Formula 1 gossip: Raikkonen, Manor Marussia, Hamilton

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen is currently fourth in the drivers' championship

Saturday, 27 June

The future of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari is "in his own hands", according to team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. (La Repubblica, via Fox Sport)external-link

Former Formula 1 racing driver Derek Warwick says it is "bizarre" that Lewis Hamilton asked to be excused from testing in Austria, as it gave Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg an advantage. (Sky Sports)external-link

Mayor of London Boris Johnson believes England's capital city could one day host Formula 1. (Guardian)external-link

Manor Marussia will introduce its first upgrade in almost 16 months at the British Grand Prix next weekend. (

The FIA have said Mercedes and Ferrari are not running trick oil systems on their cars, following analysis of samples taken during the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren tweetedexternal-link a happy birthday message to Rosberg, who turned 30 on Saturday.

McLaren Twitter

Friday, 26 June

Valtteri Bottas is not ruling out staying with Williams in 2016, despite interest from Ferrari. (PaddockTalk)external-link

Lotus will not be handing a race seat to third driver Jolyon Palmer next season. (

Former GP2 champion Fabio Leimer says he may compete in some Formula 1 races with Manor Marussia towards the end of the 2015 campaign. (

Thursday, 25 June

Nico Rosberg joked that he did the hard work for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as he set the fastest time on the final day of post-Austrian Grand Prix testing. (Autosport)external-link

Valtteri Bottas says the handful of "weird" upgrades that Williams have trialled at the post-race test in Austria are aimed primarily at gathering data. (

Azerbaijan's sport minister says the country is keen to see its own team on the Formula 1 grid, as they prepare to host their first grand prix next year. (pitpass)external-link

Fernando Alonso museum road sign
Road signs have been erected in Spain providing directions to Fernando Alonso's new museum

McLaren's Fernando Alonso is getting ready for the official opening of his own museumexternal-link on Friday in Asturias, the region in north-west Spain where he was born.

There is no rest between races for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who tweeted:external-link"Good day testing in Austria. Off to Mexico for a show run this weekend then to the UK for Silverstone. Busy? Just a normal week ☺️ #airmiles"

Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he is saddened by the current state of F1 and fears it may "crash and burn" before eventually recovering. (Reuters)external-link

Local residents are unhappy at proposals to stage an F1 race on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. (Cape Argus)external-link

Wednesday, 24 June

Ferrari have made an offer to sign Williams driver Valtteri Bottas but would have to pay the 15m Euros release clause for the 25-year-old Finn. (Bild - in German)external-link

Just days after his spectacular crash with Kimi Raikkonen at the Austrian Grand Prix which led to his fourth-straight retirement this season, Fernando Alonso has tweetedexternal-link a selfie of him back in the cockpit of his McLaren. It seems the Spaniard is remaining upbeat despite the team's form. He wrote " #OneTeam #happy."

Lewis Hamilton and Pharrell Williams
"Musically, he's one of the greatest of our time" - Hamilton meets Pharrell Williams

Lewis Hamilton seemed a little star-struck when he met American singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams at his concert in Monaco. The double world champion posted a picture of the pair on Instagram.external-link

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson has tweetedexternal-link a picture of him driving F1 Swedish great Ronnie Peterson's old car at Mugello in Italy. Peterson, who was a two-time championship runner-up, died aged 34 following a crash at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

Tuesday, 23 June

Rain in Austria delayed the start of the two-day F1 test in Spielberg, as the Williams team tweeted:external-link "Austrian mountains - gone. Summer sunshine - gone. But we are still in Austria and it's time for testing."

Williams picture of rain in Austria
Spielberg was looking very grey and murky on Tuesday morning

German touring car champion Marco Wittmann and GP3 racer Antonio Fuoco will get their first taste of F1 cars this week, driving for Toro Rosso and Ferrari respectively in the two-day test in Spielberg that starts on Tuesday. (

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says it is too early to decide if Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the team in Formula 1 for 2016.(Autosport)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is expecting better results in the upcoming races, after finishing 10th at the Austrian Grand Prix. (

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso's McLaren ended up on top of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari after they crashed at Spielberg on Sunday

McLaren's Fernando Alonso managed to complete more of the Red Bull Ring circuit on two wheels on Mondayexternal-link than he did after crashing out on the first lap of Sunday's race.

Monday, 22 June

Red Bull's Christian Horner has spoken out after Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne offered to supply his team with engines. Horner said: "We still want to win, but you can't win a horse race with a Shetland pony."(Grand Prix Times)external-link

Ferrari blamed a stiff wheelnut for robbing Sebastian Vettel of a podium place at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. (Reuters)external-link

McLaren are considering changing their Formula 1 testing plans for this week following Fernando Alonso's crash in the Austrian Grand Prix. (

However, Spaniard Alonso has insisted "the crisis is over" at McLaren-Honda, despite his crash and Jenson Button's retirement in Austria. (F1 Today)external-link

Meanwhile, Alonso's team-mate Button has said he is focused on keeping spirits high in their team. (

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg pictured celebrating with his Mercedes team-mates after winning in Austria

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado says Toro Rosso rival Max Verstappen was not "respecting the rules" in their battle for seventh place in Austria. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is convinced the title battle between his two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, will go down to the final race.(ESPN)external-link

Rosberg tweeted a pictureexternal-link of his champagne-filled celebrations on Sunday after his Austrian Grand Prix win, saying "thanks boys. Fun celebration".

Meanwhile, Hamilton praised Rosberg for his win on Sunday, saying on Twitterexternal-link it was a "race well driven"

Lewis Hamilton Twitter
Lewis Hamilton tweeted his congratulations to Nico Rosberg on Sunday