Formula 1 gossip column

WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER

Governing body the FIA has told Formula 1 teams the ban on advice being given to drivers will also extend to pit boards from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. (Autosport) (external)

Fernando Alonso could be set to join Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel replacing the Spaniard at Ferrari. (Marca) (external)

Caterham's Marcus Ericsson is hoping this year marks the start of a long career in Formula 1. (Planet-F1) (external)

F1 teams will not be able to bypass the new radio ban by displaying information on pit boards instead

Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci says his team's performance at the Italian Grand Prix showed exactly how far they are behind Mercedes this season. (Autosport) (external)

Valtteri Bottas admits Williams are likely to find Singapore more difficult than the Italian Grand Prix, but hopes new parts help. (Crash.net) (external)

TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER

Lewis Hamilton is aiming for a strong finish to the season as he looks to close the 22-point gap on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who leads the drivers' standings. (Sun - subscription needed) (external)

Teams have raised the issue of ticket prices for races being too high with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. (Autosport) (external)

McLaren hope bringing back Peter Prodromou as their new chief engineer will help the team return to title-winning ways. (Formula 1) (external)

Jean-Eric Vergne, who will be replaced by Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso next season, says he can be as good as Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo if given the chance. (ESPN) (external)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso tweeted (external) a picture featuring manipulated photos of his rivals looking older, alongside the message: "We should make it happen." Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo responded (external) "I hope to be retired by then guys."

MONDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER

Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's experience of challenging for the drivers' title will help the Briton but will not be the key factor in their duel. (Autosport) (external)

Hamilton took a break from the pressure of the title race to take in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. He tweeted: (external) "Today went to my first game EVER my team since Ian Wright days. Great day."

Lewis Hamilton (right) with Arsenal players and guests at the club's game against Manchester City

Struggling Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes the Italian team need to improve their Energy Recovery System (ERS) to help them close the gap on their rivals. (ESPN) (external)

Meanwhile, Ferrari could become the first Formula 1 team to own a stake in the series by getting about £15m of options which were held by former chairman Luca Di Montezemolo, who resigned last week. (Daily Telegraph) (external)

Formula 1's governing body is to review the procedure of drivers qualifying for a super licence from 2016. (Speedtv) (external)