Formula 1 gossip: Rosberg, Maldonado, Red Bull, Manor

Romain Grosjean visits a watch factory
Romain Grosjean will be racing for Haas next season - when he's done making watches

Saturday, 30 January

Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey admits the team is likely to lose more ground to Mercedes and Ferrari next season, and has criticised the sport for being too "engine-dominated".(The Hindu)external-link

Former Ferrari and McLaren driver Gerhard Berger says Nico Rosberg is "insanely good" and has a chance of winning the 2016 world title. (Auto Motor und Sport - in German)external-link

Pastor Maldonado could blossom in 2016 if he doesn't lose his seat to Kevin Magnussen. (Autosport)external-link

Indonesian driver Rio Naryanto is in line for a race seat at Manor next season - provided he can secure $16m (£11.2m) in financial backing. (NBC Sports)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean revealed on Twitterexternal-link that he has been keeping his preparations for the 2016 season ticking over - by visiting a watch factory.

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton posted a picture of himself in the recording studio

Friday, 29 January

Former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen is set for a return to the sport with Renault poised to bring him in to replace Pastor Maldonado. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is to hold talks with key stakeholders as it wants more track testing to prepare for new regulations in the 2017 season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Romain Grosjean posted on social media: "Guys, it's now official, we will launch our @HaasF1Team car in BCN on the 22nd Feb am. Are you as excited as me?" (Romain Grosjean on Twitter)external-link

Haas F1 car
Romain Grosjean announced the launch date for the first Haas F1 car

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams wants to be braver in fighting for her team in talks with rival team bosses as she sometimes feels like "the little girl in the room" in the "male-dominated sport". (Associated Press)external-link

The BRDC is no longer under pressure to sell British Grand Prix Formula 1 venue Silverstone, according to president Derek Warwick. (Autosport)external-link

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg has been at the BBC Studios for filming of Question of Sport earlier this week and said he had "good fun".external-link

Nico Hulkenberg on Twitter
Hulkenberg enjoyed shooting some arrows while in the Question of Sport studios

Thursday, 28 January

New McLaren chief executive Jost Capito expects to have freedom to "do what needs to be done" to revive the team's fortunes when he joins from Volkswagen's successful motorsport arm later this season. (Autosport)external-link

Renault GP2 chief Frederic Vasseur is tipped to lead the constructor's new Formula 1 team. (

Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick will race in India's MRF Challenge Series, alongside the children of Red Bull technical officer Adrian Newey and former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi. (Deccan Chronicle)external-link

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed on Instagramexternal-link that he has taken up boxing as he steps up his preparations for the new season.

Lewis Hamilton boxing
Hamilton described boxing as a "great work out"

Meanwhile, Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr says he has been training with Spanish triathlete Mario Mola in a bid to shed weight before the start of the new season. (Marca via Inautonews)external-link

Wednesday, 27 January

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel believes the Italian team will be closer to challenging the domination of Mercedes in the 2016 season. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)external-link

German Vettel finished fastest after a two-day test of alternative wet tyres by Pirelli at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France. (Guardian)external-link

Red Bull insists it "acted correctly" in organising Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen's F1 car ski-slope stunt. (Autosport)external-link

Brazilian Felipe Massa posted a photo on Instagramexternal-link of compatriot and friend Pato, apparently congratulating him on signing for Chelsea. The post reads: "[Pato] I am sure it will be very good for you my bro! Congrats [Chelsea]."

Felipe Massa on Instagram
Williams driver Felipe Massa has given a strong indication that Brazil footballer Pato is Chelsea-bound

Tuesday, 26 January

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber says he rates ex-team-mate and current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel as the best current driver and Renault's Pastor Maldonado as "out of his depth". (Wheels)external-link

Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger says he "sometimes falls asleep in front of the television" and the sport "needs to be rethought from the ground up" to solve its problems. (Auto Motor und Sport via James Allen on F1)external-link

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was unconvinced by Pirelli's alternative wet-weather tyres following the opening day of a two-day tyre test at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France. (Autosport)external-link

Three teams are taking part in the test - Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren - and Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time. (ESPN)external-link

Ricciardo put the following message and picture on Instagram saying:external-link "Happy Australia day!!! Top picture was a week ago. Bottom was yesterday. What a contrast! Would love to be back home today soaking up the sun. Enjoy it for me fellow strayans."

Daniel Ricciardo on Instagram

Monday, 25 January

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo wanted to race in last year's Le Mans 24-hour race but his team did not want him to.(

Gene Haas, the owner of new F1 team Haas, believes the Austin circuit can find a way to overcome its financial difficulties and remain as United States Grand Prix host. (Autosport)external-link

The Indonesian government will make up the funding shortfall as Rio Haryanto's prospects of making his F1 debut with Manor in 2016 moved a step closer. (

Jean Todt, the boss of F1's governing body FIA, wants more positivity surrounding the sport. ( external-link

Nico Hulkenberg on Twitter
Nico Hulkenberg provided a view from the driver's seat as he went for a #nightride

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