Formula 1 gossip: Palmer, Alonso, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Massa, Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton with Princess Charlene of Monaco
Lewis Hamilton with former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene of Monaco at Milan Fashion Week

Saturday, 23 September

Lewis Hamilton says he is "grateful" for the mistakes made by Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari this year after the Briton extended his World Championship lead in Singapore. (Planet F1)external-link

Meanwhile, Hamilton has been spotted at Milan Fashion Week hanging out with Princess Charlene of Monaco and Kris Jenner before the Malaysia Grand Prix next Sunday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Williams has trimmed its shortlist of drivers to partner Lance Stroll for the 2018 Formula 1 season to three drivers - Robert Kubica, current driver Felipe Massa and reserve Paul di Resta. (

McLaren boss Eric Boullier has revealed there were alternatives on the table for Honda before splitting, including a year-long sabbatical. (Planet F1)external-link

Toro Rosso Formula 1 chief Franz Tost says the team will consider any requests new engine partner Honda may have concerning its driver line-up for 2018 as it begins to consider its future plans. (

F1 bosses are working on a microphone that can be attached to a car's exhaust system to make the sport louder and more visceral for television viewers. (

Friday, 22 September

Jolyon Palmer says he intends to leave the Renault Formula 1 team at the end of 2017 with his "head held high". The 26-year-old Englishman finished sixth in Singapore, but will lose his place in the team for next season as Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr will move from Toro Rosso. (Autosport)external-link

Fernando Alonso wants to stay at McLaren for 2018, according to the team's boss, Eric Boullier. (

Boulllier says McLaren's three-year partnership with engine supplier Honda has been a "proper disaster" for the team's credibility. (Sky Sports)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team will not give Lewis Hamilton any favourable treatment over team-mate Valtteri Bottas, despite the English driver having a 28-point lead at the top of the world championship standings. (ESPN)external-link

Max Verstappen admits he has doubts whether Red Bull can win another race this season. (

Kevin Magnussen
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen went wakeboarding and posted this picture on Instagram. He wrote: "Did some wakeboarding in the cold Danish water today. Freezing cold but good fun."

Daniel Ricciardo has loaned his first grand prix-winning car to the Motor Museum of Western Australia. Red Bull's Ricciardo drove the RB10 to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in June 2014. (

Felipe Massa expects Williams to have "a completely different car" in 2018. The team are fifth in the Constructors' Championship but have only had one podium finish all season. (

Charles Leclerc, the 19-year-old who leads this year's F2 series, will be driving for Sauber in the first free practice session before next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. (Sauber)external-link

The Chinese Grand Prix, which is in doubt for 2018, is set to be confirmed. The race is provisionally scheduled for 8 April, but could swap dates with Bahrain, which is scheduled for 15 April. (Reuters)external-link

Thursday, 21 September

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen believes it is wrong to assume Ferrari will struggle against championship rival Mercedes in the upcoming races. (Autosport)external-link

Mexico's Hermanos Rodriguez circuit was not damaged by the recent earthquake which means October's grand prix will go ahead, says race marketing chief Rodrigo Sanchez. (Reuters)external-link

Williams will be making "quite substantial changes" to their 2018 car following a disappointing 2017 campaign, according to chief technical officer Paddy Lowe. (Sky Sports)external-link

Sebastian Vettel's Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 engine is available to use again after Ferrari found there was no damage to the unit following his first-lap crash.(

Sergio Perez has thanked those who donated to his fund to help those affected by Mexico earthquake. The Force India driver donated three million pesos (£124,500). (Sergio Perez on Twitter)external-link

Sergio Perez
"Heartfelt thanks!...... We continue to support!"

Wednesday, 20 September

McLaren's troubled spell with engine partner Honda has been a "proper disaster" for the team's credibility and ability to attract sponsors, says racing director Eric Boullier. (

Valtteri Bottas is not giving up on challenging for the Formula 1 world title, despite currently trailing leader and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 51 points. (

Hamilton says Mercedes will not be able to address the weaknesses of the current car until next season.(Autosport)external-link

Meanwhile, the Briton is working with R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean in a bid to launch a music career. (Sun)external-link

And Hamilton has also been hanging out with Paris St-Germain and Brazil star Neymar at London Fashion Week. (Instagram)external-link

Neymar and Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton with PSG and Brazil footballer Neymar at London Fashion Week

Tuesday, 19 September

Sebastian Vettel
Vettel was on pole in Singapore but did not finish the first lap after a crash at the start

Sebastian Vettel's title hopes are not over but his failure to finish the Singapore Grand Prix has made his task "more difficult", according to his boss at Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene. (Planet F1)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has been told to "not let up" by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff after the Briton won the Singapore Grand Prix to open up a 28-point lead over second-placed Vettel. (Guardian)external-link

Honda motorsport chief Masashi Yamamoto says McLaren "can find it hard to adapt to change" in the wake of the split between the two parties. (Autosport)external-link

Renault are to give British-Korean academy driver Jack Aitken, who is second in the GP3 series, a test drive in a Formula 1 car - the one Kimi Raikkonen drove to victory in Abu Dhabi in 2012. ( external-link

Monday, 18 September

Lewis Hamilton revealed he was taking inspiration from his hero Ayrton Senna after his win in the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. (Guardian)external-link

Ayrton Senna
Singapore Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton says he was always mindful of when Ayrton Senna crashed when leading the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix

Departing Renault driver Jolyon Palmer says he wants to end the Formula 1 season on a high after a breakthrough race in Singapore. (Sky Sports via Reuters)external-link

Palmer's father has confirmed the 26-year-old is eyeing a switch to Williams for 2018. (

Mark Webber has suggested the first-lap collision between Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen was triggered by a move Vettel has tried unsuccessfully before. (Channel 4 via ESPN)external-link

As rumours persist that Sauber could run Ferrari junior drivers in 2018, Marcus Ericsson says his team are talking to "a few other teams, including Williams." (Expressen via

Marco Matassa
It may have been a big night for Carlos Sainz and his Toro Rosso team as they celebrated a superb fourth place at the Singapore Grand Prix. He is pictured with race engineer Marco Matassa

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