F1 gossip: Hamilton, Mercedes, Wache, Red Bull, Williams, Lowe, Bottas, Leclerc

Sunday, 11 March

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes
Mercedes were only seventh fastest in pre-season testing

World champion Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes' W09 car - new for the 2018 season - is a lot faster than its W08 predecessor and believes the team have "as much information as we could" with preparations for the new season. (TheCheckeredFlag)

Red Bull chief engineer Pierre Wache has been promoted to the newly-created role of technical director in a move the team calls "part of the evolution" of their structure. (Autosport)

Williams might have to wait until the latter parts of the 2018 Formula One season to fully optimise the potential of their car, according to technical chief Paddy Lowe. (ESPN)

Valtteri Bottas has denied a claim that Mercedes are a full second per lap ahead of F1's other top teams heading into this month's Australian Grand Prix. (GrandPrix.com)

Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc says he was angered by the spin that contributed to almost five hours of lost running time on the final test day before his debut. (Motorsport.com)

Saturday, 10 March

Red Bull
Red Bull were only fourth fastest on the final day of testing in Barcelona

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says opting to run a different fuel to engine supplier Renault is not a "strategic mistake" as Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff has suggested.(PlanetF1.com)

McLaren's new partnership with Renault got off to an inauspicious start as the team finished with the lowest mileage of pre-season testing, but racing director Eric Boullier says they were right to be "aggressive" with their car design. (Formula1.com)

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes his team have delivered a "strong package" for the 2018 Formula 1 season and that they could have gone faster during pre-season testing. (Motorsportweek)

World champions Mercedes say the only doubt they have over their new car is how well it can perform on Pirelli's softer tyres. (Autosport)

Daniel Ricciardo recorded 92 laps in the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, finishing fourth fastest overall, and believes the team "are close enough to be in the hunt". (thecheckeredflag)

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