Formula 1 welcomes the wealthy. Drivers often pay for their seats, and others can't afford to make it to the top without forking out millions. As Lewis Hamilton himself asks, will he be the last "working-class driver"? Hamilton has four world titles, and an estimated net worth of £130m. He's the only one of 20 current Formula 1 drivers who can recall a time in his youth when he lived in a council flat with his father, who at one point worked four jobs to allow him to race around the country in his go-kart.
Jenson Button has pledged £15,000 to a fund-raising page set up to support a British Formula 4 driver who had both legs amputated following a crash. Billy Monger, 17, drove at high speed into the back of a car which seemed to have stopped on the track during Sunday's race at Donington Park. Lewis Hamilton has also offered support, tweeting: "Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family." More than £390,000 had been raised by 10:00 BST on Thursday. Monger, who has been described as "an extremely talented young driver" had to be extracted from his vehicle at the Leicestershire track and airlifted to hospital.
Jolyon Palmer will continue to drive for Renault for the 2017 season. The 25-year-old will partner the recently-recruited Nico Hulkenberg at the French team as they build up to competitiveness following their return to F1 as a factory entry this year. Palmer said he was "over the moon" to be staying with Renault. The British driver joined the team's predecessor, Lotus, as third driver in 2015 before graduating to race driver with Renault for the 2016 season. It was also revealed on Wednesday that Dane Kevin Magnussen would be leaving Renault to move to the US-based Haas team for 2017.
Formula 1 team McLaren-Honda have launched a virtual racing competition, with a job as a simulator driver with the team as the prize. The winner will be offered a one-year contract to help improve the car, which is struggling with engine reliability. Executive director Zak Brown says now is the right time to connect the worlds of racing and gaming in a new way. We absolutely require additional support across our two simulator platforms," he said. As well as racing across a variety of gaming platforms, McLaren said entrants must demonstrate "engineering know-how, teamwork and the necessary mental and physical strengths".