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Thursday's F1 gossip column

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

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher says he remains "extremely motivated" despite the criticism he has faced after taking only 10 points from a disappointing first four races since his return to Formula 1.
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Red Bull's Mark Webber is eager to mirror his impressive qualifying record with a good race performance in Spain this weekend, saying: "Consistency is the big thing, and that comes with executing clean Sunday afternoons".
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Jersey City in the United States will not host an F1 race in the future after mayor Jerramiah T. Healy scrapped the project just one day after it was made public saying: "This type of event is not suited for Liberty State Park".
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Derek Warwick will be the former Grand Prix driver in Race Control at Barcelona this weekend as he keeps up the FIA's scheme of placing one former racer alongside three other adjudicators.
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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso admits he will have to contend with the pressure of racing in front of a home crowd in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. "Barcelona is always a very special race for me, I will try to make everyone happy in Spain. I know people will expect a lot from us," he said.
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From this weekend Red Bull's pit-crews will be wearing hi-tech vests under their overalls to help protect them from "stressful electromagnetic radiation". The vests are also intended to increase power and endurance.
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Joan Villadelprat, boss of the Epsilon Euskadi team that hopes to be selected as the 13th team on the grid for next season, has not been put off by the struggles of this year's debutant outfits. "You always think that you can do better than that, but I am very much with my feet on the ground," he said.
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The teams' motorhomes make their first appearance of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. Red Bull will be hosting a pool party at theirs but it will be another three weeks until Force India are ready to show off a system that automatically orders each newcomer their preferred drinks at the bar.
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Jarno Trulli expects his Lotus to be up to a second and a half quicker at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, but believes his team needs to write off 2010 and focus on getting the 2011 car right as soon as possible.
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Hispania Racing Team's Bruno Senna is planning to suggest to FIA race director Charlie Whiting that the fastest teams are left out of the first qualifying session at the Monaco Grand Prix on 15 May. Some drivers fear that there could be dangerous levels of congestion on the tight street circuit if the whole field takes part.
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Ferrari have swapped the "barcode" livery that previously adorned the F10's engine cover for a white rectangular outline. It had been suggested that the design was intended as a form of tobacco advertising, which is banned in the sport. Ferrari deny the logo was an attempt to promote a particular cigarette brand.
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see also
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
05 May 10 |  Formula 1
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
04 May 10 |  Formula 1
Monday's F1 gossip column
03 May 10 |  Formula 1

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