F1 Gossip: Putting you in the know
Last Updated: 30/06/15 10:27am
The latest unofficial news from the high-intrigue world of F1...
* Red Bull boss Christian Horner has ended speculation about his future by signing a contract extension with the team. (Full story)
* Just six months after he signed a two-year contract extenstion with McLaren, Jenson Button's future has been plunged into doubt after The Sun reported that McLaren are 'looking to change their driver pairing’ for 2016. However, McLaren have dismissed the claim as 'tittle-tattle'.
* Gene Haas is eyeing experienced F1 drivers when his team debut next season, telling USA Today: “The drivers we would probably be getting are drivers who have gone to another team and aren't happy with that team's progress.”
* Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says some of the figures being quoted for Lewis Hamilton's new three-year contract are "nonsense". (Full story)
* F1's sole tyre supplier contract for 2017-19 has been put out to tender, with speculating suggesting Michelin could bid for the deal in addition to incumbents Pirelli. (Full story).
* Lewis Hamilton says he will have news on his new Mercedes contract in Monaco (Full story).
* Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene rules out Ferrari trying to sign Lewis Hamilton for 2016 (Full story).
* Didier Coton, one of Valtteri Bottas' managers, has denied holding talks with Ferrari and says his driver could stay at Williams for 2016.
* Lewis Hamilton is holding out for a €200m three-year Mercedes deal, according to Mail on Sunday, that would put him on a par with Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari as the highest-paid driver on the grid.
* Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract agreement with Ferrari but revealed he is out of contract with Williams at the end of the year (Full story).
* Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo reckons his successors at the revitalised Scuderia have been "lucky" given the failure of their rivals to challenge Mercedes. Montezemolo says "Red Bull has imploded" and "McLaren is in crisis".
* Maurizio Arrivabene has refused to confirm or deny to the German media that Ferrari have signed a pre-contract agreement with Williams' Valtteri Bottas for 2017.
* Ron Dennis has revealed Fernando Alonso signed a three-year deal with McLaren that doesn't contain any opt-out clauses (Full story).
* Maurizio Arrivabene won't rush renewing Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari contract to stop him 'falling asleep' (Full story).
* Bernie Ecclestone no longer eyeing return to V8 engines (Full story).
* Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed Ferrari have an option to retain him for 2016 (Full story).
* Ferrari could be an option for Lewis Hamilton, according to Auto Motor und Sport, with the world champion still yet to sign a new deal with Mercedes.
* Sky sources understand that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz's threat to quit F1 is "very serious" (Full story).
* Lewis Hamilton has been urged by Mercedes' non-executive director Niki Lauda to hurry up and sign his new contract.
* Bernie Ecclestone's suggestion of creating an all-female world championship has received a mixed response (Full story).
* Helmut Marko says Toro Rosso could be recast in a yellow livery to give Renault more visibility in F1 (Full story).
* Christian Horner has admitted Red Bull may be forced out of F1 if engine suppliers Renault leave (Full story)
* Lewis Hamilton has reportedly demanded that the FIA release its findings into Fernando Alonso's crash (Full story)
* Bernie Ecclestone has claimed that CVC would be willing to sell F1 amid speculation Red Bull could consider buying the sport (Full story)
* The Daily Mail reckons the reason Lewis Hamilton's contract talks with Mercedes are taking so long is because he's been holding out for a move to Ferrari in 2016.
* Renault admit they are considering a return F1 as a fully-fledged manufacturer amid speculation they will purchase Toro Rosso.
* Jenson Button says there is "not even the tiniest bit of truth" in the Daily Mirror's claim that he 'almost quit F1 to compete at 2016 Rio Olympics'.
* An angry Toto Wolff has dismissed reports Lewis Hamilton is set to be offered £1m a week to stay ay Mercedes (Full story)
* 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)
* Bernie Ecclestone suggets his advisor Sacha Woodward-Hill should take over day-to-day running when he retires. (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)