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F1 gossip: Berlin, Mercedes, Ferrari, Sainz, Magnussen, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Alonso

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Hockenheim

Wednesday, 23 May

Formula 1’s chief executive Chase Carey says Berlin could host the German Grand Prix in the future. This year’s race takes place in Hockenheim but there is no deal in place for 2019.(F1 Today)

Renault’s Carlos Sainz reckons qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix will be “crazy” because of quicker cars and softer tyre compounds. (Motorsport Week)

The Halo system is the “worst thing ever done to Formula 1”, according to Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.(WirtschaftsWoche, via Daily Express)

F1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he is eager to sample IndyCar oval racing and is keen to follow Fernando Alonso’s lead by tackling the Indianapolis 500. (Race Fans)

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso want to run a Japanese driver in Formula 1 “sooner or later” as part of its alliance with Honda.(Motorsport)

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo wants some “redemption” by winning the Monaco Grand Prix. He was on course for a win in 2016 but a pit stop error cost him the victory. (Fox Sports Asia)

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg says the Monaco GP is the “highlight of the year and the race I most look forward to”.(The Checkered Flag)

Sauber

Tuesday, 22 May

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly

Mercedes have sent a clarification request to the sport’s governing body, the FIA in the latest move over the issue of oil consumption in the sport.(Autosport)

After a string of bad luck in Monaco over most of his racing career, Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly hopes his fortunes change this weekend. (PlanetF1.com)

Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda says his team and Ferrari are not afraid to walk away from F1 if the new rules and regulations do not suit them. (Express)

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren are on the right path to catch up with the top three teams in the sport, but says there are no more excuses left for the team. (ESPN)

Monday, 21 May

Fernando Alonso celebrates winning the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix by raising the trophy

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso says he is relishing his return to Monaco Grand Prix this weekend after missing last year’s race to compete in the Indianapolis 500. (Crash)

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will test drive a Formula 1 car in a Red Bull-organised private event in Austria next month. (Autosport)

Hockenheim says it cannot continue with the terms of its current deal with F1 if the track is to sign a new contract to continue hosting the German Grand Prix. (Motorsport.com)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says he is not as inconsistent this season as he was last year. (ESPN F1)

Toro Rosso eventually want to have a Japanese driver as part of its alliance with Honda. (Autosport)

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