F1 gossip: Verstappen, Hartley, Alonso, Ricciardo, Perez, Ocon.

Friday, 27 October

Max Vertsappen apologised for his behaviour in Austin at the US Grand Prix
Max Vertsappen apologised for his behaviour in Austin at the US Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has apologised for the language he used in criticising Formula 1's stewards in the wake of his United States Grand Prix penalty last Sunday. (autosport.com)

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley admits the pressure is on him after his impressive F1 debut. (radionz.co.nz)

Fernando Alonso will compete in next January's Daytona 24 Hour sportscar race as preparation for an eventual tilt at Le Mans. (radionz.co.nz)

Max Verstappen hopes that Daniel Ricciardo decides to continue at Red Bull beyond the 2018 season, after signing his own fresh deal last week. (gpupdate.net)

Sergio Perez expects his home fans to treat Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon fairly at this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix despite recent bad relations between the two drivers. (Reuters)

Sebastian Vettel has hailed Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene as the right man for the job amid speculation about the future leadership of F1's most successful team (eurosport.co.uk)

Thursday, 26 October

Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica has done testing for Renault and Williams this year

Felipe Massa has questioned whether Robert Kubica could overcome the injuries he sustained in 2011 to drive for Williams next season. Massa, 36, has also expressed doubt about Paul di Resta's suitability for the role. (Motorsport)

Lewis Hamilton says he has absolutely no desire to venture outside of Formula 1 in his motorsport career, and has no interest in competing at Le Mans or in IndyCar. (f1i)

Flavio Briatore has questioned Ferrari's decision to keep Kimi Raikkonen for 2018, saying that it is "very difficult to win the constructors' title" with Raikkonen in the team. (Marca via F1Today)

Former F1 driver Mika Salo, who acted as the FIA drivers' steward in last weekend's US Grand Prix, says he has received death threats following the penalty handed to Max Verstappen. (f1i)

2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden wants to spend a season in Formula 1. (Racer)

Force India
Force India are getting into the Mexican spirit ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix

Tuesday, 24 October

Valtteri Bottas insists he is still making progress with Mercedes and regards his recent difficult string of races as an opportunity to learn. (GP Update)

Sebastian Vettel has backed Ferrari's team boss Maurizio Arrivabene amid rumours Mattia Binotto, who is currently Ferrari's chief technical officer, is being lined up to replace him. (Auto Bild via Paddock Talk)

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen may find himself in trouble with the FIA after he referred to a steward as an "idiot" following the US Grand Prix. (f1i.com)

Niki Lauda says Ferrari are "easy to beat" when emotions are running high at the Italian team. (Paddock Talk)

Lewis Hamilton may be set for a knighthood in January if he clinches his fourth world title in Mexico on Sunday. (Express)

Alonso
McLaren's Fernando Alonso stayed in the US to watch Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol in NBA action

Monday, 23 October

Carlos Sainz Jr described his debut weekend for Renault as "very close to perfect" after finishing seventh at the United States Grand Prix. (Crash.net)

Carlos Sainz Jr
Carlos Sainz Jr was thrilled with his Renault debut

The family of Torro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley joined 100 well-wishers in his home town of Palmerston North to watch the 27-year-old become the first New Zealander in 30 years to race in Formula 1. (Newshub)

Daniel Ricciardo believes he will be starting next weekend's Mexican Grand Prix from the back of the grid after an engine issue put the Red Bull driver out of Sunday's US Grand Prix.(Planetf1)

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was surprised that Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel did not put up a tougher fight in Austin, Texas. (iol.co.za)

Niki Lauda says F1 needs to discuss stewards "interfering" after Red Bull's Max Verstappen lost third place in the United States GP for passing the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen off the track.(Planetf1)

McLaren's Fernando Alonso described his driving as "sublime" before an engine failure caused him to retire in the early stages of the US Grand Prix. (ESPN)

New Zealander Brendan Hartley made his grand prix debut at the US Grand Prix as a replacement for Pierre Gasly
New Zealander Brendan Hartley made his grand prix debut at the US Grand Prix as a replacement for Pierre Gasly

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