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Wednesday's Formula 1 gossip column

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

Hispania Racing's Karun Chandhok insists his car is safe for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix despite its lack of pre-season testing time.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Bosses of leading teams fear their drivers' chances of the world title could be scuppered by untested new teams' cars failing to keep up with race pace and causing road blocks.
Full story: The Times

McLaren say they have "contingency plans" should Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's cars fail pre-race scrutiny because of their controversial rear wing design.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Veteran Williams driver Rubens Barrichello, 37, says he has never felt in better physical condition as he prepares for a remarkable 18th season racing in Formula 1.
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Sauber will start the season with a largely blank car after failing to secure a major sponsorship deal in time for the 2010 season.
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Mercedes chief Ross Brawn says team strategy in 2010 will largely be reactive, as teams make decisions based upon how their rivals are managing issues such as tyres and pit stops.
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But he has admitted his team's car "has not quite reached the level of preparation we would have liked" before the first race of the new season and they have "a lot of hard work ahead."
Full story: The Sun

Virgin driver Timo Glock says he chose the team over Sauber and Renault because he felt it was a safer employment option.
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Red Bull driver Mark Webber says he is happy to be overlooked as a genuine contender for the world title this season.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

Former Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima has pledged to find a way back onto the Formula 1 grid after the Stefan team's failure to replace US F1 in the championship ruled him out for this season (Reuters).

Dieter Zetsche, the head of the Mercedes-Benz group says they have "all the ingredients" to have the best team but says they will go into the new season "with caution - not everything is going to click straight away" (Stern magazine).

The head of the French Motorspot Association says the country is unlikely to regain a Grand Prix in 2011 and has called upon the French government to give F1 more backing.
Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa says their winter testing form makes him confident they could enjoy their best start to a season in years.
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This story will be updated through the day.

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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
09 Mar 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's gossip column
08 Mar 10 |  Formula 1

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