Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, Vettel, Formula E, Ricciardo

Formula E
Lucas di Grassi takes a selfie at the Paris ePrix

Sunday, 24 April

World champion Lewis Hamilton has been named on the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time. The three-time world champion is worth £106m, making him Britain's wealthiest sportsman. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Renault's Jolyon Palmer says the team's debrief after the Chinese Grand Prix "wasn't pretty" after neither he nor Kevin Magnussen finished. (PlanetF1.com)external-link

Championship leader Lucas di Grassi won the inaugural Paris Formula E street race. (CNN)external-link

Sebastian Vettel wants Formula 1 to remain as the "pinnacle of motorsport" and not become distracted by a desire to make it a show. (Crash.net)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull can perform strongly at the Russian Grand Prix, despite past struggles in Sochi. (GPupdate.net)external-link

Saturday, 23 April

Ferrari could introduce an engine upgrade as early as next weekend's Russian GP after promising results "unlocked horsepower improvements." (Motorsport.com)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has given a sneak peak into a novel training approach as he combines his typical driving position with gym work. (Fernando Alonso Instagram)external-link

Fernando Alonso in the gym
Fernando Alonso finished 12th in China, his first completed race of the season

Haas boss Gunther Steiner believes new teams should be given the opportunity for more testing, in order to help ease their entry in to Formula 1. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Williams believe there could be an advantage from carrying out testing for Pirelli that will focus on the new Formula 1 rubber for 2017. (Eurosport)external-link

Germany's Nurburgring is confident it will return to the Formula 1 calendar next season despite a contractual dispute over hosting a race in 2015. (ESPN)external-link

Winners of the drivers' world championship Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel would "have a hard time" if they competed in Formula E, according to championship leader Lucas di Grassi. (PlanetF1)external-link

Friday, 22 April

The company behind the Hungaroring has signed a contract extension and will host the Hungarian Grand Prix through to 2026. (Autosport)external-link

British world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named among Time magazine's 100 most influential people. (Time)external-link

McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who raced in the Australian Grand Prix, says the Super Formula series is more "physically demanding" than Formula 1. (Grandprix.com)external-link

The mayor of Monza is confident the Italian Grand Prix will continue to be held at the historic venue beyond this year, despite F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone casting doubt on its future. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

German Pascal Wehrlein is convinced that top-10 finishes are possible for Manor this season. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Following the death of music icon Prince, McLaren's Jenson Button wrote on Twitter: "Little Red Corvette.... RIP Prince you legend."

Button's team-mate Fernando Alonso came face to face with some samuraiexternal-link during a visit to the Tokyo National Museum.

Thursday, 21 April

Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko believes that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is "paranoid" about planned rule changes for 2017. (ESPN, via motorsport-magazin.com)external-link

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is being called upon to help improve road safety in Baku before the city hosts Azerbaijan's first Grand Prix in June. (Guardian)external-link

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says there are no excuses for the team's poor start to the season. (Autosport)external-link

Hass F1 driver Romain Grosjean says Pirelli should not be blamed for tyre pressure issues - even though he said after the Chinese Grand Prix that the rules on pressures had made his car "undriveable". (Crash.net)external-link

Former F1 champion Fernando Alonso - without a world title since 2006 - says he could still beat any other driver in the sport if he was in a similar car. (Sky Sports)external-link

Alfa Romeo have been urged by Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of their parent company Fiat, to get together with Ferrari to secure a return to F1.(Autosport)external-link

Valtteri Bottas
"Morning walk with Emilia Pikkarainen for breakfast was pretty today," posted Valtteri Bottas on Instagram after a stroll with his partner

Wednesday, 20 April

Rosberg and Hamilton
Robserg leads the standings with three wins from three races so far, with Hamilton in second place 36 points behind

World champion Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is yet to be properly challenged this season, adding of the German's lead at the top of the standings: "He should enjoy it whilst it lasts."(CNN)external-link

The Indonesian government has launched a scheme in which people can donate money by text message to help raise the $4.7m (£3.2m) driver Rio Haryanto owes to Manor. (Autoweek, via CNN Indonesia)external-link

Marussia and Manor have become embroiled in a dispute over what Marussia claim was illegal use of their trademark in the 2015 Formula 1 season.(Autosport)external-link

Renault driver Jolyon Palmer's performance in China was "embarrassing", according to Danish former F3000 driver and pundit Jason Watt. (Ekstra Bladet - in Danish)external-link

Romain Grosjean and pals
Frenchman Grosjean is eighth in the F1 standings with 18 points so far

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was out on the track in go-karts in celebration of his recent 30th birthday. "Fun day with friends... Just checking that I haven't lost any speed with my 30s."he tweeted.external-link

Tuesday, 19 April

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1 should abandon the planned rule changes for 2017. (Guardian)external-link

Mercedes were nominated for the team of the year award at the Laureus sports awards in Berlin, with Lewis Hamilton praising the style of Mercedes non-executive chairman and fellow three-time world champion Niki Lauda on Twitter.external-link

But Hamilton was absent from the team's group selfieexternal-link from the event.

Mercedes team selfie
Maybe Lewis was in the loo? Or had dropped his fork?

F1 has released on-board footage from both Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull to allow viewers to judge where fault lies for their opening-corner crash in China. (Formula 1)external-link

F1 race director Charlie Whiting has said it was "unacceptable" that a road car was left parked near the pitlane entrance in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Reuters)external-link

Pirelli will have more time to test tyres in 2017 after boss Paul Hembery threatened that the company could walk away from the sport. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Monday, 18 April

Sebastian Vettel in discussion with Kimi Raikkonen
After Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel described Kvyat's attempt to overtake as "suicidal"

Sebastian Vettel has drawn a line under his argument with Daniil Kvyat, having previously blamed the "madman" Red Bull driver for his collision with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in China. (Formula1.com)external-link

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says president Sergio Marchionne was far from happy after witnessing Sunday's misfortune. (Motorsport.com)external-link

But Arrivabene added it "isn't correct" to point the finger over who was to blame. (Autosport)external-link

Fernando Alonso says his McLaren team must improve after failing to score any points in Shanghai - a race the Spaniard described as "boring". (ESPN)external-link

Alonso posted an Instagram photoexternal-link of his helmet after Sunday's race, adding the caption: "After the battle."

Fernando Alonso Twitter
Alonso finished 11th in China, having started in 12th

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