F1 gossip: Sainz,Gasly, Horner, Vttel,Ricciardo

Carlos Sainz jr is the son of former World Rally champion Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz jr is the son of former World Rally champion Carlos Sainz

Sunday, 4 November

Renault driver Carlos Sainz, whose namesake father was twice world rally champion, has told Mick Schumacher that his surname can "open doors" for him. (GPblog.com)

Team boss Christian Horner says it would be "unfair" for Red Bull to expect too much from Pierre Gasly, who will drive alongside Max Vertsappen next season. (Autosport)

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari haven't had a dominant car at any point of the 2018 F1 season. (Autosport)

Daniel Ricciardo has been enjoying his downtime, cruising in the sun and listening to American rock band Box Car Racer, before the next race in Brazil. (Daniel Ricciardo on Instagram)

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz
Max Verstappen (right) won last weekend's Mexican Grand Prix while Carlos Sainz retired after 29 laps

Saturday, 3 November

Former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa says Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, who will drive for McLaren in 2019, are on the "same level". (GPblog.com)

Sauber's Charles Leclerc was told "50 times" to slow down to preserve his tyres in Mexcio, due to his team's "extreme" strategy. (Racefans.net)

Haas have lost an appeal concerning Romain Grosjean's disqualification from sixth place at the Italian Grand Prix. (Sky Sports)

Lewis Hamilton swapped his driving suit for leather trousers and a black wig as he dressed up as American singer-songwriter Rick James for Halloween. (Lewis Hamilton on Instagram)

Friday, 2 November

Louis Deletraz racing
Louis Deletraz was part of Renault's young driver programme

Lewis Hamilton has questioned former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso's career choices following the Spaniard's decision to retire from the sport. (Planetf1.com)

Hamilton also said that Alonso believed he "controlled the driver market." (Motorsport.com)

In other news, Alonso says he would prefer a "zero tolerance" on track limits, believing the rules "should be clear". (Planetf1.com)

Despite suggesting he may not race in Red Bull's final two rounds, Daniel Ricciardo has taken to Instagram to confirm he will race with the team in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. (Daniel Ricciardo on Instagram)

Moving from F2, 21-year-old Swiss driver Louis Deletraz is "very excited" to make his F1 debut for Haas in the post Abu Dhabi test. (Pitpass.com)

Red Bull want to make Max Verstappen, 21, the youngest F1 champion ever. (ESPN)

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has suffered eight retirements this season

Thursday, 1 November

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says "only Daniel Ricciardo knows" if he regrets agreeing to join Renault. (Fox Sports)

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley says he has to "stand up" for himself to survive in F1 in the wake of recent criticism. (Autosport)

Mercedes' dominance is not just confined to the track - they are also dominating the gaming world, with Brendon Leigh winning two of three races at the second event of the 2018 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series. (Formula1.com)

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says racing could be improved by "shortening races" as this would lead to "wide-open racing the whole race". (Pitpass.com)

Lewis Hamilton celebrates clinching his fifth world title by performing a series of 'donuts' on the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit
Lewis Hamilton celebrated clinching his fifth world title by performing a series of 'donuts' on the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit

Wednesday, 31 October

Red Bull's Max Verstappen believes he could win the World Championship if he were driving Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. (Blick - in German)

Three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart reckons Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel may be past his peak - and Hamilton is yet to hit his. (Bild - in German)

Ferrari must not make any "knee-jerk" decisions after another championship loss to Mercedes, says their former technical director Ross Brawn. (PlanetF1)

With Ferrari having not won the world title since 2007, Hamilton says the pressure on Vettel is "a lot to ride on one's shoulders". (ESPN)

Colombian driver Tatiana Calderon completed her maiden F1 test run at Mexico's Hermanos Rodriguez circuit on Tuesday. (F1i.com)

Sauber F1 test driver Tatiana Calderon
Calderon, 25, is currently racing in the GP3 Series and has been affiliated with Sauber since early 2017

Tuesday, 30 October

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has downplayed suggestions he is the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time. (F1 on Twitter)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff paid tribute to Hamilton, saying: "This is the best Lewis I've seen in the last six years." (ESPN)

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso believes Hamilton has not finished winning titles, and says he will start next season as the favourite. (PlanetF1)

Valtteri Bottas wants to win the final two races of the season after Mercedes team-mate Hamilton's championship success. (Crash.net)

Max Verstappen's father Jos says anger propelled the 21-year-old to victory in Mexico after he saw the way Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo celebrated denying him pole position. (F1i.com)

Verstappen's win meant Renault overtook Ford-Cosworth to become the second most successful engine manufacturer in the history of F1. (Pitpass)

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says he is "wary" of fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon, after the pair clashed during Sunday's race. (F1i.com)

Max Verstappen celebrating
Max Verstappen would have become the youngest driver to take pole for an F1 race had he not been edged out by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in Mexico

Monday, 29 October

Lewis Hamilton can "seriously" target Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles, says former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. (Nico Rosberg on Twitter)

Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari will remain strong and united behind Sebastian Vettel after he lost out to Hamilton for the world championship. (F1i.com)

Vettel says Singapore was the turning point in his title battle with Hamilton, not the German Grand Prix when he crashed out of the lead. (Pitpass)

Force India's Esteban Ocon says that the Mexican Grand Prix was "probably his worst F1 race". (Formula1.com)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has apologised to Daniel Ricciardo after his driver's retirement at the Mexican GP was traced to a clutch issue. (Christian Horner Instagram)

Marcus Ericsson was "fuming" after "sacrificing" his Mexican Grand Prix in order to help Sauber team-mate Charles Leclerc. (Crash.net)

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne was happy to be "noticed" after claiming just his fourth points finish of the 2018 season in Mexico. (Crash.net)

Ferrari became the first F1 team to run a new generation of brake discs at the Mexican GP, featuring an unprecedented 1,400 holes to help cooling. (Autosport)

Instagram post by Lewis Hamilton after winning the 2018 F1 world championship, saying 'this is a moment I will never forget'
Lewis Hamilton thanked his parents, his team and his fans on Instagram after clinching the 2018 world championship

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