Formula 1 gossip: Alonso, Button, Rossi, Red Bull, Raikkonen

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton meets fans ahead of Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix

Friday, 18 September

Fernando Alonso says McLaren are looking for a "miracle", with the team's drivers more concerned about finishing Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix than getting on the podium. (Guardian)external-link

And team-mate Jenson Button may forgo a £4m pay rise to keep his drive with McLaren, who face a huge hole in their budget. (the Times-subscription required)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen hopes Ferrari can eliminate the mistakes that have cost them in 2015 and challenge for the championship next year. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Alexander Rossi is having a "very surreal" time preparing for his F1 race debut in Singapore after signing a deal with the Manor team. He will be the first American to compete in F1 since 2007. (Shanghai Daily)external-link

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the team's participation in F1 beyond this season is in jeopardy unless talks to secure a replacement for Renault make progress. (Autosport)external-link

Jenson Button steers a race car stimulator in Singapore
Jenson Button steers a race car stimulator in Singapore

Thursday, 17 September

Jenson Button could stay in F1 for another year after holding encouraging contract talks with McLaren boss Ron Dennis. (Telegraph)external-link

Williams have started work on their 2016 car to try and get a jump on Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. (

Force India are planning a "significant" upgrade for the Mexico Grand Prix to try and get a podium finish for Sergio Perez on home soil. (Autosport)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has hinted that he might follow David Beckham in moving back to the UK to live rather than staying in Monaco. (Telegraph)external-link

Lewis Hamilton tweeted this photo of him landing in Singapore ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton tweeted this photo of him landing in Singapore ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix

Wednesday, 16 September

Fernando Alonso says it would be a "good thing" if McLaren retained Jenson Button for their 2016 driver line-up. (

McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen has revealed on Twitterexternal-link that he has broken his hand in a cycling accident.

The final corner of the redeveloped Mexico City circuit has been named after British F1 legend Nigel Mansell. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Jenson Button swims
Jenson Button has hit the pool to prepare for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix

Tuesday, 15 September

Lewis Hamilton says he is proud of being compared to Ayrton Senna as he closes in on two of the Brazilian's F1 records. (Sky Sports)external-link

Hamilton says Turns 16 and 17 are the most difficult sections of the Marina Bay Circuit at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. (Daily Mail)external-link

The F1 Strategy Group is considering capping the cost of Formula 1 engine-supply deals. (Autosport)external-link

Pirelli and the FIA are working to avoid a repeat of the tyre pressure controversy that followed the recent Italian Grand Prix. (Paddock Talk)external-link

Williams engineering head Rob Smedley
Williams' Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley chats with engineering students ahead of the Singapore GP

Monday, 14 September

Lewis Hamilton enthralled his fans by singing a hip-hop song at a nightclub in New York. (Financial Times)external-link

The three Mercedes customer teams - Lotus, Force India and Williams - are waiting to see when they will be offered the upgraded engine used by Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix. (

Williams head of performance Rob Smedley acknowledged driver calls for cockpit canopies but said there is a need for "innovative and lateral thinking". (

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado has set himself the goal of completing every remaining racing lap this season after back-to-back retirements in Belgium and Italy. (NBC Sports)external-link

Production has started on a new film about the life of Bruce McLaren, a former driver who founded the team that still bears his name. (New Zealand Herald)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has been hanging out with Kanye West and other celebrities in New York this week

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