Formula 1 gossip: Marussia could race in Abu Dhabi

Sunday, 9 November

Marussia could still race in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 23 November as a rescue package is being discussed that would enable the team to take part. (Yahoo Finance)external-link

Talks have broken down between F1 teams over the lifting of an engine freeze, which would have allowed a mid-season upgrade.(Autosport)external-link

There could be some showers for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday but all looks serene on the morning of the race judging by this picture tweeted by Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso tweets a picture on the morning of the Brazil Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso tweets a picture on the morning of the Brazil Grand Prix

The best strategy for the Brazilian Grand Prix if it is dry is theoretically a three-stopper but teams may opt for a two-stopper to avoid getting caught up in traffic. (Pirelli)external-link

Saturday, 8 November

felipe massa uses the toilet

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne says the whole of the team are "pretty keen on me staying" for the 2015 season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Williams driver Felipe Massa was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop during Friday's second free practice session. The Brazilian driver tweeted this picture.external-link

Fernando Alonso says he is not concerned by Friday's engine failure during FP2. The Spaniard's session ground to an abrupt halt with flames coming from the back of his Ferrari power unit. (ESPNF1) external-link

Lewis Hamilton says he is taking inspiration from his hero Ayrton Senna before this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, as he moves closer to his second world championship crown. (The Guardian)external-link

Friday, 7 November

A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650m (£410m) lawsuit against Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone. (Guardian)external-link

Audi has dismissed speculation it will field a Formula 1 entry in 2016 despite recruiting former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali to an unspecified role. (Wheels24)external-link

Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali resigned as Ferarri team principal in April

McLaren officials want Fernando Alonso to make a decision before the last race of the Formula 1 season on his possible future with the team. (The Age)external-link

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen is looking forward to getting out on the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo after tweeting this picture.external-link

Kevin Magnussen tweets picture of the S bend at Interlagos
Kevin Magnussen tweeted: "Can't wait to drive this tomorrow!"

Sergio Perez expects to finalise his Formula 1 plans for 2015 in the next week, as he hopes to secure a new deal with Force India. (Autosport)external-link

Lotus is set to announce Frenchman Romain Grosjean, 28, is staying with the team in 2015. (

Thursday, 6 November

Jenson Button's 15-year Formula 1 career will end at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, with Fernando Alonso expected to replace him at McLaren. (Daily Mail)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso is feeling the heat of a gruelling schedule ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday

However, McLaren has warned Alonso he is running out of time to commit to the team for the 2015 season. (

Caterham's administrator expects the team to compete in the final race of season while fellow debt-ridden outfit Marussia are working on a rescue package. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

A revised version of Formula 1's new virtual safety car system will be tested at the Brazilian Grand Prix, following a first trial during the United States GP weekend. (Autosport)external-link

A number of changes have been made at Interlagos for this weekend's race, most notably the resurfacing of the entire track, including the pitlane. (

Felipe Massa and glamorous friend
Not the most thorough of disguises for Felipe Massa at a Williams drinks party

Wednesday, 5 November

Lewis Hamilton says he declared "war" on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the German forced him out of the Belgian Grand Prix in their infamous collision. (Guardian)external-link

Rosberg admits his chances of overtaking Championship leader Hamilton, who has a 24-point advantage, are "getting more difficult". (Daily Express)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton posted this philosophical tweet ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, where a win would move him within touching distance of the drivers' championship title

Force India boss Vijay Mallya says the team will "absolutely" line up with their current drivers in 2015. Nico Hulkenberg committed his future last month, but Sergio Perez is yet to agree a new deal. (F1today)external-link

Audi is not planning to enter Formula 1 for the 2016 season, according to the head of the German company, Wolfgang Ullrich. (Autosport) external-link

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff is back on his bike after injuring himself in a cycling accident - his wife Susie, the Williams development driver, has revealed in this Twitter picture.external-link

Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff's return to the saddle comes four months after he fractured his shoulder, collarbone, elbow and wrist in a cycling accident

Tuesday, 4 November

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton wants to sort out the terms of his new Mercedes contract himself, without the help of any advisors. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Lewis Hamilton (right) and Nicole Scherzinger
Could Hamilton emulate girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger by starting a music career?

Briton Hamilton has also been speaking about his desire to pursue humanitarian involvement when his F1 career ends. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

However, the 29-year-old, who is in a relationship with American singer Nicole Scherzinger, could turn to a career in music after retiring from the sport. (Daily Mail)external-link

CVC Capital Partners, the majority shareholders in Formula 1, look ready to pay out an extra £100m to help the struggling smaller teams in the sport. (Guardian)external-link

Mercedes is ready to accept a compromise on relaxing the rule restricting in-season engine development, but only as a one-off for 2015.(Autosport)external-link

Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci believes the United States could support three F1 races in the future, as a means of creating bigger revenues. (Adam Cooper's Blog)external-link

Fernando Alonso tweetedexternal-link about some of the wildlife he encountered on his morning run, including one of a snake, below.

Fernando Alonso jogging
Fernando Alonso has been staying in Austin, Texas, after the race

Monday, 3 November

McLaren racer Jenson Button says he was confused by his team delaying his pit stop during the United States Grand Prix in order to bring in team-mate Kevin Magnussen. (ESPN)external-link

Force India, Sauber and Lotus only confirmed they would be taking part in the United States Grand Prix 90 minutes before the race started. (Guardian)external-link

Struggling Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he hates the situation as the Italian team struggle to solve their problems with their car. (Autosport)external-link

Max Verstappen, who became the youngest driver in Formula 1 history when he took part in practice at the Japanese Grand Prix and will race for Toro Rosso next season, was given the silent treatment for seven days by his father and ex-F1 racer Jos during his days in karting. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Celebrities Keanu Reeves, Pamela Anderson and Matt Le Blanc were in attendance at the United States Grand Prix and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean retweetedexternal-link a picture of him presenting the latter with a helmet.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean tweets a picture of him presenting Matt Le Blanc (left) with a helmet
Actor Matt Le Blanc (left) is given a helmet by Lotus driver Romain Grosjean at the US Grand Prix

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