F1 gossip: Bottas, Vettel, Hamilton, Horner, McLaren, Sainz

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Valtteri Bottas finished second at the Japanese Grand Prix

Wednesday, 10 October

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas has suffered a “mental setback” with the team focusing its efforts on winning the drivers’ championship with Lewis Hamilton. (Autosport)

German four-time champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted Ferrari have made it “a bit too easy” for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in recent Formula 1 races. (Motorsport.com)

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Sebastian Vettel’s attempted pass on Max Verstappen in the Japanese Grand Prix was “optimistic”, adding a collision was “inevitable”. (Crash.net)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says he has loved going head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel for the title this season and wants more fights with the Ferrari driver. (Motorsport.com)

McLaren have made another conservative tyre choice for the US Grand Prix, with Fernando Alonso taking five ultrasofts, two supersofts and six soft sets. (PlanetF1)

Carlos Sainz Jr says a lack of progress on the engine front in the second half of 2018 is the chief reason for Renault’s F1 performance slide. (Autosport)

Romain Grosjean finished eighth at the Japanese Grand Prix

Monday, 8 October

Romain Grosjean completed the Japanese Grand Prix without telemetry information following an early fire on his Haas Formula 1 car. (Motorsport.com)

Vietnam is edging closer to hosting its first F1 race in 2020 following a visit from FIA race director Charlie Whiting to the proposed site in Hanoi. (Crash.net)

Sebastian Vettel says he is not going to leave Ferrari just because his 2018 title campaign is in tatters.(Wheels.24)

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes have shown the “stamina” for Formula 1’s “marathon” title fight – but admits he would have welcomed Ferrari’s challenge remaining fierce.(Sky Sports)

Stoffel Vandoorne says he will only agree to return to Formula 1 if he is offered “favourable conditions”.(Wheels.24)

Honda wanted more time to test its ‘spec three’ power unit before its race debut on Sunday,(Racefans.net)