Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

SATURDAY, 28 JUNE

Mercedes boss Niki Lauda has accused officials and stewards of "nannying" and believes that drivers worry about getting punished for even attempting to overtake. Daily Mirror

Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley has dismissed claims that poor tactics and bad luck had led to Williams dropping points it should have scored earlier in the season. Crash.net

Ferrari staff with F1 legend John Surtees at Goodwood
John Surtees is the only driver to win world titles on two and four wheels

Ferrari staff join motorsport fans wanting to catch a word with F1 legend John Surtees at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ferrari on Twitter.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi says he will not be distracted by reports that owner Tony Fernandes is set to sell the team, and is focusing on improving competitiveness with F1's middle-ranked teams. NewsNow

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has played down reports Fernando Alonso could be considering a move for 2015. F1Today

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is hoping a spate of bad luck will end when he heads to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a favourite track where he won in GP2 in 2011. Crash.net

THURSDAY, 26 JUNE

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says Red Bull's indifferent results this season prove teams need a works engine to succeed under the 2014 regulations. ESPN

Lotus' Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean drives a forklift truck on a Lotus video shoot

Red Bull is undertaking a full investigation into their poor performance at the Austrian Grand Prix. Autosport

Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull will recover quickly and has targeted a top-three finish in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next weekend. Formula1.com

Red Bull aerodynamics chief Peter Prodromou will start work at McLaren in September. Grandprix.com

WEDNESDAY, 25 JUNE

Mercedes celebrated their 1-2 on Red Bull's home soil in Austria by using the drinks company's 'gives you wings' slogan in their newspaper adverts. NBC Sports

Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado ahead of a Lotus media event

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen makes too many mistakes and is wrong to blame the car for his poor season. OmniCorse (in Italian)

Team boss Christian Horner insists four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel retains the support of Red Bull. Inautonews

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz denies rumours that the team intends to build its own F1 engine. F1Today

TUESDAY, 24 JUNE

The 2009 World champion Jenson Button faces an uncertain future as McLaren eye Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to replace him. Daily Telegraph

Lewis Hamilton on twitter
Nicole Scherzinger was a member of the pop group Pussycat Dolls when she first met Hamilton in 2008

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger celebrated their sixth anniversary as a couple by tweeting some romantic photos during a holiday in Venice. Lewis Hamilton on twitter

McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis says he is not writing off 2014 and there is still plenty to be gained despite the advantage being enjoyed by Mercedes this season. Crash.net

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen said that he is frustrated after being told to take care of his brakes as early as the second lap during last week's Austrian Grand Prix. Planet-F1

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is happy if some teams are facing financial collapse, explaining that "if you cannot afford to be in the game, you should not be here." Inautonews.com

MONDAY, 23 JUNE

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the reliability and performance of their Renault power unit is "unacceptable" following Sebastian Vettel's retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix. Sky F1

McLaren in Austria
McLaren tweeted: "Last views of Austria as the final crew packs up at Graz"

Lewis Hamilton and Austrian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg have been told off by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff following their battle for world championship points on Sunday. Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Hamilton insists there is no reason to feel worried about his 29-point deficit to championship leader Rosberg. Autosport

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas finished third in Austria and says the champagne he drank on the podium was the best he has ever tasted. F1

Daniel Ricciardo admits he was disappointed by Red Bull's lack of race pace in the Austrian Grand Prix. Crash.net

McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier says the team are on the "right path" despite a disappointing race in Austria, with Danish driver Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh and Briton Jenson Button 11th. McLaren

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