F1 gossip: Grosjean, Hamilton, Red Bull, Vandoorne, Formula 1 concept car leak

Romain Grosjean<!–

Friday, 14 September

A concept vision for how Formula 1 cars could look in 2021 has been leaked. (Motorsport.com)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says he has heard Red Bull have stopped developing their car so they can focus on next year’s model instead. (Express)

Haas driver Romain Grosjean says the team’s critics have been showing a “lack of respect”. (Autosport)

Stoffel Vandoorne says he is yet to receive a “clear explanation” from McLaren after he was dropped for the 2019 season. (Crash)

Thursday, 13 September

Fernando Alonso<!–

Racing legends Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson teased their fans with a Twitter video exchange containing a scripted conversation between them. (Motorsport.com)

Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko has rejected rumours Mick Schumacher is a target for Toro Rosso in 2019. (Auto Bild, via PlanetF1)

Formula 1 chiefs need to find a ‘fairer’ way to stop talented young drivers losing out in the battle for seats, says Pierre Gasly. (Autosport)

Sauber are targeting Q3 for both cars for the rest of 2018, says technical director Simone Resta. (Formula1.com)

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe has backed a recent suggestion points should be extended down to 20th place.(Motorsport.com)

Wednesday, 12 September

Robert Kubica<!–

Williams reserve driver Robert Kubica will pursue alternative racing options if he does not secure a Formula 1 seat in 2019. (motorsport.com)

Michael Schumacher’s son Mick is being targeted by Toro Rosso for 2019, as a replacement for Pierre Gasly. (GPfans.com)

Losing Esteban Ocon from the grid in 2019 would be a “complete shame for Formula 1”, says former driver and German Touring Car Masters boss Gerhard Berger. (Autosport)

Force India and Mercedes used their Twitter accounts to poke fun at the recent raft of driver announcements. (Twitter)

Tuesday, 11 September

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Force India’s Sergio Perez has denied that McLaren was ever a serious option for him for 2019. (Wheels24)

McLaren are expecting their recent struggles to continue for the rest of the season because rivals have out-developed their “extremely poor” car, says team boss Zak Brown. (Motorsport.com)

Red Bull and Toro Rosso will have “very close co-operation” next season, with both teams using the same rear end – including the power unit, gearbox and the suspension and some front suspension parts. (Formula1.com)

Formula 1 will face the “real problem” of only having a few manufacturers capable of winning races if it does not prevent the use of ‘servant’ teams, says Renault technical chief Nick Chester. (Autosport)

Carlos Sainz believes his Renault team can match Mercedes and Ferrari’s engine next season.(Motorsport.com)

Monday, 10 September

More than 20,000 Ferrari fans have signed a petition to keep Kimi Raikkonen driving for the team next season, rather than replace him with Charles Leclerc. (Reuters)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has demanded his mechanics “understand” their cars better in order to get the best performance out of them, even if it means “turning the garage upside down”. (Planet F1)

Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to the “romance” of the Singapore street track and racing at night. The Australian is also preparing for the race to be “physically intense”. (GrandPX)

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/45469521

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