F1 gossip: Lance Stroll, Valtteri Bottas, Sauber, Ferrari, Red Bull

Lance Stroll
European Formula 3 champion Stroll is the youngest driver on the starting grid

Saturday, 1 April

Williams' 18-year-old Canadian driver Lance Stroll believes those criticising his promotion to Formula 1 are only motivated by jealousy.(Autosport.com)

Formula 1 is planning to replace the current hybrid engines with cheaper and noisier ones from 2021. (F1Today.net)

Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes driver Bottas has been hitting the beach in Bali. Jealous?

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says Ferrari's 2017 power unit is better than Mercedes'. (Formula1.com)

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says her team will not be switching to Honda power this season. (ESPN)

Ferrari's chief executive Sergio Marchionne believes the Italian company "needs to be involved" with Formula E. (Roadandtrack.com)

Red Bull's 21-year-old reserve driver Pierre Gasly hopes to graduate to a full-time seat by 2018. (Motorsport.com)

Friday, 31 March

Jenson Button
Jenson Button announced his retirement from F1 at the end of the 2016 season

Honda will next month announce a new partnership to supply engines for Sauber, but are at risk of losing a major partnership with McLaren after two years of poor performance and a difficult start to the third year of the deal. (Daily Express)

Jenson Button will be back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car in August, putting a McLaren M23 through its paces as part of his role as an ambassador for the team. (Fox Sports Asia)

Ferrari has released reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi to Sauber for the upcoming China Grand Prix should the Swiss outfit require the young Italian's services. (F1i.com)

Renault's Niko Hulkenberg shared a photo of him enjoying some time on Sydney's famour Bondi Beach. (Niko Hulkenberg Twitter)

Executive director Toto Wolff believes Mercedes must strike a balance in their car to keep the weight down for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Daily Express)

Thursday, 30 March

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake will entertain fans in America

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said he hopes to one day play himself in a film. (F1i.com)

Antonio Giovinazzi should be odds on to replace Kimi Raikonnen at Ferrari next season, says the team's former boss Cesare Fiorio. (Thejudge13.com)

Mercedes' chief strategist James Vowles has given some insight into the strategy decisions his team took during the Australian Grand Prix. (ESPN)

Justin Timberlake will perform at this year's United States Grand Prix. (Paddocktalk)

Valtteri Bottas thinks it is wrong to judge that Formula 1's 2017 cars have made overtaking impossible after just one grand prix, insisting some tracks will throw up good racing. (Autosport)

Wednesday, 29 March

Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein missed the Australia GP because of a lack of fitness following a back injury

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has labelled criticism of Pascal Wehrlein's decision to withdraw from the Australian Grand Prix on fitness grounds "awful" and "appalling". (Motorsport)

Red Bull expects it will have to wait until the Canadian Grand Prix in June before receiving a properly-upgraded Formula 1 engine from Renault. (Autosport)

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is not looking to return to F1 any time soon, having recently signed up as a sponsor for the Olympics. (F1 Today)

Toto Wolff says it was mainly a contractual issue that halted negotiations between Mercedes and Fernando Alonso ahead of the 2017 season. (Paddock Talk)

Tuesday, 28 March

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo crashed in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix - then had technical problems in the race

Italian authorities say they have foiled an elaborate plan to steal the body of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, who died in 1988. (Reuters)

Race director Charlie Whiting says the aborted start at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix was because of uncertainty caused by a warning light triggered by a marshal. (thechequeredflag.co.uk)

Daniel Ricciardo says there is no obvious reason why Red Bull started the season so far adrift of Ferrari and Mercedes. (Crash.net)

Drivers can no longer afford a 'coffee break' when reacting to errors because of the pace of the 2017 cars, says McLaren's Fernando Alonso. (Autosport)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is braced for a tougher challenge from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel than he had last year battling team-mate Nico Rosberg. (Motorsport.com)

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