F1 gossip: Carey, Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Vettel

Chase Carey
Chase Carey has been the chief executive of Formula 1 since January 2017

Sunday, 7 October

Formula 1 boss Chase Carey invited team principals to meet him in Suzuka before Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix to discuss the sport's future. (Motorsport.com)

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has called on Pirelli to end "ridiculous" one-stop races by introducing softer tyre compounds for 2019. (Crash.net)

Briton Hamilton says that despite all of his success, he still feels "like the kid from Stevenage" when emulating heroes such as Ayrton Senna by racing on the Japanese Grand Prix track at Suzuka. (Sky Sports)

Mercedes told their drivers to go easy on the tyres in the first part of Sunday's race because they had not had the chance to practise in hot weather. (Mercedes)

As Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen took the top three places at the Japanese Grand Prix, one newsroom proudly claimed the whole podium for its local English region - by declaring it a one-two for Northamptonshire, with Milton Keynes in third. (Four Counties News)

Seabstian Vettel was widely mocked on social media after his collision with Verstappen effectively ended his title hopes. (Express)

Lewis Hamilton waves to the camera
Lewis Hamilton has won five of the last six races

Saturday, 6 October

Lewis Hamilton revealed he has surprised himself by the run of "dream" drives which leave him standing on the brink of another Formula 1 world title. (Mirror)

Hamilton has accused Formula 1's stewards of double standards by showing undue leniency towards his world title rival Sebastian Vettel. (Daily Mail)

Mika Hakkinen
Hakkinen won his first world championship at Suzuka 20 years ago

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his 1998 McLaren MP4-13 in Suzuka on Friday, 20 years after he won the Formula 1 world championship at the same venue. (Motorsport.com)

Haas Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have praised the "surprising" progress that Racing Point Force India has made thanks to its recent upgrades. (Autosport)

Friday, 5 October

Max Verstappen
Dutch driver Max Verstappen is one of the most popular figures in formula 1

Hopes of a Dutch Grand Prix returning to the Formula 1 calendar have risen after FIA race director Charlie Whiting said the Zandvoort track needs "minimal" changes to qualify for grand prix racing. The last race held there was in 1985. (Grand PX News)

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he is paying "no attention" to F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel's mistakes in 2018. (Crash)

Hamilton has insisted the use of team orders that ensured his win at the last round in Russia would not detract from his satisfaction should he win the title. (Guardian)

Williams are undergoing an "intensive evaluation process" as they try to decide who will drive for the team in 2019, according to deputy team principal Claire Williams. (Sky Sports)

Fernando Alonso has dismissed suggestions that he cannot wait for his F1 career to end because of McLaren's struggles. He insisted that every remaining race will be a "celebration" before he leaves the sport. (GP Fans)

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne is determined to keep links to F1 and would consider a reserve or test role should a full-time drive be off the cards for 2019. (Crash)

Red Bull blocked Renault's efforts to re-sign Carlos Sainz, says Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul. Sainz, who had been 'on loan' at Renault from Red Bull, will drive for McLaren in 2019. (Grand Prix)

Racing Point, a consortium led by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, paid £90m to take over Force India in August, an administrators report shows. (Reuters)

Changing the structure of qualifying would reduce the "value" of winning a grand prix, according to McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran. (Motorsport)

Formula 1 is focusing on the wrong problem by considering changes to the qualifying format, according to Romain Grosjean, who called on F1 to address the wide gap between the top three teams and the rest. (Race Fans)

Thursday, 4 October

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton, pictured here winning the 2008 British Grand Prix, spent six years with McLaren and won his first world title with them in 2008

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he is saddened by McLaren and Williams' struggles and hopes there is "light at the end of the tunnel" for F1's fallen giants. (Sky Sports)

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he is not thinking about moving into either Formula E or competing in the World Rallying Championship next year after his F1 career ends. (F1 Today)

The FIA, motorsport's governing body, has set a date of 1 November at the International Court of Appeal for Haas to appeal against the decision to exclude Romain Grosjean from the results of September's Italian Grand Prix. Grosjean came sixth but was disqualified after Renault successfully protested about the use of the car floor on the Haas. (Motorsport Week)

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is now thinking more during F1 races, according to his father - former F1 driver Jos Verstappen. (Ziggo Sport, via Sports Mole)

Marcus Ericsson has confirmed he is in talks over an IndyCar race programme for 2019 as he bids to stay in single-seaters after losing his Sauber F1 seat. (Crash)

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly got to sit behind the wheel of a 1991 McLaren-Honda MP4/6, a car that brought Ayrton Senna his third and final world title, during a trip to Honda's F1 research and development centre in Sakura

Nineteen-year-old Mick Schumacher, the son of Michael Schumacher, needs to take a "few more steps" before moving into Formula 1, says F1 motorsports managing director Ross Brawn. (Planet F1)

Brawn has also backed Mercedes' controversial use of team orders in Sochi as the team instructed Valtteri Bottas to give up a position to team-mate Lewis Hamilton. (Crash)

Formula 1 is again considering changes to the grid penalty system after it resulted in only 10 cars taking to the track in the second part of qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. (Planet F1)

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg met Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori before this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix

Wednesday, 3 October

Esteban Ocon
Force India's Ocon is a Mercedes-contracted driver

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team are "prepared to play the long game" when it comes to driver Esteban Ocon. The Mercedes-contracted Frenchman, who is at Force India, faces being without a race seat next year. (Formula1.com)

Wolff was angry Ocon's planned move to Renault fell through, but their team boss Cyril Abiteboul believes it is unfair they are being singled out. (Autosport)

Brazilian football club Corinthians have brought out a kit paying tribute to Ayrton Senna to mark the 30th anniversary of his first world championship win. (ESPN)

Tuesday, 2 October

The FIA is considering switching the Formula 1 qualifying format to four sessions for 2019 in an effort to generate more excitement. (Autosport)

Lewis Hamilton is willing to give Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas a win later in the year to repay his gesture at the Russian Grand Prix, but the Finn said he would not be willing to accept it. (ESPN)

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen's "tough" Monaco GP proved the turning point of his season. (Sky Sports)

Fernando Alonso has rued McLaren's "lack of ambition" at the Russian Grand Prix. (Planet F1)

Honda will test its upgraded Formula 1 engine to make sure it can be used in this week's Japanese Grand Prix after deciding not to race it in Russia. (Motorsport)

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is on the shortlist to become Juventus' new general director. (Planet F1)

Monday, 1 October

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael, has a "few more steps to make" before he is ready to join F1, and Formula Two is the "next logical step" for the 19-year-old, according to F1 technical director Ross Brawn. (TASS)

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly said he experienced a "really scary" moment when his visor was struck by a piece of debris on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix. (ESPN)

Lewis Hamilton tweeted that he was "proud" of Mercedes after his victory at the Russia Grand Prix and praised team-mate Valtteri Bottas for his "incredible job", after he followed team orders to let the Brit past. (Twitter)

Sergio Perez raced in his 150th Grand Prix at the weekend and marked the milestone on Twitter. (Twitter)

Sergio Perez

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