Gossip: Nico Rosberg seat vacancy, Valentino Rossi, Pascal Wehrlein

Tuesday, 6 December

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi is a seven-time MotoGP champion

MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi has surprisingly put his name forward to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, saying "how could I say no?".(Autoweek)

Pascal Wehrlein says he does not want to annoy Mercedes by pestering the Formula 1 team about Rosberg's vacant 2017 seat, but insists he is ready to step up. (Autosport)

McLaren's new executive director Zak Brown says the team are adamant Fernando Alonso will not move to Mercedes for next season.(SkySports)

Tavo Hellmund, the man who helped resurrect the USA and Mexican grands prix, has emerged as the favourite to complete a takeover of the Manor team. (Motorsport)

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says the team are convinced they will be on the lead pace next season and fight for both the drivers' and constructors' titles.(Formula1.com)

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