Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media


McLaren driver Jenson Button believes 16-year-old Max Verstappen would have been 'mad' to turn down a Formula One seat. (

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are set for talks about team orders

Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are to have their first meeting together to clarify their position on team orders in the wake of last month's Hungarian Grand Prix. (Guardian)external-link

Meanwhile, Hamilton says he is relaxed after the mid-season break and can cope with anything thrown his way. (BT Sport)external-link

Red Bull have experimented with an all-electric Formula 1 car in pit practice in Belgium.(Autoweek)external-link

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says Ferrari's main goal this season should be to beat Williams to third place in the constructors' championship.(NDTV)external-link


Kevin Magnussen said McLaren must kick on and "assert themselves" in the second half of the season starting Sunday in Belgium.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Andre Lotterer is braced for a struggle on his Formula 1 debut in Belgium but says the opportunity was simply too good to turn down. (ESPN)external-link

Mexican Sergio Perez says he expects to stay at the Force India team next season with an extension likely to be agreed in a matter of weeks. (Reuters)external-link


Britain's five-time grand prix winner John Watson has warned that 16-year-old Max Verstappen will have to "grow up really quickly" when he makes his F1 debut next season. (Telegraph)external-link

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has rejected suggestions that signing Verstappen is a risk and is adamant the teenager has the makings of an "absolute champion". (Planet-F1)external-link

Max Verstappen
Verstappen will be 17 when he makes his F1 debut in 2015

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone needs educating about the benefits of social media if the sport is to increase in popularity, according to Force India boss Vijay Mallya. (Autosport)external-link

F1 race director Charlie Whiting has given the green light to this year's inaugural Russian Grand Prix after a visit to inspect the new facility in Sochi. (

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, 24, says the upcoming races in Belgium and Italy offer the team their best hope of victory this season. (Autosport)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has likened his world title tussle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to a game of poker. (NDTV)external-link


Three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer could make a surprise Formula 1 debut with Caterham at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, replacing regular driver Kamui Kobayashi. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier believes Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen deserve credit for extracting the best results from the team's MP4-29. (ESPN)external-link

Andre Lotterer, Sebastian Vettel
Could Andre Lotterer (left) be on the verge of joining fellow German Sebastian Vettel in F1?

A 1967 Repco-Brabham F1 car driven by three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham sold for over £628,000 at auction in Pebble Beach. (Go Auto)external-link

Lewis Hamilton's younger brother Nicolas hopes to become the first disabled driver to compete in the British Touring Car Championship. (Daily Mail)external-link

Ferrari's technical director James Allison says Formula 1 teams must get sufficient warning before the possible introduction of 18-inch wheels in the sport.(Autosport)external-link

Toro Rosso technical director James Key says his team's points return this season is "pathetic". (Autosport)external-link