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'Toro Rosso made move for Norris'Toro Rosso attempted to sign young McLaren driver Lando Norris on loan for the rest of the season - presumably to replace Brendon Hartley - according to Press Association journalist Phil Duncan.
Duncan claims the Italian outfit wanted Norris in time for the Austrian GP, but that McLaren knocked back the approach.
"It is believed Toro Rosso, the team with which Sebastian Vettel and more recently Max Verstappen spent their formative years in the sport, were keen for the temporary deal to be extended into next season," he writes.
"McLaren may have feared risking losing their protege on a permanent basis to their rivals at Red Bull."
The F1 transfer market never fails to throw up a surprise or two!
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Ricciardo waiting for Hamilton?Red Bull's Helmut Marko claims Daniel Ricciardo will not sign a new contract before Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his Mercedes deal.
Both drivers are out of contract at the end of the season, with Ricciardo reportedly of interest to Ferrari and Mercedes.
"Ricciardo does not want to sign until Hamilton has signed," Red Bull adviser Marko is quoted as telling Kronen Zeitung.
But Mercedes' Niki Lauda, sitting next to Marko at an event at the Red Bull Ring, insisted the world champions are close to tying up Hamilton's contract and are not yet interested in Ricciardo.
"We have not made him an offer, he can wait forever, you can tell him that," said Lauda.
Full story - external link, in German
Zak Brown says McLaren will be able to attract the "best drivers" should Fernando Alonso leave at the end of the season, but is still optimistic that the Spaniard will stay.
Alonso has cast doubt on his F1 future in recent weeks, with a switch to IndyCar, along with McLaren, seemingly a genuine possibility.
But though McLaren have a talented young driver in Lando Norris waiting in the wings, the team's CEO Brown insists they will be aiming high as they aim to "attract the best".
"Fernando is not going to be around forever, and McLaren has always gone after the best drivers they can get," Brown told AutoWeek. "Fernando is currently one of those, if not the best. I think he’s an important part of Mclaren’s future.
"He needs to decide how much longer he wants to do Formula 1, but we’ll always go for the best drivers and we’ve always been able to attract the best drivers, whether it’s [Mika] Hakkinen, [Ayrton] Senna, Fernando, Lewis [Hamilton], etc."
He added: "I’d like to have Fernando around the team post his driving career."
Brown also claimed McLaren's fight to return to the top would take some time, and is aiming for fourth in the championship this season.
"You’re not going to fix five years of decline in one year, but you’ve got to start turning the boat," he said. "So, it’s exciting. I think we’re going to do it. It’s going to take a little bit of time."
And Rowland will be joined in the test by Robert Kubica!
will get to drive for Williams once again when the second of 2018's two in-season F1 tests take place in Hungary in July.
“It’s another step in the right direction of achieving my goal
of being in F1." Rowland said, "Everything went very well at the test
in Barcelona and it’s nice to know they’re giving me another chance and have
trust in me.
“I'm aware that you don’t get many opportunities to show your
talent in F1. It’s a pretty exclusive club so I tried to do a good job. The
test went well, and I tried to be mature about my approach.
Rowland, who will make his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours with
TRSM Racing on 16th/17th June, said it was a dream
come true to test in Barcelona and will look to continue helping Williams push
in the right direction.
And here's the pictorial evidence of Marc Marquez's Red Bull test!
It's not everyday a four-time MotoGP champion drives an F1 car, but that's exactly what's happening in Austria today as Marc Marquez conducts a Red Bull test.
Marquez is driving an older V8-powered car, but has the new Toro Rosso-Honda livery at the Red Bull Ring.
Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has made it clear that potential new events on the calendar will only be selected if they can deliver a "great race".
Carey was speaking at the FIA sport conference in Manila, and also claimed the grand prix must "capture the world's imagination".
"I'd say there's a handful of things that are important for us," he said. "First we want to make sure it's right for a race. We'll build all the things all around it but it starts with having a track that can provide a great race.
"Today there are probably circuits that are not conducive to providing the most exciting, best racing, there are some that fabulous. To start we want a track that is going to deliver a fabulous, exciting race.
"Second, we want a site that is going to capture the world's imagination. We're in the great cities around the world - we want to use the phrase 'destination cities'. We're in places where you want people when they look at it on the TV are excited and think it looks spectacular, really capture people's imagination and if they go to it it's even more special. So we want those magical cities, magical countries that really intrigue and fascinate the world."
Sticking on the McLaren, and Zak Brown, topic - the team's CEO has insisted that their recent upgrades "worked" but says they are still some way off fighting the top three teams.
In an interview with the official F1 website, Brown admitted pre-season ambitions of fighting Renault - also powered by Red Bull - were perhaps too optimistic.
“We’re too far off that,” he says. “And it’s not going to happen overnight.”
He added: “I know we’re under pressure, I know I’m under pressure.
“Probably, if there’s a frustrating thing – and you know because you know racing – it’s that people don’t understand just how long these things take.
“Right now, we just have to be head down, doing the hard work, focused, and with a clear direction.”
McLaren set for IndyCar talksZak Brown is heading to North America early ahead of F1's next race in Canada to visit IndyCar's Dual In Detroit event for talks over a possible McLaren tie-up in the US-based open-wheel category.
Brown has confirmed he will be accompanied by former Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran and other McLaren personnel to talk with would-be partner teams about entering in to a possible collaboration.
Fernando Alonso ran in a McLaren-branded Andretti car at last year's Indy 500 and speculation has already swirled that the Spaniard future could be in IndyCar as he attempts the Triple Crown.
Three years on and McLaren have given their futuristic F1 concept car a 2018-style papaya makeover.
Max Verstappen in reflective mood as he gets back to work at Red Bull following a missed opportunity in Monaco.
See what he has had to say below:
has stepped down as a director at Force India but remains team principal.
co-owns the team and has controlled the Silverstone outfit since the end of 2007 when he
took over the then-Spyker squad and rebranded it as Force India.
No reason for
the change has yet been announced by the team. Mallya has an ongoing hearing in the UK courts with the Indian government seeking his extradition.
Williams' technical shake-up has continued with head of aero Dirk De Beer leaving the team, just three weeks after chief designer Ed Wood departed.
“Williams can confirm that Dirk de Beer has stepped down from his role as head of aerodynamics, effective immediately. The team would like to thank Dirk for his hard work over the past year and wish him the best for the future," a team spokesperson said.
"Chief engineer, Doug McKiernan, who joined Williams earlier this year will now assume full responsibility over the aerodynamic and design direction of the car, with Dave Wheater stepping up to take on the role as head of aerodynamics."
FIA to continue monitoring Ferrari's ERSThe FIA are to continue examining Ferrari’s ERS system, with the governing body to use new software to help monitor it from the Canadian GP.
Rival teams had queried if the Scuderia, who run a unique twin-battery set-up, were getting more power from their energy recovery system than the rules allowed.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 ahead of the Monaco GP, race director Charlie Whiting confirmed they were satisfied Ferrari’s car was legal after inspecting it during Thursday practice in Monte Carlo.
But Whiting has told Autosport that the FIA will keep monitoring the SF71-H, and hopes their updated software will make it an easier process.
"Via a complex routine we were able to be satisfied that the Ferrari was OK," said Whiting.
"But we don't want to have to go through that all the time, so we would rather additional measurements are made.
"What we will have for Canada will be a better system which will help us get things done much, much quicker, because it's taken us a couple of races to get to the bottom of it.
"We want them to put extra monitoring on, but at the moment we're having to do it in a painstaking way. It takes a little longer than we would like.
"What we're trying to do is to monitor exactly what the differences between the two halves of the battery are. That's the crux of the matter.
"Other systems treat their battery as one. Ferrari, it's one battery, but they treat it as two. That's the fundamental difference, I don't think it's a secret I'm giving away there." (Full story - external site)
'Ricciardo to avoid Canada penalty'Daniel Ricciardo is set to avoid a grid penalty at the Canadian GP after Renault determined his MGU-K is re-usable after it's issue in the Monaco GP, Auto Motor und Sport report.
It is claimed the issue in Sunday's race, which forced Ricciardo to drive over 50 laps with 25% less power on his way to victory, came around the assembly of his power unit and the component itself remains intact and undamaged.
Under F1 2018s regulations, each car is only permitted to use two MGU-K, energy stores and control electronics, so Ricciardo would have been facing a 10-place grid penalty in Montreal had he required a new MGU-K. His first one was damaged in his Practice Three engine failure at the Chinese GP.
Red Bull introduced a third MGU-K to Max Verstappen's pool in Monaco, given the Dutchman was already starting last which negated his penalty.
(Full story - external site in German)
Raikkonen wants Ferrari stayKimi Raikkonen insists he wants to remain at Ferrari in 2019, despite speculation mounting about a possible replacement with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Raikkonen has earned a string of one-year extensions with the Scuderia but as the sport's oldest driver at 38, the team have been linked with a number of other drivers.
Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc would appear to be favourites.
But Raikkonen said in Monaco: "It's not me who decides, it depends on what the team want. They know exactly what I want. I wouldn't be in Formula 1 if I didn't enjoy this. I don't have to show anything anymore.
"The pleasure of racing is the only thing that keeps me bounded to this world, since I would do everything there is around, even if it's part of the game. The effort and the emotions are the same as when I made my debut."
But who will make the decision?
"It's a decision which is influenced by many factors," the Finn added. "For sure, my passion for racing won't disappear by the end of the season."
McLaren plan to race in next year's IndyCar series in a move that could see Fernando Alonso permanently leave Formula 1, according to The Times.
The newspaper report that the Woking outfit are considering joining forces with an American team with a view to going it alone in the future.
"We are looking at some other forms of motorsport, most notably IndyCar is under review," said McLaren CEO Zak Brown, who has already brought in former IndyCar champion Gil de Ferran as a team adviser.
'The team are understood t have been looking at a permanent move' since last year's Indy 500 event, writes Rebecca Clancy, and it would ramp up speculation about Alonso's future in F1.
The two-time world champion, who led for 27 laps in a McLaren-Andretti at the 2017 showpiece Indianapolis race, has already cast doubt about his F1 future after becoming "bored" of his team's struggles.
(Full story - external link)
We suspect Daniel Ricciardo's Monaco GP
celebrations were rather memorable - and long!
An early visit to Paul Ricard for Mercedes to conduct some tyre testing for Pirelli, with F2 race winner George Russell at the wheel of W09
Given those skies, the French circuit's sprinkler system (it's rather more high-tech than that, really!) is going to be working overtime to create an artificially wet surface.
Williams-Porsche in 2021?Porsche are reportedly considering entering Formula 1 as en engine supplier in 2021, and Claire Williams has admitted Williams would welcome becoming a works team in the future.
"If the engine regulations are what we hope they will be, hopefully they will encourage new engine suppliers to come in and that's only good for the competition in our sport to keep it healthy, to keep it sustainable moving into the future," the Williams chief told Sky Sports News' Craig Slater.
"It would be fantastic if we were able to secure an engine manufacturer like that first so we became a works team."
She did, however, stress that "we also have Mercedes have our supplier at the moment and we're very happy with that relationship".
A notable departure from Ferrari with Simone Resta to leave the team to join Sauber as their new technical director. He will assume the role on July 1st.
Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur said: "Simone Resta has the best profile to take on the role of Technical Director. His arrival at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team marks a significant step ahead of a long term project that aims at strengthening the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in order to achieve ambitious results.”
Mercedes drop opposition to dropping MGU-HFormula 1 appears to be edging
closer to an agreement over the future of the sport after a meeting between
Liberty Media and the teams at Monaco.
A full proposal on F1’s next
generation of engines for the post-2020 period is expected before the end of
"I see some common sense on
the table," said Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. "It was a productive discussion.
There are still areas where we are very far away but it is moving forward in a
constructive and structured way."
And in an apparent
breakthrough, Mercedes have dropped their opposition to the removal of the
MGU-H component in the engine.
"We have given up on some of
the stand points, we have accepted to lose the MGU-H. We think the
[replacement] technology is a step backwards but in terms of achieving compromise
for the benefit of the spectacle, the revs going up and louder engines, we can understand
and can accept. On the engine regulations we are pretty close to be able to
tick the box but the only major thing which we need to solve is spending and
how to avoid spending double over the next couple of years by developing the
current engine and the new one."
Lessons for VerstappenMax Verstappen has been told
by his Red Bull team to ‘learn’ from his crash on Saturday at Monaco which
ruled him out of qualifying.
Helmut Marko, an advisor to
Red Bull, said: "Max has to learn not always to drive flat out. This one was
unnecessary. He needs to be more patient, judge the situations better."
And Red Bull chief Christian
Horner told Sky Sports: “There is no more brutal lesson than
what he has just had."
McLaren driver Stoffel
Vandoorne says he has no plans to follow McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso in
driving in multiple motorsport series.
Alonso competed at the Indy
500 last year and will race at Le Mans next month.
But Vandoorne said: “I am a
massive racing fan and try to follow everything that is going on, but my focus
is on Formula 1. I’m not looking at anything else. Fernando and l are at very
different stages of our careers, Fernando has had a lot success and so a lot of
doors have opened, but for me the focus is on F1 and having a successful career
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says he has no regrets
about his team’s relative lack of pace at Monaco.
The Silver Arrows have struggled to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari this weekend in Monte Carlo, but Wolff says it is a weakness he is
prepared to accept in return for Mercedes prospering elsewhere.
“We are trying to achieve the best car for 21 races
to come out with the most points and that means you have to compromise at some
of the circuits.”
Ferrari car is declared legalConcerns about the legality
of the Ferrari car have been dismissed by the FIA.
Rival teams have been
concerned that Ferrari’s twin-battery configuration could enable them to deploy
more energy boost than the rules permit.
“We are now satisfied everything is in order,’ FIA
technical delegate Charlie Whiting told The Mail on Sunday.
was exacerbated by unsubstantiated allegations that went through the paddock
like wildfire. It came from a Ferrari engine man now at Mercedes, but his
information would be the length of his gardening leave old.”
the Mail, ‘Whiting identified the ‘Ferrari engine man’ as Lorenzo Sassi, and,
more explosively, revealed that the matter was brought to the FIA’s attention
by Mercedes’ technical director James Allison prior to the fourth race of the
season in Baku.’
But could a team still protest against the Ferrari following this afternoon's Monaco GP, live on Sky F1 and Sky One with build-up from 12.30pm?
FIA president Jean Todt has also had his say on the rumours about the Ferrari, telling The Sun: "If a team has some doubts, they could have made a protest. It would be much more healthy, rather than to manipulate to the press the problem."
A little glimpse of what the two Mercedes drivers have been up to on the Monaco GP 'rest' day...
Pirelli asked to simplify tyre choicesFormula 1 bosses and the FIA have asked Pirelli to simplify their tyre names to make it easier for fans to follow, the Italian tyre company's racing director, Mario Isola, says.
The introduction of the hypersoft and superhard this season means Pirelli have nine compounds in F1 2018.
Isola said the request was for each race to have a 'hard', 'medium' and 'soft' tyre at each race, with the compound itself varying from circuit to circuit as it currently does.
"We had a request from FOM and FIA to just call them hard, medium and soft," Isola said.
"With three colours, the same colours and same names for all the races, but obviously different compounds, because you cannot use the same compounds in Silverstone or Monaco.
"On a second level we will have compound A, B, C, D, E, F or whatever, and we will tell you that for this race, the hard is B, the medium is D, and whatever. So for spectators it's probably more understandable, but you also have the possibility to go deeper in detail for technical information that we will continue to provide.
"It's an ongoing discussion, but we said we are available to evaluate this change." (Full story - external site)
Jenson Button is convinced Lewis Hamilton will claim his fifth world championship in 2018.
Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 17 points ahead of the Monaco GP and has won the last two races in Azerbaijan and Spain.
The reigning world champion has not been at his peak so far this season but Button believes his former McLaren team-mate will cruise to a fifth title.
“Lewis has had a very calm year," Button told The Times.
"He hasn’t had too many standout drives, but Lewis, even when he’s not at his best, is still very strong so I don’t think anyone else has a chance.” (Full story - external site)
Liberty Media will present more details of their plans for the sport post-2020 to the teams at a meeting in Monaco on Friday.
F1's commercial rights' holder unveiled their initial proposal to the teams at the Bahrain GP which featured a five-point outline around power units, costs, revenues, sporting and technical rules and regulations and governance.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said in Monaco: "We have a meeting tomorrow where hopefully a lot of detail will be put on the table as to what Liberty’s next steps are.
"They need to be responsible steps, because some of the things like budget caps involve literally thousands of jobs through teams and suppliers and sub-contractors. It’s certainly heavy in the UK. But we’re waiting with interest. It will be interesting to see what the next stage of that roll-out is."
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "It's a highly complex matter because the cost cap or potential cost cap… it’s about technical regulations, revenue distribution so there’s multiple balls in the air which you need to catch and insofar I hope also that the meeting tomorrow is productive, so we understand more and can act accordingly."
"I think that we had our first meeting in Bahrain and the meeting tomorrow morning is an important one. We need to have clarification on the different points and it will be the start of a new era but we need to move forwards quickly, also for F1, I think," Sauber chief Fred Vasseur added.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has speculated that finances are the reason why Lewis Hamilton is yet to sign a new deal with Mercedes.
Sitting alongside Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff, Horner said:
"I can only imagine that a delay can only involve money. And I should think it’s such a grotesque amount of money that Toto’s talking about, it probably is what’s making his and Niki’s eyes water at the moment. So, yeah, he’s got an expensive lifestyle. He’s a four-time world champion and I doubt he’s cheap.
"I can only envisage that that’s probably got something to do with the delay."
Max Verstappen escaped punishment for reversing back on to
the track in opening practice at the Monaco GP.
The Red Bull driver, who was second-quickest in a Red Bull
one-two in Practice One, was placed under investigation by stewards after he
ran straight on at Ste Devote and then reversed back on to the circuit.
Sebastian Vettel was coming towards the same corner in his
Ferrari, and took to the pit-lane exit slip on the inside instead of taking the
turn as normal, but stewards were happy that Verstappen’s actions did not pose
a danger as yellow flags were waving to warn oncoming cars.
‘The Stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car 33, Max Verstappen and found that yellow flags (first a single yellow and later a double yellow) had been waived to warn the other drivers that his car had gone off the track at Turn 1,’ a statement read.
‘Car 33 (VER) had to reverse on to the track to rejoin but did so under yellow flags and in a manner that posed no danger to the other drivers.’
Wolff: No date set for Hamilton contract announcementToto Wolff says Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton remain in no rush to finalise his new contract and will not set a date on when a contract extension will be announced.
Hamilton's present contract expires at the end of the season and despite initial hopes his new deal would be sorted before the season-opener in Australia, the final details have yet to be confirmed between the two parties.
“It’s a funny situation because we’ve been discussing for a long time. We get together, sort things out and then get busy in our daily operational jobs," Wolff said in the Monaco GP Team Principals' press conference.
"It shows we have great confidence in each other, nobody is really pressurising each other. We haven’t set a fixed date when we want to announce but I can tell you I don’t see a reason why this shouldn’t be happening.
“It is in the process of closing. There is a bit of ping pong on details. I don’t want to set out a date but maybe we choose one of the nice grands prix in future in next couple of months.
“No [Lewis can’t decide when he wants to sign]. This is a pretty normal procedure that you talk to each other and negotiate in a completely normal procedure. Similar to what happens in some of the other teams - Daniel [Ricciardo] and Christian [Horner’s] situation is maybe similar.
"This is work in process and we see no hurry to pressurise each other into signing a document that will eventually anyway happen. We have very good conversations and there is no desire for him to leave the team and none for us to lose him.”
What's the future of the Azerbaijan GP?The Azerbaijan GP will remain on the calendar until at least
2020, but circuit bosses have indicated they are attempting to renegotiate
their contract with F1 to stay on after that.
Speaking to Sky Sports News at the Monaco GP, Baku City
Circuit chief Arif Rahimov denied
suggestions the race could drop off the schedule as early as this year after
speculation they held discussions about leasing their temporary pit buildings
to the prospective new race in Miami.
“I had a lot of questions about Miami but we are still under
contract and it’s a bilaterally binding contract,” Rahimov told Craig Slater.
“We have to do at least a couple more years before we can
even talk about renegotiating and doing anything else, or cancelling the
contract if we want to cancel and Formula 1 wants to cancel it.
“So we still have 2019 and ’20 that we’re going to have to
perform and do a good job on – and I’m sure we’re going to do it. It was
possibly race of the year, but we still have a few more races. It was the race
of the year last year in a few polls.
“We’re going to do ’19 and ’20 and we’re re-negotiating to
see how it’s going to go after that.”
Like Silverstone, Baku is believed to have a break clause in
its F1 deal would allow it to stop the contract after five years – a point
which would be reached in 2020.
And, amid suggestions the prospective Miami street race which
F1 hopes will join the calendar in October 2019 will be funded by an
alternative hosting model to traditional deals, Rahimovsays other
promoters will be monitoring the situation closely.
“All the contracts are individual so we try not to intervene
with any other race and how they do it,” he said.” What we know is the average
figure for all the races and obviously all the promoters want to be in line
with the average. It’s been released by Liberty Media in their annual report,
they are a public company.
“I’m not sure how true it is [the rumours], but if it is
like this it’s great for them. I can only be happy for them, but then you kind
of expect a similar treatment with the rest of the promoters.”
A close-up of the Mercedes steering wheel...
The FIA are to monitor Ferrari's ERS system after installing a piece of hardware that would make it impossible for the Scuderia to increase energy deployment outside of the legal limits
But as stressed by Motosport Magazine: 'The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has been very careful to underline that there has been no evidence that Ferrari has been running its unique double-in-tandem battery arrangement in an unscrupulous way. Data from the first five races is still being analysed by the FIA in an ongoing process, and Ferrari is co-operating fully' (Full story - external site)
Watch as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel discuss whether they could ever become team-mates...
Sebastian Vettel insists Charles Leclerc has proved he has the potential to become his Ferrari team-mate in the future, while Lewis Hamilton has also hailed the highly-rated youngster as a "shining talent" (Full story)
Lewis Hamilton has welcomed the prospect of grid girls returning to F1 this weekend at the Monaco GP.
will not perform the traditional roles.
“Women are the most beautiful thing in the world,” said Hamilton.
“Monaco is a very elegant grand prix and when we pull up to the grid and there’s beautiful women on the grid, that’s the Monaco Grand Prix and that’s a lovely thing.”
Fernando Alonso says he won’t
start considering his F1 future until after the summer break. Once again, the
Spaniard’s future looks set to be one of the hot topics of speculation in the
paddock throughout the European leg of the season. One report this weekend has
suggested his management team have held talks with Ferrari about a potential
return to the team next year.
expect 2019 engine decision in June
So will it be Renault or Honda?
Red Bull are
still several weeks away from deciding which engine they want to use next year,
despite an initial deadline of May 15 passing for engine manufacturers to
inform the FIA about which teams they intend to supply for next season.
“It certainly won’t be in May,” Christian Horner told Sky F1
“Our decision at the earliest will be in June.”
Red Bull’s long-running contract with Renault expires at the
end of this current season, with Honda recently revealing they had begun “positive”
discussions with the former world champion’s about a potential tie-up from
2019. Honda already supply Red Bull’s junior team, Toro Rosso, but are still to prove their engine programme is capable of taking on pacesetters Mercedes and Ferrari.
As is customary ahead of the Monaco GP, Formula drivers swapped their racing shoes for football boots at the World Stars Football Match.
Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc all took part, alongside the likes of Nico Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Is the future of the German GP...in Berlin?With a street race in Miami moving ever closer, could F1's owners eventually take the sport to the centre of another world-famous city?
During a visit to Germany, where he appeared at a media event alongside Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, F1 chairman Chase Carey expressed interest in a street race in Germany's capital.
"We are open for a road race through Berlin," he was quoted as saying by Bild. "If the Berliners want that, we can talk with them."
Last weekend Formula E held its latest Berlin ePrix on a specifically-designed circuit at Tempelhof Airport, although in 2016 the event was held on the streets of Berlin along Karl-Marx-Allee.
The German GP is currently held on a biennial basis at Hockenheim but the circuit does not have an F1 contract beyond this season, leaving one of the sport's most historic races in limbo.
But Carey also said: "We want to keep the traditional races on the calendar. Germany with its great tradition in the automotive industry is important to us." (Full story - external site, in German)
Marc Marquez will reportedly take part in a private test with Red Bull next month as the MotoGP champion prepares to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time.
According to Motorsport.com, Marquez, Honda MotoGP team-mate Dani Pedrosa and nine-time motocross world champion Tony Cairoli will drive V8-powered cars at the Red Bull Ring on June 5 and 6.
Red Bull have organised the private test in a move which echoes that of rival energy drink firm Monster, who arranged a test for Jorge Lorenzo in Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes two years ago.
Romain Grosjean is determined to prove his doubters wrong at this weekend's Monaco GP, according to Haas boss Guenther Steiner.
The Frenchman comes into the race with a three-place grid penalty following his crash in Spain, in what was his latest costly mistake in a sloppy start to the season.
But Steiner has backed his driver, saying: "Sometimes in your career, and in any sporting career, you have downs. Romain is a good driver and he will get back where he belongs.
"He’s now got Monte Carlo coming up, where he’s always fast, and I’m sure he cannot wait to get there to prove the naysayers wrong.”
Grosjean is still without a point in F1 2018.
McLaren announce new shareholderThe McLaren Group has confirmed Canadian businessman Michael Latifi has become a shareholder in the company – their first new shareholder since the departure of Ron Dennis.
Latifi, father of Formula 2 driver Nicholas Latifi, joins Mansour Ojjeh and Mumtalakat, the Bahraini sovereign wealth fund, as the only shareholders in the Group – which encompasses the McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies companies.
McLaren announced on May 14 that Nidala (BVI) Limited, which Latifi controls, had invested over £200m in the company's shares.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, McLaren Group Executive Chairman, said: “This injection of capital is a vote of confidence in our future strategy and the group remains as focused as ever in positioning for growth. We are delighted Michael Latifi has joined the McLaren family.”
Latifi said: “I have been an admirer of the McLaren brand and its businesses for some time. McLaren is a unique organisation in automotive, racing and technology with exciting long-term growth prospects, which is why I have made this investment. I am proud to be part of McLaren and this incredible brand.”
How do you prepare for driving the tightest street circuit on the calendar?
Well if you're the two Red Bull drivers you head to Zandvoort to do a bit of caravan racing - to varying degrees of success
Ricciardo happy to take time on Red Bull decisionDaniel Ricciardo insists he doesn't need to sign a Red Bull contract "soon", indicating that a decision on his future might not come until after the summer break.
The Australian's current deal expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with Ferrari and Mercedes, but he is waiting to see who has the best 2019 car.
"I don’t feel like I need to sign anything soon," Ricciardo told The Paddock Magazine. "I also want to see what happens with the team and with the other teams as well.
"So we’ll see how the year takes place… I know that at some point, other teams will want to know my decision, but for me, for my mind, it does not matter right now.
"It could be after the summer as well… when I know what is going to happen next year, I’ll be happy to sign something."
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