F1 gossip: Stroll, Ocon, Kubica, Vandoorne, Norris, Gasly

Esteban Ocon (right)
Esteban Ocon (right) qualified in third place for the Belgian Grand Prix, a place ahead of Force India team-mate Sergio Perez

Sunday, 26 August

Lance Stroll is set to take Esteban Ocon's seat at Force India before the Italian Grand Prix next weekend after scheduling a seat fitting with the Silverstone-based outfit for Tuesday. (F1 Today)

Ocon, though, will not be without a race seat for too long - with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suggesting the Frenchman could find his way to McLaren this season. (Motorsport.com)

Wolff says "several chess figures" need to be in place to facilitate the moves, with Robert Kubica set to step up to the Williams seat vacated by Stroll for the remainder of the season, leaving current McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne without a drive. (Planet F1)

Lando Norris will again feature for McLaren in the opening practice session of next week's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He made his grand prix weekend debut at Spa on Friday, where he drove Fernando Alonso's MCL33 and outpaced the sister car of Vandoorne. (Autosport)

Pierre Gasly will take over Daniel Ricciardo's simulator duties relating to Red Bull's 2019 programme. (RaceFans)

Saturday, 25 August

Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen made his Formula One debut with McLaren in 2014

The Formula 1 engine overhaul originally planned for 2021 might be delayed until 2023, according to Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul and Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner. (F1 Today)

GP3 Series driver and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team test driver Tatiana Calderon will hopefully hold discussions after the Monza Grand Prix for an outing in a Formula 1 car this year, with the 25-year-old Colombian saying she will do "everything in her power" to "get that first F1 experience". (Checkered Flag)

F1 owner Liberty Media have effectively abandoned the idea of two-day race weekends to help ease the workload on teams, and will instead look at an overhaul of the current timetable, including a different qualifying format. (Motorsport.com)

Kevin Magnussen has lost a lawsuit claiming unfair dismissal and a breach of contract brought by his former manager Dorte Riis Madsen, with a judge in Denmark ruling the Haas driver must hand over 20% of his income between September 1, 2015 and June 30, 2021. (F1i.com)

Pirelli have confirmed F1 tyres will only use the hard, medium and soft compound names in 2019, meaning that the supersoft, ultrasoft and hypersoft names will disappear. (Autosport)

Friday, 24 August

Vettel and Hamilton
Vettel finished second behind winner Hamilton at July's Hungarian Grand Prix

Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are set to use upgraded engines at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. (Crash)

The new Racing Point Force India team has been granted an official Formula 1 entry by the FIA in place of Force India, starting from the Belgian Grand Prix. (Autosport)

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg is set to start from the back of the grid in the Belgian Grand Prix, with the German poised to take an all-new power unit.(Motorsport)

Current Formula E Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne says a Formula 1 return is a "possibility" next season after being approached by a team competing in the sport. (The Checkered Flag)

Williams driver Lance Stroll says "nothing's guaranteed" in terms of whether he will see out the 2018 F1 season with the team. (RaceFans)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has questioned whether team-mate Daniel Ricciardo's "change of scenery" at Renault next season is the right decision (Planet F1)

Thursday, 23 August

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso is leaving Formula 1 at the end of the season

McLaren say the date and venue of Fernando Alonso's first IndyCar road course test has yet to be finalised with a potential entry into IndyCar far from resolved. (Motorsport)

Force India's Formula 1 team could run under a new name later in the 2018 season if the FIA is satisfied that relevant legal issues have been properly addressed.(Autosport)

F1 sporting chief Ross Brawn has revealed plans to implement a "soft budget cap" from 2019. (Crash.net)

McLaren want an upturn in qualifying form from driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who is yet to out-qualify team-mate Alonso this season. (SkySports)

Renault expect Nico Hulkenberg to take a grid penalty during the remainder of the F1 season after the energy store failure he suffered in Hungary.(Motorsport)

Renault chassis technical director Nick Chester fears rivals could steal fourth in the constructors' championship with "one good race". (F1.com)

Formula 2 frontrunner Alexander Albon, 22, believes he can fight for a Toro Rosso F1 seat in 2019, but accepts he must convince sceptical Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko. (Autosport)

Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley says he changed as a F1 driver because of the "surprise" speculation that he might be replaced that dogged the early part of his 2018 season. (Motorsport)

Wednesday, 22 August

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has been with Red Bull for five years after starting his career at their junior team Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo told Red Bull he would be signing a new contract only days before he joined Renault, says Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko. (Fox Sports)

Marko described Ricciardo's decision to join Renault as "a very strange situation". (Motorsport)

Carlos Sainz has dismissed suggestions that Max Verstappen vetoed a potential switch to Red Bull. Sainz joined McLaren instead and Pierre Gasly signed for Red Bull. (F1 Today)

Former world champion Jenson Button has warned new McLaren signing Carlos Sainz to be patient and not expect a swift turnaround in the team's fortunes. (Motorsport)

The German Grand Prix looks likely to be back on the Formula 1 calendar next year amid growing optimism about the race's future.(Reuters)

Fernando Alonso, who is retiring from F1 at the end of the season, says he is relishing this weekend's Belgium Grand Prix and "can't wait to get behind the wheel at Spa". (The Checkered Flag)

Great Britain's Lando Norris, 18, will take part in his first F1 race weekend for McLaren in first practice at the Belgian GP on Friday. (Sky Sports)

McLaren's Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne is hoping for a good performance this weekend and has described Spa as his favourite track of the season.(F1i.com)

F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches says two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is right to view Grand Prix results as predictable, but insists commercial rights owner Liberty Media has a plan to address the situation. (Motorsport Week)

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has been keeping himself active, by taking part in a duathlon

Tuesday, 21 August

Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has been driving for Force India since 2014

Sergio Perez says his deal with Force India is set to be renewed now the team's future has been secured. (Fox Sports, via Autosport)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is expecting the battle for top spot to pick up where it left off when Formula 1 resumes in Spa this week. (F1i.com)

American drivers can win in F1, says Haas team principal Gunther Steiner. (Motorsport)

Haas want to keep their strong run going and hope to break the 100-point mark this year. (F1today)

Williams' poor run of form in 2018 has made their drivers "easy targets" for criticism, says Lance Stroll.(Autosport)

Monday, 20 August

Button and Alonso
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were team-mates at McLaren

Jenson Button says Fernando Alonso could return to Formula 1 in 2020, if McLaren can offer the Spaniard a car that is "quick and winning races".(ESPN)

Nico Hulkenberg says it is an achievement to have "survived" for nearly a decade in F1 despite the threat posed by pay drivers. (Autosport)

Max Verstappen believes esports has a role to play in F1 and 'sim' racing could be a big help to drivers. (wtF1.com)

Romain Grosjean has denied his decision to join Haas was taken with a potential future at Ferrari in mind. (Autosport)

Robert Kubica says he is enjoying his off-track role with Williams this season, even if it is "different" to what he expected. (Motorsport)

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