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F1 gossip – Shanghai 2018

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All the stories and rumours swirling around the paddock in China

After an incident in Bahrain and cross words in the media, Max Verstappen has made peace with Lewis Hamilton and agreed to stop calling him “Poo-is Hamiltown”.

Kimi Raikkonen had some words of encouragement for Francesco Cigorini, the mechanic whose leg his car broke in Bahrain. “Who?” he quipped, yesterday.

Williams has denied that its poor performance in Bahrain is a cause for concern. “We’re not bothered,” claimed an insider. “As far as we’re concerned both our drivers were on the money.”

McLaren has restructured its management team this week after a shaky start to the season. Zak Brown is now the official Head of Embarrassment while Eric Boullier becomes Director Of Getting Sacked Soon.

After a strong showing in the Toro Rossos in the last race, Honda has offered some explanation for their massive performance increase over the last few seasons. “It turns out it was in the settings menu,” explained an insider.

Organisers of the Chinese race say the decision to get rid of grid girls is no problem for them, “We did have some girls,” explained an official. “But it’s okay, we drowned them.”