F1 gossip: Ricciardo, Hartley, Alonso, Grosjean, Ocon, Hamilton, Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo's retirement in Austin was the seventh time he has failed to finish a race in 2018

Sunday, 21 October

Daniel Ricciardo punched a hole through the wall of his changing room after having to retire from the US Grand Prix.(ESPN)external-link

Brendon Hartley says weekly questions about his future at Toro Rosso are becoming "increasingly annoying". (Radio New Zealand)external-link

After retiring from the opening lap of the US Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso has criticised a section of his Formula 1 rivals by labelling them as ''amateurs''.(ESPN)external-link

Romain Grosjean has received a three-place grid penalty for Formula 1's Mexican Grand Prix after hitting Charles Leclerc and is now two penalty points from an automatic one-race ban. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that Esteban Ocon "will be in a good car in 2020," raising speculation that Ocon will replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for that season.(GP Fans)external-link

Lewis Hamilton may be trailing Michael Schumacher in terms of outright wins and world titles, but the Briton is "miles above" the great German as an F1 world champion, according to Jacques Villeneuve. (F1i.com)external-link

A crowd of 80,000 Formula 1 fans watched the F1 Miami Festival, a promotional event that saw F1 cars take to the streets of Miami.(F1 official website)external-link

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that he has been misquoted by recent reports in which he appeared to suggest Max Verstappen is a more talented driver than Sebastian Vettel. (F1i.com)external-link

Saturday, 20 October

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 world title in Mexico and he could win it one race earlier in 2018

Lewis Hamilton is ready to prove that his rivals have searched in vain for any weaknesses as he stands on the brink of a fifth title. (Guardianexternal-link)

The United States Grand Prix could be a lottery because of changing weather conditions, says Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. (Formula1,comexternal-link)

McLaren will not compete full-time in IndyCar next year, but there is a chance Fernando Alonso could contest the Indianapolis 500 again as a one-off.(Autosport)external-link

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes tapping into the generation and market surrounding video games, rather than solely focusing on improving its own product, is vital for Formula 1. (Motorsport Weekexternal-link)

Max Verstappen is not commenting about the new women-only motorsport series. (Sports Moleexternal-link)

Friday, 19 October

Lewis Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's record seven world championships before his current Mercedes deal expires in 2020, says former world champion Nigel Mansell. (Press Association, via Sports Mole)external-link

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has criticised F1 rule-makers and called for the sport to take action following Sebastian Vettel's three-place grid drop for failing to slow down quick enough under a red flag. (Crash)external-link

Haas team owner Gene Haas says the performance advantage of Formula 1's top three teams makes it feel like the rest are competing in a different racing class - Formula 1.5. (ESPN)external-link

Williams signed Mercedes-backed Briton George Russell for 2019 on talent alone and not for any financial considerations, said the team's deputy principal Claire Williams. (Reuters)external-link

Robert Kubica says he is not prepared to wait until December to see if he will be given the second Williams seat for the 2019 Formula 1 season. (Motorsport)external-link

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has hit back at suggestions his team is in disarray after a run of errors that have hurt its Formula 1 world championship assault. (Autosport)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen thinks the penalty system, where drivers face a one-race ban if they accrue 12 points in one calendar year for race infringements is "stupid" and should be "thrown in the bin".(Pitpass)external-link

Valtteri Bottas is not concerned over his long-term Mercedes future, despite Esteban Ocon being linked to replace him for the 2020 season. (GP Fans)external-link

Lewis Hamilton is confident that Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world championship winner Michael Schumacher, will be able to progress to the sport in the near future, possibly as early as 2020. (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Williams Sergey Sirotkin says he is not worrying about suggestions his F1 career could end after November's Abu Dhabi season-finale. (Sports Mole)external-link

Thursday, 18 October

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen is currently fourth in the F1 drivers' standings

Kimi Raikkonen has called on Ferrari to "tidy up" at this weekend's US Grand Prix and produce a trouble-free weekend. (Crash.net)external-link

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas wants to see changes to Pirelli's tyres, claiming that drivers have had to "cruise round" some tracks rather than race. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the battle for the Drivers' Championship "is far from over" despite Lewis Hamilton's 67-point advantage over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. (Express)external-link

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, says he will make a decision on joining F1 "in the coming weeks". The 19-year-old won the F3 title last week. (Express)external-link

Former F1 driver David Coulthard has performed some daring donuts in a Red Bull atop the tallest building in Miami. (F1i.com)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso will leave McLaren at the end of the season

Wednesday, 17 October

Departing F1 driver Fernando Alonso says the sport needs to be made "more interesting" again. (Planet F1)external-link

Ferrari's new driver for 2019, Charles Leclerc, says he expects the team to drop him if he does not perform in his debut season with them. (Formula 1.com)external-link

Carlos Sainz has suggested Formula 1 should return to single-lap qualifying in 2019 with the proposed introduction of an additional qualifying session. (Planet F1)external-link

Ahead of the US Grand Prix in Austin at the weekend, drivers are already in the country, with Lewis Hamilton enjoying sightseeing in New York. (Instagram)external-link

Tuesday, 16 October

Sebastian Vettel
Vettel is 67 points behind lewis hamilton in the drivers' standings

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari need to improve their performances in qualifying to stand a better chance of finishing higher in races. (F1i.com)external-link

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene believes that Vettel will win the title "sooner or later" with the team. (F1 Today)external-link

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says qualifying runs the risk of becoming "just another practice session" if organisers add another session to it. (Autosport)external-link

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world F1 champion, "can become one of the greats in our sport", says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after the 19-year-old won the European Formula 3 title. (ESPN)external-link

Monday, 15 October

Renault
Renault are currently fourth in the constructors' championship

Renault say Formula 1 risks losing one of its current manufacturers if engine development costs continue to rise. (Autosport)external-link

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the McLaren collapse at the end of 2007 means his team cannot afford to think the championship battle is over. (Motorsport)external-link

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams says Force India driver Esteban Ocon is on the team's shortlist to partner George Russell next year. (Sky Sports, via ESPN)external-link

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says he would "absolutely refuse to go below 20 races" on the F1 calendar. (Autosport)external-link

Force India's Sergio Perez says races to come in the USA and Mexico will be the most important of the season for him. (F1Today)external-link

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