Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, Michelin, Sainz, Vandoorne, McLaren

Sunday, 31 December

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff have been together at Mercedes since 2013
Wolff (right) says he is happy with Hamilton (left) and Bottas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is happy with his driving team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as rumours circulate of interest in Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. (ESPN - via Daily Express)

French tyre manufacturer Michelin believes a commitment to taking "risks" makes Formula E and the World Endurance Championship more suitable categories for their involvement than Formula 1. (Autosport)

Carlos Sainz, 23, says he has learned a lot from having Nico Hulkenberg, 30, as his team-mate at Renault. (F1i.com)

Stoffel Vandoorne says there were "plenty of positives" to take from his rookie Formula 1 campaign, despite McLaren finishing a lowly ninth in the Constructor standings in 2017. (GPupdate)

The McLaren team looks back to more halcyon days and a classic car once owned by team founder, Bruce McLaren.

Sauber turned around a 2017 Formula 1 campaign that was becoming "a disaster", says driver Marcus Ericsson. (Motorsport.com)

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says the performance of their car in 2017 surpassed their dreams.(VitalF1.com)

McLaren on Twitter

Saturday, 30 December

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Sebastian Vettel
Vettel led the championship last season before being overtaken by Hamilton

World champion Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel will "be coming back guns blazing" next season but the Mercedes racer added: "I don't feel there's anything I can't achieve if I put the work in." (Daily Express)

Hamilton has deleted all his posts on Instagram after apologising for making "inappropriate" comments in a video in which he appeared to mock his nephew's princess dress.

Meanwhile, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has opened an nInstagram account and, in his opening message, said: "This time I don't know what I'm doing, but let's see what happens."

Honda will have its current engine available as a back-up if there are problems with its 2018 specification. (Autosport)

Friday, 29 December

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won his fourth F1 World Drivers' Championship in 2017 to see him move ahead of Jackie Stewart as the most decorated Briton in the sport

World champion Lewis Hamilton will retire when he loses the hunger for winning, says former champion Mika Hakkinen.(Unibet via Daily Express)

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko is pleased by the proposed direction for the new Formula 1 engine rules. (Formula 1)

Meanwhile, the team's principal Christian Horner says driver Max Verstappen upped his game during the 2017 season, particularly in qualifying.(Motorsport.com)

Ross Brawn, F1's technical and sporting boss, says he does not see the sport becoming electric in the next "five to 10 years". (Popular Science)

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Thursday, 28 December

Fernando Alonso felt humiliated by Honda's troubles at the start of the 2017 season, according to McLaren racing director Eric Boullier. (Autosport)

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says they wanted to supply McLaren with engines in 2018 but negotiations dragged on for too long. (ESPN)

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner says the team have showed newcomers to the sport need not prove an "embarrassment". (Autosport)

Former Williams driver Felipe Massa wished all his followers a happy time over the festive period. "Good holidays to all of you! Here we go," he said on Instagram.

Felipe Massa

Wednesday, 27 December

Daniel Ricciardo (left) and Max Verstappen
Ricciardo finished 32 points in front of Verstappen last season

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says he did not "favour" Max Verstappen over Daniel Ricciardo in 2017, adding: "We don't have a number one - both drivers are equally treated and it is up to them to define the pecking order." (Formula1.com)

World champion Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is "going to be stronger next year, so I'm going to make sure I'm on my toes". (Planet F1)

Former Ferrari and Williams driver Felipe Massa says F1 ended its era of "grandmother" cars with those used in the sport in 2017. (Motorsport.com)

Williams driver Lance Stroll believes he has answered his critics by finishing his rookie season with a podium and 40 world championship points. (Autosport)

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