F1 gossip: Silverstone, Alonso, Kubica, Wolff, Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won his fourth British Grand Prix in 2016

Sunday, 2 July

Silverstone bosses are preparing to pull out of their current contract to host the British Grand Prix beyond 2019. (Mail on Sunday)

Spanish McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica - who tested with Renault last month - is one of the best drivers of his generation. (Crash.net)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff wants Channel 4 Formula 1 pundit Eddie Jordan to stop repeating what he calls "fake news" about the future of the team in the sport. (Autosport)

Azerbaijan GP organisers are happy with their Formula 1 race being moved to April for 2018, but would prefer to retake their original June slot going forward. (Motorsport.com)

Saturday, 1 July

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda says driver Lewis Hamilton will remain with the German outfit next year and is seeking a contract beyond 2018. (Sky, via F1i)

Formula 1 legend Damon Hill has advised Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to be on their best behaviour after their spat in Azerbaijan. (Devon Live)

Felipe Massa wants to remain in F1 next season but the Brazilian driver says he is in no rush to begin talks with his current team Williams. (Fox Sports)

The Williams team is the subject of a documentary film that will be released later this year. (ESPN)

Friday, 30 June

Copenhagen wants to host a Danish grand prix in 2020. (BT.dk, via The Drive)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the start of Stoffel Vandoorne's first full season of F1 has fallen short of expectations. (ESPN)

Renault says it has addressed a handful of reliability issues that have affected its customer teams in recent weeks. (Motorsport)

Williams driver Lance Stroll says he is not affected by harsh criticism from fellow Canadian and former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. (La Presse, via GrandPrix.com)

Thursday, 29 June

Force India
Force India could soon be known as Force One

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it was inevitable the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel would boil over at some point and said the pair "can't be friends" if they are fighting for the title. (ESPN)

The Force India Formula 1 team has taken the first steps towards a possible rebranding as Force One. (Eurosport)

Max Verstappen has refuted suggestions that there's a conspiracy against him with Red Bull after suffering his retirement in Baku. (Fox Sports)

Bernie Ecclestone has advised Ferrari to sign Fernando Alonso should the team have a vacancy to fill for 2018. (ABC via F1i.com)

Lewis Hamilton has been challenged to a game of dodgeball by Hollywood actor Ben Stiller, all in the name of charity. (Twitter)

Ben Stiller Twitter
Ben Stiller sent Lewis Hamilton a video challenge via his Twitter account

Wednesday, 28 June

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could face further sanctions following his collision with Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the weekend. (Motorsport Week)

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were involved in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix's biggest talking point

Haas driver Romain Grosjean says he "had doubts about his safety" following a recurring brake problem in Baku. (Canal Plus via Autoweek)

Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc could be the next F1 star after a "stunning weekend" in the feeder series in Azerbaijan. (The Drive)

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz has labelled safety car restarts at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as "dangerous" and has called on Formula 1 to rethink restart procedures for the 2018 race. (ESPN)

Tuesday, 27 June

Raikkonen and Bottas celebrate on the podium
Raikkonen and Bottas were on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix but had to withdraw in Azerbaijan

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen says he "doesn't know what" Valtteri Bottas was doing as he collided into the back of the Ferrari driver on the opening lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. (Motorsport Week)

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he'd "love to get his hands on a Moto GP bike one day" and claims he spends more time off the track driving his MV Augusta bikes than anything else. (Moto GP)

Sergio Perez believes Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon's "very aggressive" driving cost Force India a potential victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after both drivers collided. (ESPN)

Max Verstappen has joked that "the engine can't break down" during his simulator session on Wednesday after the Dutchman was forced to retire from Sunday's Grand Prix with yet another engine problem. (Autosport)

Max Verstappen tweets his disappointment
Max Verstappen tweets his disappointment after he was forced to retire from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Monday, 26 June

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr is "an option" if Fernando Alonso chooses to leave the team. But Boullier admits keeping Alonso would be his preference. (Fox Sports)

Honda believes its upgraded 'spec 3' engine can give the car an extra two or three tenths of a second worth of performance. The team ran the new engine on Fernando Alonso's car in Friday's practice for the Azerbaijan GP. (Autosport)

Kimi Raikkonen blames Valtteri Bottas for their collision on the first lap of the race in Baku. The Ferrari driver accused the Mercedes man of braking too early.(Autosport)

Daniel Ricciardo says he was "giggling like a little schoolboy" after claiming victory in Azerbaijan. The Australian started the race from 10th on the grid. (Firstpost)

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