F1 gossip: Villeneuve, Bottas, Wolff, Vettel, Raikkonen, Stroll

Sunday, 7 May

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas held off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to win the the Russian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won his first grand prix with victory in Russia but ex-world champion Jacques Villeneuve says "I don't know if he's psychologically ready to fight for the championship". (Planet F1)

Meanwhile, Bottas has been making sure he does not lack when it comes to fitness as he tweeted a personal best time over 10km.

Valtteri Bottas on Twitter

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is "not a fan of shaking up the regulations every two or three years" and believes the Formula 1 field would be closer if they were kept the same. (Crash.net)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel does not believe team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has had the results his performances deserve so far this season. (Eurosport)

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe says the experience of Felipe Massa will be key in the progress of 18-year-old rookie team-mate Lance Stroll. (Fox Sports)

Saturday, 6 May

Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says former team McLaren has a "place in his heart" and it is "sad" to see them struggling at the back end of the grid. (Crash.net)

Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren
Lewis Hamilton drove for McLaren from 2007 to 2012, winning the world title in 2008

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso's appearance at the Indy 500 is helping to show the team, driver and engine supplier Honda "are all committed to each other", according to McLaren executive director Zak Brown. (ESPN)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has questioned Pirelli's tyre choices for the Spanish Grand Prix.(Planet F1)

Felipe Nasr is concerned about the lack of Brazilian drivers in Formula 1 and does not want the "legacy" created by the likes of former world champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna to be lost. (Eurosport)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen passed on his best wishes to those running in Sunday's Wings for Life run.

Max Verstappen
Red Bull's Max Verstappen passes on his best wishes to those running in Sunday's Wings for Life run

Friday, 5 May

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda says Ferrari are still the stronger team in the race for the world championship, despite Valtteri Bottas' win at the Russian Grand Prix. (F1i.com)

Valtteri Bottas celebrates Russian Grand Prix victory
Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden F1 win by holding off a late charge from Ferrari's Vettel in Russia

Renault have delayed plans to introduce an upgraded engine because of concerns any changes might affect their car's reliability. (Autosport)

Fernando Alonso said testing for the Indy 500 felt "a little bit strange at first", adding: "There's still a long way to go, but I'm happy with the step." (Crash.net)

Mario Andretti, who won the Indy 500 three times and was Formula 1 world champion in 1978, said Alonso has "the same spark" that defined his own illustrious racing career. (Daily Mail)

Nico Hulkenberg's photo from inside a car parts factory
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg takes you behind the scenes on Instagram. "Here in the clean room where all carbon parts get prepared," he posted

Thursday, 4 May

Formula 1's bosses have contacted Westminster City Council about the possibility of hosting a demonstration event in central London this summer. (Autosport)

The proposed event, which is in the early stages of discussions, would take place on 12 July, four days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. (Press Association)

Fernando Alonso wiped out two birds that flew into his path as he began testing for the Indy 500.(Associated Press, via Guardian)

Overall, the Andretti team were "deeply impressed" with Alonso's professional approach during his orientation. (Motorsport,com)

Honda F1

Nico Hulkenberg says Renault have made progress but lamented a lack of pace after finishing eighth in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. (Planet F1)

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the team have "a lot to do" in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix on 14 May. (Motorsport Week)

Monday, 1 May

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he is "very happy" for compatriot and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas after the Finn won the first race of his F1 career at the Russian Grand Prix. (ESPN)

Raikkonen's Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel says Williams driver Felipe Massa did Bottas two favours in the battle for victory in Russia.(Motorsport.com)

But Massa thinks world championship leader Vettel just "really likes to complain". (ESPN)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says they are investigating Daniel Ricciardo's "very strange" brake problem from Sochi. (Eurosport)

Britain's Jolyon Palmer says he hoped Haas' Romain Grosjean would have "used his brain" and avoided the crash that ended both drivers' grand prix on the opening lap. (Autosport)

And Felipe Massa's appreciation of Russian culture continues. His whole family have now been immortalised as Russian dolls...

Felipe Massa

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