F1 gossip: Bottas, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Haas, DRS at Hockenheim

Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is fifth in the drivers standings and is yet to win a Grand Prix in 2018

Saturday, 14 July

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is unconcerned by recent clashes with Ferrari saying they are part and parcel of two teams fighting closely together on track. (Crash.net)

Formula 1 technical chiefs have been called to a special meeting with the FIA at the Hungarian Grand Prix to discuss potential changes to mirror rules to improve driver visibility. (Autosport.com)

McLaren's Fernando Alonso says he does not support a proposal to award points to every car that finishes a grand prix, as it would detract from the miracles such as Jules Bianchi's P9 in Monaco. (PlanetF1)

Nico Hulkenberg says he is working on his qualifying pace for a "special" German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring after Germany missed out on hosting a race last year. (CheckeredFlag)

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he is concerned by the amount of points his team has thrown away this season, warning his drivers that losing points through mistakes is not acceptable. (ESPN)

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed there will be three DRS zones for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim next weekend, placing an additional zone on the main straight. (Crash.net)

Friday, 13 July

Jacques Villeneuve
Canadian Jacques Villeneuve won the F1 championship in 1997 with Williams

Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says his former team Williams are "dead". (Motorsport-Total.com - in German)

Daniel Ricciardo says he is closing in on a new Red Bull contract now that it has become clear Mercedes and Ferrari will not offer him a deal for 2019. (ESPN)

Australian driver Ricciardo says it was important for him to understand that Red Bull did not pick Honda engines for emotional reasons, but that there was a strategy behind the decision. (Motorsport.com)

Mercedes will be spending this week "doing a lot of work" on race starts after issues with wheel spin at Silverstone. (PlanetF1)

Williams think they can their solve "catastrophic" wing anomaly. (Autosport.com)

Thursday, 12 July

Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica has not raced in F1 since 2010

Robert Kubica has revealed he had signed to race for Ferrari in 2012 before the rallying crash that left him with severe injuries. Kubica has not raced in Formula 1 since but is currently a test and reserve driver for Williams. (Motorsport)

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says he still believed he could win last weekend's British Grand Prix after falling back to 18th at Silverstone. The Briton eventually finished second - a comeback he describes as "huge". (Planet F1)

IndyCar driver Esteban Gutierrez is trying to get back into F1 having lost his Haas seat at the end of 2016. Mercedes confirmed at the weekend the 26-year-old Mexican is a simulator driver for them. (Autoweek)

United States Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein says F1's proposed Miami street race could impact American fans, who will be "forced to choose" between the two events. (Autosport)

Nico Rosberg tweet showing him at Wimbledon
2016 world champion Nico Rosberg took advantage of his time in Britain with a visit to Wimbledon on Wednesday

Wednesday, 11 July

Toro Rosso is still investigating the front suspension failure that triggered Brendon Hartley's accident at Silverstone and caused the New Zealander to miss qualifying. (Autosport)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, 20, says he will consider competing in IndyCar and Le Mans when he is "old and slow". (Autoweek)

Haas driver Romain Grosjean enjoyed France's victory over Belgium in the World Cup semi-final. (Twitter)

Lewis Hamilton made a bold fashion statement at a Tommy Hilfiger event in London. (Mail)

Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi is to be given more opportunities with Force India. The development driver will take over Esteban Ocon's car for the initial session of the German Grand Prix weekend. (F1i.com)

Tuesday, 10 July

Red Bull team
Christian Horner's Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen (left) and Daniel Ricciardo (right) could not keep pace with the Ferraris at Silverstone

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has acknowledged the "insane" speed of the Ferrari cars at the British Grand Prix, saying his two drivers were "hugely exposed" by the power of the Italian team. (Motorsport)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to time off after disappointing results in the F1 triple header of the French, Austrian and British grands prix. (Autosport)

Marcus Ericsson has admitted his own mistake caused his huge crash at Silverstone, after he failed to switch off the DRS. (Planet F1)

World champion in 2016 Nico Rosberg says Kimi Raikkonen's crash with Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix was "100% not on purpose" and the Ferrari driver is only interested in his own results. (ESPN)

Monday, 9 July

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene (right) and driver Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene and driver Sebastian Vettel, who won the British GP

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has reacted angrily to suggestions of foul play after drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crashed with their Mercedes rivals Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in recent races. (F1i.com)

Red Bull racer Max Verstappen says the power deficit between his car and that of Mercedes and Ferrari was "tragic" and that "on the straights it's like you are driving in a different series". (Planet F1)

Romain Grosjean has apologised to Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen for hitting him on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, according to team boss Gunther Steiner. (Autosport)

Renault has recorded a profit for the first time in nearly a decade after a boost in sponsorship, according to newly-filed accounts. (Telegraph)

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