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F1 gossip: Sainz, Verstappen, Kubica, Williams, Hamilton

Max Verstappen & Carlos Sainz

Friday, 16 November

Carlos Sainz has dismissed reports that he and former Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen “hated each other”. (PlanetF1)

Williams reserve driver Robert Kubica is set to take up the vacant driver’s seat for the 2019 season. (Wheels24)

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could be handed a grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his power unit suffered “some level of damage” at the Brazilian GP last weekend. (PlanetF1)

Kimi Raikkonen says he is relaxed about his return to Sauber for 2019, after being replaced at Ferrari by Charles Leclerc. (GrandPrix.com)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has enjoyed travelling around London and taking part in a photo shoot. (Instagram)

Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas

Thursday, 15 November

Valtteri Bottas is impressed how five-time world champion and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton “keeps getting better”. (Racefans.net)

Ferrari are planning management changes for the 2019 season, with Robert Smedley set to return. (Wheels24)

The FIA has “drawn a line” under the heated exchanged between Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with no further investigation planned. (Planet F1)

Haas have conceded defeat in the race for fourth place in the constructor’s championship, after Renault surged ahead in the Mexico and US Grands Prix. (Planet F1)

Lewis Hamilton has been getting patriotic and sentimental on social media, posting images and videos from his return to England. (Instagram)

Lewis Hamilton

Wednesday, 14 November

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he was shouting in his car, “willing it on” during the last 10 laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix as he feared a possible engine failure. (Racefans.net)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says he was goaded into a clash with a ‘smiling’ Esteban Ocon in Brazil by the Force India driver’s flippant response and attitude. (Autosport.com)

Force India driver Sergio Perez says Fernando Alonso’s struggles at McLaren this year reflect how bad Formula 1 is. (Crash.net)

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has dismissed calls for a rule change after Sebastian Vettel was punished for “destroying” the weighbridge at Interlagos. (Autosport.com)

Ferrari have opted for more conservative tyre selections than rivals Mercedes and Red Bull for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Motorsport.com)

Lewis Hamilton

Tuesday, 13 November

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has described Esteban Ocon’s actions as “totally irresponsible” after the Frenchman cost the team a comfortable victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. (Sky Sports)

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says Ocon “deserved a race ban” for his actions at Interlagos. (PlanetF1.com)

Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says Max Verstappen is “still not able to manage his emotions”, after the Belgian confronted Ocon following the race.(Autosport.com)

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly has defended his decision to ignore team orders in Brazil, saying he was racing team-mate Brendon Hartley for position. (Autosport.com)

Mercedes will receive a £9m bonus after winning the constructors’ world title, with all 900 staff at their Northamptonshire factories sharing the pot. (Daily Mail)

Over-the-top (OTT) service F1 TV Pro will be made available to viewers in the Netherlands from next year in a new three-year deal between F1 and Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport. (Formula1.com)

Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon

Monday, 12 November

Force India boss Otmar Szafnauer has described claims his driver Esteban Ocon intentionally tried to take out race leader Max Verstappen during Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix as a “conspiracy theory”. (F1i.com)

Red Bull driver Verstappen must carry out two days of “public service at the direction of the FIA” after the Dutchman’s post-race actions.(Motorsportweek.com)

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff feared Lewis Hamilton would lose the Brazilian Grand Prix win through an “imminent” engine failure. (Formula1.com)

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Sebastian Vettel’s chances in Sunday’s race were compromised “right from the formation lap” after becoming “aware of a problem with a sensor”. (Autosport.com)

McLaren say their return to the Indianapolis 500 next year will see the creation of a whole new ‘McLaren Racing’ entity to manage the team’s efforts. (F1i.com)

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