Gossip: Massa, Williams, Gutierrez, Button

Sunday, 27 November

Felipe Massa, who retired after Sunday's race in Abu Dhabi, will be presented with the car that he raced at his final home Brazilian Grand Prix as a leaving gift from his Williams team. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Many teams used the Abu Dhabi weekend to prepare for F1's major rules shake-up in 2017. (Autosport)external-link

Esteban Gutierrez says returning to the Ferrari F1 team as a reserve driver is one of the options he is considering for 2017 after being dropped by Haas. (Motorsport.com)external-link

McLaren's Jenson Button posted this picture on Instagram before his last race in F1. He said:external-link "I will always know I reached my goal and dream in life to become a Formula 1 World Champion. I arrived with dreams and leave with memories."

Jenson Button

Saturday, 26 November

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
Rosberg (left) has yet to win the F1 drivers' title, while Hamilton has three

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has claimed that the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg "is like a volcano that is ready to erupt" before the title-deciding final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. (Sun)external-link

Wolff is not concerned that Hamilton may be employing mind tricks in a bid to beat team-mate Rosberg to the drivers' title this weekend. (F1today.net)external-link

Hamilton has admitted he has only practised starting from pole position this weekend as he strives to avoid another poor start on the grid. (F1 Fanatic)external-link

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says he is too far back on the grid to have an impact on the championship battle. (ESPN)external-link

New McLaren boss Zak Brown has said 'never say never' to the idea of Hamilton returning to the team. (Sky Sports)external-link

Red Bull principal Christian Horner is convinced his drivers - Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo - will be a lot closer to Mercedes next year. (Guardian)external-link

But the drivers' title will be the furthest thing from the mind of Brazilian Felipe Massa who will retire from F1 after Abu Dhabi. His Williams team paid an emotional tributeexternal-link after qualifying.

Williams Racing twitter
Felipe Massa has 11 wins in his 252 F1 races

Friday, 25 November

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton posted this picture on Twitter of him celebrating with Venus Williams at the US Grand Prix

Triple Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton takes inspiration from American tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams and says they "have a lot of fun around each other". (Reuters)external-link

Max Verstappen says his family used to holiday with Michael Schumacher and that the seven-time world champion provided a "perfect example to follow". (Daily Mail)external-link

The German Grand Prix is set to be dropped from next year's F1 calendar for financial reasons. (Reuters)external-link

McLaren's new executive director Zak Brown says his aim is to get the team "back into victory lane". (Formula1.com)external-link

Sauber's Felipe Nasr believes his performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix last time out will boost his chances of staying in F1 for the 2017 season. (NBC Sports)external-link

Jenson Button posted this picture on Instagramexternal-link before what looks like his last race in F1: "I go into this Grand Prix with the mindset that it's my last race in F1 so I thought I'd bring back some memories from my World Championship-winning year with a little hint of Pink for papa. I think it looks absolutely awesome, hope you guys do too."

Jenson Button
Button's helmet carries the message: "We arrive into F1 with dreams and leave with memories"

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne has been showing off his football skills...external-link


Thursday, 24 November

Max Verstappen riding a scrambler motorbike
At the last race in Brazil, Max Verstappen fought through the field from 16th with 16 laps to go to finish third in treacherous wet conditions

Sebastian Vettel texted Max Verstappen to clear the air after their latest clash at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and gauge his feelings on Formula 1's wet tyres. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton will be "quietly happy" if Nico Rosberg wins the drivers' title this weekend, says his former karting boss Dino Chiesa. (Sun)external-link

McLaren's Jenson Button believes next year's rule changes will allow teams to significantly improve cars during the season, which is "great for the sport". (Autosport)external-link

Manor is in discussion with at least one potential buyer. (Joesaward.wordpress.com)external-link

Valtteri Bottas tries skeet shooting
Williams' Valtteri Bottas is eighth in the drivers' championship

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo swapped four wheels for two as they rode scrambler bikesexternal-link in the Abu Dhabi desert.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat says there have been "bad times" for him during 2016 but it "turned out all right in the end". (Grandprix.com)external-link

Rival F1 teams are better than Williams at exploiting the regulations, says technical chief Pat Symonds.(Autosport)external-link

Williams' Valtteri Bottas has had a go at skeet shooting.external-link

Wednesday, 23 November

Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix in the past two seasons

Both McLaren drivers, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, would like to compete in the Le Mans 24-hour race in the future. (Fox Sports)external-link

McLaren needs a title sponsor and partner, according to the team's new executive director Zak Brown. (Motorsport)external-link

Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein has emerged as the leading candidate for Sauber's second Formula 1 seat in 2017. (Autosport)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean believes the American team should be targeting a top-seven finish in the 2017 season. (Motorsport)external-link

F1 teams have been arriving in Abu Dhabi for the season finale and taking in some spectacular sights:

Manor TwitterMercedesRed Bull

Tuesday, 22 November

Singapore Grand Prix
The Singapore Grand Prix was the first night race on the F1 calendar

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says his suggestion that Singapore did not want a grand prix anymore was taken in a "funny way" and that the race will "hopefully continue". (The Straits Times in Singapore)external-link

McLaren racer Jenson Button is expecting a "hugely emotional" weekend at the season finale in Abu Dhabi in what could be the Briton's final race in F1. (Somerset Live)external-link

Nico Rosberg will have his focus on clinching the drivers' title in Abu Dhabi and says he will "go all out" to beat Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to the crown.(Autosport)external-link

Hamilton is 12 points behind Rosberg going into the race at the Yas Marina circuit but cut a relaxed figure as he tweeted a picture with the message: "Squaaaad!! My fam for life".

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Monday, 21 November

Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

A Russian consortium is in exclusive talks about buying Silverstone from the British Racing Drivers' Club who are trying to sell the track. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, 19, has the potential to become the best driver of all time, according to three-time world champion and Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda. But the Austrian said Verstappen needs to "be careful" because he is having "too many crashes". (Diario de Ibiza, in Spanish,external-link via F1today.net)external-link

Valtteri Bottas
Williams' Valtteri Bottas is in Abu Dhabi ahead of Sunday's final race of the season

Fernando Alonso, 35, has hinted he may join former F1 driver Mark Webber in driving for Porsche in the World Endurance Championships when he ends his F1 career. (ESPN)external-link

McLaren have confirmed that talks did take place with technology giant Apple over a potential takeover or strategic investment but no bid was ever made. (Auto Express)external-link

Marcus Ericsson tweet
Marcus Ericsson reacted to his contract extension with Sauber in emoji form

Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean, 30, says the team's next targets are a podium finish and a race win after a successful debut season.(F1i.com)external-link

Pascal Wehrlein, 22, can still have a bright future in Formula 1 according to Force India, despite the team choosing not to promote him from Manor to a driver's seat on their team for 2017. (Motorsport.com)external-link

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