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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.


Lotus is hoping to find a second per lap with a major upgrade in time for the Spanish Grand Prix on 9 May .
Full story: espnf1.com

Mercedes are preparing an extensively modified car for Michael Schumacher to drive at the Spanish Grand Prix. If the new car does not deliver the characteristics Schumacher says he needs to be competitive, serious doubts will be raised over the seven-time world champion seeing out his three-year contract.
Full story: the Times

Former world champion Mika Hakkinen says he is "certain" Schumacher will win a race in 2010 as pressure mounts following disappointing results since his return to the sport.
Full story: espnf1.com

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes the European part of the Formula 1 season, which starts with next week's Spanish Grand Prix, is when the title contenders will start to emerge - "it's the moment of truth to show who is going to be in the title fight."
Full story: autosport.com

Ferrari's team sponsors Santander say they have insured Alonso's thumbs for 5m euros (£4.3m) each as part of a publicity campaign for accident and life insurance ahead of the Barcelona race.
Full story: Eurosport

Stefan GP hope to enter Formula 1 next season, despite seeing their bid for a place on the 2010 grid rejected by governing body, the FIA.
Full story: autosport.com

They have held talks with 12 candidates over a potential seat for next year. As well as confirming proposed 2010 drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Kazuki Nakajima, the list included world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, and former F1 drivers Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien and Takuma Sato.
Full story: stefangp.com

Stefan GP have also revealed plans to build a Serbian track that team owner Zoran Stefanovic hopes could host F1.
Full story: stefangp.com

Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway boss Tony George is interested in taking Formula 1 back to the United States. The 50-year-old was in Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix, where he met at length with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone and Zak Brown, founder and CEO of motor sport marketing firm Just Marketing who represents several high level sponsors.
Full story: Indianapolis Business Journal

­Ecclestone has hit out at those who have criticised Lewis Hamilton's driving this season, telling them: "People should stop moaning about Lewis and the way he drives. He has been absolutely brilliant this season with some spectacular and ­courageous moves. I love his style and so do the fans."
Full story: Daily Star

F1 teams are close to agreeing a new engine formula for the six-year period beginning in 2013. El Mundo Deportivo newspaper says an in-principle agreement has been reached for a four cylinder, 1.5 litre engine equipped with a twin-turbo and direct injection. The new formula would also involve KERS.
Full story: espnf1.com Full story: El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)

Project1221 have approached Ecclestone with a gas turbine engine developed for F1 which, if approved by the FIA, could be supplied to teams as early as 2013.
Full story: pitpass.com

Ferrari are keen to see F1 introduce gasoline direct injection technology, should the sport switch to smaller turbocharged engines in 2013.
Full story: planet-f1.com

Damon Hill believes Silverstone will be a "racetrack for the future" as a result of the multi-million pound investment which culminates in the re-launch of the circuit next week.
Full story: Daily Mail



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