Formula 1 gossip: Mercedes, McLaren, Renault, Sauber

Sunday, 21 January

Valteri Bottas (l) and Lewis Hamilton(r)
Valteri Bottas (l) and Lewis Hamilton(r) enjoy a more harmonious relationship than Hamilton did with former team-mate Nico Rosberg

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne says the team is under "big" pressure to perform following their switch to Renault engines. After splitting with Honda, McLaren will run the same engines as Red Bull and works team Renault. (Planet F1)external-link

The FIA is finalising plans for a minimum F1 driver weight of 80kg in 2019 to ensure that heavier drivers are no longer penalised. (motorsport.com)external-link

Mercedes' view on team dynamics and how they should work have changed following the successful pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. (Autosport)external-link

Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc feels the team will gain a big benefit from switching to an up to date Ferrari engine this season. Last season the team used a one-year-old power unit. (Planet F1)external-link

Saturday, 20 January

Mercedes and Ferrari
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to the drivers' title last year

Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche says his team and Ferrari may be fierce rivals on the track but off it they "are 100% aligned" on their thoughts in Formula 1 and their strategic actions. (Autocar)external-link

The subject of Ferrari losing its power to veto F1 rule changes will be considered by Jean Todt, the president of motorsport's governing body the FIA. (F1i.com)external-link

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is not worried by Renault's reliability as he believes the engine supplier "has has taken the necessary measures and made great efforts to make progress in this area". (Planet F1, via Auto Hebdo)external-link

IndyCar racer and former Formula 1 driver Sebastien Bourdais has responded to claims by Haas team boss Gunther Steiner that there are no American drivers ready to compete in F1 by saying he understands "that the American drivers take it personal because it's not fair". (Autosport)external-link

Friday, 19 January

Vietnam could soon be included on the F1 calendar, with a street race expected to be announced in the coming weeks. (Forbes)external-link

Monaco
Street races are already held in Monaco, Baku, Montreal, Singapore and Melbourne

Mercedes and Ferrari will both unveil their 2018 cars on 22 February. (Sky Sports)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner reassured him he will have a fair fight with Max Verstappen in 2018 after favouritism concerns. (Autosport)external-link

McLaren on Twitter
Former world champion Jenson Button turned 38 on Friday, and the McLaren team, for whom the Briton contested 136 grands prix between 2010 and 2017, were among those offering birthday greetings

Thursday, 18 January

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton is an accomplished snowboarder

World champion Lewis Hamilton has been brushing up on his snowboarding skills on a trip to Japan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former world champion Nigel Mansell says Williams can still succeed in the coming season, despite their youthful driver pairing of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin. (Autosport)external-link

Ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok says Robert Kubica - named as Williams' reserve driver - had enough opportunities to prove he was capable of making a competitive racing comeback this season. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Sergey Sirotkin's father says the young Russian secured the Williams seat because he was "stronger" than Kubica. (F1today.net)external-link

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley reminds us of his happy day as he prepares to leave New Zealand to begin work for the 2018 season.

Brendon Hartley on Twitter

Wednesday, 17 January

Nico Rosberg
Rosberg retired after winning the world championship in 2016

Retired former world champion Nico Rosberg says he would be willing to return to the sport to race in a Las Vegas Grand Prix. (YouTube)external-link

Daniil Kvyat's role at Ferrari remains a mystery after Antonio Giovinazzi appeared to indicate he would be taking on any third driver duties with the team.(Daily Express)external-link

F1 bosses will present their vision for the future to all current race promoters at a conference in London on Wednesday as they look to improve the race weekend product as a whole.(Autosport)external-link

Pierre Gasly on Twitter
The announcement of Sergey Sirotkin at the new Williams driver met with the approval of Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly - the pair have been rivals for many years and raced against each other at GP2 level.

Tuesday, 16 January

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton posted this image as an Instagram story on Tuesday afternoon

Lewis Hamilton has returned to social media with a post advertising watches. He posted an Instagram 'story' having deleted several years' worth of his social media entries over Christmas. He also later posted an image of himself snowboarding. (Instagram)external-link

Nigel Mansell, who won his title in 1992, believes McLaren will find it tough to go up against Red Bull and the works Renault team with the same engines in 2018. (Autosport)external-link

Britain's Paul di Resta says he was only removed from contention for the Williams F1 seat in the last three weeks and believes he proved his pace in the car to the team. (Express)external-link

Former Manor driver Max Chilton says F1 teams are guilty of missing talented drivers in IndyCar because of a fixation on junior categories in Europe. (ESPN)external-link

Monday, 15 January

FIA president Jean Todt
FIA president Jean Todt wants stricter rules on budgets in Formula One

FIA president Jean Todt says a budget cap alone will not solve the problem of rising costs in Formula One. (Motorsport)external-link

F1 bosses Liberty Media could face legal action from 3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes, over the style of 'F' used in its new-look logo for the sport. (Telegraph)external-link

Indianapolis 500 winner and multiple Champ Car champion Gil de Ferran says the Haas team's claims that there are no American drivers good enough for F1 at the moment are 'unfair'. (Autosport)external-link

Paul di Resta says he was "within touching distance" of getting an F1 drive with Williams, but feels his age may have worked against him. (Crash.net)external-link

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