Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, Wolff, Pirelli

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
The battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is calmer this year, says Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff

Friday, 7 August

MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi has offered Lewis Hamilton the chance to test ride his Yamaha. (JamesAllenF1)external-link

Toto Wolff feels there is a calmness at Mercedes this season, with title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg acclimatised to their intra-team battle. (Autosport)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has shared a video on Instagram of his dog Coco learning how to swim

Lewis Hamilton has spent some of his mid-season break teaching his dog Coco how to swim. (Daily Express)external-link

Pirelli has revealed it could introduce a fifth type of tyre next season that will be suited to street tracks. (Planet-F1)external-link

Thursday, 6 August

Mark Webber's pass on Fernando Alonso in Belgium 2011 has been voted Formula 1's best in the last five years. (Fox Sports) external-link

Lewis Hamilton, 30, has been showing off his dance moves in Barbados as his sport takes a mid-season break from its 19-race calendar. He's been enjoying spending time in the company of singer Rihanna. (Mail Online)external-link

Honda has admitted it underestimated the difficulty of its return to formula one this year. (INAUTONEWS)external-link

The F1 teams cannot agree over where to test Pirelli's new 'super super-soft' tyre for 2016. (

Ferrari is facing penalties for using a fifth engine in 2015. (INAUTONEWS)external-link

Carmen Jorda
Bernie Ecclestone has defended Carmen Jorda's F1 ambitions

Wednesday, 5 August

He may be at the top of his game in Formula 1 at the moment, but Lewis Hamilton says he is keen to one day try out MotoGP and NASCAR. (Planet F1)external-link

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has defended Lotus development driver Carmen Jorda, saying the Spaniard "has done a good job" for the team. (

Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean bumped into tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at his local gym

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson believes he is not just making up the numbers in Formula 1 this year. (Autosport)external-link

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz have been forgiven for the mistakes they have made in the first half of this year. (ESPN)external-link

Felipe Massa is confident the majority of tracks left on the 2015 calendar will suit Williams. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tuesday, 4 August

Gene Haas says he might not be able to attract Nico Hulkenberg, his reported number one target, when his new team enters Formula 1 next season. (

Renault, whose contract to supply engines for Red Bull and Toro Rosso expires at the end of next season, says there will be no decision on its future in F1 until September at the earliest. (Autosport)external-link

World champion Lewis Hamilton has been indulging in his creative side during the summer break and showed off his eye-catching new hairstyle to his Instagramexternal-link followers. "Barbados, we ready," he posted.

Lewis Hamilton

Williams have been inconsistent in recent races, but driver Valtteri Bottas says it will be a "different story" at Spa on 23 August. (

Red Bull are confident they have regained the downforce they lost over the winter. (ESPN F1)external-link

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon is wary of the threat he expects Haas to pose next year. (Autosport)external-link

Monday, 3 August

Gene Haas says Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg are on a shortlist to take the two seats of his Haas F1 team for their 2016 debut. (

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is struggling to explain why he cannot out-pace team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. (

Daniel Ricciardo's pancake
Daniel Ricciardo's pancakes contained chia seed

Valtteri Bottas believes a more "clever" Williams team will emerge following a team orders saga at the British Grand Prix. (Autosport)external-link

While teams begin their mandatory summer break, Honda will not be shutting down for a holiday as the factory looks to supply an upgrade for Spa. (

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes upcoming races at Spa and Monza will not benefit his team, with Singapore more likely to provide success. (Grand Prix Times)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo "figured it would be a violation towards instagram if I didn't do a food post". So he posted a pictureexternal-link of a pancake and a lemon.

It is fair to say that Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is enjoying the summer break, after posting a pictureexternal-link of a sun-drenched beach.

Romain Grosjean
"Rest day :) Feels good to enjoy some time with the family." said Romain Grosjean on Twitter

Sunday, 2 August

The future of the Italian Grand Prix could be secured by "early September" thanks to a tax-free investment for the Monza circuit. (

Pirelli says it is moving towards a solution which will give teams choice in tyre compounds for 2016. (ESPN F1)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has insisted he is still in love with F1 despite rumours he may be looking elsewhere for his motorsport fix. (

But McLaren boss Ron Dennis says Alonso is frustrated by McLaren being unable to test during the F1 season to improve its competitiveness. (

The German Grand Prix's decision to allow children up to the age of six free entry next year has delighted Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. "Super news. Kids for free. Danke Hockenheim," the German tweeted.external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton training during the F1 break

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton is spending his break pumping iron in idyllic surroundings. "Good Morning! Training with a view," tweetedexternal-link the reigning world champion.

Saturday, 1 August

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen believes Sebastian Vettel remains a serious threat to Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the 2015 championship after his victory in Hungary last weekend. (NBC Sports)external-link

British driver Alex Lynn, 21, hopes his maiden feature race win in GP2 will land him a Formula 1 seat in 2016. (BT Sport)external-link

Felipe Massa is confident Williams' double non-score in the Hungarian Grand Prix will not be repeated. (

Organisers say the Baku circuit layout is ready to be signed off before next year's first F1 race in Azerbaijan. The venue will be capable of hosting 19,000 seated spectators, but organisers are also considering a general admission area to increase capacity. (

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has earmarked the Singapore Grand Prix in September as the next race where his outfit could cause an upset after their success in Hungary. (Planet

Friday, 31 July

McLaren driver Jenson Button has some advice for aspiring F1 drivers: "Buy a football or a tennis racket. It's a lot cheaper and you stick with the same rules!" (Formula1) external-link

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that driver Daniel Ricciardo has a "watertight" contract amid speculation that the Australian could be a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. (ESPN F1)external-link

Nico Hulkenburg
Nico Hulkenburg goes for the burn on holiday

Organisers of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim will offer a three-day ticket to the 2016 race for less than 100 euros (£70) in a bid to win back fans. (Reuters)external-link

Formula 1 teams have lobbied Bernie Ecclestone to restore the summer break to three weekends after a provisional calendar for 2016 cut the mid-season shutdown to two weeks. (Adam Cooper F1)external-link

Force India driver Nico Hulkenburg is not resting on his laurels during the summer break. The German posted pictures on Twitter of himself running up steps Rocky-styleexternal-link, albeit in a more tropical-looking location than Philadelphia.

Lewis Hamilton's holiday fun continues. The world champion has posted an Instagram picture of himexternal-link and his pals leaping into a lake.

Thursday, 30 July

McLaren driver Jenson Button is said to be in talks with new Top Gear presenter Chris Evans over joining the BBC programme, which re-launches in 2016. (Daily Mail)external-link

Fernando Alonso celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday and Buttonexternal-link was one of those wishing the Spaniard well. "Hope you're having a good one," the 35-year-old Briton said on Twitter.

Jenson Button wishes Fernando Alonso a Happy Birthday on Twitter

McLaren boss Eric Boullier and driver Fernando Alonso have expressed their frustration with plans to limit testing to just eight days in the 2016 Formula 1 calendar.(Sky Sports)external-link

Williams driver Felipe Massa says he cannot explain why his team performed so badly at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. Massa finished 12th and team-mate Valterri Bottas 13th, having started sixth and eighth respectively. (

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he was convinced driver Daniel Ricciardo was set for a repeat of last year's surprise victory at the year Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. The Australian placed third despite a collision with Nico Rosberg's Mercedes that forced a pit stop. (Motorsport,com)external-link

Wednesday, 29 July

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says the team will not be making a decision on the future of driver Kimi Raikkonen until after the summer break.(Sky Sports)external-link

Raikkonen, who has just four points from his last three races, believes recent results have been affected by bad luck and has stressed he still has "the speed and the passion" to compete at the highest level. (ESPN)external-link

Nico Hulkenberg says he is sure his Force India team will be able to identify and resolve the mechanical issues that led to two crashes at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. (Autosport)external-link

French car manufacturer Renault has dropped a firm hint it plans to end its relationship with Red Bull and buy the Lotus team, with a view to rebranding it for 2017. (

September's Singapore Grand Prix is likely to feature closer racing and more overtaking after Formula 1's governing body approved changes to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. (

Lewis Hamilton's summer holiday
Jealous? Lewis Hamilton tweeted this photo of his summer holiday

Meanwhile, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is clearly enjoying a well-earned break. "Back in my favourite place to be," he tweeted,external-link accompanying the message with a photo.

Tuesday, 28 July

Mark Webber says his relationship with former Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel has vastly improved now the Australian has left Formula 1.(

Force India have denied compromising safety in the close fight for fifth in this year's constructors' world championship. (Inautonews via Bild)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton enjoying his breakfast

We are at the halfway stage of the current Formula 1 season and Lewis Hamilton was making the most of the chance to take a break. He said on his Twitter account:external-link "It's officially the summer break, and the only day I can eat whatever I want so that calls for Pancakes and Bacon!", with the picture included.

Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene said that Sebastian Vettel's win in Hungary at the weekend means the team have now achieved his pre-season target of two victories. (Inautonews)external-link

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff believes his team needs to sort out their starts. (Wheels24)external-link

Lewis Hamilton laughed off his nightmare race in Hungary but Mercedes head Wolff wants answers. (Independent)external-link

Formula 1 needs Bernie Ecclestone in charge more than ever as it seeks to chart a way through its current difficulties, according to Red Bull team chief Christian Horner. ( via AFP)external-link

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