F1 gossip: Max Verstappen wants to join Ferrari next season

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen is reportedly unsettled at Red Bull and wants to join Ferrari next season

Saturday, 8 July

Max Verstappen wants to leave Red Bull to join Ferrari for next season, with the 19-year-old Dutch driver angry at the performance of his car. (Independent)

Meanwhile, Verstappen is also not happy at the 'baguette' kerbs at the Red Bull Ring for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix. (Motorsport)

Mercedes are yet to decide on the future of Valtteri Bottas beyond the end of this season, and have not ruled out a move for McLaren's Fernando Alonso. (Autoweek)

Ferrari Tweet
One young Ferrari fan shows his dedication to Sebastian Vettel. Although maybe 'Raikkonen' just didn't fit?

Friday, 7 July

Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll will have an upgraded Williams car for the Austrian Grand Prix

Lance Stroll says a major upgrade to the Williams car for the Austrian Grand Prix "should be positive", but says he will have to wait until he gets out on the track to judge the full benefits. (Autosport)

Ferrari have parted company with chief engine designer Lorenzo Sassi, whose departure was reportedly prompted by president Sergio Marchionne. (Il Giornale via Motorsport.com)

Kimi Raikkonen thinks his on-track collisions with Finnish compatriot Valtteri Bottas get more attention because their share the same nationality. (ESPN)

Bottas believes the reason there have been so many collisions between Mercedes and Ferrari this season is because the cars are evenly matched for pace. (The Checkered Flag)

Sergio Perez says Formula 1 newcomer Esteban Ocon, his Force India team-mate, needs to change his attitude after the pair collided in Azerbaijan, costing them both a possible podium finish. (Reuters)

Formula 1 chief executive Chase Carey has ruled out a 25-race calendar any time soon. Next season's schedule involves 21 races, but Carey insists that there are more important considerations for the sport at the moment. (F1i.com)

Thursday, 6 July

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will face each other in front of the media on Thursday before the Austrian Grand Prix, after their controversial collision in Azerbaijan - with their rivalry set to be a focus of attention. (Crash.net)

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
All eyes will be on the rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in Austria this weekend

There will be 10 turns instead of nine at this year's Austrian Grand Prix - after the FIA officially recognised an extra corner at the Spielberg circuit. (Motorsport Week)

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner says Kevin Magnussen is coping better with the car's brake problems than team-mate Romain Grosjean. (ESPN)

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve says it is not fair that F1 rookie Lance Stroll is getting extra practice sessions during the season "thanks to his money". (Le Journal de Montreal via paddocktalk.com)

Red Bull Racing will get a fuel upgrade for the British Grand Prix with the aim of improving the performance of their Renault power unit. (The Checkered Flag)

Wednesday, 5 July

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, Force India's Sergio Perez and world champion Nico Rosberg were among those praising Billy Monger, who is back driving behind the wheel just weeks after having his legs amputated following a crash. (Billy Monger)

Drivers Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez were among those praising Billy Monger
Drivers Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez were among those praising Billy Monger

The British Grand Prix's future is at risk, with organisers threatening to pull out because of the costs of running the race. (Forbes)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has 'liked' a social media post which criticised the FIA for not punishing Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel for his driving at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. (Planet F1)

Formula 1 has stepped up efforts to increase its profile in China by signing an agreement with marketing company Lagardere Sport and Entertainment. (Autosport)

Nico Hulkenberg says Renault are two to three years away from winning races but are on the right path to meet their targets. (Sky Sports)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's new owners could not have asked for a better start to their tenure. (The Checkered Flag)

Silverstone
Jim Clark (pictured) and Alain Prost share the joint-most wins at Silverstone with five

Tuesday, 4 July

Silverstone may trigger a break clause in its Formula 1 contract next week, meaning a new deal could be negotiated for 2019 onwards. (Reuters)

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso must go to Ferrari or Mercedes next season, says Flavio Briatore, who is part of Alonso's management team. (Auto Motor und Sport, via Planet F1)

McLaren are optimistic of being more competitive this weekend with Honda planning to race their upgraded engine at the Austrian GP. (Sky Sports)

Tour de France
Stage three of the Tour de France snaked its way through Belgium's Spa grand prix circuit on Monday. "What a special route," Le Tour de France posted Instagram, alongside this picture.

Renault are unable to match Red Bull's rate of chassis development in F1, according to driver Nico Hulkenberg. (Eurosport)

Force India have "reminded" Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon of acceptable team-mate conduct after the pair collided at the Azerbaijan GP. (Sky Sports)

Monday, 3 July

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (right) and team-mate Max Verstappen
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (right) and team-mate Max Verstappen

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says he and team-mate Max Verstappen have been racing caravans at the Austrian GP circuit. (F1i.com)

Williams will bring in former McLaren team manager Dave Redding to take on the same role with them from 17 July. (thecheckeredflag.co.uk)

Briton Jolyon Palmer believes things cannot get any worse for him in a troublesome season following his disastrous outing in the last race in Azerbaijan. (Autosport)

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen believes the team can fight for points at each race after "small steps forward" which are "not easy in the second year" of an F1 team. (NBC Sports)

Denmark is looking at joining the F1 calendar in 2020 and businessman Lars Seier Christensen met with Liberty Media in what he described as a "very positive meeting". (Motorsport Week)

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg posts a picture from the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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