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Formula 1 gossip: Rosberg, McLaren, Vergne, Alonso

16 September 14 07:51
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Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a strong finish to the season as he looks to close the 22-point gap on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who leads the drivers' standings. (Sun - subscription needed)

Teams have raised the issue of ticket prices for races being too high with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. (Autosport)

McLaren hope bringing back Peter Prodromou as their new chief engineer will help the team return to title-winning ways. (Formula 1)

Jean-Eric Vergne, who will be replaced by Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso next season, says he can be as good as Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo if given the chance. (ESPN)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso tweeted a picture featuring manipulated photos of his rivals looking older, alongside the message: "We should make it happen." Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo responded "I hope to be retired by then guys."


Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's experience of challenging for the drivers' title will help the Briton but will not be the key factor in their duel. (Autosport)

Hamilton took a break from the pressure of the title race to take in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. He tweeted: "Today went to my first game EVER my team since Ian Wright days. Great day."

Struggling Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes the Italian team need to improve their Energy Recovery System (ERS) to help them close the gap on their rivals. (ESPN)

Meanwhile, Ferrari could become the first Formula 1 team to own a stake in the series by getting about £15m of options which were held by former chairman Luca Di Montezemolo, who resigned last week. (Daily Telegraph)

Formula 1's governing body is to review the procedure of drivers qualifying for a super licence from 2016. (Speedtv)

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