F1 Gossip: Lewis Hamilton, James Hunt, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo

James Hunt and Lewis Hamilton
Former F1 driver John Watson believes comparisons can be drawn between former world champion James Hunt and the current champion Lewis Hamilton

Saturday, 14 May

Lewis Hamilton has been warned he is going the same way as former world champion James Hunt. (Daily Mail)

Kimi Raikkonen could yet remain at Ferrari in 2017 with team boss Maurizio Arrivabene declaring that "the future of Kimi is in the hands of Kimi." (Planet-F1.com)

Hamilton says his mechanics were his "soldiers" before Mercedes swapped them with Nico Rosberg's. (Sky Sports)

Daniel Ricciardo says he "never doubted" the fact he could out-qualify Max Verstappen in Spain as Red Bull secured a surprise lockout of the second row. (ESPN F1)

Friday, 13 May

Lewis Hamilton says he is ready to climb a "steep mountain" after the setbacks he has suffered so far this season. (Formula1.com)

Max Verstappen was satisfied with his first day as a Red Bull driver in Spain, and insisted that there is much more to come. (Motorsport.com)

Nico Rosberg
The secret to Nico Rosberg's success so far? Beans. Lots and lots of green beans (maybe)

Nico Rosberg says he does care about a fans' backlash over claims Mercedes have been favouring him over team-mate Lewis Hamilton. (Daily Star)

Verstappen's long-term Formula 1 future is at Red Bull, says team principal Christian Horner. (Reuters)

Sebastian Vettel thinks Red Bull had decided to drop Daniil Kvyat in favour of Verstappen before his clash with the Russian two weeks ago in Sochi. (NBC Sports)

Thursday, 12 May

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg believes the enforcement of radio restrictions this season means fans can no longer say drivers are "muppets" who are directed by their team. (Autosport.com)

Carlos Sainz is convinced he will get his chance to race with Red Bull despite them promoting Max Verstappen to its lead team. (Motorsport.com)

Reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne is aware of interest elsewhere in the paddock, but has stated his desire to race with McLaren next year. (Autosport.com)

Mercedes has no doubts that Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his troubled start to the campaign after admitting it had let the world champion down so far. (Motorsport.com)

Ferrari chairman and newly appointed chief executive Sergio Marchionne expects the Scuderia to start winning races from this weekend's Spanish GP and blames bad luck for its disappointing start to the season. (JamesAllenonF1)

Williams driver Felipe Massa has expressed his desire to record a podium finish this season and feels the Spanish GP could be the perfect place to do it. (PlanetF1)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is expecting the true order at the front of the grid to begin to emerge in the next few races after his team dominated the opening four races. (ESPN)

Wax on, wax off? Four races down, four wins for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton has gone all Karate Kid while on holiday in Barbados in his efforts to try and get that first win of the season.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton on holiday in Barbados

Wednesday, 11 May

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe says Mercedes' "highest priority" is to avoid a repeat of the power unit problems that have recently afflicted Lewis Hamilton. (GPupdate.net)

Force India has reduced its annual losses to £6.8m for 2015 from £15.4m the previous year. (Motorsport.com)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff disagree on the impact the new regulations for 2017 will have on Formula 1. (Autosport)

FIA race director Charlie Whiting is confident the new Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan will be completed in time for next month's European Grand Prix, following his inspection of the venue and its facilities on Tuesday. (F1.com)

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz retweeted footage of himself flinging a kart around on a wet track before this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Carlos Sainz Jr

Tuesday, 10 May

Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says a street race could be held in central London as early as next year. (ITV)

Teenager Max Verstappen "hasn't slept for three nights" as the Red Bull driver prepares for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. (Peptalk, via Fox Sports)

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya will not be in Barcelona for Sunday's race, but is hoping for a change in his team's fortunes. (Force India F1)

Haas driver Romain Grosjean could make his Nascar debut this year, with the team's chief operating officer, Joe Custer, saying "it's definitely on our wish list". (Motorsport.com)

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas hit the road for a pre-breakfast run with fitness coach Antti Vierula on Tuesday, tweeting this picture.

Valtteri Bottas
Early bird Valtteri Bottas catches the sunrise in Monaco

Monday 9 May

Three-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is convinced he can peg back championship leader and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The German is unbeaten going into Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix but Hamilton said: " I know I am quicker than Nico." (Daily Star)

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber reckons Daniil Kvyat's dropping by the Austrian team was "harsh" but not surprising. "In F1 you have nowhere to hide," said Australian Webber, who spent seven seasons at Red Bull. (Daily Telegraph)

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has revealed an upgrade before Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. "We've got a new front wing that we tested for the first time in Russia, and we've got a new rear wing that we'll race for the first time in Barcelona," he said. (Formulaspy.com)

McLaren-Honda driver Jensen Button predicts his team will get better this season but will still fail to win any races. (F1i.com)

Honda are saving up their engine development tokens for a substantial upgrade according to motorsport chief Yusuke Hasegawa. "We'd like to use tokens effectively rather than gradually," he said. (Autosport.com)

Max Verstappen
Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen has been signed up to replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull for the rest of the season

Max Verstappen celebrated his call-up by Red Bull with an appearance at the Wings for Life World Run in Milan. "Great fun overtaking all @WFLWorldRun runners in my slowest race ever!" he tweeted.

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