F1 gossip: Villeneuve, Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Gasly

Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve drove his final Formula One race in 2006

Sunday, 1 July

Ferrari are wrong to sign up Charles Leclerc for next season, says 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. (Auto Bild, Austria, via f1i.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton is "a young man both blessed with good intentions and cursed with a severe lack of guidance", according to the journalist who interviewed him for the latest edition of GQ magazine. (GQ)external-link

Austrian Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen believes he can be a title contender if Red Bull find some more engine power. (Sky Sports)external-link

Red Bull turned down Verstappen's engine during the race in Austria to avoid him suffering the same problems that caused team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to retire. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly said the Austrian Grand Prix was like a rallycross race, claiming he almost went off the track 20 times. (Motorsport Week)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton vented his frustration on the team radio as his race went wrong on Sunday - but went for diplomacy on Twitter
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez was very happy with seventh place - and six championship points - after elimination in the first qualifying session on Saturday

Saturday, 30 June

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel are set to be team-mate next season
Leclerc and Vettel are set to be team-mates next season

Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur has denied that there have been talks about a mid-season driver swap between Charles Leclerc and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Leclerc is to join Ferrari from next season. (F1i.com)external-link

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says F1 race director Charlie Whiting told the teams to make stronger wings if they wanted to run the kerbs in Austria. (Planet F1)external-link

Whiting also says "discussions" are taking place about introducing penalties that take into account the consequences of a driver's actions. (Autosport)external-link

World champion Lewis Hamilton has posed on the cover of British GQ magazine in a kilt to "make amends" for shaming his nephew for wearing a princess dress. (Metro)external-link

Friday, 29 June

Max Verstappen believes there is a "very big chance" team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will commit his future to Red Bull. (Formula1.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
Ricciardo and Verstappen speak to the media ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

Meanwhile, Ricciardo has joked his ideal team-mate would be either Kimi Raikkonen or Valtteri Bottas. (F1 on Twitter)external-link

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes will be even stronger this weekend as they bring more car upgrades to the Austrian Grand Prix. (Express)external-link

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc says it would be a "dream" to drive for Ferrari amid rumours he will replace Kimi Raikkonen in 2019. (Sky Sports)external-link

Sebastian Vettel says he is not worried by his numerous errors this season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has previously stated his ambition to become a musician

Thursday, 28 June

Lewis Hamilton has made his singing debut under the pseudonym XNDA on pop star Christina Aguilera's new album. (Mirror)external-link

McLaren would consider signing Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen if Fernando Alonso does not drive for the team in 2019. (Sky Sports)external-link

Sauber's Charles Leclerc has admitted that he has "heard the rumours" about his future after being tipped to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next season. (F1 Today)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo has hinted that his future depends on where he feels most "valued". The Australian, who is in the final year of his contract at Red Bull, has been linked with McLaren. (Express)external-link

Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer says that reported plans to ban virtual garages during race weekends are "ridiculous". (F1i)external-link

Sauber's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson has been lamenting his travel schedule after missing a very important football match...

Marcus Ericsson tweet

Wednesday, 27 June

Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn says the new aerodynamic regulations for 2019 have finally been agreed by the teams and are expected to be signed off in July. (Motorsport)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen thinks the Austrian Grand Prix will provide a 'fun lap', despite Lewis Hamilton's view that it is too difficult to overtake at the track. (Express)external-link

Fernando Alonso has clarified his criticism of the McLaren team after their disappointing performance at the French Grand Prix, saying he felt some of the instructions he was receiving were a little 'overexcited' given his position at the back, or close to the back, for most of the race. (PlanetF1)external-link

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley now believes there is no realistic chance his drivers can catch Renault in the Formula 1 constructors' standings, after suffering a double retirement in France. (Autosport)external-link

Tuesday, 26 June

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been criticised by the Italian media after his "amateur error" in crashing into Valtteri Bottas at the French Grand Prix.(F1i.com)external-link

Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas (left) during the opening lap of the French Grand Prix

After suggestions Vettel should have been punished with more than a five-second penalty, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said it was "consistent with other incidents of that sort". (Planet F1)external-link

Lewis Hamilton's new deal with Mercedes - set to be worth £45m - is close to being announced. (Sydney Morning Herald) external-link

The FIA is set to release the definitive 2021 Formula 1 engine regulations to manufacturers this week. (Autosport)external-link

Monday, 25 June

Fernando Alonso wants his McLaren team to "raise their game" at next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix after failing to finish in France on Sunday. (Mail)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso retired on lap 50 at Circuit Paul Ricard

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he is "blown away" by Michael Schumacher's achievements after breaking the German's record for most race wins at different circuits following victory at Sunday's French Grand Prix. (Express)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen jokingly suggested Sebastian Vettel should change his style after the Ferrari driver's first-lap collision on Sunday. (Reuters)external-link

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen says he had "a lot more fun" on Sunday than in his previous two outings. (PlanetF1)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says his hopes of a podium finish at Paul Ricard were dashed after his car was "wounded" by damage sustained to his front wing.(Motorsport.com)external-link

Force India's Sergio Perez is determined to not be too downhearted about his retirement in France...


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