grands prix and restrict the awarding of penalties to improve the racing, according to former driver and FIA steward Derek Warwick. (Autosport)

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Monday, 23 January

The new-born feet of Montague George Hector Horner
Geri Horner tweeted an image of baby Montague's feet

Retired world champion Nico Rosberg thinks Liberty Media's prospective acquisition of F1's commercial rights is "a good thing". The German says the company "can bring something extra" - "Maybe they can Americanise the whole thing a little, because they seem to understand show business and we need that now," he added. (F1Today)

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has been granted one day of wet running during the opening pre-season test at Barcelona. The new agreement will see the track artificially dampened should the first three days of running not produce wet conditions. (Pitpass)

Force India driver Sergio Perez says he was shocked to hear the news that Nico Hulkenberg was leaving the team to join Renault. (thecheckeredflag.co.uk)

While several bidders have expressed an interest in saving the Manor team, none has submitted formal offers and money to pay staff is quickly disappearing. (The Scotsman)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery fears Formula 1 will end up with processional racing in 2017 because the rules shake-up will spread the field out. (Eurosport)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and his wife, former Spice Girls singer Geri, are celebrating the birth of their first child. Montague George Hector Horner weighed 7lbs 8oz. (RedOnline)

Valtteri Bottas running
Valtteri Bottas is getting in shape for the new season. The Mercedes driver tweeted: "Hill runs this morning! Training camp #2 nearly done."

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