F1 gossip: Sebastian Vettel, Canadian Grand Prix, McLaren, Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel will start on pole in Canada
Sebastian Vettel will start on pole in Canada

Sunday, 10 June

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says he could have gone even faster after securing pole position for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. (Checkered Flag)

McLaren could enter IndyCar as early as next season, paving the way for Fernando Alonso to swap series while staying within the McLaren fold. (PlanetF1)

Fernando Alonso posts on Instagram
Fernando Alonso says points are given on Sunday

Saturday, 9 June

A £100m Force India takeover could be completed within days, according to the man behind the deal. (Telegraph)

British former world champion Damon Hill says Mercedes were "holding back" during the first two practice sessions of the Canadian Grand Prix. (Express)

Sebastian Vettel Tweets
Sebastian Vettel praises his car after securing pole at the Canadian Grand Prix

Friday, 8 June

Fernando Alonso's future remains unclear with the Spaniard set to race at Le Mans amid rumours he will quit Formula 1 for Indycar in 2019. (F1Today)

Brendon Hartley insists he will remain with Toro Rosso for the remainder of the season despite the likes of McLaren protege Lando Norris being linked with his seat. (PlanetF1)

The 2019 Formula 1 season will end in December for the first time since 1963 with officials considering extending the season by two weeks as part of a reshuffle which includes creating a gap for the proposed Miami Grand Prix, in October. (RaceFans)

Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have been warned "No crashes this weekend!" with the team short of spare parts. (Formula1.com)

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc hopes to progress further up the grid with Ferrari as soon as the 2019 season. (Motorsport.com)

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix in June 2007

Thursday, 7 June

Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll finished eighth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Lance Stroll has "lived up to expectation" and is in line for a new contract at Williams until the end of the 2019 season. (PlanetF1)

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says a switch from two to four-wheel racing "will be a serious idea for me in a few years' time" after testing Red Bull Racing's 2013 title-winning car. (Crash.net)

Force India reserve driver Nicholas Latifi, who will take part in Friday morning's first free practice session in Canada, wants to graduate to Formula 1 next season. (f1i.com)

Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi is eyeing the Force India race seats currently held by Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon

Formula 1 bosses are considering "fundamental" changes to the race weekend format, including cutting Saturday practice and reducing the length of a race, to attract new viewers and appeal to a younger audience. (Motorsportweek)

Force India will introduce their delayed new front wing in time for the French Grand Prix, although there could be a chance it will be used this weekend in Canada as long as they have enough spares for both drivers. (Motorsport.com)

Wednesday 6 June

Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen finished sixth at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2016

Kimi Raikkonen is facing a $1m lawsuit filed by a waitress who is accusing the Ferrari driver of sexual misconduct after the Canadian Grand Prix in 2016. (Daily Mail)

Daniel Ricciardo is 'blackmailing' Red Bull by waiting until Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes before renewing his contract, says Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. (GPBlog)

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez swapped his bike for a Formula 1 car as he took a Red Bull for a spin in Austria - with some coaching from former F1 driver Mark Webber.

Formula 1 tweet

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be among those to receive an engine upgrade for the Canadian Grand Prix, team boss Toto Wolff has confirmed. (MercedesAMGF1.com)

British driver Oliver Rowland, 25, has been handed another chance to drive a Formula 1 car during Williams' in-season testing in Hungary in July. (Formula1)

Ferrari mistook Toronto for Montreal in their promotional video for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

CBC Montreal tweet to Ferrari

Tuesday, 5 June

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen competed in the World Rally Championship for two years after being sidelined by Ferrari at the end of the 2009 season

Toyota have denied Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will make a return to the World Rally Championship in 2019 despite the Finn admitting he is interested amid speculation about his future in Formula 1. (Motorsport Week)

Increasing the number of female competitors is a "a big priority" for Formula 1, says chief executive Chase Carey, who adds the sport is making progress with encouraging more women to participate as competitors and not just on the management and engineering side. (RaceFans)

A switch from 13-inch to 18-inch wheels is set be part of Formula 1's 2021 rules package currently being formulated by a team of engineers under Ross Brawn, with the move to low-profile tyres "more likely than not".(Autosport)

Formula 1 bosses are keen on a race on the streets of Hanoi in Vietnam to replace Malaysia, which bowed out last year due to falling attendance and financial pressure. (Autoweek)

Red Bull are keen for McLaren's Lando Norris, the current F2 championship leader, to replace Brendon Hartley, who has scored just one point this season at Toro Rosso. (Motorsport Week)

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton might have had too much time on his hands during his weekend off between Monaco and Montreal

Monday, 4 June

Lewis Hamilton
Four-time world champion has a contract with Mercedes until the end of the 2018 season having signed a three-year deal in 2015

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will walk away from Formula 1 in 2020 to begin a music career, according to driver-turned-pundit David Coulthard. (Express)

Sole tyre provider Pirelli will only continue in F1 if a deal is commercially viable to its business model and the sport continues to be a technological challenge.(PlanetF1)

Renault are optimistic a power unit upgrade at the Canadian Grand Prix will deliver vital gains to close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari, with new aerodynamic and mechanical updates also set to be introduced. (Crash.net)

The future of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at Haas will not be considering until after the summer break, with team principal Gunther Steiner not thinking about their driver line-up for the 2019 season. (RaceFans)

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media will find it increasingly difficult to maintain the level of income from race sanction fees with Hockenheim, Baku and Silverstone among those seeking improved deals after next year's planned Miami Grand Prix negotiated a risk-and-revenue-sharing model. (Autosport)

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso warmed up for his Le Mans 24 Hours debut by recording the fastest lap in Sunday's official testing for the race

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