Formula 1 gossip: Alonso, Bottas, Mercedes, Kvyat, Maldonado

Sunday, 22 March

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas proves he is recovering well from the back injury that kept him out of the Australian Grand Prix by posting this photo on Instagram, with the message: "Good morning!"

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will be assessed by three medical experts at Cambridge University on Sunday to see if he is able to return to Formula 1 following his crash in testing at Barcelona. The tests are being carried out at the request of the FIA, motorsport's governing body. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Mercedes offered to pay 50% of any potential loss in an attempt to save the German Grand Prix. (Observer)external-link

New Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat says he "learned many things" from a disappointing opening race in Australia, when a gearbox problem prevented him from making the start. (Crash)external-link

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado believes that hot and humid conditions at next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix will play into his team's hands and help them bounce back from Australia, where both he and team-mate Romain Grosjean were forced to retire after a single lap. (NBC Sports)external-link

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli says it is prepared to adapt to whatever new regulations Formula 1 bosses introduce, including producing a set of tyres capable of lasting the whole race. (ESPN)external-link

Saturday, 21 March

McLaren Twitter
"On This Day in 1960," tweet McLaren, "hero Ayrton Senna was born #SennaLegend."

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has backed Honda and their new Formula 1 partnership with McLaren to succeed. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has outlined how he intends to keep a positive mood at the team this season - and how he will ensure drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen stay on good terms. (ESPN)external-link

Fernando Alonso's Barcelona testing crash has cost insurers £1.8m so far, with the Spanish driver and McLaren forced to follow doctors' advice or risk not receiving the payout. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says the engine on the Mercedes car is far superior to any other in Formula 1 and none of the other teams can hope to catch up anytime soon. (Sports Week - in German)external-link

Friday, 20 March

Lewis Hamilton and Roscoe in Man of the World magazine
Lewis Hamilton and his dog Roscoe feature in the Man of the World magazine feature

Renault has no intention of leaving Formula 1 as it focuses on improving performance for teams including Red Bull and Toro Rosso. (

Renault's power unit is believed to have been 100bhp down on Mercedes's during the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. (

Germany's Nurburgring has joined Hockenheim in pulling out of the running to host the scheduled 19 July race. (

Lewis Hamilton took in the sights of Sydney Harbour before leaving Australia, but one couple seemed unaware of his identity as he stopped to take a picture for them in front of the Opera House. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, the World Champion and his dog Roscoe have taken time out to pose for pictures on the front cover of Man of the World magazine. (Daily Mail)external-link

Valtteri Bottas steps up his back injury recovery
Valtteri Bottas tweeted: Progress is being made and every day is a good step forward. Can't wait for Malaysia!

Thursday, 19 March

Lewis Hamilton sailing in Sydney Harbour
Lewis Hamilton gets behind the wheel of a different kind in Sydney Harbour

Manor Marussia will pay unsecured creditors, including Ferrari and McLaren, 1.262p for every pound they were owed when the team entered administration. (

Michael Schumacher's 15-year-old son Mick is recovering after he crashed a Formula 4 car at more than 100mph in east Germany. (Daily Mail)external-link

Kamui Kobayashi's manager has played down reports the Japanese former Caterham driver is on the verge of a return to Formula 1. (

Taking a break before the Malaysia Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton tweeted a pictureexternal-link of him taking the helm of a sailing boat in Sydney Harbour.

McLaren race director Eric Boullier says he understands suspicions surrounding Fernando Alonso's pre-season testing crash, but "only up to a point".(

Giedo van der Garde has tweetedexternal-link following his settlement with Sauber: "Thanks so much for all your messages and support. I read all of them, it brings a smile to my face. I'll keep you posted as much as I can."

Wednesday, 18 March

Lewis Hamilton says because of the dangers of his job, he lives every day as if it was his last. (New York Post)external-link

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn admitted her relief at the performance of drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson at the Australian Grand Prix following "one of the most difficult weeks of my life".(Guardian)external-link

Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen
Toro Rosso team-mates Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen take their frustrations out on the dodgems rather than the track

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg officially invited Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to attend the team's debrief in Malaysia following a disagreement between the pair after Mercedes dominated the Australian Grand Prix. (Fox Sports Australia)external-link

Force India's Nico Hulkenburg was among a number of drivers to react to the news there will be no German Grand Prix in 2015. He tweeted:external-link Very sad to hear no more home GP this year! #GermanGP #history

Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen took time out from preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix for a ride on the dodgems. Red Bull tweeted the above picture:external-link "Boys will be boys!"

Tuesday, 17 March

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (left) who finished first and second at the Australian Grand Prix

World champion Lewis Hamilton has reminded Red Bull of their four years of domination of the sport following the team's protests over the advantage the Briton's Mercedes team currently enjoy. (Guardian)external-link

Hamilton is also confident that if everybody had the same car he would still be leading the way. "There is no doubt in my mind of where I would be finishing," he said. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says the Manor team will have to pay the price for missing the Australian Grand Prix. The British-based team missed all three practice sessions and Saturday qualifying, blaming software problems. Ecclestone said: "They had no intention of racing in Australia. Zero." (Daily Mail)external-link

Williams driver Felipe Massa has questioned whether Mercedes are supplying his team with an inferior engine. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

McLaren racer Jenson Button was last of the 11 cars which finished the Australian Grand Prix and the team's racing director Eric Boullier has refused to put a time frame for when they will start to be competitive. (Autosport)external-link

Button's team-mate Fernando Alonso was absent from Melbourne after a crash in pre-season testing but is set to be back for the next race in Malaysia. the Spaniard tweeted #CountdownMalaysia with a picture of him swimming.

Fernando Alonso

Monday, 16 March

Red Bull's motor sport advisor Helmut Marko says the team could pull out of Formula 1 unless changes are made to the regulations that saw Mercedes dominate the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. (Guardian)external-link

But Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says their rivals need to work harder to keep up. He said: "I think, 'just get your head down, work hard and try to sort it out'." (Daily Mirror)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was impressed by the turnout for his home grand prix in Melbourne, tweeting the picture left,external-link and said he would have liked to have done better than sixth place.

Three-times F1 world champion Niki Lauda says the sport's chief Bernie Ecclestone is not to blame for the problems surrounding the German Grand Prix. A venue is still to be confirmed for the race due to take place in mid-July and Lauda said: "If the host is not able to organise a race, then this is not the fault of Bernie Ecclestone." (

Creditors of Formula 1 team Marussia, which came out of administration last month with total debts of £63.6m, will receive just 1.3p in the pound. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

British F1 driver Jenson Button insists his team McLaren have made progress despite finishing last in the Australian Grand Prix. "We've learned a massive amount by completing a race distance", he said while admitting a lot of hard work still needs doing. (Western Daily Press)external-link