F1 gossip: Jolyon Palmer, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen

Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer finished 13th at the Belgian Grand Prix

Monday, 28 August

Renault's Jolyon Palmer believes Fernando Alonso should have been penalised for forcing him off the track during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. (PlanetF1)

Max Verstappen says he cannot take many more race retirements before he starts considering his Red Bull future after the Dutchman failed to finish a race for the sixth time this season at the Belgian Grand Prix. (Fox Sports)

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen does not think he deserved a penalty for failing to obey double-waved yellows at the Belgian Grand Prix because the incident in question was not on the circuit itself. Raikkonen finished fourth. (ESPN)

Felipe Massa, who finished eighth, says Williams are going backwards in terms of their development programme so far in 2017. (The Checkered Flag)

Meanwhile, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo mixed with the fans at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he secured a podium finish.

Daniel Ricciardo

Friday, 25 August

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has not won a grand prix since he was at Lotus in 2013

Kimi Raikkonen believes he can still win races and fight for championships after agreeing a contract extension for next season with Ferrari. At 37, the 2007 world champion is the oldest driver on the starting grid. (Reuters)

Haas' Romain Grosjean says he needs to curb his frustration if he is ever to drive for a more established Formula 1 team. (The Checkered Flag)

McLaren's Fernando Alonso says his team "need more" despite everyone "giving 100%" in a frustrating season for the double world champion. (Daily Mail)

Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will be wearing home colours when Formula 1 returns after a three-week break this weekend. The 25-year-old has had a helmet specially designed for Sunday's race.

Stoffel Vandoorne

Red Bull team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have spoken "one-on-one in private" after colliding at the Hungarian Grand Prix. "He was sincere when we shook hands and I was satisfied with that," said Ricciardo. (F1i.com)

Thursday, 24 August

Fans of Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen is expected to be supported by 20,000-plus fans at the Belgian Grand Prix

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has warned Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas not to take anything for granted before this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. (Firstpost)

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber says Max Verstappen has been "flaky" in practice and qualifying sessions. (Sport24)

More than 20,000 Dutch fans are expected to attend the Belgian Grand Prix to cheer on Verstappen, who is sixth in the championship standings. (Associated Press)

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson is feeling recharged after the summer break, and cannot wait for the weekend...

Marcus Ericsson

A 'Formula 1 school' to "engage more students and inspire them with passion" will be staged at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix next April, says Formula 1 commercial operations managing director Sean Bratches. (China.org)

Wednesday, 23 August

Will the future of some F1 teams be in the balance in years to come?

Volkswagen Group director Bernhard Gobmeier says Formula 1 is on a "dangerous path" over the rising costs to run a team.(Motorsport.com)

A new deal to keep the Chinese Grand Prix in the F1 calendar has been agreed in principle, and is expected to be confirmed within weeks. (News International)

Formula 1 is looking to stage two more street races in Asia as part of a drive to win new fans, one of the sport's senior officials has revealed.(Sport 24)

Though Sebastian Vettel is expected to extend his contract with Ferrari, long-standing Mercedes interest means the length of the deal is unclear. (Fox Sports)

Honda has changed the way it evaluates developments for its Formula 1 engine, according to project leader Yusuke Hasegawa.(Autosport)

Briton James Key has extended his contract as the Toro Rosso team's technical director. (Motorsport.com)

Ever distinctive with his dress sense, Lewis Hamilton prepares to get back to business in Belgium this weekend as he seeks to cut Sebastian Vettel's 14-point lead in the World Championship standings...

Lewis Hamilton

Tuesday, 22 August

Red Bull and Max Verstappen
Red Bull finished second last season, 297 points behind Mercedes

Max Verstappen says Red Bull will need to improve if he is going to stay when his contract ends in 2019. The team, winners of four successive constructors' championships from 2010-13, are third in the standings, 173 points behind leaders Mercedes. Verstappen says: "At the moment we are not where I want to be, but that doesn't mean you have to give up straight away. But after two, three years without improving, that would be a different story." (Motorsport.com)

Formula 1 could adopt a driverless safety car in the future as part of an effort to promote autonomous technology. (Autosport)

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will use Brembo brakes in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. (F1i.com)

Renault's Jolyon Palmer, who is yet to record a top-10 finish this year, is feeling confident after the summer break. (F1i.com)

A 1995 McLaren F1 sold for $15.6m (£12.1m) at the annual Monterey Car Week in California, with a 1970 Porsche 917K racecar going for $14m (£10.8m). (Go Auto)

World champion Nico Rosberg is returning to his karting roots for a special Facebook challenge.

Jenson Button has certainly not been taking things easily on his sabbatical from F1 as these words and this picture on Instagram illustrates. "Big week of training behind me for the Ironman 70.3 World Champs with 13km swimming, 335km on the bike and 60km of running. Now it's time to focus on the Suzuka 1000kms in the mega SuperGT NSX GT 500."

Jenson Button

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