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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso and Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher
Alonso (left) and Schumacher are said to "fight like lions" for their teams

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says there are only two drivers in Formula 1 capable of leading a team - Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher. Domenicali adds that Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel is "too young" and "needs to gain experience" if he is to lead a team.
Full story: Bild (in German)

Thailand is the latest country to consider staging an F1 race through the streets of its capital Bangkok.
Full story: Bangkok Post

Pirelli are considering reducing the number of sets of tyres they give each team for a race weekend. Each team has six sets of hard and five sets of soft tyres per race but after very grand prix so far this season the extra set of hard tyres was left unused. "We may as well have five and five and we save money," said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
Full story: autosport.com

Toro Rosso are looking forward to their home race in Italy this weekend and expect most of the workforce from their Faenza factory to visit Monza at some point over the weekend.
Full story: Scuderia Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi is already stepping up his preparations for Italy: "Good physical preparation for the grand prix in Monza. Departure for the simulator this afternoon," he writes on Twitter.
Full story: Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi on Twitter

After claiming his first F1 point with 10th in Belgium, Williams driver Pastor Maldonado is hoping to add to his tally at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The Venezuelan adds: "I used to live very close to the track so I am looking forward to seeing many Venezuelan and Italian friends there this weekend."
Full story: Williams F1 team

Renault team boss Eric Boullier is looking for progress in Italy after an "encouraging" performance from Vitaly Petrov and new-boy Bruno Senna in Spa. The French boss also reckons reserve Romain Grosjean is ready to return to F1 after the Swiss racer captured the GP2 title.
Full story: Renault F1 team

Nick Heidfeld's future is the subject of speculation after he parted company with Renault by mutual consent. The German has been linked with a move to the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) as his former backer BMW is putting together a squad to enter DTM in 2012.
Full story: Joe Saward's Grand Prix blog

Narain Karthikeyan's return to the HRT cockpit for the Indian Grand Prix has been all but confirmed after he secured a sponsorship deal for the event.
Full story: Autosport.com

CVC, the private equity firm which has a majority share in the ownership of F1, has appointed its co-founder Donald Mackenzie as chairman of the sport's holding company Delta Topco. Meanwhile, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone reveals he was "very tempted" to buy the Renault team in 2009 when the French car company scaled back its commitment to F1 but thought he would be accused of favouritism.
Full story: The Daily Telegraph



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Saturday's F1 gossip column
03 Sep 11 |  Formula 1


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