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Formula 1 gossip and news from the international media

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

Tyre supplier Bridgestone announces that it is still intending to withdraw from Formula 1 when its contract expires at the end of this season.
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McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis believes Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull may have been forced out of the Bahrain Grand Prix by higher-than-expected fuel consumption rather than a faulty spark as claimed by the German's team.
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McLaren team chief Martin Whitmarsh expects the team to make minor upgrades to the MP4-25 ahead of the Melbourne race.
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One of those changes may include a modification to the car's rear diffuser after the sport's governing body, the FIA, sent out a memo clarifying the dimensions it believes comply with the spirit of the rules.
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Robert Kubica believes there is more to come from his Renault team which he feels failed to realise its potential with his 11th place finish in Bahrain.
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The Polish driver's confidence may be based on Renault's plans to unveil a new front wing and modifications to their rear wing in Australia.
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But Renault have denied that they were allowed to make changes to their engine after the season started, insisting the current set-up was in place in time for Bahrain.
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The Enstone-based team have announced the seventh season of their Altran Engineering Academy competition to promote young engineering talent in F1. Entry is open to final-year students and recent graduates specialising in science or technology.
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Stefan GP boss Zoran Stefanovic has ended his partnership with former F1 team Toyota but confirmed he is continuing discussions with FIA in an attempt to secure a place on the grid for next season.
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A section of a tunnel that runs underneath the Spa-Francorchamps track which hosts the Belgian Grand Prix has collapsed. Work is also under way to repair a hole that has appeared in the run -off area of the Blanchimont corner, while there are also a few minor fissures in the track asphalt. (Press Association)

After retiring two laps into the season's opening race, Hispania Racing Team's Karun Chandhok has set his sights on seeing the chequered flag by completing Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
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Former Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart has joined the criticism of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, claiming the race was "drop-dead boring".
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see also
Friday's F1 gossip column
19 Mar 10 |  Formula 1
Thursday's F1 gossip column
18 Mar 10 |  Formula 1

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