F1 gossip: Hamilton, Bottas, Mercedes, Leclerc, Ferrari

Sunday, 24 February

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won his fifth world championship title in 2018

Lewis Hamilton says he is in his best condition ever after mixing up his training regime over the winter to bulk up under Formula 1's new driver weight rules. (Autosport)external-link

Valtteri Bottas is confident Mercedes will not implement team orders to aid team-mate Lewis Hamilton from the start of the 2019 season. (Planet F1)external-link

Charles Leclerc believes it would be a "good sign" if he can give Ferrari the problem of having to manage its drivers as he prepares to race alongside Sebastian Vettel. (Crash.net)external-link

The makers of new Netflix series Drive to Survive have accused Mercedes and Ferrari of letting down Formula 1 by not taking part in the programme. (Telegraph)external-link

Saturday, 23 February

Williams
Williams said it was "embarrassing" to miss two days of pre-season testing because their car was not ready

Williams "guarantee" they will start the season's first race in Australia, despite failing to get a car on the grid for the first two days of testing. (Planet F1)external-link

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo says the first pre-season test has suggested new aerodynamic rules could make it easier to follow other cars. (Autosport)external-link

Pierre Gasly, who has replaced Ricciardo at Red Bull, says the "overall feeling with the car is really good" after the team's switch to a Honda power unit. (CheckeredFlag.co.uk)external-link

Former McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is set to take on an advisory role with the French Grand Prix organisation. (F1i.com)external-link

Friday, 22 February

Max Verstappen of Red Bull
Is a more "mature" season ahead for Max Verstappen?

Red Bull expect a more "mature" Max Verstappen to show "patience" this season, according to the team's advisor Helmut Marko. (Autosport)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has put on a stone of muscle over the winter break - and puts it down to "pancakes and Cheetos". (Mirror)external-link

Williams driver George Russell says the delayed new FW42 gave him a "good feeling" in testing on Thursday. (Motorsport)external-link

Honda says it is "encouraged" by the progress made during pre-season testing in Barcelona. (Crash)external-link

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc believes F1 rivals are "sandbagging" during testing and are hiding their true speed. (Mail)external-link

Thursday, 21 February

Max Verstappen in testing
Red Bull are using Honda engines for the next two seasons

A "very happy" Max Verstappen says Red Bull-Honda's new working relationship has been "very focused and calm". (Autosport)external-link

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has denied there are vibration issues with the new Honda power unit. (PlanetF1)external-link

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says his team have "little gremlins" to fix, having suffered multiple electrical issues during the third day of testing. (Autosport)external-link

A Netflix series documenting the 2018 Formula 1 season will be released on 8 March. (Crash)external-link

Wednesday, 20 February

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is feeling the pressure from new team-mate Charles Leclerc

Williams' delayed 2019 Formula 1 car has arrived at the track in Barcelona and the team is working to begin its pre-season testing programme later today. (Autosport)external-link

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel believes new team-mate Charles Leclerc is a "full rival" and one that can put him "under pressure" throughout the 2019 season. (PlanetF1)external-link

Lando Norris says McLaren "knows what the problems might be" with its new car and is ready to tackle them. (Racefans)external-link

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi is hoping to take inspiration from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen's experience by adopting a similar driving style this year because it would be a "mistake" not to. (Autosport)external-link

Tuesday, 19 February

Nico Hulkenberg
Time to deploy the parachute, Nico?

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1's new front wings look "ugly". (Racefans)external-link

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg says the larger rear wings introduced for 2019 are like parachutes. (GPToday.net)external-link

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto's declaration that Vettel will be favoured over Charles Leclerc initially is a statement of intent, says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. (Autosport)external-link

Red Bull chief Christian Horner claims Honda has provided his team with the best engine installation it has ever had in F1, branding its new power unit as a "thing of beauty". (Crash)external-link

World champion Lewis Hamilton says the new Mercedes W10 feels "quite a bit different" compared to its 2018 F1 car. (Motorsport)external-link

Williams' lengthening delay in getting its new car on track at Barcelona has fuelled paddock speculation that technical chief Paddy Lowe's long-term future may be in the balance. (Autosport)external-link

Monday, 18 February

Red Bull have revealed the new paintwork which will feature on their 2019 car
Red Bull have revealed the new paintwork that will feature on their 2019 car

Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton says he will have to "be better" this season as "everyone wants to take the crown". (PlanetF1)external-link

Renault says it is "concerned" by the lack of progress made by Liberty Media over Formula 1's proposed 2021 rule changes. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz has urged people not to make judgments on the new 2019 aerodynamic regulations until the season is well underway. (GPToday.net)external-link

Red Bull have released images of the paintwork their cars will sport in 2019. (Formula1.com)external-link

Charles Leclerc has the ability to create a "mess" at Ferrari, says 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. (GPfans.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed Red Bull's mishandling of last year's clash in Azerbaijan with Max Verstappen playing a role in his decision to leave the team. (PlanetF1)external-link

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