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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from the world's media

BBC Sport brings you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is urging caution despite the new car's pace-setting performance at the first pre-season test. "I think the only good thing is the feeling that the car is well born," he said. "We have many problems to solve and we must keep our feet on the ground."
Full story: Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian)

Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa has reiterated his fears that a row over the legality of certain teams' cars could be looming. "The FIA is monitoring and responding to all the teams in relation to the doubts and the realisation of the double diffuser," he said. "Unfortunately, this regulation is open to many interpretations."
Full story: Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian)

Virgin's Brazilian rookie Lucas di Grassi said his first impressions of the new team's debut car were good after driving it for the first time at Silverstone. "I'm really happy and our first impressions of the car are very positive," he said. (Virgin Racing)

New Renault F1 owner Gerard Lopez says his investment company Genii Capital bought the team "to represent our Mangrove Capital Partners company and develop our activity, which is international business. F1 will be a platform for us... a hub. We will entrust the racing team to specialists, while the Mangrove people take care of business." (L'Equipe)

Kamui Kobayashi is refusing to get carried away by Sauber's impressive pace in the first pre-season test last week. "I have a good feeling, but my experience is not great enough to really make a statement on it at this at time."
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