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Formula 1 gossip column: Ricciardo ready to lead Red Bull

19 December 14 10:36
Bernie Ecclestone 2014 Christmas Card

Sunday, 21 December

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is being sued for £277m by a German bank over the sale of the sport's rights in 2006. (Gulf Today)

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is ready to lead the Red Bull Formula 1 team next year following Sebastian Vettel's departure to Ferrari. (Autosport.com)

Ron Dennis wants his McLaren-Honda team to dominate F1, just like it did in 1988. (Autosport.com)

McLaren, meanwhile, say they are confident they understand the problems with their new Honda engine which hampered its first public outing after implementing an emergency "recovery plan". (Sky Sports)

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has joined Ferrari as a test driver, while Pedro de la Rosa is leaving the team after two years as development driver. (Planet F1)

Jenson Button says it will "mean a lot" to him to have Fernando Alonso as his team-mate at McLaren next season. (Crash.net)

Friday, 19 December

Red Bull director Christian Horner says his team must make strides over the winter if they are to take on Mercedes in 2015. (Formula1.com)

Meanwhile, Horner says Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey will still attend some races in 2015 despite reports the 55-year-old would take a step back from the sport. (Sky Sports.com)

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has called on the sport to look after its small teams, but has warned against making "knee-jerk" changes to the regulations to do so. (ESPN)

New McLaren driver Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari has what it takes to turn things around next year and return to winning ways. (Planet-F1.com)

Force India technical director Andrew Green reckons his team should be able to fight with Williams in 2015, thanks to planned improvements to its engine and aerodynamic testing. (Autosport.com)

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has poked fun at his German bribery trial with a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself as handing over $100m to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him. (Daily Telegraph)

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