F1 gossip: Hamilton, Lauda, Schumacher, Rosberg, Hakkinen

Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill says Mercedes must treat Lewis Hamilton with care
Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill says Mercedes must treat Lewis Hamilton with care

Friday, 17 March

Damon Hill, a 1996 world champion with Williams, says Mercedes have to treat Lewis Hamilton with care or risk losing him to another team. (Guardian)

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda says Hamilton's new team-mate Valtteri Bottas has made a good impression despite his quiet demeanour. (ORF via Sport360)

The German team has defended the decision to remove a message of support to former driver Michael Schumacher. (Autoweek)

World champion Nico Rosberg has not ruled out a return to Formula 1 as a team boss. (Sports Bild via Planet F1)

Renault's Jolyon Palmer says that "someone needs to give me a bit of a shove back into reality" if he ever gets caught up in the "bling" of being an F1 driver. (Reuters)

Team owner Gene Haas says the decline in F1 viewing figures is inevitable given the competing demands for people's interests, but need not damage the sport. (Crash.net)

Mika Hakkinen

Finn Mika Hakkinen - who won two world titles with McLaren - celebrated his appointment as a 'partner ambassador' for the team by filling up his McLaren F1 roadcar.

Thursday, 16 March

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he is confident he can with the title this year. (Sport Bild via F1i.com)

Adelaide is keen to 'explore' hosting the Australian Grand Prix. (The Advertiser)

Renault insists that a recent push to clarify that Formula 1 manufacturers were not allowed to burn oil as fuel was not an 'attack' on any of its rivals. (Autosport)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen will push team-mate Daniel Ricciardo throughout the 2017 season, according to team principal Christian Horner. (The Age)

Azerbaijan Grand Prix promoter Arif Rahimov has responded to criticism from Liberty Media boss Greg Maffei, after Maffei claimed the Baku race "did not contribute to the overall growth of the sport". (Autosport)

Felipe Massa was at Stade Louis II to watch Monaco beat Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Twitter)

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz says the team are aiming to finish fifth this year and says he needs to deliver this season to attract the interests of a bigger team. (Formula 1)

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has praised the decision to relax the rules on social media on race weekends. (Kurier via GrandPrix.com)

Nico Rosberg wished musician and The Voice coach Will.i.am a happy 42nd birthday.

Nico Rosberg

Wednesday, 15 March

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says his team would be winning races if they had Mercedes' engine and said he is not sure yet whether McLaren will be as competitive as last year . (AS)

Force India have gone pink for 2017 as part of a new sponsorship deal and it quickly became a talking point on Twitter.

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Force India's Esteban Ocon says he is confident about his car and is targeting points in every race this season.(Formula 1)

McLaren have revealed their drivers' diet plans so that fans can eat like a Formula 1 driver. (Business Insider)

Mercedes will be "worried" by Ferrari's impressive performance in pre-season testing, according to former F1 technical chief Mike Gascoyne. (Sky Sports)

Ferrari's "sandbagging" tactics in Formula 1 pre-season testing has left Red Bull worried, according to its motorsport chief Helmut Marko. (Eurosport)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says the new generation of Formula 1 cars require a different driving style. (ESPN)

Haas driver Romain Grosjean posted on Twitter after an early morning gym session as he prepares for the new season.

Tuesday, 14 March

Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed 1,096 laps at pre-season testing in Barcelona

Haas are hoping they can test their new brakes at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (Eurosport)

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari are in a much better position this year than they were in pre-season testing last year. (ESPN)

Williams' 18-year-old driver Lance Stroll says he is aiming to keep calm in his first Grand Prix in Australia. (F1i.com)

Mercedes have crunched all the numbers from their pre-season testing in Barcelona. (Mercedes)

Renault say their new Formula 1 engine has exceeded performance targets, despite the pre-season testing programme being impacted by reliability troubles. (Autosport)

Lewis Hamilton has given a rallying cry to his fans on Twitter...

Lewis Hamilton

Monday, 13 March

Fernando Alonso in the McLaren
McLaren's drivers were limited to a combined 425 laps over eight days of testing by a series of technical issues

McLaren could face a choice between lead driver Fernando Alonso and their Honda power unit, which saw the Spaniard and F1 rookie Stoffel Vandoorne nearly 20mph behind their rivals on the straights in pre-season testing at Barcelona. (Daily Express)

A break clause to end the partnership between McLaren and Honda could be activated at the end of the forthcoming season. (Fox Sports)

Alonso, 35, said Formula 1's new breed of cars and lower-degradation tyres will mean drivers no longer have to race like "small children".(Autosport)

Formula 1 teams fear the maximum fuel capacity of the new 2017 cars might not be enough to last a whole race. (F1i.com)

Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein, 22, believes he was not chosen for the Mercedes F1 seat taken by Valtteri Bottas, 27, because of a lack of experience. (Autosport)

Max Verstappen says he is not worried about the reliability of Red Bull's Renault engine after hitting trouble on the final day of pre-season testing. (ESPN)

Ferrari has become the first team to take Liberty Media up on its offer of shares in the sport's new owners. (Pitpass)

Romain Grosjean, 30, preparing for his second season with Haas, still has ambitions to become world champion and says he is still chasing a "big team" seat, with Ferrari his number one choice. (PlanetF1)

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