F1 gossip: Esteban Ocon, Force India, Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Kevin Magnussen

Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has won 132 points from 44 Formula One race, but has yet to make the podium

Saturday, 29 September

Force India will help Esteban Ocon "find something else" with his future at the team in jeopardy, and could keep the Frenchman as their reserve driver for the 2019 season. (Planet F1)

Ocon could find himself with a new owner if he remains with the team, with Russian businessman Dmitry Mazepin's company Uralkali saying their bid to buy Force India still stands if the administrators' decision to sell it to Lawrence Stroll's consortium is overturned by the courts. (RaceFans)

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff are not worried management changes at Mercedes-Benz will affect the company's commitment to Formula 1. (Autosport)

Kevin Magnussen has confirmed his new deal with Haas runs through to the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season. (Motorsport)

Daniel Ricciardo
It's fair to say Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed the West Coast Eagles winning their first Australian Football League (AFL) championship since 2006 on Saturday

Friday, 28 September

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is going for his fifth F1 world title

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is in the "strongest" mindset of his career, before the Russian Grand Prix this weekend. (Guardian)

Hamilton also says he does not have "one hand" on the Championship trophy with his "most challenging" battle with Sebastian Vettel still to come. (Sky Sports)

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has called for a tyre rule change in Q2, with those on hypersoft tyres forced to pit earlier in the race than those on harder tyres. He said it's a "rubbish situation". (Planet F1)

Romain Grosjean's team boss Gunther Steiner thinks Formula 1 should scrap the blue flag rule. (Motorsport.com)

Australian rules football fan Daniel Ricciardo will be following his team the West Coast Eagles when they play in the AFL Grand Final against Collingwood on Saturday. (The West Australian)

Daniel Ricciardo

Thursday, 27 September

Esteban Ocon has 45 points in this season's standings
Esteban Ocon has 45 points in this season's standings

Esteban Ocon has admitted his only remaining hope of staying on the Formula 1 grid in 2019 is with Williams. (Autosport)

Haas say they are on course to announce their 2019 line-up before the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend. The American team currently has no contracted drivers for next season. (F1 Today)

Drivers have been warned not to drive unnecessarily slowly through the Turn 12/13 section of the Sochi Autodrom at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. (Motorsport Week)

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel says he does not think that he would benefit from working with a sports psychologist. (Auto Bild, via F1 Today)

Brendon Hartley says he is "not panicking" about his Formula 1 future and still has time to turn his fortunes around. (Newstalk ZB, via Planet F1)

Sergio Perez says he has "turned the page already" and moved on from a "terrible weekend" in Singapore that saw him crash into Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon.(Formula Spy)

Valtteri Bottas must "trust" that his time will come and he will win races again, says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.(F1i.com)

Wednesday, 26 September

Australian Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Renault next season

Renault "aren't strong enough" to challenge for the Formula 1 Championship even with Daniel Ricciardo, according to new team technical chief Marcin Budkowski. (Fox Sports - Australia)

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says former reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein "deserves a chance" in F1. (Motorsport)

Marcus Ericsson is looking at "other racing options" for 2019 after being dropped by Sauber in favour of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen. (PlanetF1)

Ferrari will stick with "aggressive" tyre selection ahead of the forthcoming Japanese Grand Prix.(PlanetF1)

Tuesday, 25 September

Force India plan to put the disaster of Singapore, where drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon clashed, behind them and focus on picking up points in Russia. (F1i.com)

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jonny Herbert says Stoffel Vandoorne's downfall in failing to secure a seat in next season's championship should be a lesson to fellow rookie Lando Norris, who replaces the Belgian at McLaren. (Motorsport)

Red Bull's Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo says that 2018 has been his "weirdest" season of racing to date. (Autosport)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has shared futuristic fan artwork on Instagram, saying he "loves the creativity" of his fans. (Instagram)


Monday, 24 September

Former Ferrari hopeful Raffaele Marciello says 20-year-old Charles Leclerc could beat future team-mate Sebastian Vettel next season. (F1i.com)

British racing driver Dan Ticktum, currently a member of the Red Bull Junior team, says he finds Mick Schumacher's sudden surge in F3 racing "interesting" after the German - son of F1 great Michael Schumacher - flew to the top of the standings with a hat-trick of victories. (Planet F1)

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has shown his support for Tiger Woods in an emotional Instagram post after the American golf legend won his first Tour Championship in five years. (Express)

IndyCar looks set to secure big F1 names and one of them is McLaren, who, according to IndyCar chief Mark Miles, are considering an entry for 2019. (F1 Fansite)

Plus, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is leaving Red Bull after signing a two-year contract with Renault from next season, was involved in a "nasty crash" on his week off. He posted this video on social media...

Daniel Ricciardo
A crash Ricciardo could smile about

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