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Monday's gossip column

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

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he contemplated quitting Formula 1 after misleading race officials at last year's Melbourne Grand Prix.
Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Hamilton has said that winning this year's world championship, ahead of three other world champions, would be more valuable than his 2008 triumph.
Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

Mercedes boss Norbert Haug has played down his team's chances of making the podium at the Bahrain Grand Prix but predicted they will improve as the season goes on.
Full story: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German)

Ferrari's Felipe Massa has warned that new teams on the grid may pose a danger to the rest of the field if they struggle to match the pace of the established outfits.
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Red Bull's Mark Webber has said that he is not losing any sleep over the pace of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Full story: The Guardian

Red Bull mechanics have been sent to train at the Bisham Abbey facilities used by England's rugby and football teams in a bid to improve their pit-stop times. They are down to 1.8 seconds for a four-wheel change.
Full story: Daily Mirror

A delayed flight has caused Charlie Whiting, head of the FIA's technical department, to postpone a visit to McLaren headquarters to check on the legality of the team's car.
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Whiting will now inspect the MP4-25's rear wing, which has been the target of a complaint from Red Bull, when the teams arrive for the season's opening race in Bahrain.
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Renault's Robert Kubica believes the top teams have not revealed their full race set-ups during pre-season testing and tips Ferrari and Mercedes as the ones to beat.
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Force India reserve driver Paul di Resta believes the public backing of fellow Scot and former world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has boosted his confidence ahead of his first F1 season.
Full story: Daily Record

Director of business affairs Ian Phillips has left Force India after 19 years at the team.
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Friday's F1 gossip column
05 Mar 10 |  Formula 1

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