Charlie’s Chatter

  • Are we going to see a new team on the grid next year? After Christian Horner claimed a new team was approaching his engineers with job opportunities, we started thinking about the possibilities. Which car manufacturer do you want to see on the grid next year? Tweet us your answer @TheF1Newsletter .
  • FIA president Jean Todt says a new team, or teams, may be in the cards for next year. He said the plan is to take the number of teams up from 10 to 12.

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  • Fernando Alonso expects another grid penalty at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend after suffering reliability issues at the last race in Canada.
  • Turns out Stoffel Vandoorne is staring down grid penalties as well. Will it ever get better for McLaren?
  • Fernando Alonso says an immediate return to the Indy 500 next year is not on the cards as it stands, with the 2018 Monaco GP to again clash with the showpiece oval event.
  • Unconfirmed reports have star singer Nicole Scherzinger hanging out with Lewis’ brother, Nicolas Hamilton, at the Monaco Grand Prix. Are Nicole and Lewis back together?
  • McLaren are weighing their engine options for next season, after it was widely reported they will ditch Honda. Mercedes look the likely partner for 2018, but other names in the frame include Alfa Romeo.
  • Jolyon Palmer continues to struggle on track fueling rumors that he will be booted at the end of this season. Team boss Cyril Abiteboul didn’t help matters when he said Palmer needed “to deliver.”

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  • Is Daniel Ricciardo single? It has been confirmed that the dreamboat Aussie has broken up with his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart Jemma Boskovich. Ricciardo immediately becomes the most eligible bachelor on the planet.
  • Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner, thinks the team has figured out some of their performance issues. “We’ve understood some of the correlation issues,” Horner was quoted in Autosport. “We’ve learned which tools to trust and in which area.”
  • Will Max Verstappen still be at Red Bull next season? Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz thinks the teenager will move to Ferrari if the Scuderia come calling given his impatience to win a world championship and Red Bull’s struggles this year. Rumors that Max is unhappy at Red Bull are starting to gain momentum. Would Vettel be able to handle Verstappen as a teammate?
  • Could we see Sainz replace Alonso at McLaren next year? F1 correspondent Josep Viaplana thinks so. ‘Red Bull knows he [Sainz] cannot stay a fourth year in Toro Rosso. Helmut Marko and Christian Horner have already decided that if Ricciardo and Verstappen stay at Red Bull Racing, they will open the door for Sainz to look at a better option.’ Good luck, Carlos.

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