Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, McLaren, Haas, Mercedes

Tuesday, 5 May

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari do not need world champion Lewis Hamilton in their team when they already have Sebastian Vettel, suggesting he would rather sign a "young, talented driver". (Bild - in German)external-link

Meanwhile, Hamilton has been enjoying the view of the Grand Canyon during a flight from Las Vegas to New York, where he attended the Met Gala on Monday evening. (Twitter)external-link

Lewis Hamilton's photo of the Grand Canyon
Lewis Hamilton tweeted this picture of the Grand Canyon during his flight from Las Vegas to New York

Kimi Raikkonen says his rivalry with fellow Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is helping push the team to accomplish greater feats. "We are trying to beat each other and get Ferrari in a winning position every weekend. But it's a nice friendly fight and it's great for the team," said the Finn. (CNN)external-link

McLaren are optimistic that they can make further progress up the Formula 1 grid at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, with Honda having prepared power unit updates in an effort to improve "driveability and reliability". (Sky Sports)external-link

The Haas team is hoping to have its 2016 F1 driver line-up in place by September before its debut in the sport next season, with team principal Gunther Steiner saying: "We are in no hurry, because we have to see who is on the market, who is doing a good [job] and who wants to move."(Autosport)external-link

The addition of a fifth engine to the current allocation of four now looks unlikely, with Mercedes poised to veto the change according to non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. (Grand Prix Times)external-link

Monday, 4 May

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has not ruled out a move to sign Williams' driver Valtteri Bottas in 2017. (Bild - in German)external-link

Bottas, meanwhile, has found a different way to unwind ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. (Twitter)external-link

F1 legend Stirling Moss says reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the few drivers of this era who would have prospered in his day, when the cars slid about on tracks devoid of safety features. (The Independent)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, sat alongside British fashion tycoon Sir Philip Green, tweeted this picture from the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has told German Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag that his new team have to be ready to take advantage if world champions Mercedes make a mistake, saying "we must be right behind them, and pounce if something goes wrong". (DPA International)external-link

Mercedes - "along with every F1 expert" - have been taken by surprise by Ferrari's 2015 resurgence, according to 1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve. (Auto Hebdo)external-link

Sauber has backed ex-International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley's call for limiting budgets for Formula 1 teams to £100m-a-year. (Wheels 24)external-link

Desire Wilson, one of only five women who have attempted to qualify for a Formula 1 race - the 1980 British Grand Prix - says a female-only F1 series is not the answer to getting more women involved in racing. (Planet F1)external-link