F1 Gossip: Hamilton, Rosberg, Ecclestone, Las Vegas Grand Prix, Raikkonen

Sunday, 10 July

Marcus Ericsson
Sauber's Marcus Ericsson confirms he is feeling OK after hospital checks following a crash during British Grand Prix qualifying

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has tipped Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 championship again, saying he would put money on it, despite the Mercedes' driver's apparent "bad luck" this season. (Formula1.com)external-link

Ecclestone, 85, also revealed he does not have an email address and said again that his retirement from the sport will coincide with his funeral. (Formula1.com)external-link

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr believes it would be "strange" and "extraordinary" if the team opted to trade him to Renault in return for cut-price power units. (Autosport)external-link

A proposed Grand Prix in Las Vegas could be a step closer with funding from Chinese investors agreed in principle while informal talks have been held with racing entrepreneur Tavo Hellmund - the man who resurrected the United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix. (Autoweek)external-link

Nico Rosberg and Niki Lauda
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg shares a beer and a sausage with legendary former F1 driver Niki Lauda ahead of the British Grand Prix

McLaren engineers were given a slap on the wrists after they worked on the cars of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso during Silverstone's 23:00 to 07:00 curfew. The team have now used up one of their two 'exceptions' for the season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he is happy to have disappointed his critics by securing a new deal with the team for next season. (Motorsport.com)external-link

The decision to keep hold of Raikkonen is part of Ferrari's long-term plan to keep their options open if Lewis Hamilton becomes available. (Sky Sports)external-link

Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker believes the sport will "suffer" when it is no longer shown regularly on free-to-air television from 2019. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Saturday, 9 July

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton are both on "final warnings" following their last-lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton says his relationship with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is better than it has been in the past, where both men wanted "to kill" each other. (Press Association, via Planet F1)external-link

Former world champion Jenson Button will only to continue racing next year if he "is in a competitive car". The 36-year-old has picked up only 13 points this season driving for McLaren. (Reuters)external-link

Force India's Sergio Perez will decide his long-term future in Formula 1 during the summer. He was linked with a move to Ferrari, before they announced they had extended Kimi Raikkonen's contract. (Fox Sports Asia)external-link

Lewis Hamilton feared his 'hip hop' dress sense would cost him his Grand Prix dream before he joined his first team McLaren. "When I went to sign my first contract at McLaren, the boss looked me up and down and I thought he wasn't going to sign me just because of that," the world champion said. (Mirror)external-link

Daniil Kvyat is expected to stay for another year at Toro Rosso, according to team advisor Dr Helmut Marko. (De Telegraaf, via Sportsmole)external-link

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has affected Williams financially and caused "short-term impacts to costs", says deputy team principal Claire Williams. (Autosport)external-link

Nico Hulkenberg
Germany's Nico Hulkenberg posts a message on Twitter wishing Angelique Kerber good luck for her match in the women's singles final at Wimbledon against Serena Williams

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari's decision to extend the contract of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was "the right thing to do" and the pair are "working in the same direction". (ESPN)external-link

Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has made clear there will be no alterations to the current restrictions on team radio messages during races. (Eurosport)external-link

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr has been working around the clock with his team to get a good result at this weekend's British Grand Prix. He wrote on Twitter:external-link "Had a very tricky Friday at Silverstone. Been working hard till late to try and unlock the cars potential for tomorrow! Lets go for it!"

Friday, 8 July

Deputy team principal Claire Williams says Brexit has hurt Williams in the short term - as the resulting drop in the value of the pound versus the euro affects what it pays for its Mercedes engines. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren's British driver Jenson Button says he misses being Formula 1 world champion as he prepares for this weekend's home grand prix at Silverstone. (CNN)external-link

Force India's Sergio Perez says he will use F1's summer break to decide on his long-term future. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Romain Grosjean was pleased to be back in Britain for this weekend's grand prix, and tweeted:external-link "Great track, great fans, great atmosphere. Love driving around the high speed corners of Silverstone!"

Mark Webber and David Coulthard
"My chauffeur today is not bad for a number two driver, always number one in my eyes," said David Coulthard on Twitter after being joined by former F1 driver Mark Webber at Silverstone

Thursday, 7 July

Jenson Button at the 2000 British Grand Prix
Button finished sixth in his first British Grand Prix in 2000 but is yet to finish on the podium at the Silverstone race

Mercedes have denied that Lewis Hamilton destroyed a hotel room in Baku after qualifying at the European Grand Prix, following comments made by non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on television. (Motorsport.com)external-link

McLaren's Jenson Button says it "really hurts" that he has not finished on the podium at the British Grand Prix in 16 attempts. (Crash.net) external-link

Honda would benefit from supplying a second Formula 1 team but no one is interested, says the Japanese firm's motorsport boss Yusuke Hasegawa. (Autosport)external-link

Renault's Jolyon Palmer says this weekend's race at Silverstone could be his only British Grand Prix. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Lewis Hamilton arrives in britain
Lewis Hamilton trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 11 points in the world championship

Lewis Hamilton posted a picture of his private jetexternal-link and wrote: "Arrived in Britain! Can't wait until I see my home crowd this weekend!"

Pirelli says that Sebastian Vettel's tyre failure in the Austrian Grand Prix was caused by debris on the circuit. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz says the team has to improve in qualifying after recent problems on Saturdays because "at the moment we have to recover too much in every race". (Adamcooperf1.com)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso posted "Hello UK"external-link on Instagram as he flew in for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Frederic Vasseur has taken up the title of team principal of the Renault Formula 1 team as part of a management restructure. (Autosport)external-link

Wednesday, 6 July

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes are considering placing restrictions on their drivers' freedom to race, after Hamilton and Rosberg's latest crash

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said it would "not be good for the sport" if Mercedes "interfere" in the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Red Bull are looking into Daniel Ricciardo's car set-up, to assess why the 27-year-old Australian is not converting his qualifying form into podium finishes. (Sky Sports)external-link

Carlos Sainz Jr, 21, is "proud" of speculation linking him with Renault and Ferrari, but insists he is happy at Toro Rosso. (Sky Sports)external-link

Force India are set to investigate why they had extensive brake and tyre issues at the Austrian Grand Prix. (Motorsport)external-link

Jenson Button will not be preparing for this weekend's British Grand Prix as if it is his last. The 36-year-old is expected to leave McLaren at the end of the season. (Guardian)external-link

Button, meanwhile, has signalled his intent to one day complete a 3,000-mile bike ride for charity. (Twitter)external-link

Red Bull designer Adrian Newey is "excited" by new bodywork regulations to be introduced for the 2017 F1 season. (Autosport)external-link

Nico Rosberg posted a picture of himself putting in the hard yards at the gym after his disappointing week in Austria. (Instagram)external-link

Tuesday, 5 July

Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard
David Coulthard (right) is joined by former McLaren team-mate Mika 'the Flying Finn' Hakkinen

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has claimed Lewis Hamilton "destroyed" his room at the Mercedes office after Nico Rosberg took pole position in Baku in June. He also claims Hamilton "lied" about getting on better than ever with Rosberg. (Servus TV via Motorsport)external-link

David Coulthard posted a picture of himself with his former McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen on Twitter, adding:external-link "Still on his side 20 years later, #ageingprocess"

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has bought a 32-piece art collection celebrating all of Formula 1's world champions from across the years. (Read Motorsport)external-link

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen won F1's Driver of the Day award for the third time in nine races after finishing second for Red Bull in Austria on Sunday. (Reuters)external-link

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Mercedes must consider if its current driver line-up is "tenable" in the long term after another collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Austria.(ESPN)external-link

Manor racing director Dave Ryan believes his team have shown they are a serious F1 competitor, and not just making up the numbers, with their Austrian Grand Prix performance. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren driver Jenson Button was keeping a keen eyeexternal-link on the Tour de France as Britain's Mark Cavendish won Monday's stage.

Jenson Button Twitter

Monday, 4 July

British driver Jenson Button reckons McLaren's sixth-place finish at the Austrian Grand Prix was a job well done. "We beat the Williams cars on sheer pace, and I think we did a great job today with our race strategy," he said. (Readmotorsport.com)external-link

Television presenter Eddie Jordan, the founder and former owner of the Jordan Grand Prix team, says it irritates him when drivers waste good Champagne by spraying it all over each other. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manufacturers Pirelli are to launch an investigation into why Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had a problem with his tyres at the Austrian Grand Prix.(Motorsport.com)external-link

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen admitted weaving down the track to hold off Manor's Pascal Wehrlein at the Austrian Grand Prix, accepting his five-second penalty as "fair enough". (Thecheckeredflag.co.uk)external-link

Meanwhile Wehrlein celebrated his first point in F1 with this picture on Twitter,external-link saying: "First point in F1. Really happy for the team they deserve it so much! Thank you".

Pascal Wehrlein
Manor racing's Pascal Wehrlein finished 10th in Austria to claim his first Grand Prix point

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to the British Grand Prix after finishing fifth in Austria. "Didn't have the pace to be on the podium today. Will work at it, understand it and have another crack in Silverstone," he tweeted.external-link

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