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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Lewis Hamilton is to be the first guest on Jonathan Ross's new chat show on ITV1 on Saturday. The interview was recorded on Thursday.
Lewis Hamilton on Twitter

Jenson Button is spending a day in the simulator at the McLaren factory on Friday, before opening a restaurant in Harrogate, Yorkshire, on Monday.
Jenson Button on Twitter

Button believes the decision to allow the DRS overtaking device to be used in two different areas at the Italian Grand Prix - on the pit straight and on the run from the Lesmos to Ascari will lead to the race being "a little more mixed up this year". He and Hamilton are confident of a strong result at Monza. (McLaren)

Toro Rosso will be taken over from the Italian Grand Prix by investment group International Petroleum Investment Company, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Full story: As (in Spanish)

Toro Rosso are set for a double boost to its plans to move forward in Formula 1 - with work on a factory expansion due to begin in the next few weeks and the team poised to finalise a sponsorship deal with Spanish oil giant Cepsa.
Full story: Autosport

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is confident that the team will be able to put on a strong showing at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza next weekend. We learned at the last race in Spa that our car can be competitive at high-speed tracks, and we definitely took a step forward there," he said. "I am confident we can do that again in Italy."
Full story: Mercedes

Mexican Esteban Gutierrez is to conduct an aerodynamic test for Sauber, for whom he is the official reserve driver, at Vairano in Italy at the weekend.
Full story: Sauber

BBC director general Mark Thompson faces a grilling from furious MPs demanding to know the truth behind the corporation's controversial Formula 1 rights' deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bruno Senna hopes to impress Renault sufficiently to earn a full-time race deal next season, following the team's decision to replace Nick Heidfeld with the Brazilian.
Full story: Renault

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Thursday's F1 gossip column
01 Sep 11 |  Formula 1

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