F1 gossip: Ecclestone, Honda, Alonso, Vettel, Schumacher, Bottas

Bernie Ecclestone
Ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is in attendance at the Bahrain Grand Prix

Sunday, 16 April

Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone claims the sport could be sold again, only three months after Liberty Media completed their £6.4bn buyout, as Liberty chairman John Malone "is not interested in Formula 1". (Daily Mail)external-link

Honda have identified a recurring MGU-H (components of the car's turbo hybrid power unit) problem as the reason Fernando Alonso's engine failed in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. (Autosport)external-link

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel expects a challenge from the Red Bull cars during Sunday's race. (Formula1.com)external-link

Saturday, 15 April

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso (left) will not drive in the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at the Indy 500

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso hints former boss Ron Dennis would not have sanctioned him driving in Indy 500 and says the team's new executive director, Zak Brown, is a "true racer". (Guardian)external-link

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz has urged his team to get to the bottom of the technical problems that caused his second stoppage in as many days in Bahrain. (F1Fanatic)external-link

Friday, 14 April

Lewis Hamilton would like to enter Nascar and says drivers should be allowed to race in more than one series. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Briton is also eager to see former team-mate Jenson Button back in a McLaren car for the Monaco GP. (Independent)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has revealed his hectic schedule as he prepares to race for Andretti Autosport in the Indy 500 in May.(ESPN)external-link

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg says he is surprised by Alonso's decision, believing it is "completely different" to his own victory at Le Mans in 2015. (Fox Sports)external-link

And the German driver also claims the two penalties he was given during the Chinese Grand Prix were triggered by "centimetre decisions".(Motorsport.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen admit Red Bull do not fully understand the reasons for their poor form compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, or how to to close the gap. (Eurosport)external-link

Mick Schumacher, the 18-year-old son of F1 legend Michael, says he's "not ready" to start thinking about taking the big step into Formula 1.(Handelsblatt, via Autoweek)external-link

Pascal Wehrlein, who will return for Sauber at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, has hit out at critics for questioning his back injury which caused him to miss the first two races of the season. (Express)external-link

Torro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr believes Mercedes engine modes that "no-one understands" are the key factor in Williams leading the midfield pack.(Autosport)external-link

Jolyon Palmer
Ditching the conventional 'track walk', Renault's Jolyon Palmer and his team opted for a slightly more energetic 'track run' under the lights in Bahrain

Thursday, 13 April

Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello, who holds the record for most races in Formula One (322), moved to the IndyCar series in 2012

Rubens Barrichello, who competed in IndyCar in 2012, has warned Fernando Alonso to 'expect the unexpected' when he competes in the 101st Indianapolis 500 next month. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Former McLaren driver and Andretti Autosport boss Michael Andretti will handle strategy for Alonso when he launches his Indy 500 effort in May. (F1i.com)external-link

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Max Verstappen has a "sixth sense" for wet weather driving, after he came from 16th on the grid to take third place at the Chinese Grand Prix.(Motorsport.com)external-link

The prospect of a grand prix taking place on the streets of London has moved a step closer following a law change allowing motor racing on public roads. (Sky Sports)external-link

Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Marco Andretti welcomed Fernando Alonso to the team and said it was 'big for the sport'.

Wednesday, 12 April

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel won the last Turkish Grand Prix in 2011 on the way to his second title win

An agreement has been made "in principle" for the Turkish Grand Prix to return to the calendar. Istanbul Park last hosted a grand prix in 2011. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Formula 1's new racing boss Ross Brawn wants teams to share their race secrets in order to increase the number of fans. (Times - subscription required)external-link

A rule clarification could be issued after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel started the Chinese Grand Prix out of position. (Autoweek)external-link

The Manor team, which collapsed in January, will auction off more than 4,000 of its redundant parts next month. (Daily Mail)external-link

Lewis Hamilton says he has never worked harder, both physically and technically, to boost his performance this season. (F1i.com)external-link

Ex-Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg sent his congratulationsexternal-link to his former boss Toto Wolff as he and his wife, former racing driver Susie, welcomed their son.

Susie Wolff
Susie Wolff became the first woman in 22 years to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 2014

Tuesday, 11 April

Fernando Alonso's future at McLaren will be decided in the summer. Alonso has promised the team he will not hold contract talks with rivals behind their backs. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says his rivalry with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel will not ruin their friendship. (Guardian)external-link

Meanwhile, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Hamilton was "in a different league" when he won Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. (ESPN)external-link

Vettel believes Formula One's overtaking issues have been solved following the race in Shanghai. (Fox Sports Asia)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen says he and Ferrari have the solutions for his "painful" start to the 2017 Formula 1 season. (Autosport)external-link

Valterri Bottas
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was feeling positive following the Chinese GP

Monday, 10 April

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne wants team boss Maurizio Arrivabene to hold talks with driver Kimi Raikkonen about the Finn's form after he missed out on a podium finishes at the two opening races of the season. (F1i.com)external-link

But Raikkonen believes Ferrari should have "done a better job" with his strategy at the Chinese Grand Prix by pitting him earlier. (Autosport)external-link

Chinese GP winner Lewis Hamilton shared some banter with third-placed Max Verstappen after calling the Dutchman "young dude" during his podium interviews after the race. (Daily Mail)external-link

Verstappen says it was "not nice" holding off Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to stay in third in the closing stages of the Chinese GP as he "didn't have a perfect car balance". (Formula 1)external-link

Williams driver Lance Stroll says Sergio Perez was to blame for ending his race in China after being hit by the Force India driver at turn 10. Perez, though, reckons he wasn't given enough space. (Planet F1)external-link

Romain Grosjean on Twitter
Haas driver Grosjean will squeeze in a couple of days at home before next week's Bahrain GP

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