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F1 gossip: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Lowe,

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Wednesday 22 November

Force India driver Sergio Perez told his Twitter followers he has visited three countries in 36 hours in order to reach Abu Dhabi

Dutchman Rudy van Buren beat 30,000 fellow gamers to win McLaren’s ground breaking eSports competition and become the team’s official simulator driver. (F1i.com)

Sergey Sirotkin will join Williams’ post-Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test but it is uncertain if that means he is in line for a 2018 race seat. (PlanetF1.com)

Formula 1 looks set to change its official logo for the 2018 season. (Grandprix.com)

Felipe Massa showed his Instagram followers he was gearing up for his final race by relaxing

Two-time Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi believes Lewis Hamilton would have been a superstar in any previous era of the sport’s history. (ESPNF1.com)

Fernando Alonso has successfully completed his first test before his debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. (PitPass.com)

Renault’s F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul says he felt a “bit bitter” as they have been forced to give up speed in favour of reliability. (PlanetF1.com)

Tuesday 21 November

Pascal Wehrlein driving a Manor Racing car.

Lewis Hamilton told Sebastian Vettel they would have “problems” if the Ferrari driver ever repeated his controversial car chop from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the world champion has revealed.(ESPN)

The FIA return Manor Racing’s entry fee of $ 522,322 for the 2017 F1 World Championship in a “gesture of goodwill” to help pay the company’s debts. (Motorsport)

The integration of the halo cockpit safety feature is proving “quite difficult”, according to Williams tech boss Paddy Lowe. (F1i)

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner hopes that engine supplier Renault doesn’t have a “Scrapheap Challenge” task on its hands in Abu Dhabi to solve further reliability problems. (Motorsport)

Fernando Alonso says Lewis Hamilton will not win his fifth championship next year, as he backs himself to win the title. (Daily Express)

Force India are determined to end their 2017 season with a “strong result” at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (PlanetF1.com)

Lewis Hamilton says he was left “emotional” after Mercedes team surprise him with guard of honour ahead of Abu Dhabi. (Daily Mail)

Monday 20 November

McLaren-Honda’s racing director Eric Boullier has suggested that for Fernando Alonso to compete in F1 and World Endurance Championship in the same season would be a “huge distraction”. The Spaniard drove over 100 laps testing Toyota’s LMP1 car in Bahrain at the weekend. (The Checkered Flag)

Lewis Hamilton is excited about the prospect of going head to head with another four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, next season. (PlanetF1.com)

Former world champion Nico Rosberg is still trying to find a way back into F1 for Robert Kubica, 32, who has not raced in the sport since suffering life-changing injuries in a rally crash in 2011. (Daily Express)

Rosberg took a break from the Kubica management team to get behind the wheel himself…

Fernando Alonso

Honda says the performance of their power unit is “almost at a decent level” compared to their rivals. (F1i.com)

Co-owners at the Zandvoort track insist they could hold an F1 race from 2020. The Dutch Grand Prix was held at the track between 1948 and 1985. (Motorsport.com)

Renault’s chief technical officer Bob Bell says the arrival of Carlos Sainz is already proving a big boost to the team in their preparations for 2018. (F1i.com)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen believes the final part of the track is where the RB13 will perform the strongest at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend – and believes there are lots of overtaking opportunities. (Checkered Flag)

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