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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.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes McLaren and Ferrari have made 'good steps' forward with their 2010 cars and will not be underestimating his rivals.
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Mark Webber has given Red Bull Racing's new RB6 an instant thumbs up after its first day of testing - and reckons the team has delivered exactly what it needed to for this season.
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World champion Jenson Button has been nominated for the breakthrough of the year award at the Laureus Sports Awards while his former team, Brawn, are up for team of the year. (Press Association)

Christian Horner says there is a "significant difference" between the Mercedes engine and the rest and that "as the chassis converge in performance, as the regulations stay stable, the engine will become a more predominant factor, and I don't think it will be a healthy situation to have one dominate all the races".
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Concerns over Bridgestone's new intermediate tyre were raised after a wet opening day of testing in Jerez on Wednesday.
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Formula 1 legends Tony Brooks, Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti, and McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis have become the first four inductees into Motor Sport magazine's Hall Of Fame.
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Williams's flywheel energy storage system, based on the one that was developed for use in F1, is to be fitted to the new Porsche 911 GT3 road car, to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
10 Feb 10 |  Formula 1

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