Formula 1 gossip: Williams, Brawn, Verstappen, Bottas, Hamilton

Friday, 17 February

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Williams have unveiled their 2017 F1 car - the FW40, named to celebrate 40 years since the team was founded.(Autosport)

Former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says there are no "overnight fixes" for new F1 owners Liberty Media.(

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says the cornering speeds that F1 cars will reach in the 2017 season are "quite impressive".(

New Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he has always wanted a team-mate as quick as Lewis Hamilton.(International Business Times)

Thursday, 16 February

Nico Rosberg and Beatrice Vio
Retired Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg was honoured at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, and posed with fellow prize-winner Beatrice Vio, the Italian wheelchair fencer

Nico Rosberg says he is keen to rebuild his friendship with Lewis Hamilton now he has retired from Formula 1. (ESPN)

Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi does not believe Rosberg's replacement at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas, can challenge Hamilton in 2017. (

Leading Formula 1 teams are in the early stages of creating a potentially divisive new union, to protect their financial interests and regulatory advantages. (Autosport)

Ex-Haas Team driver Esteban Gutierrez blames himself for losing his place in next year's championship. (CNN)

Wednesday, 15 February

Incoming Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says that it is "possible" he could beat new team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but admits that he has "a lot to prove". (Sky Sports)

Former Red Bull aerodynamics team leader Pete Machin has been hired as Renault's head of aerodynamics. (Renault Sport)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo believes that it will be his team and Mercedes vying at the front of the field once again in 2017. (Formula1)

McLaren's Twitter account tease the team's change of livery

McLaren team boss Eric Boullier has confirmed that the team will change livery colour in 2017, with images on the team's social media channels hinting at a new orange look. (Sports Mole)

Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery says it won't be the manufacturer's fault if the tyres don't improve the sport, saying "we deliver what we have been asked to deliver". (Autosport)

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Tuesday, 14 February

The European parliament is set to back a full investigation into alleged "anti-competitive" behaviour in Formula 1. Areas of concern raised by European ministers include how prize money is distributed, the alleged conflict as a result of the Liberty Media buyout and the sport's UK tax arrangements. (Times - subscription required)

Formula 1 teams fail to reach an agreement on the legality of trick suspension systems, with a ruling now expected from governing body the FIA before the start of pre-season testing. (Autosport)

Retired F1 champion Nico Rosberg warns his Mercedes replacement Valtteri Bottas not to expect an easy ride from team-mate Lewis Hamilton. (Sky News)

Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams believes the introduction of a budget cap in Formula 1 would suit her team because of the efficient way it already uses its modest funds. (Eurosport)

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Monday, 13 February

Haas chief Gene Haas says he originally wanted his new Formula 1 team to be a full constructor before deciding to partner with Ferrari. (Racer)

McLaren executive director Zak Brown defends the sport's current system of bonus payments to the top teams, but also admits adjustments are necessary. (

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen believes overtaking might be easier this season, based on the DRS overtaking aid having a bigger impact. (Autosport)

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda says teams will not hide their new cars' true pace in the final pre-season test before the first grand prix of 2017. (Motorsport)

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