F1 gossip: Alonso, Ricciardo, Hamilton, Ocon, Sirotkin, Williams

Fernando Alonso in German GP qualifying
Fernando Alonso gave McLaren their best qualifying performance since Monaco with 11th place at the German Grand Prix

Sunday, 22 July

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he does not care about Formula 1's projected rule changes for the 2021 season because will have left the sport by then. (Crash.net)

Daniel Ricciardo says he is looking forward to a "fun" battle with Lewis Hamilton at the back end of the grid at the German Grand Prix. (Express)

Force India driver Esteban Ocon admits he felt "a bit blind" going into German Grand Prix qualifying because of a lack of practice time. (Planet F1)

Sergey Sirotkin says his result in German Grand Prix qualifying marked a "very important" point in Williams' season following a difficult start to the campaign. (Crash.net)

Williams have traced the aerodynamic stall problem that caused both Sirotkin and Lance Stroll to go off during British Grand Prix qualifying to modified diffuser fences. (Autosport)

Haas will not take part in the two-day test following the Hungarian Grand Prix and will instead use the time to "analyse the data" from their recent Pirelli tyre test. (Planet F1)

Saturday, 21 July

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the podium at Silverstone
Hamilton finished second to Vettel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel is going to pose a "serious challenge" at this weekend's German Grand Prix as the Briton looks to exact revenge on the Ferrari man after his win at Silverstone two weeks ago.(Express)

Valtteri Bottas says he found negotiations over a new deal with Mercedes "pretty straightforward" and only discussed his future with team boss Toto Wolff a couple of weeks ago.(Crash.net)

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will not consider his future until the summer break when he is "at the beach tanning". (Planet F1)

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne says he experienced the "worst Friday of his career" after struggling in practice for the German Grand Prix, where he was slowest in both the morning and afternoon sessions.(Autosport)

Sergey Sirotkin has described Williams' new front wing as a "step in the right direction" after a poor 2018 season to date.(Planet F1)

Friday, 20 July

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton posted a statement on Twitter after signing a new contract with the German manufacturer

Lewis Hamilton says he turned down an approach from a rival Formula 1 team before signing a deal to stay with Mercedes until 2020.(ESPN)

A decision on the planned Miami Grand Prix has been delayed until September to allow city residents to have a further say. (Autosport)

Lance Stroll has described his future at Williams as "uncertain" after being linked with a move to Force India for the 2019 season. (Motorsport)

Sebastian Vettel believes that Charles Leclerc, a Ferrari junior who is driving for Sauber this season, should not be in a rush to step up after the 20-year-old was linked with replacing Kimi Raikkonen. (Formula 1)

Haas have warned drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen that the contact that marred their showing at the British Grand Prix cannot happen again.(Planet F1)

Thursday, 19 July

British Grand Prix
There has been a British Grand Prix at Silverstone every year since 1987

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard expects there to still be a British Grand Prix at Silverstone after 2019, when its current contract expires. (Crash.net)

Stoffel Vandoorne has said he is "pretty sure" he has done enough to warrant a contract extension with McLaren for the 2019 season. (PlanetF1)

Haas "wants all the facts" before deciding whether to keep banned Formula 2 racer Santino Ferrucci as one of its junior drivers. Ferrucci, 20, is banned for two rounds of the F2 championship after crashing into Trident team-mate Arjun Maini on the cool-down lap of the Silverstone sprint race. (Autosport)

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin says "almost nothing we have planned or hoped for has worked out," as he remains the only driver to have not scored a point this season. (Grand PX)

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has been relaxing with his dog before this weekend's German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel's former team-mate Mark Webber says the world championship leader has "meltdowns" when races do not go his way. (Racefans)

Ferrari are still deciding whether to keep Kimi Raikkonen or replace him with Sauber's Charles Leclerc for 2019. (Fox Sports Australia)

Frenchman Pierre Gasly says he was as stressed watching France's World Cup final win over Croatia as he is at the start of a Formula 1 race. (F1i.com)

Wednesday, 18 July

Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz replaced Jolyon Palmer at Renault for the 2018 season

Renault says it must look for alternatives to Carlos Sainz for 2019 while the Spaniard's future with Red Bull remains unclear. (Motorsport.com)

Trident have terminated the contract of Haas junior driver Santino Ferrucci after he received a four-race ban for crashing into his team-mate Arjun Maini after the F2 Sprint Race at Silverstone. (Sky Sports)

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said that Honda will not be pushed into sacrificing Toro Rosso ahead of the 2019 season. (PlanetF1)

Fernando Alonso says McLaren knows it needs to make improvements in qualifying and is ready to prioritise that area. (Crash.net)

Tuesday, 17 July

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul's team are fourth in the constructors' championship

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says reducing the number of races in a season would increase the value of the sport. (Autosport)

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber believes things "might have gone a bit too far" in terms of fan access to drivers and that F1 has "got to be careful we don't trivialise their profession". (Motorsport.com)

Haas boss Guenther Steiner does not think there is a midfield in F1 anymore but rather a "top three and then the rest" as all the teams behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are capable of scoring points. (ESPN)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen thinks Honda, the team's engine supplier next year, have "taken big performance steps" and having a works team status will be a big help. (F1i.com)

Monday, 16 July

Valtteri Bottas
Bottas is fifth in the drivers' standings

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas believes he is doing enough to earn a new contract with the German outfit for next season as he has "performed at the level the team requires". (ESPN)

McLaren chief Zak Brown believes the team would be more competitive if a cost cap were introduced in F1. (Planet F1)

Renault driver Carlos Sainz says that the team have "lots of things we need to analyse" going into the German Grand Prix "as the midfield battle is getting tighter and tighter". (F1i.com)

Pierre Gasly fears Toro Rosso will be overhauled by Sauber in the standings because of the "huge difference" Ferrari's engine has made to the Swiss team's revival. (Autosport)

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