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Formula 1 gossip and rumours from international media

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

Ralf Schumacher has confirmed that he has had talks with prospective Formula 1 entrant Stefan Grand Prix, who do not have an entry yet but are hoping to race in 2010.
Full story: Bild (in German)

There seems to be a concerted effort going on to try to give Stefan Grand Prix a little more credibility. Stefan has some kind of a deal with Toyota to run its 2010 car and there is talk of Ralf Schumacher coming back to give the team some substance.
Full story: Joe Saward's Grand Prix blog

Team US F1 and Campos Meta 1 remain fully on course to make the start of the Formula 1 season, despite speculation suggesting both teams' efforts could be in doubt.
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Ferrari say they know their new F10 is "fast", but that the Valencia test was not enough to reveal exactly where they are in comparison with the other teams.
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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says he is not getting carried away by his team's strong start to pre-season testing this week.
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Spaniard Adrian Valles has emerged as the leading candidate to complete US F1's 2010 driver line-up.
Full story: marca (in Spanish)

Mercedes will "certainly be at the top" of Formula 1 as winter testing continues in Jerez next week, according to driver Nico Rosberg.
Full story: Bild (in German)

Red Bull Racing, who did not run at the Valencia test this week because they wanted to spend more time honing their car, face an anxious wait ahead of its new car debut in Jerez next week with early forecasts suggesting the second pre-season F1 test could be hit by rain.
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BBC pundit Eddie Jordan believes the smart money should go on Britain's Lewis Hamilton to regain his Formula 1 world title this season.(Press Association)

Force India rejected reports they were in danger of being forced out of business because they had not filed their 2008 accounts. "Force India's participation within the F1 championship has not, and will not, be in jeopardy," said owner Vijay Mallya.

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Tuesday's F1 gossip column
02 Feb 10 |  Formula 1

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