Formula 1 gossip: Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Pierre Gasly, Daniil Kvyat

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton is pondering whether to join the protests led by US sports stars

Saturday, 30 September

Lewis Hamilton says he will consider whether to "take a knee" during the playing of the American national anthem before the start of the US Grand Prix in Austin this month.

"I have not thought about it," he says, "but of course I will have to start to think about it — what would be right for me to do or do I even need to get involved?"(The Times - subscription required)

Jolyon Palmer has admitted he is eyeing a potential switch to Indycar for 2018. (

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has suggested that Lewis Hamilton should rethink the way he expresses his political views. (F1 Today)

Toro Rosso's Formula 1 debutant Pierre Gasly reckons the "massive pressure" Red Bull has put on him throughout his career helped him handle his first grand prix qualifying session. (Autosport)

Meanwhile, Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost says it is "all open" for Daniil Kvyat to return to a race seat with the team in the future despite being dropped for Malaysia. (NBC Sport)

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali has criticised those responsible for spreading fake documents and misleading rumours regarding the Malaysian Grand Prix. (New Strait Times)

Lewis Hamilton

Friday, 29 September

Lewis Hamilton
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he can identify with the NFL players protesting against Donald Trump

Lewis Hamilton believes there is a space for protests in Formula 1 and has hinted he could join with NFL players protesting against Donald Trump. (Daily Mail)

Fernando Alonso says he will turn his attention towards a new contract for 2018 after the F1 double-header in Malaysia and Japan, but still "needs more information" on whether to stay at McLaren. (PlanetF1)

The Chinese GP will remain on the Formula 1 calendar for at least another three years after agreeing a new race contract - while its 2018 edition is set to swap dates with the Bahrain GP. (Sky Sports)

Formula 1 is to 'turn pink' at next month's United States Grand Prix after announcing a partnership with Susan G Komen, the world's leading breast cancer organisation. (Formula1)

Robert Kubica has admitted his chances of a full-time return to Formula 1 are "very slight" despite enjoying three test appearances with Renault this year. (ESPN)

Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen went head-to-head in a cocktail making contest before the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Daily Mail)

Max Verstappen
Not what most people are thinking Max...

Thursday, 28 September

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he was responsible for the fist-sized hole that appeared in the wall of his driver room in the McLaren building after the Singapore Grand Prix, writes chief F1 writer Andrew Benson.

The existence of the hole was reported exclusively by BBC Sport, with an implication but no confirmation of how it got there. But on Thursday Alonso said: "Yes... It is still there. It was frustration."

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The Spaniard said he punched the wall after watching replays of the start-line crash, and realising he would have been running second on the first lap had he not been taken out by Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

He said he believed he could have finished on the podium, adding: "That podium could have been one of the biggest things of my career and we missed it."

A consortium backing a grand prix in Danish capital Copenhagen for 2020 is in advanced talks with Formula 1 bosses. (Autosport)

Three-time world champion and British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is to agree a sponsorship deal with motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta that will see him release a £60,000 bike. (The Sun)

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton teased his Twitter followers on Wednesday with this tweet

Williams Formula 1 team's profit during the first half of 2017 was boosted by a £10m payment from Mercedes for driver Valtteri Bottas. (Autosport)

The Ferrari that Michael Schumacher drove to his last ever Monaco Grand Prix victory is up for sale in Sotheby's Contemporary Fine Art auction in New York on 16 November. (Motorsport)

Honda confirms driver Fernando Alonso's car's engine survived the heavy crash which prematurely ended his Singapore Grand Prix. (ESPN)

Meanwhile, the Japanese company is changing its Formula 1 engine development strategy for the remainder of the 2017 season, with focus now on one big upgrade for McLaren rather than several smaller improvements. (Autosport)

Wednesday, 27 September

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton posted a number of images on social media in support of NFL players

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has shown his support for NFL players who have protested by not standing during the national anthem. (Sun)

Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer says the British manufacturer is eager to build its own engines but it will depend on the future regulations set to be introduced in 2021. (

McLaren executive director Zak Brown is backing the idea of a budget cap and would be open to compromise on the special payment it receives. (Autosport)

Felipe Massa
Williams driver Felipe Massa has been acclimatising in the 32 degree heat in Malaysia

Marcin Budkowski, the head of the FIA's Formula 1 technical department, has resigned with immediate effect. (Motorsport)

Tuesday, 26 September

Haas F1 Team
Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean is looking forward to Malaysia and posted a picture of himself on Twitter training hard

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo believes the team have made the most of the season so far, which looked set to be dismal. (GP Update)

McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso says the configuration of their car will work against them at the Malaysian Grand Prix. (The Statesman)

The 'Stegosaurus' introduced to Force India's car will help them generate downforce, according to experts. The addition to the car comprises more than 30 small fins to the top of its engine cover. (Autosport)

McLaren team boss Eric Boullier says lack of competitiveness during their partnership with Honda has been hugely damaging to credibility. (ESPN F1)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team must ensure they do not misjudge their own level of performance after a "surprise" result in Singapore when placing first and third. (

Jolyon Palmer has turned down a financial deal to leave Renault early and will not be replaced by Carlos Sainz before 2018. (Planet F1)

Monday, 25 September

Pascal Wehrlein has had two top 10 finishes this season, including his eighth place result in Spain
Pascal Wehrlein has had two top-10 finishes this season, including eighth in Spain

Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer said his company could look to get involved in F1 as an engine manufacturer after Red Bull announced a new sponsorship deal in 2018. (Formula

Sauber team boss Fred Vasseur says Pascal Wehrlein still has a chance of retaining his seat next season despite pressure from Marcus Ericsson. (Auto Motor und Sport - Germany)

Three-time champion Lewis Hamilton says he has "no desire" to chase Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles. (Motorsport)

Red Bull Twitter

Paul di Resta could line up for Williams next year as they look to find a suitable partner for Lance Stroll. (Motorsport magazine)

McLaren slumped to a £6m loss last year - down from a £4m profit in 2015. (This is money)

Max Verstappen's father, Jos Verstappen, says Sebastian Vettel escaped punishment for the crash at the Singapore Grand Prix for political reasons. (The Checkered Flag)

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