F1 gossip: Verstappen, Wolff, Ricciardo, Sauber

Max Verstappen Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff (right) says Max Verstappen is a "future champion"

Sunday 18 November

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull's Max Verstappen will become world champion when the "raw edges are off". (Motorsport.com)external-link

Daniel Ricciardo is hoping for a "fitting farewell" at his final race for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi. (Planet F1)external-link

Listening to music is used as way to help Formula 1 drivers focus ahead of a race. (Sky Sports)external-link

Sauber has launched a young driver programme with drivers set to compete in the respective junior categories and get a clear path to F1. (GrandPX)external-link

Valtteri Bottas has been enjoying his time off in between races by cycling on the North Italy coast (Instagram)external-link

Fernando Alonso
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is leaving F1 after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Saturday, 17 November

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who is leaving the sport after the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, says he has quit because Formula 1 is a "weak show". (PlanetF1.com)external-link

Force India driver Esteban Ocon says he was disappointed not to pick up any points at the Brazilian Grand Prix after having "good pace". (The Checkered Flag)external-link

Mercedes are continuing to develop their controversial wheel spacing tyre design, which helps to regulate tyre temperature. (Autosport) external-link

Marcus Ericsson says he deserves more praise for being part of Sauber's turnaround this season after an indifferent start. (GPblog)external-link

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has challenged friends to shave off their beards to raise awareness of men's health campaign Health is Wealth in Abu Dhabi. (Instagram)external-link

Max Verstappen & Carlos Sainz
Max Verstappen (left) says there is no bad blood with former team-mate Carlos Sainz (right)

Friday, 16 November

Carlos Sainz has dismissed reports he and former Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen "hated each other". (PlanetF1)external-link

Williams reserve driver Robert Kubica is set to take up the vacant driver's seat for the 2019 season. (Wheels24)external-link

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could be handed a grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his power unit suffered "some level of damage" at the Brazilian GP last weekend. (PlanetF1)external-link

Kimi Raikkonen says he is relaxed about his return to Sauber for 2019, after being replaced at Ferrari by Charles Leclerc. (GrandPrix.com)external-link

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has enjoyed travelling around London and taking part in a photo shoot. (Instagram)external-link

Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton (top) and Valterri Bottas helped guide Mercedes to the constructors' championship this season

Thursday, 15 November

Valtteri Bottas is impressed how five-time world champion and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton "keeps getting better". (Racefans.net)external-link

Ferrari are planning management changes for the 2019 season, with Robert Smedley set to return. (Wheels24)external-link

The FIA has "drawn a line" under the heated exchanged between Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with no further investigation planned. (Planet F1) external-link

Haas have conceded defeat in the race for fourth place in the constructor's championship, after Renault surged ahead in the Mexico and US Grands Prix. (Planet F1)external-link

Lewis Hamilton has been getting patriotic and sentimental on social media, posting images and videos from his return to England. (Instagram)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton was 'willing' his Mercedes car on as he feared engine failure in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix

Wednesday, 14 November

Lewis Hamilton says he was shouting in his Mercedes car, "willing it on" during the last 10 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix as he feared a possible engine failure. (Racefans.net)external-link

Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he was goaded into a clash with a 'smiling' Esteban Ocon in Brazil by the Force India driver's flippant response and attitude. (Autosport.com)external-link

Force India driver Sergio Perez says Fernando Alonso's struggles at McLaren this year reflect how bad Formula 1 is. (Crash.net)external-link

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has dismissed calls for a rule change after Sebastian Vettel was punished for "destroying" the weighbridge at Interlagos. (Autosport.com)external-link

Ferrari have opted for more conservative tyre selections than rivals Mercedes and Red Bull for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Motorsport.com)external-link

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team will receive a bumper pay-out after winning the constructors' title

Tuesday, 13 November

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has described Esteban Ocon's actions as "totally irresponsible" after the Frenchman cost the team a comfortable victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Sky Sports)external-link

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says Ocon "deserved a race ban" for his actions at Interlagos. (PlanetF1.com)external-link

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says Max Verstappen is "still not able to manage his emotions", after the Belgian confronted Ocon following the race. (Autosport.com)external-link

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly has defended his decision to ignore team orders in Brazil, saying he was racing team-mate Brendon Hartley for position. (Autosport.com)external-link

Mercedes will receive a £9m bonus after winning the constructors' world title, with all 900 staff at their Northamptonshire factories sharing the pot. (Daily Mail)external-link

Over-the-top (OTT) service F1 TV Pro will be made available to viewers in the Netherlands from next year in a new three-year deal between F1 and Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport. (Formula1.com)external-link

Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon
Max Verstappen labelled Esteban Ocon "such an idiot" after the pair's clash in Sao Paulo

Monday, 12 November

Force India boss Otmar Szafnauer has described claims his driver Esteban Ocon intentionally tried to take out race leader Max Verstappen during Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix as a "conspiracy theory". (F1i.com)external-link

Red Bull driver Verstappen must carry out two days of "public service at the direction of the FIA" after the Dutchman's post-race actions.(Motorsportweek.com)external-link

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff feared Lewis Hamilton would lose the Brazilian Grand Prix win through an "imminent" engine failure. (Formula1.com)external-link

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Sebastian Vettel's chances in Sunday's race were compromised "right from the formation lap" after becoming "aware of a problem with a sensor". (Autosport.com)external-link

McLaren say their return to the Indianapolis 500 next year will see the creation of a whole new 'McLaren Racing' entity to manage the team's efforts. (F1i.com)external-link

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