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Formula 1 gossip and news from the international media

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

McLaren, Mercedes, Renault and Force India will modify their rear diffuser designs ahead of the Australian Grand Prix after their starter motor holes were found to be too wide. The FIA say the design was going against the spirit of the rules.
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Renault have been given the green light by the FIA to make several modifications to their engine, which is also used by Red Bull, to address cost and reliability issues.
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Michael Schumacher has already arrived in Australia and is confident he will 'get into the rhythm even more' at the Melbourne race.
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Three-time world champion Niki Lauda believes Schumacher will be back on top form by the third race of the season in Malaysia.
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World champion Jenson Button expects to improve on his seventh place in Bahrain at the second grand prix of the season in Australia.
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Felipe Massa says a lack of grip when running on high fuel loads made it harder to overtake in Bahrain but he says its too early too judge the ban on in-race refuelling.
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Scot Paul di Resta is set to become the first reserve driver to take part in Friday practice this season when he replaces Adrian Sutil at the Australian Grand Prix on 26 March.
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Newcomers Lotus are targeting a 10th place finish in the constructors' championship but technical chief Mike Gascoyne says points are not a realistic goal just yet.
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Thursday's F1 gossip column
18 Mar 10 |  Formula 1

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