F1 gossip: Lauda, Wolff, Grosjean, Webber, Ericsson

Friday, 14 October

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda and team boss Toto Wolff are in talks to extend their contracts beyond 2017. (GrandPrix.com)external-link

Wolff believes testing of Pirelli's new wider tyres should take place in Bahrain rather than in cooler Barcelona. (Crash.net)external-link

Tweet from Romain Grosjean
Haas FI driver Romain Grosjean appears to have got a bit carried away in the gym...

Marcus Ericsson wants his future in F1 resolved "sooner rather than later". The 26-year-old Swede says he has been in talks with other teams, but is most likely to stay with Sauber. (F1i.com)external-link

Former F1 driver Mark Webber will retire from professional racing at the end of the year. The 40-year-old Australian has been competing for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship. (ESPN)external-link

Thursday, 13 October

Mercedes' team chairman Niki Lauda says he will speak to Lewis Hamilton to help him "politely proceed with the media" following the British driver's controversial behaviour in Japan.(Grandprix.com)external-link

Former Ferrari chief engineer Luca Baldisserri says the current team is a "group of scared people" afraid of being "fired in disgrace". (ESPN)external-link

Carlos Sainz instagram post
Tuesday was the Fiesta Nacional de Espana - the national day of Spain - and Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was celebrating

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg's first test of the new Pirelli wider tyres that will be introduced next season was hampered by rain at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday.(Autosport)external-link

Opposition politicians in the Australian state of Victoria have called for the Melbourne Grand Prix to be moved to New South Wales. The head of local government there has previously suggested that, if the race were to move, the course could include the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. (Guardian)external-link

Wednesday, 12 October

Nico Rosberg says suggestions that Lewis Hamilton is in "meltdown" are "complete rubbish" and insists his Mercedes team-mate is putting in long hours in a bid to salvage his title challenge. (Sky Sports)external-link

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner also thinks it would be "foolish" to write off Hamilton's championship chances this despite the 33-point deficit he faces to Rosberg with four races remaining. (ESPN)external-link

Mercedes celebrate title
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were back at the Mercedes factory on Tuesday as the team celebrated their third successive constructors' championship

Robert Kubica, whose F1 career was halted by a serious arm injury suffered in 2011, says he is "90% certain" he will make a return to track racing in 2017, having spent three years in rallying. (Autosport)external-link

Organisers of this month's Mexican Grand Prix say they are on target to sell all of their 120,000 race-day tickets. (Motorsport)external-link

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says rumours former Ferrari technical boss James Allison is on his way to the team are "total nonsense" - but there is a chance that he will join Renault. (Planet F1)external-link

Maria De Villota
Carlos Sainz tweet
Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz paid tribute to former Marussia test driver Maria de Villota on Tuesday to mark three years since she died as a consequence of injuries suffered in a crash at Duxford Aerodrome in July 2012

Tuesday, 11 October

Jenson Button
Jenson Button posted this picture on Instagram. The British driver said: "Tough day on the track so thought I'd have a little fun on the train to Tokyo post race! Refreshments anyone?"

Renault are poised to sign Force India's Nico Hulkenberg for the 2017 season on a two-year deal. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes has tried altering its drivers' gloves as part of efforts to help Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg avoid problems with its "difficult to handle" clutch. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the title battle between his drivers is "far from over" despite Rosberg taking a 33-point lead over Hamilton with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. (ESPN)external-link

And Rosberg says he is not underestimating Hamilton's ability to fight back in the world championship after revealing the Briton was more focused in Japan than he has been for a while. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Fernando Alonso claims Japan was a 'nasty surprise' for McLaren-Honda, with the Spaniard and his team-mate Jenson Button finishing the race in Suzuka 16th and 18th respectively. (PlanetF1)external-link

Red Bull racing boss Christian Horner says he will only be prepared to agree to conducting pre-season testing in Bahrain if Pirelli is prepared to contribute to the cost. (Crash.net)external-link

Monday, 10 October

Nico Rosberg and Niki Lauda
Rosberg and Lauda celebrate Mercedes' championship win

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda says only mechanical problems would stop Nico Rosberg winning a first Formula 1 title this year. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has defended his role in a duel for second place with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Reuters)external-link

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo gave his recap of the race at Suzuka - while wearing a Fernando Alonso mask. (Fox Sports)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Daniel Ricciardo was sixth in the Japanese Grand Prix

Williams driver Felipe Massa enjoyed Ricciardo's prank...

Felipe Massa Twitter

Former Toro Rosso F1 driver Sebastien Buemi started his Formula E title defence with a win in Hong Kong, racing for the Renault e.dams team. (Reuters)external-link

Lewis Hamilton was delighted to see his Mercedes team win the constructors' title for a third successive year:

Lewis Hamilton Twitter

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