Formula 1 gossip column

Sunday, 21 December

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is being sued for £277m by a German bank over the sale of the sport's rights in 2006. (Gulf Today) (external)

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is ready to lead the Red Bull Formula 1 team next year following Sebastian Vettel's departure to Ferrari. (Autosport.com) (external)

Ron Dennis wants his McLaren-Honda team to dominate F1, just like it did in 1988. (Autosport.com) (external)

Mercedes tweets: Champions of Fashion - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg looking the part with the iconic C 111 and new Mercedes AMG GT.

McLaren, meanwhile, say they are confident they understand the problems with their new Honda engine which hampered its first public outing after implementing an emergency "recovery plan". (Sky Sports) (external)

Jenson Button says it will "mean a lot" to him to have Fernando Alonso as his team-mate at McLaren next season.(Crash.net) (external)

Red Bull Racing tweets: That’s a wrap. Happy holidays to all, thanks for all your support this year. See you in 2015!

Friday, 19 December

Red Bull director Christian Horner says his team must make strides over the winter if they are to take on Mercedes in 2015. (Formula1.com) (external)

Meanwhile, Horner says Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey will still attend some races in 2015 despite reports the 55-year-old would take a step back from the sport. (Sky Sports.com) (external)

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has called on the sport to look after its small teams, but has warned against making "knee-jerk" changes to the regulations to do so. (ESPN) (external)

New McLaren driver Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari has what it takes to turn things around next year and return to winning ways. (Planet-F1.com) (external)

Force India technical director Andrew Green reckons his team should be able to fight with Williams in 2015, thanks to planned improvements to its engine and aerodynamic testing. (Autosport.com) (external)

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has poked fun at his German bribery trial with a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself as handing over $100m to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him. (Daily Telegraph) (external)

Bernie Ecclestone has a track record for producing tongue-in-cheek Christmas cards
Getting into the festive spirit, the team at Red Bull tweeted: Because Bulls Are Faster...
Toro Rosso tweets: STR9 numbers: 9,747 kilometres, 1,895 laps... farewell to 2014