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Tuesday's gossip column

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

Britain's Jenson Button has said it will be an honour to carry the champion's number one on his McLaren.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Driver Sebastian Vettel has christened his Red Bull for this season 'Luscious Liz'. The superstitious 22-year-old has driven 'Kate' and 'Julie' in previous campaigns.
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Vettel has also joked that the media attention around him has calmed this year because of the return of "some old German guy" to the sport.
Full story: The Guardian

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has also been talking about Michael Schumacher's comeback, saying the 41-year-old will be "as controversial as ever".
Full story: The Sun

But Red Bull's Mark Webber believes that Schumacher will struggle to challenge for the title.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Formula 1's commercial rights controller Bernie Ecclestone is also sceptical as to whether the German can add to his seven Championship wins.
Full story: The Times

But Schumacher is confident that he and his Mercedes team will be in the Championship running by the end of the season, even if they might struggle at the start.
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Ecclestone has also confirmed that the Italian city of Rome will be back on the Grand Prix calendar for 2013.
Full story: Speedweek (in German)

Research by supplier Bridgestone suggests BMW Sauber could enjoy an advantage over Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes as their car preserves its tyres better than the top four teams.
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After several other teams and drivers expressed concern over the pace of the new teams on the grid, McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale has spoken out in support of the fledgling outfits.
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The redevelopment of Silverstone remains on track to be completed well in advance of the British Grand Prix on 11 July.
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This story will be updated through the day.

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