F1 gossip: Hamilton, Rosberg, Lauda, Alonso, Raikkonen, Pirelli

Tuesday, 17 October

Mercedes threatened to release Lewis Hamilton and ex-team-mate Nico Rosberg from their contracts in 2016 to stop the on-track incidents between the former rivals, according to the team’s non-executive director Niki Lauda. (Crash.net)

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso says he has no regrets over the career choices he has made since winning the last of his two world championships in 2006. (F1i.com) 

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes the team can win any of the remaining four races of the season if they can sort out their reliability and avoid making mistakes. (Autosport)

Pirelli will switch the purple color on their ultrasoft tires to pink for the United States Grand Prix as part of the sport’s push to help breast cancer awareness. (Motorsport.com)

Monday 16 October

Sebastian Vettel says Kimi Raikkonen is the best team-mate he has ever had in Formula 1 because the Finn does not try to play political games. (Autosport)

Aston Martin has recruited staff with Formula 1 experience as it continues to evaluate whether or not to enter the championship as an engine supplier.(Motorsport.com)

Mercedes technical chief James Allison believes the steps taken to master the team’s erratic W08 this season will help deliver a car with a “sweeter temperament” for 2018. (ESPN)

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will appear in a racing video game as a “mentor”.(SportsBusinessDaily)

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Liberty Media have made it clear they do not want him at races and the 86-year-old plans to move to the Switzerland in the new year.(Daily Mail)

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