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The latest Formula 1 gossip from the world's media

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

With the Qadbak buyout reportedly in tatters, American investors are set to step in and rescue the Sauber team, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
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Fernando Alonso has spent the last two days at Ferrari, getting to know the engineers and next year's F1 programme and then inspecting the factory for both road and racing cars. Before leaving, he did some laps of the Fiorano test track in two Ferrari road cars - a 458 and a 599.
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The Formula 1 Teams' Association (Fota) has approved the membership applications of the Lotus and Manor teams, meaning the organisation now features every team on the grid.
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Alain Prost has warned Kimi Raikkonen to think hard before taking a one-year break from Formula 1. "He will try to go rallying, but he is a bit lazy, likes to party and drink a little," Prost told Europe 1 radio. "When you take a year off you have to be extremely serious about it, preparing physically and mentally."
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Raikkonen's move to the world rally championship with Citroen will be announced soon.
Full story: Autosport magazine

The saga of Michael Schumacher's latest putative comeback, with Mercedes Grand Prix, took another turn yesterday when it emerged that Ferrari, to whom the German remains under contract, have received no indication from him that he may consider racing for a rival team.
Full story: The Times

As rumours about the return of Michael Schumacher to Formula 1 with Mercedes continue to swirl, the latest twist is that Schumacher has not yet physically signed his new three-year consultancy agreement with Ferrari.
Full story: James Allen on F1

Jos Verstappen, who partnered Michael Schumacher at Benetton during the German's first F1 title-winning season in 1994, has told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that a return for the seven-time champion would be a huge boost for the sport.
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Lewis Hamilton has told Germany's Sport Bild he is not worried that McLaren's long works relationship with Mercedes is at an end following its decision to take over the Brawn team because McLaren will still be using a Mercedes engine, which is "definitely" the best in F1.
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Jaime Alguersuari has told Spanish newspaper Marca he has signed with Toro Rosso to compete next season.
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McLaren's reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa has told the EFE news agency he is doing everything he can to secure a racing seat in Formula 1 next season.
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Following Lotus F1's announcement that they have signed one driver, believed to be Jarno Trulli, team boss Tony Fernandes has said on Twitter that he now has to "decide on four drivers for two seats".
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Former Honda F1 test driver Mike Conway and British Formula Three driver Marcus Ericsson will both join the Mercedes Grand Prix team at Jerez next week for a three-day test with the team. Both drivers will be in the car for three full days of action.
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