F1 gossip: Ricciardo, Hamilton, Verstappen, Hartley, Grosjean, Calderon

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has had eight retirements this season, more than any other driver in Formula 1

Sunday, 28 October

Daniel Ricciardo says he is "done with" his "cursed" Red Bull car after an eighth retirement of the season, and said he "doesn't see the point of doing the next two races". (Fox Sports Australia)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he clinched his fifth world championship just days after the death of his grandfather. (ESPN)external-link

Max Verstappen, who won the Mexican Grand Prix, said his good form is down to some advice from his father and former F1 racer Jos. (ESPN)external-link

Williams have been fined 25,000 Euros (£22,210) for "endangering team personnel" during the Mexican Grand Prix. (Planet F1)external-link

Brendon Hartley received a five-second time penalty and two penalty points on his license for causing a collision with Esteban Ocon during the Mexican GP.(F1 Today)external-link

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said Ferrari cost Sebastian Vettel in his title fight with Lewis Hamilton, saying the Scuderia had failed to give the German necessary "backing and support". (GP Fans)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean said that having a high-altitude circuit, such as the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, on the F1 calendar, does not make any sense. (GP Blog)external-link

Brendon Hartley said he was "not allowed to comment" on a remark he made disputing Toro Rosso's claim that Pierre Gasly's Formula 1 car was damaged last weekend. (Motorsport)external-link

Sauber's Tatiana Calderon will get her first test of a Formula 1 car during a filming day at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez next week. (ESPN)external-link

Saturday, 27 October

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has to win the Mexican Grand Prix and hope that Lewis Hamilton finishes eighth or worse to stay in world title contention

Sebastian Vettel has suggested the Red Bulls may self-destruct in Mexico on Sunday after they locked out the front row. "The Red Bulls are very fast and hard to beat but maybe they will beat themselves," said Vettel. (Planet F1)external-link

Fernando Alonso says he was "not too proud" of his qualifying lap for the Mexican GP, but admitted his result of 12th was still great for McLaren. (Autosport)external-link

Former Sauber and Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez says he still has a chance of returning to F1 as George Russell's team-mate at Williams in 2019. (F1i.com)external-link

Haas driver Romain Grosjean admits he is worried about picking up any penalty points in Mexico. If he gets two points for an infringement of the rules he will face a one-race ban. (Grand PX News)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits Esteban Ocon's chances of landing an F1 drive for 2019 remain "pretty grim". (Crash)external-link

Brendon Hartley says Toro Rosso's upgrade for Mexico has given him "what I've been asking for all season". (Motorsport)external-link

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said that Hartley "has to improve his performance if he wants to stay in the team" for 2019. (Fox Sports)external-link

Haas' Romain Grosjean says the hypersofts tyres are so bad that it feels "like driving in the wet". (Motorsport)external-link

Charles Leclerc wants "immediate" wins when he moves from Sauber to Ferrari for the 2019 season. (GP Fans)external-link

Valtteri Bottas believes he would be fighting Lewis Hamilton "flat-out" for the championship without the bad luck that has often set him back this season. (F1i.com)external-link

Friday, 26 October

Lewis Hamilton signing autographs
Since the German Grand Prix in July, Hamilton has finished in the top seven in every race.

Lewis Hamilton says winning a fifth Formula 1 title would be his proudest achievement. He will clinch the crown should he finish in the top seven in the Mexican Grand Prix. (Sky Sports)external-link

Hamilton has blamed a Mercedes water-pump issue that led to a "massive" problem on his car, for last weekend's disappointing United States Grand Prix finish in Austin. (Autosport)external-link

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has said he would be fighting "flat out for the championship" against the Englishman, if he did not have the bad luck he describes as a "joke" early in 2018. (Crash.net)external-link

F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart has said Hamilton should go "on and on" in the sport now due to it being so "low risk". (Evening Standard) external-link

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says he does not remember "crossing paths with a black cat" following a "complex and confusing" 2018. (F1i)external-link

Lewis Hamilton in sunglasses
Hamilton is looking to clinch a fifth world title

Thursday, 25 October

Hamilton says F1 still has "fundamental issues" that prevent exciting racing, such as big performance gaps between the top teams and the rest. (Autosport)external-link

George Russell's talent alone, not his links to Mercedes, was the reason Williams signed the 20-year-old Briton to drive for them next season, says deputy team principal Claire Williams. (Crash.net)external-link

Red Bull have ruled out the signing of Hamilton from Mercedes that would see both him and Max Verstappen become team-mates. Red Bull have said the pair's egos would be "more than a challenge to the team". (Sky Sports via Planet F1)external-link

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has said that the biggest threat to F1 is the rise of virtual gaming. Arrivabene believes racing fans are finding gaming on the PlayStation and Xbox more fun and entertaining than watching the real thing. (F1i)external-link

Three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda has been released from Vienna General Hospital, nearly three months after a lung transplant. (Skysports.com)external-link

Wednesday, 24 October

Sebastian Vettel at the US Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel finished fourth at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas

F1 boss Ross Brawn says Sebastian Vettel's string of mistakes suggest the Ferrari driver is "out of sorts". (Autosport)external-link

Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso feels a full IndyCar season would have been "too demanding" to attempt in 2019. (Crash.net)external-link

Force India driver Esteban Ocon says Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will be challenged by Charles Leclerc for the 2019 F1 title. (Express)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen says he is "very happy" to be taking on a "challenge" at Sauber. The Finn will leave Ferrari at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)external-link

McLaren boss Zak Brown says Stoffel Vandoorne has not been "aggressive" enough during his two-year spell with the team. (Planet F1)external-link

Tuesday, 23 October

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (centre) speaking to Red Bull chief Christian Horner (right) and team manager Jonathan Wheatley
Vettel speaking to Red Bull chief Christian Horner and team manager Jonathan Wheatley

Vettel does not appear to be as happy at Ferrari than at former team Red Bull, says says former F1 driver David Coulthard. (GP Fans, via Channel 4) external-link

Hamilton thinks he gave Red Bull driver Max Verstappen "too much space" in their battle for second at the United States Grand Prix as he had to think about the "long game" in trying to secure the drivers' title. (ESPN)external-link

Mercedes had to modify a wheel rim design for the US GP because of the risk that Ferrari may have launched a post-race protest. (Autosport)external-link

The Force India and Haas teams are annoyed at the leniency of Renault driver Carlos Sainz being given only a five-second penalty for cutting a corner on the opening lap of the US GP. (Planet F1)external-link

Monday, 22 October

Vettel says Ferrari "waited too long" to find their form again after a mid-season dip. (Planet F1)external-link

Valterri Bottas has blamed "excessive tyre wear" for his failure to contain Vettel during the US Grand Prix. (F1i)external-link

Hamilton has questioned Mercedes' race strategy in Austin, after he missed out on winning the World title by finishing third. (Sky Sports) external-link

Proposed new Force India recruit Lance Stroll is expected to take part in a test run at Abu Dhabi in the post-season. (Planet F1)external-link

Hamilton took Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown for a drive around the circuit in Austin and posted an image with the 14-year-old on social media. (Instagram)external-link

Lewis Hamilton Instagram post showing a photo of him with Millie Bobby Brown

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