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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.


Ross Brawn has effectively admitted that he will not match Jenson Button's wage demands, saying his team would instead offer the driver greater freedom to negotiate his own sponsorship deals.
Full story: guardian.co.uk

Lewis Hamilton has revealed his immense pride at McLaren-Mercedes having transformed arguably the slowest car in the field to the fastest over just a matter of months - a feat he contends no other team would have been capable of achieving.
Full story: crash.net

Internet giant Google has been ordered to pay $500,000 dollars in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.
Agence France Presse

Michael Schumacher has confessed that if he could have his record-breaking F1 career over again, he would "do some things differently" - most notably the highly controversial manner in which he tried and failed to snatch the 1997 drivers' crown from Williams rival Jacques Villeneuve in the European Grand Prix finale.
Full story: crash.net

Fernando Alonso is tipped to appear at Ferrari's 'World Finals' event at the Valencia circuit this weekend.
Full story: F1-live.com

Pedro de la Rosa's chances of securing a drive at the Campos Meta team appear to be in doubt due to financial issues.
Full story: gpupdate.net

It has emerged that the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, held at iconic Spa-Francorchamps, made a loss of more than 5m Euros (£4.5m).
Full story: f1-live.com

Cosworth general manager of F1 Mark Gallagher is confident that the four new teams are on target to be on the grid at the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season.
Full story: autosport.com

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost admits world rally champion Sebastian Loeb will need to spend more time behind the wheel of an F1 car if he wants to race in a grand prix.
Full story: planet-f1.com

Formula Two front-runner Mirko Bortolotti will join British Formula Three champion Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull reserve driver Brendon Hartley in testing for Toro Rosso next month.
Full story: F1-live.com

The official verdict of N.Technology's legal action against Formula 1's ruling body, the FIA, will be made public later this week, although it is understood all of the team's claims have been rejected.
Full story: autosport.com

Bertrand Baguette is thoroughly looking forward to his first taste of Formula 1 as the Belgian's test session with Renault, a prize for winning the French manufacturer's World Series, draws ever closer.
Full story: gpupdate.net



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