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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.

Ferrari has signed Formula 3 Euro Series champion Jules Bianchi to a long-term deal. The 20-year-old Frenchman has been given an undefined role within the team, but could become test and reserve driver following his maiden Formula 1 outing at Jerez this week.
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Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli, Pedro de la Rosa, Christian Klien, Heikki Kovalainen, Kamui Kobayashi and Vitaly Petrov are all understood to be in the frame for the two seats at Sauber-Ferrari in F1 2010 - with long-time McLaren test driver de la Rosa and well-backed GP2 Series graduate Petrov looking to be the men most likely.
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Bertrand Baguette will test for his second Formula 1 team in three days after announcing he will drive for Sauber at Jerez on Thursday.
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British Formula Three champion Daniel Ricciardo has set his sights on becoming Red Bull's test and reserve driver after an impressive first Formula 1 outing in Jerez testing on Tuesday.
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It seems that French motorsport is continuing on its downward spiral - the latest blow is an announcement from Alain Schmitz, the president of the conseil general des Yvelines, that the plan to build a Formula 1 circuit at Flins-Mureaux is now officially dead.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

Formula Two champion Andy Soucek is confident about his chances of making it onto the Formula 1 grid in 2010, after shining with Williams on the opening day of testing at Jerez in Spain on Tuesday.
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Jacques Villeneuve looks set to join the new Lotus team next season with the outfit expected to announce their line-up next week.
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The new promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix has vowed to try to help Jacques Villeneuve return to Formula One next year.
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The Lotus Formula 1 team will most likely confirm its driver line-up as early as next week according to Malaysian information source 'The Star'. Their information is based on an interview with Lotus F1 chief executive officer Riad Asmat.
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A1GP champion Adam Carroll has said he is in the middle of negotiations with one of the new teams coming into Formula 1 nest season.
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Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says moves to ensure there is engine parity in Formula 1 next year are vital - with the issue stalling his team's new supply deal with Renault for 2010.
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Felipe Massa and his wife Rafaela have become parents with the safe arrival on Sunday of Felipe Jr.
Full story: Joe Saward's grand prix blog

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