F1 gossip: Hamilton, Russell, Williams, Brexit, Vettel

Thursday, 28 February

Roscoe the bulldog
Lewis Hamilton's pet bulldog Roscoe was a visitor to pre-season testing on Thursday

Lewis Hamilton believes Thursday's penultimate day of testing has been Mercedes' "most positive". (Crash)external-link

George Russell says he would be "lying" if he said Williams were not the slowest team in pre-season testing. (Planet F1)external-link

Formula 1 chief executive Chase Carey says the sport as a business is "pretty immune" to any issues that might arise from Brexit. (Autosport)external-link

Wednesday, 27 February

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel's car is led away after a crash in testing

Sebastian Vettel says he could not have done anything to avoid crashing his Ferrari into the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya wall during testing on Wednesday. (Express)external-link

Lewis Hamilton's brother Nicolas has been signed up as the new driver for the British Touring Car Championship. (Mirror)external-link

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says the early signs are the changes made to Formula 1 cars in 2019 will improve racing. (ESPN)external-link

Williams rookie George Russell has described the team's productive start to the final Barcelona pre-season test as a "huge relief". (Autosport)external-link

Tuesday, 26 February

Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the reigning European F3 champion

Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of seven-time champion Michael, could make his Formula 1 test debut after March's Bahrain Grand Prix. (Formula1.com)external-link

F1 has opened applications to produce a standardised gearbox for all teams to use between 2021 and 2024, meaning teams would share a common design made by one company. (ESPN)external-link

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg says he is not concerned about the prospect of a tight battle for the middle places this season.(PlanetF1.com)external-link

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says their rise from unknown newcomer to established midfielder is a personal source of pride. (FormulaSpy.com)external-link

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz says his team are "behind Ferrari" but are not yet able to tell where they will rank in F1's pecking order this season.(Mundo Deportivo, via PlanetF1.com)external-link

Monday, 25 February

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg
Ricciardo and Hulkenberg are team-mates for the first time this season

Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko believes that while Ferrari are the team to beat once the new Formula 1 season gets under, his outfit can still make an impact. (Formula 1.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo thinks Renault's progress will be boosted this season by the fact he and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg are on the "same page" with what they want from their car. (Autosport)external-link

Hulkenberg will not take advantage of the new driver weight rules in 2019 as he prefers to remain at his fighting weight of 78kg. (Planet F1)external-link

Toro Rosso believe Daniil Kvyat's break from competition will do him the world of good and the Russian will impress when he returns to the Grand Prix grid next month. (F1i.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton is ready for a revitalised Valtteri Bottas in 2019 but isn't concerned about potential fractions at Mercedes. (Crash.net)external-link

Pierre Gasly has described Honda's performance as "really good" during the opening F1 pre-season test. (Motorsport Week)external-link

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