Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media


Spaniard Fernando Alonso says he was ready to move aside in the Brazilian Grand Prix to hand team-mate Felipe Massa a podium finish in the Brazilian's final race with Ferrari.

Full story: Autosport

Alonso added he will be at work at Ferrari until 21 December as the team strive to find a way to beat Red Bull in 2014.

The Marussia F1 team
Britain's Max Chilton finished every race of his rookie season with Marussia

Full story: Sky Sports

Finn Heikki Kovalainen says he is in advanced negotiations with Caterham over a return to the team in 2014 after a season on the sidelines as their reserve driver.

Full story: NBC Sports

Veteran driver manager Julian Jakobi, who worked with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, is now working with Sergio Perez in an effort to find the Mexican a 2014 F1 seat.

Full story: Adam Cooper's F1 blog

Felipe Massa has tweeted a video of his last post-race Ferrari meeting, which included Fernando Alonso and other members of the team looking largely disappointed after missing out on second in the constructors' championship.

Felipe Massa on Twitter

Britain's Max Chilton was delighted to finish every race in his rookie season with Marussia. He tweeted: "Massive thanks to everyone @Marussia_F1Team on making it possible to set a new world record in a rookie season!"

Max Chilton on Twitter


Scot Paul Di Resta has been left to sweat on his Formula 1 future with news Nico Hulkenberg has been offered a two-year-deal at Force India.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Ex-McLaren team principal Ron Dennis had meetings with Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of Mercedes's parent company Daimler, in late 2012, in a bid to persuade the German team not to sign Lewis Hamilton.

Full story: Daily Mail

Paul Di Resta
The Brazilian Grand Prix could be Paul Di Resta's last race in Formula 1 as he has no deal for 2014 yet

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is expecting a deal with new investors Quantum Motorsport to come to fruition next week and says his team has proof of the funds that have been promised.

Full story: ESPN

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested he would welcome Ross Brawn back to Maranello if it made the Italian team a force in F1 once again.

Full story: Crash

Sergio Perez would still be at McLaren next season if an unnamed team had not reneged on a deal to give Kevin Magnussen a drive for 2014, according to team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

Full story: Formula 1

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he has unfinished business with his world-beating team and is therefore not thinking of replacing Bernie Ecclestone as the head of F1.

Full story: Independent

Pirelli boss Paul Hembery insists that the lack of running on the 2014 tyres taken to Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix will prove to be no major set-back ahead of next season.

Full story: Crash

Mark Webber will start his new sportscar career a day after the Brazilian Grand Prix, linking up with Porsche on Monday.

Full story: Autoweek


Rain is expected to affect practice, qualifying and the race at this weekend's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paulo.

Full story: Planet F1

Italian technical journalist Giorgio Piola has produced a video of what the 2014 cars may look like, including details of the narrower front wings, lower noses, re-positioned exhaust pipes and altered rear aerodynamics.

Full story: Auto Motor Und Sport (in German)

McLaren's Jenson Button will become Britain's most experienced F1 driver of all time when he lines up on the grid for the 247th time in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, Caterham's Giedo van der Garde, Williams' Pastor Maldonado and Marussia's Jules Bianchi
Daniel Ricciardo, Giedo van der Garde, Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi met up for a game of football ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix

Full story: Daily Mirror

Australian Mark Webber will be given no favours by Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Interlagos on Sunday, the last grand prix of his Formula 1 career, according to team principal Christian Horner.

Full story: The Age

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo gives Fernando Alonso an "eight out of 10" for effort this season after the Spaniard finished second in the drivers' standings behind champion Vettel.

Full story: CNN

Williams can head into 2014 confident of a return to form after its encouraging end to the current season, says driver Valtteri Bottas.

Full story: Autosport

Drivers hoping to seal one of the seats at Force India will have to wait to until December to learn their fate, says team principal Vijay Mallya.

Full story: Planet F1

Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi says he will consider his future with the team over the winter having been overlooked for a race seat in the final two races of the season in place of the injured Kimi Raikkonen.

Full story: ESPN F1

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, Caterham's Giedo van der Garde, Williams' Pastor Maldonado and Marussia's Jules Bianchi met up for a game of football ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo on Twitter


"I'm happy with 4th in Austin. There was no way I was letting Fernando past at the end! Now onto Brazil to secure 2nd for the team!"

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Ross Brawn has denied there is any friction between Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team after disagreements during Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Full story: The Guardian

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have played down the US Grand Prix radio confusion

Outgoing McLaren driver Sergio Perez has admitted that he isn't interested in joining a constructor at the back of the Formula 1 grid.

Full story: Planet F1

Pastor Maldonado has further backtracked on his claims that the Williams team had sabotaged his qualifying efforts at the United States Grand Prix, admitting that the heat of the moment may have got to him.

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Red Bull's chances of maintaining its dominance of Formula 1 over the long term will be hit by the departure of key aero chief Peter Prodromou, reckons Mercedes boss Brawn.

Full story: Autosport

Ferrari technical director James Allison believes they have put in place the necessary changes to return to championship-winning ways in the coming years.

Full story: ESPN

Felipe Massa says he is "proud to be a part of the history" of Ferrari and hopes to be remembered as a person who made an important contribution to the team.

Full story: (in Italian)


The lack of excitement in the United States Grand Prix should act as a wake-up call for Formula 1 to not become too conservative in 2014, reckon leading paddock figures.

Full story: Autosport

Nico Hulkenberg is refusing to rule out a second season at Sauber after Monsisha Kaltenborn stated she would happily hold onto her driver.

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel says he remains as hungry as ever for success after winning his eighth successive race

Full story: Planet F1

Interlagos is still expecting a big crowd, despite Sebastian Vettel's utter dominance and with the 2013 title already decided.

Full story: F1 Today

Even after taking his eighth successive win on Sunday, Vettel insists he has lost none of his hunger for success.

Full story: Planet F1

Romain Grosjean was hailed as a future Lotus leader on Sunday after second place at the US Grand Prix highlighted just how much progress the Frenchman has made since his 'first lap nutcase' days of 2012.

Full story: Reuters

Felipe Massa criticised Pirelli's tyre selection for the United States Grand Prix as he struggled to 12th place.

Full story: ESPN


Finn Heikki Kovalainen has emerged as a surprise and late contender to drive for Lotus in 2014.

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American 1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti says the success of the United States Grand Prix is proving a lot of sceptics wrong.

Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta could rescue his career in America's Indycar Series in 2014

Full story: ESPN

Force India's Paul Di Resta could rescue his career in America's premier open-wheel Indycar Series in 2014.

Full story: Pitpass

Williams development driver Susie Wolff is targeting an increased role next season which would include driving in some Friday practice sessions.

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Pirelli have threatened to revert to supplying "conservative" tyres that ensure one-stop races in 2014 if teams and the sport's governing body, the FIA, fail to give more guidance on tyre specifications.

Full story: Planet F1

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says the team will not feel compelled to take a pay driver next season, despite reports they are struggling with finances.

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President of Venezuelan oil giant PDVSA Rafael Ramirez says that he is working to ensure that Pastor Maldonado, whom they sponsor, races for Lotus in 2014.

Full story: NBC Sports

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says Formula 1 will not race in Mexico or New Jersey in 2014.

Felipe Massa
Williams-bound Felipe Massa says the British outfit can be a front-running team once again

Full story: Associated Press

Quantum Motorsports chief Mansoor Ijaz says there is "zero chance" of its deal to buy into the Lotus team falling through, despite recent delays in the transfer of funds.

Full story: Autosport

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael has said that the decision to go with Kevin Magnussen over Sergio Perez will help the team in their approach to a new era of technical rules in 2014.

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Williams-bound Felipe Massa is convinced the British outfit are putting the pieces in place to ensure they again become a front-running team.

Full story: Belfast Telegraph

Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi says he is "definitely" ready to step up to a Formula 1 race seat.

Full story: ESPN


Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has dedicated his United States Grand Prix helmet to his "favourite artist" Michael Jackson.

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Lewis Hamilton's US GP helmet
Lewis Hamilton has dedicated his United States GP helmet to pop legend Michael Jackson

Britain's Max Chilton says he is "not far away" from putting pen to paper on a new deal with Marussia for 2014.

Full story: Planet F1

Lotus owner Gerard Lopez says it would have been "intriguing" to see how seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher would have fared if he had been keen on a comeback with the Lotus team.

Full story: Autosport

An unpaid electricity bill is one of 57 debt claims made against the Sauber team, totalling 500,000 euros (£418,000).

Full story: Handelszeitung (in German)

Sauber team boss Monish Kaltenborn said the team have paid their overdue electricity bill "in accordance with the payment schedule".

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Formula 1 teams are concerned that the 2014 technical regulations are forcing them into 'ugly' designs with hooked nose sections.

Full story: Autosport


Felipe Massa says he was in talks with McLaren before signing for Williams for 2014.

Full story: ESPN

Nico Hulkenberg didn't take up the option to join Lotus for the last two races of the season because he didn't want to jeopardise a potential move away from Sauber in 2014.

Full story: Planet F1

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez says he would be open to racing outside of Formula 1 if he can't find a seat for next year

Sergio Perez says he would be open to racing outside Formula 1 if he cannot secure a competitive seat for the 2014 season, but the Mexican remains hopeful of remaining in the sport.

Full story: GP Update

Perez added that McLaren's decision to replace him next year came as a shock and that he found out only a couple of days before an announcement was made.

Full story: ESPN

Triple Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet is recovering well after having heart surgery.

Full story: Autosport


Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg has turned down an offer to stand in for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the final two races of the season, according to his manager Werner Heinz.

Full story: ESPN

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya believes sixth place still beckons for his team following a resurgence in form.

Full story: BT Sport

Max Chilton on Twitter
Max Chilton arrived in Austin on Wednesday afternoon in a typically large American MPV

Sir Jackie Stewart will be the first legend to be honoured in the Silverstone Wall of Fame. The three-time F1 world champion and two-time GP winner at Silverstone was presented with a commemorative brick bearing his name.

Full story: GP Update

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is adamant that Formula 1 will eventually win over the sceptical supporters in the USA.

Full story: Planet F1

McLaren have teamed up with the BBC Children in Need Annual Auction 2013 to auction off a guided tour of the McLaren Technology Centre.

Full story: McLaren

Find out more about BBC Children In Need here.

Max Chilton on Twitter: ‏"Arrived in Texas this afternoon and enjoyed a 4-hour cruise in this small car! Always enjoy coming to the states."


Sebastian Vettel has rejected suggestions the Formula One public has become apathetic to his domination of the sport.

Full story: The Telegraph

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel feels he and Red Bull deserve greater credit than has been attributed after winning four titles in a row

Jenson Button does not believe drivers will be forced to make radical changes in order to adapt to Formula 1's sweeping 2014 regulation changes.

Full story: Autosport

Daniel Ricciardo says Formula 1 "is not in the best shape" and action needs to be taken when drivers such as Kimi Raikkonen are not being paid.

Full story: ESPN

Sebastian Vettel says he retains 'enormous respect' for Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber despite the challenging nature of the relationship between the pair.

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Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has admitted his team has had to compromise the development of its 2014 car in order to make sure of retaining the title this year.

Full story: ESPN


Sir Frank Williams
Sir Frank Williams says he will talk to outgoing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn about joining his team if he is available

Lotus's investment deal with Quantum Motorsports to take over a percentage of the Enstone-outfit has been completed. It will secure the services of Kimi Raikkonen for the rest of the season and the future of the team.

Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Williams team principal Sir Frank Williams says he will contact Ross Brawn about joining his team if the Mercedes team principal is available.

Full story: Sky Sports

Four-time world champion Alain Prost says smart, adaptable drivers will thrive when the new V6 turbo engines are introduced next season.

Full story: James Allen on F1

Mexican Sergio Perez looks set to stay at McLaren alongside Jenson Button for next season.

Full story: Reuters

A deal has been done for the Indian Grand Prix to return to the calendar in 2015 and for six years beyond that if tax problems with the country's authorities can be overcome, according to Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Full story: Indian Express

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