F1 gossip: Bottas, Mercedes, Hamilton, Alonso, Perez, Haas.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Finnish driver Bottas (right) replaced defending world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this season

Friday, 28 April

Valtteri Bottas claims he will move over for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton if circumstances demand during in Russia. (Daily Mail)external-link

Hamilton has given his support to tennis' world number one Serena Williams after Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase directed racist comments towards her unborn child. (Telegraph)external-link

Fernando Alonso says 'everything is different' in IndyCar following his whistle stop tour of the USA. (Fox Sports)external-link

And the Spanish driver insists he still has no regrets about leaving Ferrari for McLaren in 2015. (ESPN)external-link

Force India driver Sergio Perez says the team's co-owner Vijay Mallya is upbeat about the future despite facing potential extradition from Britain to India after his arrest. (Reuters)external-link

Haas has confirmed that it will start the Russian Grand Prix this weekend with Carbon Industrie brakes, before making a decision whether to keep them on both its cars. (ESPN)external-link

You know you've made it when your face is immortalised as a Russian doll...

Felipe Massa
Williams driver Felipe Massa posted this photo on Instagram of a welcome gift he received in Sochi

Thursday, 27 April

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team's era of dominance in F1 is over. (F1i.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton said he "screwed up" at the Bahrain Grand Prix, as he lost more ground on early leader Sebastian Vettel. (AFP)external-link

Haas's decision to switch its development and planning focus to 2017 early in its maiden Formula 1 season is already paying off, says team principal Gunther Steiner. (Eurosport)external-link

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg says he is "feeling positive" and his car's new upgrades should improve performance in Sochi. (F1.co.uk)external-link

Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo played a football computer game on a plane. (Instagram)external-link

Where else would you find giant Matryoshka dolls than at the Russian Grand Prix...

Mercedes

Wednesday, 26 April

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has won two out of three races so far in the 2017 season

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says the changes made during a winless season last year have been crucial to the team's strong start to 2017. (ESPN F1)external-link

Formula 1 bosses will clamp down on oil being illegally burned as fuel in qualifying, after Red Bull raised suspicions of other teams using the tactic in pre-season. (Autosport)external-link

Formula 1 will be taxed on income from the three Indian Grand Prix held in 2011-13 after the country's supreme court ruled the Buddh International Circuit served as a 'permanent establishment' for conducting business. (Motorsport)external-link

Renault believe a new front wing they tried in the Bahrain test could resolve the team's race problems in the first three races of the season. (Autosport)external-link

And Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg is hopeful the changes could see him compete for more points at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. (Crash.net)external-link

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Ocon
Haas' Romain Grosjean and Force India's Esteban Ocon travel to the Russian Grand Prix in style

Tuesday, 25 April

Formula 1 could return to southern California after the Long Beach city council hired a consultant to assess whether it should switch to F1 instead of hosting IndyCar. The city last staged F1 in 1983. (Long Beach Gazette)external-link

Sauber are close to a deal to run Honda engines for the 2018 season, replacing current supplier Ferrari. (Autosport)external-link

Meanwhile, Honda could be helped to become more competitive by the Formula 1 strategy group which may opt to waive penalties for excess component use.(Eurosport)external-link

Daniil Kvyat on Russian television
Toro Rosso's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat does the domestic media rounds ahead of his home Grand Prix

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat appeared on Russian televisionexternal-link to promote his home grand prix this weekend.

Pole Robert Kubica - who has not raced in F1since a bad rally crash in 2011 - says he is not ruling out a return to the sport. (Sokolim Okiem via F1Today)external-link

Monday, 24 April

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has separated F1 drivers into two classes: Alonsos and Rosbergs. (AS via Foxsports.com)external-link

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone appears far from happy with how the sport is being run. (Daily Express)external-link

Ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya hopes more drivers follow Alonso's lead in branching out to events like the Indianapolis 500. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has said that their run at the 101st Indianapolis 500 next month with Andretti Autosport-Honda may not be their only attempts at winning the event. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Alonso
Alonso has set his sights on winning the famed 'triple crown'

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton hopes McLaren and Williams can revive their flagging Formula 1 fortunes and fight him for world championship titles before he retires. (Autosport)external-link

Red Bull expect to make a "significant step forward" with a "massive" upgrade due for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. (ESPN)external-link

Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa was in Monte Carlo to watch Rafael Nadal win the tournament there this weekend

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