In the latest Formula 1 Gossip column, Toro Rosso's planned name change for 2020 gets the green light, F1's qualifying race plan suffers a knock back and Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he is not in the sport to be popular. 

- Formula 1 teams have agreed to let Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso change its name to Alpha Tauri from the 2020 season following a vote by email, according to sources (Reuters)

- A plan to introduce qualifying races at three races during the 2020 F1 season has failed to gather enough support from teams during a meeting between teams and representatives of F1 and the FIA on Wednesday in Paris (RaceFans)

- Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says he is not in F1 “to be the most liked person” as he talks taking on reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and getting under the skin of Ferrar's Charles Leclerc (BBC)

- COTA chief Bobby Epstein admits the introduction of a new US-based grand prix will hurt the Texas circuit in its first year, with plans to add Miami to the calendar from the 2021 F1 season (RACER)

- Emerson Fittipaldi and Felipe Massa will be among a number of drivers to carry out demonstration runs during an Ayrton Senna tribute event in Sao Paulo ahead of next month’s Brazilian Grand Prix (Motorsport Week)

- And finally, happy birthday to Kimi Raikkonen! The Iceman turns 40 today and is still going strong...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy th Birthday Iceman

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