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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.

World champion Jenson Button has arrived in Jerez for the third winter test and describes it as "a lake". He takes over the McLaren from Lewis Hamilton on Friday.
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Mark Webber says he would have considered quitting F1 if the 2009 Red Bull had not been as competitive as it was.
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Campos Meta 1's hopes of making their Formula 1 debut in 2010 look rosier as majority owner Jose Ramon Carabante is on the verge of taking full control of the team from founder Adrian Campos.
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The future of USF1 has been cast in doubt as the rookie team has cancelled its crash testing, put its Charlotte base up for sale and is yet to announce any testing plans for its 2010 car or a second driver.
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Ex-Honda team boss Dave Richards, now chairman of Aston Martin and Prodrive, says he is not surprised by the financial and technical problems facing the new teams aiming to enter F1 in 2010 but says he will not consider stepping in should one of them not make the grid. (Press Association)

Fernando Alonso says the 2010 Ferrari has more downforce than last season's Renault but he does not know yet if the car is capable of winning the world championship.
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Former Jordan, Honda and Super Aguri driver Takuma Sato is to compete in the American Indycar series this season. (Press Association)

More wet weather in Jerez saw Force India decide to keep Scot Paul di Resta in the car for the second day of testing with Adrian Sutil set to taking over in the afternoon.
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Wednesday's F1 gossip column
17 Feb 10 |  Formula 1

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