F1 gossip: Renault, Williams, Haas, Magnussen, McLaren

Renault sit fifth in the constructors' championship after three races

Sunday, 22 April

Renault were outsmarted by Formula 1's big teams over the winter and are "disappointed" to have not made a bigger step in performance, says chief technical officer Bob Bell. (Autosport)

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe says that the team are not hiding their performance issues behind the youth and relative inexperience of drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin. (f1i.com)

Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner believes the team are finally getting to see the best of Kevin Magnussen thanks to continuity.(Planet F1)

McLaren have pinpointed next month's Spanish GP as the race where they will start to form a clearer judgement on their 2018 car. (Sky Sports)

Saturday, 21 April

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will be replaced by Formula 2 driver Lando Norris at McLaren at the end of the season. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Formula 1's 2021 overhaul is set to end the divide between the grid's biggest teams and the rest. (Autosport)

Rubens Barrichello says he was prevented from seeing former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher after the F1 legend's skiing accident. (Globo - in Portuguese)

Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, has taken a step back from being part of Robert Kubica's management team, having supported his efforts to return to Formula 1. (Motorsport.com)

Honda is giving nothing away about the possibility of teaming up with Red Bull in 2019. (Auto Hebdo - in French)

Carlos Sainz could continue with Renault beyond his one-year loan from Red Bull Racing. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

Romain Grosjean on Twitter
Romain Grosjean took to four wheels during the break between races...
Romain Grosjean on Twitter
And even had time to joke with 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish

Friday, 20 April

Red Bull principal Christian Horner has said that Max Verstappen's mistakes remind him of a young Sebastian Vettel. (motorsport.com)

McLaren will conduct a fundamental review of all aspects of its car after the MCL33's pace came up short in the opening three rounds of the season. (ESPN)

Lewis Hamilton says winning the F1 title during a "tough" 2018 season would mean more to him than ever before. (Crash.net)

Max Verstappen says the Baku street circuit at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is not "ideally suited" to the Red Bull car. (Verstappen.nl)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas makes his 100th F1 start at the weekend, but says "100 is just a number". (Mercedes)

F1 has secured a fantasy game and live streaming partnership with a stake in sports entertainment company PlayON valued at £30m. (ESPN)

Thursday, 19 April

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo visited the Red Bull factory, but where will he be next season?

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull need to win more races this year to convince him to re-sign for 2019 and beyond. (CNN via Channel 10)

The Australian also says that he's seeking to negotiate a two-year deal, as he aims to keep open his longer-term options in Formula 1. (Times - subscription required)

Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniil Kvyat will share driving duties for Ferrari as Pirelli's in-season tyre development programme begins with wet tyres at an artificially watered Fiorano circuit this week. (Motorsportweek.com)

Singapore Airlines have renewed their title sponsorship of the Singapore Grand Prix until 2019. (Straits Times)

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne has taken a look at new facilities which will be used at this year's Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place on 27 May

Wednesday, 18 April

Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo is a keen football fan and last year in Azerbaijan was presented with a Qarabag FK jersey

Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn has described Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo's performance to win the Chinese Grand Prix as being like that of a "centre forward with incredible ball control". (motorsportweek.com)

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin said that he "could have managed better" at the start of Sunday's race in Shanghai. (thechequeredflag.co.uk)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the excitement of the recent races in Bahrain and China has shown the sport's decision-making to be "a little bit erratic".(Motorsport)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team's real 2018 car will not be seen until next month's Spanish Grand Prix. (Autosport)

Ex-F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, who won 11 races during his 18-year career in the sport, says he is recovering after collapsing with a brain tumour earlier this year. (Daily Express)

Romain Grosjean on Instagram
Haas driver Romain Grosjean turned 32 on Tuesday and celebrated on wheels
Red Bull driver Verstappen
Red Bull driver Verstappen, 20, lost a likely win with an over-optimistic move on Lewis Hamilton and then crashed into Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during the Chinese Grand Prix

Tuesday, 17 April

Max Verstappen's father, Jos, says his son needs to "think more" after his crash with Sebastian Vettel in China and that he was "disappointed" in the manoeuvre. (motorsportweek.com)

FIA race director Charlie Whiting expects Verstappen to learn from his ill-judged move. (thecheckeredflag.co.uk)

Adrian Scholtz, chief executive of Motorsport South Africa, said he does not know if the country will ever host another Grand Prix. (thesouthafrican.com)

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has repeated his threat to pull his team out of Formula 1 should it turn into a "spectacle" rather than a sport. (motorsportweek.com)

Cyril Abiteboul believes his Renault team are "building and getting stronger" after drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr both scored points in Shanghai. (thecheckeredflag.co.uk)

Potential changes to improve overtaking in 2019 will be debated at Tuesday's Formula 1 Strategy Group meeting in Paris. (autosport.com)

Max Verstappen posted on Instagram about his collision with Sebastian Vettel
Verstappen said on Instagram he will analyse what went wrong for him in Shanghai
Christian Horner and Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has been driving for Red Bull since the 2014 season

Monday, 16 April

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo is "absolutely at the top of his game" after winning the Shanghai Grand Prix. (F1i.com)

Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to stay at Haas in 2019 because the team "supports me 100%". (Wheels24.co.za)

Formula 1 is set to open an office in China, according to its director of strategy Yath Gangakumaran. (China.org.cn)

Fernando Alonso says his brief contest with Sebastian Vettel in China wasn't a "fair fight" as the German's Ferrari was damaged. (Planetf1.com)

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has defended the timing of the safety car in Shanghai.(F1i.com)

Ricciardo posted on Instagram about his celebratory meal after winning in Shanghai
Ricciardo posted on Instagram about his celebratory meal after winning in Shanghai
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok tweeted this picture next to Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly on a flight
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok tweeted this picture next to Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly on a flight

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