F1 gossip: Verstappen, Williams, Hamilton, Liberty Media

Friday, 3 November

Lance Stroll
Canadian rookie Lance Stroll is already confirmed on the Williams roster for 2018

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says Red Bull outcast Daniil Kvyat has joined the list of drivers under consideration for a 2018 seat alongside Lance Stroll. (ESPN)

Liberty Media has revealed details of how it intends to reduce the costs associated with competing in the sport. (NESN)

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wants to dominate F1 rather than have to battle for positions. (Autosport)

McLaren staff were surprised when Lewis Hamilton was promoted to F1 for the 2007 season. (Autosport)

Thursday, 2 November

Charles Leclerc
Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc has been running Friday morning practice sessions for Sauber

Team principal Frederic Vasseur says he expects to make Sauber's 2018 F1 driver announcement "soon", with one of Ferrari proteges Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi set for the first seat. (Eurosport)

The Mexican Grand Prix organiser has ruled out moving the race to June and being paired with the Canadian GP despite a request from the US organisers. (PlanetF1)

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn believes Lewis Hamilton can challenge Michael Schumacher's all-time records of wins and world titles before retiring. (Sky Sports)

Four-time world champion Hamilton says the threat of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will make him "raise the game to another level" in 2018. (PlanetF1)

Force India driver Sergio Perez says the team should let him and Esteban Ocon race each other again before the 2017 season ends so they can show they can be trusted. (Autosport)

Wednesday, 1 November

Red Bull are prepared to wait for Daniel Ricciardo to make his decision about staying with the team beyond 2018, according to team boss Christian Horner. (Salzburger Nachrichten via Sports Mole)

Murray Walker says that Lewis Hamilton is "the best driver of his generation", but that the accolade for Britain's greatest still goes to Sir Jackie Stewart. (f1i.com)

Lewis Hamilton is confident that he will sign a new contract with Mercedes. The four-time champion's current contract expires at the end of next season. (IBTimes)

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivanene believes that minor changes will be enough for Ferrari to push for the title next season after its 2017 championship challenge unravelled. (GPUpdate)

F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi thinks Fernando Alonso could have a title-winning car on his hands next year. McLaren is switching from Honda to Renault power for 2018. (F1Today)

Mercedes' team chairman Niki Lauda says that the 2018 Mercedes car will 'suit Valtteri Bottas better' than this year's model. (Sports Mole)

Mercedes
Mercedes entered into the Halloween spirit

Tuesday, 31 October

World champion Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood after winning his fourth world title, says 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell. (Talksport)

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula 1 world title more times than any other British driver

Mercedes driver Hamilton celebrated by flying his family and friends to Miami before a big party at a nightclub. (Daily Mail)

Hamilton says he has no intention of copying Nico Rosberg, who retired after winning the world title in 2016.(RTE)

Esteban Ocon
Force India's Esteban Ocon, who loved Fernando Alonso's battles with Michael Schumacher when he was younger, posted a picture on Twitter of him swapping crash helmets with the McLaren driver

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Max Verstappen got "bored" during Sunday's victory in Mexico as it was so easy for him. He finished nearly 20 seconds in front of Valtteri Bottas. (Motorsport.com)

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen said his eighth place in Mexico felt "like a victory".(F1i.com)

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul admitted his firm "made an error in the judgement" in the preparation of their engines for the Mexican Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg suffered an engine failure as did the Renault engines in Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull and Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso.(Autosport)

Monday, 30 October

Fernando Alonso (left) and Lewis Hamilton
Alonso has two world titles while Hamilton has four

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says Lewis Hamilton's path to a fourth world title this season was "very easy" as the Mercedes man had "no opponents". (Planet F1)

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's claim that governing body the FIA and Mercedes had helped the Italian team be more competitive were "unadulterated hogwash". (Autosport)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, meanwhile, laughed off the claim, saying Ecclestone is "the only one who is able to sit on the other side of the world and throw a hand grenade and it actually lands in the paddock". (ESPN)

Daniil Kvyat is one of the candidates for a Williams seat in 2018, says the team's technical boss Paddy Lowe. (Motorsport.com)

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says the team could lose driver Esteban Ocon to Mercedes at the end of the 2018 season. (F1i.com)

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