Tuesday, 2 January
Aston Martin has received interest from a handful of Formula 1 teams regarding the possibility of an engine supply for 2021 and beyond. The British car manufacturer will become Red Bull’s title sponsor in 2018. (Autosport)
On Twitter, Aston Martin expressed their enthusiasm for the sponsorship deal.
Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, 36, admits he is out of his comfort zone as he prepares for his first Daytona 24 Hour race in the United Autosports Ligier JS P217 later this month but says he “cannot wait to jump in the car again”.(Motorsport.com)
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has been impressed by Ferrari’s link-up with Sauber and is considering implementing something similar for the world champions.(ESPN)
World champion Lewis Hamilton says he is just a “small link in a long chain” at Mercedes and doesn’t see himself as the “leader of the team”.(Fox Sports)
Former Ferrari and McLaren F1 driver Stefan Johansson believes part of F1’s focus should be on improving tyres, as better grip with less downforce is a good recipe for better racing.(F1i.com)
Romain Grosjean collects some brownie points as he enjoys a romantic dinner with his journalist/presenter wife Marion.
Monday, 1 January
Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says Felipe Massa chose to leave F1 at the best possible time, and finished his career on a high. (Autosport)
Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul admits the team ‘played with fire’ by pushing their engine for better performance during the 2017 season, at the expense of reliability. (Motorsport)
Haas boss Guenther Steiner wants to see more consistency from the team in 2018, in what will be their third season in F1. (F1i.com)
Jenson Button says his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren between 2010 and 2012 helped to make him a better driver and he “enjoyed the challenge”. (Sky Sports)
Meanwhile, Button seems to be enjoying life on two wheels instead of four, as he showed with this New Year’s Eve photo: