F1 gossip: Ecclestone, Ferrari, Renault, Hamilton

Sunday, 25 February

Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone was ousted from F1 when US group Liberty Media took over the sport

Former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned that Ferrari could start a rival championship unless the sport's governing body does "what would benefit" the Italian team. (Mail on Sunday)

Ecclestone also says F1 should switch to electric cars as part of changes to the sport. (Guardian)

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul claims images of the car released in the week were "a presentation for the livery" and is "not representative of what will be shown [in testing] and in Melbourne there will be more to come". (Autosport)

World champion Lewis Hamilton says the wiping of all his social media content after criticism of a post in which he told a young relative "boys don't wear dresses" was "always planned at the end of the year to start a clean slate at the beginning of this year". (Crash.net)

Saturday, 24 February

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso is a two-time F1 world champion

Fernando Alonso says he is "excited" and "apprehensive" about McLaren's car for 2018 and hopes that it "delivers in the way we all want it to". (ESPN)

Williams will give reserve driver Robert Kubica two sessions during testing in Spain next week. (Planet F1)

Mercedes technical director James Allison says keeping the long wheelbase for the team's 2018 car was "a no-brainer". (Autosport)

F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches says "not everyone agrees" about the direction the sport is moving in, but added: "We're not here to please people - we're here to make this sport as great as it can possibly can be." (F1i.com)

Friday, 23 February

Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton says his relationship with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could deteriorate even further. The Briton is "expecting the worst" from a rivalry he thinks will intensify. (Guardian)

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel finished second behind Lewis Hamilton in last year's championship

Hamilton believes he will face greater competition from both Ferrari and Red Bull this season. (Planet F1)

A gust of wind briefly revealed part of McLaren's MCL33 before Friday's formal presentation of the new model. (F1i.com)

Force India insists it is not considering offers to sell the team, despite reports of a takeover bid led by Rich Energy. (Autosport)

Renault have agreed a commercial partnership with Spain's top football division La Liga. (Motorsport)

Thursday, 22 February

Max Verstappen says he would rather be challenged en route to an F1 drivers' title, rather than "winning easy like Mercedes". (PlanetF1)

McLaren are planning a "substantial" update ahead of their launch on Friday. The new car, says motorsport.com, will "feature a Renault engine and is set for a bold new livery look that will appeal to fans".

Organisers of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom are considering changing the circuit to allow for more overtaking opportunities. (F1i)

Valtteri Bottas has revealed the design of his 2018 helmet, which has been drawn up by fans. (Twitter)

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas' 2018 helmet design

Wednesday, 21 February

Fernando Alonso on Twitter

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has revealed a new helmet design for the 2018 season.(Fernando Alonso on Twitter)

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg says the team are still two or three years away from being title contenders. (Autoweek)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has offered an upbeat assessment of their title chances, contradicting the pessimistic view of the company's motorsport boss Helmut Marko.(F1i)

Marcus Ericsson believes his experience in F1 will benefit Sauber as they look to move off the bottom of the standings.(PlanetF1)

Toro Rosso teased fans with this video before the launch of their 2018 car on February 26.

Sauber offered a first look at their new car out on track.

Tuesday, 20 February

Fernando Alonso
Alonso has raced in F1 since 2001

Fernando Alonso, 36, is certain he will have no problems combining his 21-race F1 commitment with McLaren with a five-race schedule in the World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. (F1i.com)

The bargeboard area of Formula 1 cars will offer the biggest area of opportunity for development gains during 2018, says Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe. (Autosport)

McLaren have continued to hint at all-orange livery before their official launch on 23 February and new partnership with Renault, having cut ties with Honda at the end of 2017.(ESPN)

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko fears the engine advantage held by Mercedes in Formula 1 could be even greater this season. (Autosport)

Williams have appointed former McLaren man Doug McKiernan as chief engineer. He began his F1 career in 1999 and, after becoming head of aerodynamics, was made chief engineer, before stepping down in 2015. (Formula 1.com)

Excitement mounts at the base of the world champions as they prepare to launch their car for 2018 on Thursday.


Monday, 19 February

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas will partner will champion Lewis Hamilton again for Mercedes in 2018

Valtteri Bottas had no issues related to the 'halo' cockpit protection device during a recent race simulation in which it was fitted to his Mercedes W09. (Fox Sports)

World champion and Arsenal fan Lewis Hamilton has been training with Gunners defender Hector Bellerin. (Express)

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says a switch to Honda engines is possible in 2019. (F1 today)

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says engines, which have been quieter since the hybrid era began in 2014, should not have their volumes increased to please fans.(GrandPrix.com)

Force India test and reserve driver Nicholas Latifi has confirmed he will be driving the VJM11 - or its replacement after the team's name change - in next week's test at Barcelona. (Pitpass)

Haas team owner Gene Haas says he has no concerns about reliability before the reduction to three engines for the longer 2018 F1 season. (Crash.net)

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been awarded the prestigious BARC Gold Medal by the British Automobile Racing Club for outstanding contribution to motorsport. (F1i.com)

Red Bull do not scrimp on the preparations as they unveil their new car for 2018 at Silverstone.

Red Bull at Silverstone
Red Bull at Silverstone for Monday's new car launch

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