F1 gossip: Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Hamilton, Bottas, Pirelli, Renault

Mercedes
The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in pre-season testing

Wednesday, 7 March

Mercedes expect a three-way fight for supremacy in 2018 and the world champions are unsure if they will start the season ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull. (Sky Sports)

Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have reported challenges with Pirelli's new F1 tyres on the new Mercedes W09 at the recently-resurfaced pre-season Circuit de Catalunya testing track. (Crash.net)

Engine supplier Renault said the battery issues experienced by teams at pre-season testing were down to a bad batch.(Formula1.com)

Mercedes claims the aggressive sidepod design of its 2018 Formula 1 car is worth around 0.25 seconds lap time improvement alone. (Autosport)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said there is "absolutely no drama" at McLaren after a dismal day at the second winter test in Barcelona. (PlanetF1.com)

This year, for the first time, races may feature standing starts after safety car periods, with the cars all forming up on the grid once the safety car has been called in. (Motorsport.com)

Lewis Hamilton in philosophical mode as he seeks a fifth world title.

Lewis Hamilton

Tuesday, 6 March

Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen (left) finished 14th in last year's championship

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says a cost cap would give "a much better chance to us smaller teams" and raise the possibility of a "mega story" underdog victory that would revitalise the sport, like Leicester's 2016 Premier League title win in football. (Crash)

F1 owner Liberty Media has postponed plans for a radical change in the season calendar. (Autosport)

Claire Williams has denied reports her team persuaded F1's governing body the FIA to bring in new rules on engine parity this season. (Motorsport.com)

Williams also said the rival McLaren team face a "fight on their hands" if they are planning to steal their sponsors. (PlanetF1)

Spanish racing driver Carmen Jorda has been criticised for suggesting women are better suited to Formula E than F1 because its lighter electric cars are less physically challenging to race. (Mail)

Monday, 5 March

Lewis Hamilton thinks the newly resurfaced Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona has lost its character. (planetf1.com)

British energy drinks group Rich Energy is set to announce the £200m acquisition of the Force India F1 team, which could come as early as this week. (Daily Express)

Woking-based team McLaren has joined Ferrari and Daimler on the board of F1. (pitpass.com)

F1 managing director Ross Brawn says he will work to "find a solution" that ends Ferrari's threat of leaving the sport. (wheels24.co.za)

Daniel Ricciardo has been urged by F1 commentator James Allen to move on from Red Bull at the end of 2018. (foxsports.com.au)

F1 teams were paid five percent less by the sport's bosses for the 2017 season compared to 2016. (thedrive.com)

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