Formula 1 gossip: Hulkenberg, Arrivabene, Wolff & Coulthard

Saturday, 3 October

Lotus are considering "quite a few tasty drivers" as they seek a replacement for Romain Grosjean following confirmation of the Frenchman's move this week to F1 newcomer Haas. (Autosport)external-link

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has written an apology to governing body the FIA for the behaviour of team members after complaints that some had forced their way past security after the Singapore Grand Prix. (Motorsport)external-link

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg is sitting 11th in the F1 drivers' championship with 38 points

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg says there is too much time set aside for practice during a grand prix weekend and believes it should be cut down.(Autosport)external-link

According to company accounts, each of the Mercedes F1 team's 700 staff received a minimum of £10,000 when they won the constructors' championship last year.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Williams test driver Susie Wolff will rejoin forces with BBC Sport's F1 pundit David Coulthard for the 2015 Race Of Champions at London's former Olympic Stadium in November after the Team Scotland pair reached the 2014 final in Barbados.(

Jenson Button
Jenson Button before the Italian Grand Prix in Monza in September

Friday, 2 October

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has described Jenson Button's decision to stay in Formula 1 as "really good news for the grid". (Daily Mail)external-link

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo does not seem too impressed by the upgraded engine supplied by Renault as their fractious relationship continues. "It's better than what we've got now but I wouldn't get too crazy about it," he said. (

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says the team are turning their attention to 2016 with only five races remaining this season. (GP Updateexternal-link)

Jaime Alguersuari
Jaime Alguersuari has quit motorsport to continue his DJ career

Jaime Alguersuari, 25, has quit motorsport to launch a career as a DJ. Alguersuari became the youngest F1 driver in history when he made his Toro Rosso debut in 2009 at the age of 19 years and 125 days, a record broken by Max Verstappen in 2015. (Fox Sports)external-link

Pre-season testing in F1 is set to start on 22 February next year. (Fox Sports)external-link

F1's reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has posted a picture on Twitter after treating his dogs Coco and Roscoe to a pooches' spa day in London.

Coco and Roscoe at a spa
Lewis Hamilton's pampered pooches are treated to a spa

Thursday, 1 October

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says the whole team is "demotivated" at their lack of pace after Fernando Alonso's complaints during the Japanese Grand Prix. (

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says his company would "think very heavily" about their future in the sport if the Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams were not on the 2016 grid. (Autosport)external-link

Formula 1 engines will be louder next year after the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved changes to the exhaust set-ups of cars. (Autosport)external-link

New American Manor driver Alexander Rossi says the United States Grand Prix in Austin on 25 October "can't come soon enough". (NBC Sports)external-link

We would not recommend this but Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo posted a video of himself dancing while driving.external-link

The rivalry between Mercedes' team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has "diluted echoes" of that between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at McLaren in 1988-89. (Motor Sport)external-link

Wednesday, 30 September

Despite speculation about his future, Jenson Button says McLaren's difficult 2015 campaign has brought him and the team closer together. (

McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis insists McLaren's partnership with Honda is the team's only possible means of returning to the front of F1. (Sky Sports)external-link

At the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg received a fifth of the coverage that Mercedes enjoyed in previous races, but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies claims of a blackout. (Telegraph)external-link

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean believes his move to Haas F1 will see him finally record a maiden Formula 1 victory. (ESPN F1)external-link

Lotus's Twitter account had an interesting way of reacting to Romain Grosjean's announcement that he would be joining Haas F1

Ecclestone has warned that Red Bull could walk out of Formula 1 if European Union investigators demand that they hand back £46m in special payments. (Times - subscription required)external-link

However, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels Toro Rosso's situation in Formula 1 is more critical than his team's right now, as owner Dietrich Mateschitz considers pulling both of them out of the championship. (Autosport)external-link

ART Grand Prix team principal Frederic Vasseur says it would be "an absolute denial" of the ladder system in single-seater racing if GP2 champion-elect Stoffel Vandoorne, 23, fails to make it to Formula 1 in 2016. (

Tuesday, 29 September

Jenson Button could quit McLaren and join Renault, who are set to buy the Lotus team, if he cannot resolve a contract dispute with the Woking-based outfit.(Daily Mirror)external-link

The likely departure of driver Romain Grosjean, 29, to the new Haas outfit will be a "loss" to Lotus, says the team's trackside operations chief Alan Permane.(Autosport)external-link

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, 35, says that the Italian team has "surprised itself" with the improvement in form in recent races.(

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he has a "mega balance" between his on-track and off-track commitments and, although the Briton is poised to attend the Paris Fashion Show this week, he does not feel like he is "overstepping the line". (Daily Mail)external-link

Hamilton is currently leading the standings as he bids for a second successive drivers' crown and, as a picture he has posted on Twitter shows, he has also made the front cover of men's magazine GQ in South Africa.

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Monday, 28 September

The future of the British Grand Prix is in doubt because of a shortage of funding at Silverstone.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former world champion Jenson Button, 35, and two-time champion Fernando Alonso, 34, give no guarantees that they will remain with McLaren next season.(Daily Mail)external-link

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have had two spells together at McLaren

Alonso believes drivers' radio conversations during races should be private after television viewers heard him criticise McLaren's lack of power from their Honda engine during the Japanese Grand Prix. (Fox Sports)external-link

Mercedes bosses plan to speak to F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone about the apparent lack of on-track TV coverage involving their drivers Lewis Hamilton, who won the race, and team-mate Nico Rosberg during the Japanese Grand Prix.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Lotus return to the High Court on Monday hoping to avoid being placed in administration as they wait for Renault to complete a planned takeover.(Sky Sports)external-link

Lewis Hamilton tweet about Ayrton Senna
Lewis Hamilton's victory at the Japanese Grand Prix puts him level with Ayrton Senna on 41 race wins

Triple former world champion and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz could leave the sport. (Reuters)external-link