Formula 1 gossip: Bottas, Moss, Hamilton, Vettel, Villeneuve

Monday, 4 May

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has not ruled out a move to sign Williams' driver Valtteri Bottas in 2017. (Bild - in German)

Bottas, meanwhile, has found a different way to unwind ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. (Twitter)

F1 legend Stirling Moss says reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the few drivers of this era who would have prospered in his day, when the cars slid about on tracks devoid of safety features. (The Independent)

Lewis Hamilton, sat alongside British fashion tycoon Sir Philip Green, tweeted this picture from the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has told German Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag that his new team have to be ready to take advantage if world champions Mercedes make a mistake, saying "we must be right behind them, and pounce if something goes wrong". (DPA International)

Mercedes - "along with every F1 expert" - have been taken by surprise by Ferrari's 2015 resurgence, according to 1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve. (Auto Hebdo)

Sauber has backed ex-International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley's call for limiting budgets for Formula 1 teams to £100m-a-year. (Wheels 24)

Desire Wilson, one of only five women who have attempted to qualify for a Formula 1 race - the 1980 British Grand Prix - says a female-only F1 series is not the answer to getting more women involved in racing. (Planet F1)

Sunday, 3 May

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says Fernando Alonso will stay with the team for the duration of his three-year contract despite the Spaniard - who has had a difficult start at his new team - dropping hints about retirement. (Fox Sports)

Iran is planning to build a Formula 1 circuit, according to the country's vice-president. (IRNA)

"A perfect way to start a Sunday," tweets Lotus driver Romain Grosjean

Christian Horner says he is confident Red Bull and engine manufacturer Renault are "making progress" as they aim to become more competitive on the track. (Planet F1)

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado hopes to end his points drought at the Spanish Grand Prix next week, after admitting it has been "a complicated" start to the season. (GP Update)

Saturday, 2 May

Sir Jackie Stewart believes the three-week break between races will help a "depressed" Nico Rosberg in his title battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. (Autosport)

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is being mocked by his followers on Twitter for apparently looking like Will Smith from '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, after posing on his Shelby Cobra car in Malibu. (Daily Star)

Lewis Hamilton posed with his 1966 427 Shelby Cobra in Malibu

Leading Formula 1 marketing chief Zak Brown says teams' spending is "out of control". (Reuters)

Red Bull's head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows is confident the team can recover from a difficult start to the season after making updates to the RB11 car. (NBC Sports)

Sauber tweeted their best wishes to Switzerland's Marc Surer, a driver for Arrows in the 1980s, who has been involved in a horse racing accident.

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