Formula 1 gossip column

Wednesday, 26 November

A leading German website says the F1 Commission, meeting in Geneva this week, will scrap double points from next year. (Auto Motor Und Sport - in German) (external)

Force India tested a new display system, developed by Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The 'Info Wing' is a small carbon fibre component designed to fit to the top of the airbox and could be used to display race information, such as a driver's name and position. (Autosport) (external)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the "huge potential" of the new Honda engine can return the team to title-winning ways. (Sky Sports) (external)

McLaren's new Honda engine has been put through its paces this week

Ex-Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says the fact his former teams are always willing to keep "one door open" for him proves he is easy to work with. (Planet-F1) (external)

Carlos Sainz Jr hopes his test for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday will help him land a drive at their junior team Toro Rosso alongside Max Verstappen next season. (ESPN) (external)

Denmark is the latest country to express an interest in hosting a Formula 1 race. (Motorsport.com) (external)

Monday, 24 November

Lewis Hamilton's family react to the world title

Lewis Hamilton's grandmother Eulisia, who lives in Grenada, told BBC Radio 5 live she was not able to watch her grandson become world champion for the second time.

"We did not get to see it, it was so sad," she said. "We only get a few races on TV. We were very disappointed we did not get the last one.

"I got a lap-by-lap commentary on the computer and followed it from there. I was so nervous sometimes I had to get up and go and do something, then come back."

What the papers say after Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 world title

Greatest day of my life - Hamilton joins the sporting greats by winning his second world title, says the Daily Telegraph. (external) Hamilton said: "I'm hoping that I get to go and see the Queen again."

The wheel deal - Lewis joins the greats with his second F1 title, says the Daily Mail. (external) Legendary British ex-F1 driver Sir Stirling Moss said: "To our new British champion I say: 'Well done, old boy'."

Lewis Hamilton becomes only the fourth Briton to win more than one F1 world title, following Sir Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and Graham Hill.

On top of the world - Rocket man Hamilton off to a flier to clinch title, says the Daily Express. (external) "Within two seasons, Hamilton's promise has been fulfilled," writes Nick Stamford. "And Hamilton can finally fend off any fears he would finish his career a one-hit wonder."

Champion Hamilton toasts the 'happiest day of my life' - Mercedes flier sees off rival Rosberg to become first Briton for 43 years to win world title twice, says the Guardian. (external)"The opportunity for further glory lies ahead on a trajectory that will perhaps be a little smoother," writes Richard Williams. "The story is far from over."

Abu Dhabi Doo - Tearful Hamilton is crowned king of F1, says the Daily Mirror. (external) "In the end, it was so simple," writes Byron Young. "Lewis Hamilton did not have to fight for it."

'Greatest feeling ever' - Hamilton's joy as victory in Abu Dhabi secures second F1 world title, says the Independent. (external) "Lewis Hamilton loves Maya Angelou's famous poem 'Still I Rise', and perhaps its lines that best summarised his ascent to a drivers' second World Championship," writes David Tremayne.

Lewis Hamilton said Sunday was the greatest day of his life after he clinched his second world title

Royal seal of approval for King Hamilton - Rosberg driven to tears as rival roars into history books, says the Times (subscription required). (external) Hamilton said: "My family came and surprised me at breakfast, which was a great thing. I wanted them to be here."

Hamilton the king: £100m Lew deal - new champ to cash in, says the Sun (subscription required). (external) "Lewis Hamilton will celebrate his F1 world title by opening talks on a £100m new deal," writes Ben Hunt.

Lew Beaut - Lewis Hamilton leaves Nico Rosberg in his wake, says the Daily Star. (external) Hamilton said: "I hardly slept on Saturday night (before the race). I went to bed about 1am and woke up at 5am and went for a run."

Other gossip

Lewis Hamilton allowed himself a single celebratory drink with his family on Sunday night, before vowing to return even stronger in 2015. (Autosport) (external)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Mercedes will return to the UK and reflect on the season before starting contract talks with Hamilton next week. (Crash) (external)

Nico Rosberg missed out on the world title at the final race of the season after his Mercedes was hit with a technical issue

Double world champion Fernando Alonso says the reputation he has for being difficult to work with is wrong and thinks the door will stay open at Ferrari for a return. (ESPN) (external)

Carlos Sainz Jr could be unveiled within days as Toro Rosso's new driver for 2015. (GrandPrix.com) (external)

Felipe Massa thought he and Williams were on course to end the 2014 season with victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Autosport) (external)

McLaren's Jenson Button tweeted (external) on Monday morning: "I'm not done yet!! There's still so much I want to achieve in this sport," as his future in the sport remains uncertain.

Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo swapped helmets after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg tweeted (external) a picture of his crew and suggested he is already thinking about next season: "Mega boys. Thank you guys for this year. #2015bigPush"

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat tweeted: (external)"Always thinking about Jules." Driver Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided after suffering severe head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix last month.

After his final race for Ferrari, Alonso chose to swap his helmet (external) with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Alonso is expected to drive for McLaren next season.

Caterham are staying in Abu Dhabi for the post-season test which begins on Tuesday, with Britain's Will Stevens driving. (F1 Fanatic) (external)