Lance Stroll had won the European Formula Three title this year.
The ad was published in Britain's Autosport magazine under 'drive available' for the amusement of readers rather than any serious intent.
Fernando Alonso is out of contract at the end of 2017 and that has also triggered speculation that Mercedes could opt for a stop-gap.
Daniel Ricciardo said third place in 2016 felt more convincing and more sustainable than it had in 2014.
France part of the first world championship season in 1950 with a race at Reims.
Fernando Alonso, a double world champion with Renault, joined McLaren from Ferrari at the end of 2014 and has been disappointed by their lack of success.
Sebastian Vettel has been linked with a move to Mercedes after the retirement of fellow German Nico Rosberg.
Max Verstappen, who became the youngest Grand Prix winner, is now the hottest young talent in Formula One.
Nico Rosberg's shock retirement has given champions Mercedes a headache as they seek to fill the space World champion has left.
Nico Rosberg's retirement announcement on Friday came as a complete surprise even to Bernie Ecclestone.
Quitting at the top, Nico Rosberg shocked the world by announcing he was retiring, five days after earning his first world championship.
Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from F1 just five days after winning his maiden Championship.
Nico Rosberg said that he knew that the Abu Dhabi grand prix would be his last race.
French Formula One Grand Prix is set to return in 2018 after a 10-year absence at the Le Castellet circuit in southern France.
German GP was dropped formally from the 2017 Formula One calendar with the renamed Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton won 10 out of 21 races this season, first time a driver has won more than seven and not ended up as champion.
Nico Rosberg hailed Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers but ruled out forging any friendly ties as long as they raced each other.
The new deal had already been agreed on a handshake with the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone at September's race.
Lewis Hamilton pulled out of a Formula One tyre test in Abu Dhabi after a few laps on Tuesday because he felt unwell.
Nico Rosberg won his maiden F1 Championship when he beat Lewis Hamilton by a small margin of five points.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff recognised that he was in two whether to punish Lewis Hamilton for his tactics in Abu Dhabi race.
Felipe Massa and Jenson Button leave F1 with more than 550 races between them and will be replaced by Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne, respectively.
Clearly, Nico Rosberg needs to improve his speed if he is to be considered among the best.
Nico Rosberg won the 2016 F1 Driver's Championship by a slender five point margin after finishing second in Abu Dhabi.
Stirling Moss still has the record for most races won without a Formula One title as he won 16 races during his career.
The German Grand Prix, absent in 2015, is set to be struck off again in 2017 for financial reasons.
Lewis Hamilton did his best to push Nico Rosberg into trouble by lapping fast enough to win but slow enough to allow others to catch up.
Abu Dhabi win by Nico made the Rosbergs only the second father and son combination to win the driver's title.
Nico Rosberg has been at Mercedes since 2010, first as team mate to Michael Schumacher and then, from 2013, Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi race but Nico Rosberg's second place was enough for him to win the driver's championship.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff warned of potential 'anarchy' and said he had yet to decide how to respond to a situation.
Jenson Button has an option to drive for the McLaren team in 2018, but he said before this race that he does not expect to come back.
In the end, it felt like the most difficult second place of Nico Rosberg's career.
Force India got 10 points from Abu Dhabi GP with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez clocking 50.114s and 58.776s to grab six and four points respectively.
Nico Rosberg won his first Formula One world championship after finishing second in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg held his nerve to win the Formula One championship for the first time after finishing second behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.