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Formula 1 gossip: Hamilton, Ecclestone, Ricciardo, Rosberg

04 July 15 09:03
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Saturday, 4 July

Lewis Hamilton says he is fed up of being judged against drivers of the past. "A lot of fans like to compare, like 'Jim Clark did this, or James Hunt did that' and I'm like 'so?' This is my time and this is how I do it." (BT Sport)

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is hoping Nico Rosberg can continue his recent run and maintain the pressure on Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. "It is up to Nico to save this championship. We need him to keep things alive," he said. (Times)

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is just the 13th best paid driver on the grid on $2.28m (£1.46m) - less than both Lotus and Force India drivers - according to Business Book. (Velocity)

Romain Grosjean had a tough time of it in second practice, beaching his Lotus in the gravel. He remains positive, though...

Friday, 3 July

Jenson Button will not switch to Formula E when his Formula 1 career comes to an end, saying it lacks the 'smell, sound and speed' of proper racing. (Daily Mail)

Button, meanwhile, says just finishing the race on Sunday will rank among his best-ever performances at the British Grand Prix. (Daily Star)

Former FIA president Max Mosley says Formula 1 problems must be addressed quickly, otherwise it is heading for crisis. (Telegraph)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed rival racers knocked on his hotel door in a bid to stop Lewis Hamilton's record-breaking £95m deal. (Daily Record)

Lewis Hamilton gave some of his team a fright by taking them drifting at Mercedes Benz World. (Daily Mail)

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado says he has no interest in employing a driver coach or advisor in a bid to improve his Formula 1 form. (Autosport)

Thursday, 2 July

McLaren boss Ron Dennis remains confident the British team can recover from a difficult period to become a major force again and says their commitment remains to become world champions. (Independent)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says there were last-minute efforts to scupper Lewis Hamilton's new contract with rival drivers desperate to get a seat with the world champions. (Mirror)

Former world champion Damon Hill says F1 must broaden its appeal to thrive in the future. (Express)

The big guns are arriving for Sunday's British Grand Prix with Lewis Hamiltontweetinga picture of the view from the plane en route.

Former winner Johnny Herbert fears a British Grand Prix success will continue to elude McLaren's Jenson Button, who is yet to win his home race.(Daily Star).

World champion Lewis Hamilton says there are too few gentlemen left competing in the sport and not enough girls on the grid.(Bild - in German)

Wednesday, 1 July

Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene says F1 is seeking "the solution" to the current problems before Wednesday's meeting of the Strategy Group. (Autohebdo in French)

"#BritishGP coming soon. One of the last times I drove around Silverstone was in this beauty..." Lotus driver Romain Grosjean writes on Instagram and posts a photo of an old Renault car.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has criticised the standard of F1 trophies. "We just need to make better trophies - it's shocking how bad the trophies are," the Briton said. "The trophies are as good as... at go kart level - it was really bad." (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old says winning this weekend's British Grand Prix will be like winning an Olympic gold. (The Mirror)

Red Bull pulling out of Formula 1 could be what is required to trigger a necessary overhaul of the championship's regulations, says Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley. (Autosport)

Tuesday, 30 June

Michelin has no interest in supplying tires to Formula 1 unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels certain will happen eventually.(Reuters)

Jean Todt, chief of motorsport's governing body the FIA, said he would like to see Formula 1 races in Europe pushed back to the evening. (Guardian)

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger on her 37th birthday in an Instagram message.

Construction work for next year's grand prix on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital Baku is set to begin this week. (Sports Business Daily)

Thailand's sports chief Sakol Wannapong wants the country to host a grand prix next year. (Bangkok Post)

Monday, 29 June

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has called for an end to the criticism of Formula 1 as he is convinced it is damaging the championship. (Autosport)

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner and his former Spice Girl wife Geri Halliwell spent Saturday night watching American singer Taylor Swift perform at London's Hyde Park. (Daily Mail)

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg found time to get some exercise before next weekend's British Grand Prix. "Great coast run to finish the weekend!," he tweeted. "#Silverstone next! #F1 #pushing #Loveit."

Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn says the team is more likely to quit Formula One or buy a team than remain just an engine supplier, but the final decision depends also on the governance of the sport. (Reuters)

Lewis Hamilton's younger brother Nicolas enjoyed a solid debut in the British Touring Car event at Croft with a best position of 22nd in three races.(Daily Express)

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has admitted in an interview with the sport's teenage star Max Verstappen that if he was 17 again, the best thing he could do would be to find an 18-year-old girlfriend. (

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