Formula 1 gossip: Mercedes, Hamilton, Kvyat, Ocon

Sunday, 17 December

Lewis Hamilton salutes his fans
Hamilton won his fourth F1 world title last season

Mercedes' technical director James Allison has labelled Lewis Hamilton's talent as "astonishing" after his first season working alongside the world champion.(ESPN)external-link

Red Bull Formula 1 advisor Helmut Marko says Daniil Kvyat was more naturally talented than new Toro Rosso drivers Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly but "lost his speed". (

Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see deposed driver Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the 23-year-old Russian "deserves" a place on the grid. (NBC)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he wants to "keep the diva" elements of the W08 car but "get rid of her vicious character". (

Former world champion Jenson Button continues to enjoy his time away from F1: "This year Christmas has come slightly early. Can't wait to start testing this beast next week in Sepang, Malaysia."

Jenson Button will be driving in Super GT
Button has turned his attentions to the Super GT Touring Car series

Saturday, 16 December

Max Verstappen
Verstappen had four podium finishes this season, including two victories in Malaysia and Mexico

Max Verstappen says his main problem with the Red Bull car was its inability to overtake. (Daily Expressexternal-link)

Williams will wait until January to confirm who will drive alongside Lance Stroll in the 2018 season. (Fox sports - Asiaexternal-link)

Romain Grosjean says Haas need to improve their tyre usage next year if they want to take a step forward. (Planetf1external-link)

FIA president Jean Todt says too much money is spent in Formula 1 because cars can go a full season without a mechanical breakdown. (Sportsmole via Auto Bildexternal-link)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team's aim is to beat Red Bull and Renault next season. (The checkered flagexternal-link)

Friday, 15 December

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is not eyeing a move to other forms of motorsport

Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton says he has no desire to leave Formula 1 for a different motorsport. (Daily Express)external-link

Formula 1 bosses are considering no longer using 'grid girls' - but Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says they must stay in the sport. (Wheels 24)external-link

Toro Rosso technical director James Key says the team do not get the credit they deserve for the work that goes into their car and are sometimes unfairly considered a 'B team' for Red Bull. (The Checkered Flag) external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Pascal Wehrlein "deserves" to be in Formula 1 and it is a "shame" the German finds himself with no seat for 2018. (Planet F1)external-link

Tyre manufacturer Michelin does not appear to be interested returning to F1 even after 2020 with boss Pascal Couasnon saying working in the sport is not an option at the moment. (AS)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wants Formula 1 to become more about drivers and less about technology. (Fox Sports)external-link

Thursday, 14 December

Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin
Renault reverse driver Sergey Sirotkin looks set to beat Robert Kubica to a Williams drive next season

Robert Kubica will not be offered a drive at Williams next year, with the British team set to go for Russian Sergey Sirotkin, who could bring in a sponsorship deal worth £15m. (Express)external-link

World champion Lewis Hamilton hopes former team-mate Fernando Alonso will be a title contender next season, after McLaren's switch to Renault engines. (Motorsport)external-link

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier feared a staff exodus when it became clear in pre-season that engine partner Honda would struggle again this season. (Formula1)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff denies he is lining up Force India driver Esteban Ocon to replace Valterri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate in the near future. (Turun Sanomat, via PlanetF1)external-link

McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris says he is ready to step up if either Fernando Alonso or Stoffel Vandoorne are unable to race next season. (Crash)external-link

Fernando Alonso celebrates on a podium with fellow racing drivers
Busman's holiday? Fernando Alonso even goes racing during his vacation