Formula 1 gossip: Dennis, McLaren, Renault, Kvyat, Verstappen, Baku

Ron Dennis
Ron Dennis was reported to be ready to sue the FIA over new engine regulations

Sunday, 8 May

McLaren have played down reports team boss Ron Dennis is furious about a new engine rule. (Auto Motor und Sport, via Inautonews)external-link

Renault racing director Fred Vasseur is not writing off the 2016 season, despite his team's focus being on 2017. (

Vasseur says reserve driver Esteban Ocon will conduct a full day's testing at the session following the Spanish Grand Prix. (NBC Sports)external-link

Briton Alex Lynn, a Williams development driver, will also take part in the two-day test. (Planet F1)external-link

Pirelli says Daniil Kvyat will use the tyre sets assigned to Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso car, with the teenager taking Kvyat's Red Bull allocation. (Grand Prix Times)external-link

Azerbaijan's new Baku City Circuit has its own video game, giving fans a chance to test out the course before its F1 debut in June. (

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was prepared for a marathon effort on Sunday, but not on the track. He tweeted this picture:external-link

Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean will run in the Geneva marathon on Sunday

Saturday, 7 May

World champion Lewis Hamilton has urged fans to "respect" Mercedes following claims they are conspiring against him this season, saying on Facebookexternal-link he trusts his team "1000%".

Renault plans to run its updated Formula 1 power unit for the first time at the in-season test that follows the Spanish Grand Prix. (Autosport)external-link

Russian backer Sergey Belousov is happy with 22-year-old Daniil Kvyat's controversial return to Toro Rosso, saying the team is about "pure racing". (Lenta, via Inautonews)external-link

Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko believes Red Bull will be the "biggest beneficiary" of F1's regulation changes in 2017. (

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo ran into a spot of trouble when out cycling on Friday, he tweeted:external-link "Good ride. Although didn't plan on being back 7 hours later #puncture #iaintamechanic."

Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is not used to repairing his own tyres

Friday, 6 May

Max Verstappen is looking forward to the "special moment" when he makes his debut for Red Bull at next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. (Independent)external-link

The 18-year-old sees no reason to consider potential offers from rival Formula 1 teams following his mid-season promotion from Toro Rosso to Red Bull. (Autosport)external-link

Verstappen's former race engineer Xevi Pujolar has confirmed that he has left Toro Rosso, following reports of an argument with team boss Franz Tost at the Russian Grand Prix. (

Xevi Pujolar
Max Verstappen pays tribute to his former Toro Rosso race engineer Xevi Pujolar on Twitter

McLaren team boss Eric Boullier insists the 2017 regulations will not reduce overtaking levels in Formula 1. (

Renault racing director Frederic Vasseur tells Formula 1 teams to stop complaining about the sport's regulations. (

Ferrari says Sebastian Vettel's power unit was not damaged in the crash with Daniil Kvyat during last weekend's Russian Grand Prix. (Autosport)external-link

Thursday, 5 May

Lewis Hamilton with a kayak
Lewis Hamilton is heading back to Barbados next weekend for the Festival of Speed at Bushy Park and made it clear via his Twitter account that he's looking forward to it

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told world champion Lewis Hamilton to 'stop moaning' following a further reprimand from race stewards at the Russian Grand Prix, but also backed the Briton to regain his world title. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Leading teams, including Mercedes and Red Bull, want to see Ecclestone replaced as the sport's figurehead. (wheels24)external-link

Mercedes driver Hamilton insists he has not eased off after winning a third world title and wants to add to his collection. (

Honda boss Yusuke Hasegawa has queried the need to increase engine noise to make F1 more exciting. (Autosprint via inautonews)external-link

Pirelli have begun testing new tyres, suggesting that they will stay as the F1 tyre supplier from 2017-19. (

Jenson Button tweet
Jenson Button has his say on the change of drivers at Red Bull where Daniil Kvyat has been replaced by Max Verstappen.

Wednesday, 4 May

McLaren achieved a double points finish in Russia with Fernando Alonso sixth and Jenson Button 10th

McLaren are planning to upgrade their car with "significant" updates for the Spanish Grand Prix. (Daily Mail)external-link

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has admitted an attempt to hold a race on the world-famous Las Vegas strip is now "struggling". (ESPN)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has said he will only stay in F1 if he has the chance to win. (Sky Sports)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has suggested Ferrari's disappointing form during the Russian Grand Prix weekend was a blip. (Eurosport)external-link

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says it breaks his soul to see Ferrari struggling to fight for victories in F1. (Gazzetta - in Italian)external-link

Nico Rosberg says he hopes the "haters" get over the new F1 cockpit protection. (

Tuesday, 3 May

Daniil Kvyat (right)
Daniil Kvyat (right) crashed with Sebastian Vettel on Sunday

Red Bull will hold talks with driver Daniil Kvyat, 22, over his future at the team after causing what the outfit's bosses called "a day of disaster" at the Russian Grand Prix, which included a crash with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. (City AM)external-link

Mercedes' continuing dominance is harming Formula 1, according to Igor Ermilin, the presidential advisor to the Russian Automobile Federation. (Autoweek)external-link

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen is unsure about his F1 future beyond 2016, with his contract at Ferrari due to expire at the end of the current season. (Paddock Talk)external-link

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has accepted he is likely to receive a grid penalty this season after receiving his second reprimand of 2016 at the Russian GP. (Sky Sports)external-link

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has hit back at suggestions on social media that the team deliberately sabotaged Hamilton's car in Russia, calling the accusers a "bunch of lunatics". (NBC Sports)external-link

Hamilton will put his problems behind him this weekend with a trip to Barbados...external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has yet to win a race this season, with team-mate Nico Rosberg winning four

Monday, 2 May

Bernie Ecclestone and Vladimir Putin
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone joined Russian president Vladimir Putin for Sunday's race

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone watched the Russian Grand Prix alongside president Vladimir Putin, a man he described on Saturday as "like another Winston Churchill". (Tass, via Daily Mail)external-link

Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat says he spoke to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on the phone after the pair were involved in a crash during Sunday's race. (Autoweek)external-link

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third in Sochi, says the team did not have the speed to challenge Mercedes. (Fox Sports)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also expressed his frustration after he finished 11th in Sochi. (Fox Sports)external-link

Rookie Jolyon Palmer was the third Brit home at Sochi with a 13th-placed finish for Renault. He tweeted:external-link "Much more solid race. Points for the team and not far away for me. Just losing the tyres a bit too much in the second stint... On to Barca!"

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was delighted with his Russian win, posing for a selfieexternal-link with the race trophy.

Nico Rosberg
Rosberg has won the first four races of the F1 season

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