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F1 gossip column

With the Formula 1 season finished, BBC Sport will bring you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Kimi Raikkonen stands to make more money in 2010 if he takes a sabbatical. If the Finn accepts McLaren's current offer, he would earn 15m Euro (£13.4m) in 2010, as opposed to 17m (£15.2m) Euro if he has a season on the sidelines.
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Fernando Alonso says he completely respected Renault's decision to abandon trying to turn its 2009 car around even though it meant his final races with his long-time team were disappointing.
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Renault's board meeting was broadly supportive of the F1 programme, for now at least. There will be no sudden pull out, it seems.
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Michael Schumacher has said that he would not consider a return to Formula 1 "right now" after admitting that his bid to stand in for the injured Felipe Massa this season was heavily based on emotion.
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Defeated FIA presidential candidate Ari Vatanen has hit out at the powers-that-be, saying Renault would be "right to quit" Formula 1 given the sport's recently controversial history.
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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes Formula 1 is in good health despite Toyota becoming the third manufacturer to quit the sport in the last 12 month.
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Lotus, as well as other F1 teams, are still in the running to capture the support of long-time BMW Sauber sponsor Petronas. Malaysian-owned Lotus F1's new chief executive Riad Asmat said the team as well as its rivals are also vying to win the Petronas logos.
Full story: New Straits Times

Toyota will not follow Honda's example in selling its Formula 1 team so it can continue in F1. There have been claims team boss John Howett might try to lead a Ross Brawn-style buy-out. But Howett said both of these options had already been considered by senior managers in Japan. "I think it has already been discussed and rejected," Howett said. "Maybe these ideas can be reopened but, at the moment, it would appear not."
Full story: The Times

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