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F1 gossip and rumours 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.

A record £1.2m worth of tickets for the British Grand Prix has been sold since Monday's announcement that Silverstone has signed a 17-year contract to host the race.
Full story: British Racing Drivers' Club

Jenson Button is the "perfect package" as a team-mate for Lewis Hamilton, according to McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
Full story: formula1.com

Formula 1 design genius Adrian Newey says his enthusiasm for the sport has been rekindled by the progress his Red Bull Racing team has made this year.
Full story: autosport.com

Mercedes Grand Prix need more time before they can announce the identity of Nico Rosberg's team-mate as they "examine all options", Mercedes sports boss Norbert Haug has said.
Full story: gpupdate.net

The British Grand Prix is back at the centre of the Formula 1 universe. In a 17-year deal worth upwards of £250m Silverstone will be transformed from 'a country fair masquerading as a world-class event' to fine art.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

The long-awaited outbreak of peace between Silverstone and Bernie Ecclestone is expected to lead to £100m of investment in the British Grand Prix over the next 10 years.
Full story: Daily Mail

The bottom line for Silverstone, however, is that, even with the annual increase set at 5%, this is still a huge financial risk for the business and a stadium that is at full capacity for only three days a year, during the grand prix weekend.
Full story: The Times

Britain's legion of motor racing enthusiasts will be celebrating yesterday's good news. But the BRDC would be wise to remember that, for Bernie Ecclestone, one deal is always just a step on the path to another.
Full story: The Guardian

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is optimistic that his team will enjoy better times both on and off the track next year, after its troubled 2009 campaign.
Full story: autosport.com

Fernando Alonso has told Spanish newspaper Marca that the new ban on refuelling will not force drivers to change their driving styles.
Full story: planet-f1.com

Jenson Button says he is left with mixed feelings about leaving the Brawn GP team, but the world champion claims it was something that he had to do.
Full story: autosport.com

Williams new recruit Nico Hulkenberg does not believe that the testing he completed in Jerez last week will give him an advantage heading into next season.
Full story: planet-f1.com

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