F1 gossip: F1's $8.5bn sale, Zika concerns and Monza deal not signed

Saturday, 3 September

The $8.5bn (£6.4bn) sale of Formula 1 to Liberty Media will go ahead next week. (auto motor und sport via Reuters)external-link

F1 teams are holding crisis talks about concerns over the Zika virus in Singapore, before next month's grand prix there. (The Sun)external-link

The contract confirming Monza will continue to host the Italian Grand Prix has not actually been signed yet. (GrandPrix.com)external-link

Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Jenson Button at McLaren next year, with the British driver taking a year away from racing

Friday, 2 September

Dida, Jolyon Palmer, David Trezeguet, Fernando Alonso, Christian Karembeu, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Michel Salgado, Max Verstappen and Robert Pires before Heineken Champions of the Grid charity football match
Football friends: F1 drivers Jolyon Palmer, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez took on a team of renowned footballers including Dida, David Trezeguet, Christian Karembeu, Michel Salgado and Robert Pires in a charity match in Italy

McLaren's Jenson Button will not be given a seat at Williams next season, as the team have tired of the Briton's indecision.(Daily Mail)external-link

Romain Grosjean will remain with Haas for 2017 in the team's second year in Formula 1. (Autosport)external-link

Bosses at the Imola circuit have questioned whether Monza should be re-signed as the host of the Italian grand prix. (Motorsport)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton tweeted the latest in a series of photos from his childhood

Thursday, 1 September

Nico Rosberg
Is Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg eyeing a change in career?

Pirelli has called for "pragmatism" from Formula 1 drivers following their wide-ranging criticisms of the recent hike in tyre pressures. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says the team could face a dilemma if it develops a performance upgrade that is available to Nico Rosberg, but not Lewis Hamilton. (Motorsport)external-link

F1's future could be even more lucrative for stakeholders with the potential sale of the sport later this year, says Haas F1 team owner Gene Haas. (Sports Business Daily)external-link

Nico Rosberg enjoyed a game of football with some of his Mercedes colleagues, adding:external-link "Had an awesome time kicking with my boys. You are the best!!"

But Rosberg has his priorities in order, posting on Twitter:external-link "My little princess turned one yesterday. Being a parent changes everything and showed me what is really important."

Nico Rosberg

Kevin Magnussen's physiotherapist is confident the Renault driver will race at the Italian Grand Prix, having escaped injury after a major crash in Belgium on Sunday.(BT, via Yahoo)external-link

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg donned his Germany shirt in support of compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger, after the footballer played his last game for the national team. (Twitter)external-link

Nico Hulkenberg Twitter

Wednesday, 31 August

Carlos Sainz Jr
Carlos Sainz Jr is looking forward to driving an F1 car with more speed

Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr is excited for 2017's rule changes, that will see cars up to six seconds faster, and dismissed the current situation as "not full F1". (Autosport)external-link

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Red Bull's Max Verstappen is being "protected" by the FIA over his alleged dangerous driving, because "they want him to be a star". (Motorsport)external-link

McLaren are approaching a decision over their 2017 driver line-up, with it still undecided whether former world champion Jenson Button or promising youngster Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Fernando Alonso. (Sky Sports)external-link

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes the first lap crash that scuppered both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen's races at Spa masked the improvement in the car. (Autosport)external-link

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber says that drinking champagne out of fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo's shoe on the Spa podium was "not very nice" and "didn't taste so good". (Motosport)external-link

Rumours abounded on Tuesday as to whether Fernando Alonso could be set to retire from F1. Could he be swapping four wheels for two come the season's close? (Instagram)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso heads out for a morning ride ahead of the Italian GP

Tuesday, 30 August

Lewis Hamilton; Fernando Alonso
Hamilton and Alonso started on the back row in Belgium after engine-related penalties

The FIA is investigating Renault driver Kevin Magnussen's crash in Spa by analysing his helmet and cockpit headrest, which came into debate after it failed to stay in place during impact. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen believes he was the "victim" in Belgium after criticism over his "dangerous" driving. (Autosport)external-link

Carlos Sainz bemoans Toro Rosso's struggles and believes it goes beyond a lack of raw pace compared to other teams. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Briton Lewis Hamilton says it's a "real possibility" for Fernando Alonso to retire but hopes the Spaniard carries on racing beyond the end of his McLaren contract next year. (Times of India)external-link

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has downplayed team-mate Lewis Hamilton's overall advantage following his engine pile-up at the Belgian Grand Prix which saw Hamilton accept a 55-place grid penalty. (Planet F1) external-link

However, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is calling for the "ridiculous" engine loophole utilised by Hamilton to now be closed. (Planet F1) external-link

After an eighth-placed finish in Belgium, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas took advantage of some time off before this weekend's Italian Grand Prix...

Valtteri Bottas

Monday, 29 August

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has likened Max Verstappen to three-time world champion Ayrton Senna, also describing the 18-year-old as "refreshing but dangerous". (Autosport)external-link

Meanwhile, Red Bull's Verstappen has dismissed Kimi Raikkonen's complaints about him turning in or trying to push him off the circuit at the Belgian Grand Prix, saying it is "a big lie". (Planet F1)external-link

Fernando Alonso says finishing seventh in the Belgian Grand Prix is a result that would have been "unthinkable" for his McLaren team a few races ago. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Meanwhile, McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis has reiterated that a decision on McLaren's 2017 driver line-up has yet to be taken. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manor Racing's racing director Dave Ryan has admitted to having mixed emotions following the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. (TheCheckeredFlag)external-link

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg says the red flag at the Belgian Grand Prix cost him a chance of finishing on the podium at Spa. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg conceded that his selfie-taking skills might need some work after this picture with fellow podium finishers Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton...

Lewis Hamilton; Daniel Ricciardo; Nico Rosberg

And Rosberg wasn't the only person at Spa-Francorchamps to have their camera operating skills called into question...

Mercedes tweet
Formula 1 pit lanes are full of distractions

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