Formula 1 gossip column

MONDAY, 21 APRIL

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is planning legal action over a contract dispute involving Red Bull head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows. Dennis says Fallows has reneged on a deal he signed to join McLaren last year.

Full story: ESPN (external)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has hit back at Dennis for questioning his team's integrity over the Fallows dispute.

Full story: Sporting Life (external)

Former world champion and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has warned his team not to get carried away despite their excellent start to the season, which has seen either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg win all this season's races so far.

Full story: Autosport.com (external)

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was given a cake to mark his third place in Beijing, his first podium finish of the season.

Fernando Alonso's official Twitter (external)

SUNDAY, 20 APRIL

"Wow a hat-trick of wins! This car is just unbelievable. A massive thanks to my incredible team here and back home!"

Chinese GP winner Lewis Hamilton on Twitter (external)

The Chinese Grand Prix ended two laps earlier than scheduled after the chequered flag was waved before the end of the race.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

Having been bumped at the start followed by a shoddy pit stop, Felipe Massa says his Chinese GP was nothing short of a "nightmare."

Full story: Planet-F1 (external)

Nico Rosberg admitted second was a remarkable return after nearly seeing his race jeopardised by a lack of telemetry between his car and the pit wall.

Full story: ESPN (external)

Max Chilton celebrated finishing a 23rd successive race, and his 23rd birthday, with a special cake after the Chinese Grand Prix.

Marussia on Twitter (external)

A cake hand-delivered by Niki Lauda, the Mercedes chairman, was rejected by Red Bull as they closed ranks against their rivals.

Full story: Sunday Times (subscription only) (external)

SATURDAY, 19 APRIL

McLaren is planning to take Formula 1 rival Red Bull to court in their dispute with the team over head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows.

Full story: Autosport (external)

Jenson Button is praying the sun shines over Shanghai on Sunday if he is to salvage something from his Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

Red Bull suffered a fuel-flow sensor failure on Sebastian Vettel's car during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Full story: Autosport (external)

"Awesome driving, incredible lap for pole…equally amazing photo! A good day at the office for Lewis Hamilton."

Mercedes on Twitter (external)

Kimi Raikkonen said his Ferrari's unpredictable handling was to blame for his poor showing during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Full story: ESPN (external)

FRIDAY, 18 APRIL

Formula 1's big teams should stand up for the smaller outfits in the fight to keep a lid on costs, claims Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

Full story: Autosport (external)

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said he will be more involved in the day-to-day running of the racing outfit after the appointment of Marco Mattiacci as team principal in place of Stefano Domenicali.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

Lewis Hamilton has had clear-the-air talks with team-mate Nico Rosberg after their explosive battle in Bahrain.

Full story: Daily Star (external)

"I had a nice welcome to Shanghai when I arrived at the airport, I've got the best fans :)"

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter (external)

Mark Webber believes his former team Red Bull are no longer the benchmark in Formula 1, but is confident they will bounce back from their early season woes.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald (external)

On this day in 1942, Jochen Rindt was born. He was the first, and to date only, posthumous Formula 1 world champion. In 1970, the Austrian driver was killed when he crashed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He was leading the world championship standings at the time, four races before the end of the season, and his points total was not overtaken.

THURSDAY, 17 APRIL

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport is planning a 'masters' series for former drivers.

Full story: Pitpass.com (external)

Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya says Gene Haas's plan to run his team from America is "mad".

Full story: f1today.net (external)

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo says he will be more involved in the running of the Formula 1 team in order to help new team boss Marco Mattiacci.

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) (external)

Force India vows to keep up the pressure for Formula 1's governance to be reformed, as it believes the current structure is unacceptable.

Full story: Autosport (external)

"Thanks you @Lotus_F1Team catering#f1 team for this nice birthday cake and surprise."

Full story: Romain Grosjean on Twitter (external)

"It's a grey day in Shanghai but stopped raining. Looking forward to speaking to @SChecoPerez later."

Full story: BBC F1 reporter Lee McKenzie (external)

TUESDAY, 15 APRIL

Ferrari admit their immediate goal is to establish themselves as the second-best team on the grid after accepting that runaway championship leaders Mercedes are currently out of reach.

Full story: www.formula1.com (external)

The ban on active suspensions could be lifted as Formula 1 teams examine further ways to control costs.

Full story: Autosport (external)

SUNDAY, 13 APRIL

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says the sport's largest shareholder, private equity group CVC, is in "no hurry to sell" after reports a group of teams were keen to buy a stake.

Full story: Mail on Sunday (external)

Williams driver Felipe Massa posted a photograph on Twitter of himself, and wife Raffaela and son Felipinho, with world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.

Full story: Felipe Massa on twitter (external)

Former F1 champion Mario Andretti, who won the title with Lotus in 1978, believes Fernando Alonso could walk away from Ferrari if the team do not improve quickly after a difficult start to the season.

Full story: NBC Sports (external)

Former FIA president Max Mosley admits the contentious new noise being emitted by F1 cars is largely down to him, but insists switching to greener technology was a must for the future of the sport.

Full story: Crash.net (external)

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says his team must end the 2014 season with at least one victory despite Mercedes' dominance so far.

Full story: ESPN.co.uk (external)

SATURDAY, 12 APRIL

Sao Paulo officials say the city has signed a deal to continue hosting F1's Brazilian Grand Prix until at least 2020.

Full story: New Zealand Herald (external)

Sergio Perez admits he almost quit F1 after losing his McLaren seat last season.

Full story: Daily Mirror (external)

Lotus are on the verge of breaking into the top 10 on merit, despite their torrid start to the season, according to technical director Nick Chester.

Full story: www.formula1.com (external)

Niki Lauda says Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo were wrong to openly criticise F1's new rules, because they risked destroying the sport.

Full story: Autosport (external)

FRIDAY, 11 APRIL

FIA president Jean Todt has hinted that he could reconsider the decision to award double points in the final race of the season - but not until the end of the year.

Full story: Autosport (external)

American businessman Gene Haas will be allowed to enter a team for the 2015 F1 championship, chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has revealed.

Full story: Forbes (external)

Mercedes technical executive director Paddy Lowe has hit back as those calling for changes to F1 rules - dismissing the idea as "absurd".

Full story: Sky Sports (external)

Pop star Nicole Scherzinger showed her loyalty to boyfriend Lewis Hamilton by wearing a Mercedes baseball cap as they touched down at Heathrow Airport after returning from testing in Bahrain.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

THURSDAY, 10 APRIL

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is proud that the exciting race in Bahrain will help "silence" the critics of the sport following rule changes this year.

Full story: www.crash.net (external)

Kimi Raikkonen insists Ferrari know where they are going wrong after their difficult start to the season. "We are not stupid people, we have good things going on," he said.

Full story: Autosport (external)

Williams' head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley believes the team's "freedom of headspace" will help get the best out of Felipe Massa.

Full story: ESPN.co.uk (external)

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has hit out at Formula 1's decision to drop plans for a cost cap in 2015. "You can't enrich and empower five very strong teams, disenfranchise six and expect the six to be happy," Fernley said.

Full story: ESPN.co.uk (external)

Pole Robert Kubica, who sustained serious injuries in a rallying crash in 2011, still dreams of a return to Formula 1 but accepts that the limitations to the right side of his body are currently making it impossible.

Full story: Die Welt (German) (external)

WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL

FIA president Jean Todt is canvassing for ideas to make the sophisticated petrol-battery power engines louder to quell the criticism from Bernie Ecclestone, F1's chief executive about the sport's lack of an appealing noise.

Full story: Times (external)

Formula 1 chief Ecclestone has dismissed suggestions a battle with president Jean Todt is on the cards because of opposing views on a number of subjects.

Full story: Daily Express (external)

Mercedes technical executive director Paddy Lowe is happy for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race freely against each other rather than follow team orders.

Full story: ESPN.co.uk (external)

Teenager Sergey Sirotkin revealed shoes that were too small for him cost vital speed during testing in Bahrain for Sauber as he works towards his FIA super license.

Full story PlanetF1 (external)

TUESDAY, 8 APRIL

Lewis Hamilton will study Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's data from the Bahrain Grand Prix in order to find out where he can close the gap on the extra speed his German rival had during the race.

Full story: Daily Star (external)

Hamilton, Rosberg, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be among the field as the first in-season, two-day test of the Formula 1 campaign gets under way in Bahrain on Tuesday. World champion Sebatian Vettel, of Red Bull, will not take part as he works in the simulator in the United Kingdom.

Full story: www.formula1.com (external)

Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne says his weight loss regime resulted in him being admitted to hospital after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

FIA president Jean Todt played down concerns drivers being forced to diet to meet the weight requirements are having an impact on their safety.

Full story: Autosport (external)

MONDAY, 7 APRIL

Jenson Button says McLaren's double retirement in Bahrain disguises the fact that the team is currently the fastest behind Mercedes.

Full story: ESPN.co.uk (external)

McLaren boss Ron Dennis claims that criticism of new regulations is driven by those who have failed to master them.

Full story: Pitpass.com (external)

Team principal Vijay Mallya is confident Force India can continue to challenge at the front of F1 after Sergio Perez's podium finish at the Bahrain GP.

Full story: Sky Sports (external)

Sakhir Circuit chairman Zayed Al Zayani said the decision to turn the 10th anniversary of the Bahrain Grand Prix into a night race was a statement of intent for the future of motorsport in the country.

Full story: Gulf News (external)

The teams, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone have reached a unanimous agreement that the engines need to be louder and will investigate ways of making them so.

Full story: The F1 Times (external)

SUNDAY, 6 APRIL

Mercedes believe not allowing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race each other wheel-to-wheel in the Bahrain Grand Prix would have been the wrong thing for Formula 1.

Full story: Autosport (external)

F1 has abandoned plans to impose a budget cap in 2015 and will seek to reduce costs instead through regulation changes.

Full story: Reuters (external)

A small explosion was heard in the centre of the Bahraini capital Manama on Sunday, but the Bahrain Grand Prix went ahead undisrupted.

Full story: Reuters (external)

Marussia driver Max Chilton said he had "a seriously fun time in his office" after finishing 13th in Bahrain in what was his 22nd consecutive F1 finish.

Full story: Max Chilton on Twitter (external)

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis has criticised Red Bull's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel for his "disrespectful" attitude to F1.

Full story: Sporting Life (external)

Force India celebrated the biggest points haul of their career after claiming third and fifth in Bahrain.

Full Story: Force India on Twitter (external)

Lotus' Pastor Maldonado says Esteban Gutierrez "left him nowhere to go" leading to the crash which saw the Sauber barrel-roll.

Full story: NBC Sports (external)

FRIDAY, 4 APRIL

Williams have apologised to driver Felipe Massa and assured him there are no team orders after telling him over the radio during the Malaysian Grand Prix that Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas was quicker, which was a prompt for the Brazilian to move over.

Full story: Planetf1 (external)

Lewis Hamilton has denied that the new F1 regulations and Mercedes' early-season dominance has made for "boring" racing.

Full story: Daily Telegraph (external)

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg live in the same block of flats in Monaco, but the Briton warns they are set to become nasty neighbours as their rivalry on the track hots up.

Full story: Daily Star (external)

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been preparing for the Bahrain Grand Prix with sunshine and time on the water.

Full story: Daniel Ricciardo on Twitter (external)

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen has admitted it will take a little longer before he feels completely comfortable with the new Ferrari F14 T - but the Finn is confident both he and the team will soon make a breakthrough.

Full story: Sky Sports (external)

Bahrain security chief General Tariq Hasan has assured F1's 1,000-strong travelling band that all measures have been taken to keep them safe from anti-government protesters this weekend.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

THURSDAY, 3 APRIL

Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone says a new team run by American businessman Gene Haas is on track to join F1 next year. Haas is co-owner of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, which competes in the Nascar stock car series.

Full story: Independent (external)

McLaren driver Jenson Button describes himself as the "Duracell bunny" and has no plans to slow down as he contemplates his 250th F1 race in Bahrain this weekend.

Full story: Daily Express (external)

Lewis Hamilton has hailed Jenson Button's longevity and the Mercedes driver says he has "huge respect" for his fellow Briton.

Full story: Planetf1 (external)

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has flown to London for talks with Bernie Ecclestone to discuss problems with the new F1 regulations and the sport's future ownership.

Full story: Daily Mail (external)

Renault believe there is nothing the engine manufacturers can do to increase the noise produced by this season's F1 cars without a change in regulations.

Full story: Autosport (external)

WEDNESDAY, 2 APRIL

Ferrari might be struggling to be competitive, but two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is pleased to be beating team-mate Kimi Raikkonen so far this year.

Full story: Planetf1 (external)

The Spaniard took time out from his preparations for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix to play basketball with a friend.

Full story: Fernando Alonso on twitter (external)

Current champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull insists he will not crack under the pressure of seeing Mercedes dominate the start of the F1 season.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required) (external)

Red Bull say the FIA cannot dispute that there are problems with Formula 1's fuel sensors, following another failure for the team in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Full story: Autosport (external)

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is hopeful Kevin Magnussen will grow quickly as a Formula 1 driver under his teaching after the Danish driver hit the back of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at Sepang and was hit with a five-second stop-go penalty.

Full story: Sky Sports (external)

TUESDAY, 1 APRIL

Lewis Hamilton was more than comfortable in claiming victory in Malaysia and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the reigning world champions have plenty of catching up to do.

Full story: Daily Mirror (external)

Former F1 champion Damon Hill believes Hamilton has it in him to dominate the world championship rankings over the next two years.

Full story: Daily Record (external)

Red Bull says that the FIA cannot dispute that there are problems with Formula 1's fuel sensors, following another failure for the team in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Full story: Autosport (external)

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes Red Bull have provided his team with "a necessary wake-up call" following their remarkable early-season revival.

Full story: Sporting Life (external)

Williams believes they can achieve a podium position at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix despite two disappointing results at the first two races.

Full story: Williams (external)