F1 Gossip: Putting you in the know
Last Updated: 07/10/15 9:01am
The latest unofficial news from the high-intrigue world of F1...
* Bernie Ecclestone says he expects the sport to have new ownership by the end of the year. (Full story).
* Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez remain the frontrunners to partner Romain Grosjean at Haas in 2016. (Full story)
* Honda have denied that Toro Rosso have approached them about an engine supply for 2016. (Full story)
* Newly-signed Haas driver Romain Grosjean has admitted he dreams of driving for Ferrari. (Full story)
* Frenchmen Jean-Eric Vergne and Esteban Ocon are considered the front-runners to partner Pastor Maldonado at Lotus in 2016 if Renault completes its takeover. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne, in addition to current reserve driver Jolyon Palmer, could also be in contention. (Full story)
* McLaren have officially confirmed that Jenson Button will continue to drive for the team in 2016 - but their announcement has made no mention of Fernando Alonso. (Full story)
* Renault have signed a Letter of Intent to take a controlling stake in Lotus. (Full story)
* Fernando Alonso says "I will not go anywhere else" amid claims he is also considering retiring from F1. (Full story)
* Sergio Perez ends speculation about his future by agreeing to stay at Force India for 2016. (Full story)
* Red Bull's Speedweek website quotes Dietrich Mateschitz as saying that they'll only continue in F1 if Ferrari give them engines on a par with the Scuderia's own. (Full story)
* Christian Horner has revealed Red Bull first asked Mercedes for a supply of engines at the British GP. (Full story)
* Pastor Maldonado will stay at Lotus for 2016 after signing a new deal with the team. (Full story)
* Red Bull have confirmed they are to split from Renault at the end of the season and are expected to sign a two-year deal with Ferrari. (Full story)
* McLaren's Jenson Button says he won't race for another F1 team. (Full story)
* Melbourne will be the home of the Australian GP until at least 2023. (Full story)
* Williams unsure if they will use Mercedes' upgraded engine this season. (Full story)
* Haas won't have an American driver next year as the team feel "there is nobody out there at the moment". (Full story)
* Williams are yet to open talks with Susie Wolff, Adrian Sutil or Alex Lynn about 2016, with all three test/reserve drivers out of contract this year.
* Claire Williams says her team would consider a link up with Aston Martin should a badging opportunity arise, but they don't want it to impact their Mercedes partnership.
* Red Bull are set to turn to Ferrari about a supply of engine suppliers after Mercedes decided against becoming their engine providers. (Full story)
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* Red Bull may not use upgraded Renault engines at the end of the season. (Full story)
* McLaren reserve Kevin Magnussen has revealed he has had offers from other teams about a 2016 seat. (Full story)
* Williams have admitted they need to produce a race-winning car to persuade Valtteri Bottas to stay for 2017. (Full story)
* Honda boss Yasuhisa Arai has been forced to fend off suggestions he should resign in the wake of McLaren's wretched 2015 season. (Full story)
* Pirelli's stay in F1 is dependent on 2016 in-season testing being agreed. (Full story)
* Max Chilton has revealed he has held talks with Haas. (Full story)
* Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will stay on with Williams for 2016. (Full story)
* Max Chilton believes F1 will introduce closed cockpits in the next ten years. (Full story)
* Nico Hulkenberg has ended speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension with Force India. (Full story)
* Kimi Raikkonen will remain as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate in 2016 after Ferrari exercised their option on the Finn's services for next season. (Full story)
* Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg have been linked with race seats at Haas for 2016 as the team eye experienced drivers.
* Sauber have retained Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr for 2016. (Full story)
* Jolyon Palmer is aiming for a 2016 race seat at Lotus after being told there could be an opportunity. (Full story)
* Aston Martin say it is improbable they will enter F1 after being linked with a title sponsor deal at Red Bull as part of a switch to Mercedes. (Full story)
* Red Bull boss Christian Horner has ended speculation about his future by signing a contract extension with the team. (Full story)
* 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."
* Ron Dennis has revealed Fernando Alonso signed a three-year deal with McLaren that doesn't contain any opt-out clauses (Full story).