F1 gossip: Brawn, Button, Haas

Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn has outlined his vision for the future of Formula 1

Sunday, 8 April

Ross Brawn believes Formula 1 should consider radical ideas like a Saturday qualifying race in its push to become more popular in the future.(Sky Sports)external-link

Gene Haas is still smarting over Haas' double DNF in Australia and says "for sure" they're going to miss those 22 points come the end of this season. (Planet-F1)external-link

One-time Formula 1 champion Jenson Button and his Team Kunimitsu team-mate Naoki Yamamoto finished second in the Super GT season opener at Okayama. (Autosport)external-link

The FIA has approved Pirelli's plans to reduce the tread of its Formula 1 tyres for three races through the 2018 season due to the new asphalt that has been laid at the circuits. (Crash.net)external-link

Saturday, 7 April

lance stroll

Williams driver Lance Stroll says he no longer listens to criticism from fellow Canadian and 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.(Autosport)external-link

Ferrari will retain a special payment from Formula 1 under a blueprint for the sport's future. The Italian team receives $100million a year (about £70m) as a heritage bonus in recognition of their status as the only team to have contested every season since the start of the world championship in 1950. (Daily Mail)external-link

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says that Formula 1 needs to pursue an aggressive timetable of "a couple of months" on achieving agreement on the sport's future. (F1i.com)external-link

Marcus Ericsson says he is pleased with Sauber's straight-line speed in 2018, saying it is a big difference from last year. (F1today.net)external-link

Renault's Carlos Sainz still drives a Volkswagen golf when away from the track, the first car he ever bought. (CNN)external-link

Friday, 6 April

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has won the world title four time in his career

World champion Lewis Hamilton is set to sign a three-year deal worth £39.3m (45m euros) to stay at Mercedes. (Bild, via Daily Express)external-link

McLaren's Fernando Alonso thinks it is "sad" that Formula 1's competitive order has become so predictable. (Motorsport)external-link

Nico Hulkenberg says Renault's new car is "not good enough" with its performance and balance yet, despite an encouraging start to the season. (Autosport)external-link

Haas has reshuffled their pit crew and introduced an extra fail-safe system to help prevent a repeat of the Australian Grand Prix tyre-change blunders that led to the early retirements of both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. (Motorsport)external-link

Honda has been forced into making component changes to the engines of both Toro Rosso cars before the Bahrain Grand Prix. (ESPN)external-link

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen has urged Liberty Media to ignore feedback from drivers, who he says "don't care about making the show better". (Crash.net)external-link

Thursday, 5 April

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso came fifth in Melbourne, better than any result he had in the 2017 season

Fernando Alonso has warned his McLaren team they "must not get complacent" after the Spaniard finished fifth in the opening race of the season in Melbourne. (F1i.com)external-link

Sebastian Vettel says his Ferrari has "huge potential" but is not yet "spot on", despite winning the season opener in Australia. (ESPN)external-link

Lewis Hamilton can equal a Formula 1 record on Sunday as he has finished in the points in his past 26 races. Kimi Raikkonen currently holds the record outright with 27 successive points finishes while at Lotus in 2012-13. (Reuters)external-link

Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen
Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Red Bull's Max Verstappen tried their luck at two-seater racing

Mercedes are expecting a close battle with Ferrari at this weekend's Bahrain GP, with team boss Toto Wolff wary of Ferrari's straight-line speed. (Sky Sports)external-link

Esteban Ocon insists there is "no panic" after a bad start to the season for Force India. (F1Today.net)external-link

Dutch driver Nyck de Vries, 23, says he has been promised a seat at McLaren in 2019 if he wins this year's FIA Formula 2 Championship, which starts this weekend in Bahrain. (The Chequered Flag)external-link

Williams F1 deputy team principal Claire Williams has praised Renault's "phenomenal turnaround". Renault finished sixth, one place behind Williams, in the Constructors' Championship last season but saw both Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz finish in the top 10 in Australia. (F1i.com)external-link

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen took to the water before the Bahrain GP by going jet-skiing

Wednesday, 4 April

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo's contract with Red Bull expires at the end of the season

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo believes he has the attributes to become world champion and feels it is right to weigh up his options before signing a new contract. (Sky Sports F1)external-link

Mercedes say their engines have three basic modes over the course of a grand prix weekend - one for the majority of the free practice sessions, one for the majority of qualifying and one for the majority of the race. (Pitpass)external-link

The famous Monaco Grand Prix layout could be tweaked by 2025. Forbes' F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said a two-billion-euro project to reclaim 25 acres of land, located just before the F1 circuit's tunnel entrance, is already under way. (GrandPrix.com)external-link

Formula 1's managing director of motorsports, Ross Brawn, says he found it "personally offensive" when Ferrari's chairman Sergio Marchionne accused him of "dumbing down" the sport. (ESPN)external-link

Sauber has bolstered its technical department by drafting in Jan Monchaux as their new head of aerodynamics. Monchaux held the role of head of vehicle engineering and aerodynamics at Audi Sport for the last five years, having previously worked at Toyota and Ferrari. (Formula1.com)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has a suggestion for a debate on favourite helmet design - his own.

Romain Grosjean

Tuesday, 3 April

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren can "forget" about their midfield rivals, and target Red Bull in the coming races. (Autosport)external-link

Formula 1 chiefs are considering the prospect of changing qualifying to a sprint race. (Auto Motor und Sport via PlanetF1)external-link

Carlos Sainz says being on loan from Red Bull to Renault is a "bit of a strange situation". (Motorsport.com)external-link

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says his team will use a new front wing for the Bahrain Grand Prix (Crash.net)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean says describing the team as a "Ferrari B team" is insulting to their engineers. (PlanetF1.com)external-link

Fernando Alonso
McLaren's Fernando Alonso is targeting a repeat of former glories at the Bahrain Grand Prix

Monday, 2 April

Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he is confused by changes to Formula 1, including dropping grid girls

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he is confused why Formula 1 bosses opted to drop the use of grid girls and switch race start times. (Crash.net)external-link

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claims Ferrari's pace was better than it appeared at the season-opening race in Australia. (Motorsport Week)external-link

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo believes the width of modern F1 cars is making overtaking more difficult. (Autosport) external-link

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says Honda has a "big, big plan" for development in 2018 that is designed to "show everyone they can do proper engines" in Formula 1. (Motorsport)external-link

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says he has no concern over the legality of Haas' 2018 car. (F1i.com)external-link

Haas boss Guenther Steiner is sure his team can prevent a repeat of the pit-stop mistakes which ruined their Australian Grand Prix and push for a good points haul in Bahrain. (ESPN)external-link

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