Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, Moss, Red Bull, McLaren

Saturday, 25 April

World champion Lewis Hamilton looks like he will be starring on the big screen after he was spotted on the set of Zoolander 2 in Rome. Hamilton was seen on the front row of a catwalk show in the comedy sequel, starring Ben Stiller. (Daily Mail) 

Lewis Hamilton and Sir Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton take to the track at Monza

Hamilton also took some time out to take to the track at Monza with former British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss. He tweeted:  "Had a blast at Monza today in these classics with the great, Sir Stirling Moss!"

Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko says that they are not missing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, and that Daniel Ricciardo has proved himself the equal of the German, despite early season struggles. (Motorsport.com) 

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is confident they will be getting more performance from the Honda-powered MP4-30 car in next month's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. (Crash.net) 

Friday, 24 April

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo showcasing his Red Bull F1 car outside Vienna's City Hall

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will both need nine engines this season rather than the four allowed. "We've used three in three races - so the chances of us staying within the limit of four is close to zero," he said . (Formula1.com) 

Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believes the sport could operate using two engine types to keep costs down for 2017. (Motorsport.com) 

Australian Daniel Ricciardo showed off his Red Bull F1 car to fans outside Vienna's City Hall, performing a series of stunts and speedy doughnuts. (Guardian)  

F1 aerofoil technology is being used to help make supermarket fridges more energy efficient, solving 'cold-aisle syndrome'. Williams has teamed up with Sainsbury's to keep cold air in the fridge and not be wasted in the customer aisle. (Auto Express) 

Thursday, 23 April

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso

McLaren have not yet scored a point in four races this season

Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes Lewis Hamilton will have a signed a new contract with the team by the Spanish Grand Prix on 10 May. (Blick -in Swiss) 

Eric Boullier, racing director of McLaren, says his team can be competitive again by the "end of next year." (New York Times) 

But drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso believe the Monaco Grand Prix will give McLaren their best chance for a good result. (Motorsport.com) 

Daniel Ricciardo's season could hinge on a fax. The Red Bull driver is one engine away from a 10-place grid penalty, having used four engines so far this season. But Red Bull say all the teams agreed to use five engines per car during the season and it would just need a vote by fax from the strategy group to approve the rule change. (Fox Sports) 

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has revealed he sat down with Ferrari's designers in December and demanded they build a car that would better suit Kimi Raikkonen this year. (ESPN) 

Nico Rosberg has been enjoying an ice-cream with his dog Bailey. (Nico Rosberg Instagram) 

Wednesday, 22 April

Lewis Hamilton Twitter

Lewis Hamilton goes jet-surfing

Fernando Alonso needs to "keep his nerve" at McLaren according to retired two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen. (Express) 

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says the team are making progress in their efforts to catch Mercedes and Ferrari after his fourth-place finish in Bahrain. (Motorsport.com) 

Lewis Hamilton tweeted a picture of himself jet-surfing at home in Monaco and wrote: "Perfect day on the water!! Love being home, but the water's still FREEZING #jetsurf." (Lewis Hamilton on Twitter) 

McLaren's Jenson Button has been training for this weekend's London Marathon in Hyde Park with his wife Jessica Michibata. He posted a picture on Instagram of the pair, writing: "London Marathon training with the missus in Hyde Park." (Jenson Button on Instagram) 

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has tweeted to says he is "looking forward to the European season" after his sixth-place finish in Bahrain. (Daniel Ricciardo on Twitter) 

Tuesday, 21 April

Lewis Hamilton and Roscoe

Hamilton has two pet bulldogs - Roscoe (pictured) and Coco

World champion Lewis Hamilton says that he feels more comfortable in this season's Mercedes than last season's model in which he won the world title. (Guardian) 

Footage has emerged of Max Verstappen, 17, meeting seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher when the Renault driver was a young boy. Verstappen's father Jos was Schumacher's team-mate at Benetton in 1994. (Fox Sports) 

Hamilton admits that younger brother Nicholas, who in June will make his debut in the British Touring Car Championship, is similarly reluctant to take advice as he shares his "stubborn" streak. (Daily Mail) 

The world champion has returned to the United Kingdom for a reunion with pet bulldog Roscoe. (Lewis Hamilton on Twitter) 

Caterham golf buggy

Caterham failed to register a single top-10 finish last season

The assets of the Caterham team - which went into administration in October - are continuing to be auctioned off. One of the lots that has recently gone up for sale is a team-branded golf buggy. (Wyles Hardy on Twitter) 

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier expects the team to win points at the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks' time after a chassis and engine upgrade. (Autosport) 

Monday, 20 April

Jenson Button

Jenson Button caught a ride back to the pits after his car suffered a malfunction in qualifying

Despite Lewis Hamilton making it three wins from four races for Mercedes so far this season, team boss Toto Wolff says that Ferrari are "catching up". (Daily Telegraph) 

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be onto his fourth and final engine of the season in Barcelona, Spain next month after his third unit failed 200 metres from the finish line in Bahrain. (Autosport) 

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is getting increasingly impatient with the teams' lack of agreement over his proposed changes to engine regulations for 2017. "It's no good talking to these people. They will have to be told," he said. (Guardian)  

Jenson Button is in philosophical mood after a fault with his Engine Recovery System meant that his McLaren failed to even make the start line at the Bahrain Grand Prix. "Nobody puts baby in the corner," he tweeted along with a picture of his car back in the team garage. (Jenson Button on Twitter) 

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has expressed some happiness with his team's incremental progress so far this season, with the two-time world champion tweeting  : "Good morning, our "winter test" is nearly finished. #Proud."

Meanwhile, Button's wife Jessica reveals that Jenson's tribute to his late father John at their wedding in December brought her to tears. (Hello magazine) 

Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix had a unique prize to give away after the weekend's race - five commemorative number plates signed by Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. (Bahrain International Circuit on Twitter) 

Bahrain International Circuit's number plate giveaway

The unique prize offered to Bahrain International Circuit's social media followers