F1 Gossip: Putting you in the know
Last Updated: 18/12/14 11:37am
The latest unofficial news from the high-intrigue world of F1...
* Highly-respected engineer Jock Clear is to swap Mercedes for Ferrari according to reports in Germany. (Full story)
* Bernie Ecclestone to propose a return to normally aspirated V8 or V10 engines from 2016 to F1’s Strategy Group. (Full story)
* Ferrari’s continue to restructure their team ahead of 2015 with Pat Fry, Nikolas Tombazi and Hirohide Hamashima leaving the Scuderia. (Full story)
* Lotus Chairman Gerard Lopez reportedly tells a Spanish radio station that the team was a “real option” for Fernando Alonso before he joined McLaren.
* Bernie Ecclestone suggets his advisor Sacha Woodward-Hill should take over day-to-day running when he retires. (Full story)
* Caterham's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson has signed for Sauber for 2015 (Full story)
* Franz Tost has named Jean-Eric Vergne, Carlos Sainz Junior, Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn as the drivers on the shortlist to partner Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015.
* Lewis Hamilton 100% committed to Mercedes after report links him with return to McLaren. (Full story)
* Mercedes chief Niki Lauda rules out Fernando Alonso joining the team in 2015. (Full story)
* Sebastian Vettel will leave Red Bull at the end of the season and is expected to join Ferrari. (Full story)
* Fernando Alonso hints that he could leave Ferrari in 2015. (Full story)
* Eric Boullier has dimissed suggestions McLaren will name their 2015 line-up at the Japanese GP. (Full story)
* Sebastian Vettel has strongly suggested he has been approached about a move to McLaren Honda. (Fulll story)
* Andre Lotterer apparently turned down a second outing for Caterham at Monza as he would have had to sit out Practice One to allow Roberto Merhi to drive.
* Ron Dennis has personally held talks with Fernando Alonso about making a return to McLaren, according to The Daily Telegraph.
* Ferrari tell Sky F1 they will keep both Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso for 2015. (Full story)
* Esteban Gutierrez is ready to open contract talks with Sauber. (Full story)
* Niki Lauda has dismissed claims Sebastian Vettel will replace Lewis Hamilton as "absolute rubbish". (Full story)
* Ferrari have denied that Pat Fry has been sacked. (Full story)
* Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off claims Sebastian Vettel is being lined up to take his seat at Mercedes. (Full story)
* Adrian Sutil insists he will stay with Sauber for at least the rest of the season. (Full story)
* Romain Grosjean has he admitted he may not stay with Lotus for the 2014 season. (Full story)
* Kimi Raikkonen has indicated he will end to his F1 career when Ferrari deal expires at the end of the 2015. (Full story)
* Lotus are set to switch engine suppliers from Renault to Mercedes. (Full story)
* McLaren have opened 'very tentative dialogue' with Lewis Hamilton as the Woking outfit consider their driver options for 2015, according to the British press. (Full story)
* Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the team could consider building their own engine from 2016. (Full story)
* With Mercedes and Red Bull drives locked out for 2015, The Times reports that Ferrari's Fernando Alonso could yet return to McLaren.
* Lotus boss Gerard Lopez has confirmed interest from other teams in signing Romain Grosjean (Full story)
* Ferrari have made a name-your-price approach to Adrian Newey in order to lure the Red Bull Technical Director to Italy. (Full story)
* The French GP could return to the 2015 F1 calendar at Magny-Cours.
* Richard Scudamore is 'top of shareholders' wish list' to succeed Bernie Ecclestone as F1's chief executive, according to The Times. The newspaper claims 'Formula 1 is waiting to offer Scudamore one of the biggest jobs in world sport'.
* Jenson Button has denied he intends to quit F1 at the end of the current season. (Full story)
* Paddock rumour suggests that Mercedes Technical Director Bob Bell will leave the team for Ferrari at the end of 2014.
* Ross Brawn is widely expected to be Stefano Domenicali's long-term successor. (Full story). However, Ferrari have insisted that Brawn's recent visit to their Maranello factory was a matter of pleasure and not business. (Full story)
* Mercedes' Technical Director Bob Bell is to leave the team at the end of the season. (Full story)
* Kimi Raikkonen, who signed a two-year deal with the Scuderia, says Ferrari will be his last team in F1.