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Formula 1 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.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says that Formula 1 needs to find answers to its problems as soon as possible if his outfit is to stick with the sport for the long-term.
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Bernie Ecclestone believes Michael Schumacher can win the world championship in his first season back in the sport, having come out of retirement to drive for Mercedes in 2010.
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Disgraced former Formula 1 team principal Flavio Briatore has told Gazzetta dello Sport that Michael Schumacher's chances of making a winning return to the sport hinge entirely on the competitiveness of the new Mercedes Grand Prix team in 2010.
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Ralf Schumacher is interested in a comeback to Formula 1, just like this brother. "I notice how much the desire to race in F1 is still inside me," Michael's younger brother told German magazine Bild. "There must be a challenge, it is not about money but what we can achieve with the team."
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Jenson Button has come second in a sportsman of the year poll voted for by European journalists. The European Sports Press Union voted Roger Federer as the winner of the annual award.
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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed former Jaguar and Red Bull driver Christian Klien to join Kamui Kobayashi at Sauber in 2010, in an interview with Austrian broadcaster ORF.
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Toro Rosso's preparations for the 2010 season are on track, with the team currently crash testing their new model.
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US F1's debut car will be designed solely with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) without the use of a wind tunnel, just like that of fellow new team Virgin, according to team boss Peter Windsor.

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