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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.

Fernando Alonso says he was "very happy" to help governing body the FIA uncover the McLaren spy scandal while he was driving with the team in 2007, adding in a wide-ranging interview that driving for Ferrari means more to him than the two world titles he won with Renault.
Full story: The Guardian

The legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1 is that two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it. In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there's not much left other than the name. Was it all worth it?
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Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg will kick off the final Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona this week as teams make their final preparations ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Full story:

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel says he "doesn't really care" about the increased pressure on him this season. Full story: Salzburger Nachrichten (in German)

The thrusting Stefan GP team took its first backwards step today when it was forced to call off its planned test in Portugal due to a lack of tyres. The team does not have an entry but is hoping that it will be given one soon if US F1 or Campos fail to make it.
Full story: James Allen on F1

Concerns continue to grow over which company will supply tyres to F1 for 2011, and a move has been made to try and persuade current manufacturer Bridgestone to stay.
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