F1 Gossip: Putting you in the know
Last Updated: 04/09/15 11:24am
The latest unofficial news from the high-intrigue world of F1...
* As speculation grows about a drive with Haas in 2016, Ferrari reserve Esteban Gutierrez hints at a possible deal with the new American team, who have strong links with the Scuderia. "I am very committed to Ferrari; Ferrari is helping me a lot to find the best solution to get back on the grid," he tells Sky Sports F1 at Monza. Of course, both scarlet cars are taken, so...
* Williams have become the latest team to confirm their driver line-up for 2016 after Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas announced they will be staying with the team. (Full story)
* Nico Hulkenberg has ended speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension with Force India. (Full story)
* Jenson Button could miss out on a seat at McLaren in 2016 because the team cannot afford his salary according to the Daily Mail. The paper reports that if McLaren take up their option on Button his salary will rise from £8m to £12m, too much for a team who already pay Fernando Alonso £25m and will receive less prize money due to their lowly position in the constructors' championship.
* The future of the Italian GP at Monza beyond 2016 could be secured by an agreement for a 'tax free investment' in the venue from government, according to local media.
* Renault are considering buying back the Lotus team they sold at the end of 2009, but no decision has yet been taken. (Full story)
* The decision over who wins F1's sole tyre supplier contract for 2017-19 now rests in Bernie Ecclestone's hands after both Pirelli and Michelin passed the FIA's technical and safety requirements.
* Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg have been linked with race seats at Haas for 2016 as the team eye experienced drivers.
* Jenson Button admits he is unsure if McLaren will take up their option to retain him in 2016. (Full story)
* Jolyon Palmer aiming for 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)
* Just six months after he signed a two-year contract extension 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."
* 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".
* Ron Dennis has revealed Fernando Alonso signed a three-year deal with McLaren that doesn't contain any opt-out clauses (Full story).
* Bernie Ecclestone no longer eyeing return to V8 engines (Full story).
* Sky sources understand that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz's threat to quit F1 is "very serious" (Full story).
* 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 suggets his advisor Sacha Woodward-Hill should take over day-to-day running when he retires. (Full story)