F1 gossip: Jenson Button, Pirelli, Fernando Alonso, Honda, Daniel Ricciardo

Jenson Button (right) with McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso
Alonso (left) is 13th in the standings and Button currently languishes 16th

Friday, 1 July

Jenson Button is unhappy with the tyre pressures being imposed by Pirelli at the Austrian Grand Prix, describing them as "unbelievably high". (F1i.com)

Formula 1's system for checking tyre pressures has been changed ahead of this weekend's race in a bid to prevent teams using tricks to get around current limits. (Motorsport.com)

Fernando Alonso insists he is doing all he can without "punching them" to inspire Honda to continue to improve in Formula 1. (Autosport)

But Alonso thinks Honda is currently ahead of where Mercedes were at the same stage of its own V6 project and remains confident of returning to the front of the grid next season. (ESPN)

Eighteen-year-old Max Verstappen wishes his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo a happy 27th birthday, and adds a cheeky hashtag.

Max Verstappen with Daniel Ricciardo

Renault's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen says the team should give up on this year's Formula One car and focus on designing a better one for 2017. (Reuters)

The McLaren team analyse the Spielberg circuit, venue for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

Spielberg circuit

Thursday, 30 June

Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen
Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen were Toro Rosso team-mates until the Dutchman (right) was promoted to Red Bull in May

Max Verstappen says that he does not feel added pressure from Red Bull keeping Carlos Sainz on for another season at Toro Rosso. (Motorsport.com)

The Haas F1 Team is working with chassis manufacturer Dallara to address the problems which have led to multiple front wing failures this season on the team's chassis. (F1i.com)

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says he will take a more hands-on approach when negotiating his future in Formula 1. (Autosport)

Lewis Hamilton has been surfing, with some young company, in Tennessee.

Wednesday, 29 June

Nico Rosberg has suggested he will stay at Mercedes for years to come - but says there is no hurry for a new deal. (IOL)

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has told driver Kimi Raikkonen that he needs to deliver results to prove that he deserves another contract for 2017. (Motorsport)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo seems in relaxed mood before this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix as he showcased his singing talents on Instagram with a cover of a Bob Dylan song. (Instagram)

Nascar driver Kurt Busch has encouraged F1 bosses to enhance the current calendar and press ahead with plans for a Las Vegas Grand Prix. (Motorsport)

Currently second in the drivers' championship behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton suggests he already has one eye on his 'home' Grand Prix at Silverstone with this Twitter post:

The Austrian GP is this weekend but Hamilton already has one eye on Silverstone, where the British GP takes place a week later

Tuesday, 28 June

Felipe Massa has hinted he has offers to stay in F1 next year - but away from his current Williams team. (F1i.com)

The promoter of the Brazilian Grand Prix has dismissed fears it will disappear from the calendar after this year. (Autosport)

Renault's Jolyon Palmer has defended rules on team-to-driver radio communications in the wake of Lewis Hamilton's issues with an incorrect engine setting at the European Grand Prix. (BT Sport)

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has warned of the growing threat from improving teams including Williams and Force India. (f1.co.uk)

Four-time world champion and Renault ambassador Alain Prost has warned the French team faces a challenge to keep staff motivated after a difficult start to 2016. (Autosport)

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has broken his Twitter silence, almost two months after his previous tweet, which came before his demotion from the Red Bull team:

Daniil Kvyat's Twitter
The Russian driver had previously deleted all reference to Red Bull from his Twitter account.

Monday, 27 June

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is preparing to change the way that "unfair" bonus payments are allocated, saying he is aiming to "come up with something more equal for all the teams". (The Times)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo claims that he is on Ferrari's list of possible replacements for Kimi Raikkonen, with the Italian team unsure whether to renew the latter's contract. (Autosport)

Ross Brawn, who won world titles as team boss and technical director at three teams, has refused to rule out a return to the sport. (Sky Sports)

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch thinks that F1 should follow his sport's lead in social media to maximise its global appeal. (Autosport)

Mercedes' World Championship leader Nico Rosberg seemed to enjoy Germany's 3-0 victory against Slovakia, which earned them a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. (Instagram)

But McLaren driver Jenson Button didn't have time for the football, as he got behind the wheel of the new Honda NSX. (Instagram)

Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone's move will see Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren lose their rights to historic bonus payments

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