Formula 1 gossip: Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Button

Saturday, 11 April

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg shook hands with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel but ignored team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the top three posed for photographs in the pit lane. (Autosport)external-link

Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel shake hands as Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd in China

Mercedes chairman and former champion Niki Lauda says Rosberg needs to "sort himself out" after struggling to match his team-mate. (Daily Mail)external-link

Jenson Button says it is a mystery why McLaren are doing so badly in qualifying after he and team-mate Fernando Alonso qualified in 17th and 18th respectively. (Formula1.com)external-link

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen admits his disappointing qualifying performances are becoming "a habit". (Crash.net)external-link

Bernie Ecclestone says he has not spoken to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz about the team pulling out of F1 if they cannot access a "competitive" engine. (Sky Sports)external-link

Friday, 10 April

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was not sure if Ferrari's offer of a race seat was real, according to team boss Maurizio Arrivabene (GrandPrix.com)external-link

Owner Dietrich Mateschitz has reiterated that Red Bull will quit Formula 1 if his teams cannot get a competitive engine.(Autosport.com)external-link

Valtteri Bottas believes his Williams team can fight with Ferrari in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton's new contract with Mercedes, understood to be worth £27m a year, has suffered a setback amid fears he is asking for too much money.(Daily Express)external-link

Married couple at Chinese GP
A bride and groom were spotted enjoying the Chinese Grand Prix practice on Friday

Germany's Nico Rosberg still has concerns over Mercedes' race pace ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. (ESPN.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo has praised Toro Rosso and its drivers after they out-performed his Red Bull team at the Malaysian Grand Prix.(Crash.net)external-link

Thursday, 9 April

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone tells German newspaper Bild he will not sit back and watch the sport destroy itself amid concerns about the financial future of several teams. (F1 Today)external-link

World champion Lewis Hamilton says only paperwork is delaying the signing of his new Mercedes contract. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was keeping quiet about his chances of success at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as he boarded his flight. (Daily Express)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo took part in a martial arts workout during a trip to Nanxiang on Wednesday

Jenson Button thinks McLaren will soon be in a position to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari after a turbulent winter. (Daily Star)external-link

Sergio Perez has warned it will be a "painful" year for Force India if the delayed update to their car does not make them more competitive. (Crash.net)external-link

Wednesday, 8 April

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost is focused on a fifth-placed finish in the constructors' championship and "doesn't care" if they finish above sister team Red Bull. (Autosport)external-link

Former FIA president Max Mosley says Formula 1 teams risk financial ruin unless the sport finds a way to reduce costs and share revenues more equally. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Lotus driver Roman Grosjean
Lotus driver Roman Grosjean received a welcome gift from his hotel in Shanghai ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix

Force India is planning to introduce a "B" version of its 2015 car. (Inautonews.com)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says China's Shanghai International Circuit long back straight is so simple "you could drink a can of Red Bull driving down it." (Fox Sports Australia)external-link

Tuesday, 7 April

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the team faces a "season-long" battle for both the constructors' and the drivers' titles after Ferrari's victory in Malaysia. (Planet F1)external-link

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas expects to have no issues with his back during the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday. The 25-year-old Finn missed the season-opening race in Melbourne after suffering a small tear in the annular part of a disc in the lower back. (Autosport)external-link

Didier Coton's twitter picture of Valtteri Bottas
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas missed the first race of the season with a back problem

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is confident he can return to winning ways in China - which the world champion says is one of his favourite circuits. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says Toro Rosso could change their car colours to yellow to give engine manufacturer Renault "a better marketing platform". The team currently race in a red and blue livery similar to that of their Red Bull sister team. (F1.com)external-link

Mercedes will introduce a range of new aerodynamic developments in the Chinese Grand Prix in response to being beaten by Ferrari in Malaysia. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Monday, 6 April

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean has tweetedexternal-link a message of support to Jules Bianchi, six months after Bianchi's life-threatening accident. "Six months already. We miss you Jules," Grosjean wrote.

Manor F1 team tweet their support for Jules Bianchi
Manor F1 team tweet their support for Jules Bianchi accompanied by a photo of the driver in better times

Manor F1 team have also expressed their support to Bianchi, tweeting:external-link "Always in our thoughts and prayers, our team-mate Jules. #JB17, #Forza Jules."

Spanish driver Roberto Merhi, who signed a short-term deal with Manor, looks poised to retain his seat with the team after their president and sporting director, Graeme Lowdon, said he was happy with his driver line-up. (Autosport)external-link

Romain Grosjean's biscuits
French driver Romain Grosjean baked madeleines for Easter, and proudly tweeted this picture of his handiwork

Ex-F1 driver Giedo van der Garde has claimed the Sauber team would not even look at him when he turned up at the team's garage during the Australian Grand Prix while their legal battle was still ongoing, Dutch magazine Formule 1 reports. (Autoweek)external-link

Manufacturer Renault has made a "massive step forward" says Toro Rosso technical director James Key, after criticism of its power unit by Red Bull. (Autosport)external-link

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado says he has been a "victim of other drivers' [mistakes]" after failing to pick up a point from the first two races of the season. (Planet F1)external-link

Williams' head of performance engineering Rob Smedley says the team need to improve on their pit stops.(Crash)external-link

McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen says he is looking forward to learning from Fernando Alonso this season in his new role as reserve driver, after Spaniard Alonso joined the team from Ferrari. (F1i.com)external-link

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