F1 gossip: Rosberg, Wolff, Honda, McLaren, Sauber

Monday, 19 June The 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg says “I know what Toto really thinks about me, so I don’t care what an English newspaper writes” after Mercedes chief Toto Wolff accused him of being ‘the vicious one’ during his battles with Lewis Hamilton. (DPA news agency via F1i.com) Hamilton believes Mercedes can be…

F1 gossip: Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Alonso, McLaren, Honda, Rosberg, Renault

Monday, 12 June Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has labelled Formula One a “stupid circus” after picking up two separate penalties for the same offence during the Canadian Grand Prix. (ESPN) Fernando Alonso says McLaren-Honda’s straightline speed deficit to rival Formula 1 teams in the Canadian Grand Prix was “dangerous”. (Eurosport) Martin Brundle says McLaren…

McLaren have 'serious concerns' about 'lost' Honda

McLaren have “serious concerns” over whether they can win the world championship with engine partner Honda, says executive director Zak Brown. The former world champions are facing their worst ever season after failing to register a single point so far in 2017 after a series of engine failures. Brown said engine upgrades promised for Sunday’s…

Fernando Alonso: McLaren driver says Honda are risking reputation

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso says Honda is risking its reputation with its poor performance this year. The Spaniard suffered an engine failure on his first lap in practice at the Spanish Grand Prix, the latest in a series of problems for Honda in 2017. Alonso, who has half his $ 40m (£31.1m) salary paid by Honda,…

Sauber to make Honda engine switch for 2018 Formula 1 season

Sauber will switch to Honda engines in 2018, ending an eight-year relationship with Ferrari. The struggling Swiss team will be the second outfit using Honda power units next season, joining the Japanese company’s works partner McLaren. McLaren welcomed the deal, saying it was “a chance to double the opportunity for research and development in 2018”….

McLaren explore Mercedes engine option after Honda problems

McLaren have made an exploratory approach to Mercedes about engine supply in the wake of problems with partner Honda. The move follows a dismal pre-season test programme for McLaren-Honda, in which the Japanese company’s new engine was both unreliable and uncompetitive. McLaren are said to be evaluating options in the event the relationship with Honda…