F1 Gossip: Putting you in the know

Last Updated: 18/12/14 11:37am

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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.

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